Best Tricks: She brings me items like cell phone, botled water, shoes etc.. She can also take off my socks and pants and alerts to my medical condiotions
Arrival Story: I purchased dora from my best friend who has been raising and showing terriers for 35 years. I had lost my Mother, Sister and my 15 year old dog in 4 weeks time and was in need of a buddy. On May 1, 2009 Dora was put on a plane and flown from Oregon to Arizona to me. She is an amazing little dog. Not only has she mended my heart she has tuned into many of my medical conditions. After counsulting a Private dog trainer I started training her as my service dog. She has passed her CGC and PAT and is now my Service Dog. Dora means God's gift and I truly believe she is.
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Well we did it, mom and I passed our PAT yesterday. It has been a rough week for us but we are so happy to have passed. I had no doubts, but mom was a wreck. So no more in training patch I am now a Service Dog. I do not feel any diffrent.
Mom has more to write when she feels better and even videos of me out of control doing my wild dance in class.
I felt a little better when I got up this morning. Mom was still worried about my tummy so I got just a little breakfast which was mostly rice. Then mom got out our dog class bag and I was very excited. Once on the road I noticed mom was going somewhere familiar. As soon as she made a couple turns I knew we were going to the dog park. Apparently since we are leaving town mom arranged for some of my friends to be there for one last play. When we first got there no other dogs were in the small dog area. So I just sniffed around and went potty. Mom noticed my tummy was still not good and I had runny stool.
Then my best friend Meadow the Beagle showed up. I was so excited to see her and her humans. Mom and I are really going to miss these great friends. More dog started showing up. Some I knew and some I did not but they were all very good and we played great together. Then a big dog came into the little dog area. Mom started to go over to the dog’s owner. It was our friend Sweet Pea and her mom. Sweet Pea is also a service dog. We only were able to visit with t hem for a little bit as we had a private lesson with our trainer.
When we got to the lesson our trainer gave mom a very nice note explaing how we have been doing access training with her and that we are prepared for public work. Mom was very pleased, not that she will show it to anyone but it is nice to have. Mom told the trainer about my tummy and she wanted to work me with no treats. I was not in favor of this but I had no vote. The trainer and her dog worked very close to mom and I. We did greetings and walk bys. Guess what I was perfect. All of the training in class yesterday paid off. The trainer then asked mom to work me without the gentle leader. I did perfect with no treats and no head collar. We did all kinds of things from the CGC class I was taking. Then mom left me with the trainer for the separation part. Mom thinks the reason I was standing up on the trainer yesterday was that I was alerting her to all her pain. Today while mom left me I was very good and only stood on the trainer once and that was when she had a stabbing back pain. The trainer was impressed that I knew about her pain and was trying to help. Then the trainer told mom that I could do everything to pass the CGC test and in fact I just did. Mom was so surprised and excited. The trainer explained that we had done the whole test without treats and a head collar so we passed. Then we took a break in the classroom and I got to play with the trainer’s dog who I like a lot. After I was done playing I did not fell good and threw up. After they cleaned up my mess we went back out into the store and worked a little but I was not feeling good then so we quit. I had been feeling good and having fun until that happened.
We then came home and I am resting. Mom says I do not get to eat until tomorrow morning and she pushed some pills down my throat. Mom thinks between the other treats and all the playing today is too much for me.
Mom has to go see her pain doctor but I am staying home. Mom says I need to just rest and get over this tummy thing. I am feeling a little better.
Okay I am back. Apparently mom did not like the looks of me and got out the thermometer. I told her I did not have a fever but she did not listen. So you know what happened next. Just as I thought my temp. was normal. I am actually feeling a little better. Mon is home from the doctor with new info. Basically she is doing all the right things with the head pains. The doctor thought it was very nice how I can alert mom to when they are going to get worse. She had two new possible diagnoses so mom is going to research them.
Well mom and dad are heading out to dinner with friends. I was going to go but mom said I am not well enough.
Mom took me for a little walk as her back was hurting. I then went grocery shopping with her and dad. I was very good. Mom used the cart because of her back and I heeled perfect next to her. I have gotten very good about the shopping cart. Once the shopping was all done we hurried home so mom could have something to eat before our final intermediate obedience class.
All but one person showed up to our graduation. Our trainer gave the humans a slip of paper with things to do through out Petsmart. We worked on all of the things we have learned over the past 8 weeks. It was a lot of fun, as we keep running into other class members working on the list. All of us did really well. One of the tasks was to do a sit stay in front of the birds. Well until today I did not know they had birds in the store. I was fascinated by the birds and wanted to chase them. Needless to say we spent a lot of time here until we got it right. Mom says they sell the birds and you can take them home. I want mom to buy me one for my graduation present.
Once back in the classroom we all got our diploma. Mom forgot her camera but some nice people took pictures of me in my graduation cap. If we get one, we will post it. I got to play with some of the dogs and all of the people visited and commented on how well everyone has improved.
When we got home mom was wiped out and headed for the couch. I got up and cuddled with her and then alerted to her that her head was going to hurt. She knew I was probably right and she took one of her pills. She now has an ice pack on her neck for her head and a heat pack on her back. Mom is defiantly done for the day and so am I.