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...
Shadow passed over to the Rainbow Bridge on June 14, 2014. In early April 2014 he was diagnosed with advance brain cancer. By June it was taking its toll on his quality of life and I made the decision to let him go on Flag Day. As his heart stopped "Taps" was played for he could have a Military Funeral.
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...