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  #1  
Dec 23, 2011, 07:02 PM
 
Maine
Heart Help me get a Service Dog

Imagine yourself stuck on the ground for days. Maybe even a week. Not being able to get to the bathroom,
get anything to eat, or drink. Doing something as simple as answering a phone. Even worse, how about being
the floor, having seizure after seizure, your health deteriorating with each episode. Not being able to get to
the phone to call for help, to your meds to stop the episodes in the first place, or away from furniture that
could be potentially hazardous to your health. Now imagine if all that could change with one item in your life.....

A Service Animal....

Each year Service Animals bring phone to be able to call aid, bring medicine boxes, even help people with mobility
issues off of the floor so they can continue their lives or summon help. Could you lay there for days before someone
checked on you?

These animals make such a difference in so many disabled people's lives. Being on Social Security and barely able to
make it, makes having this service available to them hard. Service animals are expensive, and the training is extensive. Most
courses run about two years. With people willing to help, donate time and or money makes this more possible for people
them. I know, I'm one myself. A year, racking up medical bills, even having my health deteriorate just from having too many episodes. These dogs are a
needed tool in our day to day lives. Not everyone can donate. We understand the economy is tight, and everyone is having
a hard time. But if you can find it in your heart, even $5 helps. Together we can make a difference in a disabled person's
life that can't afford a service animal of their own. Please, just look into your heart, and think of how these people must
feel not being able to do normal everyday activities, just because a trained animal costs so much. Consider helping a disabled person
out, and contributing to a fund that would help a disabled person get the service dog or animal that he/she needs.

My friend's Service Dog Dosha his 5 yr old Pit Bull will bring him a phone, his pill box, even helps him off of the floor by bracing. She
detects his warning signs an hour before he feels them, so he can medicate while he's still mobile, or if he waits too long,
bring him his 7 day med box, or a bottle of pills. Without this animal he could be in and out of the hospital multiple times.

Without a Service Dog I can't be more independent, I can't go back to working or go places on my own. Having a Service Dog will be a REALLY BIG HELP,

Thanks for taking the time to read this, please find it in your heart to donate and allow me to get a new Service Dog, please don't suggest I look into getting a rescue or going through a school I have a place in mind. I need to raise $2,600, $2,000 for the pup and $600 for it's trasportation
  #2  
Mar 14, 2012, 01:03 PM
 
Washington State
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Good luck, I wish I could donate, but we have two dogs ourselves, with one needing vet care now for dental...once we get all the bills caught up, i will come back and see how you are doing....if you have a site people can donate to, I can post it on FaceBook for you. I belong to a service animal group there. Both our dogs are trained or being trained for service work. Munchkin is my husband's medical alert dog, she lets us know when his blood glucose is out of whack and she wakes him when he stops breathing in his sleep, he's diabetic and has sleep apnea....he also has COPD. Ibitz is a replacement for my hearing assist dog that I lost in Dec. right after christmas, she's 10 weeks old, by the time she is 6 months, she should be doing everything and more than my other dog did. She'll learn to bring my cell phone and if I drop my keys, she can fetch them. Munchkin is just over 5 pounds and Ibitz right now is under two pounds, the services we need do not require a large dog and we are in an apt. and prefer the smaller dogs.
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Mar 14, 2012, 05:34 PM
 
Maine
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I do have one, here it is. ChipIn: A Service Dog for Becky Read my Story and you'll see, People DON'T understand that I WILL NOT go through a Rescue for a dog or a Service Dog program. Rescues yes can make good Service Dogs but do have a VERY HIGH wash out rate due to behavior issues returning, also unless someone has experience training Rescues it's NOT recommended for a disabled person to get one for a Service Dog potential
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Mar 14, 2012, 10:16 PM
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What is the name of the place that you are looking to obtain this service dog? I never heard anything bad about the rescues or mosre so neverheard anything but raves about service dog programs that are trained so if you have any links could you send them to me or post them please. There is a big difference between dogs that are bred and trained for security purposed than dogs that are trained to be sevice dogs for rescues and programs.

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Mar 14, 2012, 10:36 PM
 
Maine
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I will be getting one from a breeder, and what are you talking about a dog for protection? Service Dog programs for one ONLY use Labs and Goldens MUCH TOO SHORT for Balance/Brace work, they also have waiting list of 2+ years long. I NEVER mentioned ANYTHING about a Protection dog, I know A LOT of people that have gotten a rescue dog and they all washed out. Also another friend of mine is also disabled and volunteers at a rescue and he'd NEVER recommend a Rescue to a disabled person that has no experience training/working them, I will be getting a pup/Dog from a breeder. Where a Disabled person chooses to get their potential Service Dog is THEIR CHOICE NO ONE ELSE'S
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Mar 15, 2012, 09:02 AM
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I will be getting one from a breeder, and what are you talking about a dog for protection? Service Dog programs for one ONLY use Labs and Goldens MUCH TOO SHORT for Balance/Brace work, they also have waiting list of 2+ years long. I NEVER mentioned ANYTHING about a Protection dog, I know A LOT of people that have gotten a rescue dog and they all washed out. Also another friend of mine is also disabled and volunteers at a rescue and he'd NEVER recommend a Rescue to a disabled person that has no experience training/working them, I will be getting a pup/Dog from a breeder. Where a Disabled person chooses to get their potential Service Dog is THEIR CHOICE NO ONE ELSE'S
I was not trying to tell you where to get a dog. You made that very clear that you were not open to suggestions.
I know that some breeders train dogs for protection but I had no idea that they breed dogs specifically for service dogs. I was just curious about it is all. I have know service dogs to be various breeds and will admit I know little about them. I always thought they were agencies that trained these dogs. I do know people with smaller service dogs but I suppose it depends on the needs of the person.
I have a certified therapy dog that went through a course in order to be able to go to hospitals and nursinghomes but that was pretty basic stuff to make sure he responded to commands and that he would be safe.
Forgive me for attempting to learn something The link you provided was pretty much the same thing you posted initially. When I googled breeders and training service dogs and most that came up were program and agencies so I though asking you direct would save time and guessing trying to understand.

Maybe having your wish verified will help potential donors. I wish you all the best and do hope that you get the service dog that your heart is set on.
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Mar 15, 2012, 07:09 PM
 
Maine
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YES you will find programs when you look up Service Dogs because typically that's where you get a Service Dog from, MANY people are doing owner training because there's NO long waiting lists. Service Dogs are in HIGH demand, Canine Companions for Independence is the most common program their waiting list is 5 years. And YES Service Dogs can be any breed or mix, Labs and Goldens are more geared for people in a wheelchair not someone who can walk but have balance problems like me. They're too short and aren't built for the task, They're just tall enough for someone in a wheelchair because they're reach the arm of the wheelchair, for Balance/Brace work a dog has to be 27+ inches at the shoulder and weigh between 70-75lbs for a female and 80+ lbs for a male. A Service Dog school near me was the one to tell me this about Labs and Goldens, in fact if you need a dog for Balance/Brace work they won't pair you with a Golden Retriever or a Lab. Even mixes of a Lab and Golden as many schools do they're still not tall enough, I have no problem educating people when it comes to Service Dogs.

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  #8  
Mar 15, 2012, 10:58 PM
 
Tx
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Praying for your wish that you'd get the help you need.
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May 6, 2012, 01:58 PM
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Lake City, TX
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Im praying for your wish, but from all my extensive research there are 3 "preferred' breeds for balance work..
Great Danes
Golden Retrievers
Labrador Retrievers


obviously the man holding the harness is walking and there are considerations of the dog's health in their legs their muscle build and the weight of the person but in your attempt to educate why 2 or the top 3 balance dog breeds would not work you sparked further interest for me as I am a heavy set woman with vertigo and a balance dog has been suggested but I was scared of falling on the dog and hurting it. But every program that trains balance dogs has listed the three breeds above as the best structurally and temperamentally suited for balance work of a mobile but balance limited person.


I think people are honestly just curious when there is such over population of all animals and it's been proven that shelter dogs or rescues can be rehabilitated and trained just as well as any other animal as to why you are so set on this one particular breeder. Do they have experience breeding dogs for task it need to preform for the disability you have. i honestly think the questions are out of pure human curiosity not malice.
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May 6, 2012, 02:06 PM
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for your wish hun.
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May 6, 2012, 02:17 PM
 
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