On April 30, Kathy Hinds completed her final term as Massachusetts Vest–A-Dog's President to focus on family needs, especially her 10 month old grandson, Lucas! Hinds started the non-profit in 2000 when her then 11 year old daughter Lisa brought home an “American Girl” magazine featuring an 11 year old who had founded the national Vest-A-Dog program in San Diego. Lisa told her mom “I want to vest a dog!” and so, Hinds founded Massachusetts Vest a Dog.
Volunteer puppy raisers provide specially-bred puppies a safe and loving home, take them to obedience classes, provide them with a healthy diet and socialization opportunities, and give them lots of love for the first 18 months of their lives. Ultimately these puppies will learn how to retrieve items from the floor, open doors, turn light switches on and off, open and close drawers and pull a wheelchair.
Leslie Zelamsky is not only our full time director of Dog Training at Especially for Pets but also a longtime puppy raiser and advocate for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). She recently spoke to The MetroWest Daily News about her rewarding experiences working with future assistance dogs.
Last year, Sally Harper’s grandmother was hospitalized and she became responsible for the care of her West Highland Terrier, Chelsea. As a writer for a small senior care site, Sally felt it important to cover this topic and was kind enough to share it with the Especially for Pets’ community. We hope this information is helpful for you and/or your loved ones.
Our Personal Shopping service offers new dog owners a one-on-one, highly personalized service with one of our canine professionals to discuss and make recommendations regarding training, diet, health, toys and equipment. This complimentary service is offered by appointment only, Tuesday through Saturday, exclusively at our Wayland store. Please call 508/647-6923.