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NEADS Appoints Wags As National Honorary Service Dog

Worcester, MA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -– Wags the Dog from the world famous children’s entertainment group The Wiggles was appointed as an Honorary Service Dog by NEADS (Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans) prior to a live performance by The Wiggles at the SMG-managed DCU Center in Worcester on Friday, August 3.

In recognition of Wags the Dog’s support of the valuable services that NEADS dogs provide to their human partners, NEADS Executive Director Sheila O’Brien gave an on-stage presentation before Wags performed with The Wiggles and announced his position as Honorary Service Dog. Ms. O’Brien marked this special honor by presenting a custom-tailored NEADS Service Dog vest to Wags. Wags proudly wore his Service Dog Vest during the beginning of his performance with The Wiggles. As NEADS is a national program, The Wiggles plan on continuing this partnership during their North American Fall tour.

NEADS helps individuals of all ages regain their independence with the assistance of a service dog. More than 1000 assistance dog teams (a human partner and a trained assistance dog) have been matched in over 30 states. In addition to training dogs for hearing and physically impaired individuals, NEADS also trains dogs for services such as social, classroom, therapy and ministry. NEADS recently expanded the walker dog training to meet the demands of returning disabled veterans.

Wags the Dog was previously honored by NEADS when he was named “Chair Dog” of the new Puppy Pals Club during a visit to their national headquarters in Princeton, MA. The Puppy Pals Club is the newest NEADS program that allows children to "socialize" puppies that will someday become service dogs and help individuals with disabilities. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers