Pet-Peeves: Water, Water, Water - I hate it and especially the shower when I need to get washed up.
Favorite Toy: Don't have any... Can't grasp onto things..
Favorite Food: Rice and Potatoes
Favorite Walk: Where I go with my Mommy - Malls, Church, Movies, Hospitals, National Parks etc.....
Best Tricks: The SCOOT command... When I'm heeling mom will say Shadow SCOOT and I lift my tush and move closer to her. Another is the way I park after the come .. I'll get close, turn around & back in to position on mom's right side.
Arrival Story: Shadow and his sister were thrown over a fence in a gated community in Safford, AZ. The pound called the Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue (DLRR) and they were put into Foster care in Tucson, AZ. I adopted Shadow at age 11 wks (April 15, 2004).
By time he was 5 months the doctors said I would benefit from a mobility assistant service dog. I told them that I had a puppy that could do it. They told me to prove it. So, when he was six months old I had a local trainer come to my house every week for two months. She was very pleased on how fast he learned commands. We then ventured off on our own doing training in preparation for the Public Access Test. The Veterans Administration approved of Shadow being my Service Dog in February 2005. It will take another year or so of the formal training before he's fully trained to become a certified service dog. He loves going everywhere with me. He has so many compliments from managers etc on how well behaved he is. He's my FOREVER FRIEND and MY FOREVER HERO!
Bio: Shadow is a mix of a Lab and Boxer. My daughter calls him a BOXADOR.
We noticed from the first few days we had him that he was highly intelligent. He wasn't leashed trained, but it only took him a few minutes to learn how to walk without yanking on the leash. He would sit, lay down and give me five within the first month. You showed him one command he would remember it the next time you asked. He'll sit & stay while you're fixing his dinner and won't budge until you say that wonderful "Alright". He gets fed before we sit down, but he's so use to laying under the table and sleeping when we eat out, that he lays under the table next to me (I say under for him to get under the table). He loves being close. In fact he's a lap lover. The only piece of furniture he's allowed on is my recliner when I'm sitting there. He will only come up when I ask him to climb up. He then likes to cuddle and have his belly rubbed. Otherwise he just lays on his doggie bed. When exiting the house he waits for me to leave 1st before he walks on ("WAIT COMMAND"). He gets to the only step and waits (he looks up at me) for the command of "walk on". He'll do that at every step or curb he comes across. He waits for me to go up or down them before proceeding on. I had to train him to go up and down stairs because I have difficulty with them. He walks one step at a time and in total sync with my steps.
He loves watching TV, especially Planet TV - Animal cops. If he sees a Boxer of any kind he goes up to the TV and actually talks to it. So, we're thinking that his mom must have been the Boxer. Any other breeds he'll just look at them and will only respond to a Boxer.
I love the way he heels when given the command... He'll back up into position (looks like he's paraell parking) and lean lightly on my right leg and then look up with those sweet eyes to say... "I LOVE YOU MOM".
The following is the about the photos that are on Shadow's page...
Photos: His main page photo is the most current photo of him (13 May 11) ... The others start when he was only a couple months old (Mar 2004) and go thru the years of him being my Service Dog...
My sissy went into labor late Saturday night and mom took me to the hospital. She was sent home, but mom thought she better stay with sissy because she was in early labor. Well, mom and sissy were only back at the apartment for about 2 hours when they had to get to the hospital "again".
I was the 1st Service Dog team allowed in the Delivery Room at St. Joseph's Hospital. It was also the 1st for the Nurse and Midwife to have a Service Animal present during a delivery. Mom put me in a down/stay in the corner. I never moved - I just slept and slept. All of sudden it was just over 3 hrs later and I hear this BABY CRYING!! I looked up because I didn't hear any baby in the room when I went to sleep.
Well, my sissy had a baby boy - 7 lbs 1 oz - 19 1/2 inches long - born at 6:39 AM - July 29, 07. Name is: James Luciano Cantellano. The staff gave my mom a huge congrats on having the most behaved dog in the whole wide world.
I now set the standard for other Service Teams that will come after me.
Mom took me to see the movie, "Firehouse Dog" today. She told me it had a very special ending. The movie was really cute and I enjoyed seeing "Rex - aka Dewy" turning into a hero. Mom told the small amount of people seeing the movie that I was in the end credits - whatever that meant. The movie ended and got to see some cute doggies from Dogster... Toward the end ... THERE WAS ME ---- I was there in the big screen... Mom and everyone around me clapped.... Then they asked me for paw... Wow, I'm special along with all the other winners who got the chance to have our pictures in the end credits. I was also chosen to be in the DVD when it comes out later this year...
Poor mom had an emergency move to make when she got back from Virginia at the beginning of February. So, she had to find a place really quickly. Mom found a lovely apartment complex that had an ADA (American With Disabilities Act) unit. It has a "huge" 2nd bathroom that is wheelchair accessible and because of its size it's now my place to eat and drink water. The wall plugs are farther up the wall and mom doesn't have to bend down to get something plugged in. The Master bath has a shower unit instead of a tub. Mom says its a whole lot easier to manage that then a tub. The kitchen is tiny, but since its just mom and me now we don't need a big one. It has a very nice outside patio area and I've been told that I can't "pee" on the dirt part. Also, mom has a washer and dryer off the patio and she likes knowing that the apartment came with it. The 2nd bedroom is mom's office, sewing and craft room. It has a nice living and dining area too. Mom put my doggie bed under the sofa table and I love it there. No one can trip over me.. YEA!!!
Mom has lived with her folks for a very long time because of her medical issues. They decided it was time that she moved out because they wanted to have peace and quiet with no one around. So, mom was shocked at how sudden this was after getting back from seeing her new grandbaby. Most of her belongings have been in storage and she has gone thru them and dumped a lot into the landfil. She had no furniture, lamps, plates, etc.. She got rid of most of her things many, many, many years ago. So, she had to buy quite a few things to set up the apartment.
The place is about 15 miles away from our old place in the country. It might be in the city, but man is it ever quiet here. The complex is surrounded by residential homes and a park is on one side. I've met a few dogs already and I've been on my best behavior. They have these neat "doggy" stations all over the place for our business can be picked up and disposed of. I don't mind peeing anywhere, but I'm use to running in the back yard to find a spot. I made mom take me out 10 times just for I could sniff the area. I couldn't understand "why" she was so happy that I finally did my business. She never use to care about that... BOL
Oh, I did meet a cat... BOL... It was black and it came onto my patio... Fair game... dang -- I have a WALL and it was gone in a flash. I did see it later and almost took mom down when I went to "tree" it. Mom was so mad at me and she made me come and sit next to her. She gave me one heck of a lecture that I'm a Service Dog and have to pay attention to her "only"... When mom gives that kind of lecture ---- I LISTEN!!!
So, I now live in the city and have to learn the ropes of being a city dog.... I do miss running FREE in a yard thou... BUT mom now takes me for leisure walks throughout the complex..