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People and Pups Walk for Carolina Canines

By Michelle Bliss

03-24-11 – People and their pups are gathering in Wilmington on Saturday for the 5th Annual Walk for Those Who Can't hosted by the nonprofit group Carolina Canines.

Carolina Canines provides service dogs for people with physical disabilities, including wounded veterans.

Office Manager Pat Hairston says that the relationship between a service dog and a veteran suffering from a traumatic brain injury or post traumatic stress disorder can have a profound effect on that person's life. The dogs help them with everyday activities like shopping for groceries or eating at restaurants or even just trying to get a good night's rest.

"Some of them are experiencing better night's sleep with the dog in their home and present with them. Their night terrors or nightmares are diminishing if not stopping all together."

About 400 people and 300 dogs raised nearly $50,000 at last year's event.

All puppy participants on Saturday will receive commemorative bandanas.

Learn more about the Walk for Those Who Can't.

Learn more about Carolina Canines.

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