It’s All About the Bootie!

On a recent trip to Olympia, Washington, I noticed as we settled into our hotel room, that Whistle was chewing on his back foot. My husband, Franz, and I got him on the bed to inspect his foot. To our surprise, there was a blister in between the pad of his back foot. The blister looked pretty angry and Franz …

Finding a Veterinarian While on Travel

I love to travel. And, traveling with a disability has presented me with many interesting challenges and situations throughout the years. So, of course, traveling with an assistance dog has added additional scenarios that I have had to address. During my most recent out-of-state travel excursions, my assistance dog, Whistle, had some minor medical issues that required professional attention. On …

Play Dates are Fun for Assistance Dogs Too!

I have always felt guilty that my assistance dogs have been the sole dog in our house with the exception of the times when there has been an overlap with my retired assistance dog. However during those times, my retired dogs have been older, physically challenged and uninterested in playing with a younger dog. For the past five months now, …

The Importance of Blood Work

As Whistle turned six this year, he is graying around his eyes and muzzle and I can definitely tell my athletic service dog is getting older. I recently took Whistle to see our veterinarian, Dr. Murt Byrne, for a wellness check. I try to take him to see Dr. Murt about every six months. In talking with Dr. Murt, he …

War Dogs Remembered – Recognizing Our Unsung Canine Heroes

I recently had the pleasure of visiting with veteran military dog handler, Larry Chilcoat on Working Like Dogs at www.PetLifeRadio.com. Larry, a member of the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association, stopped by to visit with me about the ongoing efforts to build a Military Working Dogs National Monument. It is amazing the amount of work and dedication that a group of …

How to Choose the Best Chew Toy for Your Assistance Dog

Toys are an important part of your assistance dog’s overall health and well-being. Having appropriate, engaging chew toys is important not only for entertainment but it can also support their dental health and ease anxiety. I don’t know about you but when I got my first assistance dog, I did not have much experience with highly trained dogs and I …