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State-Wide Service Dog Organization Names Pup in Honor of Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL
Date:7/16/2013

Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) July 17, 2013

A golden retriever being raised by Duval County Judge Emmet Ferguson for new Horizons Service Dogs is named Wolfson, in recognition of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Ferguson’s 6-year old daughter Emma Ruth has been a patient at Wolfson Children’s many times since her birth. This is the second time that Judge Ferguson has raised a pup for New Horizons Service Dogs, an Orange City-based organization that partners trained dogs with disabled clients throughout Florida.

A litter of New Horizon puppies born in late 2012 is named for Jacksonville area healthcare facilities, explains New Horizons Founder and Executive Director Janet Severt. “We are always looking for innovative themes when naming our litters,” she says. “The day we named this litter, I was having a medical treatment at Mayo Clinic and I was also over at Brooks Rehab where we have dogs. Then I saw Judge Ferguson that day so it just seemed to fit.”

Ferguson previously raised a black Laborador named Lear Jet who died in 2010 after being with him and his wife, Julie for nine years and producing three liters. In December 2012, Severt worked with Julie to surprise Emmet with Wolfson, who will also be a breeder dog.

“They hadn’t named the individual dogs yet, so when I learned they would be named after hospitals, I said I wanted this one to be named Wolfson,” he says. “Emma Ruth has been a patient at Wolfson Children’s Hospital numerous times and we have always been so pleased with the care they provided.”

The other dogs in the litter are named Mayo, Brooks, Shands and Nemours.

The Fergusons’ relationship with New Horizons Service Dogs began about a decade ago when the two were eating in a coffee shop in Neptune Beach and saw a service dog take a receipt from a cashier at a counter and deliver it to a customer.

They learned that the dog was in training to be a service dog with New Horizon
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