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Little Girl Testifies Against Her Abuser- When She Gets Scared, She Gives Her Deaf Dog a Signal (Video)

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(N.MorganWhen children are required to testify in a court case, it can be a very scary and traumatic experience which may leave scars that last a lifetime.

With that in mind, the K9 Circuit Program was developed to provide support to these little ones and the dogs that escort these children into court are some of the most extraordinary animals on the planet.

“Think about how a child must feel. They have to face the person who has hurt them, they have to sit in front of a bunch of strangers and tell a really painful story, and most of the time they’re not even with their family while they’re testifying,” said Joanne Rittenhouse, one of the dog handlers.

“All the dogs make everyone calm; they have a good presence,” she continued.

Studies have shown that people are better able to recollect facts and provide more accurate information regarding traumatic events when they are calm.

With the assistance of the dog teams, children and adults are able to relieve their anxiety about the underlying traumatic events and provide more precise testimonies in court proceedings.

These wonderful dogs allow children to feel comfort and security in the midst of these trying situations.

One very special therapy dog named Karl is one of 6 dogs in the K9 Circuit Program. He was born deaf, knows sign language, and is an amazing support to the kids he comes in contact with.

“Karl gave her the courage to go through with the trial. I couldn’t even get her out of the car when we first started and towards the end she was getting out of the car just to go and see Karl,” added dog handler Carol Feiner.

The Ninth Judicial Circuit is the first Florida circuit to utilize both pet therapy dog teams and a professionally trained, ADA certified dog and its handler. All pet therapy dogs and their owners must be TDI certified members of Companions for Courage, currently the only provider approved to work in the Ninth Circuit.

The Ninth Circuit is also fortunate to have been awarded a Courthouse Facility Dog who regularly works with children at the Juvenile Justice Center. This dog was bred, trained and provided through Canine Companions for Independence, a nationally recognized provider of service dogs. 

If you’d like to know more about K9 Circuit Program see their website here:


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    • Pink Slime

      Hello Angle#3,

      Charlie here. Good idea to use dogs that way. It helps create future dognut lovers and that’s a good thing! :wink: :wink:

      But why do children have to testify in public? Another venue is needed for them. This is too traumatizing for them, even if the idea came from dognut lovers. :lol: :lol:


      Charlie (thank gawd for dognuts, eh?) :lol: :lol:

    • Anonymous

      God Bless these dogs!!

    • Canderson

      Why give animals human traits? Then you can flip it to humans are animals. I think only the Jews are animals, the 13:th tribe. (I just gave you the holy finger)

      • Pink Slime

        He was actually trying to show you they are NOT Jews, you idiot! :mad:

        • Sean

          The Bible clearly states that, Pinky.

          Canderson here is a video of a Dog you might like or Not.

          When Rumi wrote that the forms may change but the essence remains the same, he is writing about The Living Spirit that never changes.

          In the apple thread, I showed different maps for each different Earth and each Creation.

          Its why you still have some BORN with Elongated Heads, Hermaphrodites or growing Horns.

          If you look at the Hereford Mappa Mundi it has Dogs that have Human Forms as the Forms may Change, but the Essence or The Infinite Never Changes, The Living Spirit.

          Man was created in the Image of God, meaning The Living Spirit or you’re Soul within you’re Heart.

          The Dog of today no one knows where it even came from to begin with, it just one day appeared, these come from the Unseen or Spiritual realms above outside of Time.

          • Canderson

            It is not about the dog at all it is all about being hard to survive. It is what this all comes to, forget feelings /until we won. (You could have it in private but in public it is like propaganda for the wrong turn.)

            • Canderson

              I am not Heartless, but what do you do when your feelings are used against you (to kill you), thick skin.

    • billybob

      all rapist, child molesters, pedos, should be given a death sentence

    • JesusSlushies

      Thank you for posting this sweet story.

      • Pink Slime

        All dognuts are sweet. :lol:

    • The Real Deal

      Love your feel good articles, N. Morgan. :smile:

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