Friday, September 22, 2017


ONE MORE
SKYPE
with
MUSKETEER!

Trainer Gracie of Diabetic Alert Dogs of America, has been Musketeer's main trainer and was the one to Skype with me and Musketeer the three times that I've now Skyped with him.  I had a lot of questions for her and she gave me lots of answers as well as a lot of "behind the scenes" information that will help me be a better service dog handler.

One of the first things I asked was if she will be okay when it's time for Musketeer to leave to come home to me.  She told me that if Musketeer would stay with her, he'd only be a pet and not living up to his full potential and that includes saving my life.  She much rather have Musketeer helping take care of me and making my life so much better and healthier and Musketeer really loves to do alerts and other tasks, it makes him really happy.  She did tell me that her husband has gotten really close to Musketeer and he might have a more difficult time, but still, he knows Musketeer needs to be with me.  I asked Gracie if she would like it if I kept in touch with them, let them know how Musketeer is doing and she seemed thrilled with that offer!  I'm planning on making something extra special for Gracie and her husband and have it be "from Musketeer" for Christmas.

Musketeer went on a road trip from the Phoenix area to Las Vegas Wednesday, September 20, 2017 to meet up with the boss man to be tested!  Musketeer Puppy PASSED with flying colors!  I was told to contact the office next week to find out when Musketeer has been scheduled to fly to Wisconsin!  I was told two to three weeks from now by Gracie, but the main office will be better able to give me a more exact date!  I was also told that Musketeer is awesome going on long car rides.

I was given so much information to process today.  I'll be given so much MORE information and a book all about Musketeer, when he arrives.  I was told if there is any place here that I'm not sure will be open to having a service dog, to let Ed (the boss who will be delivering Musketeer) know, that he's very good at educating folks about ADA laws.  

No time to waste!  The time to step up to the plate is NOW!

1.  Direct payments to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America using Musketeer Puppy in the payment description box.  Here's the LINK

2.  Donate at any Wells Fargo Bank to Musketeer the Diabetic Alert Dog.

3.  PayPal to:  wisconsin_marie@yahoo.com

4.  Purchase items or donate towards Musketeer at ~XM~ Designs in SL.

5.  Participate in The Purpose Hunt (Link HERE)

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THANK YOU
for your Prayers
for your Time
for your Support
for your Kindness
for
Just you being YOU!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017


HOW YOU CAN
MAKE A DIFFERENCE


1.  Direct payments to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America using Musketeer Puppy in the payment description box.  Here's the LINK

2.  Donate at any Wells Fargo Bank to Musketeer the Diabetic Alert Dog.

3.  PayPal to:  wisconsin_marie@yahoo.com

4.  Purchase items or donate towards Musketeer at ~XM~ Designs in SL.

5.  Participate in The Purpose Hunt (Link HERE)

I REALLY APPRECIATE
YOUR HELP
AND SO DOES
MUSKETEER!


THANK YOU
SO MUCH
FOR HELPING
TO GET
MUSKETEER PUPPY
HOME!

Monday, September 18, 2017


SO EXCITED!!!!

Musketeer's vest was custom made and just got finished by River Dog Gear.  I asked for "Musketeer colors" of royal blue and silver edging.  Here are the photos she sent:


These have expandable side pockets to fit all of my diabetic items (meter, insulin, syringes, glucose tablets/gel as well as a File of Life (medical info card), poop bags, etc.  The patches are attached with Velcro, so I can put them onto other items if I'm working Musketeer without the vest.  SWEEEEEEET!


20th Weekly Report Card
for
Service Dog
Musketeer


Musketeer has been hard at work practicing simulated night alerts, calming after an alert, leave it, maintaining a down stay with and without barriers, maintaining a sit while being pet by strangers, not sniffing people or items as he or they pass by and heeling. His training locations have included a local park, Kohl's, Macy's, JcPenny's, Babies R Us and the Container Store. 

Next week, Musketeer will be working on maintaining a down stay while other dogs are walking by or playing near by, off leash heeling, recall, night alerts and down stay for extended periods of time.

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Monday, September 11, 2017


19th Weekly Report Card
for
Service Dog
Musketeer Puppy


Musketeer has been working on night alerts, alerting with one paw, alerting with children playing close, alerting in a restaurant environment, car alerts, maintaining a down stay without a specified boundary and reinforcement of all obedience and public service skills. His training locations have included Petco, the park, Chipotle, Arriba's Mexican Food and Food City. 

Next week, Musketeer will be working on night alerts, alerting with one paw, down stay with distractions in a busy public environment, leave it with food items and recall with distractions.

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Thank you for your interest in my service dog journey!

Saturday, September 9, 2017


THE PURPOSE HUNT
NEEDS YOU!


Musketeer, the Service Dog, will be done with his training next month!  Service Dogs are not covered by insurance.  Service Dogs are extremely expensive because of all of the hours needed to train them to do specific tasks for their disabled handler.  In Musketeer's case, the tasks he's learning can save a life!

It is IMPORTANT to have as many people do this hunt as possible!  TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!  Bring your friends along to do this hunt with you.  Inform the groups you're in.

EVERY BIT HELPS!

Thank you
for
Making it possible
to get this
Service Dog
HOME!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


HOW DID THEY KNOW?

Several years ago... when I was pregnant with Buggy girl, I had gone to a neighboring town and I didn't realize my blood sugar levels were low when I was headed back home after.  *I* have no memory of a majority of this, but I was told a bunch of things later....

Story Time!

So I was headed home... about a 15 mile drive.  I was later told that it appeared that I was playing chicken with other cars, driving over the line and veering back into my lane at the very last moment.  I was told I clipped off one lady's side mirror from her car.  I lead  six police cars and the sheriff on a slow speed chase and they called my husband, "Do you know who might be driving your car right now?"  He told the officers that I was.  They asked him if I had any medical issues.  He told them that I was 3 months pregnant and I was a Type 1 diabetic.  The police put down a spike strip before I got to the exit to a main road.  The spike strip punctured three of the tires and I slowed to a stop, bumping into the sheriff's rear bumper.  Officers pulled me out of the car at gun point, had me laying on the road where they handcuffed me.

After I was handcuffed, they had me sit at the side of the road where an ambulance was.  They tested my blood sugar level and it was 33 (WAY TOO LOW!), gave me glucose and put me in the back of the ambulance, taking me to the hospital.  

By the time I got to the hospital, I knew what was going on, my blood sugar level was back in the normal range and I could finally think clearly again.  I was terrified because I didn't know what would happen to me.  The police didn't even talk to me (that I remember, or that I was told).  One of the ambulance guys told me that it will be on my record for awhile and the doctor would have to turn in my blood sugar test results for a year or two, to show I wasn't going to drive with a low like that again.

Well...........  I have a few times.  And yes, I test my levels before I get behind the wheel of the car.  Just sometimes, things happen and levels change and I can't tell they've changed and machines are about 20 minutes slower than actual levels, so I might get a reading of 80 (which is GREAT), but be on the way down and by the time it's too late, I could be in the 30s (which is WAY TOO LOW).

So, I was VERY GLAD to see that Diabetic Alert Dogs of America (D.A.D.A.) were training Musketeer to do THIS:

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