I was delighted to see that funds are finally being allocated formally for training service dogs for veterans. Considering the shocking and heartwrenching fact that twenty-two US veterans commit suicide every day, it is long overdue. Hopefully it is just the beginning.
Groenendaels, jet black Belgian sheepdogs are saving more than humans according to “The Latest In Scientific Field Equipment? Fido’s Nose”, a recent article by NPR. This time they are saving an elusive species of turtles.
Amazingly, the Science Daily reports that dogs will act socially with robots that do not visually resemble humans at all, however, only after witnessing a human having a social exchange with a robot. Fascinating.