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  • Jetta Update: Two weeks and counting . . .

    Posted on May 21, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    From Patricia: Jetta is an active little boy, sez breeder Peggy Poore. Until it’s cuddle time, then he heads straight for his mommy’s arms. Sooooooooooo cute. We will bring him home the first weekend of June. All together: Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh.

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    Can you help fill Bree’s Bowl?

    Posted on May 5, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    It’s been about 17 months since our first Love Heels service dog, Bree, died from an aggressive cancer just days before her third birthday. It’s been just over a year since people from our son’s school, La Costa Heights Elementary School, opened their hearts and their pet food pantries to support the pet food drive […]

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  • Jetta: Newest Puppy ‘Recruit’ in Love Heels Family

    Posted on May 3, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    Exciting puppy news from Patricia: Our newest recruit, Jetta, turned four weeks old Wednesday, May 1, and is growing fast. He will be officially welcomed into the LOVE HEELS family in another four weeks. Cannot wait. Meanwhile, the breeder, Peggy Poore, keeps us happy with weekly snapshots posted on her website, www.alpinelabradors.com and we invite […]

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    New Service Dog Team: Tom & Jagger

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    Breaking news from Patricia: Here is a picture of Jagger with his new best friend, artist Tom Hollenstein. The lab in the blue cape is Hiley, 14 and retiring as soon as she thinks Jagger is ready. Tom, an artist who travels a lot, was injured in a bike accident many years ago and is […]

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  • Everybody Loves Dancer

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    Last week the boy who service dog Dancer helps, our son Zander, was sick, toppling a few dominos in our dog and family routine. For Dancer that meant puppy-maintenance power walks were harder to come by and we missed out on two of the happiest places on earth for us: Nazareth House (where we go […]

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  • Training Tip #1: Dancer Starts Clicker Training

    Posted on March 24, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    Under Patricia’s tutelage, I’m starting Dancer on clicker training. This form of positive reinforcement training (training that rewards good behavior rather than punishing bad behavior) uses a small plastic noisemaker that makes a clicking sound. The idea is that you reward your dog with a treat when they do what you ask as you click […]

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    Dancing with a Teen-ager: Meet Dancer

    Posted on March 17, 2013 by in Uncategorized

      Most canine experts mark a dog’s maturity by physical and behavioral milestones (things like weight, aggression and, in the words of Paul Owens, acting like “a teen-age bozo”). I’ve found another marker, one especially good for charting the development of a service dog: outings. The first time our now 19-month-old golden retriever Dancer (who […]

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  • Happy News!

    Posted on January 9, 2013 by in Uncategorized

    Patricia tells us that our little Buddy/Finnley/Jack has a forever home. A family in Mt. Helix has adopted our loveable little boy, warts and all. He has been in his new home for a couple of weeks and they all are smitten with one another — Jack stole their hearts from the moment he came […]

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    Buddy Needs a Home

    Posted on December 11, 2012 by in Uncategorized

    Patricia wants everyone to know that Buddy, a sweet 11-month-old Golden needs a home. Buddy has hip and elbow displasia and needs a forever home. (If anyone knows a vet willing to donate the $12,000 of medical care to fix the problem, even better!) He loves attention and needs to be in a one-dog family. […]

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