Northwest NEWS

October 12, 1998

Local News

Service dogs put on a show at the grange


Kathy Keck demonstrated how Moya helps her.

   For those who need help with the laundry, making the bed, getting up or hearing the doorbell, there are service dogs that can come to the rescue.
   Exactly what these dogs can do was demonstrated Sept. 16 by the Delta Society to an open meeting at the Sammamish Valley Grange.
   Nancy Kedward, Delta's service dog education system program coordinator, and Lynnette Spanola, donor services manager, were on hand to explain the service dog program.
   But the stars of the evening were Kathy Keck and Moya, the 1995 Delta Beyond Limits service animal award winner.
   Keck demonstrated how the yellow Labrador helps her keep her balance, alerts her to curbs and retrieves needed items.
   Other service animals help their owners by pulling clothes out of the dryer or alerting them to the ringing of a doorbell, telephone or alarm clock. They also are able to warn of impending seizures.
   Founded in 1977, Delta Society is a non-profit organization located in Renton. Besides helping people with disabilities obtain service dogs, they have a Pet Partners program in which an owner and pet become certified and volunteer to visit nursing homes, hospitals or special schools.
   To learn more about the Delta Society, call for a free catalog at 1-800-869-6898.