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Chris and Suzie Skinner share love story

                              A life-altering accident was gateway to love, happiness BY VICKI GROOMS vgrooms@thesunnews.com February 13, 2014   Chris Skinner was dating a nursing student when he asked his grandfather to pray that she would be the girl he would marry, but…
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Canine Angels Therapy Dogs adds new team

Widower shares his dog's therapy powers with others Published in The Sun News Feb. 9 2014 [caption id="attachment_1944" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Canine Angels therapy dog candidate Lady Bug and dog owner Dick Nixon work during a training session Sunday at Nixon's home in Murrells Inlet. Nixon, 87, who lost his wife in July, plans to use…
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Freddie departs the Canine Angels pack

A few days ago, Canine Angels founder Rick Kaplan lost his personal service dog of 14 years. Freddie was the pack’s beloved senior member. Despite cancer, a titanium knee and painful arthritis, Freddie refused to be left out anything the Angels were doing. He was a trooper to the end, when he searched for Rick…
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Service Dog Zeus rescues his handler after fall

We are so proud of the way Canine Angels handlers and their service dogs become finely tuned teams. The sensitivity these dogs develop to their masters' needs is proof. Now a lifesaver, Zeus was once the terror of the animal shelter. He was untrained, wild, and super strong. Volunteers were afraid to walk him. Things…
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Bobo is recovering from Copperhead bite

From The Sun News MYRTLE BEACH — The Grand Strand’s typically mild winters mean the risk of snake bites never disappears, a reality that recently struck an area resident and his dog. The likelihood of running into a snake and being bitten drops drastically in the winter months, but anytime there’s a warm period like…
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Meet Chris and Zoey, Canine Angels’ new service dog team

[caption id="attachment_1697" align="alignleft" width="300"] Our littlest Canine Angel has met her match.[/caption] Canine Angels is delighted to announce a new match: Chris and Zoey. Chris is a paralyzed veteran who required a small dog to help him with anxiety and PTSD. He bonded with Zoey, a loving 6-pound Yorkie who came from an abusive situation.…
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Iraq war vet earns Canine Angels Service Dog certification

A former Marine and Grand Strand resident who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder passed a crucial test Wednesday. Donnell Nelson needs a service dog to help him cope with civilian life, but the man who helped him acquire the dog wanted to make sure dog and owner were fully prepared to be a team.…
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Dogs’ training helps make golf easier, more enjoyable for veterans

By Alan Blondin — ablondin@thesunnews.com PAWLEYS ISLAND — In the midst of the four decades Rick Kaplan visited the Grand Strand on golf vacations, he worked his handicap nearly down to scratch. But in the past four years, his game has gone to the dogs. Kaplan’s golf rounds are now almost entirely dedicated to training the pack of…
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Dunes Living Magazine Features Canine Angels

We'd like to thank Dr. Amanda Thomas and Sabra McNeil, the Grand Dunes residents who brought our nonprofit to the attention of Dunes Living magazine, where we were recently featured. We're grateful for the exposure and the support. Thanks to Bill Conely of the magazine for following through on their lead.  [singlepic id=26 w=616 h=588 mode=web10 float=left]
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