Photo Comments Age: 7 Years Sex: Female Weight: 51-100 lbs
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Calli, Calli J
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November 7th 2007
One on one attention
Being bothered by her other furry friends
Any squeeky toy that has stuffing in it
Any where you want to take her
Being able to out manuver any of her furry pals
Calli came from a small litter and I let the breeder select her for me. The breeder is a very good friend of mine and also Co-Founder of Realizing Dreams Thru Dogs, so I trusted her judgement. When I saw Calli, she was so awkward looking as a puppy. You see, she is true to the breed type and part of her pedigree is Romanian. All of her hair, even her legs, is very hard. But this is what I wanted for my program. After going thru the puppy "uglies" she has turned out to be a very nice looking young lady. Calli will play a very important role in the breeding program for Realizing Dreams Thru Dogs. She will be bred to produce service dogs, but not necessarily the kind for disabled people. We have hopes for using some of her pups for search and rescue work and K9 law enforcement work since her pedigree is a strong working dog pedigree. Calli is currently being obedienced trained and does dog shows for fun. I am attempting some scent work with her, but at this age, all she wants to do is have fun. I will update as she progresses.
UPDATE: As of a few days ago, Calli passed all of her prelim testing and is now ready for more advanced training. Much to my surprise, she has caught on so quickly. She has almost mastered every hand signal command that I have been teaching her in just a weeks time. We are so excited and will probably try and do some obedience competitions next spring just for fun and to show just how good my girl can be. She just might surprise me and be able to be a service dog for myself when Drew is having an off day or when I need the use of a powerhouse dog since Calli is a stout girl.
Realizing Dreams Thru Dogs is a wonderful organization. We hope to be the only one like it in the United States. We will have both service dogs and therapy dogs. We plan of donating our Giant Schnauzers to both search and rescue training teams and law enforcement trainers for their use. Many people do not realize that search and rescue teams must purchase their own dogs and with recent budget cuts, there is no money for law enforcement to obtain K9 dogs. On the occasion that we have an exceptional puppy that passes all evaluations for service dog training for disabled persons work, we will donate that dog for specific training. We also will help locate dogs for training for specific disabilities when needed. Our Standard Schnauzers will be used for service work also. They will be evaluated for many areas to include hearing and sight work. Realizing Dreams will also continue to have a team of therapy dogs. I will personally train these dogs and continue to visit places on a weekly basis. Some of our dogs will be placed with qualified trainers for therapy use and some of the dogs will be trained for therapy dog residency programs. All of this will be a no charge to the recipients. Any dogs not passing the evaluations for use in the program will be placed in a companion home. At Realizing Dreams we are thinking big. We are currently in our fundraising mode. We have been offered 20 acres of land with a house that can be used as our office for about 1/3 of its appraised value. The gentleman really believes in our cause and has given us until the summer to come up with the money for the land. We would like to then go on to build a nice sized dog facility with training rooms and places for public use. We would like to offer public education classes on site as well as at schools and civic groups. As part of doing for others, we have a program designed for the youth that would be in the afternoon after school and during the summer. This is a great way to keep todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s youth focused and busy. By allowing them to participate in basic obedience classes with a RD dog and holding small competitions, they would be able to have a goal to work towards. While most all of the work will be done by myself and the co-founders, we will probably need some very basic part time help with some simple chores. A program has been developed to hire both physically and mentally challenged people. We believe that everyone deserves a chance. Another program that RD will have in place is grooming. We will offer a very low cost grooming for approved applicants that are on fixed or low incomes. Many times, a dog is the only companion a person might have and they deserve to have their companion clean and groomed just like anyone else does. I know that this is no easy task ahead, but I am confident that it will succeed. I have a wonderful testimony that I often give on my lifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s story of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Never say NeverÃ¢â‚¬Â. It tells of me as an only child growing up in Mississippi, getting married, moving away from my home town, moving to Saudi Arabia, surviving a terrorist attack, surviving a rare cancer, living with MS, a marriage of 23 years ending which in turn lead to the door opening sooner for Realizing Dreams Thru Dogs. I truly believe everything happens for a reason and will not let anything get me down. If anyone has any question about Realizing Dreams Thru Dogs, just pmail me. Also, if you have any ideas on ways to raise money, we are always open to suggestions. We are in the process of applying for grants, but those can take a year or two. Right now I am grooming a few dogs for people to help keep things afloat along with receiving a few small donations. This keeps me out visiting the nursing homes and hospitals. NEW PROGRAM: We are now working with a Legal Aid program and do therapy visits with the elderly that were victims of abuse by their caregivers and are getting ready to start with the children that were victims of abuse also. Thanks a million!!!!
CURRENT NEWS ABOUT OUR DOGS: I have Drew a Giant Schnauzer that is Therapy Dog trained and also my personal Service Dog since I have MS. Drew is the official ambassador for Realizing Dreams. Calli is also a Giant Schnauzer and is being trained for search and rescue and is a Service Dog in Training. Jack and Kyra are our 2 Standard Schnauzer puppies and they are being obedience trained right now and will go on to complete their therapy training. Sara, my Standard Schnauzer and their mom is here just for me. I suppose you could say she has been my emotional support dog thru many rough times in the recent years. Gabbie was our first Schnauzer and due to health issues, we made her a pet. She has ended up being a great support dog for my middle son and has helped him deal with many problems over the past couple of years.
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