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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
Solar, a beautiful labradoodle, was trained to assists a young girl, Sadie, who has mitochondrial disorder as well as autism spectrum disorder...
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...
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 5Â½ 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...
"Mully, with me!" Twelve year old, Wesley Metcalfe, has just come home from school
and is now taking his new best friend, Mully â€“ aka, The Mullet, The Mull, Muldoon
â€“ 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...
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...
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.
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.
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...