August 7-13, 2016: Assistance Dog Week

WHEREAS, assistance dogs include guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired, hearing dogs for the deaf and hearing impaired and service dogs for people with other disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, service dogs assist people with disabilities with walking, balance, dressing, transferring from place to place, retrieving and carrying items, opening doors and drawers, pushing buttons, pulling wheelchairs and aiding with household choirs such as loading and unloading the washer and dryer; and,

WHEREAS, hearing alert dogs alert people with a hearing loss to the presence of specific sounds such as doorbells, telephones, crying babies, sirens, another person, buzzing timers or sensors, knocks at the door as well as smoke, fire and clock alarms; and,

WHEREAS, alert/response dogs alert or respond to medical conditions, such as heart attacks, seizures, strokes, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attacks, anxiety attacks and post-traumatic stress; and,

WHEREAS, this week provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness of the selfless way all types of assistance dogs assist individuals with mitigating their disability-related limitations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 7-13, 2016 as Assistance Dog Week in Michigan.