Keeping the dogs busy and sharp while Stella is away at camp. And they, in turn, are keeping me entertained…

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970020_658716634156572_1576177869_nThis week Stella is at a camp for diabetic children, and will be there for 5 days. She comes home Saturday afternoon. She doesn’t take Major or Raven with her. Why not?   More »

7/30/10 was supposed to be a great day. It was a Friday, and it was my last day of work before a scheduled vacation. I was off the first week of August to have some fun with the family. On the schedule were a bunch of local trips, including Stella’s first trip to our local water park.

And then all hell broke loose…Back Camera More »

8200976371_5017cab6ef_bLet me preface all of this by saying that I am not a dog trainer or a breeder. I’m just a dad that decided that getting a service dog was important for our family. Since then, I have become more and more involved, met a lot of people, and learned a tremendous amount along the way. These are my thoughts on considerations that should be made on the journey towards aquiring a service dog. As always, take what I’ve made here, and salt it to taste. 🙂

Okay, so you’ve officially decided you want to pursue getting a Diabetic Alert Dog for yourself or your family. Now comes some big decisions. Many organizations offer different types/levels of dog. There are puppies for self training, started dogs, and finished dogs. I’m going to discuss these, and the responsibilities required of you for each type here. But first, let’s talk about several of the most common deciding factors families use to determine which type of dog to get. More »

20130724-IMG_0659An impromptu photo shoot of Team Blackdogsrule. We are slowly working into a new routine, A new life. 8 weeks ago, we had 4 dogs in the house. Now we have 2. There are some adjustments being made, some new roles being settled into. We will keep you posted on how it’s going and on what the latest happenings are. More »

Climbing up on soapbox. You say you want a service dog to help you out. They are great for that. You say you want one because you’d like to get some rest? Nope. Not gonna happen. As a matter of fact, if that is a big reason for you, I’m gonna let you in on a little secret.

You will get less rest. Less sleep. Less time to relax. Less time period.

These dogs require a lot of work. A. LOT. OF. WORK. Read that again. And again. More »


This past week was a busy one again. We spent a lot of our time working with Astro, getting him all tooled up to go back home today. Yes, taday is his last day with us. We love Astro, and are so proud of all the work he’s done! We plan on following up, and hopefully working a couple of times a month with his family to keep him on target and working well.

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1008761_645493138812255_544248284_oWe have had Astro for 2 weeks today. We have been doing a lot of obedience and scent work with him in an effort to get him back on track. When I first picked him up, I was told that he was not alerting to highs, he was not alerting in the day time, and he didn’t have a set alerting behavior, like a paw to the leg, grab a bringsel, or nose tap. More »

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