Nicknames: Argent La Marka Mischief Managed CGC, Ollie, Ollie-Man, Ollie-Monster, Mister, Poodle, Noodle, Boop
Birthday: April 5th 2008
Likes: Fetching balls out of the ocean, playing with Sissy Sabrina, and meeting up with other service dog teams!
Pet-Peeves: I get to have a pet?! Cool! I think I'd like to get a Pygmy Puff and name it Arnold!
Favorite Toy: I like all the 100% wool toys, they smell really cool and are fun! I also like my iSqueak ball from JW pet. It is my FAVORITE!!!
Favorite Food: Raw food of any kind, but most especially rabbit!
Favorite Walk: Albany Hill, Ohlone greenway, anywhere I can swim
Best Tricks: I can pick a credit card up off the floor! But my best tricks are all my work as a service dog helping my mom.
Arrival Story: I was a very wanted and planned-for puppy. My mom started thinking about what type of dog she wanted for her next psychiatric service dog nearly a year before I was born! Once she decided on standard poodles, she spent a long time researching breeders. Eventually she found -- link removed -- and knew they were the right breeders. My fur-mom and fur-grandma are both service dogs, and my fur-great-grandma is a therapy dog. I lived with all three of them plus a few others and my brothers and sisters until I was 8 weeks old. I first met my human parents when I was 5 weeks old and they came down for a visit. They really liked me a lot, and I liked them, too! So both of us were happy when I passed my puppy aptitude test for service work with flying colors, scoring all excellents and goods. One of my brothers scored similarly to me, so my human parents drove down to see us when we were 8 weeks old. They said it was a hard decision, but I think it was easy! They liked me from the beginning! I was a little sad to leave my brothers and sisters, but I was excited to start learning how to become a psychiatric service dog for my new mom.
Bio: I have 2 biological fur-sisters and 4 biological fur-brothers-- one of whom is also going to be a service dog! In my family I have a doggy sister, a kitty brother and sister, and a gecko brother. My mom has Bipolar Disorder (manias and depressions) and Complex-PTSD (which includes symptoms like panic attacks and agoraphobia), and I am trained to alert to episodes and ground her to help her through them. Mom also has chronic pain and surgery-resistant endometriosis, and I help her keep her balance when she is in pain. I'm also trained to help keep her steady due to her medication side effects. On January 13th, 2008 I passed my CGC test and started going with mom almost full time as a Service Dog In Training. On September 23rd, 2010 I passed my Public Access Test. That means now I am a full service dog!
What a fun week I've had! We went to the 8th annual Psychiatric Service Dog Society Gathering. The Gathering is a time when service dogs and their humans get together and learn from each other and hang out and have fun. We did fun things like go the the aquarium, play musical chairs, and square dance. We also did things like let our humans talk about how they use us for their disabilities, how to handle public access challenges, and stuff like that. My pals Punkin and Tilly got their mom to make new vests for everyone at the gathering! I got a purple one, and it fits me perfectly. I like it a lot! Here are my mom's pictures and videos from the gathering. The first video is the square dancing video, so be sure to check it out!
One of the benefits of living with my pal Oliver is that we live on a vineyard that has a golf cart. The humans like to ride in the golf cart and let the dogs run alongside and behind the cart. It is a LOT of fun! The golf cart goes about 25 mph, and I can keep up (on some days I even outrun the cart!) so that means I am a very fast runner! Here is a video mom took from the golf cart of me running around the vineyard:
Whew, what a time we've had since I last wrote in my diary! The house mom and dad were renting got foreclosed on, and we didn't have enough money (daddy has been unemployed for 8 months) to rent a new place. Luckily my pal Oliver has a trailer on their property that doesn't have anyone living in it until August. His family invited us to come live in the trailer for a few months! The best thing about it is that they live on a vineyard, so I have lots of interesting things to sniff, bark at, and run around. There are chickens and sheep and other doggies!
Mom and dad are still unpacking, but it is a lot of fun being here already! The next few months are looking like they will be a lot of fun!