Dogs train to be friends, lifesavers

ECAD alumnus Thomas Griffen of Fairfield and his service dog, Sterling, came to the celebration of the nonprofit’s new Winsted space. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson

WINSTED — For husband and wife Dale and Lu Picard, dogs are more than just pets; they also have the potential to help people and save lives.

The two founded the nonprofit Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) back in 1995.

The mission of the organization is to train dogs to help both young and old with disabilities, including children with autism and veterans with traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder.

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