Posts tagged "Service Dog"

First Diabetic Alert Dog Presented, Ron and Vicki Santo Foundation

Imagine dogs being trained to alert before a diabetic attack occurs. Equipment can help, the dogs are more precise. Vicki Santo saw this happen, as her dog Joker would alert before Ron would have a problem.
Vicki founded the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation 2012, and it became an official non-profit 5013C this year. At this event at Goose Island  on September 3,  Vicki officially presented the Foundation’s first dog to 23-year old Logan. Logan, who has Down’s syndrome, doesn’t always have the ability to discern when his sugar levels are about... Read more »

Service Dog and Blind Man Thrown Off Plane

Service Dog and Blind Man Thrown Off Plane
Service dogs and their handlers have rights, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act – that’s a Federal law. Still, it astounds me as to how often it is ignored. Apparently, the public is generally “getting it.” All 35 passengers on US Airways Flight 4384, last month, walked off the plane after Albert Rizzi, a... Read more »

American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards

Backstage before the Hero Dog Awards Show, I apparently surprise Betty White. She wrote the forewords to my ebooks "Good Dog!" and 'Good Cat" and I've interviewed her many many times.
Wow! What a Gala event, the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, held October 6, 2012 at the classic Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles (same place the Golden Globes are). The emcee was Kristin Chenoweth, as seven hero dogs (in seven categories) were hailed by the celebrity audience for what they do everyday. One... Read more »
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Trupanion Supports Service Dogs, American Humane Associaiton Hero Dog Awards

Trupanion Supports Service Dogs, American Humane Associaiton Hero Dog Awards
I usually don’t just run press releases – but I am quite pleased about this…Trupanion has walked the walk for service dogs, supporting the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards from day one and also – most important – realizing they may need a ‘break in their coverage. WASHINGTON, July 5, 2012  – Trupanion, a trusted... Read more »

Pit Bull Mix or Not, Judge Orders Service Dog Returned to Jim Sak

Pit Bull Mix or Not, Judge Orders Service Dog Returned to Jim Sak
I have no clue what the issues are in Aurelia, Iowa, a town of about 1,100 people. I am confident that the town  wasted time and money which could have been better spent, maybe on improving services for children, helping citizens in need or enhancing their new community center – instead they spent resources taking... Read more »

Service Dog Is Banished from Town; The Dog Is A Pit Bull

Service Dog Is Banished from Town; The Dog Is A Pit Bull
By Steve Dale “I didn’t know there was a Pit Bull ban,” says Jim Sak, who moved from Chicago to Aurelia, IA in November. Only days after moving to town a meter reader reported Sak and his wife Peggy Leifer to city officials because, to him, the new dog in town resembles a Pit Bull.... Read more »
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American Humane Associaton Hero Dog Award Winners

In the darkness comes light, in confusion comes answers. “Man’s
Best Friend is an Arsonist Worst Nightmare”. Sadie is a 5 year old
Black Labrador Retriever. Sadie has been a nationally certified
accelerant detection K-9 since May of 2007. Sadie works in the
Major Crimes Unit of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. She
has worked approximately 400 fires, and has assisted in cases
resulting in numerous arrests. Sadie has never lost in court. Sadie
has worked numerous high profile arson/homicide cases where her
nose has detected critical evidence for collection and prosecution.
Sadie has worked in extreme environments (high rise buildings,
collapsing structures, snow covered mountains) and never missed
a call to duty. Sadie has an incredibly friendly demeanor. She
conducts approximately 50 K-9 demonstrations a year to promote
fire safety and fire prevention. Sadie had been recognized for
numerous awards including the “Golden Paws” Award for lifesaving
and heroic acts, the “Hero Medal” from the Masonic Lodge,
and is a co-partner in being recognized as “Colorado Peace Officer
of the Year”. Any K-9 who unconditionally serves the public while
placing their own safety in jeopardy deserves our praise and
admiration. I have witnessed Sadie’s commitment to her job and
community first hand and it is second to none, which motivates me
to nominate her for this honor. She is truly an ambassador for all
working dogs, and I am humbled to be her partner.
The American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards will air on November 11 on the Hallmark Channel. Hero dogs will be honored for their amazing accomplishments in eight categories. Among those attending this red carpet gala, a sort of Golden Globes for pets – except that instead of the booze flowing freely, there is Cesar Canine... Read more »

Service Dog Helps Legendary Trainer, Reports from Behavior Consultant Conference and Petfinder.com Advice

Click here to listen to this WGN Radio Petcast (give it a few moments to load) Marjie Alonso is the executive director of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). I attended a recent IAABC conference, and talked to Marjie about how members of this organization save lives. And how to find a behavior... Read more »

From Service Dog to Surfing Dog

This has been around the Internet….the story of a dog trained to be a service dog teaming up with a paraplegic teenager . . . One lesson here (among several) – dogs make their choices too. .
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From Innocent Puppy into Life Changing Service Dog

Inspirational Story! (tissue alert) -  Surf Dog Ricochet (Rip Curl Ricki) began training as a service dog from the time she was a puppy. Actually, because he so loved to chase birds, she failed as a service dog – but excels as a ‘SURFice dog,’ surfing with his best friend, quadriplegic Patrick Ivison. (thanks to... Read more »