The Pro-Bone-Oh Program is certainly still in its puppyhood, but we're growing fast - as a healthy puppy should! The Program was started in late 2009 by Dailyah 'Sobaka' as part of her Master's degree Culminating Project at the Bergin University of Canine Studies under Dr. Bonita Bergin, founder of Canine Companions for Independence and the Assistance Dog Industry in the United States. (www.berginu.org)
Dr. Bonita Bergin and a Future Assistance Dog
Dailyah 'Sobaka' and her Furry Family
Dailyah 'Sobaka' (founder) is a Registered Veterinary Technician, Certified Canine Physical Rehabilitation Therapist and proven Assistance Dog Trainer. Additionally, she has had an Assistance Dog at her side since 1997. She has been a puppyraiser and "whelper helper" for multiple Assistance Dog Programs and, after finishing her Master's Degree, will be going to law school herself to both better herd The Pro-Bone-Oh Program's Legal Beagles and work to clarify, unify and improve Assistance Dog Law on the Federal level. She currently resides in the great state of Virgina and shares her home with her Assistance Dog, her mother's Retired Seizure Alert Dog and a cat she's trained to work with psychologists and their clients suffering from PTSD.
Matthew Karpinski, Esq.
Matthew Karpinski, Esq., a Cum Laude graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, is The Pro-Bone-Oh-Program's head legal beagle. He is barred in California and is bar-pending in Washington D.C.. A dog-lover since childhood, after meeting Dailyah in 2006, he became incredibly interested in Assistance Dogs and the many ways that they help people with disabilities. Having spent many hours with disabled friends and their Assistance Dogs, he quickly realized the many access denials and other challenges that Assistance Dog teams face on a regular basis and wanted to do something to help. His fun-loving spirit, curiosity, courage, compassion and exceptional knowledge of the law made him an easy choice to lead our team of legal beagles.
We currently have attorneys lending us a paw from a number of states, but we are always looking for more help! In order to help clients in every state, we need to have at least one attorney barred in each state, so we've always got room in the dog house for one more legal beagle.
If you, or someone you know would be wiling to join our team (in any capacity), please email Dailyah at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our cases thus far have ranged from assisting in prosecution of a well-known business in New York City for repeated denial of access without cause to educating a grocery store chain in the Mid-West resulting in happy shopping for a client and her dog to a civil suit in California - where a theatre company's Technical Coordinator and her Assistance Dog were screamed at, threatened and thrown out by the owner of a rented rehearsal space, resulting in significant damages for the theatre company and severe mental health damage of the company's Technical Coordinator.
The Pro-Bone-Oh Program is dedicated to helping both legitimate Assistance Dog handlers AND businesses confused by the complicated laws and plagued by ill-tempered and, sometimes, dangerous "Assistance Dogs".
The Pro-Bone-Oh Program is in the process of trying to get our non-profit, 501(c)3, status, enabling legal beagles to write off their time devoted to our clients as a tax-deduction and allow their work with The Pro-Bone-Oh Program to count towards any state-required pro bono hours required.