On May 19th we held a graduation at National University in San Diego, CA to celebrate Good Dog! teams 39, 40, 41. and 42. Walking the stage were our four legged graduates, Good Dogs Violet, Naboo, Kaldr and Yellow, joined by their two legged handlers Carly, Beth, Craig and Kimberly. The ceremonious passing of the dogs from trainer to parent handler marked the official beginning of their new lives as autism service dogs.
At every Good Dog! graduation The SO Faithful Companion Award is presented to a person or group that significantly helps Good Dog! advance our mission of helping children and families live better lives through autism service dog companionship.. It’s named in honor of our first recipient, Sheryl Osborne. That’s what the S.O. stands for and why it's in all caps. We wanted to name the award the Sheryl Osborne Award but Sheryl asked us not to because she didn’t want that kind recognition, she just wanted to help Good Dog! And WOW did she ever help ... Always with grand enthusiasm and heart. Her incredible impact -- in both tangible and intangible ways -- will never be forgotten.
So in the spirit of Sheryl Osborne, at our past graduation we honored a group whose impact is hard to measure. They’ve been by our side from the beginning, stuck with us through some growing pains, and continue to surprise us with their ideas, enthusiasm and commitment to our program. They have sponsored an autism facility dog, helped two military/autism families (Langagers & Loudens) reach their fundraising goal. And, they are currently sponsoring Good Dog! Bodie puppy in-training. They have thrown events, created raffles and sold things in their offices to just name a few. Not only do their efforts raise funds but also awareness! Sheryl Osborne herself learned about Good Dog! through The Drake Center as did many other now supporters and donors.
So it is incredibly fitting that we honored The Drake Center for Veterinary Care and bestowed them with the Spring 2018 Good Dog! SO Faithful Companion award.
We are thrilled to be recognized by the Petco Foundation and Natural Balance Inc. for our work with service animals. Good Dog! has received a $2,500 grant to fully educate a new class of handlers in all aspects of service dog ownership; helping both animals and people to live their best lives.
Our teams are well on their way to establishing bonds with their new four legged family members and are busy learning all they need to know to be great autism service dog handlers.
A graduation ceremony to celebrate the teams will be held at National University in La Jolla on Saturday July 29th. rsvp>>
As summer time swiftly approaches, we are amidst graduation season; this year Good Dog! participated in the festivities!
On May 30th, Good Dog! Autism Companions held its inaugural graduation at National University in San Diego, CA. We were very fortunate to have been joined by past and present Good Dog! families who came to show their support for our three graduating teams.
At Good Dog! we love a good event! As part of our community outreach program we attend events to expose the kids to the unconditional love of the dog. Seeing the kids with the dogs is truly magical and why we anticipate these events with great excitement! Our annual trio include:
• The San Diego Race for Autism March 22
• Bocce Tournament and Family Festival for Autism June 7
• The TACA picnic June 8
The San Diego Walk for Autism was a huge sucess this year, see our previous post for more about that one!
by Rick Sylvester
“There are those who give with joy,
by Rick Sylvester
GoodDog! would like to bark out a huge THANK YOU to the amazing team of ladies representing us as a centipede in the 2012 Bay to Breakers. You looked fabulous in your doggie running gear, rocked the event, and we are so very appreciative of your efforts in supporting our cause! It was a glorious day and a great time for all.