Otto - Registered Service Dog

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Age: 15 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Otts, Bubbie, Ottoman, Ottomatic, "The Camel", Cootie Boy

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-service dog

June 12th 2000

Carrots, play time, swimming and bath time with Isle of Dogs 'Copper Coat" shampoo.

Rain, nail clipping, not getting to say 'hi' to everyone I meet!

Favorite Toy:
Large stuffed carrot

Favorite Food:
ANYTHING! ;-) but I LOVE carrots. I also like mangos and other fruits and vegetables.

Favorite Walk:
The walk to the off-leash park, but any walk is pretty good!

Best Tricks:
I'm a Service Dog; I don't have tricks, I have a skill set! ;-) Oh, wait - I do my 'Circus Dog' trick... Butt on the floor and both front feet waving.

Arrival Story:
I'm an ADI school trained dog who has helped mom for 7 1/2 years now. I know over 100 commands and add to my list every week. SD schools are as different from each other as human schools. In SD terms, I went to Harvard, not Podunk Community College. I wasn't 'home schooled.' I was selected, raised and trained by the best of the best - kinda like the Top Gun of the SD world!

I am the proud graduate of an ADI (Assistance Dog International) fully accredited school. I was "Cover Boy" for the 2005 PADS (Pacific Assistance Dogs Society) calendar as well as being Mr. June, thanks to my incredible good looks! I won first place in the "Most Obedient Dog Contest" in the PADS to the Pavement Fundraiser of 2006. Unfortunately (?) I was in England for the 2007, 2008 and 2009 events so I wasn't able to defend my title. Mom and I give presentations for many different groups, from professional people to school kids . We've had many newspaper articles written about us and I've been interviewed on TV numerous times and was featured in Dogs in Canada. Mom is an internationally published author and a consultant on disability access for a major, world wide hotel chain. Mom also acts as an adviser for individual disability access claims. Life is busy, but good! 10/2008 - Otto had another calendar photo published! Way to go, Otts! 11/2009 - Otto had a THIRD calendar photo published! That's my boy! Mom has just received news that she won "Best Article of the Year" for one of her published articles! Way to go, Mom!

Forums Motto:
ADI cert. - the only one that matters!

My Accomplishments:
Cover Dog and Mr. June / 2005 PADS (Pacific Assistance Dogs Society) Calendar. 1st. Place - Most Obedient Dog Contest, 8/13/2006 PADS to the Pavement Fundraiser. Dogster Dog of the Day - 4/5/2007. I'm an ADI trained dog - it just doesn't get any better than that!!!


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I've Been On Dogster Since:
September 10th 2006 More than 9 years!

I Was In The:
Dogster's 2006 Holiday Picture Party!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Meet my family
Miki - Forever
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My Life As Otto

Sponsor this Service Dog

August 25th 2010 3:30 am
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Walking for $s – Again!!!
"Changing Lives, One Dog At A Time"


We’re Walking and Rolling again for the 16th Annual Walk & Roll for Independence. PADS (Pacific Assistance Dogs Society – my alma matter) holds this fundraiser every year to help raise the money it takes to train dogs like me to help people like mom.

You can learn more about PADS by visiting the
website or drop me a pmail with any questions.

Please help this Big Brown Boy and his mom help PADS and other people with disabilities by clicking on

sponsor Otto

and making a donation. Remember, no donation is too small!

We are ever so grateful for all our friends who are always there for us, and for Dogster for letting us use this site for our fundraising efforts.

Thanks to everyone in advance,
Big Brown Hugs,


Richard 9/5/48 - 7/31/09

August 2nd 2009 2:00 pm
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As dogs, we rarely have to suffer the loss of a loved one. Today, I learned how humans feel all to often.

I have lost a dear friend. His name was Richard and he was a very special man. He died in a bike accident in the French Alps on Friday, but his family was only notified today.

We are in England and were planning to stay with Richard next weekend. Now we'll be going to his service instead. With my sensitive canine spirit, I weep silent tears for the friend with whom I shared such wonderful times. The walks along the headland at Port Issac, the visit to the Edan Project, Brighton, the Quantocks, the concerts and more pubs than I can name are just a few of the memorable times we spent in the short time we had together.

Life is fragile. Life is short. But we need to celebrate a life full of sharing, full of adventure and full of love.

Richard is survived by his his Mother, his brother Martin, his sister-in-law Helen and two nephews. The number of friends he has left behind is beyond counting. My family and I are among them.

Godspeed, Richard. You will always hold a special place in my heart - you were the only person who let me play with your cricket ball!


Walking for $s - "Changing Lives, One Dog At A Time"

July 3rd 2009 9:35 am
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Greetings from the UK! We had a wonderful flight and a quick trip down to Somerset. We've all got jet lag, especially me. I wake mom up at 1 am since it's dinner time back home! Why won't she feed me?

I'm writing to ask your support by sponsoring me in the PADS "Walk and Roll for Independence." I'll be walking and mom will be rolling, but we'll be there trying to raise money for PADS.

For those who don't know, PADS! (Pacific Assistance Dogs) is my alma mater - mom says that means the school I graduated from. They train dogs like me to be service dogs for people with physical disabilities like mom. They also train dogs for people who are deaf or hearing impaired.

PADS is a not-for-profit, ADI (Assistance Dog International) member school. They get no government funding and the cost of a PADS dog to their eventual human is less than nominal. They breed, raise, train and place highly trained service and hearing dogs with money from donations and corporate grants. They even provide a two week 'team training' session for new teams. It has a large group of volunteers who help out with everything from puppy cuddling to kennel cleaning!

Some of the things Ive been trained to do to help mom are getting water for her from the 'fridge, picking up the many things she drops during the day, and bringing her meds at the right time. I open and close doors, turn lights on and off and answer the phone. I get the laundry out of the dryer and carry it to the bed so mom can fold it. I know over 100 commands and mom and I work on new ones all the time. Some are helpful and some just for fun.

We do presentations to many different groups of people, but our favorite audience is children. They not only learn about Service Dogs but about people with disabilities.

I have a great job!

That's why this fundraiser is so important. Without the support of our friends, it's really hard for PADS to raise the money it takes to train special dogs like me. The cost to train a service dog and his human partner is estimated to be $30,000 - $35,000! That's a lot of dog biscuits!

So, I'm asking all my friends to help me out. I know times are really tough these days; PADS knows it, too. If you're able to help me reach my goal, I would really appreciate it. A LOT! All you need to do is sponsor Otto! - it couldn't be easier.

Thanks in advance to one huge, generous group! You guys rock!!!

Big Brown Hugs,

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