Apr 5, 201312:29 PMLitchfield

The Dog Days of Summer

Apr 5, 2013 - 12:29 PM
The Dog Days of Summer


Picture this. You’re sitting on your living room couch with your best friend, sipping Merlot, discussing pop culture and your hectic work week. Karen, let’s call her, begins to talk about her favorite new movie, or book, or singer. When you reveal that you do not share that same love for Justin Timberlake, she responds with a high-pitched, “You don’t like Justin Timberlake? That’s like not liking puppies!”

Where am I going with this you ask?


Well, there are very few people on this earth who are able to resist the cuteness or affectionate nature of puppies. Thankfully, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, also known as ECAD, offers summer camp opportunities where children are surrounded by service dogs in training as well as those irresistible puppies.

Children ages 9 through 13 can spend their summer at the Laura J. Niles Volunteer Center in Torrington, CT participating in an abundance of educational activities. Kids will have an absolute blast while taking part in the hands-on experience of training a service dog. On top of basic dog training, they will learn a great deal about dog grooming and care, service dog awareness, and are able to spend a lot of time simply playing games with the dogs!

While playing with puppies sounds like pure entertainment, these activities also strengthen vital skills and qualities such as the ability to focus, how to manage responsibility, how to work together as a team, and the importance of companionship and patience.

Now picture this. You park your car at the Laura J. Niles Volunteer Center with your child occupying the passenger seat. You watch as his or her face lights up with joy at the sight of puppies waiting to be trained, played with, and loved. It is a once in a lifetime experience for children who are self-declared animal lovers, not to mention an unbelievable amount of fluffy, panting, precious fun!

Simply put: the only dog days taking place this summer will be anything but inactive or sluggish. If I was age-eligible, I would already be signed up! Registration is now open at ecad1.org. Camp begins on June 24th and runs through August 23rd. It is a daily, Monday-Friday camp. Register during the month of April to save $25 each week! If that isn’t a tempting deal, I don’t know what is! 

Please, tell me how you can possibly resist these faces!


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