Likes: My person and my kitty Sawyer, working for yummy treats, belly rubs, did I mention treats?, making people happy
Pet-Peeves: People who talk to me and pet me while I'm working (I need to stay focused!), Sawyer getting too much attention
Favorite Toy: Grunty the Hedgehog
Favorite Food: Instinct Dog food, Anything from Stella and Chewy's, Sea Jerky, Cheese, the list goes on and on.
Favorite Walk: Wherever there are other dogs around
Best Tricks: I am a service dog, but some of my favorite tasks are retrieving dropped keys and pushing the handicap button on the side of buildings (I love doing that!)
Arrival Story: I am an Autism Service Dog. I was trained at a place called My Wonderful Dog in Portland, ME for two years. I learned how to turn on and off lights and push buttons and all kinds of cool stuff. I ended up meeting my person, who has Autism, and learned how to help her by pushing my weight against her which calms her down, nudging her head when she ducks her head due to noises that hurt, and I was the first Autism Service Dog to graduate from MWD. If you are interested in learning more about how I came to be partnered and what I do, please read A Journey Through Autism, an article from IAADP.
Bio: We have been partnered for four years, and we are a happy pair. We go everywhere together, and I am a well respected member of my community. I share my house with my kitty buddy Sawyer. He likes to swat at my tail when I'm not looking, but I don't really care.
At the end of the day when my harness is put away and we're at home, I go to bed happy because I know I've done a good job for the day.
Since the last post, Milo took a terrible turn for the worse, and he was honorably discharged this morning. We had found out his epilepsy was caused by elevating toxins that were in his liver, and the doctors couldn't reasonably operate to save him. He knew something was wrong, but he tried his best up until the end.
Thank you all for reading about his life and how he affected all of us for the better. He can finally rest after a job well done.
I'm back home at last after our road trip to Pennsylvania! We got home last night, but it took all night and all day today to rest up and get back in the swing of things. Now, I can recap our trip:
The first day, we piled into a van and over nine hours later, we arrived at the first hotel. I mostly slept and played with my chuckle during the trip down. The nice people at the hotel gave me a doggie bag with a treat, bags, gloves, and a sign for the front door that says, "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie". Isn't that nice? I had my first experience with room service. It's a lot like the delivery man from home. Unfortunately I forgot my collapsible dog bowl in the room- I guess I'll have to get another one!
The second day, we accompanied a friend to a service dog organization for an interview. We just thought we were going to be waiting outside, but we got to go in too, and got to see a demo dog from their program. He was so smart- he picked up things, opened doors, and even showed off some hearing tasks! I got to show how smart I was and tried my hardest to ignore that dog! We saw the kennels where many more dogs were, including pups from Cedarwood, where I'm from! I might have been looking at great-grand nieces and nephews!
After our visit, we struck out again, but we decided to stop in Connecticut for the night. The second hotel was nice too, and the personnel were super nice! I picked up a nickel and a paper card, and the receptionist was beside herself. She ended up giving me a bag of treats and a frisbee/rope toy! We got to unwind a little in a human lounge, where all the people had beer or wine. None for me, thanks! Everybody was really interested in me though, and what I did for work.
The third day, we packed up and headed back up'ta Maine. We made two stops. First, we went to the Clean Run Warehouse, where their dog supplies were available for sniffing out. I didn't get to actually try anything, because if we did and didn't want it, some other doggie would be expecting something new that I already used! Becky got to feel a cooling bed that doesn't use water or electricity. We didn't get anything then, but we definitely have a better idea of what we want for a special day! We then stopped at this ice cream place in Mass called Herrell's. There were so many flavors to choose from, everyone was nice, and nobody seemed to look twice at me for being in the store!
After what seemed like forever, we did get back home. I got a surprise when I walked in the door- someone took away my OLD feed station and put in a NEW feed station and dishes in it's place! This one is screwed into the wall and stainless steel, a snazzy look for our home! More good news- I find out that I was chosen as a recipient for a donation of 180 pills of the medication I'm currently taking! Somebody didn't need it anymore, and those pills aren't cheap, so it's great that I was mentioned as a donee! Thank you, nice donator person!
You can probably now imagine why it took us so long to regenerate after our trip! I do need to go to my kennel and regenerate for the night, so I'm logging off. More adventures to come!