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Bouvier des Flandres
Picture of Gadget, a male Bouvier des Flandres

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Gadg, Gadgemonster, The Muffin, Mr. Dude, Horse, Hund, G-Money (ASL sign name = G-dog)

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-service dog -dog rescue

Me! Food! Clicker training! The POND! Running (thru fields), running (through woods), running after things he shouldn't! (porcupines, bears, etc.)

Being without me. Not being fed On Time. Not being allowed to chase the EXCITING CREATURES.

Favorite Toy:
The red, squeaky dinosaur, or a kong stuffed w/peanut butter

Favorite Food:
CHEESE! Also liver, any meat (esp. raw), marrow bones, peanut butter, blueberries

Favorite Walk:

Best Tricks:
He knows over 100 words. The one that impresses people the most is getting me water from the fridge, but the hardest to train/learn was a special oven-timer alert. Recently, we taught him to sing "The Pond Song" -- Arroooooo

Arrival Story:
I was looking for a successor to train because Jersey, my previous Bouvier service dog was getting ready to retire, and I put out the word to Bouvier rescue. A woman in Penn., had fostered him for 6 months. He was just one. I drove down to pick him up, and I knew he was PERFECT -- smart and fearless and utterly adorable. BUT, he was completely wild. He pulled my powerchair over on top of me the first week!

**Gadget died November 19, 2009 due to mast cell cancer. I have started a blog about life after the loss of a service dog. It's a tribute to Gadget, a way to find meaning and grieve his loss, a place for all who are mourning the loss of beloved dogs, a way to learn about the service dog experience, and soon will be also about the transition to training a SD puppy. It's at All are welcome to celebrate Gadget and to share your experience.** Gadget is super smart and loves to learn and earn rewards. He's been my service dog for over 7 years. In May, he was diagnosed with lymphoma. We have been doing chemotherapy, and he went into remission very quickly and is doing great. Last month, he had a mast cell tumor that had to be removed. We are both FIGHTERS! You can see o ur story and him working here: (Scroll down to near the bottom of the page.) Gadget and I are both very grateful to the Magic Bullet Fund and the Land of PureGold Foundation. You can read a bit about him on both of those sites, too, as well as PureGold's blog. My blog about Gadget:

Forums Motto:
Behold, the Power of Cheese

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Is it a bear? Non

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 6th 2009 More than 6 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Blog about Life After Gadget

January 2nd 2010 10:47 am
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I've started a blog called aftergadet. It's at

Gadget's death was such a devastating loss that for a long time, I was just in shock. Finally things started to shift, and I realized that blogging about Gadget, what his loss has meant, and how I will transition into my new life (with a new puppy to train), was just what I needed to process Gadget's death.

I have found, just having posted one entry and about to post a second, that it is tremendously cathartic for me as well as bringing me back to my one and only passion aside from dogs, which is writing. I guess that is one of the many final gifts Gadget has given me. There have been so many; who know there were more in store, even after death?

It is a place not just for me but for anyone who has loved and lost, for anyone who wants to participate in the assistance dog world or learn more about it, for anyone who loves dogs, and for anyone who wants to read about a first-time puppy raiser making a fool of herself on a regular basis!

All are welcome.

-Sharon Wachsler


Gadget: 7/00 - 11/19/09

November 20th 2009 7:24 pm
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A month after the first mast cell tumor (MCT) was removed, another one appeared. Then over a dozen appeared all over his body. The MCT spread internally, and most of his organs were affected. He lived for another month, and then he lost interest in everything -- food, water, etc., and was at the end of the road. He died at home, outside, in the sunshine, with his people around him. Many attended his funeral. He was deeply loved. He is horribly, horribly missed.


I Know All My Tasks, but Sharon Needs Training

October 6th 2009 6:40 pm
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I know how to do sooooo many things. Sharon trained me. You know that old saying, "Those who can't do, teach"?

That must be Sharon.

She is trying to load two videos of me showing off how smart and talented and skilled and funny and adorable I am, but she can't figure out how to do it.

Here they are, if you want to adore me, too:


She did manage to get them both up at another site: s-chemotherapy

Maybe I shoulda clicked her and given her chocolate when she got the other one right.

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