Thursday, November 16, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017
Backyard play time with a few snowflakes coming down! Musketeer would watch a snowflake land in the grass, then breathe on it and it would melt... then it seemed like Musketeer was like, "Where did it go??? It was JUST HERE!!!". Fun time!
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Monday, November 6, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
One of our local fire stations asked me to bring Musketeer over and talk to the fire fighters/ EMTs about people with service dogs. I had planned on telling them a bit how they can help service dog handlers, then giving a demonstration using a scent sample. Musketeer had other plans and alerted me while I was talking. GOOD BOY, MUSKETEER!!!
Friday, October 20, 2017
Let me share two recent experiences with you... Make that THREE!
1. I was at the check out of Walmart and the cashier asked me the name of my service dog. I said, "I'm sorry, I don't give out his name because I don't want you or anyone else that may hear, to call his name and distract him from his job." She said she understood and was checking out the rest of my groceries. I noticed Musketeer giving a pre-alert to falling BG levels and that's when the cashier reached out and PET MY SERVICE DOG!!! I told her to "LEAVE IT!" and finished the transaction and left the store, forgetting that Musketeer had given me a pre-alert and Musketeer forgot that he was about to alert because he was being petted! I drove home with a dangerous BG level because of that cashier!
2. I was at our big main doctor's office at the diabetic part of the building, so they could download my meter to order more test strips for the meter since I'm testing so much more now. The first receptionist had me sit in the waiting room while they did the downloading. The second receptionist got to her desk, sat down, saw my dog, JUMPED UP, Went through the door from the reception desk to the short hall, through ANOTHER door to the waiting room, ran toward Musketeer, calling out, "SERVICE DOG!!!!" I gave her the hand signal for "LEAVE IT!" and sternly told her, "Do *NOT* Distract my service dog!"
3. Took our son to a church school's Trunk or Treat event. Musketeer did GREAT with all of the little kids running around, until one 8? year old girl POKED him with her Rae(?) from Star Wars stick! Musketeer and I waited against a wall, out of the way from everyone and this 9 year old Batman boy ran up to Musketeer, hand outstretched and I shook my head and said, "No. No, get back. No! LEAVE IT! I said NO, he's WORKING, LEAVE IT!" and he finally stopped and ran off.
Come on, people! If you see a service animal.. if you see ANY animal... Smile at the handler and continue on with what you were doing. Please!
One man approached us with his 18 month old son, "May my son pet your... oh, it's a service dog, I'm sorry." No no, that's okay, let me get my dog ready to meet your son. Musketeer went into a down and CRAWLED up to the little boy and let the boy hold his nose while Musketeer wagged his tail. The man thanked me and I told him THANK YOU for what he did by asking!
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Fast & Easy Service Dog Info:
1. Don't distract (no petting, no talking to, no kissy sounds, just smile at the handler). There are TONS of distractions when we're out and about, and a SD's one job is to take care of his handler, so he needs to focus without added distractions.
2. Talk to the handler, not the dog. (See reason above, AND, the dog won't answer you!).
3. Don't ask the dog's name or gender. I'm not going to tell you his name when out in public because I don't want you, or anyone, to call him when I'm about to have a medical emergency and he miss alerting because of your distraction. And gender... do you honestly need to know? I realize you're interested and I appreciate that, but just letting him work is best.
4. No, he doesn't wear his vest at home. We know he's a service dog so the vest isn't needed to tell us.
5. YES, he gets lots of time to PLAY many times every day, and he plays with all of his family members!
6. Please do not give SDs treats or any type of food. That is the sole job of the handler (we are the ones "paying" him to work for us) AND he might have food allergies (Musketeer is allergic to chicken, for example).
7. Service dogs assist those with disabilities. You may not be able to tell what type of disability the individual has, but realize that the person has some medical challenges and at times, just being out in public is all they can manage, so please don't be offended if they don't answer your questions about their service dog. They have most likely been asked those same questions several times already in just that one outing and haven't had the ability to answer anyone. HOWEVER, asking, "Would you mind if I ask you about your service dog?" is a WONDERFUL AMAZING PERFECT question to ask a SD handler! And if we're able, we would LOVE to talk to you about our team mate! Just realize that sometimes we're running late for an appointment, or we've just been alerted by our SD that a medical issue is about to happen, or we're wiped out and just need to get home.
THANK YOU for reading, and if you'd like to ask questions, Dog Blog COMMENTS is the perfect place to do that, so I'm opening the floor to questions here!