Carlene White of the Service Dog Project
Carlene White is an amazing lady. She has been breeding, raising, and training Great Danes to donate to service veterans and the mobility impaired for many years and her compassion, love, care and intelligence truly shows through in her work. She’s worked with just about every breed of dog because she used to provide dogs for commercials, movies, and television.
She was given a Great Dane a number of years ago by a friend and when he jumped the fence and bred 3 females in one afternoon; she was left with 23 lovely Great Dane puppies. Because she had a father who had Parkinson’s disease, and a friend with Multiple Sclerosis she decided to train these puppies to help serve the mobility impaired, which has brought her to where she is today. In this time she has bred, trained, and donated 67 Great Danes to people coming back from the war, and those with mobility impairments.
The reasons she chooses Great Danes for service is because they are at a great height. You really want a dog that your hand can brush his back. “If you put a handle on a short dog, you lose the stability that you would have with a Great Dane.” With the Great Dane, Carlene can fit virtually any person so that their hands are right at their shoulders, almost completely eliminating the purpose for a handle. Not just the height, but their independent, yet thoughtful personality. Great Danes have a great initiative to stay calm, and let their master guide them, and in return they learn the mannerisms of their owner and can be almost a part of them. This is a quality that most other dogs don’t possess and is very important when it comes to a service dog that provides stability and companionship.
We asked Carlene to tell us a story about one of her donations, the story goes as follows:
Carlene swears by Kuranda beds, not only because they’re durable and can withstand the weight of all her Great Danes, and their puppies, but because they’re clean and they last forever. She has Kuranda beds in every room and even outside for the dogs to play on and rest. The puppies love them too.
For more info, visit the Service Dog Project website.