A medical assist dog at Stop 'n Shop

No Cappuccino for this pooch
Ensconced in a cart wrapped in a blanket at Starbucks

Another reason to Stop 'n Sip

I was sitting in the Starbucks in the East Harwich Stop 'n Shop this morning when I saw a pup pass in a cart.

The cute pup had a red coat which said it was a Medical Service Dog, so I took the photo on the left and below as his master Mytchell Epstein waited for his coffee to be prepared.

I'm a cat-lover, but this pooch was as cute and cuddly as any feline I've ever seen.

It is incredible when you find out all of the things which medical service dogs can do to help people live a more independent life. These very special dogs help to give people back their self-confidence and independence.

Service dogs refers to dogs not specifically trained for visual or hearing impairment, but trained to do other work, such as mobility assistance dogs, seizure alert dogs or other medical alert dogs, and psychiatric service dogs. In the United States, the term "service dog" may be used synonymously with "assistance dog," and is occasionally used for other types of working dogs as well.

Read Mytch Epstein's letter to the editor  here.

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