The Pacific Assistance Dogs Society has been raising dogs to help the physically disabled since 1987. Equipped with its own breeding program, the dogs are part of the family since day one. However, the task of raising the pups until they are mature enough for training falls on the shoulders of their volunteer raisers.
I profiled the Puppy Therapy program that SFU holds in conjuntion with PADS every exam season some time ago, and this piece delves deeper into how integrated the puppy is into their raisers' lives. Specifically, the piece focuses on Mint, and her raisers Amy and Jordan.