Tuesday, July 29, 2014

july 29 2014
as we have had service dogs out for 10 years, we are getting to the point where they retired or going  off to the
 rainbow bridge.. 
 it is a very rough concept, but every time we donate a dog  and it does great things fro the  lives of the recipients, i  aam pretty sure the person will outlive the dog  and have to face the lonelyness of loosing their partner..  it is extremely difficult, but the memories of  the happy life they had together will hopefully carry them forward .
spot- who was fido's sister- went to sleep yesterday leaving allison with memories of all the great times together- like the photo of them in the limo on the way to her wedding..-- a great picture-she has our sympathy 
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megan said i should report on all the dogs  graduates or fab uous failures - and i certainly would if people would send me reports..  she gets more than i do because she faces books... i do not..

most werre glowing reports, but there is one she told me about that upset me.. one of the dogs- a ff ----has bitten someone ..twice...sounds really bad-- and it is... there is really no excuse for a dog to bite a person, however, there are a few people who ask to be bitten-- and it is up to the owners of th edogs to  save their dogs from such people...
 i remember a dog asleep in someone's office and a person came in and grabbed him by the neck before the dog was awake.  it was a situation where the owner should have said loudly and quickly-- don't touch my dog---
the general public is just awful-- i know this from doing animal jobs where teh unexpected is normal.. in medford some 12 year old kid said to his friend "wanna see me bite the dog?"  and he did- in poor deagle's ear-- tore a 2 inch gash-  blood  all over-- including the kids  blood, as i nearly broke my hand coming down across his nose to  try and prevent it.  luckily deagle didn't bite back...  but people can be stupid...

so we as responsible dog owners of danes--- who have an attraction element like no other,--- we must constantly be aware of wierd situations which the dog  can hardly be blamed for biting... but they will be..

in this latest case i have heard of the dane vomited and in th confusion of a few other dogs rushing in to see if  it was something they wanted to eat,  a person who did not know the dog-- or most any dog-- rushed in and stuck their  face right in the dog's face and got bitten.  apparently the dog is a nice family dog-- they love her--

well if they love her enough, i strongly suggest they  get a good brightly colored "pretty"   muzzle-- and never take her in public without it  because one more bite and  people will decide the dog should be put down...
if anyone questions the muzzle, say she is on a diet and must not pick up anything and eat it.... or she eats rocks...

everyone who has had  a service dog  for 6 months has a story "you wouldn't believe what some stupid person did"
on guard !! protect your dog from the people who are asking to be bitten-- they are out there.
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Today marks Arrow's eighth birthday. He got a special treat of some bacon with 
breakfast and some salmon with his dinner. I just want all of you at SDP to know 
how grateful I am to have this wonderful dog in my life. He brings me joy every 
day with his devotion and his willingness to help me walk. Thank you!
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Good Morning Carlene,

Once again, Miss Willow has far surpassed expectations, at least my neurologists 
and my PT's, not me. 

When I found out that I would be attending my friends wedding, a Black Tie 
affair, I thought "ugh, what am I going to wear with flat shoes and still look 
elegant"? I also thought about Willow being at an elegant event and seeing the 
bride who she loves beyond measure and THE DRESS. If Wil's got near that wedding 
dress, and decided to "love on" her Auntie, I would die. 

The first thing I did was speak to Melissa, the bride, and tell her I didn't 
want Willow anywhere near the dress. More on that later. The next thing I did 
was decide that Willow and I would try and work toward walking in shoes with a 
heel. Not 5 inch heels but heels nonetheless. We didn't need to walk a 5k. We 
simply needed to walk in to our table. I didn't need to carry anything as 
Willow's vest carries every thing I would need and I could drop off her mat the 
night before. We had a plan. 

We added walking in "heels" to our workout and we didn't tell anyone in case we 
failed. There were some bumps. Some really funny "bumps". More like bangs 
actually, but we kept on and Willow I think, was laughing right along with me as 
we figured it out. 

We did figure it out. We bought the dress. We went and we found the most amazing 
shoes and when I tried them on I looked at Wil's and said "Okay, this is it". 
She came around, braced and we walked! Not a runway walk, but we walked! I burst 
into tears. A woman, thinking I was in distress came over and asked if I needed 
help. I explained that I was fine. I was actually happier than I've been in a 
long time. You see, I have not worn heels in 4 years. I then noticed out of the 
corner of my eye the manager of the shoe department was crying as well. I 
thought we'd better get out of there before there was a huge scene. We bought 
the amazing shoes.

Wil's and I attended the wedding last night. We walked in looking elegant. Me in 
my amazing shoes, she looking chic in a black vest, black harness and black and 
silver "necklace". 

As for the bride and THE DRESS? As expected, Willow saw Auntie and was soooo 
excited. Melissa, being a typical Auntie completely ignored my admonitions and 
there were plenty of hugs and kisses for Willow. She even was photographed with 
her multiple times. In light of it all I realized she deserved it. She should 
get to kiss the bride. After all, she is the most incredible partner I could 
ever have. She is simply outstanding.

Thank you and everyone that makes SDP possible for my amazing Willow. It will be 
a year next month that we began our life together and last night showed just how 
much SDP and she changed my life. 
Most Sincerely,

Lynne

4 comments:

  1. Willow at the wedding....THAT's what it's all about!
    What a wonderful experience. Thank you so very much for sharing it with us.

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  2. I GOT MY OLD ENGLISH SHEEPDOG BECAUSE HE WAS DUMPED AT THE POUND AFTER BITING HIS OWNER'S CHILD WHILE EATING. I NEVER SAW ANY SIGN OF HIS BEING FOOD AGGRESSIVE, AND I CONCLUDED IT WAS THAT THE CHILD HAD NEEDED TRAINING. UNFORTUNATE, BUT I HAD A WONDERFUL LOVING DOG, A TYPICAL SHEEPIE EXHUBERANT TO THE END.

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  3. SOME CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE WARNING LABLES LIKE "MY PARENTS ARE STUPID TOO"
    THE WEDDING STORY OF LYNN & WILLOW, BROUGHT HAPPY TEARS :)

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  4. I got to see a picture of Willow posted on Explore (probably copied from Facebook?) in her black vest and silver "necklace", and she looked more elegant than any show dog EVER. Oh, and Lynne looked pretty snazzy in those awesome shoes. :) What a wonderful, WONDERFUL story! Happy tears indeed!

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