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 …

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 …

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 …

Service Dog Travel to London Update

Well, I learned some valuable lessons this year about traveling internationally with my service dog, Whistle. As you know, Whistle and I were trying to travel to London early this Fall for me to speak at the World Health Organization’s 2010 Safety Conference regarding violence against children with disabilities. Unfortunately, Whistle was not able to make the trip this year. …

Of course I want to go look at the snake! I’m a dog!

NOTE: This is Whistle’s first blog post. Who knew he could write? Look for more posts from Whistle in the future. – Marcie Davis My mom freaked out when she saw the big snake in the backyard this summer. I wasn’t even allowed to go outside to check it out! Bummer. I think it was just a bull snake, and …