Dog Bless You, a division of the multimedia service Explore.org, works with a number of nonprofit organizations to provide a unique look into the lives of service dogs, recording their daily goings-on with an array of live cams. The project initially arose after receiving huge support on Facebook, allowing Dog Bless You to join forces with five different groups that all train different types of service dogs for different types of work.
One group with a live cam, the Service Dog Project, trains Great Danes to provide balance assistance for the physically disabled; another, East Coast Assistance Dogs provided Luis Montalvan, the author of "Until Tuesday," with the service dog that inspired his bestselling memoir. Each organization offers a different look at what it means to train, work with and love a service dog, from the very beginning of the process.
According to Courtney Johnson, Explore.org's community relations manager, the live cams at each outlet offer viewers a chance to join a special online community -- and maybe even reap the benefits of having a service dogs themselves. "It helps people to watch these cams," Johnson said. "A lot of our viewers are elderly or disabled themselves, and part of their day is brightened by watching these dogs ... They give people puppy therapy even while they're in training."
Yesterday, a group of future service dogs was born at one of Dog Bless You's partner groups, Warrior Canine Connection. The group relies on military veterans who suffer from PTSD to train the dogs, giving the trainers a chance to receive some therapy while the dogs are young. When the dogs are done with their training, they each go on to assist veterans who are physically disabled. The first hours of the puppies' lives are now being broadcast on a live cam, just in time for National Puppy Day.
To learn more about Dog Bless You or the organizations with which they work, visit their website or check out more of their live cams.