We do a lot of swimming with our labs. Retrieval games, dock diving, in pools, lakes, the beach. We have had several friends ask us how we get Major and Raven to jump like they do, and while I would like to offer up an answer of some sort, a training regimen we went through, the truth is, with Major, it took exactly 3 tries. More »
If and when you decide a Service Dog is right for you or your family, you may already have preconceived notions of what life with that dog will look like after you get it. Perhaps your visions include watching a guide dog for the blind work, or you know someone that has a seasoned team, a handler and service dog that has been together for several years. Maybe your expectations have been set by watching my daughter and I with our dogs here on this page. And perhaps your expectations were set by an over zealous car salesman telling you exactly what you want to hear in an effort to sell you a dog.
With all the recent talk about my daughter and Raven competing in rally, we get asked a lot about why we are using Raven and not Major. I have explained this in a couple of different places, but I thought I’d do a post about it here. More »
We just spent the weekend competing at the Long Beach Queen Mary dog show. Stella and Raven are going for their AKC Rally Advanced title. They got their Rally Novice title a month ago, and this was their first event going for Advanced. The main difference is Advanced is all off lead.
I get asked a lot about the different things we use to help us manage my daughters type 1 diabetes. And there is a lot of stuff! Meter, pump, CGM, a dog or 2, it almost borders on insanity But see, here’s the thing. Even with all of this stuff, up until recently, the only way we could know what her blood sugar was at any given moment was if she was standing right next to us. And as a parent of a young child, we REALLY want to know what is happening with their BS when they are at school, at a friends house, in the back yard, or just down the hall. Is that too much to ask? More »
Raven is our rock star night alerting dog. On most nights she wakes me up at least once to alert to an out of range blood sugar, and generally it will be a high. But last night was a little different. More »
This weekend is Father’s Day weekend. I will once again be lucky enough to surround myself with my family all weekend long, enjoying each others company. The weekend calls for horseback riding, swimming at Grandma’s, and most likely a beach trip with a couple of runs for the dogs and I mixed in. As has become customary here, I would like to take this time to write a letter to my kids. More »