The Brownstone Insurance office had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Cathy Zemaitis, the Director of Development for NEADS Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans and service dog, Currahee yesterday. The duo spent the afternoon in our office demonstrating just how amazing and intelligent service dogs are and how they can truly impact the lives of the people they are paired with.
Currahee, or Curry for short, wowed us all. He opened doors, turned on lights, hit handicap switches, opened the fridge and got out a bottle of water and brought it to his handler, and even picked up his own leash and handed it back to Cathy. And those are just a few of the amazing tasks Curry has been taught to perform. As Cathy explained, a service dog's job is to be low-key and relaxed, but also be alert to his owner's needs and ready to perform at all times. And Curry certainly demonstrated that.
Cathy went on to explain her organization's recent development - Pawsitively Strong. This campaign was developed to be able to provide survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing with an assistance dog free of charge. All monies collected for this fund will be earmarked specifically for marathon victims, and will remain in the fund so that if a victim decides he or she needs a service dog a week or even 10 years from now, one will be provided to them. With hundreds of people being injured, losing hearing or even losing limbs, the NEADS service dogs will play a vital role in helping some folks return to normalcy.
If you'd like to learn more about this fund or would like to donate, please visit the NEADS website here.