This semester, ASU students are teaching 11 dogs to become service animals. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

For ASU trainers, it’s a dog day morning, afternoon and night

Students in Sparky’s Service Dogs club perform 24/7 task, raising puppies to help people with disabilities such as PTSD

They’re the coolest ones on campus, and — even though they sleep through class — they’ll get to graduate in only two years.

Taylor Randle is president of Sparky’s Service Dogs and is raising Kristoff, a black Lab, who will move on to specialized training next spring. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Left: Taylor Randle, a senior majoring in kinesiology, is the president of Sparky’s Service Dogs. The dog she is raising, Kristoff, will complete his training with her next spring and move on to specialized training to become a diabetes alert dog. Right: Qwest stares down her raiser, Katie Durheim, a junior majoring in Spanish language and culture through the W. P. Carey School of Business. Photos by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Left: Member of Sparky’s Service Dogs (from left) Jordan Patterson, Kaleia Kramer, Katie Durheim and Emily Hopkins exercise their dogs at Hayden Lawn on the Tempe campus. Kaleia Kramer, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering, plays with Uschi, the 6-month-old golden retriever she is raising for Sparky’s Service Dogs. Photos by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Jordan Patterson, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, plays with Ulani, the 6-month-old golden retriever she is raising as part of Sparky’s Service Dogs. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
Sparky’s Service Dogs

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