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Icy as my Service Dog and Training

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Icy had to be put down today

July 2nd 2013 5:38 am
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Icy had to be put down today due to a frontal lobe brain tumor. Despite being so sick and retired he was learning to do Deep Pressure Therapy on me. Icy was still trying to help me on the walk to the vet today. Dave walked him in case of trouble but I walked in front and Icy walked next to me despite Dave holding his lead.

I'm in pieces right now. Thank you all for your support with both Lone Star and Icy.


Icy has to be Retired

May 15th 2013 6:40 am
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I finally got Icy in to the vet yesterday. He has to be retired from outside the house work. He either has Arthritis or the start of DM/CDRM. I have had a dog in the past with DM/CDRM and I know the future. It's as bad as I expected. The vet is moving vary carefully and they are in the process of ruling things out right now.

Really upset.

I know a flat long walk that I can take him on but I won't be able to use him to help me cross streets, navigate hills, go shopping, or go on the bus with.

So he will have a lovely retirement. Thank you all for keeping track of my progress training both Lone Star and Icy for Assistance Dog/Service Dog work.

My next dog will likely be from one of the UK Charities and trained by them to help me. It will mean a lot less red tape for me. It may be a couple years till a new dog enters our family.

Wish us well and I will keep updating you all on how Icy is doing.


Icy went to Karate last night & he May be Ill

April 23rd 2013 3:34 am
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Icy was surrounded by kids at my 6 year old son's karate class last night.
There were probably ten adults and fifteen kids at this point. This was his second time at the studio but first in the room with all the kids. He was brilliant. I got some good video that I might upload.

To get there we have to take a bus, cross a very busy road while negotiating a hill. He was not reliable and was wobbling on his back legs. On our way home I went down hard on my knees and he was shaking like a leaf next to me. At first I put it down to him not working with me for a few weeks (just got back from a trip to visit family in Arizona) and then I listened to my husband (who walked behind us) about his wobbling. He had mentioned it to me when it was happening and I was to busy trying to keep a steady pace to look. We were going up a smallish hill. Now I'm worried its the beginning of HD or the dreaded DM/CDRM. I'm going to have him at the vet as soon as I can but we can't afford it right now. Gotta wait till the bills are paid.

Terrified for him. Having lost Lone Star so recently.... I need to see if there is something wrong and if there is what we can do but he might not be able to work.


Diary of the Day again!

April 19th 2013 5:03 am
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Thanks! Icy and I are so happy your all getting something out of our journey together.

I'm still recovering from my trip to the US and I can't add much to this right now. Icy was very upset this time with me gone. I think having Lone Star last time kept them both sane. I don't think I will be travelling without him again. It's not fair on either of us.

I will keep trying to work out a way to bring him on a plane. UK bureaucrats are tough to get around. Because I trained Icy myself I am finding real difficulty in getting him "certified" for any trip. Trains, buses and cars are fine. No test is available for independently trained dogs and he's been on two lists for charity assessment (the only way to get him tested) for 3 years now. We don't have full coverage under the Disability Act due to this problem.

I hate to complain but that's the sum of our problems right now. But as far as I'm concerned he would pass the tests I have read online so he is a full Service Dog to me.


photo and video update

April 17th 2013 7:37 am
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Icy and I have just loaded a new photo (bottom of the page) of the two of us. There is also a new video to view of Icy on the job.

Thank you again for all the support! It means to world to us.


Hello all!

April 9th 2013 6:31 pm
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Mum's just seen that I was Dog of the Day for April 4th, 2013. Thank you all! And I have new rosettes too and lots of bones!

Mum's been out of the country and I've been pining a bit. I keep jumping on my Dad in the middle of the night. LOL He's not amused.... Can't wait for Mum to get home in two days.

Thanks again all! I'll have new stuff to post soon.


Icy's 5th Rosette

March 23rd 2013 2:24 am
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Another rosette for Icy! My thanks for our 5th one!!!


A big Thank You

March 22nd 2013 9:38 am
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A big thank you for Icy's 4th rosette. We're really touched. We'll keep posting if you keep reading!


I'm shocked

March 21st 2013 4:00 am
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Thanks so much again for making Icy the Diary of the Day for 21/03/13. We're very proud.

I keep saying it but thank you so much for your support. Dogster has been invaluable in my journey with Lone Star and Icy.

Thank you also for Icy's third rosette!



March 20th 2013 6:19 am
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Thanks for our second rosette! 10/30/13 Icy is thrilled and just had a nice chew to celebrate!!

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