Monday, November 12, 2012

November 12, 2012

SHORT DOG TODAY..
 
WE HAVE 2 FOR SURGERY LEAVING HERE SHORTLY
  THEY HAVE BEEN NPO SINCE 9 LAST NIGHT.
 
ROUTINE IS TO TAKE THE DOG AND SIT WITH HIM TIL HE IS UNDEER ANESTHESIA--  THEN ARRAINGING SOME NICE FLUFFY'S ON THE FLOOR SO WE CAN SIT WITH THE DOG AS HE COMES OUT OF ANESHESWIA
TO PREVENT THAT TERRIBLE HEAD BANGING THAT CAN TAKE PLACE-- THEN AS SOON AS HE CAN STAND AND WALK AT ALL--- IT IS OUT TO THE DRIVEWAY AND TEH GOOD FOOTING AND FRESH AIR-- TWICE UP AND DOWN AND INTO THE VAN TO COME HOME FOR  THE ICU IN THE CORNER OF THE OFFICE RIGHT UNDER THE COFFEE POT-- SO THEY GET PLENTY OF ATTENTION.-- I THINK LORI IS ORGANIZING THE ICU TODAY
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BECKY IS HERE IN THE GUEST HOUSE--- I MUST TRY AND REMEMBER SHE IS THERE.. SHE IS VERY  QUIET ANDWELL BEHAVED-- SHE IS BONDING WITH S2-
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AND I MUST TRY AND ORGANIZE A TRIP TO 60'S SCHOOL TOMORROW MORNING.. I HAD A FEW RESPONSES TO MY PLIGHT THAT I NEED TO TRY AND FIND...
 
MEGAN IS MEETING US  AND ANNE MAY BE DRIVING ME TO NH...  AND I THINK ALL YOU CAMERA PEOPLE ARE READY TO GIVE YOUR OPINION TO THE PRINCIPAL SHOULD SHE DECIDE TO GIVE ME A HARD TIME...
 
WE ARE READY---
 PROBLEM IS I DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION IS... IF THE DOG   HAS DECIDED THAT THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL  IS A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT  HOW DO I CONVINCE HIM OTHERWISE?
 
SO WE MEET WITH THE PRINCIPAL.
IT IS NOT A GOOD THING TO ARGUE WHEN YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION IS..   I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM. 
 
THE ONLY ABSOLUTE THING I HAVE LEARNED IS-- IT WAS A TERRIBLE MISTAKE  TO TELL THE TEACHERS WHAT HIS REAL NAME WAS-- BECAUSE THEN TELLING THEM TO IGNORE THE DOG HAD MADE NO DIFFERENCR IN THEIR BEHAVIOR.
 
 
 

5 comments:

  1. Carlene,
    Regarding the school situation. I am a long time public school teacher. I have never had a dog in a school, but I'm almost positive it could be written into the child's Individual Education Plan as an "assistive device" (and yes, I know that these amazing dogs are not devices, but sometimes you have to live within other people's laws). The IEP is a LEGAL document that has to be adhered to, also reviewed and revised once a year. If the dog is mentioned on the IEP, the school is legally bound to comply, whatever that means for them, e.g. having assemblies to educate kids about service dogs, punishing kids or teachers who are abusive, etc. Ask when the child's yearly review is scheduled, and if it is not soon, then have parents ask for a new date in the next few weeks (parents can do that legally). You might also want to google Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and talk to their lawyers. It seems like it might be helpful to have one of them available, at least by phone, when you are meeting.

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  2. Carlene,
    I, too, work in a public school and made the same suggestion as Carol. This child being in a wheel chair has got to have an IEP or a 504. Both of these documents are federally supported. Her disability allows for a service dog and service dogs are allowed in public places. Administrators and teachers know these documents are legally binding and there are there are HUGE ramifications for them not being followed. Administrators & school districts know this yet will take advantage of someone not being informed to their rights. Sad but true. So, please know that this child does have rights as does this service dog! If the adults would leave the dog alone I believe the dog would be comfortable but you have far more experience with that than I. I will be praying for you all in hopes the child & dog get what they need.

    PS...thank you for all you do! You are amazing and quite an inspiration!

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  3. I agree with Carol and Greyfastdog. Also sometimes administrators choose the easiest way rather than what is best in the long run for a child. I wonder if there is concern that relying on the dog rather than the wheelchair would cause the girl to no longer qualify for the services of the aide or assistant. (to forget to take her to lunch:-) ) But absolutely this should be an opportunity for education on the role of a service dog and the school should do that. That education should start early as many people need service dogs and there is a lot of ignorance on the part of well-meaning people. I feel sorry for the girl and also the dog in this situation.

    Good luck and will say a prayer for a good solution.

    By the way, I see no problem whatever with hanging the laundry on the fences and actually I was rather happy to see a red blanket hanging out that I had seen earlier on the floor in the puppy room. (Oh yeah, I remember that one!) I think we all appreciate your graciousness in allowing us to observe (or intrude) in your space, but once it starts interfering with what is best for the success of your operation, then it's unreasonable.
    There are boundaries, whether they are recognized or not. The goal is to help make your job easier.

    I think what you're doing is wonderful and I absolutely love reading "The Doggie Daily." Thank you so much for all you do.
    Kay

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  4. Carlene, just a thought but as a service dog, I believe that the dog is a legal extension of the human they serve, therefore if necessary, the teachers and students could be charged with assault and battery for poking at and pulling the dogs tail. Perhaps if they were so informed, the behavior, particularly by the adults would be stopped.

    According to the NH laws,

    Section 167-D:7
    167-D:7 Prohibited Acts. –
    I. It is unlawful for a person, directly or indirectly, either to prohibit, hinder, or interfere with a visually, hearing, or mobility impaired master who otherwise complies with the limitations applicable to persons with normal hearing, sight, or mobility.
    II. It is unlawful for any person to fit a dog with a collar, leash, or harness of the type which represents that the dog is a hearing ear dog, guide dog, or service dog, if in fact said dog is not and to thus use the dog to misrepresent the physical status of said person.
    III. It is unlawful for any person to willfully interfere or attempt to interfere with a service dog, as defined in RSA 167-D:1, IX.
    Source. 1983, 275:1. 1987, 404:25. 1989, 45:7. 1990, 131:4, eff. June 18, 1990. 2005, 142:2, eff. June 17, 2005.

    Point being: If the school doesn't get the message that The students and teachers interfering with the dogs ability to perform his job is a crime it might be necessary to call the police and demand that they be treated as such. This hopefully will be the end of the intimidation, assaults and other issues.

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  5. Good morning Carlene, just a thought re 60 & her dog; would it be an idea to invite the principal & a few teachers to visit you to see for themselves what is involved in training a service dog? I know it's giving you & your team even more work, but if they were able to bring some of the children with them too, who knows what positive results could ensue? I also agree with previous commenters, Carol & Greyfastdog. Good luck, I'll be thinking of you.

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