Arctic Paws for Service was started due to one Autistic nine-year-old boy from Unalakleet, Alaska named Logan Erickson. Logan had not spoken a word from the ages of two to nine until he met a pet dog owned by Iditarod musher, Dee Dee Jonrowe. As Dee Dee left Unalakleet to fly home, Logan began repeating the dogs name over and over, Mr. Miyagi! Mr. Miyagi!

This remarkable story was relayed to Kathi Fiedler who saw the vision that this boy could prosper with a service dog. She contacted the family and all agreed to make it happen. With the generous support from Alaskans, the Iditarod Trail Committee and Iditarod racers this dream came true and a service dog, named Juke, from 4 Paws for Ability in Ohio was trained and acquired for Logan. Since Logan received his dog, his life and the life of his family has been transformed. Logan is now able to walk to school with Juke, his service dog. The family and parents are now able to sleep through the night for the first time in years thanks to Juke! Juke also was able perform a miracle for the parents by “Tracking” and finding Logan when he wandered off not responding to his parents desperate calls.

Through this effort it became obvious, to all who shared this vision for Logan, that Alaska needed more service dogs trained instate for Alaskans. A board of directors was founded and non-profit status applied for. A symbiotic relationship was developed with Path Ways To Hope and Dwight Inmate Prison Dog Training. Also, Shara Butterworth and Sister Pauline who are pioneers in service dog training and program development have given precious invaluable help.

It is our mission to enrich the lives of Alaskans with disabilities by the training of service dogs to promote independent living. To the extent we are able to help you or your loved one - we have succeeded.



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