Saturday, November 27, 2010

Milk Bone's Bark It Furward & Canine Assistants (Comment to help others)

For every comment received on this post, Milk-Bone® will donate $1 to Canine Assistants so please take the time to leave a meaningful comment about this program or this charity!  What an easy way to help those in need during this holiday season!

“It’s Good to Give…This Season!”  What better way to celebrate the holiday season then through Bark It Furward, a program created to raise awareness and funds for Canine Assistants, a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities and the Milk-Bone® brand’s long-time charitable partner since 1997.  For nearly 20 years, Canine Assistants has provided 1,000 service dogs to people across the country, giving them the chance to have more independent lifestyles.

Many people in need of a service dog depend on Canine Assistants to pay for the lifelong care of the dog.  Without the help of any government funding, Canine Assistants relies on the generosity and private donations made by philanthropic partners, like Milk-Bone®, to help pay for the training of these special needs dogs.  In an effort to help care for and train more assistance dogs for recipients across the country, Milk-Bone® is asking you to rally around Canine Assistants.

Bark It Furward was created by Milk-Bone® brand to educate others about the inspiring work being conducted by Canine Assistants.  By joining the Bark It Furward movement, you can help raise awareness and much needed funds to provide assistance dogs for people with disabilities.

About Canine Assistants
Canine Assistants® is a non-profit organization, founded in 1991, which trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs.  In addition to physically assisting those with disabilities, Canine Assistants service dogs are instrumental in removing many of the barriers faced by the disabled in today's society.

Service Dogs:
Canine Assistants service dogs assist children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs in a variety of ways. Some of the tasks the dogs perform include turning lights on and off, opening and closing doors, pulling wheelchairs, retrieving dropped objects, summoning help and providing secure companionship.  While all of these functions are vitally important in helping a person obtain greater freedom, perhaps the most impressive gift the dogs provide is social, rather than physical, in nature.  The dogs eliminate feelings of fear, isolation and loneliness felt by their companions. One Canine Assistants recipient made the value of this gift quite clear when asked by a reporter what she liked most about her service dog.  Immediately, she responded, "My dog makes my wheelchair disappear."

Most Canine Assistants service dogs are born, raised and trained at the Milton, Georgia facility, while some are occasionally adopted from local organizations or breeders.  The majority of the service dogs are retrievers, including both Golden Retrievers and Labradors.

Companion Dogs:
Like service dogs, companion dogs also serve to assist children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs.  Companion dogs work primarily in a recipient's home, assisting with tasks around the house and more importantly, contributing to the emotional well being of the person.

Seizure Response Dogs:
In addition to service dogs and companion dogs, Canine Assistants also trains and provides seizure response dogs for certain recipients.  As with some of the service dogs, these dogs are adopted from various organizations and selectively screened for personality, temperament and general health.  Following general training, seizure response dogs are trained to perform one of the following behaviors, depending on the recipient's need: remain next to the person during the course of a seizure, summon help in a controlled environment or retrieve a phone prior to the seizure when indicated by the recipient.  Certain dogs may even develop the ability to predict and react in advance to an oncoming seizure once they are placed with their recipient.

For every comment received on this post, Milk-Bone® will donate $1 to Canine Assistants so please take the time to leave a meaningful comment about this program or this charity!  What an easy way to help those in need during this holiday season!

Disclosure:  No compensation was received to blog about this program!  If this blog post receives the most comments, then I'll be given the opportunity to interview Jennifer Arnold, the founder of Canine Assistants.  I'm more interested in helping the program through this post, so please leave your comments for that reason alone!



Karla Saturday, November 27, 2010 9:44:00 PM CST  

We have a Jack Russell Terrier named Emily that love milk bones.

I think programs like companion dogs and the rest are wonderful.

katy Saturday, November 27, 2010 10:33:00 PM CST  

What a great thing for Milkbone to do. Canine Assistant sounds like a great program. Those dogs are very special. I'm sure the dog and owner have a special bond. My dog is a great companion and makes me smile everyday. Milkbone treat are a way to show him how much I love him. Thank you Milkbone for supporting this program!

Nicole Sunday, November 28, 2010 7:40:00 PM CST  

My dog Elvis is very picky when it comes to treats. He actually eats Milk Bones.
"Certain dogs may even develop the ability to predict and react in advance to an oncoming seizure once they are placed with their recipient."

that is AMAZING!

MrsPhilipswithoneL Sunday, November 28, 2010 7:47:00 PM CST  

This is such an awesome program. It is amazing how much having a dog can change things for people. They really are like having a best friend. That is great that they can train dogs to do so many different things. Milk Bone is doing good by helping support them. Thank you for this post. I am going to read more about this.

Having Fun Blogging

Stacey L Sunday, November 28, 2010 8:21:00 PM CST  

What a great program. I hope I never have to use it but thats the first place I would turn if I did. I love the slogan "Bark it Forward"

Anonymous,  Monday, November 29, 2010 6:53:00 AM CST  

G-MiMi says: Milk-Bone through it's Bark it Furward program and charitable partnership with Canine Assistants has helped make a difference in the quality of life for many individuals. There is continuing need for dogs with such specialized training. Thank you to Milk-Bone and this nonprofit organization for making this program available to adults and children.

Abi Monday, November 29, 2010 11:32:00 AM CST  

I think it's great the work that Milkbone is supporting. Dogs are so versatile that it amazes me.

Jackie Monday, November 29, 2010 7:44:00 PM CST  

I think it's wonderful that Milk Bone supports Canine Assistants. It's amazing the work these dogs do...and the love they give.

Keli Monday, November 29, 2010 9:12:00 PM CST  

Yay for Milkbone for doing this! My 3 dogs LOVE Milkbone treats - they even recognize the box now!

It's great that Milkbone is helping by gving back!

Renee Tuesday, November 30, 2010 11:30:00 PM CST  

What a great program for Milk Bone to be supporting. We have four small dogs. :) I'll definitely be buying more Milk Bone products, since they support such a great cause. Great work, guys!

lfhpueblo Wednesday, December 1, 2010 3:54:00 AM CST  

I have three dogs, a Belgium Malinois, A German Shepard, and a Minature Pinsher.
Thanks for giving back Milkbone and my dogs like, no love your snacks.

Sena Wednesday, December 1, 2010 6:39:00 AM CST  

What a great program!! Dogs are amazing creatures. No wonder they're called man's best friend!

Shelley Wednesday, December 1, 2010 12:19:00 PM CST  

I have twins with special needs & while they don't have a companion dog they have several friends who do. It is a wonderful program & those people really love & need their companions. Milk Bone thanks for supporting this great organization.

Sheri Carpetenter Wednesday, December 1, 2010 1:37:00 PM CST  

What an awesome program. I think this is such a great idea. Way to go for sharing this.

WeeMasonMan's Mom Wednesday, December 1, 2010 1:38:00 PM CST  

I have met many people over my time as an animal shelter employee and volunteer who have benefited so immensely from their relationship with animals. Whether it be the seizure dog that helps notify the child or the cat that gives a the elderly woman a reason to get out of bed, everyone who can be benefited by having an animal in their life should! What a great program!

humanecats Wednesday, December 1, 2010 3:12:00 PM CST  

What a great thing for milk bones to do. I know personally, my cats are what have kept me going!!

gretablau Wednesday, December 1, 2010 4:23:00 PM CST  

Wow this is great. Dogs are amazing really that they have big enough brains to be able to do this. So sweet. Milk Bone is great to help support canine assistants too!! Thanks!!

MaryB Wednesday, December 1, 2010 8:25:00 PM CST  

This is wonderful! I hope that you're able to help to raise a lot of money for this great organization!

windycindy Wednesday, December 1, 2010 8:47:00 PM CST  

My brother was a veterinarian for
over 30 years before he passed away.
I come from a family of animal lovers! Recently, I saw a special
on canine assistants and there is
a waiting list in this country of over 2,000 people waiting for
dogs to help them in life...

heartnsoulcooking Wednesday, December 1, 2010 10:37:00 PM CST  

What a GREAT!!! partnership that help people with physical disabilities.

JessieMomma Thursday, December 2, 2010 12:27:00 AM CST  

What a wonderful cause! I really adore the seizure dogs... I know several small children who would benefit from a service dog like that. Unfortunately, my pup is allergic to Milk Bones (all products processed with nuts or protein byproducts) so we can't purchase.

Alicia C. Thursday, December 2, 2010 5:31:00 AM CST  

What a great cause! A dollar just for a comment? I have a better image of Milkbone now. Thanks for taking part in this and giving me the opportunity to help out a little.

Laurie Harrison Thursday, December 2, 2010 6:28:00 AM CST  

Milkbones in my cupboard, for sure! I am happy to comment here. Dog-Gone thrilled, in fact. I just blogged about dogs and Christmas recently. 9and reminded folks to support shelters) This non-profit is a great organization. Those labs are smart critters for sure.
geneveve2 at gmail dot com

Glenda Cates Thursday, December 2, 2010 12:56:00 PM CST  

I Love what they are doing and I will be buying Milk Bone from no on and all the doggies on my list will be gettint it in there stockings.

Nicole Thursday, December 2, 2010 1:31:00 PM CST  

What a great program! I think that it is wonderful that Milk Bone supports such a great cause.

Robyn Thursday, December 2, 2010 1:55:00 PM CST  

What a truly amazing program!! and you are a wonderful person for helping raise money for this great cause!! I love the slogan "Bark it Forward" :)

Terri Thursday, December 2, 2010 2:35:00 PM CST  

I found this very fascinating. I was ignorant about all of this so it was new and interesting to read. Thanks for your great post and thanks to Milk Bones and Canine Assistants for their work.

Amy Thursday, December 2, 2010 7:33:00 PM CST  

Wow, I was kinda oblivious! What a great thing y'all are doing, way to be team players!

LAMusing Friday, December 3, 2010 6:54:00 AM CST  

What a really wonderful thing for Milkbone to do!! I only have a cat right now, but I'll buy a box of Milkbone's for my friends dog for Christmas :)

sablelexi Friday, December 3, 2010 12:18:00 PM CST  

Its so wonderful to hear about the great things that animals are doing to help people. This sounds like a great charity.

Kristin Friday, December 3, 2010 4:48:00 PM CST  

Great program and I'm thrilled to be able to help, even in such a small way!

Keenly Kristin
wowknk at gmail dot com

Anonymous,  Saturday, December 4, 2010 5:52:00 AM CST  

Finally, an issue that I am passionate about. I have looked for information of this caliber for the last several hours. Your site is greatly appreciated.

Haven Saturday, December 4, 2010 11:47:00 AM CST  

This post almost made me cry. Dogs are capable of such amazing acts of love.

Thank you milkbone for celebrating them!

Gina Saturday, December 4, 2010 12:40:00 PM CST  

i am so happy to see milk bones doing something for the under privileged. Dogs can make such a huge impact in anyone's like and they need them the most!

Nicole Saturday, December 4, 2010 2:05:00 PM CST  

This is an AMAZING program for a WONDERFUL cause. Truly amazing story - I teared reading your post. It is rare and unusual to see people doing great things for others. I am trying to teach my son to do good things for people year round and this is a great example and story I would share with him.

Happy holidays!

Pixel Berry Pie Designs Saturday, December 4, 2010 2:22:00 PM CST  

I have a dog named Terra (a Westie) and she has brought wonderful joy and happiness to our family. I don't know what life would be like if we never had her as a pet. Her presence in the room makes us all feel safe-- even if she is only 15lbs, she has a big bark ready for intruders.

Tarissa Saturday, December 4, 2010 2:23:00 PM CST  

Canine Assistants sounds like an awesome program. I'm glad I was able to learn about what they do.

ossmcalc Saturday, December 4, 2010 9:28:00 PM CST  

Canine Assistants is a wonderful program that provides extremely valuable services to those in need. Thank you Milk-Bone for supporting such a worthy cause.

Thank you,


manthas24 Sunday, December 5, 2010 4:07:00 AM CST  

That sounds like an amazing program. My daughter will be very interested in reading this post!

hendy Sunday, December 5, 2010 4:38:00 AM CST  

What a great cause, I will gladly comment if it means supporting this great non for profit. Dogs are so amazing!

Patrice Sunday, December 5, 2010 3:54:00 PM CST  

This is such an awesome program. I love dogs. They are so good for people. I wish all people were equally good to and for dogs. It would be a better place. Good job with this program Milk Bone folks!

Cakeblast Sunday, December 5, 2010 4:28:00 PM CST  

What a fantastic cause - thank you Milk Bone! I do not know anyone personally with a service dog, but I have seen people using them. The dogs are always so well behaved and it is obvious that they are making life much easier (and providing much-needed companionship) for those in need.

Hannah Sunday, December 5, 2010 7:24:00 PM CST  

I've known a couple people who had service dogs and they loved their dogs so much! The dogs were indispensable to their way of life! I think it is so awesome that this program exists!

vhubler Sunday, December 5, 2010 7:57:00 PM CST  

What a great cause to support and thankyou for the wonderful post.
velvethubler at yahoo dot com

Vicky CK Sunday, December 5, 2010 11:06:00 PM CST  

My aunt and uncle foster some dogs that miss the service calling and even those are special dogs! The people who need these special animals often can't afford to help these programs, so thanks for the donations!


~Dawn~ Monday, December 6, 2010 4:22:00 PM CST  

I am so happy to help such a great cause!! :) Thank you!!

Kim@Chubby Cheeks Thinks Tuesday, December 7, 2010 10:05:00 PM CST  

I had actually looked into signing our dog up to be a therapy dog but she wouldn't qualify because she doesn't get along with other animals :( But at least there are other dogs helping!


Terra H. Tuesday, December 7, 2010 11:00:00 PM CST  

Canine Assistants seems like a wonderful, helpful program and I'm glad to see MilkBone supporting it.

erin.nicole Wednesday, December 8, 2010 2:21:00 AM CST  

This is such a wonderful program. Just the other day I was talking about how amazed I was at what dogs can do for people. Between seeing eye dogs, service dogs, and companion dogs, it truly is incredible!! Thanks to MilkBone for supporting such as wonderful cause!!

Rudy - The dog with a blog Wednesday, December 8, 2010 7:01:00 PM CST  

What a furry good thing for Milk Bone to do!
I raise guide dog puppies for SEGDI, so I love their program too :)

Allison (Rudy's Raiser)

Book Loving Mommy Wednesday, December 8, 2010 11:47:00 PM CST  

This is an amazing program! I actually knew a dog that could "predict" seizures! It is so awesome that these people can have a helper and a friend! This makes me want to buy ONLY Milk Bones for my dogs!

Kimberly Thursday, December 9, 2010 8:33:00 AM CST  

This is a great program. Service dogs can really change someone's life, but they can be so expensive.

Jessica King Thursday, December 9, 2010 10:52:00 AM CST  

What a great cause!

Our little terrier mix is 16 years old and STILL loves her Milk bones to this day!

Sweet20j @

Romina Thursday, December 9, 2010 11:24:00 AM CST  

I did not grow up with a pet, but I see how having one makes a tremendous difference in a person's life. Thank you for writing about this wonderful organization. I have worked with people with special needs and any organization that is dedicated to the support and care of special needs individuals certainly needs to be spotlighted.

Texas Type A Mom Thursday, December 9, 2010 8:58:00 PM CST  

This sounds like such a wonderful program! I volunteered for several years with an organization that helped care for animals and place them in new homes when their owner's passed away.

Joan Thursday, December 9, 2010 10:42:00 PM CST  

When I was kid, we always gave our dogs milk bones as treats. I didn't know about this charity before, but I think every human deserves to have an animal friend, and it seems the recipients of this charity especially need them. I teared up a little. :)

Kristy Friday, December 10, 2010 3:40:00 AM CST  

Such a great thing to do! I love knowing that even doing something as leaving a comment will help animals in need, because they need help and love too! And around the holidays, we cannot forget our furry friends : )

akritical Friday, December 10, 2010 7:13:00 AM CST  

What a great cause! I love my dog Crackers and I know how wonderful it is to have a dog as a companion. I did not know about this charity. I will have to buy more Milk Bone now.

jhull Friday, December 10, 2010 9:05:00 AM CST  

What a great program! If I had a dog I would definitely buy Milk Bone! My family will be donating to our local animal shelter this year instead of giving gifts!

Elly Friday, December 10, 2010 9:59:00 PM CST  

I've always firmly believed in the amazing abilities dogs have to help people in need. I just look at the way my grandma who was ailing from Alzheimer's responded to my family's dog... The joy and comfort he brought her. What an excellent program!

jenzen69 Saturday, December 11, 2010 1:35:00 PM CST  

i love blogs that give back. this is a very unique program and im happy to support it by merely commenting. thanks for writing about this.

kelly1211 Saturday, December 11, 2010 6:20:00 PM CST  

Wow, reading all of this is amazing! Thank you Milk Bone for allowing such an easy way to donate money to such a wonderful program and thank you so much to the people that volunteer their time to train these amazing animals. Sunday, December 12, 2010 10:37:00 AM CST  

I have three furry babies of my own: Misty, Gracie and Maggie. They are like members of our families and I can't imagine life without them. They love milkbones and all forms of treats. I think that this is a great program!

Dana @ The Coupon Challenge Sunday, December 12, 2010 11:22:00 AM CST  

It's amazing how much a dog can help with recovery. I love how commening this post means $1 donation too!

Anonymous,  Monday, December 13, 2010 1:06:00 PM CST
nothing better than commenting for a cause!

Tina Monday, December 13, 2010 1:34:00 PM CST  

That's so awesome of them to do this and so awesome of you to host it! Service dogs are amazing!

Tina Wednesday, December 15, 2010 12:24:00 AM CST  

As a woman with Epilepsy I find these dogs amazing! What a wonderful thing being done =)

Nancy Thursday, December 16, 2010 6:37:00 AM CST  

Such a great program - thanks Milkbone for the program, and thank you for hosting it!

22bmommy2 Friday, December 17, 2010 7:50:00 AM CST  

Thank you Canine Assistants for your generous, thoughtful Charity! I especially appreciate how you help the children! It's not easy being young with special needs, but you make it easier by providing a special assistant for the children, whom they can love and grow with!

M Saturday, December 18, 2010 11:19:00 PM CST  

Such adorable dogs! What a great charity and it's so awesome that Milk-Bone is donating for every comment made. I'm glad my comment helps in some small way.

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} Sunday, December 19, 2010 12:31:00 AM CST  

Canine Assistants sounds like a wonderful program! I'm happy that they are able to help so many people in need. Dogs are special -- especially service dogs :)

tristatecruisers Tuesday, December 21, 2010 6:53:00 AM CST  

That is so great--Companion dogs are always a great help--My brother who suffers from seizures has a companion dog--thank you all for what you do :)

marci h
tristatecruisers at yahoo dot com

Toystory Tuesday, December 21, 2010 3:06:00 PM CST  

My neighbors daughter just got a companion dog to help her - she was so excited to tell me all about how they match the dogs, and how much this particular dog can do for her, etc. Thing is when it has it's "vest" on it works, when it doesn't it plays... Amazing how it learned to do so much. These dogs help so many...KUDO's to the trainers!

jenspurg Tuesday, December 21, 2010 8:35:00 PM CST  

What a great program! It's great that big corporations help those in need and what better way than to help with animals. Not only does the animal physically help, but also offers a companion to the person in need. Great job Milkbone!

Lois S Tuesday, December 21, 2010 9:27:00 PM CST  

I hope it is OK to comment twice.

It is a great program, my friend had a dog who would warn the family of a seizure that was about to happen to her son's girlfriend. Actually both of their dogs did and they always stayed with her afterward. Neither one ever had any training. The one in particular would have made a great service dog had circumstances been different.

allthingsnew Tuesday, December 21, 2010 9:57:00 PM CST  

I think this is a great program! My sister does a lot of work with rescue dogs, and I know that she would love to know about this program! They always have dogs that need homes, and it would be great if they could all be trained!

stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com

the Crave to Save Wednesday, December 22, 2010 6:38:00 PM CST  

What a great program! I have 2 dogs of my own who really love Milkbones :

gina.m.maddox AT

ruthhill74 Thursday, December 23, 2010 3:36:00 PM CST  

When I see the amazing work that they can do with animals and how they help people with disabilities, I am always amazed and humbled. Thanks for sharing!

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