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sunshine426
October 14th, 2010, 06:23 PM
I've decided to take a class once a month from different trainers. Since I have been fostering, I've been on my own a bit more than I like. So yesterday was a refresher on the difference between a "watch me" and a "leave it" Then off for a group outing to a grocery store and lunch. I showed up at the last minute and as the trainer was getting ready to assign me a dog, the other trainer took her aside. I asked them what was up and the other trainer said that dog would be to easy for me. I think there was a compliment in there somewhere as I was with a bunch of new volunteers. So, I got assigned a 16 week old Mini doodle. This was a cross between the small poodle(not the toy and not the standard) and a golden retriever. All of the doodles I've been working with have been standard poodle/golden mixes. This pup was sooooo cute and very smart, but small. My back was a bit tired by the end of the outing as I was bent over so much praising the good watch me and nice loose heel. Next week, Cooler get's introduced to the pool. I think she is going to Love it!!!

wizard-of-roz
October 14th, 2010, 07:05 PM
I've decided to take a class once a month from different trainers. Since I have been fostering, I've been on my own a bit more than I like. So yesterday was a refresher on the difference between a "watch me" and a "leave it" Then off for a group outing to a grocery store and lunch. I showed up at the last minute and as the trainer was getting ready to assign me a dog, the other trainer took her aside. I asked them what was up and the other trainer said that dog would be to easy for me. I think there was a compliment in there somewhere as I was with a bunch of new volunteers. So, I got assigned a 16 week old Mini doodle. This was a cross between the small poodle(not the toy and not the standard) and a golden retriever. All of the doodles I've been working with have been standard poodle/golden mixes. This pup was sooooo cute and very smart, but small. My back was a bit tired by the end of the outing as I was bent over so much praising the good watch me and nice loose heel. Next week, Cooler get's introduced to the pool. I think she is going to Love it!!!

OMG! How cute this dog must be!!!!! What color is it?

I want Brenny to work until she's 102 but, when she does retire......I am going to request a "doodle" for her successor. If for no other reason than my allergies and asthma.

You are so amazingly wonderful how you can move on with your training of these potential "miracle workers."

sunshine426
October 14th, 2010, 07:41 PM
So sad I didn't have my camera with me. This pup was a reddish color.

wizard-of-roz
October 14th, 2010, 07:47 PM
So sad I didn't have my camera with me. This pup was a reddish color.

I'd be afraid that I'd NEVER get anything done.....and, all I'd want to do is cuddle and play! I wouldn't care if the dog broke all the rules, I'd be "snickering" the whole time! Loving and munching on that face and that curly, gorgeous hair!

Quampapetet
October 15th, 2010, 12:55 AM
I also teach Martial Arts, gearing my instruction toward children with disabilities, particularly autism. I have 2 black belts and am working toward my third in another style. I compete and enjoy mixed martial arts(IE, UFC Style fighting.)

Welcome, Karla!

That's really cool about teaching martial arts to disabled kids, especially those with Autism. I think I saw a reality show one time where the Autistic kid on that episode was into martial arts and it was really great for him!

I scuba dive when I have the time, or when my MS is flaring up. I have found, along with my Neurologist, that O2 under pressure seems to help in my flare ups. Which reminds me, I need to go diving tomorrow---plus I get to catch lobsters!!!!!Which I don't eat, but sure do have fun catching!!!!:cool:

That's really interesting about the MS flares and the oxygen under pressure! (Sorry for my ignorance, but does that mean just being on any oxygen tank would help? Or that you have to be on oxygen underwater?)

How come you don't eat the lobsters? I have some friends who do SCUBA and they eat their fish and lobsters.

Anyway, good to see you on here! :cool:

Quampapetet
October 15th, 2010, 01:07 AM
When I breed my girls, they automaticly go on a low dose of thyroid---BTW, if you are having skin and ear problems and have a lab or a golden, I would encourage you to have thyroid checked----Alot of the time that is the problem---Especially if there are weight issues combined.

For those that do this, realize there are multiple tests that can be done. You can either start with the T-4 and then do the other tests if that's abnormal or do all the tests for it (which is what I would recommend, since you wouldn't have to go back to the vet and possibly pay another vet fee - though, if your vet is like mine, they may just have a vet tech do it and not see your dog themselves so you're not charged the vet visit fee).

My dog is fine on her thyroids, but I did a free test as part of that free eye testing day for service dog event the other year and they must've messed that T-4 test up, as it came back indicating there was a problem. I did the full thyroid screening by Dr. Dodds (one of the premiere vets in the country for thyroid, overvaccinating, etc.) and everything was normal, thankfully, but it was definitely worth it to know!

I think it behooves all of us to be very well educated in all types of food. As much as I would like to feed a generic food like Eukanuba(available worldwide), it just won't work!

Indeed! One needs to be educated on what the ingredients really are, which ingredients one really needs to stay away from (like BHT and by-products and stuff), and allergies (chicken is the number-one protein allergen in dog food). Also, of course, be aware of what foods are poisonous to dogs (chocolate, raisins/grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, and more) and what fresh foods are good to supplement with (yogurt, ricotta cheese, certain fruits and veggies, certain meats and fish, etc.) from time to time.

Quampapetet
October 15th, 2010, 01:14 AM
Karla: Some great "food" for thought! You are correct, CCI does get their food donated and do recommend Eukanuba. If we give Brenda any kind of meat or chicken she immediatly gets diarrhea. As a matter of fact, if we change her diet at all her tummy gets upset.

Some dogs have very sensitive stomachs, so you have to make food changes gradually over time. You can successfully change foods pretty easily, you just have to gradually mix the new food into the old food until it is all new food - there are instructions all over the Web for how to do this (the proper ratios and stuff, which I'm not sure of 'cause my dog's stomach is made of steel, LOL, so I've never had to do it). I think it takes about ten days to do the full change.

Karla, can allergies also cause these problems Brenda has? I can't recall.

Eukanuba is prob'ly one of those foods that uses rendered pets. That's one of the reasons I don't use grocery/pet store foods, plus most of them have by-products, chemicals like BHT, unnamed meat sources, meat from who-knows-where, meat that was killed who-knows-how, etc. in them.

Quampapetet
October 15th, 2010, 01:17 AM
I want to do some small dive charter(Live aboards) in The med, sometime in the next couple of years. I love old stuff, and figure seeing stuff underwater would be great!

I hadn't heard of those cruises before, but that's really cool. It definitely would be cool to see old stuff underwater like that! You will NEVER find me doing that, though, 'cause I don't do being underwater well!! :p

What do you do with your service dog when you dive? Or have you not done a multi-day one so have only left your dog home when you go?

Quampapetet
October 15th, 2010, 01:30 AM
It is just a suggestion to use that food, since the dog has been on it.

Rotating a dog's food is actually a really good thing nutrition- and health-wise. Of course, it also keeps the dog happy 'cause who wants to eat the same thing every single day (or twice a day) for the rest of their life?!

We just got a email from HAL. They want a letter stating what Wex does for John. They want to make sure he's not a pet. You would think that they would keep that information in the computer, or ask for a copy of his ID card.

Asking what tasks the dog does is legal. Asking for the ID card is not. And I have no idea why they don't keep such records, but I read a lot in other threads about ppl with all different types of disabilities having to re-submit their disability-related paperwork each time, too. I guess they don't want to have to go to the effort of looking up old paperwork.

Of course at the vet last week, they put us in the room where she passed. I figured that would happen. Just my luck.

Ugh! That would not make me happy!

I heard a horrible story on the news. A guy's pet dog was very ill and in a lot of pain, couldn't walk well and stuff, so he decided to get it euthanized at the vet's. He took the body home so he could decide what to do with it (bury it in the yard or something else), so he put it in the garage that night. The next day, he went into the garage and his dog was ALIVE! :eek: It was awake and moving around/trying to move around! The guy was SOOO glad he hadn't buried it or gotten it cremated right away, as his beloved pet would've been buried or burned alive!!

What kind of vet would be sooooo bad that they wouldn't realize the dog was still alive?!?! :mad: He said they put two vials of stuff into the dog when they (attempted to) euthanize it. The guy and his family (including two kids) now have to go through the dog's death all over again, too! (They better find a different vet to go to next time!!!) :(

Quampapetet
October 15th, 2010, 01:38 AM
I want Brenny to work until she's 102 but, when she does retire......I am going to request a "doodle" for her successor. If for no other reason than my allergies and asthma.

Not all of those "doodle" mutts (they're not a breed) are hypoallergenic. It either happens or doesn't happen. If you must have a hypoallergenic dog, go with a purebred one like a Poodle or one of the other hypoallergenic breeds out there. Although, even in purebreds there is the occassional improperly-coated dog that has an undercoat.

I'm allergic to dogs, too, so have a hypoallergenic breed. I do react when she is in need of a bath (the dander has built up in her hair) and when she licks me (itchy skin where she has licked), but nothing like with a dog (or cat) with fur.

(For those who have heard ppl say there's no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, that is incorrect. That is said by ppl who don't know the meaning of "hypoallergenic". It doesn't mean everyone won't have an allergic reaction to the item; it means there is much less chance that one won't have an allergic reaction to the item or that most ppl won't have an allergic reaction to the item. Just like with hypoallergenic jewelry and cosmetics - some ppl do react to these, but most ppl don't or the reaction isn't as bad.)

sunshine426
October 15th, 2010, 08:11 AM
Many service dogs are "cross-breeds". I imagine the term "mutt" was used in jest, it did sound a bit condenscending. The young pup I am working with is 3/4 golden 1/4 lab and is so very smart and doing well. The "doodles" at CA are a cross between golden retievers and standard poodles. And Quam is correct, many of these doodles don't have poodle coats, but more golden. They are still smart dogs and most do very well as service dogs.

DisneyKidsDad
October 15th, 2010, 10:00 AM
OMG! How cute this dog must be!!!!! What color is it?

I want Brenny to work until she's 102 but, when she does retire......I am going to request a "doodle" for her successor. If for no other reason than my allergies and asthma.

You are so amazingly wonderful how you can move on with your training of these potential "miracle workers."

Is CCI training Doodles now? Or are you going to go somewhere else?
If so...we will hunt you down and bring you back to your senses. :D

rangeley
October 15th, 2010, 10:53 AM
DITTO!! What DKD said!

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 12:11 PM
Is CCI training Doodles now? Or are you going to go somewhere else?
If so...we will hunt you down and bring you back to your senses. :D

You're so cute! :p I only heard through a very unrealiable source that CCI was looking into breeding the "Labradoodle". I wish, I wish!!!!!!

I'm going to the Workshop next week, in Santa Rosa, and I'm going to ask about it. It will be my first question when they ask for questions from the crowd!

I honestly don't think I could go anywhere else. I'm such a CCI supporter!!!! They changed my life!!!!!

They've got some really cute greeting cards on sale - in their website store. I know because I spent a fortune yesterday. They make such cute Xmas gifts and, I send them too. The pups, in the pictures on the cards, must be seen by all!!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 12:11 PM
DITTO!! What DKD said!

Love you!!!!! ;)

DisneyKidsDad
October 15th, 2010, 12:21 PM
You're so cute! :p I only heard through a very unrealiable source that CCI was looking into breeding the "Labradoodle". I wish, I wish!!!!!!

I'm going to the Workshop next week, in Santa Rosa, and I'm going to ask about it. It will be my first question when they ask for questions from the crowd!

I honestly don't think I could go anywhere else. I'm such a CCI supporter!!!! They changed my life!!!!!

They've got some really cute greeting cards on sale - in their website store. I know because I spent a fortune yesterday. They make such cute Xmas gifts and, I send them too. The pups, in the pictures on the cards, must be seen by all!!!!!!


OK Roz...your safe for now. But we'll be watching! :eek:

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 12:30 PM
Many service dogs are "cross-breeds". I imagine the term "mutt" was used in jest, it did sound a bit condenscending. The young pup I am working with is 3/4 golden 1/4 lab and is so very smart and doing well. The "doodles" at CA are a cross between golden retievers and standard poodles. And Quam is correct, many of these doodles don't have poodle coats, but more golden. They are still smart dogs and most do very well as service dogs.

I, of course, want the one with the curliest, poodlliest coat. Any coat that even remotely resembles a Poodle's coat would be better than the Lab coat.

OMG! Speaking of "coats" I could have made enough coats to clothe all the children in China and, I could have built more than 100 dogs from the fur that Brenny has shed in the past 8 1/2 years.

DisneyKidsDad
October 15th, 2010, 12:39 PM
I'm not a big fan of the Doodle.

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 12:47 PM
I'm not a big fan of the Doodle.

Why?

DisneyKidsDad
October 15th, 2010, 02:57 PM
I'm not sure I have a real reason. It's just a dog that I ever wanted to own. Other than the Husky we used to have, our last four dogs were Labs or Lab/Golden crosses like Orson. Oh yeah...then there's my wifes Yorkie. :p

rangeley
October 15th, 2010, 03:15 PM
LABS, LABS, LABS!!! There are other kinds of dogs??? :eek: Wex is my (well maybe not really mine) 4th lab. I just love them, and would never get anything else. I am not a little dog fan, but there are some cute ones.

DKD did you see my honey in the northeast companion? :D The photo right next to our "friend".

Cindy

rangeley
October 15th, 2010, 03:19 PM
OMG! Speaking of "coats" I could have made enough coats to clothe all the children in China and, I could have built more than 100 dogs from the fur that Brenny has shed in the past 8 1/2 years.



I figure someday I will be skinny when I cough up that hairball I've been growing in my stomach after 4 labs!! :eek:

rangeley
October 15th, 2010, 03:20 PM
DKD, Do you know if they have any HP vans in Nassau?

sunshine426
October 15th, 2010, 03:36 PM
Dog Wars!!! Doodle Dilemma!!!! Got to love this thread....

(PS: I have a doodle home for the night. His name is "boom" and he is 3/4 golden 1/4 poodle and looks like a muppet. He lives in the same room as Cooler and he wanted a sleepover with Cooler's mom, so now he has it. Plan for a dinner outing, he's helping with the laundry and then back home in the morning. ) Roz, I'll try to get a picture, he sure doesn't look like a classic doodle, not seeing much shedding though.

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 03:52 PM
I'm not sure I have a real reason. It's just a dog that I ever wanted to own. Other than the Husky we used to have, our last four dogs were Labs or Lab/Golden crosses like Orson. Oh yeah...then there's my wifes Yorkie. :p


Gotta love those Labs and Golden's and their crosse's. I totally understand the love that everyone has for them!

Although, I must tell you we've had everything from Chihuahua's to Great Dane's and a lot in between, I just love them all!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 03:56 PM
I figure someday I will be skinny when I cough up that hairball I've been growing in my stomach after 4 labs!! :eek:

That is so funny! :D I'm very blonde and, I can't tell you how many times I've had someone pick Brenny's black hair out of mine!!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 03:58 PM
LABS, LABS, LABS!!! There are other kinds of dogs??? :eek: Wex is my (well maybe not really mine) 4th lab. I just love them, and would never get anything else. I am not a little dog fan, but there are some cute ones.

DKD did you see my honey in the northeast companion? :D The photo right next to our "friend".

Cindy

You're his Mommy!

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 04:00 PM
Dog Wars!!! Doodle Dilemma!!!! Got to love this thread....

(PS: I have a doodle home for the night. His name is "boom" and he is 3/4 golden 1/4 poodle and looks like a muppet. He lives in the same room as Cooler and he wanted a sleepover with Cooler's mom, so now he has it. Plan for a dinner outing, he's helping with the laundry and then back home in the morning. ) Roz, I'll try to get a picture, he sure doesn't look like a classic doodle, not seeing much shedding though.

I'm excited!!!!! I'm really excited about the lack of shedding!!!! Let us know when he leaves if he leaves any fur behind! :eek:

celle
October 15th, 2010, 04:15 PM
Gotta love those Labs and Golden's and their crosse's. I totally understand the love that everyone has for them!

Although, I must tell you we've had everything from Chihuahua's to Great Dane's and a lot in between, I just love them all!!!!!

Oh yes! We had a golden - actually she was 3/4 golden and 1/4 lab, but looked all golden. How she used to shed! And how we loved her - a wonderful dog, so willing and gentle.

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Oh yes! We had a golden - actually she was 3/4 golden and 1/4 lab, but looked all golden. How she used to shed! And how we loved her - a wonderful dog, so willing and gentle.

:) Aren't they the most wonderful beings? :)

DisneyKidsDad
October 15th, 2010, 04:46 PM
LABS, LABS, LABS!!! There are other kinds of dogs??? :eek: Wex is my (well maybe not really mine) 4th lab. I just love them, and would never get anything else. I am not a little dog fan, but there are some cute ones.

DKD did you see my honey in the northeast companion? :D The photo right next to our "friend".

Cindy
I don't think we got a copy. Is it on the CCI site? Let me go check.

celle
October 15th, 2010, 06:07 PM
:) Aren't they the most wonderful beings? :)

Yes. Jess, our 3/4 golden, 1/4 lab was not a service dog, but she was my protector. When we went our for walks, she always placed herself between me and anyone we met.

Whenever DH went away on business, she would sleep on the floor, right beside my side of the bed. Any intruder would have had to get past her to get to me. She never did this when DH was at home.

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 06:21 PM
Yes. Jess, our 3/4 golden, 1/4 lab was not a service dog, but she was my protector. When we went our for walks, she always placed herself between me and anyone we met.

Whenever DH went away on business, she would sleep on the floor, right beside my side of the bed. Any intruder would have had to get past her to get to me. She never did this when DH was at home.

Awwww! I love these stories. Brenda has shown her protective "colors" on more than one occasion and it totally surprised both of us when she did it!!!!

She's a "bold" and "beautiful" older woman!

wizard-of-roz
October 15th, 2010, 06:23 PM
Awwww! I love these stories. Brenda has shown her protective "colors" on more than one occasion and it totally surprised both of us when she did it!!!!

She's a "bold" and "beautiful" older woman!

Oh! Wait! She's not human......I keep forgetting!! ;)

TheServiceDogTrainer
October 16th, 2010, 02:28 PM
[quote=Quampapetet;26489425]Welcome, Karla!

That's really cool about teaching martial arts to disabled kids, especially those with Autism. I think I saw a reality show one time where the Autistic kid on that episode was into martial arts and it was really great for him!

Yes, I have found that it teaches the children to "focus", and I think alot of times, we, as a society, tend to "cater" too much---in Karate, I EXPECT the kids to be respectful, I EXPECT Them to try! I love them, I am fair, but I have expectations.



That's really interesting about the MS flares and the oxygen under pressure! (Sorry for my ignorance, but does that mean just being on any oxygen tank would help? Or that you have to be on oxygen underwater?)

Nope, it needs to be "under pressure". IE, either in a hyperbaric chamber, or underwater, preferably below "one atmosphere"(33ft.)



How come you don't eat the lobsters? I have some friends who do SCUBA and they eat their fish and lobsters.

I don't care for the texture of shell fish(too rubbery?). I will eat it, if it is cooked correctly or a certain way, but not often.

I love FISH tho----just not shell fish!!

TheServiceDogTrainer
October 16th, 2010, 02:32 PM
Welcome, Karla!

That's really cool about teaching martial arts to disabled kids, especially those with Autism. I think I saw a reality show one time where the Autistic kid on that episode was into martial arts and it was really great for him!



That's really interesting about the MS flares and the oxygen under pressure! (Sorry for my ignorance, but does that mean just being on any oxygen tank would help? Or that you have to be on oxygen underwater?)

How come you don't eat the lobsters? I have some friends who do SCUBA and they eat their fish and lobsters.

Anyway, good to see you on here! :cool:

Largo actually goes on the dive boats with me. A live-a-board she is hanging out either on deck or in the room. She has to be back-tied(something every dog should learn to "tolerate) to keep her from jumping in after me tho!!!

AND, this from the dog who doesn't like to get a bath...Eyes rolling....:eek:

I hadn't heard of those cruises before, but that's really cool. It definitely would be cool to see old stuff underwater like that! You will NEVER find me doing that, though, 'cause I don't do being underwater well!! :p

What do you do with your service dog when you dive? Or have you not done a multi-day one so have only left your dog home when you go?

Rolls Royce Lover
October 16th, 2010, 05:16 PM
Yes, I have "Cruised" with a service dog, a couple of times. To the Bahama's and in the BVI(Gotta Love St. Croix!!!!)

I want to do some small dive charter(Live aboards) in The med, sometime in the next couple of years. I love old stuff, and figure seeing stuff underwater would be great!

On some other notes, I do travel extensively with my crew of dogs(Europe, Asia, Middle East). Largo and I were in Bagdad in 09, after which we went to Rome for a week(WWW.LargoDoesRome.blogspot.com (http://WWW.LargoDoesRome.blogspot.com)).

Had a blast!

I saw the picture of "Largo" in Rome. What a handsome boy. He looks like he's smiling right at you!

I hope that pilot who gave him and you such a hard time flies one more airplane and then he/himself drops out of the sky into a pile of cow manure [dog manure just wouldn't be quite enough]! :eek:

Quampapetet
October 16th, 2010, 09:31 PM
Many service dogs are "cross-breeds". I imagine the term "mutt" was used in jest, it did sound a bit condenscending.

A dog is either purebred or a mutt. Nothing in jest or condescending about that.

Quampapetet
October 16th, 2010, 09:36 PM
OMG! Speaking of "coats" I could have made enough coats to clothe all the children in China and, I could have built more than 100 dogs from the fur that Brenny has shed in the past 8 1/2 years.


You know you can collect your dog's fur and send it in to ppl who will turn it into yarn and either send it back to you or knit it into something for you. Strange, but apparently ppl actually do it!

Quampapetet
October 16th, 2010, 09:44 PM
Yes, I have found that it teaches the children to "focus", and I think alot of times, we, as a society, tend to "cater" too much---in Karate, I EXPECT the kids to be respectful, I EXPECT Them to try! I love them, I am fair, but I have expectations.

Awesome. :)

Nope, it needs to be "under pressure". IE, either in a hyperbaric chamber, or underwater, preferably below "one atmosphere"(33ft.)

Ah, that stinks. (I have a friend with MS.) But, that's great that you get to do it!


I don't care for the texture of shell fish(too rubbery?). I will eat it, if it is cooked correctly or a certain way, but not often.

I love FISH tho----just not shell fish!!

Gotcha. :cool: Do you sell the lobsters you catch?

Quampapetet
October 16th, 2010, 09:46 PM
Largo actually goes on the dive boats with me. A live-a-board she is hanging out either on deck or in the room. She has to be back-tied(something every dog should learn to "tolerate) to keep her from jumping in after me tho!!!

AND, this from the dog who doesn't like to get a bath...Eyes rolling....:eek:

That's great! I bet she loves being out on the water. :)

What's back-tying?

That's sweet that she wants to be with you so much she'll jump in the water! My dog loves me, but not enough to go in the water with me, haha. :p

Quampapetet
October 16th, 2010, 10:37 PM
By the way, I found some adorable doggy luggage tags I think you'll all enjoy! I ordered one for myself - they are too cute!!! Plus, I did actually need a luggage tag for one of my bags for the cruise (the one with the potty pads in it), so I could even justify the purchase, though it is only $5.

http://www.jefferspet.com/ssc/product.asp?CID=0&mscssid=DV6V70SDMTTN8G8NGFT2H3TX74WCDJB1&pf_id=0036261&cmkw=80-w1

http://www.jefferspet.com/ssc/assets/product_images/pets/80W1.jpg

Harlan
October 17th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Greetings to All,
I just join CC this week. I see there are a number of knowledgeable people on this list. If I may ask a number of ?s. We are going on the Iceland & Greenland Explorer: Southampton to New York cruise so we have to fly into England. What do we need to do to bring my husbandís Seeing Eye Dog into England? Also the other ports which are: BERGEN, NORWAY & LERWICK, GREAT BRITAIN & TORSHAVN, FAROE ISLANDS & AKUREYRI, ICELAND REYKJAVIK, ICELAND & NUUK, GREENLAND &
NANORTALIK, GREENLAND
This is our first trip to Europe. It is just my husband with a dog, I am a cane user. Thanks to all Michele:)

Quampapetet
October 17th, 2010, 11:27 PM
Greetings to All,
I just join CC this week. I see there are a number of knowledgeable people on this list. If I may ask a number of ?s. We are going on the Iceland & Greenland Explorer: Southampton to New York cruise so we have to fly into England. What do we need to do to bring my husbandís Seeing Eye Dog into England? Also the other ports which are: BERGEN, NORWAY & LERWICK, GREAT BRITAIN & TORSHAVN, FAROE ISLANDS & AKUREYRI, ICELAND REYKJAVIK, ICELAND & NUUK, GREENLAND &
NANORTALIK, GREENLAND
This is our first trip to Europe. It is just my husband with a dog, I am a cane user. Thanks to all Michele:)

Welcome!

England/Ireland/Great Britain has strict rules that you have to follow or your dog will not be allowed, service dog or not. You have to follow the Pet Passport Scheme. One of the requirements is the rabies titer test with a six-month wait after the blood is drawn (if the test shows it is adequate) before the dog can enter those countries. (If the dog was not microchipped prior to the rabies vaccination, the dog MUST be revaccinated with rabies after the microchip has been inserted.) Another requirement is you cannot enter them until six months has passed since the dog has been in non-qualified countries, which include some of the Caribbean countries (like the Bahamas) and a bunch of other countries. Also, the dog cannot enter the country except at a few certain airports. There are other requirements, too.

You will find the British and UK travel and quarantine info. on the IAADP site helpful (there is also the link to the official DEFRA site, which will give you more info. on the Pet Passport Scheme and requirements): http://www.iaadp.org/access.html

They do NOT give exemptions to these import rules like some of the Caribbean countries sometimes do for service dogs (especially those on a cruise).

You will have to look up the requirements for the other countries to be certain, but likely if you have the Pet Passport, you'll be set for most or all of them.

wizard-of-roz
October 18th, 2010, 03:17 PM
By the way, I found some adorable doggy luggage tags I think you'll all enjoy! I ordered one for myself - they are too cute!!! Plus, I did actually need a luggage tag for one of my bags for the cruise (the one with the potty pads in it), so I could even justify the purchase, though it is only $5.

http://www.jefferspet.com/ssc/product.asp?CID=0&mscssid=DV6V70SDMTTN8G8NGFT2H3TX74WCDJB1&pf_id=0036261&cmkw=80-w1

http://www.jefferspet.com/ssc/assets/product_images/pets/80W1.jpg

These are so, so cute! Got to have the Black Lab!

wizard-of-roz
October 18th, 2010, 03:35 PM
Greetings to All,
I just join CC this week. I see there are a number of knowledgeable people on this list. If I may ask a number of ?s. We are going on the Iceland & Greenland Explorer: Southampton to New York cruise so we have to fly into England. What do we need to do to bring my husbandís Seeing Eye Dog into England? Also the other ports which are: BERGEN, NORWAY & LERWICK, GREAT BRITAIN & TORSHAVN, FAROE ISLANDS & AKUREYRI, ICELAND REYKJAVIK, ICELAND & NUUK, GREENLAND &
NANORTALIK, GREENLAND
This is our first trip to Europe. It is just my husband with a dog, I am a cane user. Thanks to all Michele:)

Harlan: Welcome to our thread. It sounds like you'll be doing quite of bit of traveling with your SD. Be careful of the strays; watch your dogs intake of water prior to the air travel

As Quam suggested go to the IAADP website for the most current travel information to foreign countries. Or, your Vet may have some good information for you.

The only problem we had were the TSA agents who insisted on "patting" Brenda down away from me. It made for some pretty "tense" moments. Since then, I've learned to [U]INSIST that Brenda and I NOT BE SEPARATED. They truly caught me off guard and I won't let that happen again. So, look for that and have a wonderful trip.

We found the "Brits" to be very hospitable and friendly! Only once in Stratford on Avon we were asked not to bring Brenda into a Museum. I didn't "push" and, we took turns going in, while one of us waited outside with her.

Harlan
October 18th, 2010, 08:49 PM
Hi Quampapetet and wizard-of-roz,
Thank you for your help on this. I did go to the website and found a lot of info it sound like what we had to do when we cruise to Hawaii in Feb. Did you go on this cruise at one time? wizard-of-roz I see that you are going to be on the Sapphire on 11-27 we are going to be on the Sapphire the week before to MR We are going for my birthday which is on Thanksgiving this year. Thanks Michele:)

Quampapetet
October 19th, 2010, 01:13 AM
Hi Quampapetet and wizard-of-roz,
Thank you for your help on this. I did go to the website and found a lot of info it sound like what we had to do when we cruise to Hawaii in Feb. Did you go on this cruise at one time? wizard-of-roz I see that you are going to be on the Sapphire on 11-27 we are going to be on the Sapphire the week before to MR We are going for my birthday which is on Thanksgiving this year. Thanks Michele:)


Sounds like you're good to go as far as the rabies titers, then! I believe the UK accepts titers forever unless the rabies vaccination deadline was missed by even one day (but double-check on this, as I know Hawaii only accepts the titers for three years and it has been a while since I've checked the actual details for the UK).

I haven't gone on the cruise you're going on, but I have looked into doing a land trip to England and/or Ireland in the past. I have a family member in England and I've always wanted to see Ireland. Not sure if I'll ever get there or not, but maybe someday....

wizard-of-roz
October 19th, 2010, 01:06 PM
Hi Quampapetet and wizard-of-roz,
Thank you for your help on this. I did go to the website and found a lot of info it sound like what we had to do when we cruise to Hawaii in Feb. Did you go on this cruise at one time? wizard-of-roz I see that you are going to be on the Sapphire on 11-27 we are going to be on the Sapphire the week before to MR We are going for my birthday which is on Thanksgiving this year. Thanks Michele:)


Michele, you MUST save me some ship, it's such a small world. Will you be taking your dog? What's your dogs name [I believe it's your DH's dog.] And, what cabin are you in?

We always meet with the Hotel Manager - the Sapphire's manager is [Sheila Griffin], when we first board to make sure that Brenda's potty box placement is correct. [You can also do this with your Steward.]

If you are in the aft [back of the ship] have them place the potty box in the stairwell. This way you can go [with your pajama's on] to the box. The only difficulty would be the HEAVY door and the step-up. But, once the dog and you are in the stairwell it's wonderful and private.

Brenda has been on so many Princess cruises [we use the same cabin], she knows exactly what to do and where to go.......I just open the door and she immediately walks to the box without any command.

I also like it because I can go "casual" and not worry about bumping into too many other passengers.

We love the Sapphire. Have a wonderful cruise!

Harlan
October 19th, 2010, 06:44 PM
[quote=wizard-of-roz;26545635]Michele, you MUST save me some ship, it's such a small world. Will you be taking your dog? What's your dogs name [I believe it's your DH's dog.] And, what cabin are you in?

We always meet with the Hotel Manager - the Sapphire's manager is [Sheila Griffin], when we first board to make sure that Brenda's potty box placement is correct. [You can also do this with your Steward.]

If you are in the aft [back of the ship] have them place the potty box in the stairwell. This way you can go [with your pajama's on] to the box. The only difficulty would be the HEAVY door and the step-up. But, once the dog and you are in the stairwell it's wonderful and private.

Brenda has been on so many Princess cruises [we use the same cabin], she knows exactly what to do and where to go.......I just open the door and she immediately walks to the box without any command.

I also like it because I can go "casual" and not worry about bumping into too many other passengers.

Hi Wizard-of-roz,
Yes, we will save the point of the ship for you. Yes Randolph is coming with DH I know the H is for husband what is the D? I am a cane user. We are going to be in
Cabin D416, what is your Cabin? That is a good idea about the box. Do you work with the access office? Randolph has been on Princess and Carnival. And in Feb 2011 he is going to be on NCL this will be his first time. We are going to be on the Sapphire again in May 2011
I love to cruise as you can see;):o;):o:) What cruises have you been on with Brenda? Can you IM on CC?
Happy Cruising, Michele:)

wizard-of-roz
October 19th, 2010, 07:13 PM
[quote=wizard-of-roz;26545635]

Hi Wizard-of-roz,
Yes, we will save the point of the ship for you. Yes Randolph is coming with DH I know the H is for husband what is the D? I am a cane user. We are going to be in
Cabin D416, what is your Cabin? That is a good idea about the box. Do you work with the access office? Randolph has been on Princess and Carnival. And in Feb 2011 he is going to be on NCL this will be his first time. We are going to be on the Sapphire again in May 2011
I love to cruise as you can see;):o;):o:) What cruises have you been on with Brenda? Can you IM on CC?
Happy Cruising, Michele:)

"Randolph" it sounds like somone's butler. I love it! "D" is for "Dear" - some people think the "D" means something else [use your imagination!]

We love cabin E717 [on Princess] - it's a Handicapped Cabin shaped more like a mini-suite.

I always tell Princess Access Dept. about the placement of the box and then when I get onboard I go to the Purser's Desk and make sure it's all set. I speak with the Hotel Director and then I go to my cabin and speak with the Steward.

If you have a cabin with a Veranda they will place the box on your Veranda, my DH doesn't like this as much.

We're booked for September 24, 2011 going to San Francisco from L.A. We keep missing each other. Hopefully, one day we can cruise together.

Carnival is wonderful to deal with and treat our dogs beautifully.

NCL has the very best potty-box's on the high sea, I just don't care for the line. I think they lack ambiance. But, all in all a cruise is really what you make it.

Brenda will be on her 14th cruise in November and, she's been everywhere. She's been to the Caribbean/Mexico/Hawaii/Brazil/Switzerland/France/England/Italy/Germany and all over the U.S. She's a great traveler. I can't imagine going anywhere without her!

Brenda's now 10 1/2 years old. As long as she wants to go and can continue to work - she'll be by my side.

I love how active you are. Take care of "Randolph" and tell him I've got a gorgeous older woman named "Brenda" who'd love to meet him.

I'm not sure about IM on CC. Maybe someone else can answer that question.

sunshine426
October 19th, 2010, 09:08 PM
A dog is either purebred or a mutt. Nothing in jest or condescending about that.

I would prefer the terms pure breed or cross mix, but to each his own.

wizard-of-roz
October 20th, 2010, 12:43 PM
I would prefer the terms pure breed or cross mix, but to each his own.

I absolutely agree with you! I find the term "mutt" to be so derrogatory and insulting!!!!!!

S.S. Cruisers
October 20th, 2010, 12:50 PM
Mornin' all:
Michele: I just love proper names for our furbabies. Randolph is so distinguised!

I prefer to call all our "kids" with four paws, furbabies! :) I would never refer to Jezzy Lou as a mutt, barely get away with calling her a dog!

wizard-of-roz
October 21st, 2010, 02:57 PM
Okay Folks, here's a new one.....I have a medical appointment, tomorrow, at a very distinquised and highly recommended clinic, in Downtown L.A. It's taken me months to get this appointment.

This morning the office manager called me to inquire about my Service Dog. I don't have to do this but after many years, I have found that the "heads-up" is a welcomed thing and adds to my "comfort zone!"

He said, "[I]because of the sensitivities to allergies in this particular medical field, would I be so kind to have Brenda "freshly groomed". He asked in such a gentle and kind manner, I couldn't resist. I said, "of course!"

It totally was NOT something that was on my calendar, I'm in the middle of a huge campaign event and, I have our CCI Workshop this weekend.........I'm inundated with work so that I can clear my calendar to take the drive to Santa Rosa right after my doctor's appt. tomorrow [the drive will take me at least 6 hours.]

Brenda loves going to the groomers, for her, it's a day at the "spa!" For me, it's a shlep!!!!! I'm glad she'll be happy about it. She did not need this appoinment, she was just groomed 5 weeks ago. I'm going to be a very accommodating new patient. But, in the future, after they meet Brenny, I will let them know that it is not necessary because she's groomed daily by me.

I just had to share this with you! Thanks, again, for listening. ;)

DisneyKidsDad
October 21st, 2010, 03:08 PM
Okay Folks, here's a new one.....I have a medical appointment, tomorrow, at a very distinquised and highly recommended clinic, in Downtown L.A. It's taken me months to get this appointment.

This morning the office manager called me to inquire about my Service Dog. I don't have to do this but after many years, I have found that the "heads-up" is a welcomed thing and adds to my "comfort zone!"

He said, "[I]because of the sensitivities to allergies in this particular medical field, would I be so kind to have Brenda "freshly groomed". He asked in such a gentle and kind manner, I couldn't resist. I said, "of course!"

It totally was NOT something that was on my calendar, I'm in the middle of a huge campaign event and, I have our CCI Workshop this weekend.........I'm inundated with work so that I can clear my calendar to take the drive to Santa Rosa right after my doctor's appt. tomorrow [the drive will take me at least 6 hours.]

Brenda loves going to the groomers, for her, it's a day at the "spa!" For me, it's a shlep!!!!! I'm glad she'll be happy about it. She did not need this appoinment, she was just groomed 5 weeks ago. I'm going to be a very accommodating new patient. But, in the future, after they meet Brenny, I will let them know that it is not necessary because she's groomed daily by me.

I just had to share this with you! Thanks, again, for listening. ;)

Unless they ask you for proof of the grooming, how are they going to know you had her groomed? If I were you I would just give her a good brushing. If they DO ask for proof, then you have to decide what you want to do. Just my two cents.

wizard-of-roz
October 21st, 2010, 03:27 PM
Unless they ask you for proof of the grooming, how are they going to know you had her groomed? If I were you I would just give her a good brushing. If they DO ask for proof, then you have to decide what you want to do. Just my two cents.

I guess someone will get down on all fours and start smelling my Brenny!!!! I'll take pictures for you! :eek:

Your "two cents" are always welcomed. ;)

My guess is that someone, with a Service Dog, who went before me, had a dog that was NOT so well groomed and who's vest was also dirty and tattered. Because he did mention to me that her "clothing" should be clean, as well!

All it takes is someone with an SD to go out in public with a "scruffy" looking dog, with a dirty and unkept vest on to ruin it for the rest of us!!!! :mad:

I think that's what happened and, they're just being cautious.

S.S. Cruisers
October 21st, 2010, 07:46 PM
I guess someone will get down on all fours and start smelling my Brenny!!!! I'll take pictures for you! :eek:

This I gotta see! Poor Brenny, she will feel so violated. Wait until they see her velvet fur and they will feel silly telling that girl to groom up!

wizard-of-roz
October 21st, 2010, 07:55 PM
This I gotta see! Poor Brenny, she will feel so violated. Wait until they see her velvet fur and they will feel silly telling that girl to groom up!

You think that's bad, when I went to pick her up at the groomers another dog would NOT leave her alone and actually tried to keep her from leaving when she was done......Yeh! Like that was gonna happen!

What a sight.....this little "squirt" of a dog had a real "thing" for Miss. Brenny and kept blocking her until she actually growled at him, as if to say, "you either move or I'm going to have to eat you!"

It takes a lot to bring her to that point but she had had enough!!!!!! I love my girl.....she aint gonna take any !@#$ (!@#$) from anybody!

rangeley
October 22nd, 2010, 08:29 AM
Roz, I have never heard of someone asking for the dog to be groomed before before going to a doctors appt. I would have asked if the office was going to pay for it! The only time we give a heads up is when we make reservations for dinner and we want a table out of the way. As far as the dog at the groomers, I'm glad our Brenny showed him whos boss.

We had our CCI party last weekend. John took the camera to school so I haven't gotten the few pics we took on the computer yet. I think we should have had the party the day before, cuz it was dead at this place. It didn't help that the Patriots were playing that day either. Besides all of us, we only had 2 other people come in for baths. They had an yoglund (frozen yogurt for dogs) ice cream sundae bar set up with all kinds of goodies to put on it, a people and dog cake, and 4 gift baskets to raffle off. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the fresh air. I'm not sure but we probably made about 500.00, unfortunately most of it came from all of us. The owner of the pet store was just awesome! She got donations from all the businesses for the "people" basket which included, manicure, pedicure, massage, dinner gift certificate, just to name a few things in that basket. As well as donating a doggie, kitty, and an obedience basket from her own shop. We didn't win of course! But it was fun, they had bobbing for cookies, find the hotdogs and some other fun activities for the dogs to do. Of course the dogs just ate all day! :eek:

Tomorrow our final payment is due! WooooooooHoooooooooo It just makes the cruise closer and closer. Not as close as Roz but we'll take it. Everything is all set, except for the health cert which we will get the week before we leave. My son and his father are having a battle right now so he is counting the days! I'm so glad we are taking him, he really needs to get away from things. The kids are just crazy this year, so John is ready for the trip too. Me... I'm always ready. Although all these guys have to do is go. I have to do all the packing!!:eek:

Cindy

sunshine426
October 22nd, 2010, 06:04 PM
I want to be on a cruise. It has been less than one year, but i am needing some deep blue sea and some quiet time with Mr Sunshine! As it is our lives are busy with doggies in training, itchy dogs of our own and WORK.

rangeley
October 22nd, 2010, 07:04 PM
Sunshine I know how you feel. We take our one cruise a year and boy do we look forward to it!!! By Xmas the kids are crazy and John needs a break. And with my son going this year, it makes it so much easier for me. Roz will be going soon and we can talk about her all week!;)

Quampapetet
October 23rd, 2010, 01:22 AM
He said, "because of the sensitivities to allergies in this particular medical field, would I be so kind to have Brenda "freshly groomed". He asked in such a gentle and kind manner, I couldn't resist. I said, "of course!"

Is this an allergy clinic? Otherwise, what did he mean by "allergies in this particular field"? If it is an allergy clinic, by all means, tell them ahead of time about your SD and request the last app't of the day so they can be sure the room is cleaned thoroughly before any other patients (who may have severe allergies to dog) enter it. Otherwise, you shouldn't tell them and you are lucky they aren't saying you can't bring her, which happens often to ppl who call ahead.

You can just brush her; "freshly groomed" doesn't mean you have to take her to a professional groomer. They just want to be sure you brush her just before you leave for your app't so that as little dog furas possible is left behind in their office. Same for her gear, which you later said they mentioned, since some types of gear (like service dog vests and fleece padding on harnesses) collect fur like it is its job. The amount of fur (and, thusly, dander) on such gear could be enough to set off allergies even with the dog freshly brushed.

Quampapetet
October 23rd, 2010, 01:34 AM
The only time we give a heads up is when we make reservations for dinner and we want a table out of the way.

You could always just request a table out of the way without telling them why - or, what works better sometimes, ask for a table for one more human than you have (i.e. have a party of two? Ask for a table for three [which, in most places, would be a table for four]) so that your dog has enough space under the table without being on your feet. My dog is used to crowded tables, even if we sit in the center area of them, so I don't ask for this. LOL, one time at a group trip we had dinner as one of the first meet-ups. I was in the centerish area of a long table and after the dinner, when we got up to leave, the guy who was sitting right next to me the whole time was like, "Whoa! Where'd the dog come from?!" "She was under there the whole time." "Seriously?! :eek:" It was so funny, especially since I could've sworn he'd seen the dog when we were in the waiting area and then again when we all went to sit down to eat! :p

Besides all of us, we only had 2 other people come in for baths.

Sorry to hear it wasn't a very well-attended party. :(

They had an yoglund (frozen yogurt for dogs) ice cream sundae bar set up with all kinds of goodies to put on it

My dog loves Yoghund! I highly recommend it. It is all-natural and organic. She loves both kinds (I think they are a peanut butter kind and an apple & cheddar kind). In fact, I still have one in the freezer I need to give her one of these days even though summer has gone, though she really would be perfectly fine to eat it in the middle of a blizzard, LOL! :D

Tomorrow our final payment is due! WooooooooHoooooooooo It just makes the cruise closer and closer.

Yippie!!

rangeley
October 23rd, 2010, 07:35 AM
Quam, We bought that yoglund for Wex and Bailee and they both threw it up. We never bought it again.

rangeley
October 23rd, 2010, 03:31 PM
Here's a pic or two from the CCI birthday party. The crossed paws is always my favorite. :D

sunshine426
October 23rd, 2010, 09:57 PM
He is such a handsome dog!

Quampapetet
October 25th, 2010, 01:30 AM
Quam, We bought that yoglund for Wex and Bailee and they both threw it up. We never bought it again.

Sorry to hear that. Not all dogs can take a change of foods, plus some dogs are allergic to dairy (can't recall if there is dairy in those or not). Also, some dogs can't do cold/frozen foods. My dog has canned food from the fridge every other day (except the few times a month I use half-sized cans, which I buy for when we travel), so her stomach is used to cold foods. She also will chew on ice cubes sometimes if they fall on the floor from the fridge's ice dispenser. Wolfing food down can cause stomach upsets, too, but thankfully she hasn't had that even though she eats so ridiculously fast I wonder if she even tastes what she's eating. :rolleyes:

I've gotten them for my dog plenty of times over the last several years and she loves them. But I don't buy them too much, of course. (Don't worry, she is PLENTY spoiled in other ways!!! ;))

Quampapetet
October 25th, 2010, 01:31 AM
Here's a pic or two from the CCI birthday party. The crossed paws is always my favorite. :D

That cake looks great!! I love that it is bone-shaped. :)

S.S. Cruisers
October 26th, 2010, 12:11 PM
Mornin' all:
Cindy: I'm not even gonna say what it looks like Wexy is thinking in the first photo with the hat on! Priceless. The cake is way too cute, but not as cute as Sexy Wexy. What a handsome boy!

Hope everyone has a great day. We have winds, ugh.....

wizard-of-roz
October 26th, 2010, 05:34 PM
Roz, I have never heard of someone asking for the dog to be groomed before before going to a doctors appt. I would have asked if the office was going to pay for it! The only time we give a heads up is when we make reservations for dinner and we want a table out of the way. As far as the dog at the groomers, I'm glad our Brenny showed him whos boss.

We had our CCI party last weekend. John took the camera to school so I haven't gotten the few pics we took on the computer yet. I think we should have had the party the day before, cuz it was dead at this place. It didn't help that the Patriots were playing that day either. Besides all of us, we only had 2 other people come in for baths. They had an yoglund (frozen yogurt for dogs) ice cream sundae bar set up with all kinds of goodies to put on it, a people and dog cake, and 4 gift baskets to raffle off. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the fresh air. I'm not sure but we probably made about 500.00, unfortunately most of it came from all of us. The owner of the pet store was just awesome! She got donations from all the businesses for the "people" basket which included, manicure, pedicure, massage, dinner gift certificate, just to name a few things in that basket. As well as donating a doggie, kitty, and an obedience basket from her own shop. We didn't win of course! But it was fun, they had bobbing for cookies, find the hotdogs and some other fun activities for the dogs to do. Of course the dogs just ate all day! :eek:

Tomorrow our final payment is due! WooooooooHoooooooooo It just makes the cruise closer and closer. Not as close as Roz but we'll take it. Everything is all set, except for the health cert which we will get the week before we leave. My son and his father are having a battle right now so he is counting the days! I'm so glad we are taking him, he really needs to get away from things. The kids are just crazy this year, so John is ready for the trip too. Me... I'm always ready. Although all these guys have to do is go. I have to do all the packing!!:eek:

Cindy

The doctor's office insisted she be bathed and, she could NOT wear her gear. I don't care....she loves the groomer and that just meant she'd be that much fresher for CCI!

The party sounded like so much fun for the dogs. You don't need a huge crowd to have fun, although it would have made the donations better! You guys did amazing for the amount you had!

I'm so ready for the cruise.....I'm gonna start packing now!

Morey would NEVER let me pack his clothes. He's getting weirder and wierder about that, as he's getting older!!!!

wizard-of-roz
October 26th, 2010, 05:43 PM
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Is this an allergy clinic? Otherwise, what did he mean by "allergies in this particular field"? If it is an allergy clinic, by all means, tell them ahead of time about your SD and request the last app't of the day so they can be sure the room is cleaned thoroughly before any other patients (who may have severe allergies to dog) enter it. Otherwise, you shouldn't tell them and you are lucky they aren't saying you can't bring her, which happens often to ppl who call ahead.

You can just brush her; "freshly groomed" doesn't mean you have to take her to a professional groomer. They just want to be sure you brush her just before you leave for your app't so that as little dog furas possible is left behind in their office. Same for her gear, which you later said they mentioned, since some types of gear (like service dog vests and fleece padding on harnesses) collect fur like it is its job. The amount of fur (and, thusly, dander) on such gear could be enough to set off allergies even with the dog freshly brushed.

Yes, it is an Allergy Clinic and Yes they did request that Brenda NOT be wearing any gear.

Amazing, but I totally get why they were concerned; there are folks who have deadly allergies and, the fact that a woman came out and cleaned up Brenda's spot where she was laying [right after she got up], was something to see. She sprayed the floor...she sprayed the towel and she got down on her hands and knees to clean. [I should have asked her if she was for hire!] :p

I have to respect their methods of protecting all their patients.

wizard-of-roz
October 26th, 2010, 05:46 PM
Tomorrow our final payment is due! WooooooooHoooooooooo It just makes the cruise closer and closer. Not as close as Roz but we'll take it. Everything is all set, except for the health cert which we will get the week before we leave. My son and his father are having a battle right now so he is counting the days! I'm so glad we are taking him, he really needs to get away from things. The kids are just crazy this year, so John is ready for the trip too. Me... I'm always ready. Although all these guys have to do is go. I have to do all the packing!!:eek:

Cindy

Pretty soon, you'll be doing the "Doc Dance" love that!

wizard-of-roz
October 26th, 2010, 05:48 PM
Here's a pic or two from the CCI birthday party. The crossed paws is always my favorite. :D

I love, love, love those pictures.......You never told us that Wex cross's his legs. I love watching dogs that do that. They're so cute. We saw a dog at CCI who would bend her front legs in order to lay down. It was so funny to watch. :)

wizard-of-roz
October 26th, 2010, 05:53 PM
Sunshine I know how you feel. We take our one cruise a year and boy do we look forward to it!!! By Xmas the kids are crazy and John needs a break. And with my son going this year, it makes it so much easier for me. Roz will be going soon and we can talk about her all week!;)

You guys, I can't wait to get on the ship.........I'm going to sit and "stare" at the waves and the horizon and, "play dead!" I am so in need of a cruise ship.........I totally understand the want and the need for this kind of vacation........."Princess, take me away!!!!!!!!!!!"

And, "I don't think so!" There will be NO talking without me involved!!!!! ;)

wizard-of-roz
October 26th, 2010, 06:14 PM
Well, we did the CCI Workshop.......it rained from Friday night to Sunday night........I'm not talking "rain", I'm talking POURING DOWN, ANGRY LOOKING and FEELING, HUGE DROPS FROM THE SKY RAIN!!!

It was worth the "frizzy" hair but the dogs were so restless because they couldn't go outside and run on the fabulous grassy areas together and get some of that energy worked-out! It made for some very interesting moments in the different workshop areas.

They have a cat who's been trained to jump-up and press on the "door-plates" to open the doors. And, who will jump-up and switch on a light. It's incredible.....but, she only works when she wants to work! Her name is "ADA" [get it...American's With Disab. Act], so clever!!!

I'm so glad we went.....we learned about CPR, emergency medical care and the signs and symptoms of the senior vs. the younger dog in any given medical situation. How to carry a big dog and the appropriate burial's for "that" time. It was worthwhile.

We also met some great folks and saw some old friends. One gal from one of our classes [not mine], who graduated at the same time, told me about the deaths of 4 out of the 6 dogs who were in her class. Three of the dogs died, suddenly, from leukemia and one from a rare blood disorder. Very, very sad. Three of the graduates were there with their successor dogs, the fourth person was so distraught over the death of her dog that she doesn't want to replace it! A tough situation, to say the least.

I'm always glad I go to these Workshops.....I learn a lot and, it's ALWAYS an amazing sight to see so many "Miracle Workers", all in the same place. The turn-out was huge!!!!!!!

sunshine426
October 26th, 2010, 08:01 PM
So now that I have emptied a box of tissues..... I know, dogs don't live as long as we do, they slow down...but still it is so hard.

With that said, one young dog (6 months) is IN THE HOUSE!!! and she is on the sofa and on our legs and on....OK, Cooler is now a teenager, but still wonderful. I picked her up last week and she was jumpy and mouthy and mouthy. I asked her trainer when that started and she said last week with the rain... Luckily, all it took was a bath, some kisses a few ball throws and an outing to walmart and she settled down. Know, she is in the house, but since it is almost 8 she is in her sleep mode, please don't make me wake up mom. I love it as I am sitting on the floor and she is snuggled next to m

wizard-of-roz
October 27th, 2010, 01:30 PM
So now that I have emptied a box of tissues..... I know, dogs don't live as long as we do, they slow down...but still it is so hard.

With that said, one young dog (6 months) is IN THE HOUSE!!! and she is on the sofa and on our legs and on....OK, Cooler is now a teenager, but still wonderful. I picked her up last week and she was jumpy and mouthy and mouthy. I asked her trainer when that started and she said last week with the rain... Luckily, all it took was a bath, some kisses a few ball throws and an outing to walmart and she settled down. Know, she is in the house, but since it is almost 8 she is in her sleep mode, please don't make me wake up mom. I love it as I am sitting on the floor and she is snuggled next to m

You should have seen the room, [which was filled to the brim with ALL of the Workshop attendee's], when they started the discussion of "death", the entire room got so heavy and silent. The Director walked-in, just at that moment and said, "what's going on in here, you guys are so quiet?" It was the most pregnant pause you could ever imagine!

I think, we folks who work or use these wonderful dogs, have "ultra, ultra" sensitivities to the loss of them. It's because we spend every waking and sleeping moment with them. We're [at least this is true for me] NEVER separated from them. Brenda is my second skin!!!!!!

And, trust me, I do know that even for our pets who remain at home, this is a devasting loss. Morey still talks about his beloved ****zu [Mai-Tai], they were inseparable......he adored him [they adored each other]. He didn't want to go anywhere without him. I totally got it! And, we did very little traveling because he couldn't bare to "kennel" him! And, I sat in "mourning" when my beloved pet died, as a young adult. My mother had to pry me out of bed!

Sunshine, what fun.....a 6 month old pup. That'll keep you young and exhausted!!!! ;)

rangeley
October 27th, 2010, 02:19 PM
I think of Bailee all the time. Her leash is in the back floor of my car and her picture (the last one taken of her) is on my visor. My 2 hour ride back and forth to Johns gives me alot of alone time to think, mostly of her. I do alot of crying in that car! Tomorrow will be 5 months shes been gone. I am still having a hard time dealing with it. I know it will get better and I hoped it would be alot better by now, but I just can't seem to get her out of my mind. OK enough of that crap!

I have to agree with all of you that Wex is the handsomest (a word?) dog around. Friday he will be in his pumpkin costume for school. I will have pics to share. I have never been one for dressing up animals, but Wex actually loves it!! We have his tux thing that his puppy raisers made him (I'm sure I posted a pic) and he goes over and sniffs it, then turns his head and looks at me like "Can I put that on?). What a wierdo!!

Roz only has like a month to go for her cruise, I'm soooooo jealous!!!! I do all the packing then he asks me "did you bring this and this" drives me nuts!! I have a list and I check things off as I go along. There are so many things that a handicapped person needs, between shower chairs and medical stuff, thats why we have so much luggage.:eek:

Today it's 75 degrees here and warmer tomorrow, what strange weather. On Friday it's going back down to the 50's. No wonder so many people are sick! I'm glad I had my flu shot!!:)

Cindy

wizard-of-roz
October 27th, 2010, 02:32 PM
I think of Bailee all the time. Her leash is in the back floor of my car and her picture (the last one taken of her) is on my visor. My 2 hour ride back and forth to Johns gives me alot of alone time to think, mostly of her. I do alot of crying in that car! Tomorrow will be 5 months shes been gone. I am still having a hard time dealing with it. I know it will get better and I hoped it would be alot better by now, but I just can't seem to get her out of my mind. OK enough of that crap!

I have to agree with all of you that Wex is the handsomest (a word?) dog around. Friday he will be in his pumpkin costume for school. I will have pics to share. I have never been one for dressing up animals, but Wex actually loves it!! We have his tux thing that his puppy raisers made him (I'm sure I posted a pic) and he goes over and sniffs it, then turns his head and looks at me like "Can I put that on?). What a wierdo!!

Roz only has like a month to go for her cruise, I'm soooooo jealous!!!! I do all the packing then he asks me "did you bring this and this" drives me nuts!! I have a list and I check things off as I go along. There are so many things that a handicapped person needs, between shower chairs and medical stuff, thats why we have so much luggage.:eek:

Today it's 75 degrees here and warmer tomorrow, what strange weather. On Friday it's going back down to the 50's. No wonder so many people are sick! I'm glad I had my flu shot!!:)

Cindy

Cindy, I'm sitting here with the biggest tears in my eyes [I can hardly see the monitor], for you and for Bailee........I'm sorry for your loss of your sweet girl, you loved her so. I didn't touch her but, she sure touched me!!!!!!........Isn't it amazing how the car can be the cheapest and best therapist!!!!!!!! I use it all the time!

I love that Wex loves to dress-up. When I put a pretty, party collar on Brenny, she looks right into my eyes.....as, if to say, "thanks mom!"

Have a fun Halloween with him!

Quampapetet
October 28th, 2010, 03:18 AM
Yes, it is an Allergy Clinic and Yes they did request that Brenda NOT be wearing any gear.

Amazing, but I totally get why they were concerned; there are folks who have deadly allergies and, the fact that a woman came out and cleaned up Brenda's spot where she was laying [right after she got up], was something to see. She sprayed the floor...she sprayed the towel and she got down on her hands and knees to clean. [I should have asked her if she was for hire!] :p

I have to respect their methods of protecting all their patients.

Then that is okay. Although not legal for them to require such things, it is the right thing for a service dog owner to follow through on any reasonable requests (i.e. if your dog was a guide or mobility dog and they said not to put her harness on, that is not a reasonable request because it would affect your safety as well as the effectiveness and purpose of the service dog and its job - but it would be reasonable for you to take off a vest, since its only purpose is identification and it does nothing to keep you safe or allow your dog to work).

And, yes, you definitely should have asked the cleaning woman if she was for hire!!! :p

Quampapetet
October 28th, 2010, 03:23 AM
Roz, was this the seminar you were to speak at about cruising? If so, how did it go?

wizard-of-roz
October 28th, 2010, 01:00 PM
Roz, was this the seminar you were to speak at about cruising? If so, how did it go?

Quam, it went very well. That said, I don't think they truly believed that Brenda will be on her 14th cruise in November - that is until, I brought out the professional pictures of her [when we go on our cruises and they're taking those various shots, all over the ship, of people in their formal attire] I always insist that a picture be taken of Brenda. She's wearing a party collar and looking so pretty.

The room just broke-out into applause, certainly not for me, but for Miss Brenny and her wonderful traveling accomplishments.

I encouraged them to go and to not be intimidated by Travel Agents or any cruiseline that discourages you from bringing your Service Dog.

One of the Trainers suggested that the dog ALWAYS be left in the cabin while you go ashore and, I totally disagreed with her. And, explained how that can be done. And, that you simply have to use your good judgement in the country you're visiting.

All-in-all I think a few more people were encouraged to venture out more with their dogs.

rangeley
October 28th, 2010, 02:45 PM
Ugh I just wrote this whole message and must have hit the wrong button and it's gone!!!:(

wizard-of-roz
October 28th, 2010, 03:15 PM
Ugh I just wrote this whole message and must have hit the wrong button and it's gone!!!:(

I've done that.....you know how wordy I am! :o Well, once I wrote this whole long message and then "hit" the wrong button and "poof" it was gone........NOT FUNNY!!!!! :rolleyes:

Quampapetet
October 28th, 2010, 06:29 PM
Quam, it went very well. That said, I don't think they truly believed that Brenda will be on her 14th cruise in November - that is until, I brought out the professional pictures of her [when we go on our cruises and they're taking those various shots, all over the ship, of people in their formal attire] I always insist that a picture be taken of Brenda. She's wearing a party collar and looking so pretty.

The room just broke-out into applause, certainly not for me, but for Miss Brenny and her wonderful traveling accomplishments.

I encouraged them to go and to not be intimidated by Travel Agents or any cruiseline that discourages you from bringing your Service Dog.

One of the Trainers suggested that the dog ALWAYS be left in the cabin while you go ashore and, I totally disagreed with her. And, explained how that can be done. And, that you simply have to use your good judgement in the country you're visiting.

All-in-all I think a few more people were encouraged to venture out more with their dogs.

I'm glad it went well for ya!

Strange that one of the trainer suggested to always leave the dog on the ship when you go ashore. What would be the point of taking the dog then?! Not to mention leaving the dog alone is not a good idea and may not be allowed by the cruiseline. Not to mention taking the dog ashore isn't an issue (unless you haven't done the proper requirements for entering the countries).

Quampapetet
October 28th, 2010, 06:30 PM
Ugh I just wrote this whole message and must have hit the wrong button and it's gone!!!:(

I hate that!!!!! :mad:

Quampapetet
October 28th, 2010, 06:33 PM
So, that dog luggage tag I ordered from JeffersPet came in the mail today ... and it is SOOOO cute!!!!! :D I definitely recommend them! I think I'm gonna have to order more so my luggage tags will all match or, if I order a different dog style, go together (even though the ones that came with my two matching suitcases are nice and go with the suitcase pattern - maybe I can put the dog ones on the side handles).... ;)

wizard-of-roz
October 28th, 2010, 06:50 PM
I'm glad it went well for ya!

Strange that one of the trainer suggested to always leave the dog on the ship when you go ashore. What would be the point of taking the dog then?! Not to mention leaving the dog alone is not a good idea and may not be allowed by the cruiseline. Not to mention taking the dog ashore isn't an issue (unless you haven't done the proper requirements for entering the countries).


I agree! If I can't take Brenny, I don't go! How's that for "togetherness!" :)

wizard-of-roz
October 28th, 2010, 06:53 PM
So, that dog luggage tag I ordered from JeffersPet came in the mail today ... and it is SOOOO cute!!!!! :D I definitely recommend them! I think I'm gonna have to order more so my luggage tags will all match or, if I order a different dog style, go together (even though the ones that came with my two matching suitcases are nice and go with the suitcase pattern - maybe I can put the dog ones on the side handles).... ;)

I'm always willing to buy "anything" that's useful, cute and has something to do with dogs. I'm going to look at them again. It's always good to have someone else get them and be the guiena pig! ;)

rangeley
October 29th, 2010, 10:26 AM
Well Wex looked so cute this morning. I took lots of pics but John took the camera to school so I don't have any to post yet. Probably tonight or over the weekend.

Cindy

S.S. Cruisers
October 29th, 2010, 11:39 AM
Mornin' all:
Cindy: Can't wait to see that sexy Wexy in a punkin' suit!

wizard-of-roz
October 29th, 2010, 12:43 PM
Well Wex looked so cute this morning. I took lots of pics but John took the camera to school so I don't have any to post yet. Probably tonight or over the weekend.

Cindy

He's such a "show-off"! Aren't they funny! I think some dogs really love the dressing-up thing! I know, I love seeing it!!!!!

I think I told you guys about Brenda hating anything on her head or muzzle. She was the only dog in training that would NOT wear the gentle leader. Even to this day, if I put something on her head she goes nuts!

But, she will wear pretty collars and believe me, I have many!

rangeley
October 29th, 2010, 02:53 PM
Roz, Neither Bailee or Rangeley would wear clothes. We could put a bowtie on Rangeley but thats it. He even hated his jacket. When we would go out and put it on him, he would act like he was frozen. Now Wex is a different story. He is alittle flamboyant! Any clothes at any time for him.

Cindy

wizard-of-roz
October 29th, 2010, 03:05 PM
Roz, Neither Bailee or Rangeley would wear clothes. We could put a bowtie on Rangeley but thats it. He even hated his jacket. When we would go out and put it on him, he would act like he was frozen. Now Wex is a different story. He is alittle flamboyant! Any clothes at any time for him.

Cindy

I'm sitting here laughing........I love "flamboyant" men. And now we have 'flamboyant" dogs.....How cool is this! I hope my successor dog [when Brenny has had enough of me] is just like Wex!

DisneyKidsDad
October 29th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Orson will wear hats, clothes, glasses, doesn't matter. He just sits there and looks at you like "will ya take the picture already?"

wizard-of-roz
October 29th, 2010, 04:09 PM
Orson will wear hats, clothes, glasses, doesn't matter. He just sits there and looks at you like "will ya take the picture already?"

I love that "deer in the highlights" look that most dogs give......not Brenny..she's rubbing her head on the ground or wall, using her paws any way she can to get whatever it is off her head!!!!! Not a good sport when it comes to dressing-up!

rangeley
October 29th, 2010, 07:11 PM
Well the pics didn't come out to good, but I will post a few anyway.

Cindy

Rolls Royce Lover
October 30th, 2010, 01:51 AM
Well the pics didn't come out to good, but I will post a few anyway.

Cindy

They came out great! What a cute boy, I love the look on his face! Did you buy the outfit on line? Brenny would wear that!

Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures with us.

rangeley
October 30th, 2010, 07:48 AM
Roz, I got it at Petsmart for $3.97. What a deal! ;) He wore it all day and I think was sad when I took it off. The kids loved it! I always try to look for something that is comfortable and he can wear for an extended period of time.

DKD, That Orson is something else, I bet he looks adorable dressed up with his big smile!!

Cindy

sunshine426
October 30th, 2010, 08:59 AM
I love the pictures. Sooooo cute.

Rolls Royce Lover
October 30th, 2010, 03:18 PM
Roz, I got it at Petsmart for $3.97. What a deal! ;) He wore it all day and I think was sad when I took it off. The kids loved it! I always try to look for something that is comfortable and he can wear for an extended period of time.

DKD, That Orson is something else, I bet he looks adorable dressed up with his big smile!!

Cindy

Wow! Great deal! I'll have to check out my local PetSmart and see if they have anything for my girl.

Have a fun weekend, everyone! :)

talako
November 1st, 2010, 09:27 PM
Hi Roz,
My name is Frank and I too will be sailing on the Sapphire...just a couple weeks after you though with my service dog. I have received authorization from the Princess Access Office so that's one big hurdle down. My question is regarding the Health Certificate. 1) Is that all you have needed for Mexico? 2) Do you ever have any problems getting off in ports? He (Rocco) has finished training and has been everywhere, however this will be his first cruise with us. Thanks for all the advise you have shown on here.

Frank

wizard-of-roz
November 2nd, 2010, 04:02 PM
Hi Roz,
My name is Frank and I too will be sailing on the Sapphire...just a couple weeks after you though with my service dog. I have received authorization from the Princess Access Office so that's one big hurdle down. My question is regarding the Health Certificate. 1) Is that all you have needed for Mexico? 2) Do you ever have any problems getting off in ports? He (Rocco) has finished training and has been everywhere, however this will be his first cruise with us. Thanks for all the advise you have shown on here.

Frank

Hi Frank, welcome and welcome "Bracco".

The Intl. Health Cert. from the Dept. of Food and Agriculture is very important because it asks your vet to inform them of your dogs vaccinations and useage of HeartGuard. It also asks for the condition of your dog - of which my Vet always attach's the following:
1. Declaration of Rabies Vaccination Certificate and a:
2. Animal Health Statement - this Statement is signed by your Vet and certifies that he has examined your dog and finds it clinically free of infectious, contagious or communicable diseases. This form goes a long way with all the TSA and the Immigration officials.

Bring your city dog license and any training certificates that you may have received from the organization that trained him. This is not necessary but it sure comes in handy. [I'm so glad that CCI provides this for us.]

Be very careful in Mexico [they don't have leash laws] and, there are strays everywhere. Stay with the group you're traveling with, do not venture out on your own. Be careful of the beaches and sand fleas. Do NOT take your dog to any farms or near livestock or horses.

You may be asked [after your cruise] if you visited any livestock or farms [by Immigration] while you were in Mexico and your debarkation will turn into a nightmare. We were once delayed by hours so that a very young and ambitious Immigration Officer could check all of Brenda's fur/paws/ears, etc.etc. This only happened once and now I know better about what to say if the question is asked.

I promise to save some ship for you. You will love how they treat you and your furry partner.

Don't forget to mention using the stairwell for his pottybox, it's so convenient and out of the elements and away from the crowds. However, if your in a wheelchair this will not work easily, the door is extremely heavy and there is a lip that has to be stepped over. If you have a veranda they can place the box there or on a deck.

Most importantly, have fun!

wizard-of-roz
November 2nd, 2010, 04:21 PM
Hi Roz,
My name is Frank and I too will be sailing on the Sapphire...just a couple weeks after you though with my service dog. I have received authorization from the Princess Access Office so that's one big hurdle down. My question is regarding the Health Certificate. 1) Is that all you have needed for Mexico? 2) Do you ever have any problems getting off in ports? He (Rocco) has finished training and has been everywhere, however this will be his first cruise with us. Thanks for all the advise you have shown on here.

Frank

Hi Frank, welcome and welcome "Bracco".

The Intl. Health Cert. from the Dept. of Food and Agriculture is very important because it asks your vet to inform them of your dogs vaccinations and useage of HeartGuard. It also asks for the condition of your dog - of which my Vet always attach's the following:
1. Declaration of Rabies Vaccination Certificate and a:
2. Animal Health Statement - this Statement is signed by your Vet and certifies that he has examined your dog and finds it clinically free of infectious, contagious or communicable diseases. This form goes a long way with all the TSA and the Immigration officials.

Bring your city dog license and any training certificates that you may have received from the organization that trained him. This is not necessary but it sure comes in handy. [I'm so glad that CCI provides this for us.]

Be very careful in Mexico [they don't have leash laws] and, there are strays everywhere. Stay with the group you're traveling with, do not venture out on your own. Be careful of the beaches and sand fleas. Do NOT take your dog to any farms or near livestock or horses.

You may be asked [after your cruise] if you visited any livestock or farms [by Immigration] while you were in Mexico and your debarkation will turn into a nightmare. We were once delayed by hours so that a very young and ambitious Immigration Officer could check all of Brenda's fur/paws/ears, etc.etc. This only happened once and now I know better about what to say if the question is asked.

I promise to save some ship for you. You will love how they treat you and your furry partner.

Don't forget to mention using the stairwell for his pottybox, it's so convenient and out of the elements and away from the crowds. However, if your in a wheelchair this will not work easily, the door is extremely heavy and there is a lip that has to be stepped over. If you have a veranda they can place the box there or on a deck.

Most importantly, have fun!

talako
November 2nd, 2010, 07:32 PM
Thanks Roz! One question regarding the stairwell. I have seen on Holland America they place the potty box under the stairs on the boat deck (Deck 7 for Princess) but I am gathering thats not what you are describing. I am not in a wheel chair so thats not a problem. Where would the stairwell be? and what do they provide for you? Just the box or the box and shavings/newspaper?

I know these questions sound stupid but as much cruising as I have done, this is new territory when you have a dog with you :-)

Thanks for your patience!

Frank

wizard-of-roz
November 2nd, 2010, 08:03 PM
Thanks Roz! One question regarding the stairwell. I have seen on Holland America they place the potty box under the stairs on the boat deck (Deck 7 for Princess) but I am gathering thats not what you are describing. I am not in a wheel chair so thats not a problem. Where would the stairwell be? and what do they provide for you? Just the box or the box and shavings/newspaper?

I know these questions sound stupid but as much cruising as I have done, this is new territory when you have a dog with you :-)

Thanks for your patience!

Frank

Frank, absolutely no need to apologize at all. Cruising with a Service Dog changes everything about the cruise.....to the better!!!! Some of the crew have not seen their pets for a very long time and the sight of a dog onboard is a treat for some....then there's the folks who are deathly afraid of dogs, so be mindful and prepared for them!

You'll get so many questions from folks who have never been with a Service Dog, let alone onboard a cruiseship with one!!!! Be ready for; "how'd you get that dog onboard?" I always answer, "in my hanging bag!"

The "stairwell" is located in the aft [back] of the ship. If your cabin is near the back it's perfect and there's one on every deck. The stairwell is only used by the crew and for absolute emergencies. They place a 4x5 box [usually made of thick cardboard, filled with shavings] - [this is Princess's way of doing it] - at the very corner of the stairwell.....after you've taken your dog there once, he will totally "get-it" and all you have to do is open the door, say the command and your dog will go to the box.

I always bring my own bags to pick-up the litter and I leave the bag beside the box or drop it into a wastebasket [if provided]. The crew will discard the waste. They usually leave the extra bag of shavings near the box so I just keep emptying the shavings into the box to keep it as fresh as can be. If you don't see the bag, ask for it so you can fill the box more than what they usually do [they kind of skimp on filling it] and Brenda will slip around on the stuff to grab her footing, while urinating. The more stuff in the box, the better!!!!!

They'll have me before you and I'll lay the ground work for you!

talako
November 2nd, 2010, 08:21 PM
Frank, absolutely no need to apologize at all. Cruising with a Service Dog changes everything about the cruise.....to the better!!!! Some of the crew have not seen their pets for a very long time and the sight of a dog onboard is a treat for some....then there's the folks who are deathly afraid of dogs, so be mindful and prepared for them!

You'll get so many questions from folks who have never been with a Service Dog, let alone onboard a cruiseship with one!!!! Be ready for; "how'd you get that dog onboard?" I always answer, "in my hanging bag!"

The "stairwell" is located in the aft [back] of the ship. If your cabin is near the back it's perfect and there's one on every deck. The stairwell is only used by the crew and for absolute emergencies. They place a 4x5 box [usually made of thick cardboard, filled with shavings] - [this is Princess's way of doing it] - at the very corner of the stairwell.....after you've taken your dog there once, he will totally "get-it" and all you have to do is open the door, say the command and your dog will go to the box.

I always bring my own bags to pick-up the litter and I leave the bag beside the box or drop it into a wastebasket [if provided]. The crew will discard the waste. They usually leave the extra bag of shavings near the box so I just keep emptying the shavings into the box to keep it as fresh as can be. If you don't see the bag, ask for it so you can fill the box more than what they usually do [they kind of skimp on filling it] and Brenda will slip around on the stuff to grab her footing, while urinating. The more stuff in the box, the better!!!!!

They'll have me before you and I'll lay the ground work for you!

Oh perfect! That sets my mind at ease. I know EXACTLY where you are talking about now with the stairwells!

Yeah I know what you mean regarding being mindful of others that may not like dogs or even be allergic.

I look forward to cruising with him. We are fortunate that we dont have to fly to San Pedro, as I am only a 6 hour drive away (I am a little over an hour from Vegas) and Rocco just LOVES his car rides :-)

Thanks again for all the advice! You have been wonderful!

Frank

Valentine's Mom
November 2nd, 2010, 09:06 PM
Roz, I'm getting ready to take my first Princess cruise. I think that I asked Ms Muff but frankly I forget. Does Princess have the First Step dog litter. I know everyone hates it but it is what I use for Valentine. We are looking so forward to this Princess cruise. David is going to scuba dive while Valentine and I stay and enjoy the ship. Thanks.

Barbara

Quampapetet
November 3rd, 2010, 01:47 AM
The Intl. Health Cert. from the Dept. of Food and Agriculture is very important because it asks your vet to inform them of your dogs vaccinations and useage of HeartGuard. It also asks for the condition of your dog - of which my Vet always attach's the following:

To clarify, "HeartGuard" is the particular brand of heartworm prevention medication that Roz uses; it is not a requirement to use that brand to get into any country. You can stick with the brand that you have been using (remember to get your dog tested for heartworm before you start it up if you don't give it all year; if you give it all year, get your dog tested once a year or at the most every other year, as there is still a small chance of a dog on prevention getting heartworm). If you don't give the pills all year, you definitely want to do it before you go to a warm climate like Mexico (or the Caribbean).

1. Declaration of Rabies Vaccination Certificate and a:

Even though the health certificate will show the rabies vaccination, it is still a good idea to always bring the rabies certificate with you on every int'l trip. I'm glad I do, as one trip my vet forgot to write on the health certificate that the vaccine was the three-year vaccine and it was over a year since we'd gotten it. Thankfully, the rabies certificate cleared things up and we didn't have to make a call to the vet/have the vet fax paperwork internationally/etc.

2. Animal Health Statement - this Statement is signed by your Vet and certifies that he has examined your dog and finds it clinically free of infectious, contagious or communicable diseases. This form goes a long way with all the TSA and the Immigration officials.

The health certificate already states where the checks boxes and signs, so no separate form/statement is needed.


Bring your city dog license and any training certificates that you may have received from the organization that trained him. This is not necessary but it sure comes in handy. [I'm so glad that CCI provides this for us.]

The city license doesn't matter to anybody but the city (though most places require the dog to be wearing it at all times, so the dog likely will still be wearing it on its collar - no need to take it off for the trip). Training certificates aren't needed for the cruiseline or immigration, but in countries without public access laws for service dogs they might come in handy if somebody is giving you a hard time with access. I have never needed to show my card (which has a scan of the certificate on the back - makes carrying it MUCH easier!) for access in any country.

The certificate DOES allow you to get a USDA endorsement on a health certificate (required by some countries - not Mexico) for free, though, so if you need to do that, make sure you bring your certificate with you to the USDA office (or, if mailing in, send a copy of it with the other papers).


Be very careful in Mexico [they don't have leash laws] and, there are strays everywhere. Stay with the group you're traveling with, do not venture out on your own. Be careful of the beaches and sand fleas. Do NOT take your dog to any farms or near livestock or horses.

Be careful of sand fleas for yourself, too!! I think I got those once and they were NOT fun!! A bunch of us were on the tiniest sandy area pulling the rented kayaks we used up out of the water, so we were only there for a minute or two, but then we all had to RUN to the bathroom to wash our arms down 'cause they were itching sooo bad!! We had red spots all over our arms for over a week! I don't recommend it. :p

I did come across one loose dog/stray in Mexico and it was right outside the cruise terminal - we were literally only several feet from the guy who checks your documents in order to let you in or not. The dog kept trying to follow us/block us, so one of the cab drivers dragged the dog away from us so we could walk to the documents guy and then get inside. We also came across a loose dog in Key West, FL, which was the previous day's port of call on that cruise, so it happens everywhere. Oh - and there were several loose dogs in the "downtown" area of Grand Turk and they were barking at my dog.




Most importantly, have fun!

And remember to come back on here and tell us how it went! :D

wizard-of-roz
November 3rd, 2010, 12:15 PM
Roz, I'm getting ready to take my first Princess cruise. I think that I asked Ms Muff but frankly I forget. Does Princess have the First Step dog litter. I know everyone hates it but it is what I use for Valentine. We are looking so forward to this Princess cruise. David is going to scuba dive while Valentine and I stay and enjoy the ship. Thanks.

Barbara

Hi Barbara, I'm so excited for you.

I hope for Brenda's sake that they're using the wood shavings [I am going to double check with Allison Muff before our cruise.] She and I once battled about this. The shavings are so much more "Lab" friendly. Since Lab's have webbed toes.....stepping on the hard stuff can be a bit painful. And, Brenda does more "potty-refusal's" with it, than anything else.

If Valentine will only use the "First Step" stuff, you may want to bring a bag along to sprinkle on top of the shavings and the same goes for me. I will bring a bag of mulch to sprinkle on top of the "First Step", if they mistakingly use it instead of the shavings.

There's always a way to get around what the various cruiselines may be using for "litter"! I also have a roll of artificial turf that I can lay on top of whatever they may be using. I can either leave it behind or I can take it to the shower the night before [bring along a big trash bag] and put it in there [in case it's not perfectly dry] and bring it home with me to really sanitize.

Since we drive to the pier my options are more doable than if we were flying in.

Again, have a super-wonderful time!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
November 3rd, 2010, 02:44 PM
Frank, I sent you some information about driving to the pier and it went "poof"......so weird. I also noticed that one of my posts posted twice. The boards have been haunted!!!!!

I wanted you to know about bringing "Rocco's" extra stuff in a container [make sure you put a luggage tag and extra signage on it] and dropping it at the pier with your own luggage - since you're driving, which is also my most favorite way to cruise - In all of our cruising, the container has ALWAYS made it to our cabin before the Muster Drill or dinner. I keep Brenda's food and vitamins in my carry-on luggage, along with a collapsible water dish - just in case.

Go to WalMart and purchase a Rubbermaid container, with a lid [about $7.00]. Tape it up. Put your signs on it and, you'll see it later. I put my pillow, fan, extra tennis balls, soda's, bottled water and anything else that will lighten my load in this container.

Since Brenda has a double-coat of fur.....I must brush her every day or she starts looking like a "scruffy Teddy Bear" - she has a very unusual coat for a Pedigreed English Lab - but, I love it. I also make sure that her vest is in good condition and I wipe it down every day, as well! I want to represent Service Dogs and their handlers in a very good light. I want to walk into the Dining Room with a clean and well-groomed dog. [No dirty looks for her or me!!!!] :o;):rolleyes:

I hope some of this helps!

talako
November 3rd, 2010, 02:56 PM
Frank, I sent you some information about driving to the pier and it went "poof"......so weird. I also noticed that one of my posts posted twice. The boards have been haunted!!!!!

I wanted you to know about bringing "Rocco's" extra stuff in a container [make sure you put a luggage tag and extra signage on it] and dropping it at the pier with your own luggage - since you're driving, which is also my most favorite way to cruise - In all of our cruising, the container has ALWAYS made it to our cabin before the Muster Drill or dinner. I keep Brenda's food and vitamins in my carry-on luggage, along with a collapsible water dish - just in case.

Go to WalMart and purchase a Rubbermaid container, with a lid [about $7.00]. Tape it up. Put your signs on it and, you'll see it later. I put my pillow, fan, extra tennis balls, soda's, bottled water and anything else that will lighten my load in this container.

Since Brenda has a double-coat of fur.....I must brush her every day or she starts looking like a "scruffy Teddy Bear" - she has a very unusual coat for a Pedigreed English Lab - but, I love it. I also make sure that her vest is in good condition and I wipe it down every day, as well! I want to represent Service Dogs and their handlers in a very good light. I want to walk into the Dining Room with a clean and well-groomed dog. [No dirty looks for her or me!!!!] :o;):rolleyes:

I hope some of this helps!

Roz,
Thank You so much for the tips! Yes I will do this! It sound like an easier way to get Rocco's things packed and he has a few things (he is a bit of a Diva) LOL!!!! I am fortunate as Rocco sheds very little but he insists on getting brushed every day and loves it.

Thanks to EVERYONE that has posted! Everyone has helped me in many ways. I am looking forward to many more cruises with Rocco.

Frank

wizard-of-roz
November 3rd, 2010, 03:14 PM
Roz,
Thank You so much for the tips! Yes I will do this! It sound like an easier way to get Rocco's things packed and he has a few things (he is a bit of a Diva) LOL!!!! I am fortunate as Rocco sheds very little but he insists on getting brushed every day and loves it.

Thanks to EVERYONE that has posted! Everyone has helped me in many ways. I am looking forward to many more cruises with Rocco.

Frank

Yeh!!!!!! Not only are you "hooked" - soon, our friend "Rocco" will be too!!!! Don't forget to take him on a wonderful walk on the Promenade Deck to smell those fabulous sea breezes and to watch the ocean. Brenda absolutely loves this part of cruising.

On her very first cruise, I was so scared that she might try to jump into the water since she adores the ocean. But, she's so much smarter than me. She "gingerly" stuck her head through the rails and wafted her nose in the air - what a sight to see!!!! :p

Also, and most importantly, Princess will provide you with a "doggie life vest". Brenda has her own - I purchased it from "Outward Hound" - it was well worth it, since we've started cruising with her, thank God, we've NEVER had to use it - but it's certainly kept in a handy place while onboard. I want her to be as safe as me. It also goes into the Rubbermaid container.

talako
November 3rd, 2010, 03:20 PM
Yeh!!!!!! Not only are you "hooked" - soon, our friend "Rocco" will be too!!!! Don't forget to take him on a wonderful walk on the Promenade Deck to smell those fabulous sea breezes and to watch the ocean. Brenda absolutely loves this part of cruising.

On her very first cruise, I was so scared that she might try to jump into the water since she adores the ocean. But, she's so much smarter than me. She "gingerly" stuck her head through the rails and wafted her nose in the air - what a sight to see!!!! :p

Also, and most importantly, Princess will provide you with a "doggie life vest". Brenda has her own - I purchased it from "Outward Hound" - it was well worth it, since we've started cruising with her, thank God, we've NEVER had to use it - but it's certainly kept in a handy place while onboard. I want her to be as safe as me. It also goes into the Rubbermaid container.

Its funny you mention the life vest...I too have been looking around for one for him also but thats good to know that Princess would have one if I am unable to find one. I will look at the "Outward Hound" that you mentioned.

I too am looking forward to seeing Rocco's face and nose go crazy wafting the sea air! :-)

Frank

wizard-of-roz
November 3rd, 2010, 03:24 PM
its funny you mention the life vest...i too have been looking around for one for him also but thats good to know that princess would have one if i am unable to find one. I will look at the "outward hound" that you mentioned.

I too am looking forward to seeing rocco's face and nose go crazy wafting the sea air! :-)

frank

;) :) :d

Valentine's Mom
November 3rd, 2010, 11:46 PM
Roz,

Thanks for the information on the potty box. Since the wood chips won't work for Miss Valention I guess we will bring our own, I was wondering if a health certificate is necessary if we are not leaving the ship, I do know that thry need shot records and such but not sure about the certificate, It's funny but often when you discribed needing all of this paperwork we will ask the ship, island, and find information on the internet and find it not necessary. I have a feeling that it is coming froim California, Anyway we have never had any problems and I guess thats all that matters,

Be sure to give Brennie a hug and kiss from Barbara and Valentine

Quampapetet
November 4th, 2010, 12:16 AM
Frank, I sent you some information about driving to the pier and it went "poof"......so weird. I also noticed that one of my posts posted twice. The boards have been haunted!!!!!

Well, it WAS just Halloween.... :eek: :p



Go to WalMart and purchase a Rubbermaid container, with a lid [about $7.00]. Tape it up. Put your signs on it and, you'll see it later. I put my pillow, fan, extra tennis balls, soda's, bottled water and anything else that will lighten my load in this container.



I wish the bag that I used was still sold. It was made by Outward Hound, but has been discontinued for years and I've not come across one like it yet. :( The handle part of the telescoping handle (double-shafted; the handle joined the two shafts together) was broken by the airlines a few years ago, so I wish I could get a new one! But, this bag works perfectly, so I use it broken, which is usually okay anyway since I have to stack it on top of my own suitcase to get it anywhere (my other hand is on my dog's harness) when flying. It is just when others are with me or bring me to the airport (then one of them pulls it for me) or when I'm on a road trip and such that I need to pull it.

Anyway, it is a wide-mouth duffle-looking bag with pockets lining the two long sides inside of the bag. I could never get by without those pockets! That's what I can't find in any other bag. But, if any of you ever come across such a bag, definitely get one as your dog's bag (you'll need it if you fly - I don't think the airlines accept tubs anymore) ... and then, of course, tell me where you found it, LOL! ;)

Quampapetet
November 4th, 2010, 12:24 AM
Also, and most importantly, Princess will provide you with a "doggie life vest". Brenda has her own - I purchased it from "Outward Hound" - it was well worth it, since we've started cruising with her, thank God, we've NEVER had to use it - but it's certainly kept in a handy place while onboard. I want her to be as safe as me. It also goes into the Rubbermaid container.

I would definitely recommend bringing your own life vest, as most cruiselines don't have them and even if they do, they might not have the proper size for your particular dog's body.

I have the kind that has the extra buoyant area under the dog's cheeks to keep the dog's head out of the water should the dog get tired (a real possibility in an emergency cruise situation - not so much in the family pool or something, though I have heard of dogs getting too tired in the middle of swimming in a lake).

I was at Petsmart yesterday and noticed they now have Bodyglove brand doggy life vests. They were a unique design I hadn't seen in doggy vests before - there were different sections of buoyant areas separated by glued-together areas (like the grout in between tiles is lower than the tiles) and it was harder than the vest I have (which would mean the buoyancy would be less likely to crush out of it by small things). It didn't have the extra head buoyancy area, though.

Do remember to NEVER put anything on any life vest (for you or the dog), never sit on it, never crush it, etc. because this will make it less buoyant (which, obviously, is not something you'd want if you really needed it!). I carry my dog's vest separate from a bag when on a plane and when going onto the cruise ship (when going through security, I place it in one of the bins so other items won't crush it at the end of the conveyor belt; when storing it in the overhead bin, I place it on top of my carry-on bag so nobody else can damage it with their luggage).

S.S. Cruisers
November 4th, 2010, 11:12 AM
Quam: This one says it has 2 slot pockets in it. I goggled "duffle bags with telescopic handles" and this came up. It was under an American Tourist suitcase, but don't know if they are also the manufacturer. It was an American Tourist url, but had about 5 add ons. I hope it is like you were talking about. Let me know. Love to help others........
Black Cat Face Rolling Duffle Bag
This 22? nylon bag has padded straps with snap closure, a removable shoulder strap, a telescoping handle and wheels to make toting it a breeze, zippered compartments on both sides, and 2 slot pockets in the main compartment. A Whales & Friendsģ exclusive! Ships to Continental U.S. only. No air shipping.

S.S. Cruisers
November 4th, 2010, 11:14 AM
Sorry Quam it was this url http://www.jetsettersmagazine.com/archive/jetezine/sports02/scuba02/gear/bags/duffle/wheels.html
Hope this works.

wizard-of-roz
November 4th, 2010, 11:55 AM
Roz,

Thanks for the information on the potty box. Since the wood chips won't work for Miss Valention I guess we will bring our own, I was wondering if a health certificate is necessary if we are not leaving the ship, I do know that thry need shot records and such but not sure about the certificate, It's funny but often when you discribed needing all of this paperwork we will ask the ship, island, and find information on the internet and find it not necessary. I have a feeling that it is coming froim California, Anyway we have never had any problems and I guess thats all that matters,

Be sure to give Brennie a hug and kiss from Barbara and Valentine

They're not actually "wood chips", it was more like "wood shavings" [much lighter and easier to walk on], I think you're better off bringing what you know Valentine will be happy with and the cruiselines have been known to change things on a whim.

And, as far as the Certificate is concerned, Princess "Access Dept." requested it - and, the folks at the check-in, in Long Beach, Los Angeles and even Seattle also asked for it. They have no idea whether we'll be leaving the ship at the various ports or not. Since I always do a Vet Check before we cruise it's not a big deal for the Vet to give me this along with his signed statement that Brenda is not carrying any contagious diseases, etc., etc.

I think making sure that all Brenda's "ducks are in a row", when it comes to her paperwork and traveling with her just makes my life easier in the long run.

Traveling for you and Valentine is certainly not new to you and you know what has worked in the past.

All my hugs and licks right back at you and Miss. Valentine!

Quampapetet
November 5th, 2010, 05:57 PM
Quam: This one says it has 2 slot pockets in it. I goggled "duffle bags with telescopic handles" and this came up. It was under an American Tourist suitcase, but don't know if they are also the manufacturer. It was an American Tourist url, but had about 5 add ons. I hope it is like you were talking about. Let me know. Love to help others........

Black Cat Face Rolling Duffle Bag
This 22? nylon bag has padded straps with snap closure, a removable shoulder strap, a telescoping handle and wheels to make toting it a breeze, zippered compartments on both sides, and 2 slot pockets in the main compartment. A Whales & Friendsģ exclusive! Ships to Continental U.S. only. No air shipping.


Thanks, but that's not what I meant by pockets. I mean it has LOTS of pockets, which are big enough to hold bottles (not slot pockets, which are just those "hidden" type ones to hold small things like change). It not only organizes things, but helps keep bottles of liquids from tipping over (which could lead to a spill). I can fit grooming spray bottles, Dasuquin (same size bottle as Cosequin) bottles, ear wash bottles, silver spray bottles, etc. in the pockets as well as other things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, can-tab popper, etc. in them. Then the rest of the bag is for the bigger things like first aid kits, larger containers, food, and other supplies.

sunshine426
November 5th, 2010, 08:22 PM
Hey everyone! Just checking in. Can you believe it has been 4 months since Crackers graduated and is now living in California. I keep hoping that Roz will suddenly run into a handsome golden retriever with a Canine Assistants vest and a little girl at his side...... Cooler is now 6 months old and doing so well. Retrieves multiple items, including my glasses and car keys and gently hands them to me. Took her on rapid transit and lunch at the cafe in Nordstroms yesterday and she was fabulous. Well almost fabulous. The cafe was crowded and our tables were very close to each other. She was quite interested in potato chips that were on the floor and shopping bags. Finally, I cleaned the chips up myself and was able to convince her to do a nice down stay under the table. I had two other volunteers with me and their two dogs, so it had it's challenges. I think y'all would laugh to see Cooler sleeping with her nose less than an inch from the backside of one of the other dogs. I certainly did not care, she was down, she was quiet, she was asleep...... whew

rangeley
November 6th, 2010, 09:15 AM
Sunshine, How wonderful that Cooler is doing so good! She must be getting so big. Hope to see some pics of her in the near future!

Roz dahling, One of our puppy raiser friends raised this dog and long story short, it ended up being a hearing dog in LA. The recipient sent an email and some pics of the dog and was talking about the workshop that you went to. So she must have been there with you. The dogs name is Enzi and it's a yellow lab. What a small world!!

Cindy

Rolls Royce Lover
November 6th, 2010, 11:05 PM
Hey everyone! Just checking in. Can you believe it has been 4 months since Crackers graduated and is now living in California. I keep hoping that Roz will suddenly run into a handsome golden retriever with a Canine Assistants vest and a little girl at his side...... Cooler is now 6 months old and doing so well. Retrieves multiple items, including my glasses and car keys and gently hands them to me. Took her on rapid transit and lunch at the cafe in Nordstroms yesterday and she was fabulous. Well almost fabulous. The cafe was crowded and our tables were very close to each other. She was quite interested in potato chips that were on the floor and shopping bags. Finally, I cleaned the chips up myself and was able to convince her to do a nice down stay under the table. I had two other volunteers with me and their two dogs, so it had it's challenges. I think y'all would laugh to see Cooler sleeping with her nose less than an inch from the backside of one of the other dogs. I certainly did not care, she was down, she was quiet, she was asleep...... whew

I wish we would run into more Service Dogs and especially one's with little girls attached. With all the running around L.A. that we do [like our day out today at the Griffith Park Observatory], there were dozens and dozens of dogs with their people all over the park but Brenny was the only Service Dog who got to see the inside and all that it offers.

To see a child in a wheelchair who drops their favorite "stuffie" and no one sees it except a stranger, who picks it up - but, if that little girl had a Canine Assistant - the dog would pick-up the toy, or close the jacket or open the door or just be "there" to bring a smile to the child's face. I hope that Brenny and I can be good examples of how much better life can be with these amazing dogs.

Your "outing" with "Cooler" was so much fun to hear about. I love when the Service Dogs lay together and it never fails that a few of them will be "butt" to "nose" and some with their bellies resting against another one's back. So adorable!!!!

Rolls Royce Lover
November 6th, 2010, 11:10 PM
Sunshine, How wonderful that Cooler is doing so good! She must be getting so big. Hope to see some pics of her in the near future!

Roz dahling, One of our puppy raiser friends raised this dog and long story short, it ended up being a hearing dog in LA. The recipient sent an email and some pics of the dog and was talking about the workshop that you went to. So she must have been there with you. The dogs name is Enzi and it's a yellow lab. What a small world!!

Cindy

It never fails to amaze me how really small it is. I hope one day that we can run into each other!!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
November 8th, 2010, 11:34 AM
Hey everyone! Just checking in. Can you believe it has been 4 months since Crackers graduated and is now living in California. I keep hoping that Roz will suddenly run into a handsome golden retriever with a Canine Assistants vest and a little girl at his side...... Cooler is now 6 months old and doing so well. Retrieves multiple items, including my glasses and car keys and gently hands them to me. Took her on rapid transit and lunch at the cafe in Nordstroms yesterday and she was fabulous. Well almost fabulous. The cafe was crowded and our tables were very close to each other. She was quite interested in potato chips that were on the floor and shopping bags. Finally, I cleaned the chips up myself and was able to convince her to do a nice down stay under the table. I had two other volunteers with me and their two dogs, so it had it's challenges. I think y'all would laugh to see Cooler sleeping with her nose less than an inch from the backside of one of the other dogs. I certainly did not care, she was down, she was quiet, she was asleep...... whew

Just like having a human baby; love when they're sleeping!!!!

Honestly, I don't think I'd have the energy, anymore, for a pup. I can hardly keep-up with my almost 11 year old! :rolleyes:

S.S. Cruisers
November 8th, 2010, 02:47 PM
Roz: A new friend of ours brought her 4 year old yellow lab, Bruiser to visit on Saturday. OMG, talk about energy. He reminded me of my Renie so much. I got huggles and kisses and tail smacks. He was out of control. Loved every minute of it! :D

wizard-of-roz
November 8th, 2010, 04:05 PM
Roz: A new friend of ours brought her 4 year old yellow lab, Bruiser to visit on Saturday. OMG, talk about energy. He reminded me of my Renie so much. I got huggles and kisses and tail smacks. He was out of control. Loved every minute of it! :D

Nancy, I know we're not supposed to encourage that kind of behavior but when I take Brenny's vest off and I make silly noises Brenny can become the goofiest beast on 4 legs. I warn everyone around her to sit-down because if you're standing she'll do that "weaving" in-between you and you're bound to get hit by the tail or a flying leg!!!!!!

So much fun! ;) :D

sunshine426
November 9th, 2010, 06:07 PM
Last spring a very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with ALS and passed away in June. Crackers and I made many visits to her home and hospice (where the big boy took our breath away with his grace and love). Tomorow we are having an unveiling of a memorial we created at work to remember her by. My contribution was a picture of Crackers' snuggled next to her in bed just being "crackers'. So, Cooler and I are going to the ceremony. I thought about taking one of Cracker's siblings, but they are ALL at graduation camp this weekend....Just another gentle reminder of the great things our dogs do every day....

wizard-of-roz
November 9th, 2010, 07:27 PM
Last spring a very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with ALS and passed away in June. Crackers and I made many visits to her home and hospice (where the big boy took our breath away with his grace and love). Tomorow we are having an unveiling of a memorial we created at work to remember her by. My contribution was a picture of Crackers' snuggled next to her in bed just being "crackers'. So, Cooler and I are going to the ceremony. I thought about taking one of Cracker's siblings, but they are ALL at graduation camp this weekend....Just another gentle reminder of the great things our dogs do every day....

I believe you shared her with us, as well as a picture of Crackers at her bedside. It's so moving and unbelieveably touching how these wonderful dogs can bring such peace to us and to others.

I'm sorry for your loss and hope that the memories that you and your friend shared together will sustain you.

We love you, and appreciate all that you do for so many. You're an amazing woman. I know that you're friend was very lucky to have you in her life.

rangeley
November 10th, 2010, 01:47 PM
Roz: A new friend of ours brought her 4 year old yellow lab, Bruiser to visit on Saturday. OMG, talk about energy. He reminded me of my Renie so much. I got huggles and kisses and tail smacks. He was out of control. Loved every minute of it! :D

Nancy, Nothing like crazy doggie to make us smile!!

rangeley
November 10th, 2010, 01:51 PM
Last spring a very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with ALS and passed away in June. Crackers and I made many visits to her home and hospice (where the big boy took our breath away with his grace and love). Tomorow we are having an unveiling of a memorial we created at work to remember her by. My contribution was a picture of Crackers' snuggled next to her in bed just being "crackers'. So, Cooler and I are going to the ceremony. I thought about taking one of Cracker's siblings, but they are ALL at graduation camp this weekend....Just another gentle reminder of the great things our dogs do every day....


Sunshine, I too remember that picture and how Crackers comforted her in her final days. It just goes to show how much these animals mean to us and what they can do for us and not ask anything in return. (Well maybe a cookie or two). And we can't forget the wonderful people, like you, who do these things on a daily basis. Thanks so much!!!

Cindy

rangeley
November 10th, 2010, 01:52 PM
Two weeks Roz, I am sooooooooooooo jealous!!!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
November 10th, 2010, 02:26 PM
Two weeks Roz, I am sooooooooooooo jealous!!!!!!!

I'm so excited! :D Of course, with this Carnival Splendor, [we were on her last January], thing going on in the Riviera right now, has everyone joking with me about changing my mind. NO WAY! She's a wonderful ship, I loved being on her.

Although, I don't know how we'd do under the same circumstances, I'd love the fact that the time onboard was "FREE" and, I'd have another cruise to look forward to! I bought some FCC's when we were onboard and I hope to be on her again in the future! :cool:

I'm not so sure I'd be cruising again, if this were my very first cruise experience though! :cool: :confused:

My boss tease's me every day about getting stuck in Mexico with all the gangs. Give me a break, I'd be the "gang leader" and, Miss Brenny would be my "sidekick!"

I ordered some luggage tag holders on a recommendation from a gal on the Princess Boards. I haven't received them yet. I'll let you guys know how I like them. The website was *******************.com. I'm always laminating the tags and stapling them on, only to have them get torn off by the dock workers and luggage handlers so, I'll see how these work. I would always put at least two tags on each piece of luggage, just in case but these holders should spare me that detail.

I love the "anticipation" thing......and, then that drive to the pier and that big, beautiful ship in the distance, gives me huge goosebumps. :)

rangeley
November 11th, 2010, 07:52 AM
I love the flip flop luggage tags cuz I'm into those. I also like the doggie ones Quam posted.

wizard-of-roz
November 11th, 2010, 11:48 AM
I love the flip flop luggage tags cuz I'm into those. I also like the doggie ones Quam posted.

Okay, what's a "flip-flop?"

talako
November 11th, 2010, 11:51 AM
Okay, what's a "flip-flop?"

You might remember them as "thongs" :-) Thats what they were called once before the underwear came around :)

DisneyKidsDad
November 11th, 2010, 11:53 AM
Okay, what's a "flip-flop?"

It's a kind of shoe. Do a google search for flip-flop. When you walk in them the back makes a flip-flop sound. Maybe it's an east coast thing.

wizard-of-roz
November 11th, 2010, 12:15 PM
You might remember them as "thongs" :-) Thats what they were called once before the underwear came around :)

Okay, you guys are too funny! ;) I don't mean what's a "flip-flop" shoe. I mean what's a "flip-flop" luggage tag - read "Rangeley's" response to my buying luggage tags.

She's suggesting buying "flip-flop" luggage tags.

My kids wore their "flip-flops" everywhere. I'd NEVER be caught dead in them! :p

wizard-of-roz
November 11th, 2010, 12:17 PM
It's a kind of shoe. Do a google search for flip-flop. When you walk in them the back makes a flip-flop sound. Maybe it's an east coast thing.

"Flip-Flop" Luggage Tags! And, it's definitely not just an east coast thing. The California girl and guy [especially the surfer dudes] wear their flip-flops everywhere.

Were they wearing luggage tags? :confused: Probably! :D

S.S. Cruisers
November 11th, 2010, 12:44 PM
Mornin' all
Roz: I went online to Petsmart and they have 50% off halloween costumes. Like Cindy got for Wexy. Around $4.00.

Ok, to add to the flip-flop conversation. I saw ones with fur lined bottoms! I guess thats a cold weather thing! We have snow all over the ground. Jezzy loves it. She is racing around the backyard with her snoot in the snow like a shovel. I thought it would be too cold for her, but no, she comes in shivering and gets wrapped in a beach towel. Of course Auntie is here to spoil her rotten..........

DisneyKidsDad
November 11th, 2010, 01:38 PM
Okay, you guys are too funny! ;) I don't mean what's a "flip-flop" shoe. I mean what's a "flip-flop" luggage tag - read "Rangeley's" response to my buying luggage tags.

She's suggesting buying "flip-flop" luggage tags.

My kids wore their "flip-flops" everywhere. I'd NEVER be caught dead in them! :p



Go here Roz..

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?sku=16305081&utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=shopping

wizard-of-roz
November 11th, 2010, 02:19 PM
Go here Roz..

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?sku=16305081&utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=shopping

Oh! Now I get it! "Flip-Flop Luggage Tags". Geeeezzzz! Am I slow or what?

Thanks, Disney......I add new meaning to the words "slow on the uptake!"

DisneyKidsDad
November 11th, 2010, 03:35 PM
Oh! Now I get it! "Flip-Flop Luggage Tags". Geeeezzzz! Am I slow or what?

Thanks, Disney......I add new meaning to the words "slow on the uptake!"

Your not slow Roz. There's a 3 hour delay between NJ and CA. Of course it's gonna take you a while. :D

wizard-of-roz
November 11th, 2010, 03:53 PM
Your not slow Roz. There's a 3 hour delay between NJ and CA. Of course it's gonna take you a while. :D

:rolleyes: That's true!!!! :rolleyes:

talako
November 11th, 2010, 04:49 PM
You guys are funny! LOL!!

wizard-of-roz
November 11th, 2010, 05:13 PM
You guys are funny! LOL!!

Frank, what's really, really funny is that "Disney" is one of those guys that doesn't say a lot but when he does, he's right-on or so funny that I can literally spit my coffee on my screen!!!!!

It's a guarantee, that you'll be entertained!!!!!! :p

rangeley
November 11th, 2010, 09:56 PM
Wow What trouble did I cause now? Roz, I'm glad you had some help figuring out what a flip flop was. Thanks DKD for helping her out, you know how those LA chicks are :confused:.


Nancy, Did you get Jezzy Lou a costume for 4.00? I have to go there cuz I found Wexys holiday pic costume there. I was just thinking you went from 110 degrees to freezing with snow, how are you handling that???

Cindy

S.S. Cruisers
November 12th, 2010, 10:22 AM
Mornin' all:
Cindy: No, no costume for Jezzy Lou. So far she doesn't have the social skills to partake with other humans! She has a pink snuggy and a red with white snowflakes sweater. Thats the extent of her wardrobe right now. Auntie put her snuggie on her yesterday. After it go nice and wet she took it off so it could dry. Right now she is snuggled up in Aunties lap with a blanket on her.

We are "adjusting". Lots of sweats to wear! My doors were frozen shut on the jeep this morning. Had to warm them up with water to get Trav to the bus stop.

Hope everyone has a great Friday.

Todd's pet
November 12th, 2010, 10:55 AM
Hello all, I just found this board and have a TON of questions. I tried to read as many posts as possible but didn't find my answers. We will be traveling on our first cruise with my service dog next month. We are going on Carnival and will be stopping at Grand Cayman, Belize, Honduras, and Cozumel. I've read that couple of these ports have very prohibitive rules for taking your dog on land. Can anyone tell me SPECIFICS about each of these ports? We are going for our vet visit to get paperwork done soon and want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row. My vet is a small time vet and I would have to bet she's never filled out or rarely filled out such paperwork.

My next question is in regards to leaving Todd on ship instead of taking him with us. Do the cruise ships provide "doggie daycare"? Is he allowed to just stay in a kennel in our room? I asked the cruise line directly and they sent me from place to place to place and I never did get a straight answer.

Last question (at least for now LOL) Does anyone know what Carnival is currently using for litter? When I asked I was told, it could be mulch, paper (which Todd would NEVER potty on), dirt, sawdust, or those dog litter pellets. Nothing like narrowing it down for me. While I will bring a bag of mulch as suggest here, I'd like to introduce Todd to litter if that's what is it just to make sure he has no allergies or issues.

My Toddy man is a 17 pound rat terrier trained to detect heart arrythmias. He does a wonderful job. He also picks items up for me (a cue we are working on since my stroke in Sept). He is the model service dog when his coat is on and the typical love bug when he's not working. hehehe I have his vest but was wondering if it might be better or order a soft mesh type vest for him for the warm weather on the cruise. His current one keeps him pretty toasty in the summer. Do they even make such a thing? This one came with his paperwork and I haven't really "shopped" for him except to get a few hoodies, raincoat, etc to keep him more comfortable.

Ok, that was another question!!! LOL What I REALLY need to know is about the ports I mentioned and any advice about taking him with me people may have. Also about pet sitting.

Thanks so much everyone, I am SO excited about taking him with me. I can't begin to tell you how much better I feel when he's around to monitor me.

Dina

wizard-of-roz
November 12th, 2010, 12:05 PM
Mornin' all:
Cindy: No, no costume for Jezzy Lou. So far she doesn't have the social skills to partake with other humans! She has a pink snuggy and a red with white snowflakes sweater. Thats the extent of her wardrobe right now. Auntie put her snuggie on her yesterday. After it go nice and wet she took it off so it could dry. Right now she is snuggled up in Aunties lap with a blanket on her.

We are "adjusting". Lots of sweats to wear! My doors were frozen shut on the jeep this morning. Had to warm them up with water to get Trav to the bus stop.

Hope everyone has a great Friday.

Boy, you really know how to go from one extreme to another....I bet the air you're breathing is pretty darn fresh! Although, desert air can be so wonderful [when it's dry and warm!] Now, you've got all those snow-capped mountains and even snow all around you!

rangeley
November 12th, 2010, 12:24 PM
Welcome Dina and Todd!!! Unfortunately I have never been to those islands or on Carnival. But many others have. I'm sure you will get all the info you need.

Cindy

wizard-of-roz
November 12th, 2010, 01:03 PM
[quote=Todd's pet;26847419]Hello all, I just found this board and have a TON of questions. I tried to read as many posts as possible but didn't find my answers. We will be traveling on our first cruise with my service dog next month. We are going on Carnival and will be stopping at Grand Cayman, Belize, Honduras, and Cozumel. I've read that couple of these ports have very prohibitive rules for taking your dog on land. Can anyone tell me SPECIFICS about each of these ports? We are going for our vet visit to get paperwork done soon and want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row. My vet is a small time vet and I would have to bet she's never filled out or rarely filled out such paperwork. *Since you do have access to the internet you can check online about what each of your ports requires for Todd. You can get the phone numbers of the Immigration authorities in these ports and ask your good questions of them. Their laws change. *If you are an IAADP Member they can answer your questions about the most updated requirements in any given country [or how you can obtain this info. 1-888-544-2237.].

* You can ask your TA to do some of this for you.

Since Brenda is now a Senior Service Dog.....and, we are still cruising with her....I don't want to stress her, anymore than necessary. We stay onboard with her or, we go off the ship separately [leaving one of us with her at all times!] It's my way of protecting her.

My next question is in regards to leaving Todd on ship instead of taking him with us. Do the cruise ships provide "doggie daycare"? Is he allowed to just stay in a kennel in our room? I asked the cruise line directly and they sent me from place to place to place and I never did get a straight answer. *Yes, you may leave Todd in your cabin. Be sure to let your Steward know that he's in there and to not go in!!!!! Carnival provided us with a [I]"Do Not Disturb-Dog Inside" sign. If they don't provide you with one-make your own. They will not take care of Todd for you And, I wouldn't count on this. Todd is a Service Dog and knows how to behave, and certainly you won't be leaving him for hours and hours.

Last question (at least for now LOL) Does anyone know what Carnival is currently using for litter? When I asked I was told, it could be mulch, paper (which Todd would NEVER potty on), dirt, sawdust, or those dog litter pellets. Nothing like narrowing it down for me. While I will bring a bag of mulch as suggest here, I'd like to introduce Todd to litter if that's what is it just to make sure he has no allergies or issues. *We were on the Carnival Splendor, in January, and they used a mulch. But, they can change that on a whim. So, to be safe, bring a small bag of what Todd most likes and sprinkle it on top of what they're using. If you have a Veranda Cabin have them put the box on the Veranda, or you can ask them to place it in a "crew storage closet close to your cabin", they don't have to put it on a public deck. Be assertive about where you would the box to be. And, how it will best work for you.

My Toddy man is a 17 pound rat terrier trained to detect heart arrythmias. He does a wonderful job. He also picks items up for me (a cue we are working on since my stroke in Sept). He is the model service dog when his coat is on and the typical love bug when he's not working. hehehe I have his vest but was wondering if it might be better or order a soft mesh type vest for him for the warm weather on the cruise. His current one keeps him pretty toasty in the summer. Do they even make such a thing? This one came with his paperwork and I haven't really "shopped" for him except to get a few hoodies, raincoat, etc to keep him more comfortable. *Brenda weighs 70lbs and has a "triple" coat of thick, black fur. She wears her vest when we enter the ship [so everyone can see that she is a Service Dog], She wears her vest anytime we leave the ship. It's best to keep his vest on, so that everyone can see that he's a Service Dog and you won't get asked the myriad of inane questions. Such as, "how did you get your dog onboard?" Since your not blind.....look out, you'll be inundated about what Todd does. Be prepared for the folks who are missing their furbabies and, just want to touch him. Unless the ship's air is not working, he and you will be very comfortable.

You can allow for pats but, only after they've asked you for permission.

Remember, you represent ALL OF US when you travel with your SD. So, teach the public how to act around Service Dogs.

Ok, that was another question!!! LOL What I REALLY need to know is about the ports I mentioned and any advice about taking him with me people may have. Also about pet sitting. *Eventhough a port may allow you to enter with the paperwork you have, it doesn't mean it's a safe port for Todd. A lot of these foreign ports have no leash laws and there are dogs running free. I never feel safe on the beaches with Brenda and I [U]NEVER leave the touristy areas with her. In the shopping areas you'll be more safe, since the stray dogs stay away from the people.....but, if you're planning some excursions that include; ziplining or going onto farms or out of the way villages.......Todd is safer on the ship. Use your good judgement.

Thanks so much everyone, I am SO excited about taking him with me. I can't begin to tell you how much better I feel when he's around to monitor me. *I totally understand that "safe" feeling. If you're traveling with someone else and they can "sit" with Todd for some of the time that you'll be off the ship, that would be best for Todd. I don't like it when Brenda is not right by my side. I'm so attached to her......in every way!!!!! That's another set of issues! [Mine!]

The ship itself will have it's own challenges without you worrying about a diseased dog coming near or attacking your "hero!" Protect him first!

Be careful of the lounge areas, they can be very dark and people are not expecting a dog to be there [even though they've seen you with him]. I bring "caution" tape with me and use it if the area is questionable and I have no other choices. Be mindful of the eating areas and the debri on the floors. Make sure Todd is on his best behavior in the Dining and Buffet areas.

Some folks "hate" or are very allergic to dogs and will see you coming and literally and physically move away from you. Don't take it personally. ;)

Make sure he doesn't "sniff" or "lunge" out to visit with people in the elevators [they can get very congested.]

Make enough copies of all of his paperwork so that you can just hand the folks at the embarkation desk their own copy and have one for the Purser's desk and keep one on you.

Most importantly, have a wonderful time. I hope I've been of some help to you.

You will enjoy every minute of cruising with Todd and he'll love the open sea. The movement of the ship will be like cradling him to sleep.

You MUST come back and tell us all about your cruise.

dlbutler5
November 12th, 2010, 05:26 PM
Roz
This ValentinesMom's worse-half. I have a question in response to you response to Todds Pet. Since it is past Nov 3 and the new DOT regs are in effect, aren't the cruise lines required to furnish you with all the requirements for getting your animal into port? Also, it stated they must supply a person to watch your animal if you are unable, due to regulations, to take your animal ashore. I was real interested in these new regs which is why I am questioning this.
Barb and Valentine said to say Hi, hugs and licks she said, to you and Brenny.

wizard-of-roz
November 12th, 2010, 06:17 PM
Roz
This ValentinesMom's worse-half. I have a question in response to you response to Todds Pet. Since it is past Nov 3 and the new DOT regs are in effect, aren't the cruise lines required to furnish you with all the requirements for getting your animal into port? Also, it stated they must supply a person to watch your animal if you are unable, due to regulations, to take your animal ashore. I was real interested in these new regs which is why I am questioning this.
Barb and Valentine said to say Hi, hugs and licks she said, to you and Brenny.

Barb & Valentine and "their worst half!": Hi! Even with NEW regulations it is very difficult to get EVERYONE onboard [no pun intended.] Will the person be trustworthy enough to not leave your SD unattended. Would they know or understand various commands and responses. I don't think they're ready yet! Laws are put in place but it takes responsible people to act on those laws.

YOU are ALWAYS responsible for your Service Dog. I would NEVER leave anyone else to care for and maintain her Even if the DOT and the DOJ said that each carrier should have someone onboard to care for your Service Dog.......would you truly trust that to a person who has no clue about dog behavior - let along, a Service Dog?

Maybe, in the not-to-distant future there may be someone onboard the cruiselines who has a background in Service Dog handling and all that goes with it. I don't think they're ready......Baby steps, my dear, baby steps!!

I think getting the various modes of transportation to recognize the Service Dog and to allow them "access" is [U]HUGE for us. I'm so excited that I'm NOT hassled anymore when I call to book a cruise. It so much easier today, than it was just 5 years ago!!!!

S.S. Cruisers
November 13th, 2010, 10:31 AM
Mornin' all:


Maybe, in the not-to-distant future there may be someone onboard the cruiselines who has a background in Service Dog handling and all that goes with it. I don't think they're ready......Baby steps, my dear, baby steps!!
Wouldn't this be a wonderful job for our very own Ms. Sunshine? Cruising and taking care of SD dogs! I wanna go........

Rolls Royce Lover
November 13th, 2010, 05:13 PM
Mornin' all:

Wouldn't this be a wonderful job for our very own Ms. Sunshine? Cruising and taking care of SD dogs! I wanna go........

Now, that's what I'm talking about!!!!! ;) Exactly the kind of person I'd want to be with my Brenny! You're right Nancy, a perfect job for her!!!!!

Unfortunately, right now, there aren't enough folks who cruise with their Service Dogs......Note to Self: Get on Oprah Winfrey and tell the world!!!! :p

sunshine426
November 13th, 2010, 07:16 PM
Mornin' all:

Wouldn't this be a wonderful job for our very own Ms. Sunshine? Cruising and taking care of SD dogs! I wanna go........

A new career for me!!!!! I love this one!!! Meeting dogs as wonderful as Orson, Denver, Brenda, Valentine and the list goes on.......

On another note, Cooler behaved so well at the memorial service. Not such a good girl at lunch later that day, but fabulous at the service....

Valentine's Mom
November 13th, 2010, 11:35 PM
Roz.

I would never leave Valentine on board being doggy sat! He just doesn't understand. LOL Plus I either need her or not is how I feel, It will be nice though when they can tell you what paperwork and restrictiions is needed;)

talako
November 13th, 2010, 11:40 PM
Roz.

I would never leave Valentine on board being doggy sat! He just doesn't understand. LOL Plus I either need her or not is how I feel, It will be nice though when they can tell you what paperwork and restrictiions is needed;)

Yeah I am the same way...my Rocco would be so confused! :D

Frank

Quampapetet
November 14th, 2010, 01:57 AM
I ordered some luggage tag holders on a recommendation from a gal on the Princess Boards. I haven't received them yet. I'll let you guys know how I like them. The website was *******************.com. I'm always laminating the tags and stapling them on, only to have them get torn off by the dock workers and luggage handlers so, I'll see how these work. I would always put at least two tags on each piece of luggage, just in case but these holders should spare me that detail.

Nice find!

I fold mine, wrap clear packing tape around them (faux lamination), punch holes in the top and bottom with a hole puncher, and use string to tie them onto my luggage (I tie the knots at least three times). It works well.

I'm gonna show this holders you found to our group's leader.

BTW, I recommend you bring a roll of scotch tape on the cruise so you can tape together the disembarkation tags (at least on Carnival - I don't recall the Royal Caribbean ones being an issue). One of my tags fell off as the guy loaded the luggage onto the cart 'cause I found it in the hallway after. Thankfully, that bag went out onto the correct conveyor belt right around the same time as my other bags, so I didn't have to go looking for it.

Quampapetet
November 14th, 2010, 02:17 AM
Hello all, I just found this board and have a TON of questions. I tried to read as many posts as possible but didn't find my answers. We will be traveling on our first cruise with my service dog next month. We are going on Carnival and will be stopping at Grand Cayman, Belize, Honduras, and Cozumel. I've read that couple of these ports have very prohibitive rules for taking your dog on land. Can anyone tell me SPECIFICS about each of these ports? We are going for our vet visit to get paperwork done soon and want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row. My vet is a small time vet and I would have to bet she's never filled out or rarely filled out such paperwork.

First, pets (and emotional support dogs) are not allowed on cruise ships. I'm mentioning this due to your screen name and the fact you said "pet" below and that I'm getting the feeling you purchased "paperwork" from one of those scam faux certification Web sites. If your dog is in fact trained to do tasks for you that mitigate your disability and is also public access trained, then, yes, it is allowed onboard the cruise ship.

For the Cayman Islands, you need (amoung other things) a rabies titer test and I believe they have the six-month wait after the titer before the dog can enter the country.

For Mexico, you need a health certificate and rabies certificate.

I don't know about Belize or Honduras.

The vet doing the health certificate must be a USDA-approved vet, which not all vets are. If your vet isn't, hopefully they can refer you to somebody else in your area who is. Otherwise, call your local USDA office, as they may know who to refer you to.

My next question is in regards to leaving Todd on ship instead of taking him with us. Do the cruise ships provide "doggie daycare"? Is he allowed to just stay in a kennel in our room? I asked the cruise line directly and they sent me from place to place to place and I never did get a straight answer.

You need to work it out with the cruise ship as to how your dog will be handled at the ports he cannot get off at. This is part of the new DOT regulations for ships (you can search this thread to read them, if you wish).

I would never recommend somebody to leave their service dog either alone or with a cruiseline employee, as you never know what can happen to the dog or to you, without the dog there to help you. I'm not able to go out without my dog, as she is my mobility dog, so if she can't go, I can't go. Not that I would leave this special dog who is worth a lot of money and time (not to mention the emotional bond) anyway. I leave her with her groomer because I trust my groomer and she, of course, is dog-smart.

Last question (at least for now LOL) Does anyone know what Carnival is currently using for litter? When I asked I was told, it could be mulch, paper (which Todd would NEVER potty on), dirt, sawdust, or those dog litter pellets. Nothing like narrowing it down for me. While I will bring a bag of mulch as suggest here, I'd like to introduce Todd to litter if that's what is it just to make sure he has no allergies or issues.

They use "Second Nature Dog Litter", as stated in a document I just got from them this past week. As in the past, they tell you to bring your own stuff if you want anything else. (That stuff they use is the paper pellet dog litter.)

If you bring mulch, make SURE it is not cocoa mulch, which is poisonous to dogs because it is made from cocoa/chocolate. Get Cypress mulch.

I have his vest but was wondering if it might be better or order a soft mesh type vest for him for the warm weather on the cruise. His current one keeps him pretty toasty in the summer. Do they even make such a thing?

Yes, you can find mesh vests. Will it make a difference? I doubt it, but that's up to you to decide. Remember to offer your dog water often - I recommend a folding travel bowl (I use the plastic Outward Hound ones, but some like the fabric kind) or a PetTop (screws onto the top of most bottled water bottles and allows the dog to drink via a ball like the bottles you put in hamster cages). Do NOT let your dog drink tap water in any of those foreign countries (although Cayman might be all right) and don't let him drink from puddles in any country (including the States).

Quampapetet
November 14th, 2010, 02:32 AM
A lot of these foreign ports have no leash laws and there are dogs running free. I never feel safe on the beaches with Brenda and I NEVER leave the touristy areas with her. In the shopping areas you'll be more safe, since the stray dogs stay away from the people.....but, if you're planning some excursions that include; ziplining or going onto farms or out of the way villages.......Todd is safer on the ship. Use your good judgement.

Loose dogs are everywhere, including in U.S. ports (I came across one in Key West the same cruise I came across one in Cozumel; I've also seen them in the Bahamas and come across them in Grand Turk, but they've never been a huge problem, whereas some U.S. dogs have been).

I did Playa Mia beach in Cozumel and there weren't any (other) dogs and everything was just fine. I've not had a problem on Bahamas land trips, either. The beach I did in St. Thomas was a deserted private island, so that doesn't really count, although there were wild goats and some sort of chicken-type animal (they didn't really look like the chickens I've seen before) living on the island - my dog was off-leash, but on voice control and e-collar.

We go to all sorts of places and don't have issues. I don't do ziplining (uhm, WAYYY too high up for me!!!!!!), but if I did, I'd just have somebody in my party watch her while I ziplined just like we have to do at Disney World on rides service dogs can't go on.

Make sure Todd is on his best behavior in the Dining and Buffet areas.



Especially since the other week somebody brought their dog on a Carnival ship and in the dining room each night they let the dog EAT and DRINK from their plate(s) and glass(es)!!! :eek::mad: Likely a pet somebody tried to sneak on. Disgusting that Carnival didn't stop this issue!

Quampapetet
November 14th, 2010, 02:33 AM
Note to Self: Get on Oprah Winfrey and tell the world!!!! :p

Better act fast; this is her show's last season!

Rolls Royce Lover
November 14th, 2010, 03:47 AM
A new career for me!!!!! I love this one!!! Meeting dogs as wonderful as Orson, Denver, Brenda, Valentine and the list goes on.......

On another note, Cooler behaved so well at the memorial service. Not such a good girl at lunch later that day, but fabulous at the service....

Thank goodness Cooler was good at the service.....he's still a pup and will let you know it whenever he can!

I find it hard not to crack up when Brenny does something silly!!!!!!:o

Rolls Royce Lover
November 14th, 2010, 03:51 AM
Nice find!

I fold mine, wrap clear packing tape around them (faux lamination), punch holes in the top and bottom with a hole puncher, and use string to tie them onto my luggage (I tie the knots at least three times). It works well.

I'm gonna show this holders you found to our group's leader.

BTW, I recommend you bring a roll of scotch tape on the cruise so you can tape together the disembarkation tags (at least on Carnival - I don't recall the Royal Caribbean ones being an issue). One of my tags fell off as the guy loaded the luggage onto the cart 'cause I found it in the hallway after. Thankfully, that bag went out onto the correct conveyor belt right around the same time as my other bags, so I didn't have to go looking for it.

I got the luggage tag ticket holders. They're wonderful. It didn't take long to get them and they're made really well. I think they'll hold-up really good!!! I highly recommend them!

sunshine426
November 14th, 2010, 04:02 PM
Thank goodness Cooler was good at the service.....he's still a pup and will let you know it whenever he can!

I find it hard not to crack up when Brenny does something silly!!!!!!:o

She is 6 months old! Since that is a time when fear related issues somtimes arise, I'm keeping her out in as many different environments as possible. The Memorial service was good, as it was very people friendly. Tears were mostly bitter sweet and we even had some clowns show up. Which of course could have caused some fear issues, but Cooler handled them like a champ, even giving one a kiss on his big red nose, and barking along with them as they sang a song....

Lunch, she was more interested in falling leaves, buzzing bees and the smell of my tostito chips than lying quietly at a down stay.....Overall though, she continues to do well.

sunshine426
November 14th, 2010, 04:09 PM
As for leaving you service dog with others...a very tricky subject. As the reason they are service dogs is they mitagate or help with a disability. So, if you need them, how can you leave them ashore???? In some cases a family member or caregiver can also provide the assistance temporarily, but in the case of medical alert dogs... seizure responce, seizure alert, cardiac alert....That is where it is gray and tricky, and I am certainly not judge, jury or opinion giver.

I do think you have to be very careful who you leave your service dog with. I work with very young service dogs in training, and you would not believe the training and testing I went through, before I could "volunteer" with them.

Still, if the cruise line wants me to come take care of SD's, I am so "on board" with the idea!!!

Rolls Royce Lover
November 14th, 2010, 04:23 PM
As for leaving you service dog with others...a very tricky subject. As the reason they are service dogs is they mitagate or help with a disability. So, if you need them, how can you leave them ashore???? In some cases a family member or caregiver can also provide the assistance temporarily, but in the case of medical alert dogs... seizure responce, seizure alert, cardiac alert....That is where it is gray and tricky, and I am certainly not judge, jury or opinion giver.

I do think you have to be very careful who you leave your service dog with. I work with very young service dogs in training, and you would not believe the training and testing I went through, before I could "volunteer" with them.

Still, if the cruise line wants me to come take care of SD's, I am so "on board" with the idea!!!

I absolutely agree with every word.

Changes that happen in the SD world are always slow to enforce. Seeing someone like YOU onboard would be fantastic. But, just like having "sign language interpreters" onboard, it would take a lot of planning on the part of the cruiselines. Would it be impossible to see someone with your training skills to be onboard to "caretake" Service Dogs? - Not impossible but definitely something that would take lots of pre-planning.

Certainly being without your SD who "alerts" you to a life threatening condition would be extremely questionable. If I had a dog who "alerted" me to something that had the potential of killing me, my dog and me would be "stuck together like glue!"

rangeley
November 14th, 2010, 04:24 PM
Maybe Sunshine can just go on cruises all of us are going on and take care of our dogs? She can be like a "dog nanny". I wouldn't hesitate a minute to leave Wex with her. And I think she would be quite entertained. LOL

Rolls Royce Lover
November 14th, 2010, 04:38 PM
Maybe Sunshine can just go on cruises all of us are going on and take care of our dogs? She can be like a "dog nanny". I wouldn't hesitate a minute to leave Wex with her. And I think she would be quite entertained. LOL

Oh! Yeah! Brenny's "tugging" on the leash when she's outside, on the Promenade Deck, would make "Sunshine" think that she's only a "pup in training". "Bad dog", "bad dog!" :D

sunshine426
November 14th, 2010, 06:48 PM
Ha Ha Ha: Bad Dog.... There was a pop song years ago about "bad boys". Would not attempt to sing it in public, but lately, you can hear me singing it to both my own Sandy and her partner in crime "Cooler". Of course both dogs tails are wagging like crazy, since they really don't know I am singing "bad girls, bad girls, whatcha going to do, whatcha going to do when they come for you................"

Rolls Royce Lover
November 14th, 2010, 11:53 PM
Ha Ha Ha: Bad Dog.... There was a pop song years ago about "bad boys". Would not attempt to sing it in public, but lately, you can hear me singing it to both my own Sandy and her partner in crime "Cooler". Of course both dogs tails are wagging like crazy, since they really don't know I am singing "bad girls, bad girls, whatcha going to do, whatcha going to do when they come for you................"

You are so cute.....I'd pay to hear you sing any where, any time! ;)

Quampapetet
November 15th, 2010, 02:56 AM
I got the luggage tag ticket holders. They're wonderful. It didn't take long to get them and they're made really well. I think they'll hold-up really good!!! I highly recommend them!

That's great to hear! I showed them to the group leader and she is going to get them for everyone to put in the Welcome Packets for the cruise. Knowing this, I'm not going to tape and punch my tags after I print them, but just stick them in the folder unfolded (they stay in better that way - I was afraid last time when they were taped and folded of them falling out [I fly, remember, so can't put them on the bags 'til after flying 'cause the airlines don't like that]). It'll be nice to not have to do an arts'n'crafts project on the tags! :p

Quampapetet
November 15th, 2010, 03:05 AM
As for leaving you service dog with others...a very tricky subject. As the reason they are service dogs is they mitagate or help with a disability. So, if you need them, how can you leave them ashore???? In some cases a family member or caregiver can also provide the assistance temporarily, but in the case of medical alert dogs... seizure responce, seizure alert, cardiac alert....That is where it is gray and tricky, and I am certainly not judge, jury or opinion giver.

I do think you have to be very careful who you leave your service dog with. I work with very young service dogs in training, and you would not believe the training and testing I went through, before I could "volunteer" with them.

Still, if the cruise line wants me to come take care of SD's, I am so "on board" with the idea!!!

Exactly. I don't understand the ppl who leave their service dogs home on a whim. I've heard things like, "Oh, I don't want to take her into a restaurant and my husband is there for me," or, "Oh, it is raining out today," or, "Oh, I didn't think I could bring my dog to [insert place]," and other stuff from ppl on message boards first- or second-hand.

If my dog is sick, I stay home because I need her, which is why I have her in the first place. If my dog can't do something short-term, such as go on a Disney ride, a friend stays with her at the ride exit while I ride and then the friend rides (if they wish to). Depending on the circumstances of the place and how I'm doing that day and such, I'll sometimes leave my dog under the table at a restaurant with my family members when I have to go to the bathroom - but more often than not, she comes with me.

wizard-of-roz
November 15th, 2010, 11:48 AM
when I have to go to the bathroom - but more often than not, she comes with me.

In the 8 years that I've had Brenda, I think she's only been in a public restroom 6 or 7 times. I go into a handicap stall and "insist" that she stands. I give her the "stand" command. I hate when she sits on bathroom floors. It may be my own fetish but the stuff that she can pick-up in her fur and then return to the dining room or wherever, with me - makes me sick to think about it!!!!! :o

If no one else is with me, I have no choice but when hubby or others are with me, I leave Brenny with them, if I'm going into a public restroom.

I know that many of us have Service Dogs that "must" be with them.....I'll hold onto the walls before I bring her in!!! :rolleyes:

sunshine426
November 15th, 2010, 07:57 PM
In the 8 years that I've had Brenda, I think she's only been in a public restroom 6 or 7 times. I go into a handicap stall and "insist" that she stands. I give her the "stand" command. I hate when she sits on bathroom floors. It may be my own fetish but the stuff that she can pick-up in her fur and then return to the dining room or wherever, with me - makes me sick to think about it!!!!! :o

If no one else is with me, I have no choice but when hubby or others are with me, I leave Brenny with them, if I'm going into a public restroom.

I know that many of us have Service Dogs that "must" be with them.....I'll hold onto the walls before I bring her in!!! :rolleyes:

I take my pups and dogs in training into the potty with me all the time. Public restrooms, bathrooms at my house, no potty is private. Because Sd's in traiining, need to know what it is like to be with their person during such private areas like bathrooms. Sometimes, it is all I can do to sit before they think the toilet is a never ending water bowl. Can I tell you that Cooler thinks she should unwind the toilet paper in order to hand it to me...... Public Pottys and service dogs, always an area of amusement as well as necessity.:p

Rolls Royce Lover
November 16th, 2010, 02:12 AM
That's great to hear! I showed them to the group leader and she is going to get them for everyone to put in the Welcome Packets for the cruise. Knowing this, I'm not going to tape and punch my tags after I print them, but just stick them in the folder unfolded (they stay in better that way - I was afraid last time when they were taped and folded of them falling out [I fly, remember, so can't put them on the bags 'til after flying 'cause the airlines don't like that]). It'll be nice to not have to do an arts'n'crafts project on the tags! :p

Sounds good!

Rolls Royce Lover
November 16th, 2010, 02:17 AM
I take my pups and dogs in training into the potty with me all the time. Public restrooms, bathrooms at my house, no potty is private. Because Sd's in traiining, need to know what it is like to be with their person during such private areas like bathrooms. Sometimes, it is all I can do to sit before they think the toilet is a never ending water bowl. Can I tell you that Cooler thinks she should unwind the toilet paper in order to hand it to me...... Public Pottys and service dogs, always an area of amusement as well as necessity.:p

A few areas of embarrassment for sure!!!! I love when Brenny just stares at me when I'm dressing in the morning......I'm thinking..."hey no judgement here!" "So you think I should buy this in a larger size?" Sometimes, I think there could be a real sit-com here!!!! :o

And, then I think to myself, "what's she staring at?" :rolleyes:

S.S. Cruisers
November 16th, 2010, 11:03 AM
Mornin' all;

Roz: Along that line, Auntie brought Travis a new winter coat. It is one of those big puffy ones. He puts it on and says "Does this make me look fat?" Now mind you he is 7 years old and a string bean. I laughed on one hand and then wonder where he is getting this from........

wizard-of-roz
November 16th, 2010, 12:33 PM
Mornin' all;

Roz: Along that line, Auntie brought Travis a new winter coat. It is one of those big puffy ones. He puts it on and says "Does this make me look fat?" Now mind you he is 7 years old and a string bean. I laughed on one hand and then wonder where he is getting this from........

T.V. - It's where I get all my good stuff!

The other day, I swear, Brenny was watching this show about horses. She's not one to "cock" her head, like some dogs do [I think, she probably thinks it might make her look too silly!] I, myself, love to watch dogs who keep turning their heads from side-to-side! So cute!

Anyway, she's watching this show and I keep telling Morey not to switch the channel because she's really engrossed in watching what the horses are doing.

Then, comes the "Benafyl" commerical with that adorable dog and his adorable owner, as their laying on the floor and they both roll-over and the owner's talking to him about his food and whatever!

Love doggie commercials and so does Miss "B"!

What were we talking about????? Never mind!!!!!!!! :rolleyes:

rangeley
November 16th, 2010, 12:46 PM
Bailee was a big one for cocking her head. You would talk to her and she would move it side to side. Rangeley never did it and Wex not to much either.

wizard-of-roz
November 16th, 2010, 01:02 PM
Bailee was a big one for cocking her head. You would talk to her and she would move it side to side. Rangeley never did it and Wex not to much either.

I love that! I know Wex is a "leg-crosser", that's another thing that just "tickles" me. The dogs that cross their legs while laying down. As if to say, "what are we talking about now girls!" And, "do you think I should have my nails done?"

Brenda's too "intense" to cross anything......God forbid anything got in the way of her lunging-up to grab a ball or miss out on a bite to eat! ;)

DisneyKidsDad
November 16th, 2010, 02:24 PM
OK...Just imagine standing there getting dressed and having a dog (Orson)
smile at you. Is it just a smile or a laugh??

wizard-of-roz
November 16th, 2010, 02:28 PM
OK...Just imagine standing there getting dressed and having a dog (Orson)
smile at you. Is it just a smile or a laugh??

Far-be-it-for-me to be the one to answer this question - However, I think [no, I know], it's a bit of both! SORRY!!!!! :o

DisneyKidsDad
November 16th, 2010, 03:32 PM
Far-be-it-for-me to be the one to answer this question - However, I think [no, I know], it's a bit of both! SORRY!!!!! :o

I hate to admit it but...your right. :(

wizard-of-roz
November 16th, 2010, 04:29 PM
I hate to admit it but...your right. :(

You'll always be "adorable" in all of our eyes.......no matter what "Orson" says!!!!! :p

sunshine426
November 16th, 2010, 07:30 PM
I have a golden/poodle mix at my feet tonight. Some might call her a designer mutt, but I can tell you she is one fabulous dog. She has settled into the household routine very well and was solid at the hospital today. Still have to see how well she sleeps...always a mystery on the first night of a home visit. Cooler's trainer asked me to take her this week instead of cooler so she could have some home visit time as well as hospital visitation. Cooler did not seem happy at all when I took her out of the room instead of her....Hope I can get out of the dog house with her.....

wizard-of-roz
November 16th, 2010, 07:53 PM
I have a golden/poodle mix at my feet tonight. Some might call her a designer mutt, but I can tell you she is one fabulous dog. She has settled into the household routine very well and was solid at the hospital today. Still have to see how well she sleeps...always a mystery on the first night of a home visit. Cooler's trainer asked me to take her this week instead of cooler so she could have some home visit time as well as hospital visitation. Cooler did not seem happy at all when I took her out of the room instead of her....Hope I can get out of the dog house with her.....

Would that be a "Goodle" or a "Poodlen" or a "Polden"? Must be so cute!

Just the thought of the disappointment that "Cooler" might be feeling would keep me from ever being a good "puppyraiser!" :(

I'd "fall-for-the-fur" everytime!!!!

Quampapetet
November 17th, 2010, 08:20 AM
In the 8 years that I've had Brenda, I think she's only been in a public restroom 6 or 7 times. I go into a handicap stall and "insist" that she stands. I give her the "stand" command. I hate when she sits on bathroom floors. It may be my own fetish but the stuff that she can pick-up in her fur and then return to the dining room or wherever, with me - makes me sick to think about it!!!!! :o

Yeah, I never let my dog sit on public restroom floors!!! EWW!!!! I mean, I'm sure public place floors aren't any/much cleaner (especially under a restaurant table), but it is just the thought of it and all....

I do have to use the accessible stall when she is with me. That's why sometimes I leave her with a family member - if the stall is broken or if there's somebody in it and I have to go badly :o or whatever. Almost all times that I'm with others I do have her with me, it is just once in a while that it is more convenient (yet safe) for me to go alone. Obviously, she is always with me when I'm alone (save for the airplane restroom scenerio, as a dog can't fit in those tiny things! I try not to use them).

S.S. Cruisers
November 17th, 2010, 11:35 AM
Mornin' all:
Roz: Oh my, Karen posted a picture of "Parti" (the golden/doodle) on facebook. She is ADORABLE! I want her. Maybe she will post one here or you could join facebook and take a look see. She will definately be a distraction to others. Who could resist her.

Hope everyone is having a good week. Its hump day, down hill from here.

wizard-of-roz
November 17th, 2010, 11:53 AM
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Yeah, I never let my dog sit on public restroom floors!!! EWW!!!! I mean, I'm sure public place floors aren't any/much cleaner (especially under a restaurant table), but it is just the thought of it and all....

I do have to use the accessible stall when she is with me. That's why sometimes I leave her with a family member - if the stall is broken or if there's somebody in it and I have to go badly :o or whatever. Almost all times that I'm with others I do have her with me, it is just once in a while that it is more convenient (yet safe) for me to go alone. Obviously, she is always with me when I'm alone (save for the airplane restroom scenerio, as a dog can't fit in those tiny things! I try not to use them).

Whew!!!!! I'm not alone on this one!!!! :o I think it's really one of the reason's, besides making it easier to put their vests on, that CCI trained the dogs the "stand" command!!!! :D

wizard-of-roz
November 17th, 2010, 11:55 AM
Mornin' all:
Roz: Oh my, Karen posted a picture of "Parti" (the golden/doodle) on facebook. She is ADORABLE! I want her. Maybe she will post one here or you could join facebook and take a look see. She will definately be a distraction to others. Who could resist her.

Hope everyone is having a good week. Its hump day, down hill from here.

Nancy, I CAN'T have one more thing that "tethers" me to the computer/blackberry/phone, etc., etc. :mad:

So, please "Sunshine" send us a picture of the "Doodle" guy!!!!!

DisneyKidsDad
November 17th, 2010, 11:55 AM
Whew!!!!! I'm not alone on this one!!!! :o I think it's really one of the reason's, besides making it easier to put their vests on, that CCI trained the dogs the "stand" command!!!! :D

That's the only command Orson did not do for the trainers or will not do for us. You have to pull him up to standing and then have him "wait". And then hope for the best. :rolleyes:

wizard-of-roz
November 17th, 2010, 12:08 PM
That's the only command Orson did not do for the trainers or will not do for us. You have to pull him up to standing and then have him "wait". And then hope for the best. :rolleyes:

What is up with these "brilliant" Service "hero's?" Obviously, the "stand" command would not keep him from graduating.....just like Brenda's "quirk" about not having the "gentle-leader" on her face [or, anything else, for that matter!]

What's he thinking about not responding to the "stand" command. I can't imagine what's going through his canine brain!

Let me see if I can re-inact it: TRAINER: "Orson, STAND!" - ORSON: "I'm not going to "stand", it's so annoying that they ask me to get up, when I'm so comfortable laying down!" "What's-up with this "stand" thing?" "It serves no purpose, as far as I can see, except to make it easier on those humans, they're so lazy!" "Standing is a "human thing", we dogs, we're more into the "down" command!" "Besides, don't I do enough for you - what's up with standing?" "You want me to "stand", make it interesting, you know, bring on the kibble!"

rangeley
November 17th, 2010, 03:44 PM
Wex also isn't at his best with the stand command. When I get him dressed, he's awsome, stands and then turns when I ask him to. But when I brush him he always wants to sit. I say "stand", then "wait" but when the brush gets near his bottom he sits. Maybe he just doesn't like anyone near that "area".

DisneyKidsDad
November 17th, 2010, 03:59 PM
Wex also isn't at his best with the stand command. When I get him dressed, he's awsome, stands and then turns when I ask him to. But when I brush him he always wants to sit. I say "stand", then "wait" but when the brush gets near his bottom he sits. Maybe he just doesn't like anyone near that "area".

If it's a wire brush or a Furminator...I'm sittin too!! :eek:

wizard-of-roz
November 17th, 2010, 04:13 PM
Wex also isn't at his best with the stand command. When I get him dressed, he's awsome, stands and then turns when I ask him to. But when I brush him he always wants to sit. I say "stand", then "wait" but when the brush gets near his bottom he sits. Maybe he just doesn't like anyone near that "area".

Exactly what Brenny does!

sunshine426
November 17th, 2010, 07:38 PM
How funny. Crackers loved grooming time and especially when I would brush out his "tail feathers". He had that classic full feathery fur on his backside and a fluffy tail. He liked the furminater as well as a soft knobby brush. Now Cooler is so labby, she tolerates grooming at best.

sunshine426
November 17th, 2010, 07:41 PM
Nancy, I CAN'T have one more thing that "tethers" me to the computer/blackberry/phone, etc., etc. :mad:

So, please "Sunshine" send us a picture of the "Doodle" guy!!!!!

I've tried and tried to post pictures on cruise critic and always fail......sorry, i'd love to post pictures of the doodle. She is back playing with her siblings and roomates tonight. Cooler enjoyed some playtime in the backyard before I left.

wizard-of-roz
November 17th, 2010, 07:49 PM
When I went to CCI for my initial interview. There were 5 other people interviewing along with me. There were 5 dogs, that the trainer's were using to test us with. 3 Black Cross/Mix's, 1 yellow Lab and 1 HUGE, Golden Retriever/Lab mix, named "Bracco." Who do you think I got? I got "Bracco"........he had hair like a Lion's mane. It was gorgeous. I, of course, thought; "whoopie", this is MY dog. I'll be brushing his hair every hour, on the hour! :p

He and I walked so tall, so proud......I loved every minute of it!!!! I wonder what happened to Bracco? I was told that these dogs most likely were "Release's" and are used for interviews. By now, he's a very senior boy and hopefully enjoying his retirement years.

wizard-of-roz
November 17th, 2010, 07:52 PM
I've tried and tried to post pictures on cruise critic and always fail......sorry, i'd love to post pictures of the doodle. She is back playing with her siblings and roomates tonight. Cooler enjoyed some playtime in the backyard before I left.

I'm not so good at that either......Sometimes, I hit the right button and even surprise myself! I'll use my imagination! ;)

sunshine426
November 17th, 2010, 10:12 PM
When I went to CCI for my initial interview. There were 5 other people interviewing along with me. There were 5 dogs, that the trainer's were using to test us with. 3 Black Cross/Mix's, 1 yellow Lab and 1 HUGE, Golden Retriever/Lab mix, named "Bracco." Who do you think I got? I got "Bracco"........he had hair like a Lion's mane. It was gorgeous. I, of course, thought; "whoopie", this is MY dog. I'll be brushing his hair every hour, on the hour! :p

He and I walked so tall, so proud......I loved every minute of it!!!! I wonder what happened to Bracco? I was told that these dogs most likely were "Release's" and are used for interviews. By now, he's a very senior boy and hopefully enjoying his retirement years.

Crackers was like that. He was big and handsome and just breathtaking. Everyone would comment on it. He would stand so tall and proud next to you, and then just curl up or lie down or whatever it took to bring comfort to someone in need. I hope he is doing well out in the big world. I am sure he is. Probably still getting compliments and love.

Rolls Royce Lover
November 17th, 2010, 11:06 PM
Crackers was like that. He was big and handsome and just breathtaking. Everyone would comment on it. He would stand so tall and proud next to you, and then just curl up or lie down or whatever it took to bring comfort to someone in need. I hope he is doing well out in the big world. I am sure he is. Probably still getting compliments and love.

You know it!!!! ;)

rangeley
November 18th, 2010, 08:21 AM
If I can post pictures on here, both of you should be able to do it! I am no computer wiz. Heres a few cute pics. Roz notice the crossed paws. The first pic is what we call his "signature" position. He lays like this all the time. Third pic shows what a bum he really is.

Cindy

S.S. Cruisers
November 18th, 2010, 10:34 AM
Mornin' all:
That sexy Wexy is a ham! He knows the comfy spot!

krisnme
November 18th, 2010, 11:24 AM
Hi everyone!, let me start by saying how much I enjoy reading this board and learning sooo much! I am Mom to a 19yo son with multiple disabilities. we have been waiting and now are finally getting his SD in the next few weeks. She is a Golden and I am told is very blonde. My DS has named her "Annie". I suppose my first question for all of you is: How long should we wait after she joins our small family, to book our next cruise? I was hoping to cruise next year but will she need more time with us before we stress her with something like that?. I also have a question about how airport security handles screening dogs. I read a lot of blogs but don't really know how that works. we fly often and that will surely be our first big test. Thanks!

rangeley
November 18th, 2010, 12:10 PM
Welcome krisnme, Congratulations on your new service dog. We got our latest service dog in August 2009 and he went on his first cruise January 2010. So we only had him 4 months. He did awesome. As far as the airports go, my hubby is a quad and they take him and the dog aside. They did a patdown on the dog and swabbed his vest, collar and leash with the explosive detecting cloth. I have also heard from people they check their paws. Best of luck and any more questions, please ask.

Cindy

wizard-of-roz
November 18th, 2010, 01:00 PM
If I can post pictures on here, both of you should be able to do it! I am no computer wiz. Heres a few cute pics. Roz notice the crossed paws. The first pic is what we call his "signature" position. He lays like this all the time. Third pic shows what a bum he really is.

Cindy

I absolutely LOVE this dog. Wexy is so, so adorable with those crossed legs. What is up with that? Why do some dogs do this? It just blows me away and cracks me up when I see it!!!!!

You go Wexy!!!!! Just remember you're Brenda's man!!!! :p She may be an older woman but she's so much fun!!!! And, really pretty. Although, your coat is looking mighty "spiffy!"

wizard-of-roz
November 18th, 2010, 01:15 PM
Hi everyone!, let me start by saying how much I enjoy reading this board and learning sooo much! I am Mom to a 19yo son with multiple disabilities. we have been waiting and now are finally getting his SD in the next few weeks. She is a Golden and I am told is very blonde. My DS has named her "Annie". I suppose my first question for all of you is: How long should we wait after she joins our small family, to book our next cruise? I was hoping to cruise next year but will she need more time with us before we stress her with something like that?. I also have a question about how airport security handles screening dogs. I read a lot of blogs but don't really know how that works. we fly often and that will surely be our first big test. Thanks!


Hi, "Krisnme": Welcome to the most actively, friendly and truly educating thread about Service Dogs and traveling, that you'll ever read.

You really need to give "Annie" at least 3 months to "bond" with your son before you take the next step and venture out into the cruising world. I'm so glad that you have one booked - Good for you! Some might say you don't need this time.....I would disagree. Give the two of them and yourself a chance to get truly comfortable with each other.

I think Cindy has given you the best advise about the TSA and airports..

I don't like to be separated from Brenda but at the airports they may ask that she go through the screening without me.......I do not drop her leash. I ask that an agent be waiting on the other side of the screening device. I ask that he/she call her name and use the command "here" - at which time I pass the leash to them. They "pat" her down, open the zippers on her Vest and check it's contents. I pass through and take the leash and we're on our way!!!!

When you come back from your cruise the Immigration officials may ask you questions such as: where were you, what did you visit, were you on a farm or ranch? They may take you and "Annie" into an area where they will want to examine "Annie's" paws & fur [to make sure that she's not carrying back any critters], this only happened on two occasions and Brenda has been on 13 cruises - so it's not so common.

Congratulations, again, on getting your Service Dog - your's and your son's world will be so much bigger and brighter!

Have a wonderful cruise! "Annie" will now have her very own "paparazzi"!

rangeley
November 18th, 2010, 01:22 PM
I absolutely LOVE this dog. Wexy is so, so adorable with those crossed legs. What is up with that? Why do some dogs do this? It just blows me away and cracks me up when I see it!!!!!

You go Wexy!!!!! Just remember you're Brenda's man!!!! :p She may be an older woman but she's so much fun!!!! And, really pretty. Although, your coat is looking mighty "spiffy!"

Roz, I hope someday we can meet and maybe cruise together. I would love for you to meet Wex. He adores older women as Bailee was like a mother to him. He would love Brenny!! Now we have to get Morey to go on Holland America. And get me to fly there :eek:

wizard-of-roz
November 18th, 2010, 01:52 PM
Roz, I hope someday we can meet and maybe cruise together. I would love for you to meet Wex. He adores older women as Bailee was like a mother to him. He would love Brenny!! Now we have to get Morey to go on Holland America. And get me to fly there :eek:

Cindy, I would love it, too! We'd have so much fun. If you ever find a cruise that looks good to you - on the west coast, please let me know and, I'll bend-over-backwards to try and get onboard!

I think Morey will go to San Diego if I really push it!!!!

S.S. Cruisers
November 19th, 2010, 10:52 AM
Mornin' all:
Welcome Krisnme. Stick around, we get kind of wild and crazy every once in awhile, but are pretty harmless!

Roz: I use MSN to catch up on news. They had a video on "Charity gives Service dogs to those deserving". Of course I had to click on it. They had a video on "Puppy empowered love" Had to watch it. Cried like a baby and saw the most gorgeous blonde doodle! Then of course when I went back to find out where to tell you to look, it had rotated from the front page. I think it will come back. If you go to www dot msn dot com, it was in the second row, under the 3 pictures. Hope you can find it.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and weekend.

krisnme
November 19th, 2010, 11:00 AM
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. will update you all as we learn more about Annie and get closer to bringing her home. My head is swimming with all the things we need to get for her!

S.S. Cruisers
November 19th, 2010, 11:35 AM
Krisnme:
It will all be worth it! And wait and see the change in your son. We will of course need pictures posted. That is a must. I cannot wait to see Annie. :)

wizard-of-roz
November 19th, 2010, 11:58 AM
Mornin' all:
Welcome Krisnme. Stick around, we get kind of wild and crazy every once in awhile, but are pretty harmless!

Roz: I use MSN to catch up on news. They had a video on "Charity gives Service dogs to those deserving". Of course I had to click on it. They had a video on "Puppy empowered love" Had to watch it. Cried like a baby and saw the most gorgeous blonde doodle! Then of course when I went back to find out where to tell you to look, it had rotated from the front page. I think it will come back. If you go to www dot msn dot com, it was in the second row, under the 3 pictures. Hope you can find it.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and weekend.

After I do some work......you know, the stuff I get paid to do and helps to pay for the cruising....I'm going to the website. I love stories about dogs, especially ones about our amazing "hero's"!

wizard-of-roz
November 19th, 2010, 12:08 PM
Thanks everyone for the warm welcome. will update you all as we learn more about Annie and get closer to bringing her home. My head is swimming with all the things we need to get for her!

You are so welcome. If I may be of some help. Don't forget to buy extra water and food dishes for the car and something collapsible for your purse.

We happen to live in an "earthquake" area so we keep an emergency supply of: water, leash, bowls, rain gear and food in the car. And, I have a "Brenda Bag" that I walk around with. I keep the collapsible water holder, extra food, emergency meds. in that bag. Brenda is very prone to ear infections so, I keep cotton swabs and her medicine in this bag.

I have a hook by our front door, on this hook are: Her leash, collar and CCI Vest. I can't go out the front door without passing all that she needs to have on.

You will find your very own "comfort zone" with "Annie" and what you will need to keep you and her life in sinc.

If you have any good ideas or suggestions we love to hear them!

krisnme
November 19th, 2010, 01:27 PM
You are so welcome. If I may be of some help. Don't forget to buy extra water and food dishes for the car and something collapsible for your purse.

We happen to live in an "earthquake" area so we keep an emergency supply of: water, leash, bowls, rain gear and food in the car. And, I have a "Brenda Bag" that I walk around with. I keep the collapsible water holder, extra food, emergency meds. in that bag. Brenda is very prone to ear infections so, I keep cotton swabs and her medicine in this bag.

I have a hook by our front door, on this hook are: Her leash, collar and CCI Vest. I can't go out the front door without passing all that she needs to have on.

You will find your very own "comfort zone" with "Annie" and what you will need to keep you and her life in sinc.

If you have any good ideas or suggestions we love to hear them!

Thanks, Only had 1 earthquake here, a 2.5 right under where I live, scared me to death but you would laugh at it! The bag idea sounds great. Kris and I are going to the fabric store this weekend to get fleece to make several "tied" blankets for Annie. we travel between family daily and often have daytrips and disney/Florida trips (we take the auto-train). I thought the blankets would be a good way to make her comfortable in all the places we spend our days. I am used to carrying food and water for Kris, as he has nutrition issues so I will just add some things for Annie to the bag. I will post pics the moment we get them. Any suggestions are welcome as we are completely new at this!

sunshine426
November 19th, 2010, 02:36 PM
Mornin' all:
Welcome Krisnme. Stick around, we get kind of wild and crazy every once in awhile, but are pretty harmless!

Roz: I use MSN to catch up on news. They had a video on "Charity gives Service dogs to those deserving". Of course I had to click on it. They had a video on "Puppy empowered love" Had to watch it. Cried like a baby and saw the most gorgeous blonde doodle! Then of course when I went back to find out where to tell you to look, it had rotated from the front page. I think it will come back. If you go to www dot msn dot com, it was in the second row, under the 3 pictures. Hope you can find it.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and weekend.

That MSN or msnbc story was filmed at Canine Assistance. We saw it at graduation and it was filmed during this past training camp. That doodle you saw is only 12 months old. She is a fabulous dog and should make a fabulous service dog. The current puppies you saw on the video are named after rivers. So the "sippi" is Mississippi.

S.S. Cruisers
November 19th, 2010, 05:15 PM
I went back and couldn't find it again! They were adorable.

wizard-of-roz
November 19th, 2010, 05:34 PM
That MSN or msnbc story was filmed at Canine Assistance. We saw it at graduation and it was filmed during this past training camp. That doodle you saw is only 12 months old. She is a fabulous dog and should make a fabulous service dog. The current puppies you saw on the video are named after rivers. So the "sippi" is Mississippi.


How cute is that......All of Brenda's family were given names that began with "B"....There's "Bobbie" and "Beulah" and "Brenda" and "Black Bart" [her Grandfather] and her mom was "Quintara" [I guess they couldn't think of many names that begin with "Q"]! :rolleyes:

Quampapetet
November 20th, 2010, 07:08 AM
Hi everyone!, let me start by saying how much I enjoy reading this board and learning sooo much! I am Mom to a 19yo son with multiple disabilities. we have been waiting and now are finally getting his SD in the next few weeks. She is a Golden and I am told is very blonde. My DS has named her "Annie". I suppose my first question for all of you is: How long should we wait after she joins our small family, to book our next cruise? I was hoping to cruise next year but will she need more time with us before we stress her with something like that?. I also have a question about how airport security handles screening dogs. I read a lot of blogs but don't really know how that works. we fly often and that will surely be our first big test. Thanks!

Welcome! Congrats on the new dog! What will she be doing for your son?

You'll definitely need some settling-in time with the dog before you travel, especially if this is your first dog (including pets). Give it at least several months, if not up to six months. Some dogs take time to settle in, too, so it isn't just a time for you. For program dogs that were homed by many different ppl, sometimes it takes them a few months to realize they are finally "home" to stay. Some dogs settle in quickly to immediately just fine, so it depends on the dog. You'll figure out when you're all ready, then you can book a cruise.

I suggest you read the TSA screening guidelines page on TSA's Web site (www.tsa.gov (http://www.tsa.gov)) so you know from the source what they are and aren't allowed to do (not all screeners know). Generally, the dog is screened in the same way a person is screened - they walk through the metal detector (I recommend you send them ahead of you, though some prefer to go before their dog [I prefer being able to see her to make sure no other passengers try to touch or distract her] - I definitely don't recommend walking through WITH the dog 'cause the dog's gear sets off the metal detector and if you walk through together, you BOTH have to be patted down). If the dog sets off the detector, they'll hand-search the dog by patting it down, putting hands under its harness and collar and such, and often will also swab the dog's gear for traces of explosives (they put the swab in a machine that looks for traces of explosives). If your son is in a wheelchair, he obviously won't go through the metal detector or the new body scans, so the new enhanced pat-downs will be given (don't get me started on that...).

While you don't have to remove the dog's gear when going through security, if the dog is wearing a pack/pouch/bag of any type and you leave it on him instead of putting it through the x-ray, TSA will have to open up the bag and hand-search it (which may mean taking everything out of the bag). So, I recommend taking packs/pouches/bags off the dog and putting them through the x-ray machine for ease and the sake of time. Know that they cannot require you to remove any of the dog's gear, such as collars and leashes and mobility harnesses and guide harnesses, although agents who don't know the rules might ask you to - you can safely refuse to take the gear off (without getting in trouble with the TSA, I mean).

Oh - as for flying with a dog, I recommend you take at least one day's worth of the dog's food in your carry-on bag just in case the baggage handlers decide to misplace the dog's bag/bag with dog's food in it for a bit. A can of dog food for a service dog counts as medical supplies, so is allowed through even though it is larger than 3 oz. Take it out of your carry-on so it can be screened separately (otherwise, they'll see it on the scan and flag your carry-on bag as suspicious and go through the bag to find that can so they can inspect it).

I recommend not feeding your dog that morning for a morning to noontime flight and feeding your dog super early in the morning, with plenty of time for pottying the rest of the morning, for afternoon to night flights. Take water away before you leave for the airport - you can offer your dog ice cubes to LICK (not eat) when on the plane so the dog isn't thirsty but also doesn't fill up and have to pee real bad.

Quampapetet
November 20th, 2010, 07:27 AM
I don't like to be separated from Brenda but at the airports they may ask that she go through the screening without me.......I do not drop her leash. I ask that an agent be waiting on the other side of the screening device. I ask that he/she call her name and use the command "here" - at which time I pass the leash to them. They "pat" her down, open the zippers on her Vest and check it's contents. I pass through and take the leash and we're on our way!!!!

They are not allowed to separate a service dog from its handler, don't worry. I do recommend you not hold onto the leash, though, otherwise they might justify it as a way to give you the pat-down (which now is one of those intrusive enhanced pat-downs with the front of the hands and the touching of one's genitals and putting their hands inside one's pants waistline/underwear waistline). TSA is not allowed to take control of the dog, so they should not be taking the dog's leash or anything like that. They have to ask you before they are allowed to touch your dog (just like they have to ask you first before they touch you if you have to go through a pat-down).

I wrap my dog's leash around her harness handle and give her the command to walk through the metal detector. Once she's completely through to the other side enough to give me room to walk through, I give her the command to stop and she waits for me to get through (which I do once the detector has stopped beeping and the agent tells me to come through). Then we get to wait around for somebody to pat her down (some agents are scared of dogs so will ask for somebody else to come do it - some agents will also ask you to hold your dog's head away from them 'cause they are a little scared of dogs, too). The agents are not to interact with the dog other than a professional pat-down (not to play with, pet, talk to, etc. the dog), but sometimes you'll find one that will do that - you can, of course, ask them to not do that.

Do note that nobody watches your bags for you to keep them from theft off the x-ray conveyor belt, so you have to do double-duty of watching the pat-down and watching your bags at the same time, which can be hard! It is easier if the disabled person is travelling with somebody, as the other person can take/watch the bags until the pat-down is finished, but when travelling alone, you just have to be extra vigilent about those bags on the belt.

Quampapetet
November 20th, 2010, 07:34 AM
BTW, everyone, IAADP (International Association of Assistance Dog Partners) is asking for votes in the Pepsi contest for grants. If IAADP wins, the money will be put towards a few things including the veterinary emergency relief fund they have for members' service dogs who need costly medical treatment/surgery that will put the dog back to working status yet the partner can't afford it. (Sadly, two giant sponsors of the fund backed out this year!)

Go to www.iaadp.org for more info. and the link on how to vote - you can vote once per organization daily out of the ten votes you get daily.

rangeley
November 20th, 2010, 07:58 AM
We have never been asked to put our service dog through the metal detector. They always just pull the dog and John aside. This was the case even with our last service dog.

The IAADP thing is so screwed up! John has been trying to vote for a few weeks and finally they sent an email telling us it was screwed up and they were going to try something different, but that doesn't work either. He was trying the new thing the other day and couldn't get that to work either. Then he got an email from CCI so he went in through there, and guess what...it didn't work either!!:eek:

Quampapetet
November 20th, 2010, 08:15 AM
We have never been asked to put our service dog through the metal detector. They always just pull the dog and John aside. This was the case even with our last service dog.

That's because your hubby is in a wheelchair, so he doesn't go through the metal detector himself. If he wasn't in a wheelchair, he would have to go through the metal detector and so would the dog.

The IAADP thing is so screwed up! John has been trying to vote for a few weeks and finally they sent an email telling us it was screwed up and they were going to try something different, but that doesn't work either. He was trying the new thing the other day and couldn't get that to work either. Then he got an email from CCI so he went in through there, and guess what...it didn't work either!!:eek:

Strange, as I've voted in the thing a couple of times just fine. Let me see if I can find the link for you - or you can go on the Pepsi site and search for it, I think.

Here: http://www.refresheverything.com/helpthedisabledandtheirdogs Click "Vote for this idea" to vote - you have to be logged into the site to do this (you have to sign up if you haven't already).

rangeley
November 20th, 2010, 11:28 AM
I guess the link they sent us wasn't working so CCI sent us another link and now we can vote. Unfortunately IAADP is 110th on the list so far :(

S.S. Cruisers
November 20th, 2010, 11:31 AM
Mornin' all:
Thanks, Quam. That linked worked, however it was not very easy to find where you sign up, log in and log out. But I did it! And voted.

sunshine426
November 20th, 2010, 02:24 PM
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.msnbc.msn.com%2F&h=991e3


This is a link to the video Nancy was talking about...Hope it works.

Sorry, it links you to msnbc and then you still have to hunt for the specefic link. I'll try again later.http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.msnbc.msn.com%2Fid%2F2113 4540%2Fvp%2F40263323%2340263323&h=991e3

Rolls Royce Lover
November 20th, 2010, 03:12 PM
[quote=Quampapetet;26940186]That's because your hubby is in a wheelchair, so he doesn't go through the metal detector himself. If he wasn't in a wheelchair, he would have to go through the metal detector and so would the dog.

This is not always true......It's a "hit" or a "miss" depending on the agent. Sometimes they ask me to send Brenda through the detector, sometimes they don't.

Doesn't matter to me as long as she's in my ear-shot to hear my commands and, I ALWAYS INSIST that one of the TSA Agents grab her leash [If I'm alone]. Brenda is a dog...and, can be distracted if I'm not with her [holding her lead]. I don't want to take the risk of her being called away by anybody or having another Service Dog or anything elses distract her away from me!!!!!! It's a risk I won't take!!!

Always, keep your SD safe.....it's YOUR job, they depend on YOU to protect them. Remember, a dog's brain NEVER develops more than the equal of a 2 year old child.

Would you let a 2 year old stand alone with a STRANGER? [Of course, for those of us who have raised two year olds, I doubt we'd ever allow ANYONE to try and separate us, for some of us, it would take an act of God!] With our 2 year old "hero's", we have to allow that "separation" thing and, then remember they're dogs. And, some people have an innate fear of them.

If you think of your dog in terms of a 2 year old child it may be easier to understand their behavior/responses and emotions.

Rolls Royce Lover
November 20th, 2010, 03:48 PM
http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.msnbc.msn.com%2F&h=991e3


This is a link to the video Nancy was talking about...Hope it works.

Sorry, it links you to msnbc and then you still have to hunt for the specefic link. I'll try again later.http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.msnbc.msn.com%2Fid%2F2113 4540%2Fvp%2F40263323%2340263323&h=991e3

Okay, I've had my good cry for the day. I love watching the training and the "matching" of these wonderful dogs.

She has a fabulous organization and she's truly an amazing woman. Her father would be very proud of what she's done and is doing.

If I wasn't so connected to CCI she would be my choice.

I love Arnold's philosphy, her training methods and the wonderful folks who work with her [Sunshine].

sunshine426
November 20th, 2010, 05:47 PM
Okay, I've had my good cry for the day. I love watching the training and the "matching" of these wonderful dogs.

She has a fabulous organization and she's truly an amazing woman. Her father would be very proud of what she's done and is doing.

If I wasn't so connected to CCI she would be my choice.

I love Arnold's philosphy, her training methods and the wonderful folks who work with her [Sunshine].


Roz, you make my day. This is why I do what I do...Jennifer decided what she wanted to do as a very young woman and managed to do it. These dogs are ambassadors of good will and companions of a life time. While Jennifer stands in "awe" of dogs, I stand in "awe' of her and her vision. She manages to make recepients, dogs, volunteers, and staff stay loyal to the mission: recepients who need and value these wonderful dogs.

Rolls Royce Lover
November 20th, 2010, 11:35 PM
Roz, you make my day. This is why I do what I do...Jennifer decided what she wanted to do as a very young woman and managed to do it. These dogs are ambassadors of good will and companions of a life time. While Jennifer stands in "awe" of dogs, I stand in "awe' of her and her vision. She manages to make recepients, dogs, volunteers, and staff stay loyal to the mission: recepients who need and value these wonderful dogs.


Where are her locations? I love hearing about the loyalty that you all feel for Jennifer, the program and most especially those wonderful dogs.

Every day that I get to spend with Miss Brenny is another day filled with joy, laughter, companionship, friendship and most importantly, the ability to live my life to its very fullest! She truly completes me!!!!!

People like you and Jennifer Arnold have made the lives of people like me more safe, more liveable and filled with the undying devotion of our furpartners!!!!!

THANK YOU!

rangeley
November 21st, 2010, 08:50 AM
Ok I think Sunshine tries to make us cry. What a wonderful report on CA. John and I were both in tears. Just to see the faces when they get their dog, it's priceless. I'm sure we looked like that when we got Wex. And those puppies!!! I just wanna lay on the ground and let'em attack me!! Like Roz said None of this can happen without all of wonderful people that devote their time to these dogs. We love all of you!

Cindy

rangeley
November 21st, 2010, 08:51 AM
Only 6 days Roz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sunshine426
November 21st, 2010, 09:11 AM
Canine Assistants is located in Milton Georgia which is just north of Atlanta. No other campus locations. It is really a family affair with Jennifer's husband is the Vet for the program and provides aftercare to locally placed dogs as well as care for all the dogs in training. He also runs the breeding program. Her brother and nephew are involved in the front office stuff. Fund raising, publicity...And her 8 year old son is about as charming as his mom.

Cooler and Cracker were once those tiny puppies...That was the river group you saw on agility.

sunshine426
November 21st, 2010, 09:14 AM
On to cruising...I want to sooooooo bad. Spotted a 7 day western carribean sailing 11/27 for $299 pp. I pushed the numbers around, scrambled to see if we could manage to get the time off last minute, and then came back to reality. Just can't do it this year. Mr Sunshine promises me that next year we should be back in a better financial place(especially if I start working more hours instead of volunteering with the dos)and can probably start planning. So, I am off to start looking, maybe spring or early summer. I can work more, but am not giving up my dog time!!!!!!

Rolls Royce Lover
November 21st, 2010, 03:44 PM
Only 6 days Roz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know, my house is starting to look like "somethings up"....and, I'm sure Brenda is wondering what is happening to all her floor space. I start bringing down all the travel bags and slowly putting the stuff I just can't forget into them!!!!

I promise myself to lighten my load every time we go away but slowly, ever so slowly the stuff creeps-up on me!!!!!!

I just keep thinking about the folks who are on the cruise right now.....the weather here in Calif. is so cold and wintry and, I keep watching the weather reports for next week.....it's going to be more sunny and, that's a good thing!!!!! :) I'm getting very excited!!!!!!

Rolls Royce Lover
November 21st, 2010, 03:45 PM
Ok I think Sunshine tries to make us cry. What a wonderful report on CA. John and I were both in tears. Just to see the faces when they get their dog, it's priceless. I'm sure we looked like that when we got Wex. And those puppies!!! I just wanna lay on the ground and let'em attack me!! Like Roz said None of this can happen without all of wonderful people that devote their time to these dogs. We love all of you!

Cindy

Yes, we do!!!!

Rolls Royce Lover
November 21st, 2010, 03:48 PM
Canine Assistants is located in Milton Georgia which is just north of Atlanta. No other campus locations. It is really a family affair with Jennifer's husband is the Vet for the program and provides aftercare to locally placed dogs as well as care for all the dogs in training. He also runs the breeding program. Her brother and nephew are involved in the front office stuff. Fund raising, publicity...And her 8 year old son is about as charming as his mom.

Cooler and Cracker were once those tiny puppies...That was the river group you saw on agility.

Wow! Talk about a family affair. She's done a great job on getting the "word" out. I wish her and her family great success in all that they do!

Rolls Royce Lover
November 21st, 2010, 03:53 PM
On to cruising...I want to sooooooo bad. Spotted a 7 day western carribean sailing 11/27 for $299 pp. I pushed the numbers around, scrambled to see if we could manage to get the time off last minute, and then came back to reality. Just can't do it this year. Mr Sunshine promises me that next year we should be back in a better financial place(especially if I start working more hours instead of volunteering with the dos)and can probably start planning. So, I am off to start looking, maybe spring or early summer. I can work more, but am not giving up my dog time!!!!!!

It will happen. And, I hope it's not too long for you!

Please, please don't give-up your "dog time", people like me need you desperately!

wizard-of-roz
November 22nd, 2010, 12:11 PM
Whew! I'm at work and, getting ready for the holiday, the cruise and finishing all the important stuff before Brenny goes to the groomer on Wednesday. I still have shopping to do for Turkey Day and then I have Friday to get ready for our cruise on Saturday.

For those of you who are probably very confused over the different "Avatars" and my threads......on the weekends I use PaPa's Avatar and write to you from there. I much prefer my own [but, that's when I'm at work] and, thank goodness I'm not here on the weekends. I feel like I practically live at work, as it is.

Brenda loves it at work......she has much more to do and lots of attention and different visitors - all day long.

If I don't get to talk to you before Thursday - Have a wonderful, love-filled Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for ALL OF YOU to talk to and to turn to when I need help and advice on Cruising With a Service Dog!

DisneyKidsDad
November 22nd, 2010, 03:12 PM
Have a great cruise Roz. Friday we start our weekends of CCI fundraising with our puppy raiser friends. They have a Borders Books up by them that allows non profit organizations to come in and do free gift wrapping for donations. So we start on Friday and do every Saturday till Christmas, including Christmas Eve morning. Other puppy raisers and graduates stop by and we educate alot of people. We did it last year and the donations were pretty good.

wizard-of-roz
November 22nd, 2010, 04:02 PM
Have a great cruise Roz. Friday we start our weekends of CCI fundraising with our puppy raiser friends. They have a Borders Books up by them that allows non profit organizations to come in and do free gift wrapping for donations. So we start on Friday and do every Saturday till Christmas, including Christmas Eve morning. Other puppy raisers and graduates stop by and we educate alot of people. We did it last year and the donations were pretty good.


Thank you!

What you do for CCI and the folks who get the giftwrapping is a wonderful idea. Everybody gets something out of it. It's a win-win.

Give "Orson" a big kiss and lick from me and Brenda.

Quampapetet
November 22nd, 2010, 06:19 PM
This is not always true......It's a "hit" or a "miss" depending on the agent. Sometimes they ask me to send Brenda through the detector, sometimes they don't.

Did you go through the detector when she didn't? I've never seen or heard of such a thing before, as it is required for the dogs to be screened. As somebody who flies domestically and internationally more than you do, I have never experienced somebody saying the dog didn't need to go through the metal detector. Sounds like you came across somebody who was incompetent in their job, as even the TSA rules for screening service dogs (posted on the Web site) talk about going through the metal detector, with nothing saying it is optional for those going through the detectors.

Even pet dogs (who don't generally wear anything but a collar and leash) have to go through the metal detectors (held by their person).

If you're talking about going through cruise ship security, that's not TSA and they can make up whatever rules they want to.


Doesn't matter to me as long as she's in my ear-shot to hear my commands and, I ALWAYS INSIST that one of the TSA Agents grab her leash [If I'm alone]. Brenda is a dog...and, can be distracted if I'm not with her [holding her lead]. I don't want to take the risk of her being called away by anybody or having another Service Dog or anything elses distract her away from me!!!!!! It's a risk I won't take!!!

Your dog will never be separated from you (TSA rule), so, yes, she will always be within earshot. TSA agents are not allowed to take the leash, nor should they. If your dog cannot behave off-lead, get your CCI ppl to come give her a refresher lesson, as that is a very important thing for service dogs to know. My dog had to pass an off-leash obedience test far before her service dog certification (and, of course, did an on-leash obedience test before the off-leash one).

There's no chance of somebody calling her away from you or of somebody distracting your dog once she is on the other side of the metal detector (assuming she is going through first - this is why it would be stupid to send the dog after you, since there's the possibility of an idiot stranger being behind you in line), as there is no room for anybody to be there and ppl wouldn't be allowed to stand there anyway. If your dog doesn't know the "stop" command, you can use "stand" or "sit" to get her to stop and wait for you to come through the metal detector. There isn't a risk in letting your dog be obedient, but there could be a risk in a TSA agent who might not know squat about dogs (especially service dogs), might be afraid of dogs, etc. and who isn't allowed to take control of your dog taking the leash. I'd be darn-tootin' mad if a TSA agent tried to take my dog's leash!


Always, keep your SD safe.....it's YOUR job, they depend on YOU to protect them. Remember, a dog's brain NEVER develops more than the equal of a 2 year old child.

Would you let a 2 year old stand alone with a STRANGER? [Of course, for those of us who have raised two year olds, I doubt we'd ever allow ANYONE to try and separate us, for some of us, it would take an act of God!] With our 2 year old "hero's", we have to allow that "separation" thing and, then remember they're dogs. And, some people have an innate fear of them.

If you think of your dog in terms of a 2 year old child it may be easier to understand their behavior/responses and emotions.

Some ppl don't have a choice in letting their kids "stand" with a stranger with these new TSA procedures! :eek: :mad:

Yes, I know about dog behavior, although it isn't quite like the "two-year-old" thing.

Going through security your dog isn't more than a few feet in front of you, so your dog isn't alone at all. The dog has nowhere to go and nobody to distract it. If your dog's off-leash training has gotten dull, get a trainer from your program to come out to give the both of you a refresher course.

wizard-of-roz
November 22nd, 2010, 07:06 PM
I can't wait to call CCI and tell them to send a "trainer" over immediately because the Service Dog who will be on her 14th cruise on Saturday and has been all over the world by every means of transportation available to man - NEEDS MORE TRAINING! That'll go over big!!!!!!

I think I'm good. Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving! Remember, we roast the "bird" not each other!!!!!!

S.S. Cruisers
November 22nd, 2010, 07:51 PM
Ok, Roz's comment reminded me of a Thanksgiving email greeting I got. It has absolutely nothing to do with any of us, just gave me a great laugh this morning and I want to share it.
"Just think, if the Indians had offered the pilgrims donkey at the feast we would all be having azz for Thanksgiving!" Happy Thanksgiving. :D

Roz: Hopefully I will be on here before you go, but if not have a fantabulous cruise with Mr. Roz, Ms. Brenny and yourself. Let the ocean air fly thru your hair! Was that a rhyme?

wizard-of-roz
November 22nd, 2010, 07:58 PM
Ok, Roz's comment reminded me of a Thanksgiving email greeting I got. It has absolutely nothing to do with any of us, just gave me a great laugh this morning and I want to share it.
"Just think, if the Indians had offered the pilgrims donkey at the feast we would all be having azz for Thanksgiving!" Happy Thanksgiving. :D

Roz: Hopefully I will be on here before you go, but if not have a fantabulous cruise with Mr. Roz, Ms. Brenny and yourself. Let the ocean air fly thru your hair! Was that a rhyme?


Thank you, my dear.....and, you and yours have a blissful Thanksgiving. I will have a "air-flowing through my hair" experience!