These Dogs Deserve a Round Of A-Paws!

This week is International Assistance Dog Week (August 6-12) which was established to raise awareness and honor the incredible work that assistance dogs do to help individuals with disability related limitations. It was also created to recognize the trainers, puppy raisers, and handlers that have devoted their time and expertise to these dogs to ensure proper training and care.

Here in the Still Picture Branch at the National Archives, we have a handful of photographs within our holdings that show these specially trained dogs aiding many individuals. Let’s give these dogs a big round of a-paws!

Pfc. Kiyoto Nakai, blinded AJA veteran of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Company G, is accompanied by his seeing-eye dog, Cubby. Oahu, Hawaii. September 10, 1945.
(Left) Local ID: 111-SC-212046. (Right) Local ID: 111-SC-226995.

Yoshina Omiya arriving in the busiest part of downtown Honolulu with its traffic and crowded streets. His seeing-eye dog, Audrey, turns her head right and left to make sure that all is clear. May 2, 1945.
(Left) Local ID: 111-SC-329079. (Right) Local ID: 111-SC-329077.

Chester Bodzio, blind worker in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and his Seeing Eye dog. June 26, 1943.
(Left) Local ID: 80-G-72980. (Right) Local ID: 80-G-72981.

Thomas J. Mitchell, blind Navy veteran, with his dog. May 1954.
(Left) Local ID: 80-G-702684. (Right) Local ID: 80-G-702683.

Ukie and his owner, Lowell “Butch” Fair at Kennedy Space Center. Ukie was bred and raised to be a “Service Dog” under the Canine Companions for Independence (CCIT) Program, and is the first specially trained dog of his kind at KSC.

National Disability and Awareness Month at the Kennedy Space Center – Canine Companions for Independence
(Local ID: 255-KSC-392C-6485, Frames 32 and 33, NAID: 203250443)

These service dogs were all trained to perform a specific task that was directly related to their handler’s disability. While the terms service dog, working dog, therapy dog, and emotional support dog are not interchangeable, all of these types of dogs fulfill important roles in aiding people.

In addition to the hard-working service dogs shared above, we have many other photographs showing other ways dogs take on different roles in bringing comfort to individuals!

Interested in seeing more? Check out the National Archives Catalog! You can also read the previous blog post from The Unwritten Record: Go for Broke: The 442nd Infantry Regiment and checkout more of our blogs relating to dogs for more content!


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