New Comfort Dog in Training for Dickson House

By Margaret Allen
Pictured with her, from left to right, are: Sara Loeb, Victim/Witness Director and Grants Manager in the Pike County DA’s Office; Pike County Commissioners Ronald Schmalzle, Matthew Osterberg, and Steven Guccini; and District Attorney Raymond Tonkin
A new team member is in training for the Dickson House Children's Advocacy Center in Milford. Violet, an AKC-registered Labrador Retriever will become a comfort dog for abused and neglected children and is the latest project of Pike County District Attorney Raymond Tonkin and his team at Dickson House. They were special guests at the regular meeting of the Pike County Commissioners last week. Violet is starting off working on socialization among people in various public settings. Violet will undergo obedience training followed by specific training to become a comfort dog at the center. The Dickson House Children's Advocacy Center in Milford opened last November and is named after Corporal Bryon Dickson, who lost his life in the line of duty at the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks in September 2014. Violet will be fully ready to begin working with children in 2022.