Celebrating 20 Years of Circle Tail

Photo courtesy of Circle Tail

I couldn’t imagine a better way to kick off my new site than by wishing a Happy Birthday to one of my favorite organizations in the world, Circle Tail.

2017 marks 20 years since the wonderful people behind this organization began helping dogs help people, primarily through providing service and hearing dogs to individuals with disabilities. Since 1997, Circle Tail has placed more than 4,000 dogs as service dogs, therapy dogs, and as treasured pets. That’s 4,000 dogs who have enriched many, many people’s lives, including mine.

I first learned of Circle Tail back in 2008 when I adopted my dog Clancy from them. Clancy, the handsome guy in the photo above, was a year old when he came home with me, and I can’t imagine my life without him.

I’ve also met wonderful people through Circle Tail, including some I am lucky to call friends. When I first dipped my toe into the writing waters, I scored my first paid article with a story about a Circle Tail hearing dog.

So it’s safe to say Circle Tail has added to my life, but not in any way that compares with the work they do with their life-changing service and hearing dog program.

It will cost approximately $15,000 to care for and train this adorable little pup so that he can change someone’s life as a service dog. But unlike many organizations which train assistance dogs, Circle Tail pairs dogs with their partners at no cost to the recipient.

I’m proud to be a supporter of Circle Tail and to have the opportunity to help spread the word about this extraordinary place nestled in the small town of Pleasant Plain, Ohio. If you’d like to learn more about the Circle Tail dogs and mission, visit their website here.

Happy Birthday, Circle Tail!


  1. What a great article! I love the work service dogs (and other service animals) do for their masters. I’ve seen countless stories on how some have even saved their masters’ lives. I wish a Happy Birthday to Circle Tail, and thanks to you for highlightig this awesome group!

  2. What a marvelous organization! I’d never heard of them, so thank you for introducing me to them. And—wow, Clancy is one good-lookin’ man! Congratulations again on the new site, Julie; I look forward to visiting often. (And I’ve already subscribed via email 😉 )

  3. Happy New Year Julie and loving the new site. These animals and this origanization both sound like a wonderful way to enrich so many lives. Sadly I’m not able to adopt a pet where I live and recently found out I have a whole bunch of allergies I never knew about. I have however seen how pets enrich the lives of others and hope that continues to happen for those who are able to take in a pet to love and cherish.

    2017 IWSG January Co-Host

  4. Thanks, all! I so appreciate your comments and the fact that you came over to support the site. You all rock!

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