Success Stories

TLCAD Facility Dog, Dottie, Assists at The Winston School

TLCAD Facility Dog, Dottie, Assists at The Winston School

At The Winston School in Del Mar, California, a middle school student with autism remains in his classroom for the entire duration of math class while occasionally petting the fluffy head of the Facility Dog (Dottie) in the room. His normal behavior would be frequently leaving the classroom or asking repeatedly to go to the bathroom.

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PetFlow.com partners with TLCAD!

PetFlow.com partners with TLCAD!

PetFlow.com has partnered with Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc.! They are kindly donating $30 to TLCAD for every person that signs up for their pet food delivery service through the link posted.

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John Geary and Karen Shultz

Knights Templar partners with TLCAD

John Geary and Karen Shultz, with Solar and Jaycie accompanying, joined the Knights Templar in their Christmas celebration dinner at the Newport Yacht Club on Sunday, December 9, 2012...

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 TLCAD Partners with TERI, Inc.

TLCAD Partners with TERI, Inc.

TLCAD has partnered with TERI, Inc., the Training, Education & Research Institute for children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities, in their effort to change the lives of many individuals on the autism spectrum and serving children and adults for a lifespan. TLCAD will be part of their Charles R. Cono Campus for Life Quality in San Marcos with a training center by this...

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At Ease Facility Dog Team: Murphy and Kim
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At Ease Facility Dog Team: Murphy and Kim G.

As a Facility Dog assisting a physical therapist at the C5 Vestibular Care Physical Therapy at the Naval Hospital San Diego, Murphy helps patients with their anxiety during painful or stressful physical therapy. He opens doors, retrieves and delivers items and wears a special harness to help patients with their balance during therapy. His impact on the lives of our Wounded Warriors is powerful...

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At Ease Team

Congratulations to Jesse and Jag! TLCAD's newest certified At Ease Team!

Jag has been an amazing addition to our family. Prior to receiving Jag I rarely left the house with my family. It has made it hard for all of us not being able to go out together to festivals, stores, events, parks, or even enjoy date nights with my wife. With Jag, I am able to feel more secure because she is watching for threats as well and will alert me if anything isn't safe...

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Wounded Warrior Service Dogs

Passages to Recovery – How a poodle named Gracie helps an Injured Iraqi Vet

Gracie reached up and opened the door to Marlene's apartment. Then she went up two flights of stairs, down the hall and turned on the light near the bedroom. After verifying that all was well, Gracie went back down the stairs to Marlene and helped her to enter her apartment. Gracie is a Standard Poodle who received extensive training from Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs to become a service dog. After careful assessment and matching, Gracie was placed with Marlene, a wounded Iraqi war veteran. They trained together...

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New TLCAD At Ease Service Dog Program

New TLCAD At Ease Service Dog Program

TLCAD initiated its At Ease Service Dog program at Camp Pendleton in January of 2011 and has placed three Service Dogs with Wounded Warriors with a fourth dog due to be placed in the next few months. Placing a Service Dog with a Wounded Warrior requires individual evaluation since the common diagnoses for those injured in combat are mobility issues, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI)...

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Autism Service Dog

Congrats! Ruby certified as our newest Autism Service Dog!

I want to thank those who made this possible. Fernande and Marshall Robinson took Ruby in at a young age and began her training. Dearing English assisted with the Foundation Training and Ruby was then transferred to Linda Chandler for the customized cues. It was the team work and help of Stephanie Myung in the placement process that made this a smooth and very successful placement...

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Poppy

"Poppy" Eases Anxieties, Offers Positive Focus

While mulling over how best to describe what Poppy has done for our son, I realized Poppy's presence has brought bright new hope and peace to our entire family. Our Scott was a healthy 5½ year old boy who suddenly regressed into extreme anxiety and depression that worsened to the point that Scott became suicidal. The doctors' diagnoses were Asperger's and Clinical Depression, terms which only begin to describe the difficulties we endured each day...

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  New TLCAD At Ease Service Dog Program

"Mully, with me!"

"Mully, with me!" Twelve year old, Wesley Metcalfe, has just come home from school and is now taking his new best friend, Mully – aka, The Mullet, The Mull, Muldoon – swimming. Mully is a mid-size yellow lab and his new owner, Wesley, has high functioning autism. They have been waiting a long time for one another. Mully has gone through two years of training with Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc., a San Diego non-profit organization whose mission is to provide custom trained dogs to individuals whose lives might be bettered through the use of an assistance dog...

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San Diego County's Very Own Little Miss Muffet

San Diego County's Very Own Little Miss Muffet

Everyone knows the tale of Little Miss Muffet... well there is a real life Little Miss Muffet and there are no spiders that could ever scare away this one. Little Miss Muffet is an Autism Service Dog trained by Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. of Solana Beach. Upon the launch of the Leash-on-Life Program, the Autism Service Dog branch of the non-profit volunteer-run organization, Little Miss Muffet played the vital role as the first ever TLCAD trained Autism Service Dog...

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Spencer Goes to the Prom

It is a success story from this mother's perspective!

Spencer Fox has had much success in life with the help of his Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dog, Mojo! Spencer's progress in his recovery from a skiing accident the summer before his freshmen year of high school, along with the help of Mojo - his Service Dog, has helped him achieve the ability to walk independently. Mojo has given him confidence as he now goes to his Prom and embarks on his senior year of high school and plans to attend college in 2014. His latest success was receiving his driver's license and raising enough funds to buy a car that can lift his 80-lb wheelchair in and out of the vehicle, as well as having a customized steering knob and a left-sided accelerator.

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Spencer Fox Drives

Spencer Fox Drives

Spencer Fox uses the help of Tender Loving Canines Assistant Dog Mojo! Mojo wears a balance harness to assist Spencer to walk independently and not to miss out on being a young man in high school. Spencer has made great progress in his recovery from paralysis everyday since his injury when he was thirteen. His next goal is to finish his driver training which he needs a car to complete! Due to the increased mobility he has acquired through rehabilitation he is able to afford a car at a reduced price. His needs for a car are a steering knob and a left-sided accelerator. The car will also need to be equipped with a chair lift that can lift his 80-lb wheelchair onto and off the back of his car. Spencer and his family are now reaching out to those who can help him to raise $20,000 to get a vehicle that will allow him to go to school and rehabilitation.

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  New TLCAD At Ease Service Dog Program

Let Me Tell You About Two Best Friends...

Riley, an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, and Libby, a three-year-old Golden Retriever, were matched as a team in August of 2008. At the time, Riley was in a wheelchair and only mildly interested in dogs. After many early morning walks and numerous outings together, the bond between a boy and his dog began to build. Over the ensuing months, Libby would attend and become and integral part of Riley's physical and occupational therapy sessions...

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