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Sadie is a rescue dog that is nearly finished with her training and will soon be paired up with the veteran she's been training for. Dennis Junker, is training her. DL NEWSPAPERS/Paula Quam

Assistance dogs face obstacles

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When word got out that Navy veteran Paul Connolly of Brainerd was denied a table inside a restaurant there after being questioned about his patriot assistance dog, that word spread fast.


A news article about the incident that ran in the Brainerd Dispatch made its rounds in other state media outlets, and soon the pain and humiliation that Connolly said he felt that night soon turned into something else – awareness.

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