Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Canine Assistants founder to speak at City Hall Feb. 9.

Jennifer Arnold to discuss work, writings, documentary.

MILTON, Ga., Jan. 24, 2012 - Jennifer Arnold, founder and executive director of Canine Assistants and New York Times bestselling author of "In a Dog's Heart" and "Through a Dog's Eyes," will speak at Milton's City Hall 7 p.m. Feb. 9 as part of the Milton Disability Awareness Committee (MDAC) Community Link series.

Arnold's talk will take place in City Council Chambers at Milton's City Hall, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107E. Everyone is invited, and there is no RSVP required.

"We are extremely honored and thrilled to have Jennifer speak about her work, books and the recent documentary about Milton's own Canine Assistants," said Kennard Woods, MDAC chairman. "Her work and mission are a great source of pride for Milton, and I can't wait to help spread her message."
For more information on this program, contact MDAC at For more information on Canine Assistants, visit its Web site,

Arnold is founder and executive director of Canine Assistants. Founded in 1991, Canine Assistants is a non-profit organization that teaches service dogs to assist children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions, or other special needs.

She is the creator of Choice Teaching, a positive reinforcement methodology based on creating a special bond that allows dogs and their human partners to trust and understand one another.

Canine Assistants has now placed over 1,000 service dogs with recipients from 48 states and 5 countries and continuously has more than 120 dogs in various stages of teaching in an effort to accommodate the more than 2,200 people on its waiting list.

Arnold is also the New York Times bestselling author of "Through a Dog's Eyes," published by Random House in 2010, and the subject of a PBS Special of the same name. Her second book, "In a Dog's Heart," was released to critical acclaim in October 2011. She has been featured in The New York Times, London Times, People, Mademoiselle, Family Circle, Atlanta Magazine and various other publications and has been seen on numerous television programs.

Arnold has been profiled on CNN's HLN Leaders with Heart, awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service, WTBS's Super Citizen Award, Buckhead Woman of the Year, MS Society of Georgia's Woman on the Move 2011, Atlanta Magazine's Women Making a Mark, and the Greater Atlanta Veterinary Medical Association's Humanitarian of the Year Award, amongst other recognitions.

This year she was invited to participate as one of 50 Amazing Women in the UN's International Year of Youth. She and her husband, Dr. Kent Bruner, and their son, Chase, live in Milton.

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