Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. We salute the American worker!
We also salute the canine worker, a type of dog that is not merely a pet but learns and performs tasks to assist and/or entertain its human companions. There are a number of ways dogs can and do assist humans with more being discovered every year.
Service Dogs help people with various disabilities in every day tasks. They assist the physically handicapped, guide thevisually impaired, and hear for the hearing impaired.
Therapy dogs visit people who are incapacitated or prevented in some way from having freedom of movement. They provide cheer and entertainment for the elderly in retirement facilities, the ill and injured in hospitals, and so on. Training dogs can also be therapy for human handlers such as in a prisoner rehabilitation project.
Search dogs locate people who are missing. They find people lost in the wilderness, escaped from nursing homes, covered in snow avalanches, buried under collapsed buildings, etc.