Remembering Ace, Our “Chief Facility Dog”

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    It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ace, our cherished Chief Facility Dog, on February 9, 2024.
    Born on June 2, 2011, Ace arrived at the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie just 15 days after his 2nd birthday. He had completed training as a service dog and was excited to begin his work.
    Ace was a pillar of comfort for all who crossed his path. He provided a stable source of love for countless children throughout his service at our Home. We reflect lovingly on the story of a girl who ran away many times, until she made a promise to Ace that she would not run away from him. This youth never ran away again, while in our care.
    Grandson of world-renowned “Rosie the Courthouse Dog” – the first judicially approved courtroom dog in NY State for criminal trials. Ace also had the great honor of providing comfort to youth, while they took the stand to testify against their abusers in Family Court. He was the first dog to do so in Orange County. And he was tremendously proud of the courage each of these children displayed.
    Ace is survived by his primary handler: Karen Szatko and her partner Stephen, his mentor: Dr. David Crenshaw, his half-brother: Marshall and fellow Facility Service Dog: Elvis, and all of the staff and children, past and present, of the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie.
    We hope our community will take comfort in knowing that Ace was pampered with treats, steaks, rotisserie chickens, and more love than one can possibly imagine in the final chapter of his life.
    Ace will be remembered and missed by all whose lives were changed for the better simply by knowing him.
    If you would like to make a gift in memory of Ace, please consider giving to our Facility Dog Program: Ivy’s Fund.
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