Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

MAMA TINA on the home stretch

ECAD Mama Tina is a week out till her puppies arrival with a due date of 12/25/12 stay tuned for updates leading up to the big day and links to our webcam when it becomes active !

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Happy Hanukkah

From the ECAD family to yours have a blessed and Happy Hanukkah!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

From our Family to yours Happy Thanksgiving !:)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Free Dog Food for a YEAR

                                                                 Click HERE to enter

The core message of the contest is "Celebrating Dogs at Work." AKA celebrating service dogs, working dogs and regular pets who work to improve the lives of their owners (this can include anything from fetching the paper to being a snuggle buddy). Users submit photos of their pets "working" for a chance to win either a month or year of free pet food.

Monday, November 12, 2012

We will miss you Rosie

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Rosie. Rosa Parks was a faithful companion to owner Dale Picard as well as being the first judicially approved courtroom dog in New York State. Rosie was with Dale and Lu at the time of her passing. She will be missed but never forgotten. Cross that Rainbow Bridge Rosie ! Sky is waiting for you !

NY Times Article on Rosie

Sunday, November 11, 2012

PetCareRX is raising money for ECAD's Project Heal this Veterans Day

Our friends and one of our sponsors PetCareRX are donating 5% of their sales today and tomorrow to ECAD's Project Heal. Please consider them for all of your pets needs . PetCareRX also donates all of our dogs food in both of our locations.
This Veteran's Day, we're raising money for for ECAD's Project Heal. Shop today and tomorrow, and we'll donate 5% of sales to support ECAD. Shop Now! http://www.petcarerx.com/.

You can also help celebrate service dogs by entering the Dogs at Work Photo Contest! Just Look for the tab at the top!

Veteran's Day!

To all of our ECAD Veterans ,as well as Veterans everywhere, today (and everyday) we celebrate you and all of the sacrifice you and your families have made for all of us. Thank YOU!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Happy Birthday Lu!

Today is one of our founder's Lu Picard's, Birthday. Lu and her Husband Dale founded ECAD/Project Heal in 1995. In that amount of time Lu has changed and some cases saved hundreds of lives with her incredible service dogs.

Not only is Lu a

skilled dog educator she is one of the kindest most sincere people you will ever meet. Lu defines the meaning of humanitarian and works tirelessly to help anyone who she can reach both in and out of the training center.

Happy Birthday to you Lu Picard, you are truly a rare and special person! We all Love you and admire your life's work greatly!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Turn Back the Clock

Brady and Gucci say :

Monday, October 22, 2012

Russ Demo at "Meet the Breeds"

Lia and Alex doing a Demo at this past weekends "Meet the Breeds" at Javits center in NYC. Russ is showing 'MY LAP". This is a way that Russ can bring an item to Alex to play with him, pick up something he may have dropped or to just get a big hug.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

United Rentals comes to Meet the Breeds

Craig Pintoff from United Rentals stopping by the booth to smooch Ross and Gucci. We are grateful for all they do for us.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Russ Jr at Meet the Breeds Javits Center NYC

Russ Loves his new friends at KONG Company

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Spotlight Service Dog in training -ACE

 Here are some notes from one of Ace's home for the weekend handlers on their recent trip to Stop and Shop!

Next stop was the Pet Pantry in Rye NY!

Way to go Ace your doing great!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Westminister Kennel Club to Help ECAD's Project Heal

The Westminster Kennel Club and the New York Academy of Art have selected the winning artwork to represent the 137th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 

A collection of oil-on-porcelain miniature portrait paintings by Robert Clark and Richard Moss won the art contest, sponsored for the third consecutive year by the New York Academy of Art. The Committee also named four finalists. This image, which includes Malachy, the Pekingese that captured the 2012 Best In Show title, and Sensation, Westminster's mascot and logo model Pointer, as well as a number of other breeds, will be utilized in a poster and in other club materials to promote the 2013 show. 

Robert Clark is a graduate of the New York Academy of Art with a Masters in painting (MFA 1992). Richard Moss studied mosaic in Italy. For over twenty years, Clark and Moss have been working collaboratively to create both functional and decorative figurative art: easel-work and surfaces in stone, glass and ceramic. 

Together they have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House Millennium Project, museums and prestigious private collectors. Their published work includes luxury residences and notable hotels and restaurants. For a decade they have been reviving kiln-fired oil-on-porcelain in the style of 18th and 19th century Sevres and KoniglichePorzellanManufaktur (KPM). The artists' studio is at their farm in Ocala, FL, where they breed horses from the Royal Dutch Stud Book of the Netherlands and German riding ponies. 


Proceeds from sales of the poster will go to benefit the Project HEAL program offered by Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD). The mission of ECAD, a 501(c)(3) charity based in Dobbs Ferry, NY, is to train and place Assistance Dogs to help people with disabilities gain independence and mobility. Project HEAL honors and empowers Wounded Warriors by providing specially trained Service Dogs to increase independence and make a difference in their lives. 

For additional information:

The Westminster Kennel Club and the New York Academy of Art thank their generous shipping sponsor, Cadogan Tate Fine Art (www.cadogantate.com).

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Help Us Help a Veteran

Help us help a Veteran

Madigan alleges fraud on part of Autism charity

Madigan alleges fraud on part of Autism charity
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a woman who allegedly cheated families out of thousands of dollars in payments for service dogs to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Madigan filed the lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court against Lea Kaydus and Animals for Autism, Kaydus' charitable organization. The lawsuit alleges that for more than a year, Kaydus solicited payments and donations from families throughout the country to match them with trained service dogs to act as companions for their children. The lawsuit alleges that none of the families who paid for the service received a trained dog.

Kaydus agreed to a settlement on Thursday. Under the terms of the settlement, she must comply with the state's charitable and consumer fraud laws in the future and must give the affected families restitution.

"Animals for Autism turned out to be a heartless scam," Madigan said. "The organization targeted parents of children with autism who hoped that adopting a service dog would help their child. But instead of receiving a trained dog to assist their child, these families lost thousands of dollars and worse, had their hopes for their child dashed."

Madigan alleged that Animals for Autism advertised that it would train Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Klee Kai puppies for between $3,000 to $8,000 and pair the dogs with families to help their children. Kaydus allegedly told families they would first be introduced to their dogs in person or via teleconference calls followed by frequent updates until the dogs were trained and ready to be put in the homes.

Families in Washington, Ohio and California sent payments to Kaydus and were allegedly led to believe over the course of several months that Kaydus was training dogs to place in the families' homes. Families allegedly received pictures of puppies that were taken years earlier and showed dogs that were not involved in the training program. One family allegedly received a photo of a puppy that was taken in 2007.

Kaydus allegedly collected at least $5,190 from families during the scam.

The lawsuit alleged that Kaydus and Animals for Autism engaged in numerous violations of the Illinois Solicitation for Charity Act and the Consumer Fraud Act.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Help us Help a Veteran

                         Help us Help a Veteran: Project HEAL© is a program offered by ECAD.

We are in full swing of our Help us Help a Veteran fund drive. The first 100 People to donate $5.00 or more will receive a "I Changed Three Lives" silicone bracelet. (picture below) When supporting ECAD you help change the life of an at risk teen who works with out dogs, the veteran and a service dog. Thanks for all your support!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Armani the SDog of many Talents

Robert and Armani are for sure going to be a force to be reckoned with. Our newest team seems like a match made in heaven. Robert served in Vietnam and was involved in heavy combat leaving him with chronic and delayed PTSD.

  A funny thing happened when Robert got to team training. Robert also suffers from Diabetes and must keep a strict eye on his sugars.

 While relaxing back in the dorms in between classes Robert noticed Armani would come over to him from time to time and lick his finger tips. After this randomly happened a few times Robert started testing  his sugar level. After three separate occasions his sugar was rising after testing.   Armani had not been worked with as an alert dog to diabetes but seemed to just pick up on his new partners issue. These animals are truly amazing. Way to go Armani !!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Lu and Shannon Demonstrate a Narcolepsy Response Dog

  • Cataplexy. This is a sudden loss of muscle tone while awake that makes you unable to move. Strong emotions, such as laughter or anger, can trigger this.
    • Most attacks last for less than 30 seconds and can be missed.
    • Your head will suddenly fall forward, your jaw will become slack, and your knees will buckle.
    • In severe cases, a person may fall and stay paralyzed for as long as several minutes