Girl Scout Gold Award Project

"Project Puppy Love" is a Girl Scout Gold Award project created by me, Meghan Kelly. I have wanted to raise a foster puppy for Paws With A Cause, located in Wayland, MI, since I was five years old.

A service dog has been a part of my family for as long as I can remember because my mom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1989. She has had a service dog since 1993.

Project "Puppy Love" evolved from an article I read about how pictures of baby animals make people smile and feel better in order to be more productive at work. I thought that an actual puppy could do even more.

 

I decided that since I was going to raise a foster puppy, and socializing her puppy is one of the requirements, it would be more meaningful if the puppy could make a difference in people's lives while I raised him.  I received my foster puppy, a golden retriever named Cruise, from the Paws With A Cause breeding program, in January of 2013.  Cruise and I have visited assisted living facilities, patients receiving medical treatments, and kids with physical disabilities. I am making a difference by educating people about service dogs, and helping people smile and feel better while socializing my puppy. After raising Cruise for approximately 16 months, he will go back to the Paws With A Cause training center to go to "puppy college" to continue training. Then, he will get matched with a person with a disability.

The educational part of my Gold Award is sharing information about service dogs. I am also in the process of creating a reading program for the Grand Ledge Public Library. The program will help kids that struggle with reading in school become more confident by reading to dogs. This helps socialize future service dogs and gives kids an opportunity to improve their reading skills.

I have gathered information and put it on this web site to help people understand what service dogs can do for people with disabilities, the organizations that train dogs, and how you can help.

For more information see the organizations listed on the Resources page.

Read the CBS published article

Read the research published in Plos One

 

I've raised my foster puppy Cruise, click here to find out what happened.

My mom has a new Serice Dog, Flurry.  Find out more about Flurry here!

 

Project "Puppy Love" A Girl Scout Gold Award Project by Meghan Kelly