1781540_779684362059798_694877495_oStella and Raven have been working hard together at Rally over the past 6 months, and we continue to work our dogs daily. I have been working Raven off lead (no leash, all vocal commands) for several months, and at home in the safety of our backyard, with little or no distraction, Stella has been doing off lead work with her too.

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“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

― Winston Churchill

no-secrets-signI have spent a good deal of time telling you what to look for in a good DAD organization or a dog trainer. Here are a few things that should be a red flag/warning that will hopefully make you think about when you go through this process. More »

20140322-IMG_6757Raven is our wild child. She is our goof ball. She is our great at rally/agility/obedience work dog. She is the dog we allow brand new families to work the rally course with because she makes everyone look good. She is also our loose canon. More »

On our Facebook page, we asked everyone what they carry in their bag/purse/backpack to support their diabetic. I decided to do a video. This is to support Stella and our 2 dogs for a day out.

A couple of things you don’t see (because I completely forgot to show them) are syringes which we keep in Stella’s bag in case of a pump failure, insulin which we carry in an insulated bag, and depending on the weather and where we are going, dog boots and things like tennis balls or bumpers to work with.

What are your essential must haves for a day out?

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1548117_754204037941164_93245368_oMy dogs alert all the time. As a matter of fact, we just came in from a 6 mile run (We being Major, Raven, and I). I sat down to untie my shoes, and Major jumped up on my lap and Raven brought me a bringsel. We JUST walked in the door, and they probably were a little tired, it would have been understandable if the missed that one. I checked Stella, and sure enough, while we were running, she had breakfast. She was 218. Great high labbies! More »

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a photo only post. So today I bathed the labs and let them dry off in the sun. And then I grabbed my camera. 🙂

Hope you are all enjoying the first weekend of spring!

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20131208-IMG_2521If you decide that a diabetic alert dog is the right thing for you or your family, you need to make that decision knowing that you already have good diabetes management, (I didn’t say control) you already are making diabetes a priority, and you already understand the basics of this disease. That is the only way this will ever work, and it is the only way these dogs will ever have a chance to be successful. More »

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