Friday, May 27, 2011

Da New Guy

Hi eberybuddy!

Well de day finally got a new wittle brudder!!  Mumma did much searchin for a Golden Retriever that wuz going to grow up ta be my size, but she didn't have any luck.  It seems dat eberybuddy iz breedin der goldies ta be smaller and smaller dese days.  So mumma did more researchin and decided on de Great Pyrenees breed.

We found my wittle brudder on an alpaca farm in Mosinee.  Both of hiz parents and hiz uncle are workin dawgs on the farm, livin right in wif de alpacas, takin care of dem and guardin dem frum any dangers.

Dis waz a big plus fur mumma, since dis new pupper iz gonna hafta be a workin service dawg fur mumma.  She also made sure he wazn't human or animal aggressive in any way and wazn't scared of new fings, people, noises, etc.  He iz actually a bery mellow pupper, which iz perfect fur bein a service dawg.  He listen pwetty gud too.  Mumma only hadta tell him one time dat he isn't allowed ta touch my foodie bowl, and him neber twied it agin.  Same wit udder fings she tell him not ta touch...he a pwetty gud brudder.  Him only weakness iz him teeny bladder!!  Mumma call him da PEE MACHINE!  She only gives him a wittle water at a time and he pee and pee and pee and pee.....he can't eben go one hour widout peeing!!!
Anyway...we name him Jasper or Jazzy fur short.  He still dun't know him own name or wat any words mean.  Mumma say he obbiblious to wat she say...whateber dat means.

It be takin a few dayz fur me ta get used ta dis guy!  Me didn't know he wuz comin and me wuz a wittle miffed about him just showin up like dat...but taday me pwayed wit him fur de first time and me actually had a wittle fun wit him....until me accidentally sat on him and he went running and shrieking like sumone waz tryin ta muwder him!!  Geez, he's da one who alwayz hasta be right unnerneath me behind eberywhere me goes..he shud know ta watch out! 

 Me finks mumma haz allota work tado twainin dis guy ta be a service dawg like me.  She say she hab two years or more ta do it and she said dat me iz supposta help wit him twainin too.  She ties him to me so dere iz no gettin away frum him!!  Dis gonna be a loooong 2 years!
De only gud part iz dat now me kitty Gussy have sumone his own size ta pway wit and can leave me alone sumtimes.   Dat pupper likes Gussy and likes ta chew on his ears and taily and Gussy dun't eben scratch him!!  When me wuz a pupper he scratched me wight in de eyeball when me twied ta pway wit him!

So anyway, me guess we can keep him.  He not az bad az me fout he wuz at first.  Maybe when he get a wittle bigger we can pway a wittle more wifout him constantly falling on him face when he twies ta run afta me!!  Bye fur now!!

Love and Smoochies,

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Laws Regarding Service Dog Etiquette

Here is some good information on the laws regarding how to behave when you encounter a person with a service dog.  So many people don't know that it is actually a crime to interfere with a service dog performing it's job, so I thought this would be good information to blog on today.  Thanks for listening everybody!!!  Luv & Smoochies......Boo

Interfering with dog guide or service animal.
(1)(a) Any person who has received notice that his or her behavior is interfering with the use of a dog guide or service animal who continues with reckless disregard to interfere with the use of a dog guide or service animal by obstructing, intimidating, or otherwise jeopardizing the safety of the dog guide or service animal user or his or her dog guide or service animal is guilty of a misdemeanor except that for a second or subsequent offense it is a gross misdemeanor.
(b) Any person who, with reckless disregard, allows his or her dog to interfere with the use of a dog guide or service animal by obstructing, intimidating, or otherwise jeopardizing the safety of the dog guide or service animal user or his or her dog guide or service animal is guilty of a misdemeanor, except that for a second or subsequent offense it is a gross misdemeanor.
(2)(a) Any person who, with reckless disregard, injures, disables, or causes the death of a dog guide or service animal is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
(b) Any person who, with reckless disregard, allows his or her dog to injure, disable, or cause the death of a dog guide or service animal is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
(3) Any person who intentionally injures, disables, or causes the death of a dog guide or service animal is guilty of a class C felony.
(4) Any person who wrongfully obtains or exerts unauthorized control over a dog guide or service animal with the intent to deprive the dog guide or service animal user of his or her dog guide or service animal is guilty of theft in the first degree.
(5)(a) In any case in which the defendant is convicted of a violation of this section, he or she shall also be ordered to make full restitution for all damages, including incidental and consequential expenses incurred by the dog guide or service animal user and the dog guide or service animal which arise out of or are related to the criminal offense.
(b) Restitution for a conviction under this section shall include, but is not limited to:
(i) The value of the replacement of an incapacitated or deceased dog guide or service animal, the training of a replacement dog guide or service animal, or retraining of the affected dog guide or service animal and all related veterinary and care expenses; and
(ii) Medical expenses of the dog guide or service animal user, training of the dog guide or service animal user, and compensation for wages or earned income lost by the dog guide or service animal user.
(6) Nothing in this section shall affect any civil remedies available for violation of this section.
(7) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(a) "Dog guide" means a dog that is trained for the purpose of guiding blind persons or a dog trained for the purpose of assisting hearing impaired persons.
(b) "Service animal" means an animal that is trained for the purposes of assisting or accommodating a disabled person's sensory, mental, or physical disability.
(c) "Notice" means a verbal or otherwise communicated warning prescribing the behavior of another person and a request that the person stop their behavior.
(d) "Value" means the value to the dog guide or service animal user and does not refer to cost or fair market value.

Friday, May 13, 2011

I Met A New Girlyfwiend

Oh wat a wunnferful day me had tuday!!!  Me and mumma wuz workin and we wuz at an assisted livin pwace seein sum nice peoples dere, and when we wuz done me got a gweat surpwise.  First a cute widdle kitty cumed out ta play wit me and she wuz a kitty dat luved dawgs like me, so we hit it off wight away!!  Den..oh my gudness me still can't bewieve it....da door opened and me dweam woman cumed in an walked ofer to gif me a gud sniffin.  She wuz a boo-tiful wittle goldie dat smelled soooo yummy!!  Me neber smellz nufin likes her bafore!!!

Den mumma sayz, well Boo since dis wuz our last appointament, me will gives ya a wittle time ta pway wit her bafore we hazta go home.  So she barks at me and me bark at her....BARK BARK BARK...CWAZY BARKING AT EACH OTHER.......all de people dere fink wez lost our mindz!!! And de twuth did!!!  Den since we wuz so loud our mummas took us outside and wez runned and chased and pwayed, oh me garsh it wuz so much fun!!!  Den when me wuz runnin, me finds a fishy pond, so me jumped wight in wit de fishes!  Evewybawdy wuz waughing at de Boo and me new girlyfwiend (name of Buggy) bark and bark at me ta comez outta dere, cuz her mumma wunt let her jump in too (it wuz a wittle smelly in dere, but who cares, it WATER!!!!)
Me came out all stinky and muddy and pwayed and chased and barked sum more.

Den mez gotta meet herz sista.  Oh mez feel so bad fur her.  She in a lots of pain fwom an injury ta her footie and kin hurdly walk.  She anudder goldie like us.  Her mumma say she gonna be put ta sweep in a few days cuz de pain iz too much fur her now.  Me didna know wat dat meant so mumma splained it ta me, and mez so sad fur her and her mumma and her sista.  She wuz bery bwave tho and vewy pwoud and neber show she wuz scared attall.  Me hopes me can be like her when me time comes ta cwoss de bwidge.

Me sure do hopes me can see dat goldie Buggy agin sumtime.  She make ole Boo's heart go pitty-pat!!!  Bof our mummas said we act like DOPES when wez togedder!!  Mumma say she neber saw Boo act like dis wit anudder dawgie bafore.  Das ok, u kin call mez a dope anytime iffin it mean me getz ta see dat Buggy agin.  Oh me iz gunna haz gud dweams tanite...sigh.......

Unfurtunatly mumma didna haz her camera along so mez didna get any pics, but she tuk a pic of me all stinky and wet when wez got home.  Den she hosed Boo down wit da cold mez warmin up on de couch and takin it eazy fur de west of da nite.

Well sweet dweams evewrybawdy ***finkin of Buggy**** sighing again..... Gudnite!!

Love & Smoochies ta evewyone!!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Service/Assistance Dog Training Schools Serving Wisconsin

Hi Evewybody!!

Me thought me would put together a list of de area agencies dat place service dawgs in Wisconsin, as me mumma does get questions about dis frequently. Not everyone is able to train dere own service dawg, so hopefully dis information will help udders make de right connections in findin dere own dawg.  If ya need info. fur agencies in anudder state, she can do sum checkin fur ya if u ask her.

Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs
  • The Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs (WAGS) is dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities enhance their quality of life with a service dog at their side. The WAGS program works to provide skilled and socialized service dogs that can provide physical assistance, help in public, retrieve dropped items and turn lights on and off at home. WAGS works primarily with golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers. The program chooses puppies based on their health, aptitude for training and temperament. The training program uses positive reinforcement to raise, train and socialize dogs.
    Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs
    1338 Dewey Court
    Madison, WI 53703
    (608) 250-9247

NorthEast Wisconsin Service Dogs
  • The NorthEast Wisconsin Service Dogs School provides service dogs trained to assist individuals with spinal-cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and other conditions that can benefit from service dog assistance. This Wisconsin service dog training school works primarily with purebred golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers. The trainers at the school have over 30 years of combined experience training service dogs. Puppies in the training program are typically from breeders who have donated to the program before. Puppies are evaluated based on health, retrieving instinct, social skills and willingness to train. Dogs are taken through four levels of training from puppy to adult to prepare them for their life working as a service dog.

    NorthEast Wisconsin Service Dogs
    2221 S. Webster Ave., Suite A 177
    Green Bay, WI 54301
    (920) 362-DOGS
Fox Valley K-9 Training Center
  • This Wisconsin service dog training school provides one-on-one training to owners and their dogs. The trainer will come to your home and provide service dog training, which includes opening and closing doors, boundary training, retrieving objects by name, public access certification and turning lights on and off. Individuals can choose from three training packages to fit their budget and training needs. All training services are backed by a written training guarantee. The training center uses positive reinforcement training techniques and works with the dog owner to train dogs of all ages and breeds.

    Fox Valley K-9 Training Center
    1375 Earl St.
    Menasha, WI 54952
    (920) 969-0613
The Wisconsin Correctional Liberty Dog Program
  •  The Wisconsin Correctional Liberty Dog Program was the idea of Sister Pauline Quinn, a Dominican who launched a similar program in Washington State seventeen years ago. Along with June Ashford, the Director of Training at the Golrusk Pet Care Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Warden Dan Bertrand of the Green Bay Correctional Institution, it was decided that Wisconsin and Upper Michigan could also reap the benefits of such a program.
The goal of the Liberty Dog Program is that of meeting the needs of physically challenged individuals by providing them with a assistant dog to help them live more independent lives. In the same token the program offers an opportunity for prison inmates, especially chosen, to give of themselves to others, and the community. In both cases, it will allow each to live more productively within our community. With this in mind, the project group worked diligently over a span of two years in developing this program
Any information that you might need write to:Warden Dan Bertrand (920) 468-7956

You can also Contact:Sister Pauline through e-mail:

Sunshine Service Dogs, Inc.
  • Sunshine Service Dogs Inc., is a (501c3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to enhance the lives of disabled persons with a sense of freedom, security, and independence, both at home and in public through the assistance of a service dog. We are dedicated to training and placing service dogs with recipients to make successful partnerships, which benefit both individuals and communities. We also contribute to communities through therapy dogs; and by assisting authorities in finding people who are lost or overdue, as well as in detection of narcotics, evidence, and cadaver - both water (drown victims) and on land through the services of the search and rescue dogs.

Sunshine Service Dogs, Inc.
Lori Peper-Rucks
2019 100th St  / Cty Rd I  Luck, WI 54853
(715) 857-5095     Cell: (715) 553-1906
Sunshine Training

 Dogs for Independence, Inc.  
  • Dogs for Independence, Inc (DFI) is dedicated to providing assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities in the metro-Milwaukee, WI area (within 50 miles of Milwaukee). DFI Inc is a non-profit organization that specializes in training dogs for the disabled. It is the mission of Dogs For Independence Inc., to provide specially trained services, hearing and therapy dogs to individuals with disabilities, also offers informative presentations to the general public on the legal rights of Assistance Dogs and their owners.
Dogs for Independence, Inc.
P.O. Box 71338 

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 71338 


Telephone Numbers and Contact information
Phone #: (414) 964-3341      Main Line
 Fax #: (414) 962-9649
 Web Page: 
E-mail to: 

Program Details:
Operating Agency: Dogs for Independence, Inc.
Type of agency: Private, Non-Profit
Person In Charge:  
Eligibility: People with physical, developmental or emotional disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, and similar disabilities.
Fees: $25 non refundable application fee. Dogs provided at no cost, but owner must be actively involved in fund raising.
Intake Process: Application process
Service Area: Metro Milwaukee area - within 50 miles of Milwaukee

Canine Companions for Independence

  • Imagine having a dog that could turn on lights, pick up dropped keys or open a door. Canine Companions for Independence Service Dogs are partnered with adults with physical disabilities to assist with daily tasks and increase independence by reducing reliance on other people. A Service Dog can pull their partner in a manual wheelchair, push buttons for elevators or automatic doors, and even assist with business transactions by transferring money, receipts, and packages.
A CCI Service Dog not only assists with physical tasks, but also provides social support. During a two-week training session, participants learn how to effectively handle an assistance dog to maximize use of the 40 commands.

Disabilities served include, but are not limited to, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, arthritis and cerebral palsy.

To receive a Service Dog:
  • Be at least 18 years old. If disabled due to injury, be one-year post-injury rehabilitation.
  • Request an application.
  • Find a friend or family member to be a training assistant.
  • Have a support system in place to facilitate a successful assistance dog partnership.
  • Apply. This process involves several steps designed to ensure success.
  • Once the application is accepted, attend a two-week Team Training class at a CCI training center.
  • After the training session and graduation ceremony, attend on-going CCI training and and follow-up support services.

For more information, contact us at:

Canine Companions for Independence
North Central Regional Center
4989 State Route 37 East
Delaware, OH 43015
(740) 548-4447 Voice/TTY
(740) 363-0555 Fax
(800) 572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

Judy Myers, 
North Central Executive Director

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Foodie Taster

Evewyday when me goz to eat me bweakfast, me 
getz shoved out of de way by dat kitty Gussy.  Mumma 
sayz he da official "foodie taster" of de house and
dat dis an important job dat he haz, and he make sure dat 
none of me foodies iz bad or will makes me sick before me eats it.
She sayz only vewy important indaviduls  haz dem own foodie 
and me shud feel privoliged to haz one of me own!!
He goez over and sturt eatin up the good wet 
foodie dat mumma mixes in wit da borin dry foodie
me getz.  It always good stuff wit meat, veggies, pastas, rice 
and udder good stuffers in dere.

When he done, den me getz to eatz me foodie finally!!! It always taste
yummy to me, and in me 5 years in de family,
him haz never found any bad foodie.

Me dunno, but me finks dat someone not tellin me da twuf bout
dis foodie tastin bidness and dat kitty just gettin away wit eatin
mez foodies!!!  Wat do u guyz fink??  Do anybuddy else out dere
haz food tasters like dis, or iz me leg gettin pulled by mumma & Gussy??

Fanks fur all ur help evewybawdy!!!
Love & Smoochies,

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Flowers Fur Mumma

Oh looky here, it must finally be spwing cuz dere iz sum posies growin in de garden!!

 I fink mumma callz dese Daffydils.  Dey sure iz pwetty!
Me finks me wull surprize mumma an pick one fur her.....!  
 Looky here mumma, me picked u a flower!!  Mumma....dunt be mad, me knows me not possa go in de garden, but me thot u wud like dis posie......

(SMILIN)  Me knew u'd luv it Mumma.  Haz a Happy Mudder's Day!!!!  Luv & Smoochies, Boo XOXOXO