August 6-12: Assistance Dog Week

WHEREAS, assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities; and,

WHEREAS, they serve as devoted partners, companions, helpers, aides, best friends and close family members; and,

WHEREAS, assistance dogs include guide dogs, hearing alert dogs, service dogs and seizure alert/response dogs; and,

WHEREAS, guide dogs assist people with vision loss, leading these individuals around physical obstacles and to destinations such as seating, crossing streets, entering or exiting doorways, elevators and stairways, etc.; and,

WHEREAS, hearing alert dogs alert people with a hearing loss to the presence of specific sounds such as doorbells, telephones, crying babies, sirens, another person, buzzing timers or sensors, knocks at the door as well as smoke, fire and clock alarms; and,

WHEREAS, service dogs assist people with disabilities with walking, balance, dressing, transferring from place to place, retrieving and carrying items, opening doors and drawers, pushing buttons, pulling wheelchairs and aiding with household choirs such as putting in and removing clothes from the washer and dryer; and,

WHEREAS, seizure alert/response dogs alert or respond to medical conditions, such as seizures, epilepsy, dizziness, balance issues and chronic pain; and,

WHEREAS, medical alert/medical response dogs alert or respond to oncoming medical conditions, such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, epilepsy, panic attack, anxiety attack, post traumatic stress disorder; and,

WHEREAS, this week provides an opportunity for us to raise awareness of the selfless way all types of assistance dogs assist individuals with mitigating their disability-related limitations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim August 6-12, 2017 as Assistance Dog Week in Michigan.