Apr. 22: Raising a Cowboy for the Disabled

Twenty-seven-year-old Jamie Feretic of Queens, New York, decided to make a difference for the disabled in a somewhat unique way.  She is raising and training a Labrador Retriever puppy named Cowboy to potentially be a therapy dog for the charity Canine Companions for Independence (CCI).

As reported in the Daily News, CCI provides dogs free-of-charge to “people who suffer from physical and mental disabilities.”  Volunteers like Feretic take in eight-week-old puppies, absorb the cost of caring for them for 18 months, and help socialize them.  Approximately 40 percent of the dogs go on to become actual therapy dogs for CCI.  If a canine is disqualified for some reason, the person who raised him or her has the option of adopting the animal.

Feretic says, “It’s one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, but it’s a lot of work…He loves helping people.”

Each of us can derive joy from helping others.  If you see an opportunity, take it.

Serve one another with whatever gift each of you has

received.  (1 Peter 4:10)

Teach me to love helping others, Lord.

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