DEAR DIDI: I was at Costco the other day and there was dog in the store wearing a vest that only said "In Training". I asked what the dog was in training for because she had a very grey muzzle and looked to be on the older side. The owner said "Companion Dog". I am very confused about the terms Therapy Dog, Companion Dog, Service Dog, Comfort Dog, and Working Dog. I know you've touched on this before but can you define these terms clearly for me? Obviously I would LOVE to take my well behaved dog into stores ...
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An international honor society and Bank of America apologized Friday for a credit card offer to a feminist writer that referred to her by a sexual slur.
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FRESNO (AP) - President Obama is set to make his first visit to the city of Fresno next Friday to discuss the California's ongoing drought and the federal government's efforts to tackle it.
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SANTA CRUZ (AP) - Police in Santa Cruz say a man committed suicide by crashing his car into a theater and then stabbing himself in the neck and torso with pieces of the glass debris.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Mayor Eric Garcetti told business leaders Tuesday he hopes to have ordinances passed this year to advance his sweeping plan to make Los Angeles resilient to major earthquakes.
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