Assistance Dogs in the Workplace: Lisa Loftis and Diabetes Alert Dog Ija

High School teacher Lisa Loftis and her Diabetes Alert Dog, Ija, work at the Creative Education Preparatory Institute (CEPI). In the International Assistance Dog Week newsletter, we’ve been asking people to share their stories of their dogs in the workplace. Here’s the story shared with us by Lisa Loftis.—— Language Arts teacher Lisa Loftis and her Diabetes Alert Dog, Ija, …

Assistance Dogs in the Workplace: Kathy Taylor and Hearing Dog Janet

Kathy Taylor and her CCI Hearing Dog Janet travel a lot for Kathy’s job as a System Designer-Engineer with CenturyLink In the May issue of the International Assistance Dog Week newsletter, we asked people to share their stories of their dogs in the workplace. Here is a story shared by Kathy Taylor.  —————-From the moment I received my Hearing Dog …

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 …

Did you happen to catch “Through A Dog’s Eyes” on PBS?

I have been waiting all week to watch Through A Dog’s Eyes on PBS. It finally aired this evening and it was a beautiful documentary of a group of individuals with disabilities who were receiving their first assistance dog through the Canine Assistants program in Georgia. The program highlighted several individuals’ experiences at the training camp and for the first …

Whistle passed the recertification test!

I am happy to report that Whistle completed his recertification requirements with flying colors! His Paws With A Cause field trainer, Dani, showed up at our house around 10:00 a.m. She had an array of paperwork that had to be completed. She asked all the usual questions about Whistle’s performance and overall wellness. After all the paperwork was completed, she …

Others Can Be Integral Parts of a Service Dog Team

I am always amazed at how respectful my husband, Franz, is regarding my relationship with my service dogs. He always has been. From the moment I received my first service dog and for the last seventeen years as I am now working with my third dog. When I got my first dog, Ramona, he was instructed not to interact with …

Barking Like A Dog

I don’t know about you, but I am starting to get Spring Fever. We just had over six inches of snow this past week in Santa Fe; however, I am already looking forward to the days of planting and the rewards of beautiful dessert flowers and fresh vegetables from the garden. The other day, Franz, Whistle and I went to …

Out of Retirement for the Day

We took an adventurous trip to the vet today to introduce our new kitty to our vet and to get Morgan checked. Morgan has been exhibiting some issues with his anal area and we thought he might need his anal glands expelled. As we packed up the kitties, I called Morgan to put on his harness in preparation for the …

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 …