Webcams follow Great Dane service pups
The 3-month-old dogs will soon begin training to assist mobility-impaired veterans and people with diseases like multiple sclerosis.
Mon, Sep 17 2012 at 4:17 PM
Perry, Lola, Ebony, Mia, Willow and Roxanne enjoy a snack on "puppy hill."
Explore.org's newest webcams allow viewers to watch six 3-month-old Great Danes as they transform from playful pups to balance support service dogs at the Service Dog Project training center in Ipswich, Mass.
Similar to the organization’s first service puppy cam, which followed six golden retriever puppies being trained to help veterans with PTSD, the Great Dane cams feature Perry, Lola, Ebony, Mia, Willow and Roxanne as they play, grow and explore their indoor and outdoor environments. In a few weeks, the pups will begin training to assist mobility-impaired veterans and people with diseases like multiple sclerosis and Friedreich’s ataxia.
“Great Danes are generally the best balance support dogs due to their large, sturdy size and docile behavior indoors,” said Carlene White, director of Service Dog Project Inc., in a news release. “By teaming up with explore.org, people now have a chance to witness these beautiful dogs transition from cute little animals to enormous support systems for balance-impaired people and their families, all in real time.”
Viewers can watch the dogs from one of four puppy cams, including “puppy hill,” which features shots of the dogs’ outdoor enclosure, and the “indoor puppy room,” where the Great Danes eat and sleep. A third roving camera follows the pups as they romp and play, and the “foliage cam” gives viewers an opportunity to experience the Northeast’s famous fall foliage.
The four puppy cams will be broadcast 24 hours a day for the next eight to 10 months.
The Great Dane Service Puppy Cams were launched by philanthropic media organization explore.org in partnership with its social community Dog Bless You. For every 1,000 “likes” or followers the organization receives on its Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr pages, Dog Bless You will donate one service dog to a disabled veteran. More than 150 service dogs have been donated since June.
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