Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Remember the U.S Postal motto, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” In reality that was not the official motto, but an inscription found on the General Post Office in New York City at 8th Avenue and 33rd Street.
But what does that have to do with the 3rd Annual Walk for Those Who Can’t? The Walk is rain or shine this Saturday, March 28th at Wrightsville Beach Loop and, while warm temperatures are in the forecast, there is also a chance of rain.
Are you registered? Join the 270+ people and 175+ dogs that are already registered. It’s easy. Visit www.walkforthosewhocant.org and click on the Firstgiving page. You can join a team or registered as an individual. Follow the instructions on the screen to register. If you really get stuck, call us at 910-362-8194 and someone here will help. Online registration closes at Noon on Friday.
Registration begins at 9 am on Saturday, March 28th at the Wrightsville Beach Loop.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
One week to go and there are about 20 teams already registered and working to help us, help others. We're almost half-way to our goal of $20,000 but we can't do it without you! We need teams and individuals to rally to continue to help people with disabilities gain more independence with a quality trained service dog, put a smile on someones face with a visit from a therapy dog, have a child learn the joys of reading or keep the pet of a victim of domestic violence safe for one more night.
The top 2 fundraising teams and individuals will be acknowledged by Carolina Canines for Service. And, it is going to be a close race!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The 3rd Annual Walk for Those Who Can't is Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Loop at Wrightsville Beach.
There is still time to form a team or walk as an individual. Register online at http://www.walkforthosewhocant.org/ . On site registration the day of the Walk begins at 9 AM. Dogs are welcomed to walk with their owners. This is a rian or shine event.
Help us, help others! See you there.
Monday, March 16, 2009
In December 1999, Saint was partnered with David Mickler and made his television debut on the University of North Carolina Wilmington program “Let’s Talk” where he was given as a Christmas surprise to Mickler. Unable to find a parking space for his handicap accessible van, Mickler nearly gave up on attending the show. However, once inside he received a gift that changed his life, Saint.
Mickler said that one unexpected advantage of owning Saint was the way that Saint helped him to connect with other people. For example, when Saint accompanied Mickler to his son’s soccer games, people would talk to Mickler about him which helped Mickler meet new people that might not have approached him otherwise. “Saint could break down barriers,” said Mickler, “People would see the dog and not the wheelchair and feel more comfortable approaching me.”
Saint’s legacy consists not only of faithful service to Mickler but also of the education of the Wilmington community about the Carolina Canines For Service organization, service animals, friendship and compassion. “We couldn’t have trained a more loyal companion for David and we couldn’t have asked for a more noble spokesdog for our organization,” said Hairston. “Saint touched the lives of everyone he met. He will be dearly missed.”
For those who have been touched by Saint’s story and would like to memory him, contributions can be made in Saint’s name by visiting http://www.carolinacanines.org/. These contributions can help someone have the love and assistance that service dogs provide, which they may not be able to afford otherwise.
Carolina Canines for Service is a non-profit corporation dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence. The group trains certified service dogs with the help of volunteer foster families, matches the dog to an eligible recipient and provides the dog free of charge. Since its inception in 1996, Carolina Canines has placed 31 service dogs, valued at more than $1.2 million. For more information, call (866) 910-3647 or visit http://www.carolinacanines.org/.
Monday, March 9, 2009
"I help my person by retrieving dropped items, retrieving drinks from the refrigerator, opening the door, retrieving the telephone, cell phone or remote when Joey asks. Joey is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom was severely injured in Iraq in October 2004 and is a triple amputee. I was trained for him in the Carolina Canines for Veterans program at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Brig. One of the hardest tasks I do for my person is help him take off his prosthetic legs. This takes us about 5 minutes for each leg, but it is a lot faster than the 15 minutes took Joey before he got me."
Congratualtions to Joshua, Carolina Canines for Veterans and of course, Joey!