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My Life As Otto

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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Barked by: Muffin * Crazy Little Angel * (Dogster Member)

July 3rd 2009 at 11:49 am

I helped Mommy make my donation Otto!

I know that receiving proper training is very important for hard working doggies to learn how to help their humans. You're a bright & shining example of that my big brown friend. :-)

I'm glad you made your way Across the Pond safely! They still have baby carrots there, right?!?!? I'm sending super-sized hugs your way.

Pip pip cheerio! Muffin
Barked by: George Underwood (Dogster Member)

July 3rd 2009 at 1:31 pm

Otto we'd be honored to donate to PADS...We wish we could do more but unfortunately Mommy & Daddy have both been jobless for many months and things are tight here...but I've agreed to not shop in my favorite puppy store this month! Good Luck and God Bless you for all you do for your mom...Manly Licks George
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

July 3rd 2009 at 4:40 pm

We were able to add a little dear friend.

I am English and been in the USA 3 years married to a wonderful English gent. BUT.. I get very homesick. I know and have been to all the places in your pictures.

You are a wonderful Team... Hearing Dogs for Deaf People was my charity in England.

Be safe and enjoy your time in England.... and tell ''her'' I miss her.

Flicka Δ,,Δ and Lucas /..| and Pam X

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