Giving Back to Your Psychiatric Service Dogs
~ Mary-Jane Howe

The number of service dogs is on the rise with an estimated 4,000 fulfilling different service roles. Psychiatric service dogs (PSDs) help people with emotional and mental disabilities. They are valuable in helping various mental conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, bipolar disorder, and mental issues such as anxiety or stress. Specifically trained to assist in the daily life of a person with mental challenges, these wonderful animals lift moods, sense Continue Reading →


Dog Guru Podcast with Jane Miller

The podcast Ask Your Dog Guru can be accessed at along with information about how to attend or listen later.

Host and producer Victoria presents this podcast for dog lovers and owners to get advice and get their questions answered.

They are a positive reinforcement broadcast that focuses on how to connect with dogs of all ages in a kind and harm free manner.

They will be airing the episode on several platforms including: iTunes, Podbean, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, Youtube, Podcast addict, podcasts (which is an app that will auto upload the episode), Spreaker, Soundpage.



Newman’s Own Challenge ~ Save the Date



We’ve partnered with our friends at Crowdrise and the Newman’s Own Foundation to take part in the 2017 $500,000 Holiday Challenge to help provide more Psychiatric Service Dogs for those in need. 

Beyond basic obedience training, each dog we work with must be specially trained for the specific needs of the client. It can take up to $20,000 and 2 years of specialized training to achieve this.

While we’re proud to have a big impact, the fact is we are still a small organization, and our mission depends on the support of our readers and community to continue being successful.

But our small size and lack of bureaucracy also allows us to have a minimal amount of overhead, and put the maximum amount of every dollar into helping people struggling with mental illness.

Here’s some concrete examples of how your contribution makes a difference:

  • $75 buys a year of heart worm treatment for one dog.
  • $100 buys a crate for one dog during their training.
  • $300 buys food for a service dog for one year.
  • $1000 provides a Pet Tutor and four Manners Minders for service dog training.
  • $10,000- $20,000 will save the life and completely fund the training of one psychiatric service dog from start to finish.

Regardless of how much you’re able to give, you now have the chance to multiply that gift at no additional cost to you!


Organizations participating in the Newman’s Own Holiday Challenge compete for a share of $500,000 in cash prizes, based on how much money they raise.

The Challenge launches on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 12pm ET and runs through Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 1:59:59pm ET. 

The organization that raises the most online during the Challenge wins $150,000

2nd Place wins $50,000 
3rd Place wins $30,000
4th Place wins $25,000
5th Place wins $15,000
6th Place wins $10,000
7th Place wins $7,500
8th Place wins $5,500
9th Place wins $4,500
10th Place wins $2,500 

Addtional rewards are to granted organizations that raise the most on #GivingTuesday (Nov. 28th, 2017):

1st Place wins $50,000.
2nd Place wins $25,000
3rd Place wins $10,000

Think about how much of an impact you can have by helping us reach one of these milestones. Never think your contribution doesn’t make a difference. Client success stories like Mindy’s are living proof of what supporters like you have made happen.

So mark your calendars— the Challenge begins November 21st! Give someone living with mental illness the chance for a normal life.

Founder, Healing Companions, Inc.



As we look back on another great year of helping people with mental illness reclaim their lives with the help of Psychiatric Service Dogs, we need to reflect back on those who helped make it all possible.

Thanks to support from people like you, we were able to help people like Tracy feel the joy of living again.

“I have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Finola was trained to help me with my panic attacks. Without Finola I would be housebound..I can’t even imagine how I would survive without the help of a service dog..Finola has definitely transformed my life.”

It’s your empathy and generosity that makes successes like these possible. We can never thank you enough.

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