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Old 02-18-2009, 02:56 PM   #16
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My experiences with SD's are at Science Fiction Conventions. Sadly I have no pictures...

Side Note to River's owners...I think I met you at Universal. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DOG! I'm one of the employees there and answered some questions you had about River and the Animal Show.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:57 AM   #17
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Hi everyone these picture are wonderful, I was wondering if its not to personal would you mind explaining how the service dogs work. My DD10 has seen them before and asked me why someone had one. I can explain to her about seeing eye dogs but not any other kind. I don't want to give her the wrong information or just make something up. I want her to understand that these dogs are there for a reason. I really appreciate the help.

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Old 02-19-2009, 01:46 PM   #18
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Budmonster, there are many different kinds of SDs. Some alert to the onset of their human's medical condition, such as seizures or diabetic highs/lows. Some help a person with laundry, retrieving items off the floor or low places, or even helping the person get their wheelchair up an incline. Some guide blind/visually impaired people around obstacles, streets, stores, etc. Some alert to sounds for people who are deaf or hearing impaired. I just read a news article yesterday about a girl who just got a dog who sniffs out peanut traces (and keeps her away from them) because she is deathly allergic to even the tiniest traces of peanuts in soil, on people's hands, in a cabinet in the same room, etc.

My dog helps me walk by doing a series of mobility tasks, retrieves items I've dropped, retrieves items that are out of reach (when I'm in pain or need to reserve my energy so can't get up to get them), and several other helpful things that are associated with my particular disabilities. She loves her job!
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Old 02-19-2009, 10:52 PM   #19
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Old 02-19-2009, 11:59 PM   #20
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Who knew Stitch was visually impaired and in need of a guide dog?!?! LOL!
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:22 AM   #21
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Yo, Stitch, you have a great therapy dog. Congratulations on your new dog.

Hugs Nalla and thanks for the photos. Sweet dog you have and so kind of you letting Stitch have a dog to play with.
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Nalla, where you in AK on wednesday?? I saw a dog like yours.
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Hi everyone these picture are wonderful, I was wondering if its not to personal would you mind explaining how the service dogs work. My DD10 has seen them before and asked me why someone had one. I can explain to her about seeing eye dogs but not any other kind. I don't want to give her the wrong information or just make something up. I want her to understand that these dogs are there for a reason. I really appreciate the help.

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We are in the process of training a SD for my youngest DD.
The basic answer is that each SD may do different things, based on what the person needs. My DD uses a wheelchair - power outside the house and manual (or push) wheelchair inside. She can't get out of her wheelchair by herself. She also can't talk, but does understand.
In my DD's case, here the things we are working on for the dog to do so far:
  • picking up things that DD drops
  • getting things for DD
  • pushing the button that opens a handicapped door (into a store for example)
  • getting help for DD if she is in her room and needs another person to come
As he learns those things, we will work with the trainer to think of other tasks the dog can do for DD and he will learn those too.
So, his job will be to help her do things that she can't do herself.
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We just found out this week that we will be traveling to Orlando in March to do our interview for DD's service dog. My DD is so excited! Looks like we may have to drop in on the mouse while we're there! We weren't planning on going to Disney until October, but I guess a long weekend would be okay, too!
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My experiences with SD's are at Science Fiction Conventions. Sadly I have no pictures...

Side Note to River's owners...I think I met you at Universal. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DOG! I'm one of the employees there and answered some questions you had about River and the Animal Show.
Ah, I betcha it was us! There were 3 adults and 5 kids in our group. (along with River as well) Did the dog you see have a purple vest on like the one in my picture? I haven't seen another dog with a vest like River's. Anyway, that is neat.

I am really enjoying these pictures! I am also excited about the new SD's that are being paired. I also wanted to mention, anyone who is interested in reading about the work I am doing with service dogs.. please take a peek at my blog.
http://hickorywoodhomeschool.blogspot.com/

Please keep the pictures coming!
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Old 02-20-2009, 01:37 PM   #26
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What a great thread!

I can't wait until we apply for a service dog for my Emma.

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Nalla, where you in AK on wednesday?? I saw a dog like yours.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:09 AM   #28
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I was trying to catch up to you to say but I got jumped on by a lady with a SD who was telling me that my SD was a fake, and started going on about the law etc. by the time she had finished you where out of sight.
Hopefully I will see you agin.
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I was trying to catch up to you to say but I got jumped on by a lady with a SD will was telling me that SD was a fake, and started going on about the law etc. by the time she had finished you where out of sight.
Hopefully I will see you agin.
That is stereotyping and so not nice. Nalla's dog is different and special but does the same hard work as other service dogs. Sorry you two did not get to meet up. I would have read the lady the riot act then stormed off in a huff.

Love the pictures of Nalla's dog and remembers that service dogs not just employees but are dear friends whom sometimes are silly buffoons. Ohana means family and we always should include family in the fun.
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:57 AM   #30
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If I had not had a episode the night before (SD saved my life), then I would have given the lady as good as she gave me, but it always takes me a couple of days to get over them.
I'm sure I will run into Nalla again and get to say hi.
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