1961986_808783805816520_1941380670_oWe are walking in the JDRF San Diego Chapter Walk to Cure Diabetes. If you would like to donate to us, you can do so here. We are walking with our Canine Hope family, and we all had some new hardware made for the dogs, these awesome CH collars. I took the dogs outside to get some pictures of the collars. The kids were in the house playing with Angus.

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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 »

20140201-IMG_6534Our beautiful, lovable clown Raven have been with Stefanie, a Canine Hope for Diabetics dog trainer for the past couple of days. We have had a couple of issues that we were dealing with, and we took an opportunity to have Stefanie work with Raven and stay with her a few days.

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Both Major and Raven love Stefanie, seen here with them and tiny little Able who is here with us for real time scent training

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6909710362_01fc8100a4_bTraining a service dog is hard work, a very long process, and often times not very fun. There are so many variables from start to finish, that this is by no means an automated, assembly line kind of process. If and when a dog makes it to Service Dog (referred to as SD from here on out) status, it is almost magical! With that thought in mind, here are a few things you may not hear from your DAD organization, but if they are responsible and truly care, they should tell you. Keep in mind while a lot of this info is specific to diabetic alert dogs, it can be applied to other types of SD’s too. More »

Today I am pleased to announce a special guest post written by Dorrie Nuttall. Many of you that follow us here know her as Luke’s mom (a young T1), self trainer of Jedi, and fellow member of our Canine Hope family. She has a huge following at her page on Facebook, where she provides wonderful information about diabetes, DAD’s, and being a parent of a type 1. That page is here: Saving Luke

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9178707077_27b02736cd_bThis may become part of a regular series in an effort to help you locate a great organization to get a diabetic alert dog from. First topic? How they raise their puppies. The first year of a dogs life is a very important time. Socialization, obedience training, maturity markers, vet care, there are so many milestones that need to be paid attention to, that how an organization raises their puppies should be an important part of your decision. More »

1548117_754204037941164_93245368_o1239441_519688824772260_297999567_n In case you didn’t know, we have 2 amazing, diabetes sniffing, low blood sugar warning, high blood sugar alerting super dogs. A couple of days ago, I met someone while I was out and about with Raven. She was behind me in line, and asked about what service she provided. As i explained her job to her, she looked at me and said “is that all she does?”. I was taken aback for a second, and then I realized that once again, I was dealing with someone that perceives diabetes as a “not so serious, user fixable” disease. And it was one of those days that I just didn’t need the aggravation. I was buying a replacement part to fix our only toilet, and was kinda in a hurry 🙂  So here is my open letter to the “woman standing behind me at Home Depot”

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