Kurgo Discount Supports International Assistance Dog Week

Kurgo coupon supports IADW I just wanted to let everyone know that Kurgo is offering International Assistance Dog Week supporters a 30% off coupon code they can use to shop at www.kurgo.com. By using the coupon code, SX4A9ED, you’ll not only get a great discount, you’ll help support IADW. A portion of the proceeds from purchases made with the special …

What I Know for Sure After 39 Years of Being a Guide Dog Handler

Guest blogger Katherine Schneider, Ph.D, Senior Psychologist Emerita, Counseling Service, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Author of “To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities” has written this blog post for Working Like Dogs. You can find more of her musings at her blog: http://kathiecomments.wordpress.com. I’m heading off to train with my ninth Seeing Eye dog and that’s put …

Cancer and Early Detection – Conducting Routine Exams at Home

I don’t know about you, but I am acutely aware of the sobering statistics related to large breed dogs and cancer. I try to examine Whistle on a daily basis just to make sure that he has no undetected lumps or bumps. And, if I do find something, I make sure to make an appointment right away with Whistle’s veterinarian …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Happy Birthday Morgan

As many of you may know, Franz and I had to say good-bye to our beloved Morgan on March 12, 2011. Morgan was a golden retriever who proudly served as my second assistance dog. He came to us 11 years ago and brought with him a silent, soulful, intense presence that changed our lives forever. Today would have been Morgan’s …

U.S. Department of Justice Rules on Assistance Dogs to Become Stricter March 15, 2011

James J. McDonald, Jr., managing partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP wrote a good summary about the March 15 changes impacting U.S. assistance dogs. His summary is listed below. It’s long but I found it to be very informative. Regulations issued in 1991 following the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act required that public accommodations (which include restaurants, hotels, retail …

Pseudo-Assistance Dogs Jeopardize Hard-won Rights for Real Service Animals

I saw a news item the other day in the New York Post about Hollywood celebrity Candy Spelling (mother of Tori and widow of TV producer Aaron) bringing her dog, Madison, a Wheaton Terrier, into a New York restaurant wearing a “service dog jacket.” Is this dog really trained and certified as some type of assistance dog? I really have …

Current Assistance Dog Legislation

As a member of an assistance dog team, I know I sometimes take for granted all of the policy and administrative decisions that are being discussed and implemented. These laws and policies are very important, as they can directly impact our ability to function in public as effective assistance dog teams. Recently I heard about two legislative proposals directly related …