Just a few images today from a lazy Saturday afternoon.

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20131014-IMG_6507-EditI am calling this post “What I love about Canine Hope”, but it’s subtitle could be, “Things to look for in your own organization”.

I get asked all the time about what organizations I would recommend, what trainers are good, who should I avoid, etc. The honest truth is I’m just a father of a family that decided a service dog would be a good fit for us. And through that process, we got lucky enough to find Canine Hope for Diabetics. Since then I have been able to meet many people involved in various levels of the DAD world, from trainers, breeders, self trainers, and heads of organizations. We first contacted Canine Hope over 3 years ago, and Major has been working successfully for us since August of 2011, 2 1/2 years, and truth be told, we couldn’t be happier with our decision. Here are some of the things we love about Canine Hope, and you should consider when choosing an organization for you:

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We spend a great deal of time with dogs. Our dogs use/need things like beds, crates, harnesses, toys, training gear, leashes, collars, food, etc. We require things that are sturdy and long lasting, that work well, and that are easy to use. I will randomly post a piece/review on some of our favorite things, gear we love, products we use, etc. First up is our new Kuranda Reversible Pads.

For those of you that follow along,  we use Kuranda cots for our dogs to “place” on. It is their go to spot in the house. We have 3 of the cots, 2 in our family room, and 1 in our bedroom. We love them for lots of reasons, easy to clean, easy to move, indestructible, orthopedic, and they can be used outside.  About a year ago, we were in a contest, and won a fleece cover for one of our cots. That cot, especially in the winter and at night, is the “coveted” cot :), and normally Raven’s on it. Here is a picture of our cots, and you can see the one on the right has the pad:

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Keep Calm

Had some fun stuff recently that I wanted to make sure we shared. First up, we got a GoPro camera for Christmas, and have been working with it on the dogs to try and get some good video. I don’t think we have succeeded yet, but we are having fun 🙂

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904122_600075823353987_450448929_o Night time alerting. Most often it is the number 1 reason someone cites for wanting a DAD. And it is often followed up with “and then we can sleep through the night” as if the dog will catch the low, go get a juice box, treat the low, and then go back to bed. Or catch the high, bolus to correct, and do all of that while you stay snuggled up in bed.

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1540321_751143614913873_106988886_oHi everybody! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday. It’s been awhile since we updated, it has been insanely busy here, and it’s not letting up yet. We had a wonderful Christmas, we have an extra visitor here for a week, (more on that later) and we have some family flying in from places much colder than here for a couple of days.

As a service dog handler, something I hear a lot is “that must be a rough life for a dog”, or “it seems like a cruel fate”, or even things like “how do you manage to not pet them, and only let your daughter interact with them?”

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20131207-IMG_2011We celebrated my daughter’s 11th birthday this weekend. We had a fantastic, busy weekend, filled with lots of fun, family, and friends. Saturday started off with some snuggle time with the labs and presents in bed.

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11003235465_f8f15bb56f_bRaven is our night alerter. She sleeps in our room, next to our bed, on a Kuranda cot, as seen above. We have learned from trial and error, that if Raven sleeps on a pillow type dog bed, a foam mattress type bed, or in bed with us, she sleeps too hard and doesn’t wake up at night to alert. When she sleeps on the Kuranda cot, that is not an issue. She is able to wake up and alert just fine. That has been working well for us right up until… More »

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