Visiting Universal Studios in Orlando with a Service Dog

My husband, Franz, service dog, Whistle and I recently had the opportunity to travel to Orlando, Florida for work. While we were there we took some time to visit Universal Studios. We are big Harry Potter fans and we were interested in visiting the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios in Orlando. As a wheelchair user …

Finding the Right Dogsitter is Critical for Retired Service Dog

One of the beauties of having a service dog is that your dog gets to go everywhere with you. That all changed when my service dog, Morgan, had to be retired. All of a sudden, I had to travel for work with my new service dog, Whistle, and Morgan was stuck at home with the cats. Morgan has several health …

Happy Birthday Betty White!

Actress-comedian and assistance dog champion, Betty White celebrates her 89th birthday today! What a role model and tireless advocate for assistance dogs and all animals everywhere. We can all take a lesson in life from this bubbly, vivacious, hard-working, and dedicated individual. I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to visit with Betty on a couple of occasions and she is one …

Victory Ranch and the Great Pyrenees

This past fall my husband, Franz, service dog, Whistle and I took a drive into the rural countryside of northern New Mexico. It was a beautiful fall Saturday morning, the leaves had changed colors to a vibrant red and orange and there was a crisp breeze in the air. We drove from Santa Fe, New Mexico north to Mora, New …

IAADP Needs YOU to Get Clicking and take the Pepsi Challenge!

The International Association for Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) is a contender in the Pepsi Refresh program, hoping to win funding for emergency veterinary care and other projects. They made it into the top 100 in December, but now they need your help to move into the top ten so they can win! You can vote up to three different ways …

Fairfax School Leaders Deny Student Access with Service Dog

Recently, an article in the American Association of People with Disabilities Newsletter (January 3, 2011) about a Northern Virginia elementary school denying 12-year-old Andrew Stevens the right to bring his seizure alert assistance dog to school caught my attention. The newsletter gave a link to this article written by FOX 5 Reporter Stacey Cohan which reported that Andrew and his …

Paws With A Cause New Target Weight Policy

To my chagrin, I am facing 2011 with an all too familiar New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Mind you, this is the same New Year’s resolution that I have proclaimed every year since I became a wheelchair user at age six. As a sedentary individual with a love for food, weight is always an ongoing issue for me. As …

Service Dog Tops List of Things that Make LIfe Easier

I love learning about new technology that can help make my life easier, especially when it pertains to living with a disability. The December 2010 issue of New Mobility magazine published an article by Justin Moninger entitled, “5 Things to Make Life Easier.” He based the list on the five essentials that helped him to get back to living an …