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    Phoebe at Work!

    Posted on November 7, 2013 by in Autism Service Dogs, New Puppy-in-Training, New Team Member, Training, updates

    Cute Phoebe the puppy checked out a future “career” at the front desk of Nazareth House this week. Here she is answering the phone with Liz, the receptionist. Liz really likes Phoebe, but all parties agree that she should keep her regular job taking care of her forever family.  Still, everyone admired her patience and good […]

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    Spooked!

    Posted on November 3, 2013 by in updates

    It all started with a dismembered foot sticking out from a hedge (albeit a rubber dismembered foot sticking out from a hedge).   I had heeded the warnings about preparing your dog for and protecting them from sights and sounds of the 4th of July. But I did not anticipate just how scary Halloween would […]

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    Dancer Can Fly!

    Posted on October 26, 2013 by in updates

    Dancer Can Fly! Today, Dancer earned her wings. We spent the morning at the San Diego International Airport practicing ticketing, going through airport security, getting on the plane and napping on the plane with the Blue Horizons program, a practice flight for autism families organized by the Autism Tree Foundation, JetBlue Airlines and the Transportation […]

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    Decoding for Guys & Dogs

    Posted on October 18, 2013 by in updates

    I’ve been reading a cool book for kids published by National Geographic titled “How to Speak Dog. A Guide to Decoding Dog Language.” (With a subtitle like that, you can tell it’s not a book for kindergartners.) Each short section explains dog poses (pointing, freezing in place, even the pose yogis call “downward dog” but […]

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    Struggling with a Stuffed Snake

    Posted on October 9, 2013 by in updates

    I stared into Dancer’s pleading eyes, stroked her sweet face, smelled the pungent apple cider vinegar on her snout, and told her, “I know, I know, it’s not easy being a service dog.” Then I paused. “But you’re not going to get Zander’s stuffed snake. Ever.” It was just one of those funny/exasperating/blood-pressure-spiking kind of […]

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    Cute Phoebe

    Posted on October 6, 2013 by in updates

    How is puppy Phoebe adjusting to life in her new home? Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Here she is waiting for her people to finally get to her door and let her in. She loves her forever home and family!

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    Our Four-Legged Conversation Starter

    Posted on September 24, 2013 by in updates

    Because Dancer is so approachable, I get approached a lot by people with questions to ask and stories to tell. I’ve written before about the benefits of having service dog for our son with autism. One of the benefits of having a service dog for this mom of a child with autism is the open […]

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    Phoebe Takes on the Miramar Exchange

    Posted on September 19, 2013 by in updates

    Michele, mom to puppy in training Phoebe, reports, “Phoebe did wonderfully on her second training outing. The exchange at MCAS is very service dog friendly and they stand by their word (the sign) 100%. Phoebe at the end was tired out and decided to hang out with the pumpkins and spiders, resting in her favorite […]

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    Chips, Anyone?

    Posted on September 11, 2013 by in updates

    Two days ago, I kept feeling as though I was in a fish and chips shop or was being followed by someone eating potato chips. Actually, I kept smelling as though I was in a chip shop. The culprit was the treat bag I wear around my waist whenever I’m in public with Dancer. It […]

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    Ouch!

    Posted on September 5, 2013 by in updates

    Here’s Patricia’s latest installment in bringing up Phoebe: Phoebe received her final vaccination yesterday, OUCH. No, the needle didn’t hurt. It was her not-so- subtle way of shaming Dr. Candy Lewis into offering not one but TWO cookies for all her pain and suffering. She got THREE. Good news; bad news. It’s been really hot […]

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