little man got his first vest in preparation for our trip to toronto! with how fast he’s growing it’ll obviously be temporary but i love how precious and professional he looks in it! little working boy!! i cant wait to buy him a professional vest when hes grown.
[accessibility: atlas is sitting pretty, looking at the camera with a VERY sassy “why mom why” look on his face. he is wearing a maroon service dog vest with black patches, and a reflective strip across his chest. his girl is petting his chest just under the strap to thank him for putting up with so many pictures!]
Rosie was a great mascot at last night’s art event. We had a great turnout and sales, and I like to think that a good portion of it was due to Rosie’s unique wirehaired charm. If you want to check out some of what I was selling, you can see what’s still available on my art Instagram at @ashleybravin, and commissions (including pet portraits) are available. ****************************************************
Picture description: Rosie geared up and sitting in front of a black clothed table with fairy lights and racks of prints and drawings by @ashleybravin. Rosie is wearing a Van Gogh “Starry Night” bandana for the occasion.
If you've ever been in a base dining area AT lunch time, you know it's insane and we sat right next to the Popeyes counter so the smells he had to deal with were intense but he was absolutely perfect. Until one person stopped and asked about him and started pointing.
I later found out this person's husband trains SDs for the blind and deaf so we had a whole discussion about Bear. She brought up how hard it is to give them away once trained and when I said he was for me she asked if it was PTSD. And we went on discussing my POTS and how hes training for medical alert and mobility. This is the only acceptable line of questioning on SD handlers 💕
4 235 hours ago
Is there anything cuter than sleepy puppy flops? 💜
hello there !!! my name is rudolph and i’m @shamifitt ‘s service pup ( in training hehe ) !! i am a multi purpose service dog & will soon be my mummy’s life line!! i already know a few commands like sit, stay, and down!! i start training tmr and i can’t wait to learn 💞🐾
3 176 hours ago
Humans I went to a band concert and have one question.. why do cymbals exist?! 🎺🥁 •Gracie actually did super well for her first band concert, held a down stay for about 90% of the time, and the only time I saw any signs of stress (her way of showing is mostly panting, but it’s hard to tell sometimes since she runs hot 😂) is the first couple times she heard a cymbal, to which she was quickly rewarded and afterward calmed down quickly. I saved a chair for her so I could have some feet room 😅
We're often stopped and asked, "How did you get your dog to be a service dog?" Which is often promptly followed by, "Cause I want to bring my dog into stores and stuff." Listen, people! You can GET a pet but you have to TRAIN a dog for service. Bobo is trained to smell the chemical shifts in my body when my blood sugar is too low or too high and to alert me so I can adjust my insulin levels. That took a lot of dedication and training on both our parts. Bobo also had to be trained how to behave in public. He carries my medical supplies. HE IS MY LIFE LINE, not any old fluffbutt I slapped a fancy tag on for fun.
If you need a dog for legitimate service, take the time to do your research. I researched dogs and medical alert dogs for a year before committing to train Bobo with respected professionals like @oooriginal and @doggiecouch who were incredibly vital to our journey. And we still have a long way to go. #diabeticalertdog#cavapoosofinstagram#medicalalertdog#cavapoo#diabitchy
Here you can see some of what we have to work on. When we are walking behind someone, Declan wants to be in front. I make him separate, stop, and block when he wasn't listening about being too close.
This is the reality of training. It can be awkward and sloppy and bad some days. Don't let that discourage you, because I'm not letting it discourage me. While others may only post the good their dog does, I don't want to do that. My dog is far from perfect like a lot of service dogs who are training, and that's OK!
This week is EMS Week so I want to take this opportunity to express my immense gratitude for all of the outstanding Reedy Creek EMTs and paramedics who have come to my rescue in my worst moments. I remember only a few of you and I know there have been numerous others that I will never know but I hold so much gratitude for. There will never be enough I could say to express how grateful I am for all of you whom have sacrificed very much to ensure my safety. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. •
Special shoutout to Mike and Andrew, two Reedy Creek EMT/paramedics who have not only saved me multiple times but also sacrificially advocated for and supported me since meeting me a year ago. They are truly the finest. •
Misneach was a good pup tonight at @combobreakerfgc. We're volunteer security there this weekend, it's going to be a good time! Maybe someday I'll be good enough at something to compete. My buddy (who does play competitively) says I'm good at Street Fighter V, and my poor hub spends way too much time getting trounced in Windjammers. But, that said, I'm nowhere near good enough to go up against the big dogs, so I'm happy to watch the pros and support this awesome community with my money and my time. #servicedog#labrador#chocolatelab#glucosealertdog#medicalalertdog#adudeandhisdog
Lets talk Eating Disorders 👌🏻
So I don’t hide the fact that I suffer from some complex eating disorders- they don’t fall into the classifications of the well known Bulimia or Anorexia. In addition to my eating disorder I suffer from an extreme phobia called Emetophobia- which is a phobia of Vomit or vomiting. I’m not going to extend into huge detail as it is still a trigger for me- best way to explain is I freak out at the idea, mention, sound, etc of anything to do with vomit. It sends me into a panic attack- which I realize is ridiculous to be afraid of but trying to tell myself that in the moment almost impossible. .
This is how Rue helps- she interrupts the actions which helps me manage myself better. Rue will interrupt coughing or gagging- nudging and licking which is very low key interruption and alerting that I prefer to her pawing in this particular task. She promotes even breathing by licking my face- it’s an outside stimulation which stops my intrusive thoughts and actions.
Don’t get me wrong, there are Cons to this alert. Sometimes if I’m super sick it’s hard to have someone alerting too or interrupting something that unfortunately isn’t disability related but say an illness or bug- things that sometimes have to run their course and interruption wouldn’t be very helpful. But it’s okay because it is her job- she can’t tell when it’s needed for my disorder or a sickness. .
I hope this sheds a little light on Service dogs helping with not so common issues that I have. If you also suffer with ED and want to train alerting or interruption I definitely encourage you to broaden your tasks as a team and reach for what is completely possible to train. .
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24 20823 May, 2019
🎉 Today is my Gotcha-Day! 🎉One year ago today, I went home with my girl and we started our adventure together.
From my girl:
Calling Elliot a “good dog” does not even come close to describing how wonderful he has been for me. As a first time owner trainer, this past year has been an amazing experience. There were some hard times and moments that made all of those hard times worth it. • Elliot started training on May 19th, 2018 and has been loving work ever since • In August of 2018, we moved into our house on campus. Elliot performed his first cardiac alert a month later (6 months old) • In January, Elliot spent time with our friends over at @k9heights to work on building his confidence and maintaining a reliable heel— we are so thankful for that experience! • February 7th, 2019– Elliot did a completely natural/untrained response to a horrible panic attack while walking on campus. His actions allowed me to make it home safely. • In March, we spent a couple days giving talks at my old high school educating students about service dogs and invisible disabilities.
These are just some of the many moments I’m thankful for over the past year. Mr. Elliot is one hardworking, loving, and goofy pup. I’m so happy to have him by my side everyday.
Here’s to many more years, Elliot Parker! 💙