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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

s and Ferguson talked his wife into letting him become a volunteer trainer. Shortly after, he received Lear Jet and began the two-year process of training her. When it came time for Lear Jet to go into service, Ferguson, along with his wife, had grown quite attached to the dog and suggested that her temperment might be better suited as a breeding dog. “She was a very sweet dog, but a little shy,” he said. Severson and the Board of Directors at New Horizons agreed, so Lear Jet ending up staying with the Fergusons.

Ferguson has become a big advocate of service dogs and says he would like to see them used more in the court system to help calm traumatized victims. “There is just something about dogs that is so soothing, and there are so many places where therapeutic dogs can serve an important role.”

Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael D. Aubin agrees. “We have long recognized the importance of dogs as a source of comfort and support for people in many different situations. We have offered a pet therapy program at Wolfson Children’s Hospital for 18 years and we recently began a Healing Paws visitation program that allows our long-term patients to receive a visit from their own dog. We are honored to know that Wolfson Children’s Hospital has a namesake pup that will one day produce litters of service dogs to assist those with mobility-related and other disabilities.”

Since 1995, New Horizons has trained and placed service dogs primarily to assist adults and children in wheelchairs and individuals with other mobility and balance problems. They have specialized programs for veterans with disabilities and children with autism. They also have dogs assisting in rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes and the court system.

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