Have You Ever Thought About Raising a Service Dog?

Over the years, I have never ceased to be amazed by the self-less dedication I have witnessed from volunteer puppyraisers. These individuals open their homes and hearts to a bundle of furry joy and puppy breath. They work tirelessly to mold, train, and potty-train the puppies. And, just when the puppies become young adults, the puppyraisers pack them up and …

Leading the Pack in Service Dog Equipment

Most service dogs come with the basic equipment that they will need to do their jobs such as a backpack, harness, identification patch, etc. Every service dog agency is different and each agency has a different set of tools and equipment that they provide to each recipient. When I got my first service dog, she came with a backpack that …

Living with a Service Dog Team

As a person with a disability, getting a service dog and becoming a member of a service dog team changed my life in ways I never imagined. But as I look back at my experiences, I have to stop and reflect on what it must have been like for my husband to live in a home with a service dog …

Transitioning From One Service Dog to Another

Currently, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world because I have two service dogs. One is my 11-year-old retired dog, Morgan and the other is my current 4-year-old service dog, Whistle. Whistle is my third service dog and I have to say it was quite a different process transitioning from Morgan to Whistle than it was from my …

Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, and Misunderstandings

As a wheelchair user, you would think it would be pretty obvious when someone sees me with my dog that they would realize he is a service dog and not a pet. It is amazing to me the number of people who question my right to have a dog accompany me in public. Why do you have a dog? What …