Author Archives: Grant White

Courthouse Dog Retires After Years of Providing Comfort for Abuse Victims


Written by: Grant White

For years, Stilson provided a comforting presence for young abuse victims
Photo by Seattle Dog Show

After seven years, the first courtroom dog in Snohomish County, Washington is retiring. Stilson, a 9-year-old black Labrador, pioneered the courthouse’s first puppy presence in 2006 and has comforted hundreds of child abuse victims during testimonies since…

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Puppy Paint: Blind Dog Raises Money for Animal Rescue by Painting


Written by: Grant White

Hallie’s paintings raise money for local animal rescue
Photo via The Chronicle

A painter in Centralia, Washington is using her talent to help abused rescue dogs find new families. For the artist, it’s a cause that hits close to home. Hallie is a rescued 13-year-old long-haired dachshund who lost her eyesight in 2011. But that hasn’t stopped her from using her special talent to raise money for local pups…

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Scotland is Piloting Concept of “Dementia Dogs”


Written by: Grant White

Scotland is helping pave the way for dementia service dogs. Here, a recently trained pup poses with his family.
Photo by The Independent

Dogs possess an extraordinary knack for therapy and assistance. In Scotland, the government is tapping into this puppy support with its new initiative, “dementia dogs.” The program trains pups to assist and provide comfort for those battling the degenerative disease…

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Canines with Cataracts: UC Davis is Giving Dogs a Second Chance


Written by: Grant White

Hank is one of the many successful examples of UC Davis’s cataract surgery
Photo by UC Davis School of Veterinarian Medicine Facebook page

Surgeons at UC Davis Veterinarian Teaching Hospital are giving dogs with cataracts a second chance at sight. The hospital offers an operation for canines that is designed to restore vision and alleviate pups’ painful glaucoma symptoms…

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Rescue Dog Returns the Favor, Saves Owner’s Life


Written by: Grant White

Chloe’s quick action saved Chuck’s life
Photo by TribLive

Chuck Weintraub has dedicated his life to rescuing dogs, but he never imagined that one day these pups would rescue him. While home alone last Wednesday, Weintraub collapsed in heart failure. Sensing the imminent danger, Weintraub’s 1-year-old pup Chloe raced down. . .

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Blind Therapy Dog Continues to Raise Awareness for Autism


Written by: Grant White

Dutchess continues to travel the country to raise awareness for autism
Photo via HLN

Dutchess the Golden Retriever is giving new meaning to the cliché “Love is blind.” When a degenerative disease robbed Dutchess of her eyesight in 2010, her career as an autism ambassador and therapy dog was in jeopardy. But in the. . .

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Video: After Beating the Odds, Lentil the Dog is Giving Back


Written by: Grant White

Lentil has become an “ambassadog” for children with clefts.
Photo by Lentil’s Facebook page

Six months ago, Lentil was born with a life-threatening abnormality. Now, the odds-beating bulldog is an ambassador for children who share his condition. Born with a cleft lip and nose, in addition to a hard and soft palate, Lentil was unable to eat or suckle. Facing imminent starvation, he was saved by. . .

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Video: New York Yankees Bat Dog Retires After 11-Year Career


Written by: Grant White

After an illustrious career, a star member of the New York Yankee’s organization has officially retired. Chase, a 13-year-old golden retriever, served for the past 11 years as honorary bat dog for the Trenton Thunder, a Yankees minor-league team. A fan favorite for over a decade, Chase carried baseball bats to and from the dugouts, brought water bottles to umpires in between innings and, win or. . .

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