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U of I Service Dogs Get Ready for Fall 2013

by Katherine

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Not too long ago you met Hero, an Illini service dog that accompanied his human Bridget through her college years up to graduation day. Well, Illini Service Dogs is getting ready to receive the incoming freshman class. The dogs and their handlers are polishing their skills with summer training session. They also expanded their service dog family.

130702-illini-serviceThis summer, the service dogs and their trainers took training classes at Lucky Dog Daycare & Boarding in Lisle, Ill., and on June 14, 2013, they welcomed adorable Labrador puppy Grainger as their latest service dog member.

According to their website, Grainger was donated by Turning Point Labradors and he is a happy, healthy, and playful puppy. The organization is excited to see him grow and develop into a wonderful service dog.

On June 22, 2013, the dog handlers along the service dogs Willard, Chief, Grainger, Pilot, Blue, Scout, and Kirby met at the U of I’s campus in Champaign-Urbana. The dogs got a chance to show off their obedience skills by demonstrating their basic and advanced commands. All dogs have kept up with their training during the summer months and come this fall, they will be more than ready to help and serve any student in need.

If you would like to learn more about Illini Service Dogs visit their website.

Illini Service Dogs are placed at the disposal of university students with disabilities. This is done free of charge, however, in order to make this happen, the organization relies solely on donations. You can donate online or send a check payable to:
University of Illinois Foundation
Memo: DRES Illini Service Dogs.

Mailing Address:
Illini Service Dogs
Attn: Maureen Gilbert
1207 S Oak St,
Champaign, IL 61820