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Age: 10 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Freddie, Piglet, Monkey Pants, Snodgrass, Sir Frederick Von Fartzenyartzen

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-service dog

May 3rd 2006

Being "loved" - and runnin' WILD in any off leash space!

UPDATE: Peeve has decided to PLAY WITH ME! Wow - I have a Fur Buddy at home now! ~~~ "Peeve" is my cat. She won't play with me. She SPITS at me.

Favorite Toy:
A stuffed hedgehog - or any blowing leaf.

Favorite Food:
This part USED to say "not picky - not a foodie" but - OMD! Fred has hit a major growth spurt and eats and eats and eats and . . .

Favorite Walk:
Anyplace off-leash or where children are

Best Tricks:
eating mud!

Arrival Story:
When Barkley had to be retired as my service dog - I was sad. But it wasn't terrible. My son wanted Barkley as a pet, and so he is still a beloved member of the family and I see him often. I started a search for a new dog, and after taking a number of 'compatability' tests intended to tell what kind of dog was best for me - I decided to look for a Standard Poodle or a "Doodle� It was a hard choice. I’ve always been a hound person, particularly beagles. BUT – the tests were right. Fred is a much better dog for me! One of the places I “put out the word� about my search was my local FreeCycle list. FreeCycle is a Yahoo group where people offer things they don’t need, and ask for things they want. Mostly they offer things like toaster ovens and used furniture. Looking for a healthy young dog was a real long shot! But, Dog was watching. A very nice breeder in a nearby town had a standard poodle puppy who she could not sell due to an overbite problem that would need orthodonture. We talked about it for a few days – took the pup to be temperament tested – and talk to the Tufts Veterinary/Dental Clinic. Everything looked workable. Donna (the breeder) was amazingly generous. Not only did she give me Fred with no charge, but is paying for the dental work. My side of the agreement is that I give him a good home, train him right, provide him with the best of care, and love him to pieces. WHAT A DEAL! Thank you Donna & Family!

Fred is in training to be my medical alert dog. He has the most amazingly laid back temperament. I've never known a sweeter dog! He is a purebred poodle - though not AKC - one of his grand-sires was from the Dominican Republic - and there were paperwork issues. Besides - Fred thinks papers are to play with or pee on.

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September 2nd 2006 More than 10 years!

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May 24th 2007 9:12 pm
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Thank you Destry, for tagging me!!!

The Rules: Each player starts with 7 random facts about themselves. Dogs who are tagged need to post in their diaries "The Rules" and their "7 Pawsome Facts."

Then choose 7 dogs to tag and list their names. Don’t forget to bark them a pmail that they have been tagged and tell them to read your Diary, or send them a fun Rosette announcing they've been Tagged!

7 Pawsome Facts About Fred:

1. I look like a giant pile of Ramen noodles
2. Mom took me to a Bar-B-Q -- I got to eat chicken and play with a pretty Golden named Tess
3. Mom let me sleep in her bed fro the first time last night. Franky, I wasn't what I thought of it! I kept nuzzling Mom and asking - but she just said "If you wanna sleep in your crate go sleep in your crate!" HMPH - she didn't close the DOOR!
4. I ADORE my Mom's son
5. Mom says all Dog like Peanut butter - but I DON'T!
6. I need a HAIRCUT!
7. My favorite toy is MOM!

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YuKi, YuKi_bear




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I'ts been a while

March 18th 2007 7:30 am
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Since I posted. The whole mess with UMass is still not settled, though Fred does come to classes with me, and no one has objected to his presence in any of the buildings other than the one where I used to work. I worte a proposal for a 4 credit indpendat study to create various service dog protocol media (I am an English major with a specialization in professional writing and technical communications - though I admit you'd never know it from the unedited drec I slap up here! YIKES!) The proposal was accepted so that is a balm to my wounds.

The fact is, Fred is learning his lessons better without having to be in tht madhouse where no one would follow the rules regarding him - AND given that I have not been at my best it is easier to focus on my school work and not have to go to t job too. I did have to take out another student loan to cover the lost income, but I am taking the Scarlett O'Hara approach to that for the time being - "I won't think abut that now, if I do I'll go mad! I'll think about it tomorrow . . .after all - tomorrow is another day!"

One other interesting factoid - Fred seems to be getting DARKER again! He had faded from arpicot to cream, and now the apricot is coming back. I don't know how things will end up - but one breeder did tell me that sometimes apricots have cream undercoats, and when the adult guard hairs come in, they show the true color. Time will tell I suppose!


Things could be better :-(

January 20th 2007 7:05 am
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Mom is very sad - her school was pretty mean to us a while ago and it is a BIG DEAL to try and fix things. Here is a bit of Mom's (and my) story. I'm really REALLY sorry about tthe wire - but - gee . . .


I received a "constructive dismissal" from work at the end of November - and have been awfully depressed since. They have banned Fred - so I can't go to work. The simple version is that since i work at a University and there are lots of student employees coming and going all the time - I have to constantly fend off kids who whine 'geeee - can't I pat him NOOOOOWWW??!" make coochie noises and refuse to understand that they are not even supposed to make EYE CONTACT. Comraderie was an important aspect of my job -and since I am the age of most of these kids Mom's I was always aware that I needed to be nice to keep them on my side. Classic rock and a hard place.

Fred's primary sin is looking like a big ol' muppet. So it's been near impossible to keep him under really strict control (though the fact is that for a pup in training he does very WELL - like any pup is someone says 'ohh - pretty puppy" he is gonna wag his tail!). The administration made it very difficult for ME to enforce the rules regarding SDs - and would not help do so themselves. They refused to let me add a page about service dog protocol to the employee training manual - or put up signs. Nor would they take the 2 minute it would have taken while orienting new staff (which happens almost every week) to mention Fred and how they should behave towards him. On the other hand - if *I* were firm about it (and no I was never hostile, nasty, threatening or any of the things one can so easily become ween frustrated in this way) I was told I was "being negative" and "taking supervisory roles on myself without permission." "Who do you think you are?" and so on. The mangers would also stand right by where I was working and toss a ball back and forth while they talked - and then give ME the evil eye if Fred showed interest in the ball (he only actually tried to chase it once) Can you say "set up?" - I do believe you can!

Now - it is the policy of both my STATE and my UNIVERSITY to allow service dogs in training. By definition, and dog in training is going to require MANAGEMENT. When Fred hit adolescence and the final throws of teething - I told them over and over that something needed to be done about the computer cables that here hanging down in the only area he could have as his 'spot' without being in the way. I was denied the opportunity to baffle the wires - or use biter apple on them - and told not to worry about it they would take care of it. I went to them on the mater at least four times. They continued to tell me I was worrying too much - they'd fix it. They did not.

Well, as you may expect: One day I was in a very intense conversation with an alum on the phone (part of my job) and did not notice Fred had decided to relive his gums on the Cat 5 cable to my PC. Next thing *I* know - I'm being told that my dog has always been a distraction (err - no - THEY distract my DOG!) and now that he had "destroyed University property" (the exact property I had been rendered powerless to protect - which they PROMISED to protect and did not) that Fred was no longer allowed at work and that they hoped he would not be allowed on campus at all. They then had the gall to tell me they valued my work and hoped I'd stay on - sans Fred.

So - my stand and my lawyer's stand is that by refusing to allow me such simple management of Fred's behavior by allowing other staff to interfere with his training and preventing me form enforcing regulations regarding service animals - they have refused me reasonable accommodation.

Who knows where this will go? I just know it is making life very hard for us right now.

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