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rangeley
May 26th, 2011, 08:35 AM
Well I will not even comment on the "death" plans, mainly because my Bailee will be gone 1year on saturday and I don't want to discuss it. :mad:

I do want to comment on the fur issue. When they get older the fur changes alot. They get what I call "poofs", little clumps of hair you can see that are a different color. I used to sit Rangeley and Bailee (and my other lab Rebel) down and pull them out before they fell out all over my rug. I'm not sure why it happens but all 3 labs have gotten them.

Cindy

S.S. Cruisers
May 26th, 2011, 09:32 AM
Mornin' all:
Remember those tufts well. They sure came out easy, though. Jezzy Lou's hair is more along the "wired" hair from the terrier in her. She hates brushes, brooms or anything like that. Jumps on the broom and bites and growls at it. She finally let me brush her the other night. I'm not sure how much good it did, it is a soft rubber one. I think she has sensitive skin. Although groomers always say no problem with her. Maybe she knows she can get away with it with mom!

Rolls Royce Lover
May 26th, 2011, 07:06 PM
Well I will not even comment on the "death" plans, mainly because my Bailee will be gone 1year on saturday and I don't want to discuss it. :mad:

I do want to comment on the fur issue. When they get older the fur changes alot. They get what I call "poofs", little clumps of hair you can see that are a different color. I used to sit Rangeley and Bailee (and my other lab Rebel) down and pull them out before they fell out all over my rug. I'm not sure why it happens but all 3 labs have gotten them.

Cindy

Yep, that's exactly what they looked like "poofs!" They're gone, between the groomer and our brushing, she's looking more like a dog and not a "shedding sheep!"

She's still my beautiful Brenda but she's different; she has so much gray around her face, stomach and on her sides, with a bonier shape face, she's still having joyful moments on the grass and wanting to catch her stuffies and "alert" to sounds in her environment, she definitely is not ready to stop working, she's just much slower now-I want her with me forever, such a great girl!

Rolls Royce Lover
May 26th, 2011, 07:19 PM
I saw a big yellow Renie boy riding in the car with his mom, with his big ole head hanging out the back window! He was almost as big as the car! Miss my boy.

Awww! You sure loved Reno and he knew it!!!! Brenda will not stick her head out the window....so funny! She'll waft her nose in the air as we're driving along but her head stays inside!

S.S. Cruisers
May 26th, 2011, 08:54 PM
Roz: Reno didn't like to stick his head out either, just sniffing the air. The big guy I saw had his head out, though. I think it was because it was a small car and he probably felt stuffed in it! I think the black labs are more prone to the gray muzzles. I could be wrong or it is just harder to see on the chocolate and yellows. My friend has a black lab and she said he is only 6, but he already has gray on his muzzle?

Rolls Royce Lover
May 26th, 2011, 09:23 PM
Roz: Reno didn't like to stick his head out either, just sniffing the air. The big guy I saw had his head out, though. I think it was because it was a small car and he probably felt stuffed in it! I think the black labs are more prone to the gray muzzles. I could be wrong or it is just harder to see on the chocolate and yellows. My friend has a black lab and she said he is only 6, but he already has gray on his muzzle?

I think I already told you guys that when I was interviewing, over the phone, with CCI and they asked me if I had a preference for a Successor Dog....I only asked for a tall dog [since I'm tall and I think a tall dog would make it easier for me when I'm putting on the vest and collar] but other than that I didn't make any other likes or dislikes.

I've loved having my Black Lab [never thought I'd ever be saying that], so if my next dog is another Black Lab, I'll be happy. I love the English Lab [with their big square head.] I'd love another dog who looked just like Miss B.

We'll see......Honestly, who ever CCI thinks is a good match for me is what I'll be happy with. They're all so amazingly wonderful!!!!! I'd be lucky to have any one of them.

S.S. Cruisers
May 27th, 2011, 10:19 AM
Mornin' all:
Roz: I love the big "block" (pun intended) head too! They look so big and huggable. I know you will love any dog CCI matches you with. They will pick another winner, I am sure. Ms. Brenny is gonna be the best big sister ever. :)

wizard-of-roz
May 27th, 2011, 12:19 PM
Mornin' all:
Roz: I love the big "block" (pun intended) head too! They look so big and huggable. I know you will love any dog CCI matches you with. They will pick another winner, I am sure. Ms. Brenny is gonna be the best big sister ever. :)



"Big Sister", doesn't that sound so cute and sweet. Wouldn't it be awful if she was mean to "Successor"........we'll see! This is where my "dog handling" skills will really come into view!!!!

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day, everyone!

DisneyKidsDad
May 27th, 2011, 01:58 PM
"Big Sister", doesn't that sound so cute and sweet. Wouldn't it be awful if she was mean to "Successor"........we'll see! This is where my "dog handling" skills will really come into view!!!!

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day, everyone!

I think what you will see is the new younger dog coming in and thinking he/she will be the boss over the older dog. But what will happen is Brenda will let him/her know that she may be old but this is her house and her people. It won't take long before everyone finds their place. We have an 11 year old Lab and a 6 year old Yorkie. The Lab (Magic) is the boss. The Yorkie (Chaos) is her pup. And Orson is just Orson. :D

wizard-of-roz
May 27th, 2011, 02:15 PM
I think what you will see is the new younger dog coming in and thinking he/she will be the boss over the older dog. But what will happen is Brenda will let him/her know that she may be old but this is her house and her people. It won't take long before everyone finds their place. We have an 11 year old Lab and a 6 year old Yorkie. The Lab (Magic) is the boss. The Yorkie (Chaos) is her pup. And Orson is just Orson. :D

How cute. But, seriously, where did Orson fit into this pack? Did Magic allow him in easily and, since Chaos is Magic's pup, did Magic & Chaos kind of push Orson out from day one?

Also, Orson is the dog that gets to go "everywhere" so he probably feels pretty special in that way. Very interesting dynamic.

Morey and Brenda are pretty tight.......If I slip my hand in to pet her while Morey's petting her she'll pick her head up and look at me as if to say, "excuse me, we're busy here!"

I think she'll be happy as heck to have Morey all to herself when Successor and I leave.....although, she's still beating me to the door every morning. It's definitely going to be interesting to see how it all plays-out once we have another dog in her life.

DisneyKidsDad
May 27th, 2011, 02:26 PM
How cute. But, seriously, where did Orson fit into this pack? Did Magic allow him in easily and, since Chaos is Magic's pup, did Magic & Chaos kind of push Orson out from day one?

Also, Orson is the dog that gets to go "everywhere" so he probably feels pretty special in that way. Very interesting dynamic.

Morey and Brenda are pretty tight.......If I slip my hand in to pet her while Morey's petting her she'll pick her head up and look at me as if to say, "excuse me, we're busy here!"

I think she'll be happy as heck to have Morey all to herself when Successor and I leave.....although, she's still beating me to the door every morning. It's definitely going to be interesting to see how it all plays-out once we have another dog in her life.


Orson is a VERY submissive dog so he fell into his place (dead last) without any trouble at all. Every once in a while Magic will let Orson know who is boss with a little hump. But there was never any real problems when we brought Orson home. The one thing we did do was have them meet outside in front of the house. This way we were never in magic's territory. Like in the house or back yard.
And your right. Orson probably feels special when he leaves with us and the other two have to stay home.

wizard-of-roz
May 27th, 2011, 02:33 PM
Orson is a VERY submissive dog so he fell into his place (dead last) without any trouble at all. Every once in a while Magic will let Orson know who is boss with a little hump. But there was never any real problems when we brought Orson home. The one thing we did do was have them meet outside in front of the house. This way we were never in magic's territory. Like in the house or back yard.
And your right. Orson probably feels special when he leaves with us and the other two have to stay home.

If I had worked with Service Dogs years ago, when I was much younger, it probably would have been the path that I took, vocation wise. I find dog behavior/training and all that goes with it so, so interesting.

I absolutely love when we go to CCI in Santa Rosa. So much going on and observing the puppies in training and watching the trainers with them is so much fun. I like Oceanside but not nearly as much as Santa Rosa.

I could NEVER be a PuppyRaiser though......that really takes a certain type of person, with the patience and heart of a Saint.

Latitude 20
May 27th, 2011, 11:44 PM
In contrast to the recent Carnival thread: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1420464. Let's hope this one will remain as civil and appreciative as it is tonight.

Rolls Royce Lover
May 28th, 2011, 12:43 AM
In contrast to the recent Carnival thread: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1420464. Let's hope this one will remain as civil and appreciative as it is tonight.

You know, so much of the ankst and fear that people feel when they see a dog in an unfamiliar place is just plain "ignorance" and, I don't mean that in a pajorative way, I truly mean that most folks simply don't have knowledge about the Service/Working Dog and all that they can do.

They don't know that these dogs come in all shapes and sizes and, if they should be lucky enough to come across one in their travels onboard a cruise ship, they should realize exactly what it took to get that dog on that ship.

We're here to help and inform each other and to be each other's "rock" on this thread and I hope it NEVER goes away!!!!!!

We've been "here" for each other when we had training questions, when we had feeding and exercise questions and when we were deeply saddened by the loss or sickness of our fur partners.

I am so grateful for being able to share my cruising experiences with Brenda, with all of you and so thankful for everyone's input as my beautiful girl is aging and the help that I'm getting as I go through the "Successor" process, everyone's input means the world to me!

I'm forever grateful that we have this thread to do all of this.

S.S. Cruisers
May 28th, 2011, 10:37 AM
Mornin' all:
Roz: You are so right. I think the old stigma that a guide dog is only for blind people is instilled in people's minds. So if the person can see, then it must be a pet in disguise! After typing this, this is the first time I have thought about a gentleman that ran our luncheonette at one of the jobs I had years ago. He was blind and had a beautiful german shepherd. No one every complained or said a word that there was a "dog" in an eating establishment. Fond memories. I worked with his wife. She reminds me of Mimi on the Drew Carey show. They were so funny. This makes my day.

sunshine426
May 28th, 2011, 07:39 PM
On a lighter note...but still filled with angst and shame...I tell everyone that "My Dog has Fleas!". Good Lord, after 7 years of religious application of flea preventative medication, my sweet Sandy has a rashy belly, sore underarms, licked red parts we wont' describe in proper company and about 4 fleas! So, one flea bath later, antibiotics and a long discussion with the vet regarding skin and allergies in the labrador retriever (not to mention a very $$$ vet bill) Sandy is drugged up and still a bit rashy. Rich and I keep checking her out and ourseleves for fleas.....Why again did I switch her from a less expensive flea\heartworm managment plan to a pricey flea/tick/managment plan...maybe I need to buy a bridge in brooklyn or some property in florida.

S.S. Cruisers
May 28th, 2011, 11:41 PM
Poor Sandy. I bet she is so embarassed and uncomfortable. I hope the baths and meds help her out soon. I would be checking her every five minutes, too! Jezzy Lou would not appreciate that.

Quampapetet
May 29th, 2011, 12:27 AM
Hey, everyone! It has been a bit since I've been on here. I was busy and had a trip to Las Vegas (which was a blast!) and stuff. I just wanted to check in and say hi! Not much else to say. :)

Rolls Royce Lover
May 29th, 2011, 02:39 AM
On a lighter note...but still filled with angst and shame...I tell everyone that "My Dog has Fleas!". Good Lord, after 7 years of religious application of flea preventative medication, my sweet Sandy has a rashy belly, sore underarms, licked red parts we wont' describe in proper company and about 4 fleas! So, one flea bath later, antibiotics and a long discussion with the vet regarding skin and allergies in the labrador retriever (not to mention a very $$$ vet bill) Sandy is drugged up and still a bit rashy. Rich and I keep checking her out and ourseleves for fleas.....Why again did I switch her from a less expensive flea\heartworm managment plan to a pricey flea/tick/managment plan...maybe I need to buy a bridge in brooklyn or some property in florida.

I am sitting here with Morey hysterically laughing at your writings. I know, I know, it's not a bit funny but the way you put it really made us laugh. Poor Sandy girl, those damn little buggers are painful, not to mention the expense of it all. It's the "itch" that no matter how much you scratch it, it just gets worse. Here come the oatmeal baths.

And, that's a good question, why did you switch her and better than that, why the heck didn't it work? I thought this stuff works in keeping the fleas and ticks away.......it costs enough money, it should have worked.

Now, you've got me checking and re-checking Brenda.

Not to change the subject.....on the National Geographic Channel, today, was a special on Police Dogs and Service Dogs. They showed the Medical Alert/Hearing/Seeing Eye and Rescue Dogs. They showed the dogs who sniff-out cancer and they really highlighted CCI and the Hearing Dog. Great Show!

Back to Sandy, Sunshine, I'm sorry about Sandy's flea issue and I hope that she's feeling better very soon...........Tell us what brand you were using, I'm all stocked-up on Advantix. Will I be sorry?

Rolls Royce Lover
May 29th, 2011, 02:44 AM
Hey, everyone! It has been a bit since I've been on here. I was busy and had a trip to Las Vegas (which was a blast!) and stuff. I just wanted to check in and say hi! Not much else to say. :)

Quam: I was wondering where you were! Glad you're okay and back with us. I'll be doing a Vegas run on July 17th...can't wait. Hope you saved some for me!!!!

S.S. Cruisers
May 29th, 2011, 11:08 AM
Mornin' all:
Quam: I was also thinking about you the other day. I know once you told us if you didn't have a cruise booked that you don't visit as often. That means you missed the nasty thread on Carnival about service dogs and cruises. Actually some uniformed person started it as something like "take you pet on a Carnival cruise." It got down right nasty. Even showed pictures of Barb's own little Valentine. Thank goodness it was locked and sent to pasture. Glad you are back.

sunshine426
May 29th, 2011, 09:46 PM
Sandy is taking more medication that Rich's Mom. I think I am going to start calling her "Gram". At least she is not obsessed with her bowel habits.

Actually, we switched her from Advantage to Advantix. Fleas are really bad in Georgia so far this year, so many vets are recomending flea protection every 3 weeks instead of four......

Sandy is taking meds twice a day. Baths twice a week. I think I might need a flea coller before this is resolved. The rash has subsided and the licking and scratching have improved...

Latitude 20
May 29th, 2011, 09:55 PM
Sandy is taking more medication that Rich's Mom. I think I am going to start calling her "Gram". At least she is not obsessed with her bowel habits.

What is up with that? Leo's Mom is exactly the same way! LOL!

Latitude 20
May 29th, 2011, 11:20 PM
In honor of Memorial Day, I want to share the story of this picture which was taken yesterday. Teresa (at the far left in the picture) and Marion (at the far right) are dear friends I have known since high school--they are both police officers in my hometown.

The handsome German Shephard Dog in the picture is "Josh," Teresa's partner--a patrol and drug detection dog. Josh is a very brave police officer but when he is not working he's a "pussycat" and a beloved member of his family. He loves his Moms and his two canine and one feline "sisters" very much.

So you ask, "What does this have to do with Memorial Day?"

Which brings me to the two men in the picture. Standing next to Josh is Sgt. Sal Giunta who some of you may have seen on "60 Minutes" tonight. Sgt. Giunta is the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam era. Standing next to Sgt. Giunta is Mike Brennan, another police officer from my hometown and the father of Joshua Brennan, the wounded soldier for whom Sgt. Giunta risked his life to save from the Taliban fighters who were trying to drag him off as a "trophy."

As you've probably guessed by now, Josh the GSD is named in honor of Joshua Brennan, who died of his injuries the next day.

More than a million Americans have died fighting for our country since 1775. Please take a minute tomorrow to remember all of them but especially Josh Brennan who died on October 26, 2007. I'm sure soldier Josh is an angel now who keeps Teresa and doggie Josh safe as they serve and protect.

Kathi

guitarest
May 30th, 2011, 12:14 AM
On a lighter note...but still filled with angst and shame...I tell everyone that "My Dog has Fleas!". Good Lord, after 7 years of religious application of flea preventative medication, my sweet Sandy has a rashy belly, sore underarms, licked red parts we wont' describe in proper company and about 4 fleas! So, one flea bath later, antibiotics and a long discussion with the vet regarding skin and allergies in the labrador retriever (not to mention a very $$$ vet bill) Sandy is drugged up and still a bit rashy. Rich and I keep checking her out and ourseleves for fleas.....Why again did I switch her from a less expensive flea\heartworm managment plan to a pricey flea/tick/managment plan...maybe I need to buy a bridge in brooklyn or some property in florida.

I do not use the flea meds that is applied between the shoulders on any of my pups, I have had my lil guys on oral (pills) for years now not a flea in sight. Blitz's lil sister was too young for the pills and had loads of fleas as a pup until she was old enought to take a pill. No more fleas.... Plus you dont have to worry about the meds washing off.

J

guitarest
May 30th, 2011, 12:17 AM
OK Roz its that time again. My daughter stayed with me while recovering from her surgery and finally went back home this past week. She left this behind for my lil pup; Blitz.....

It was clean water, I started running the water ran inside to get my phone to take the picture and this is proof we need rain in this area...

http://pruconsultants.com/blitzwet.jpg

Rolls Royce Lover
May 30th, 2011, 05:10 AM
Sandy is taking more medication that Rich's Mom. I think I am going to start calling her "Gram". At least she is not obsessed with her bowel habits.

Actually, we switched her from Advantage to Advantix. Fleas are really bad in Georgia so far this year, so many vets are recomending flea protection every 3 weeks instead of four......

Sandy is taking meds twice a day. Baths twice a week. I think I might need a flea coller before this is resolved. The rash has subsided and the licking and scratching have improved...

Can't sleep and because I'm off tomorrow I'll just sleep in, so........I thought I'd get online to get a chuckle from Sunshine and poor, suffering Sandy.

Sounds like Rich's mom's concerns are showing that she's getting better and that our Sandy is on the road to recovery.

Brenda is due for her Advantix on Tuesday, maybe I'll put it on later today......I'm getting itchy just reading this.

Rolls Royce Lover
May 30th, 2011, 05:16 AM
In honor of Memorial Day, I want to share the story of this picture which was taken yesterday. Teresa (at the far left in the picture) and Marion (at the far right) are dear friends I have known since high school--they are both police officers in my hometown.

The handsome German Shephard Dog in the picture is "Josh," Teresa's partner--a patrol and drug detection dog. Josh is a very brave police officer but when he is not working he's a "pussycat" and a beloved member of his family. He loves his Moms and his two canine and one feline "sisters" very much.

So you ask, "What does this have to do with Memorial Day?"

Which brings me to the two men in the picture. Standing next to Josh is Sgt. Sal Giunta who some of you may have seen on "60 Minutes" tonight. Sgt. Giunta is the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam era. Standing next to Sgt. Giunta is Mike Brennan, another police officer from my hometown and the father of Joshua Brennan, the wounded soldier for whom Sgt. Giunta risked his life to save from the Taliban fighters who were trying to drag him off as a "trophy."

As you've probably guessed by now, Josh the GSD is named in honor of Joshua Brennan, who died of his injuries the next day.

More than a million Americans have died fighting for our country since 1775. Please take a minute tomorrow to remember all of them but especially Josh Brennan who died on October 26, 2007. I'm sure soldier Josh is an angel now who keeps Teresa and doggie Josh safe as they serve and protect.

Kathi

Kathi, thank you for sharing the picture and for telling us about these wonderful folks and Josh.

I'm proud of all our Service Men and Women, in the past and in the present....I pray for their safety and thank them for their service to this wonderful country and for keeping us safe.

Rolls Royce Lover
May 30th, 2011, 05:18 AM
OK Roz its that time again. My daughter stayed with me while recovering from her surgery and finally went back home this past week. She left this behind for my lil pup; Blitz.....

It was clean water, I started running the water ran inside to get my phone to take the picture and this is proof we need rain in this area...

http://pruconsultants.com/blitzwet.jpg

BIG DOG, very small pool! :D How funny is this picture. Looks like Blitz could care less about the size of it......he's loving it!!!!!

rangeley
May 30th, 2011, 09:21 AM
Sunshine, Sorry to hear about Sandys problems. I hate fleas but they love me. Before they came out with all these meds, my house was infested a few times and we had to "bomb" it. What a pain that was. I seem to be an attraction for fleas, I get chewed up! We are so lucky that the IAADP gives us our Advantix and Cosequin for free because they are both very expensive. I'm glad Sandy is getting some meds and hope she will be better soon.

Quam, Thanks for checking in. I think we were all wondering where you have been. Hope you won lots of money in Vegas.

Kathi, What a wonderful pic and story, thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Guitarest, Great pic of Blitz, our last service dog loved his kiddie pool, but of course Wex is the anti-water lab and he hates it!


Just to update, John has left school for the rest of the year. With his weakening arms and the toll it has been taking on him to get ready in the morning, he decided it was just to much. So now he is home (and driving me nuts!). We have been trying to get a second opinion. We filled out many forms and faxes to get his MRI and his medical records and after weeks of this, the woman we have been dealing with tells us no one can even SEE him til the end of July. So he has just scheduled the surgery with the doctor we saw first. As it is, he can't do the surgery til July 1st. We are hoping this will give him enough time to recover for school in the fall. Trying to see a doctor in this area is almost impossible. Sometimes you just can't wait months for an appointment. But they don't seem to care. We asked if we just sent the MRI and med records to Mass General, if one of the 15 neurosurgeons could review them and just tell us if he thinks he should have surgery. But they said they HAVE to see him, for what I don't know. There is no physical exam they can do to see any part of the problem. But thats how they work. For an area who has some of the best hospitals and best doctors, you have to be brought in on a stretcher to get to see one of them. If anyone knows a doctor looking for a job, we could use as many as we can here.

Thanks for letting me vent! It is so frustrating! :(

Cindy

sunshine426
May 30th, 2011, 10:44 AM
Cindy, of course we are all hear for venting needs. I am so sorry that John is having such challenges, and sorry for the school that they are missing such a fabulous teaching pair as John and Wex! My background is in neurosurgical nursing...but the pediatric population. I know some great neurosurgeons, but sadly you have to be under 21 to see them. Please know that I am always here for you.

Rolls Royce Lover
May 30th, 2011, 03:41 PM
Sunshine, Sorry to hear about Sandys problems. I hate fleas but they love me. Before they came out with all these meds, my house was infested a few times and we had to "bomb" it. What a pain that was. I seem to be an attraction for fleas, I get chewed up! We are so lucky that the IAADP gives us our Advantix and Cosequin for free because they are both very expensive. I'm glad Sandy is getting some meds and hope she will be better soon.

Quam, Thanks for checking in. I think we were all wondering where you have been. Hope you won lots of money in Vegas.

Kathi, What a wonderful pic and story, thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Guitarest, Great pic of Blitz, our last service dog loved his kiddie pool, but of course Wex is the anti-water lab and he hates it!


Just to update, John has left school for the rest of the year. With his weakening arms and the toll it has been taking on him to get ready in the morning, he decided it was just to much. So now he is home (and driving me nuts!). We have been trying to get a second opinion. We filled out many forms and faxes to get his MRI and his medical records and after weeks of this, the woman we have been dealing with tells us no one can even SEE him til the end of July. So he has just scheduled the surgery with the doctor we saw first. As it is, he can't do the surgery til July 1st. We are hoping this will give him enough time to recover for school in the fall. Trying to see a doctor in this area is almost impossible. Sometimes you just can't wait months for an appointment. But they don't seem to care. We asked if we just sent the MRI and med records to Mass General, if one of the 15 neurosurgeons could review them and just tell us if he thinks he should have surgery. But they said they HAVE to see him, for what I don't know. There is no physical exam they can do to see any part of the problem. But thats how they work. For an area who has some of the best hospitals and best doctors, you have to be brought in on a stretcher to get to see one of them. If anyone knows a doctor looking for a job, we could use as many as we can here.

Thanks for letting me vent! It is so frustrating! :(

Cindy

Cindy, I'm so sorry to hear about John's not finishing the teaching year and his health issues.

You know, maybe you have the answer.......go through the ER; since John is in a wheelchair already, just have him go into the Emergency Room with severe pain and complaining that he can't use his chair without his arms and needs to see a doctor, NOW!!!!! He'll scare them enough that they'll take care of his problem ASAP!

There's just something so meaningful and "visual" about a man in a wheelchair complaining about severe pain!!!!!!! It may be the motivation that the doctor's need to get John the help he so desperately needs.

Please let us know how it all goes [we're here for you "Cindyrella"]......I know exactly what you're talking about with the "driving me nuts" thing!!!! Morey's home EVERY DAY, which is why Roz works a fulltime job. ;) :cool:

rangeley
May 31st, 2011, 08:34 AM
Thanks guys, I can always count on you. I am actually going home today. We have the neighbor coming in to help John get into bed tonight. Then I will be back in the morning to get him up. John has some air conditioning issues with the van, (like the compressor is dead!!) so he needs to get that fixed. Since he has no air and its hot as heck I will be taking Wex home with me today. He has enough to deal with right now. And if he has to sit somewhere, it will be to much for Wex and him. Of course my son is thrilled he will get to see his buddy! Talk to you all tomorrow.

Cindy

cjborne2
May 31st, 2011, 11:48 AM
3 weeks from today we're on our way! I'm getting excited for the trip yet overwhelmed at the state my house is in right now. We had carpeting installed in our living room/dining room. I was just about done getting that done when we had water in our basement. Need to get someone in here to reinstall baseboards so my carpet can be reinstalled down there AND having my kitchen worked on sometime within the next two weeks.

But, in the meantime, I'm getting packing lists together, working on door decorations and getting Ollie's appointment for the vet scheduled. My stomach is doing flips like a kid the night before Christmas.

Are the requirements for Canada 5 days or within 2 weeks of travel? I can't find my notes and should call Disney again anyway. Ollie is due for his frontline and heartworm meds too. Thanks for the reminder.

wizard-of-roz
May 31st, 2011, 05:24 PM
Thanks guys, I can always count on you. I am actually going home today. We have the neighbor coming in to help John get into bed tonight. Then I will be back in the morning to get him up. John has some air conditioning issues with the van, (like the compressor is dead!!) so he needs to get that fixed. Since he has no air and its hot as heck I will be taking Wex home with me today. He has enough to deal with right now. And if he has to sit somewhere, it will be to much for Wex and him. Of course my son is thrilled he will get to see his buddy! Talk to you all tomorrow.

Cindy

I hope you had a safe journey. Didn't you just get a new car? This must be a different car. Morey has two [you heard me] two vehicles in our garage that don't work!!!! We couldn't survive, here in the L.A., without air conditioning. I hope it gets fixed soon!!!!

That Wex, does "double-duty", just like Brenda. She works for me and makes Morey feel good!!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
May 31st, 2011, 05:28 PM
3 weeks from today we're on our way! I'm getting excited for the trip yet overwhelmed at the state my house is in right now. We had carpeting installed in our living room/dining room. I was just about done getting that done when we had water in our basement. Need to get someone in here to reinstall baseboards so my carpet can be reinstalled down there AND having my kitchen worked on sometime within the next two weeks.

But, in the meantime, I'm getting packing lists together, working on door decorations and getting Ollie's appointment for the vet scheduled. My stomach is doing flips like a kid the night before Christmas.

Are the requirements for Canada 5 days or within 2 weeks of travel? I can't find my notes and should call Disney again anyway. Ollie is due for his frontline and heartworm meds too. Thanks for the reminder.

When we went to Canada it was within 2 weeks of travel. You should double-check, it may have changed!

I love that feeling.....in the pit of your stomach.....knowing you'll be onboard a fabulous, floating hotel soon.......Have a wonderful time and come back and tell us all about it, so we can drool!

wizard-of-roz
May 31st, 2011, 05:38 PM
I do not use the flea meds that is applied between the shoulders on any of my pups, I have had my lil guys on oral (pills) for years now not a flea in sight. Blitz's lil sister was too young for the pills and had loads of fleas as a pup until she was old enought to take a pill. No more fleas.... Plus you dont have to worry about the meds washing off.

J

Although, I do try to schedule her grooming a week or two after her meds have been given.......I was told by the Vet that it does not wash off the dog. The meds are absorbed into the skin and throughout the dogs system. It's applied to that the area so the dog doesn't lick it off!!!!

Advantix is very effective! Ooops! I better not say anything, I'll give myself and Brenny a "kaybosh"!

sunshine426
June 1st, 2011, 07:30 AM
"Itchy" and "Scratchy" reporting in. Sandy is still scratchy and all the licking and scratching is making me itchy!!! I am inspecting her daily for fleas. She looks at me like I'm crazy. And she is right I am crazy these days. Hopefully her skin will settle down soon. Poor Girl.

Going to get Cooler today. Her trainer is OK with her coming home, so, obviously it is me that is obsessing over the state of fleas. I'm taking her to my MIL's old apartment to do some serious packing. I'm not sure how much outing training this will be, but she's good company.

Moved Rich's mom to assisted living on FLEA day. Quite an experience, she is still a big miffed with us. And the good news: My daughter became engaged on the same day.

Maybe one of these days Mr Sunshine will loosen up the pocketbook strings to allow for a cruise. Oh, no, we have a wedding to pay for now..... I see overtime in my future........

rangeley
June 1st, 2011, 11:49 AM
I hope you had a safe journey. Didn't you just get a new car? This must be a different car. Morey has two [you heard me] two vehicles in our garage that don't work!!!! We couldn't survive, here in the L.A., without air conditioning. I hope it gets fixed soon!!!!

That Wex, does "double-duty", just like Brenda. She works for me and makes Morey feel good!!!!!!

John has a van with a lift and all the handicapped crap (hand controls, swivel seat), and I have my new (2006) car. He is bringing his van down tomorrow. I have a feeling it's gonna be like 800.00 bucks to fix :eek:. We really don't need any unexpected bills (since he's not working) but that always seems to happen. Luckily he screwed up our taxes and we both got back more than expected.

Wex was great last night and everyone enjoyed him. Took mom on all her errands, did some stuff with my son, and did the laundry. Now I am back. Whewwwww. Bad thunderstorms today, so we will just hang out at home and drive eachother nuts.

Cindy

wizard-of-roz
June 1st, 2011, 11:49 AM
"Itchy" and "Scratchy" reporting in. Sandy is still scratchy and all the licking and scratching is making me itchy!!! I am inspecting her daily for fleas. She looks at me like I'm crazy. And she is right I am crazy these days. Hopefully her skin will settle down soon. Poor Girl.

Going to get Cooler today. Her trainer is OK with her coming home, so, obviously it is me that is obsessing over the state of fleas. I'm taking her to my MIL's old apartment to do some serious packing. I'm not sure how much outing training this will be, but she's good company.

Moved Rich's mom to assisted living on FLEA day. Quite an experience, she is still a big miffed with us. And the good news: My daughter became engaged on the same day.

Maybe one of these days Mr Sunshine will loosen up the pocketbook strings to allow for a cruise. Oh, no, we have a wedding to pay for now..... I see overtime in my future........

Congratulations on your daughter's engagement.......Get the checkbook ready. Yep! I do see some "overtime" in your future. No matter, it's "good times", celebrated with our families.

Poor Sandy. This year Brenda is looking so different than ever before. She's losing all her fur down to that "ducky down, fluffy" stuff under her black, gorgeous coat. She's gray/brown/black and when I pat her, she's not as "cushy, soft" as I'm used to. She's certainly not that "double coated" dog that I used to always brag about! This aging thing is changing my girl a lot.

I hope your MIL gets past her anger and learns to enjoy her "golden years" a bit!

Enjoy Cooler.....certainly sounds like these simple pleasures don't last as long as we'd like!!!!

rangeley
June 1st, 2011, 11:50 AM
"Itchy" and "Scratchy" reporting in. Sandy is still scratchy and all the licking and scratching is making me itchy!!! I am inspecting her daily for fleas. She looks at me like I'm crazy. And she is right I am crazy these days. Hopefully her skin will settle down soon. Poor Girl.

Going to get Cooler today. Her trainer is OK with her coming home, so, obviously it is me that is obsessing over the state of fleas. I'm taking her to my MIL's old apartment to do some serious packing. I'm not sure how much outing training this will be, but she's good company.

Moved Rich's mom to assisted living on FLEA day. Quite an experience, she is still a big miffed with us. And the good news: My daughter became engaged on the same day.

Maybe one of these days Mr Sunshine will loosen up the pocketbook strings to allow for a cruise. Oh, no, we have a wedding to pay for now..... I see overtime in my future........


Wow Sunshine, the MIL, the dog, the daughter and Cooler!! You have your hands full. I'm tired just listening to you. You are one tough cookie!!

Cindy

wizard-of-roz
June 1st, 2011, 12:06 PM
John has a van with a lift and all the handicapped crap (hand controls, swivel seat), and I have my new (2006) car. He is bringing his van down tomorrow. I have a feeling it's gonna be like 800.00 bucks to fix :eek:. We really don't need any unexpected bills (since he's not working) but that always seems to happen. Luckily he screwed up our taxes and we both got back more than expected.

Wex was great last night and everyone enjoyed him. Took mom on all her errands, did some stuff with my son, and did the laundry. Now I am back. Whewwwww. Bad thunderstorms today, so we will just hang out at home and drive eachother nuts.

Cindy

With ALL that you do for everybody else.......when's it YOUR turn?

And, when I "hang" at home with Morey.....I have to be so careful not to open my mouth when he; leaves crumbs everywhere but on his plate, when he drops something and it just stays where he dropped it, when he calls eating out-picking up a pizza or when he wants to invent something new in the kitchen and it's "everywhere" - on the walls, the floor - never mind, you get the picture! :cool:

My most favorite [NOT] is my "highly trained, very highly valued Service Dog" waiting at Morey's feet for the next scrap to be given to her - something he "marked and trained" her to do. Then she'll come over to me and I'll say to her, "you are kidding, right?" She knows exactly what I mean and will walk away looking like the most abused dog in the world.

There's nothing I can do.....this behavior will go on, no matter how much I complain about it. I just keep warning Morey and Brenda that when "Successor" comes into this house they both will need to shape-up!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
June 3rd, 2011, 05:28 PM
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Do you want to guess what I've been doing??????........Now, remember, I have a cruise booked for September 24th......I'm looking into a cruise in December. It has to be easy/reasonable and with all the "trimmings" of Christmas. I know Princess decorates their ships in the beginning of December, so I'm thinking of doing a Mexican Riviera cruise on December 10th.

It would be onboard the Sapphire Princess [the same ship we're taking on Sept. 24th]. Please come onboard!

sunshine426
June 3rd, 2011, 08:53 PM
Scratchy is feeling much better after one heck of a steroid shot! Thank goodness, the girl hasn't slept much for a week, and neither have eye. Feeling better myself after 24 hours of non MIL duty and a day with children. Roz, the MR cruise sounds great....hmmmmm, maybe if the prices drop. I'll keep an eye out.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 4th, 2011, 12:39 AM
Scratchy is feeling much better after one heck of a steroid shot! Thank goodness, the girl hasn't slept much for a week, and neither have eye. Feeling better myself after 24 hours of non MIL duty and a day with children. Roz, the MR cruise sounds great....hmmmmm, maybe if the prices drop. I'll keep an eye out.

I'm so glad our Sandy is feeling better. You sure made all of us aware of our Advantix this month.

I haven't booked the cruise, in December but let me know if your serious and I'll get on the booking wagon.

Questor3000A
June 4th, 2011, 07:45 PM
My Carnival Dream,

I was completely exhausted from traveling from NYC the day we arrived at the port. We were out of the house at 4:30 AM and in the car by 4:45 to LGA/NYC Airport. Our flight arrived and gated on time and we were met by our driver from Mears. We managed to make a stop at the local 711 to pick up to cases of soda to keep in the room and make the port early. We were pointed toward the VIP line having medical equipment and medication with us. Jumper, my service dog was excited and everyone including the port staff were asking to pet him. Within 15 minutes we were walking to the gangway. On a side note, they asked people to raise their hands who were members of the military or veterans. Being a disabled veteran from the USMC and a 911 rescue worker I raised mine, and port staff applauded us, and even managed to give us hugs. I was taken back by that and that is something I will never forget.
I was told to report the the guest services desk and spoke with the purser who called the head of housekeeping who asked us where we wanted the service dog's litter box. I said not on the balcony and we had it put on the lifeboat deck, away from where people can throw cigarette butts in it and away from crew lounging areas so they did not use it as a giant ashtray. We were told our room was ready, and we were shown around the ship. being TBI, it took awhile to come out of overload, and thank goodness we got to our room pretty quickly. The first thing I did was take a cold shower and called room service for smoked salmon, in NY called a bagel lox and cream cheese sandwich. Within 15 minutes, the hotel staff brought it and I signed the slip. To my chagrin it said, it was costing Zero. I was told that it was a part of the fare. I was so surprised, and happy. He also got ice for the two cases of coke.
We were given the schedule and went to the LIDO deck, we had some great lunch food and had our departure party. We already had our spa services scheduled that night, so we both went for our massages. I was in bliss and slept like a baby that night. Woke up early to catch the son rise at sea. That was something i lived for on watch while in the USMC. Even jumper settled in very quickly and was eating, drinking and loving the cruise.
That morning, we pulled into Nassau/Bahamas. We were scheduled for a para-sailing. I made sure jumpers vaccination and service dog ID were with me in my wallet with the passport. Trying to leave, security told me to go to guest services, I was pissed that they would not let me off, but within two hours port authorities gave jumper his visa. Security wanted to make sure my service dog was not taken from me by port authorities, and that he was cleared. In hindsight, the cruise director Todd Whitmore, the ships XO and port agents busted the rear ends to make sure things happened for us. However, the tour operator in Nassau was pissing me off because he did not want the dog on-board, and US laws such as the ADA does not apply.
The excursions director promised that I would para-sail and he made that happen. In Saint Thomas, they booked the boat for just the two of us. That meant, they had to purchase two extra tickets. I did not have to pay for them. I felt that was unreasonable to carnival and they insisted. I felt bad, but I purposely blew that amount in the casino. So they did not lose it. As all of you know, Saint Thomas is a US possession, and mostly follows most federal laws including the ADA within reason.
Next stop, Saint Marteen. We booked the jeep tour, being seizure free for a year I have my license and drove. Fun....We loved it. It was true paradise. One last excursion, the behind the fund tour, they had some checking to do, but we were allowed on it. Jumper went, but we were waiting outside of the food prep areas, that is understandable. We had a group and individual photo with the old man. Loved it, the logistics of these cruises are amazing. Almost on par with active duty operations of an LST or aircraft carrier. The sheer amount of activity and advance planning/
In retrospect, the crews are respectful and very appreciative of their customers and the Americans as well as international tourists. I even had one of the entertainers who is local to me, come to dinner in the MDR thanks to the CD for making it happen. This was by far the best vacation ever. Despite the rug rats running around, making noise and blowing UP carbon dioxide bags and throwing them at passengers, and the minor spatt in Nassau, which I will never recommend to another person with a disability who uses a service dog, this by far has been even better than staying on-site at WDW. Carnival went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time. Unlike Nassau, we have the ADA in the US, as such access challenges always get answered by me if repeated in a court of law. Therefore, because of peoples ignorance and prejudice I will be going another carnival cruise real soon. And it will be the dream again.
Philip Kirschner
Cabin 8255/ Dream Aug 14, 2010

guitarest
June 5th, 2011, 02:56 AM
OK so I am still waiting on those back owed checks and have yet to leave on my first cruise. I tell ya if I owe people money they want it ASAP; although if people owe me cash they take their sweet fricking time for sure......

OK Finished venting; today I am posting some recent videos of the wonder dog.... lol


Notice how slow Blitz grabs his favorite inside toy; kinda funny if you go by the breed reputation his favorite toy should be something with a very strong profile like a huge bone with meat hanging off of it or something like that.... lol

Blitz and his binky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IgjaJYVFrc)

Here is Blitz and my Daughter playing catch on the beach; this was a month ago when we had all those band storm come through down south.

Blitz playing catch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD_F5vnPkVs)

Rolls Royce Lover
June 5th, 2011, 05:14 AM
My Carnival Dream,

I was completely exhausted from traveling from NYC the day we arrived at the port. We were out of the house at 4:30 AM and in the car by 4:45 to LGA/NYC Airport. Our flight arrived and gated on time and we were met by our driver from Mears. We managed to make a stop at the local 711 to pick up to cases of soda to keep in the room and make the port early. We were pointed toward the VIP line having medical equipment and medication with us. Jumper, my service dog was excited and everyone including the port staff were asking to pet him. Within 15 minutes we were walking to the gangway. On a side note, they asked people to raise their hands who were members of the military or veterans. Being a disabled veteran from the USMC and a 911 rescue worker I raised mine, and port staff applauded us, and even managed to give us hugs. I was taken back by that and that is something I will never forget.
I was told to report the the guest services desk and spoke with the purser who called the head of housekeeping who asked us where we wanted the service dog's litter box. I said not on the balcony and we had it put on the lifeboat deck, away from where people can throw cigarette butts in it and away from crew lounging areas so they did not use it as a giant ashtray. We were told our room was ready, and we were shown around the ship. being TBI, it took awhile to come out of overload, and thank goodness we got to our room pretty quickly. The first thing I did was take a cold shower and called room service for smoked salmon, in NY called a bagel lox and cream cheese sandwich. Within 15 minutes, the hotel staff brought it and I signed the slip. To my chagrin it said, it was costing Zero. I was told that it was a part of the fare. I was so surprised, and happy. He also got ice for the two cases of coke.
We were given the schedule and went to the LIDO deck, we had some great lunch food and had our departure party. We already had our spa services scheduled that night, so we both went for our massages. I was in bliss and slept like a baby that night. Woke up early to catch the son rise at sea. That was something i lived for on watch while in the USMC. Even jumper settled in very quickly and was eating, drinking and loving the cruise.
That morning, we pulled into Nassau/Bahamas. We were scheduled for a para-sailing. I made sure jumpers vaccination and service dog ID were with me in my wallet with the passport. Trying to leave, security told me to go to guest services, I was pissed that they would not let me off, but within two hours port authorities gave jumper his visa. Security wanted to make sure my service dog was not taken from me by port authorities, and that he was cleared. In hindsight, the cruise director Todd Whitmore, the ships XO and port agents busted the rear ends to make sure things happened for us. However, the tour operator in Nassau was pissing me off because he did not want the dog on-board, and US laws such as the ADA does not apply.
The excursions director promised that I would para-sail and he made that happen. In Saint Thomas, they booked the boat for just the two of us. That meant, they had to purchase two extra tickets. I did not have to pay for them. I felt that was unreasonable to carnival and they insisted. I felt bad, but I purposely blew that amount in the casino. So they did not lose it. As all of you know, Saint Thomas is a US possession, and mostly follows most federal laws including the ADA within reason.
Next stop, Saint Marteen. We booked the jeep tour, being seizure free for a year I have my license and drove. Fun....We loved it. It was true paradise. One last excursion, the behind the fund tour, they had some checking to do, but we were allowed on it. Jumper went, but we were waiting outside of the food prep areas, that is understandable. We had a group and individual photo with the old man. Loved it, the logistics of these cruises are amazing. Almost on par with active duty operations of an LST or aircraft carrier. The sheer amount of activity and advance planning/
In retrospect, the crews are respectful and very appreciative of their customers and the Americans as well as international tourists. I even had one of the entertainers who is local to me, come to dinner in the MDR thanks to the CD for making it happen. This was by far the best vacation ever. Despite the rug rats running around, making noise and blowing UP carbon dioxide bags and throwing them at passengers, and the minor spatt in Nassau, which I will never recommend to another person with a disability who uses a service dog, this by far has been even better than staying on-site at WDW. Carnival went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time. Unlike Nassau, we have the ADA in the US, as such access challenges always get answered by me if repeated in a court of law. Therefore, because of peoples ignorance and prejudice I will be going another carnival cruise real soon. And it will be the dream again.
Philip Kirschner
Cabin 8255/ Dream Aug 14, 2010

Philip, welcome to the thread and thanks for sharing your experiences onboard the Dream with your Service Dog "Jumper!" It sounds like you handled all the challenges really well.

We also enjoyed our Carnival cruises with Brenda and I wouldn't hesitate to go back onboard one of their ships. We had some challenges with the pottybox but it didn't take long for the Hotel Manager to correct them and also had some difficulties with some rowdy teenagers but Carnival did their best to meet the challenges and make everyone happy and, as we all know, that's not always an easy thing to do!!!!!

Let us know when you cruise again.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 5th, 2011, 05:20 AM
OK so I am still waiting on those back owed checks and have yet to leave on my first cruise. I tell ya if I owe people money they want it ASAP; although if people owe me cash they take their sweet fricking time for sure......

OK Finished venting; today I am posting some recent videos of the wonder dog.... lol


Notice how slow Blitz grabs his favorite inside toy; kinda funny if you go by the breed reputation his favorite toy should be something with a very strong profile like a huge bone with meat hanging off of it or something like that.... lol

Blitz and his binky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IgjaJYVFrc)

Here is Blitz and my Daughter playing catch on the beach; this was a month ago when we had all those band storm come through down south.

Blitz playing catch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD_F5vnPkVs)

Awwww, Blitz and his Binky, how cute was that. :) Thanks for sharing the videos.....the best was watching the puppy watching Blitz going into the ocean. Blitz is such a beautiful dog.

You're a genious on sharing your pictures and videos, I love them.

guitarest
June 5th, 2011, 06:33 PM
I am glad yall enjoy the pictures and videos; I often wonder if anyone is getting upset since I really do not speak much about cruises since I am still waiting to go on my first one.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 5th, 2011, 09:10 PM
I am glad yall enjoy the pictures and videos; I often wonder if anyone is getting upset since I really do not speak much about cruises since I am still waiting to go on my first one.

No one will be upset at seeing the wonderful pictures that you share with us.

Sharing our amazing Working/Service Dogs with each other is part of this thread. Watching our dogs at play and work is so much fun. Going on a cruise and sharing that is truly the icing on the cake for all of us!!!

I hope that your cruise is really not too far in the future.

Valentine's Mom
June 5th, 2011, 09:31 PM
I am glad yall enjoy the pictures and videos; I often wonder if anyone is getting upset since I really do not speak much about cruises since I am still waiting to go on my first one.


I'm sure that you will never have anyone here get angry with you when you are talking about your dog. Blitz is a beautiful dog. I myself travel with a beautiful 10lb Japanese Chin as my service dog. She has been on 1 NCL, 3 RCCL, and 6 Carnival cruises. You will find as you cruise that it is up to you to contact each port and get approval for you dog to come asure. The cruiseline may do it for you in a pinch but it is really up to you. Anyway welcome and I too would give you a hug for your service if I saw you.

Love and licks,
Barbara and Valentine

rangeley
June 6th, 2011, 09:22 AM
Another cruise Roz??? I am jealous!! We do not plan to cruise this January like usual. We have no idea if Johns surgery will even work. He certainly cannot get in and out of the beds on a cruiseship the way he is. But hopefully this operation will work and he will be back to the way he was before. His surgery is scheduled for July 7th, so we have to wait a whole month. Wex needs to run with some doggies, so this weekend we have our monthly puppy class and he will get to run. He is loving the early release from the school year. When John gets up, he takes over the bed and goes back to sleep...bum!

Here's a few pics I took the other day. A friend in the building takes care of her neice, shes 14 months old and the cutest thing!! In the second pic of her, you can see her lips are pursed making the "woof" sound which I taught her to do. She adores Wexler and now that shes walking, she wants to pet him. Enjoy.

Cindy

guitarest
June 6th, 2011, 12:57 PM
Awww such pretty pictures, while the little girl is cute the puppy is a great shot. Thank you for sharing.

wizard-of-roz
June 6th, 2011, 01:41 PM
Another cruise Roz??? I am jealous!! We do not plan to cruise this January like usual. We have no idea if Johns surgery will even work. He certainly cannot get in and out of the beds on a cruiseship the way he is. But hopefully this operation will work and he will be back to the way he was before. His surgery is scheduled for July 7th, so we have to wait a whole month. Wex needs to run with some doggies, so this weekend we have our monthly puppy class and he will get to run. He is loving the early release from the school year. When John gets up, he takes over the bed and goes back to sleep...bum!

Here's a few pics I took the other day. A friend in the building takes care of her neice, shes 14 months old and the cutest thing!! In the second pic of her, you can see her lips are pursed making the "woof" sound which I taught her to do. She adores Wexler and now that shes walking, she wants to pet him. Enjoy.

Cindy

Cindy, please give John my very best regards for a successful surgery. I know it's a month away.....but, hopefully, it will go quickly and he will get some relief.

That picture of Wex is so beautiful, I love his face. And, that little girl, what a doll. We have a little girl who lives across from us [4 years old] and she's madly in love with "Brenda" but with a lot of trepidation. She's known Brenda her whole life and still very "shyly" walks over to her to touch the very top of Brenda's head.

Give John a big (((( :) ))))) hug from me and Brenny. And here's an even BIGGER one for you (((:))))!

guitarest
June 6th, 2011, 09:39 PM
My daughter spent this weekend with me, this is Blitz and his lil sis that belongs to my daughter (she came from a Wis breeder).

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/246869_10150195573226198_588716197_7443539_3200432 _n.jpg

And here is my daughters pup (Dia) with her new friend. Both are German Shepherds.

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/254926_10150195572021198_588716197_7443521_5004024 _n.jpg

Rolls Royce Lover
June 7th, 2011, 02:46 AM
My daughter spent this weekend with me, this is Blitz and his lil sis that belongs to my daughter (she came from a Wis breeder).

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/246869_10150195573226198_588716197_7443539_3200432 _n.jpg

And here is my daughters pup (Dia) with her new friend. Both are German Shepherds.

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/254926_10150195572021198_588716197_7443521_5004024 _n.jpg

There's something about a German Shephard that's so magical, even as puppies, they command respect.

sunshine426
June 7th, 2011, 07:45 AM
Loving all the pictures. I am still challenged posting on this forum. I can post on my facebook, I can email, but still challenged with posting here:o

Finally, I have the go ahead to start researching a cruise!! Stipulation that it needs to be the caribbean, so that leaves out the MR for us this time. We will look at Princess out of Fort Lauderdale. Now, I am going to shoot for a 10 day!!!

Off to get a dog for hospital visitation. Not taking Cooler as she has been sooooooo many times. This dog is one of Cooler's roomates, so I know her fairly well. I'll post stories later. Maybe even try posting pictures again......

wizard-of-roz
June 7th, 2011, 02:03 PM
Loving all the pictures. I am still challenged posting on this forum. I can post on my facebook, I can email, but still challenged with posting here:o

Finally, I have the go ahead to start researching a cruise!! Stipulation that it needs to be the caribbean, so that leaves out the MR for us this time. We will look at Princess out of Fort Lauderdale. Now, I am going to shoot for a 10 day!!!

Off to get a dog for hospital visitation. Not taking Cooler as she has been sooooooo many times. This dog is one of Cooler's roomates, so I know her fairly well. I'll post stories later. Maybe even try posting pictures again......

Sounds like Sandy is doing better.....you're not saying a word!

I stopped doing the Caribbean because Morey didn't want to fly anymore. Now that he's not cruising for a while......I'll have to start re-thinking about the Caribbean, I really enjoyed our trips there in the past.

Enjoy your doggie outing.

Okay, I tried to upload a picture of Brenda to include....Help!!! How do you do it?

I know I did it into my avatar and within the email initially. But, what the heck? Why can't I do it in the email I'm sending?

Cindy, Guitarist........Advice please! :confused:

guitarest
June 7th, 2011, 02:40 PM
Roz: what you need to do to get a picture in a post is to have the picture located either on facebook (must be shared so everyone can see it) or at the many free picture websites on the internet. If you use my picture of blitz and his sister as a example follow these steps to post a picture here or any forum. First step is post your picture on the internet; my pictures are hosted on my personal website. So using my pictures as a example take and move your mouse cursor above Blitz and Dia picture. With the cursor above the picture click the right button on our mouse. This will force a small sub menu to pop up and the option you want is to "Copy image location", this is the HTML code where the picture is located on the internet. Then within your post you will see most forums have a icon for pictures that look like this http://boards.cruisecritic.com/images/editor/insertimage.gif, right click your mouse again and hit paste. The picture of Blitz and dia should show in your post, unless you used a different picture as a example.

Hope this helps.

wizard-of-roz
June 7th, 2011, 02:55 PM
Okay, here we go: I did it........Now, I just have to try it with a Brenda picture.....Although, I do love these dogs.......It's time my own was paraded around too!!!!!http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/246869_10150195573226198_588716197_7443539_3200432 _n.jpg

guitarest
June 7th, 2011, 03:13 PM
Fantastic, its about time I see other pups here. Getting tired of seeing that dog Blitz.......... ;)

wizard-of-roz
June 7th, 2011, 03:22 PM
Fantastic, its about time I see other pups here. Getting tired of seeing that dog Blitz.......... ;)

Yeah! Don't get so excited......:( All my pictures are in my computer [not on the internet] and, unless you get over here, right now.....it looks like what you see of Ms. "B" is all anyone's going to get.

How do I transfer my pictures from jpg files and the ones I have stored on "my pictures", in my computer, to here? I can send them via email, now to just paste them here!!!!

Cindy has sent some great pictures of Wex.

Teach me how to get them from "my files" to here!!!!

guitarest
June 7th, 2011, 05:44 PM
Yeah! Don't get so excited......:( All my pictures are in my computer [not on the internet] and, unless you get over here, right now.....it looks like what you see of Ms. "B" is all anyone's going to get.

How do I transfer my pictures from jpg files and the ones I have stored on "my pictures", in my computer, to here? I can send them via email, now to just paste them here!!!!

Cindy has sent some great pictures of Wex.

Teach me how to get them from "my files" to here!!!!

if you want you can join a hosting site, or if its a few pictures maybe just email me and I'll throw them on my box and post the pics for ya....

wizard-of-roz
June 7th, 2011, 05:57 PM
if you want you can join a hosting site, or if its a few pictures maybe just email me and I'll throw them on my box and post the pics for ya....

I'll be away from desk for the next few days. We'll talk again on Friday. Send me your email address.

guitarest
June 7th, 2011, 06:12 PM
sure how do you pm or hell my email is guitarest_99 at yahoo dot com; this is my yahoo account feel free to email me a picture or two.

wizard-of-roz
June 7th, 2011, 07:28 PM
sure how do you pm or hell my email is guitarest_99 at yahoo dot com; this is my yahoo account feel free to email me a picture or two.

Thanks so much for helping with this. I can't wait to share my girl with everyone!!!

Besides seeing the great picture of Brenny with a flower in her teeth and on my avatar, I hope to share much more.

rangeley
June 8th, 2011, 09:02 AM
Yeah! Don't get so excited......:( All my pictures are in my computer [not on the internet] and, unless you get over here, right now.....it looks like what you see of Ms. "B" is all anyone's going to get.

How do I transfer my pictures from jpg files and the ones I have stored on "my pictures", in my computer, to here? I can send them via email, now to just paste them here!!!!

Cindy has sent some great pictures of Wex.

Teach me how to get them from "my files" to here!!!!


Its so easy Roz. Guitarist way is completely different than mine as we have all our pics in "my pictures" just like you. Under the box you type your message in theres a box "manage attachments" click on that and a new window will come up. Click "browse" and find your pictures. When you find the pic you want, double click it and it will show up next to the browse button. Hit the upload button, when it loads you can get rid of that window and the file will show up where you first clicked on manage attachments. When you are done with your message just click submit reply and your pic will be there. You will do it once and be amazed how easy it is. Heres a Wex puppy pic.

rangeley
June 8th, 2011, 09:06 AM
Guitarist, OMG! That puppy and Blitz pic is just adorable!!!

guitarest
June 8th, 2011, 11:23 AM
http://pruconsultants.com/b2010.jpg

http://pruconsultants.com/B2011.jpg

What a pretty lady Roz

guitarest
June 8th, 2011, 12:09 PM
Guitarist, OMG! That puppy and Blitz pic is just adorable!!!

I agree, Dia does raise the cuteness factor for sure.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 8th, 2011, 10:02 PM
http://pruconsultants.com/b2010.jpg

http://pruconsultants.com/B2011.jpg

What a pretty lady Roz

Guitarist, thank you so much for sharing the pictures of my Brenda with everyone. It's so neat to see her pictures on this thread.

The first picture is onboard the Carnival Splendor, we were sitting outside waiting for the movie to start.

The second one is inside my office. She's wearing one of the new collars I bought her.

She's an 11 year old, English Black Lab and as you can see by the gray hair on her face these are very recent pictures. The gray hair is now on her tummy, in her ears and on her butt. It came on so fast!

I love this dog like no other dog I've ever known in my life. She's a true miracle worker not only for me but now in Morey's life too!!!!

Rolls Royce Lover
June 8th, 2011, 10:08 PM
Its so easy Roz. Guitarist way is completely different than mine as we have all our pics in "my pictures" just like you. Under the box you type your message in theres a box "manage attachments" click on that and a new window will come up. Click "browse" and find your pictures. When you find the pic you want, double click it and it will show up next to the browse button. Hit the upload button, when it loads you can get rid of that window and the file will show up where you first clicked on manage attachments. When you are done with your message just click submit reply and your pic will be there. You will do it once and be amazed how easy it is. Heres a Wex puppy pic.

The puppy picture of Wexy is so, so cute. I love it!

Cindy, I'm home for two days but when I get back to my desk on Friday and at my computer, I'm going to follow your instructions.....we'll see how I do. You guys may be sorry.

You know how nuts I am about Brenda. I have pictures of her going potty onboard a cruise ship; of her sleeping in Explorer's Lounge; of her sitting in the Princess Theatre........and, well you get the picture. My pictures have pictures!!! :rolleyes: I'll use restraint!!!

cjborne2
June 9th, 2011, 09:47 AM
This is Ollie in front of the Gettysburg Museum of History. It was recently on "American Pickers". Less than 2 weeks and we will be in nice and cool Alaska! It is boiling hot in Maryland today!http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w167/cjborne2/IMG_0649.jpg

guitarest
June 9th, 2011, 11:12 AM
I think it is so fantastic to see other four legged family members. Thanks for posting. I could do with some time in Alaska now its boiling hot here in Mississippi and the summer has yet to really get started. I am a little concerned about the up coming hurricane season.

rangeley
June 9th, 2011, 12:34 PM
The puppy picture of Wexy is so, so cute. I love it!

Cindy, I'm home for two days but when I get back to my desk on Friday and at my computer, I'm going to follow your instructions.....we'll see how I do. You guys may be sorry.

You know how nuts I am about Brenda. I have pictures of her going potty onboard a cruise ship; of her sleeping in Explorer's Lounge; of her sitting in the Princess Theatre........and, well you get the picture. My pictures have pictures!!! :rolleyes: I'll use restraint!!!

Roz, I have bored you guys to death with doggie pics, so don't hold back! I have been asking you for Brenny pics for years. Hopefully you will get the hang of it and post away!!!:D We got potty pics of Wex too, we can compare.

I love to see Brenny pics, shes gray like Miss B was.

rangeley
June 9th, 2011, 12:37 PM
This is Ollie in front of the Gettysburg Museum of History. It was recently on "American Pickers". Less than 2 weeks and we will be in nice and cool Alaska! It is boiling hot in Maryland today!http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w167/cjborne2/IMG_0649.jpg


What a cute dog!! I just saw that American Pickers the other day. I wish I was going to Alaska, my kind of place. It has been roasting here the past few days, In the 90's today and humid as can be. Poor Wex is laying in front of the air conditioner.

DisneyKidsDad
June 9th, 2011, 12:41 PM
We have an Alaska cruise in our sights for the summer of 2013. It's the one place my wife wants to go. I think Orson will like it better than Florida in July. :D

Rolls Royce Lover
June 9th, 2011, 03:53 PM
Roz, I have bored you guys to death with doggie pics, so don't hold back! I have been asking you for Brenny pics for years. Hopefully you will get the hang of it and post away!!!:D We got potty pics of Wex too, we can compare.

I love to see Brenny pics, shes gray like Miss B was.

I'm going back to the office on Friday and I'm going to try and post more pictures. I wasn't holding back on purpose......just a slow learner, at this! :(

The gray hair looks so weird on the top of her butt, it's changing her Black Lab look to a Chocolate/Black Lab mix.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 9th, 2011, 04:00 PM
This is Ollie in front of the Gettysburg Museum of History. It was recently on "American Pickers". Less than 2 weeks and we will be in nice and cool Alaska! It is boiling hot in Maryland today!http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w167/cjborne2/IMG_0649.jpg

What a great picture of Ollie - Such a cutie-pie!!!! He's a true testament that Service Dogs come in so many different shapes and sizes!!!! :)

We've been watching the weather all over the U.S. Some of us are getting hit hard with heat/humidity. I don't mind the heat so much but when it comes with the humidity......forget about it!!!!!! :(

Rolls Royce Lover
June 9th, 2011, 04:05 PM
I think it is so fantastic to see other four legged family members. Thanks for posting. I could do with some time in Alaska now its boiling hot here in Mississippi and the summer has yet to really get started. I am a little concerned about the up coming hurricane season.

I think this year will bring very bizarre weather changes to us all.

Here in L.A. it's very cool and lots of overcast. It's really "June-Gloom!"

I hope you guys don't see too many bad hurricanes, we all know how much damage they can cause. The tornadoes have reaked horrible damage to so many and our hearts go out to all those who have suffered through them.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 9th, 2011, 04:10 PM
We have an Alaska cruise in our sights for the summer of 2013. It's the one place my wife wants to go. I think Orson will like it better than Florida in July. :D

The sights and sounds in Alaska will be something I will never forget. Watching Brenda run through the rain and winds in Skagway, then trying to manuever ourselves up the gangway, through it all, will stay in memory for a long time.

You have something really wonderful to look forward to!!!!

Valentine's Mom
June 9th, 2011, 09:33 PM
I have to try too! Here is my Valentine in Europe:D


:mad: Mine keeps failing the resolution is too high.

Let me try again

Valentine's Mom
June 9th, 2011, 09:40 PM
Didn't work

Rolls Royce Lover
June 10th, 2011, 01:58 AM
I have to try too! Here is my Valentine in Europe:D


:mad: Mine keeps failing the resolution is too high.

Let me try again

This picture of Valentine is so adorable. What a cute girl. How old is Valentine?

guitarest
June 10th, 2011, 05:57 AM
sweet more pictures.....

rangeley
June 10th, 2011, 09:20 AM
Didn't work

It worked! Valentine looks so cute!

wizard-of-roz
June 10th, 2011, 01:04 PM
It worked! Valentine looks so cute!


I tried what you suggested I don't think it worked! I'll keep trying!

rangeley
June 10th, 2011, 01:20 PM
Ok Roz I have some IF questions. IF you could talk Morey into cruising the Caribbean, where would you want to go? What time of year is good for you? and would you be willing to try one of the new celebrity ships?

Of course John is still trying to get me out to Cali but I keep telling him no. :D

rangeley
June 10th, 2011, 01:20 PM
I tried what you suggested I don't think it worked! I'll keep trying!

Awwwwwwwwww you can do it!!!!

wizard-of-roz
June 10th, 2011, 01:57 PM
Ok Roz I have some IF questions. IF you could talk Morey into cruising the Caribbean, where would you want to go? What time of year is good for you? and would you be willing to try one of the new celebrity ships?

Of course John is still trying to get me out to Cali but I keep telling him no. :D

Well, I was playing around with adding and subtracting pictures within Cruise Critic and as you can see all I managed to do was duplicate Brenda's Avatar twice - taking away the picture of the flower between her teeth.......Oh! To have an IT person as my shadow. I'm going to keep working on it. At least I didn't delete my girl totally!

Now, on to more important things - like cruising! Morey will NEVER go to the Caribbean again-NEVER - [those are his words!] That doesn't mean I won't go. I like Celebrity.

What are you thinking of? I like all of the Caribbean.....heck, I like cruising, I don't care where the ship goes. Not anymore. I'm not crazy about flying. The hassle and the cost of it can make cruising prohibitive. Let me know what you're thinking of.

You know I'm in the "waiting mode" for a "Successor" dog so I can't book anything during Team Training times. I already did that this year, with my September cruise booked right during the last Team Training set for this year. [I booked it before I knew that I would be retiring Brenda and it was all paid for!] I know Team Training for me, is January/April/June and September. I won't book anything in those months. I'm hoping to get into the January class for 2012. Unless they open-up something I don't know about.

For work; I can't plan vacations in February/March or May.

So - Jan./Feb./March/April/June/Sept. are all OUT.

That leaves July/August/Oct./Nov. and December. I would like to do the Pacific Northwest, again; next October [they'll be including Catalina in that one.] I'm going to book it when I'm onboard in September to get the FCC's and OBC's.

Let me know your plans....I'll see if I can jump onboard.

rangeley
June 10th, 2011, 02:19 PM
Well, I was playing around with adding and subtracting pictures within Cruise Critic and as you can see all I managed to do was duplicate Brenda's Avatar twice - taking away the picture of the flower between her teeth.......Oh! To have an IT person as my shadow. I'm going to keep working on it. At least I didn't delete my girl totally!

Now, on to more important things - like cruising! Morey will NEVER go to the Caribbean again-NEVER - [those are his words!] That doesn't mean I won't go. I like Celebrity.

What are you thinking of? I like all of the Caribbean.....heck, I like cruising, I don't care where the ship goes. Not anymore. I'm not crazy about flying. The hassle and the cost of it can make cruising prohibitive. Let me know what you're thinking of.

You know I'm in the "waiting mode" for a "Successor" dog so I can't book anything during Team Training times. I already did that this year, with my September cruise booked right during the last Team Training set for this year. [I booked it before I knew that I would be retiring Brenda and it was all paid for!] I know Team Training for me, is January/April/June and September. I won't book anything in those months. I'm hoping to get into the January class for 2012. Unless they open-up something I don't know about.

For work; I can't plan vacations in February/March or May.

So - Jan./Feb./March/April/June/Sept. are all OUT.

That leaves July/August/Oct./Nov. and December. I would like to do the Pacific Northwest, again; next October [they'll be including Catalina in that one.] I'm going to book it when I'm onboard in September to get the FCC's and OBC's.

Let me know your plans....I'll see if I can jump onboard.

Well we are in a hold pattern right now anyway. I'm just feeling you out. We are not going on any cruises in the next year. But the next cruise I want to go on is one of the new celebrity ships, like the Solstice class ships, comparable to Crown princess class. We have no idea what outcome Johns surgery will bring us. We may not be able to cruise at all. As far as destination in Caribbean, doesn't matter to me, love it all!!! We have only done one western carib, so maybe there. I'm sure you will have your new dog by the time we are ready, and as much as I would love to meet Brenny, I would be just as happy to meet the new one. I'm thinking more like Dec 2012 or Jan 2013, John loves to extend his Xmas vacation to make it almost a month!! Just thinking and wishing right now.

Cindy

wizard-of-roz
June 10th, 2011, 02:30 PM
Well we are in a hold pattern right now anyway. I'm just feeling you out. We are not going on any cruises in the next year. But the next cruise I want to go on is one of the new celebrity ships, like the Solstice class ships, comparable to Crown princess class. We have no idea what outcome Johns surgery will bring us. We may not be able to cruise at all. As far as destination in Caribbean, doesn't matter to me, love it all!!! We have only done one western carib, so maybe there. I'm sure you will have your new dog by the time we are ready, and as much as I would love to meet Brenny, I would be just as happy to meet the new one. I'm thinking more like Dec 2012 or Jan 2013, John loves to extend his Xmas vacation to make it almost a month!! Just thinking and wishing right now.

Cindy

Please count me in for a December cruise. Let me know how the plans go [if any] and what ship. Because we'll both have dogs with us, it'll be so much more fun.

I hope that John's surgery goes well for him and that where and when to cruise is his only problem. :)

Valentine's Mom
June 10th, 2011, 09:40 PM
This picture of Valentine is so adorable. What a cute girl. How old is Valentine?


Valentine is a big girl at the age of eleven same as Brenda. She is graying around her nblack eye. The funny that the older she gets the more her white fur turns black. It's very weird when bathing her she looks like she is getting large freckles all over. I love that little girl with all my heart and wish she was 2 again!;)

Rolls Royce Lover
June 10th, 2011, 10:22 PM
Valentine is a big girl at the age of eleven same as Brenda. She is graying around her nblack eye. The funny that the older she gets the more her white fur turns black. It's very weird when bathing her she looks like she is getting large freckles all over. I love that little girl with all my heart and wish she was 2 again!;)

I love how you talk about her.....it's exactly the way I feel about my Brenny!

I've always loved dogs [animals in general] but, when Brenda came into my life [9 years ago], she showed me how to truly love and cherish every moment and to not feel sorry for myself and move forward!

The lessons Brenda's taught me will sustain me forever! I only hope that I can live up to her pure heart and soul.

Questor3000A
June 11th, 2011, 12:24 AM
They did not want me to go on the stairs down below, because they were not sure if we can handle it. In USMC on security team, i used to sail down them. Jumper handled it well.

Philip, welcome to the thread and thanks for sharing your experiences onboard the Dream with your Service Dog "Jumper!" It sounds like you handled all the challenges really well.

We also enjoyed our Carnival cruises with Brenda and I wouldn't hesitate to go back onboard one of their ships. We had some challenges with the pottybox but it didn't take long for the Hotel Manager to correct them and also had some difficulties with some rowdy teenagers but Carnival did their best to meet the challenges and make everyone happy and, as we all know, that's not always an easy thing to do!!!!!

Let us know when you cruise again.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 11th, 2011, 12:35 AM
They did not want me to go on the stairs down below, because they were not sure if we can handle it. In USMC on security team, i used to sail down them. Jumper handled it well.

In the beginning, before Service Dogs were seen onboard cruise ships very much, the cruiselines didn't know how to approach us or what we were capable of doing.

Having Princess place Brenda's pottybox in the stairwell near our room was a wonderful decision for all of us. It was easy for me, easy for Brenda and got us out of the elements and away from other passengers. It's so much fun to watch Brenda walk out of the cabin, go down the hall and wait at the stairwell door. She did it once and knew it by heart from day one.

Everytime we cruise Princess we try to get the same cabin or a similar one near this stairwell.

It sure makes for easy cruising.

I plan to teach my "Successor Dog" all about the stairwell pottybox. ;)

Hopefully, he or she will have as many cruises under her/his collar as Brenda's had.

dlbutler5
June 11th, 2011, 03:35 PM
http://www.dave-and-barb.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=20&g2_serialNumber=2

Test image of Barbara and Valentine

Rolls Royce Lover
June 11th, 2011, 03:56 PM
http://www.dave-and-barb.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=20&g2_serialNumber=2

Test image of Barbara and Valentine

Beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing it. :) Where was it taken?

Valentine's Mom
June 11th, 2011, 06:33 PM
Oh David surprised me. He has been trying to rework our pictures so I can post them. This picture was taken last year in Florence, Italy.:D Oh and that other face is me.

Valentine's Mom
June 11th, 2011, 07:28 PM
Traveling in style. This is how I keep my small service dog safe around big feet.

http://www.dave-and-barb.com/gallery/main.php?g2_view=core.DownloadItem&g2_itemId=22&g2_serialNumber=1

Rolls Royce Lover
June 12th, 2011, 06:21 AM
That picture of Valentine is a "crack-up!" She is so cute....she makes me smile.

I can remember when we went to our first "workshop" after getting Brenda there was a Corgy who was working with an older man as a Hearing Dog. He was such a cute dog it was hard to believe he was a Service Dog.

We asked the gentleman to show us just how this Corgy worked and it was remarkable to watch how he "alerted" the man to his name being called from another room and how he would literally dance around the man to "alert" him to a noise in the room. Just amazing to see.

Canine Companions no longer trains Corgy's [although they were easier to get onto airplanes, etc. and they're so responsive to training] most men didn't think they were "manly" dogs. The Lab and Lab/cross became the most popular dog for everyone.

Thanks for the great pictures of Valentine.

S.S. Cruisers
June 12th, 2011, 10:52 AM
Mornin' all:
We are all moved back "home". Its been a long 2 weeks, but mom is here and the traveling is done for now. It is going to be a challenge, but we will work thru it. Mom was up at 4:15 am, but thankfully went back to bed. Jezzy just headed towards her room, will probably wake her up! Travis left with Auntie and cousin last weekend. He is having a ball and doesn't want to come home! :eek: The furbabies are adjusting. No fence up yet, so Jezzy is on a leash. I don't like that, but will have have to do for now.

Gonna run and drink some coffee and read the local paper to catch up!

Rolls Royce Lover
June 12th, 2011, 05:08 PM
Mornin' all:
We are all moved back "home". Its been a long 2 weeks, but mom is here and the traveling is done for now. It is going to be a challenge, but we will work thru it. Mom was up at 4:15 am, but thankfully went back to bed. Jezzy just headed towards her room, will probably wake her up! Travis left with Auntie and cousin last weekend. He is having a ball and doesn't want to come home! :eek: The furbabies are adjusting. No fence up yet, so Jezzy is on a leash. I don't like that, but will have have to do for now.

Gonna run and drink some coffee and read the local paper to catch up!

Nancy, welcome back! I hate moving, over the years I've done it a lot. Not so much lately.

You must be exhausted. I've missed your lovely input and, eventhough you were away we all behaved! :p

guitarest
June 12th, 2011, 08:57 PM
Now for something a little different, we are used to me posting pictures of this ham.

http://pruconsultants.com/june2011/blitzreadytogo.JPG

Although I have other pets here; not being a normal person who deals with normal pets here is Blitz in front of my other pets.

http://pruconsultants.com/june2011/blitztheham.JPG

This is not a freshwater tank; nor is it a salt water tank its both or known as brackish. Everything in this tank was saved last year from the oil that was known as the BP Spill. This is a Alantic Spade fish also known as a Saltwater Angelfish but he is not related.

http://pruconsultants.com/june2011/smallfish2.JPG

This is a local catfish also known as a hardhead catfish due to its really hard skull.

http://pruconsultants.com/june2011/smallfish1.JPG

The monster of the tak is also the one who will eat everything if either the fish or I drop my guard and forget to feed them. This is a Blue crab and they will eat anything. If you look closely at his claws you will see the top half has been cut in half so that grabbing dead food is something he can do although its very difficult to grab a live fish thats healthy. At least in theory its difficult he has eaten at least 10 fish in the tank.

http://pruconsultants.com/june2011/bluecrab.JPG

http://pruconsultants.com/june2011/smallfish3.JPG

Rolls Royce Lover
June 12th, 2011, 10:00 PM
Wow! Guitarist, great shots of your "waterbabies!" The blue crab scares the "crab" out of me!!!!!

My son has a saltwater tank and loves his fish. They're beautiful to watch but I have no luck with them so he never asks me to babysit them......thank goodness! I love watching them eat so I'm always overfeeding them!!!! :eek:

guitarest
June 12th, 2011, 10:10 PM
Thank you; I love my water babies and they allow me to chill after stressful days at the VA. Its true you do relax by watching them. The bog spadefish is easily 9 inches from front to rear and at least 9 inches from top to bottom; when I caught him he was the size of a quarter. Mr Blue was about 1/4 inch from point to point on his body; he is allot bigger now. and the tank once it stabilizes its not too difficult to keep going. I also need to watch over feeding with the tank since you walk by and they all gather at the side nearest to where your standing. Oh they beg for sure......

Valentine's Mom
June 12th, 2011, 10:54 PM
Guitarest,

I love the fish. We several times to do the brackish water tank. We had no luck though and I am the bigest baby when they died that my husband gave up. The blue crab looks familar. I am from Virginia and people get them by the bushal basket out of the bay. Yours is much cuter though .

Valentine's Mom
June 12th, 2011, 11:01 PM
That picture of Valentine is a "crack-up!" She is so cute....she makes me smile.

I can remember when we went to our first "workshop" after getting Brenda there was a Corgy who was working with an older man as a Hearing Dog. He was such a cute dog it was hard to believe he was a Service Dog.

We asked the gentleman to show us just how this Corgy worked and it was remarkable to watch how he "alerted" the man to his name being called from another room and how he would literally dance around the man to "alert" him to a noise in the room. Just amazing to see.

Canine Companions no longer trains Corgy's [although they were easier to get onto airplanes, etc. and they're so responsive to training] most men didn't think they were "manly" dogs. The Lab and Lab/cross became the most popular dog for everyone.

Thanks for the great pictures of Valentine.


Valentine says thanks for the compliments! You can see why I get all the strange looks and why people say she is a pet. Can you imagine though if I tried to walk her through the busy halls on a cruiese ship or the busy streets of Rome or St Thomas? If anyone were to step on her it would break her leg! If thay happened I whould have to break their leg to.LOL I'm not over protective or anything .LOL

Latitude 20
June 12th, 2011, 11:51 PM
I'm thinking of doing a Mexican Riviera cruise on December 10th.

It would be onboard the Sapphire Princess [the same ship we're taking on Sept. 24th]. Please come onboard!

Hey Roz,

With the potential itinerary changes (no PV or Mazatlan, just Ensenada and two days in Cabo) are you still considering this one? Leo and I are about 70% convinced we need a little break before Christmas and this sailing is sooooo inexpensive! I'm going to call my TA tomorrow and see what kind of deal we can get. If you and Mr. WoR and Miz Brenny were aboard, that'd be the icing on the cake!

Kathi

Quampapetet
June 12th, 2011, 11:52 PM
Quam: I was wondering where you were! Glad you're okay and back with us. I'll be doing a Vegas run on July 17th...can't wait. Hope you saved some for me!!!!

Somehow, I don't think Vegas can run out of fun, haha! ;) My friends/family and I had a great time. I'd like to go back again someday to do some of the things I had scheduled but didn't get to do.

Quampapetet
June 12th, 2011, 11:53 PM
Mornin' all:
Quam: I was also thinking about you the other day. I know once you told us if you didn't have a cruise booked that you don't visit as often. That means you missed the nasty thread on Carnival about service dogs and cruises. Actually some uniformed person started it as something like "take you pet on a Carnival cruise." It got down right nasty. Even showed pictures of Barb's own little Valentine. Thank goodness it was locked and sent to pasture. Glad you are back.


At least I got to read it, as they didn't remove it from being read before I found the link for it in this thread the last time I was here. I do wish I could've replied to it, but oh well! I think some ppl on there wouldn't change their mind about an elephant being skinny if the darn thing sat on them! :p

Quampapetet
June 13th, 2011, 12:03 AM
Sandy is taking more medication that Rich's Mom. I think I am going to start calling her "Gram". At least she is not obsessed with her bowel habits.

Actually, we switched her from Advantage to Advantix. Fleas are really bad in Georgia so far this year, so many vets are recomending flea protection every 3 weeks instead of four......

Sandy is taking meds twice a day. Baths twice a week. I think I might need a flea coller before this is resolved. The rash has subsided and the licking and scratching have improved...

I recommend Adams brand tick & flea collars. They last for five months, but I change them every four months because it is easier to remember (same months every year - January 1, May 1, and September 1) and better if I forget to change it out right away (like this month, when I kept forgetting to do it for a few weeks - oops!). My dog hasn't had fleas and doesn't even get one tick a year, even in what I heard from other locals to be a bad tick year. We have woods surrounding three sides of our yard. (We do treat the yard, too, but the collar worked on the years before we started treating it - and I'm not even sure if the treatments for the yards are for bugs or just for the weeds.)

You need to make sure you get the fleas out of your house and yard. Get some food-grade (important!) Diomataceous Earth (or however it is spelled, LOL - Google will figure it out) for your carpet and yard - you can even put it on your dog and feed it to your dog, it won't harm them (or anyone else). You can look up exact directions on its use online or on the label for it (if you get it from a dog supply place), but basically you sprinkle it on your carpet and leave it for I think two days before vacuuming it (and the dead fleas) up. Also, cut up a flea collar and put the pieces in your vacuum bag/container so that any fleas that might be still alive or might hatch (D.E. only kills live ones, not eggs) in your trash won't make it.

There are some natural things you can put on your dog to help with the itching. Check out www.OnlyNaturalPets.com (http://www.OnlyNaturalPets.com) (although they tend to be pricey, so if you find a product you want to try, Google to see if you can find a better price elsewhere).

Quampapetet
June 13th, 2011, 12:12 AM
Quam, Thanks for checking in. I think we were all wondering where you have been. Hope you won lots of money in Vegas.

I didn't have much time to play, but I put $20 in a penny machine and walked away with a little over $40, so not too bad (though I was up to $45+ at one point, so I guess I technically lost - I just wasn't done having fun yet then is all! :)).

Guitarest, Great pic of Blitz, our last service dog loved his kiddie pool, but of course Wex is the anti-water lab and he hates it!

That photo reminded me of how utterly DIRTY Vegas is! My dog has four white paws/three white legs/white belly and she was sooo gray with dirt just from walking around Vegas, starting on full-day one! :p I'd never seen her so dirty before! Crazy.


We asked if we just sent the MRI and med records to Mass General, if one of the 15 neurosurgeons could review them and just tell us if he thinks he should have surgery. But they said they HAVE to see him, for what I don't know. There is no physical exam they can do to see any part of the problem. But thats how they work.

I hope everything goes well for him!

They likely can't give an opinion without seeing him for legal protection reasons (not to mention health/life protection reasons for the patient...).

Quampapetet
June 13th, 2011, 12:34 AM
That morning, we pulled into Nassau/Bahamas. We were scheduled for a para-sailing. I made sure jumpers vaccination and service dog ID were with me in my wallet with the passport. Trying to leave, security told me to go to guest services, I was pissed that they would not let me off, but within two hours port authorities gave jumper his visa. Security wanted to make sure my service dog was not taken from me by port authorities, and that he was cleared.

Sounds like you didn't get the required import permit from the Bahamas gov't before your trip? It is free for service dogs, but still is required to enter the Bahamas. You should send for it at least two to three months prior to your trip, as they're on "island time" and often take a while to get it back to you. I usually send it four to five months in advance.

Service dogs have to follow all the import regulations of the countries unless you get (a) certain regulation(s) waived (in writing) by that country/countries' gov't(s), such as for a six-month quarantine when you'll be there less than a day on a cruise.

As all of you know, Saint Thomas is a US possession, and mostly follows most federal laws including the ADA within reason.

The ADA applies fully (not "within reason") in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, etc.

This was by far the best vacation ever. Despite the rug rats running around, making noise and blowing UP carbon dioxide bags and throwing them at passengers, and the minor spatt in Nassau, which I will never recommend to another person with a disability who uses a service dog, this by far has been even better than staying on-site at WDW. Carnival went above and beyond to make sure we had a good time. Unlike Nassau, we have the ADA in the US, as such access challenges always get answered by me if repeated in a court of law.

Nassau is a great place to go, including with a service dog. I go every year (land trips) and haven't ever been denied access anywhere there. If you get questioned, you simply educate the person in friendly words/tone and then the dog's training does the rest of the work (when they see the dog really did just lay on the floor of the taxi the whole ride or under/next to the table the whole meal). (If you go on a land trip, I don't recommend using the Bahamas Humane Society as the vet who checks your dog's paperwork within 48 hours of arrival [a requirement for entering the Bahamas on a land trip]. There are other vets you can go to who are better.)

Rolls Royce Lover
June 13th, 2011, 02:32 AM
Hey Roz,

With the potential itinerary changes (no PV or Mazatlan, just Ensenada and two days in Cabo) are you still considering this one? Leo and I are about 70% convinced we need a little break before Christmas and this sailing is sooooo inexpensive! I'm going to call my TA tomorrow and see what kind of deal we can get. If you and Mr. WoR and Miz Brenny were aboard, that'd be the icing on the cake!

Kathi

Kathi, I have not booked it yet. If I did it, I would be going by myself with Brenda....Just the two of us! At least that's what's in my head. I would love to meet you onboard. And, I really don't care where the ship goes....it would be all about the ship.

I'll let you know how the planning goes. If I did it I'd book it when I'm onboard in September to get the OBC's.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 13th, 2011, 02:38 AM
Valentine says thanks for the compliments! You can see why I get all the strange looks and why people say she is a pet. Can you imagine though if I tried to walk her through the busy halls on a cruiese ship or the busy streets of Rome or St Thomas? If anyone were to step on her it would break her leg! If thay happened I whould have to break their leg to.LOL I'm not over protective or anything .LOL

I so agree with you! Brenda's a big girl and easy to see....but, once we were onboard the Celebrity Summit and a truly dumb !@# rolled over her tail with his wheelchair [I had never heard her cry before or after that incident] and, I never want to again. I swear Morey had to hold me back from attacking the guy.

Ever since then I NEVER allow enough room for anything or anyone to walk or wheel near enough to where they could possibly hurt her!

Your a good Mommy to protect her so well!

Rolls Royce Lover
June 13th, 2011, 02:41 AM
Somehow, I don't think Vegas can run out of fun, haha! ;) My friends/family and I had a great time. I'd like to go back again someday to do some of the things I had scheduled but didn't get to do.

I'm not a gambler but I do love the ambiance, people, food and entertainment. I also like the drive. It either gives me time to listen to my books on tape or have really juicey conversations with my fellow passengers.

This time I'm going with two friends and we're staying at the Wynn.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 13th, 2011, 02:43 AM
At least I got to read it, as they didn't remove it from being read before I found the link for it in this thread the last time I was here. I do wish I could've replied to it, but oh well! I think some ppl on there wouldn't change their mind about an elephant being skinny if the darn thing sat on them! :p

Yep, all that thread was missing was something wise from Quam!!!!!

Latitude 20
June 13th, 2011, 03:55 PM
Kathi, I have not booked it yet. If I did it, I would be going by myself with Brenda....Just the two of us! At least that's what's in my head. I would love to meet you onboard. And, I really don't care where the ship goes....it would be all about the ship.

I'll let you know how the planning goes. If I did it I'd book it when I'm onboard in September to get the OBC's.

I think we're going to wait for a little while to book also even though we're almost positive we're going. A few on the Princess board are already cancelling their bookings because of the itinerary change so the price may be headed even lower.

wizard-of-roz
June 13th, 2011, 04:07 PM
I think we're going to wait for a little while to book also even though we're almost positive we're going. A few on the Princess board are already cancelling their bookings because of the itinerary change so the price may be headed even lower.

Lower would be great. I want to wait until I'm onboard in September to make future plans. I want to use my FCC's and I like getting the OBC's.

I would do the December 10th cruise and they're still showing all the ports as usual. I wouldn't care if they made changes to the itinerary since it's going to be about the ship and just plain relaxing for me!!!!!

cjborne2
June 13th, 2011, 08:48 PM
Took Ollie to the vet today for his Canadian paperwork. The vet checked him out, lifted up his tail and said "ut oh!" He had a cyst on his rear that was not there in April before the Mexico trip. So, $700+ later, he had surgery this afternoon to remove it. (He needed heart worm and frontline too and 2 other vaccines so that was included in the price). Just what we needed in addition to the home repairs (some planned, some emergency) that we've been doing. But, the international certificate is ready to go and he should be fine before we leave next week.

cjborne2
June 13th, 2011, 09:52 PM
I am assuming that I don't need the USDA stamp for Canada. Is that right. I believe someone on this thread told me that is the case. I have time to get to Annapolis if need be.

cjborne2
June 14th, 2011, 09:51 AM
Called the USDA this morning and the answer appears to be no, I don't need the papers signed, which is what I thought. It appears that Canada is fairly simple. Has that been your experiences as well?

guitarest
June 14th, 2011, 03:02 PM
Sandy is taking more medication that Rich's Mom. I think I am going to start calling her "Gram". At least she is not obsessed with her bowel habits.

Actually, we switched her from Advantage to Advantix. Fleas are really bad in Georgia so far this year, so many vets are recomending flea protection every 3 weeks instead of four......

Sandy is taking meds twice a day. Baths twice a week. I think I might need a flea coller before this is resolved. The rash has subsided and the licking and scratching have improved...

I have three babies and my next door neighbor has a few babies also, he has a flea problem and we do not. The difference is that I have the dogs on a oral flea preventive called Comfortis and its slightly better than program IMO. Prior to switching to a oral flea prevention we used everything and we also did baths all the time and it did not help. The baths were usually after two weeks of applying the medicine on the dogs. Within 30 minutes of giving a oral pill (my guys love the flavor) you will see dead fleas if your dog has active fleas. Its a once a month program and works great for me without getting the medicine all over my house and furniture unlike the drops that get all over everything.

guitarest
June 14th, 2011, 03:21 PM
So today was a very different day for Blitz and I. We had to go to a Senators Office and ask for assistance with my claim with the VA. When Blitz meets new people I allow him to do a brief and quick sniff of those who are allowed to enter our space. Well we got to the Gvt Office Bldg and rang the buzzer, and waited to be let in the office. I did call them yesterday to ask permission to bring Blitz; I know permission is not needed since he is a documented Service Animal although I do like to warn people since he is not a small dog.

So back to todays event, the young lady opened the door and she knew Blitz was coming and asked permission to pet Blitz. I told her yes and she pet Blitz and all was OK until Blitz and that wondering nose got him in trouble. This was the first time that Blitz has ever seen a woman in a skirt. Before I could react, Blitz had his nose in between her knees and start to raise his head. OMG I gave the command to stop; and he did although I was horrified. A few minutes later the Senators Assistant came in and I warned her about Blitz and his wondering nose. She laughed and I left that office horrified from a small mistake made by Blitz the wonder dog.....

DisneyKidsDad
June 14th, 2011, 04:57 PM
so today was a very different day for blitz and i. We had to go to a senators office and ask for assistance with my claim with the va. When blitz meets new people i allow him to do a brief and quick sniff of those who are allowed to enter our space. Well we got to the gvt office bldg and rang the buzzer, and waited to be let in the office. I did call them yesterday to ask permission to bring blitz; i know permission is not needed since he is a documented service animal although i do like to warn people since he is not a small dog.

So back to todays event, the young lady opened the door and she knew blitz was coming and asked permission to pet blitz. I told her yes and she pet blitz and all was ok until blitz and that wondering nose got him in trouble. This was the first time that blitz has ever seen a woman in a skirt. Before i could react, blitz had his nose in between her knees and start to raise his head. Omg i gave the command to stop; and he did although i was horrified. A few minutes later the senators assistant came in and i warned her about blitz and his wondering nose. She laughed and i left that office horrified from a small mistake made by blitz the wonder dog.....

now that's funny!!

Rolls Royce Lover
June 14th, 2011, 05:23 PM
Called the USDA this morning and the answer appears to be no, I don't need the papers signed, which is what I thought. It appears that Canada is fairly simple. Has that been your experiences as well?

Yes, Canada accepted the same paperwork that we used for Mexico and the U.S.

Sorry to hear about Ollie's cyst. I hope he's doing better and is not feeling any pain from his surgery.

Geeezzz! The things that come-up with our dogs without any warning.

Brenda's due for her physical next week-I sure hope there's no surprises.

Have a wonderful cruise!

Roz

Rolls Royce Lover
June 14th, 2011, 05:32 PM
I have three babies and my next door neighbor has a few babies also, he has a flea problem and we do not. The difference is that I have the dogs on a oral flea preventive called Comfortis and its slightly better than program IMO. Prior to switching to a oral flea prevention we used everything and we also did baths all the time and it did not help. The baths were usually after two weeks of applying the medicine on the dogs. Within 30 minutes of giving a oral pill (my guys love the flavor) you will see dead fleas if your dog has active fleas. Its a once a month program and works great for me without getting the medicine all over my house and furniture unlike the drops that get all over everything.

So far I've had complete success with Advantix and have not noticed it getting all over anything other than Brenda. I apply it on the top of her shoulder area and that doesn't really touch much of anything else.

Hopefully, we won't have any problems. Thanks for the suggestions on the oral usage of flea med's. Never hurts to know all that's available for our dogs.

I'm writing from DH's computer today, at home. I'm having some back issues......no work today!!!

Roz

Rolls Royce Lover
June 14th, 2011, 05:39 PM
So today was a very different day for Blitz and I. We had to go to a Senators Office and ask for assistance with my claim with the VA. When Blitz meets new people I allow him to do a brief and quick sniff of those who are allowed to enter our space. Well we got to the Gvt Office Bldg and rang the buzzer, and waited to be let in the office. I did call them yesterday to ask permission to bring Blitz; I know permission is not needed since he is a documented Service Animal although I do like to warn people since he is not a small dog.

So back to todays event, the young lady opened the door and she knew Blitz was coming and asked permission to pet Blitz. I told her yes and she pet Blitz and all was OK until Blitz and that wondering nose got him in trouble. This was the first time that Blitz has ever seen a woman in a skirt. Before I could react, Blitz had his nose in between her knees and start to raise his head. OMG I gave the command to stop; and he did although I was horrified. A few minutes later the Senators Assistant came in and I warned her about Blitz and his wondering nose. She laughed and I left that office horrified from a small mistake made by Blitz the wonder dog.....

I hope that it all worked out in your favor with the politico's.

Brenda does the same thing with her nose. She goes right for people's crotche's when I'm meeting and greeting them. I've learned to put her in a "down-stay", if I'm going to be standing around and meeting and talking with people so she doesn't thoroughly embarrass me!!!!!! I hate that very normal and necessary "dog/nose" thing!!!!

Okay, other than Bltiz making your face turn red, I bet the people were so impressed by the "German Shepherd-fully trained" thing!!!!!

guitarest
June 15th, 2011, 02:37 AM
I hope that it all worked out in your favor with the politico's.

Brenda does the same thing with her nose. She goes right for people's crotche's when I'm meeting and greeting them. I've learned to put her in a "down-stay", if I'm going to be standing around and meeting and talking with people so she doesn't thoroughly embarrass me!!!!!! I hate that very normal and necessary "dog/nose" thing!!!!

Okay, other than Bltiz making your face turn red, I bet the people were so impressed by the "German Shepherd-fully trained" thing!!!!!

I will say one thing for sure about Blitz, he is one heck of a crowd pleaser. The first reaction is people walking away from him; although once they really meet him I can't get rid of those people; lol.

rangeley
June 15th, 2011, 11:41 AM
To funny Guitarist!! Wex does that too, and we hate it! It's so embarrassing.

cjborne2
June 15th, 2011, 01:43 PM
I will say one thing for sure about Blitz, he is one heck of a crowd pleaser. The first reaction is people walking away from him; although once they really meet him I can't get rid of those people; lol.

People jump out of Ollie's way too. I think it's funny to watch. He's big and black and pretty fluffy. More than once we've had comments about a wolf.

wizard-of-roz
June 15th, 2011, 02:27 PM
I love people's reactions more than anything else now. Traveling and going to work and into the public venue with Brenda is so much fun.

Sure, I can say that now......it wasn't all that much fun in the beginning, when I was a "newbie!" And, the manager, right here at my job, was giving me a hard time and wanting me to tie Brenda to me and tether her to my desk when she wasn't with me......she has since passed-away [may she rest in peace!] I used to let everything and everybody get to me.

Now, I walk proudly, with Brenda by my side [loose, not attached] and she visits everyone in their offices and cubicles to say hello before we take our morning walk. Everyone loves her [except for one guy] and she knows it. She never goes into his cubicle. Dogs are so smart about people!!!!

wizard-of-roz
June 15th, 2011, 02:35 PM
You guys know that I'm cruising in September. Well, I was cruising with my daughter Robyn. Brenda and Morey were staying home. Robyn called yesterday and is having some health issues that will not allow her to either fly or take a long drive to us. She lives in Livermore. Her ongoing health problems are truly ruling her life right now......It breaks my heart for her.

Amazing how things can change on a dime. Morey was listening to my conversation with Robyn and said, very loudly, "I'll go and so will Brenda!" I'm shocked, he said he was done with cruising for a while.....and, now he's back onboard. So, it looks like it's going to be Morey, me and Brenda on the Sapphire Princess on September 24th.

I really don't want to cancel this cruise....it's something I've been wanting to do for a very long time.......cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. And, having Morey and Brenda along really complete my Bucket List. :)

guitarest
June 15th, 2011, 11:31 PM
I love people's reactions more than anything else now. Traveling and going to work and into the public venue with Brenda is so much fun.

Sure, I can say that now......it wasn't all that much fun in the beginning, when I was a "newbie!" And, the manager, right here at my job, was giving me a hard time and wanting me to tie Brenda to me and tether her to my desk when she wasn't with me......she has since passed-away [may she rest in peace!] I used to let everything and everybody get to me.

Now, I walk proudly, with Brenda by my side [loose, not attached] and she visits everyone in their offices and cubicles to say hello before we take our morning walk. Everyone loves her [except for one guy] and she knows it. She never goes into his cubicle. Dogs are so smart about people!!!!

I hear ya, I am fairly new at the Service dog thing; yet very comfortable with trained dogs. King (he is waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge) was recognized by the American Red Cross for assisting with catching looters after Katrina. I still fell slightly weird with Blitz since King was very much trained (I trained King) although his training was closer to a K-9 and like a real K-9 King would be on guard 7X24. King was always very aware of our surroundings and very protective of me even towards the his finally losing his fight with his illness. King was a American German Shepherd and there is a huge difference between American and German blood lines in this breed. The American blood lines are actually more laid back while the German (Blitz is German and Czech) are harder working and Blitz has to have a job or he can get into trouble looking for things to do. So with that knowledge while Blitz has never shown any aggressive attitude towards anyone except one person; this happened Easter Sunday this past year. We were walking along a boardwalk towards a fishing pier and Blitz did not show teeth although he did let the man know that he was paying attention to his actions. The man had suddenly stopped walking when I finally picked up on Blitz's erratic behavior and turned around to see what was bothering Blitz. The man had a huge kitchen knife in his hand and it was pointing towards our direction. Kinda freaky although during that incident Blitz never lost his composure. I do not fear Blitz ever attacking anyone unless that individual tries to hurt me.

But after the skirt raising incident two days ago I feel Blitz is in this for himself and using me to meet people and stick his nose into inappropriate places on women; lol.

rangeley
June 16th, 2011, 05:20 PM
You guys know that I'm cruising in September. Well, I was cruising with my daughter Robyn. Brenda and Morey were staying home. Robyn called yesterday and is having some health issues that will not allow her to either fly or take a long drive to us. She lives in Livermore. Her ongoing health problems are truly ruling her life right now......It breaks my heart for her.

Amazing how things can change on a dime. Morey was listening to my conversation with Robyn and said, very loudly, "I'll go and so will Brenda!" I'm shocked, he said he was done with cruising for a while.....and, now he's back onboard. So, it looks like it's going to be Morey, me and Brenda on the Sapphire Princess on September 24th.

I really don't want to cancel this cruise....it's something I've been wanting to do for a very long time.......cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. And, having Morey and Brenda along really complete my Bucket List. :)



So sorry to hear about your daughter and her health issues. But atleast something good has come from it. I'm so happy Morey and Brenny will be going with you!!! Sounds like it will be a beautiful trip. I'm jealous!:(

John and I were just checking out some cruises for
Dec2012/Jan2013. I figure if we are not going to take a trip this year, we might be able to get a suite and take my son with us on the next cruise. The suites are actually not as outrageous as we thought. And hopefully we can convince you to come too!! With the new baby of course. Maybe we can get Sunshine to come too! She can do some training with the dogs. LOL :D

rangeley
June 16th, 2011, 05:22 PM
Oh almost forgot....... BOSTON BRUINS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!! WooHoo!!!!!!!!

rangeley
June 16th, 2011, 05:26 PM
I hear ya, I am fairly new at the Service dog thing; yet very comfortable with trained dogs. King (he is waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge) was recognized by the American Red Cross for assisting with catching looters after Katrina. I still fell slightly weird with Blitz since King was very much trained (I trained King) although his training was closer to a K-9 and like a real K-9 King would be on guard 7X24. King was always very aware of our surroundings and very protective of me even towards the his finally losing his fight with his illness. King was a American German Shepherd and there is a huge difference between American and German blood lines in this breed. The American blood lines are actually more laid back while the German (Blitz is German and Czech) are harder working and Blitz has to have a job or he can get into trouble looking for things to do. So with that knowledge while Blitz has never shown any aggressive attitude towards anyone except one person; this happened Easter Sunday this past year. We were walking along a boardwalk towards a fishing pier and Blitz did not show teeth although he did let the man know that he was paying attention to his actions. The man had suddenly stopped walking when I finally picked up on Blitz's erratic behavior and turned around to see what was bothering Blitz. The man had a huge kitchen knife in his hand and it was pointing towards our direction. Kinda freaky although during that incident Blitz never lost his composure. I do not fear Blitz ever attacking anyone unless that individual tries to hurt me.

But after the skirt raising incident two days ago I feel Blitz is in this for himself and using me to meet people and stick his nose into inappropriate places on women; lol.


Just like a man sticking his nose in where it doesn't belong. But he can get away with it.

wizard-of-roz
June 16th, 2011, 05:39 PM
So sorry to hear about your daughter and her health issues. But atleast something good has come from it. I'm so happy Morey and Brenny will be going with you!!! Sounds like it will be a beautiful trip. I'm jealous!:(

John and I were just checking out some cruises for
Dec2012/Jan2013. I figure if we are not going to take a trip this year, we might be able to get a suite and take my son with us on the next cruise. The suites are actually not as outrageous as we thought. And hopefully we can convince you to come too!! With the new baby of course. Maybe we can get Sunshine to come too! She can do some training with the dogs. LOL :D

Thank you Cindy. Robyn had a simple gall bladder surgery last year and from that got a staph infection that has affected her left leg and foot. She's had another surgery where they thought they could correct the problem and it only made it worse......poor little thing. I say a prayer for her every night!

The changing of the names/insurance and cancelling the power scooter will have to be done. I'm going to do it after my interview with CCI next Friday.

You pick-out your cruising date and let me know. Barring that it's not durning one of my events, I will do everything I can to be on the same ship. I'd love it.

I know John has to go through a surgery first. And, you must keep us informed as to how his doing.

Did you hear about the new Princess "no smoking" rules starting on January 15th? There's a big thread on everyone's likes and dislikes about it. I almost got myself in trouble. You know me.....always got something to add!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
June 16th, 2011, 05:41 PM
Oh almost forgot....... BOSTON BRUINS STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!! WooHoo!!!!!!!!

Started a huge ruccos in Vancouver......Congratulations!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
June 16th, 2011, 05:42 PM
Just like a man sticking his nose in where it doesn't belong. But he can get away with it.

Yep!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
June 16th, 2011, 05:49 PM
There's a gal who comes into our building, in a wheelchair, with a Standard White Poodle and the dog is wearing a CCI vest.

I just had to approach her and ask questions. She told me this is her second Standard Poodle trained by CCI. She begged and pleaded with CCI to train the poodle's because she is so severly allergic and really wanted the assistance of a Service Dog. I didn't want to push her on how she got CCI to train her dogs [she must have some inside connection] next time I see her, I'm going to really ask questions.

The dog is so huge and gorgeous!!!!!

rangeley
June 16th, 2011, 08:08 PM
Wow that CCI appointment seemed so far away and now it's here :eek: Just like Johns surgery :( My stupid son got a tatoo a few years back and got a staff infection. It took a few rounds of antibiotics to get rid of it. Scary thing to get.

Wasn't the purpose of breeding the Labradoodle for people who were allergic to dogs? I wonder why that kind of dog wouldn't have worked for that girl. The other org we got Rangeley from, trained alot of poodles.

rangeley
June 16th, 2011, 08:11 PM
It was nice to finally see a pic of you and Morey, even though it's so small. Morey, just as I pictured. You, blond and nothing like I thought.

wizard-of-roz
June 16th, 2011, 08:32 PM
Wow that CCI appointment seemed so far away and now it's here :eek: Just like Johns surgery :( My stupid son got a tatoo a few years back and got a staff infection. It took a few rounds of antibiotics to get rid of it. Scary thing to get.

Wasn't the purpose of breeding the Labradoodle for people who were allergic to dogs? I wonder why that kind of dog wouldn't have worked for that girl. The other org we got Rangeley from, trained alot of poodles.

I'm so excited. We're leaving for Oceanside on Thursday and the interview starts early Friday morning. I interview in Oceanside but the TeamTraining for Hearing Dogs is always held in Santa Rosa.

CCI talks about training the Labradoodle but they don't have the breeding program up and running yet. I wish they did!!!!!

guitarest
June 17th, 2011, 12:45 AM
Took this today. This is Blitz and my daughters puppy Dia. The white GSD mix is Sarge who is a Katrina rescue; he has been a wonderful addition to my little family since 2005.

Pay attention to Blitz and his body movements; I taught him to nod his head yes by hand signals off camera. So I can ask a question of anything and a movement of my hand will result in Blitz doing a yes or no head movement.

Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EOmLTCqQo8

Rolls Royce Lover
June 17th, 2011, 03:16 AM
Took this today. This is Blitz and my daughters puppy Dia. The white GSD mix is Sarge who is a Katrina rescue; he has been a wonderful addition to my little family since 2005.

Pay attention to Blitz and his body movements; I taught him to nod his head yes by hand signals off camera. So I can ask a question of anything and a movement of my hand will result in Blitz doing a yes or no head movement.

Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EOmLTCqQo8

Very cool! Boy, Blitz loves the ball like Brenda does. You have quite a menagerie of dogs. Good for you. They're great company.

rangeley
June 17th, 2011, 08:52 AM
Guitarist, Blitz is just so cute!! Love the video.

guitarest
June 17th, 2011, 12:52 PM
Very cool! Boy, Blitz loves the ball like Brenda does. You have quite a menagerie of dogs. Good for you. They're great company.

I officially have only one, the puppy belongs to my daughter and its visiting and I am puppy sitting. The Sarge (white pup) belongs to my son who is station at 29 Palms although Sarge has been with me his entire life I feel if he was removed from here it would be difficult for him to adjust since he does have medical issues from Katrina. There is another dog here Willie, who is my daughters and she should have taken him with her when she moved away; although she did not. Blitz is all mine..... Yes we are a very happy pack when the daughter and puppy are not around stirring things up.

Glad yall enjoyed the video.

sunshine426
June 17th, 2011, 07:40 PM
It was nice to finally see a pic of you and Morey, even though it's so small. Morey, just as I pictured. You, blond and nothing like I thought.

I woud like to see this picture....

Quampapetet
June 18th, 2011, 01:06 AM
I'm not a gambler but I do love the ambiance, people, food and entertainment. I also like the drive. It either gives me time to listen to my books on tape or have really juicey conversations with my fellow passengers.

This time I'm going with two friends and we're staying at the Wynn.

I only did $20 in the penny slots (and left with just over $40 :D), as I'm not real into gambling either. I'd never try the card games. But the slots are entertaining.

The Wynn should be nice. I didn't visit there, but heard their buffet is the best one in Vegas. And they have a (free) nature conservatory there, too.

Quampapetet
June 18th, 2011, 01:10 AM
Took Ollie to the vet today for his Canadian paperwork. The vet checked him out, lifted up his tail and said "ut oh!" He had a cyst on his rear that was not there in April before the Mexico trip. So, $700+ later, he had surgery this afternoon to remove it. (He needed heart worm and frontline too and 2 other vaccines so that was included in the price). Just what we needed in addition to the home repairs (some planned, some emergency) that we've been doing. But, the international certificate is ready to go and he should be fine before we leave next week.

Yikes! I hope your pooch is doing okay after the surgery ... and that your wallet is doing okay, too! ;) Was it a sebaceous cyst? My dog has one of those on her flank, but it isn't something that needs to be removed. She's had it for years. There is another bump I need to have the vet check out soon, but of course he was on vacation this week and because of that next week is already all booked up. I need to call for the week after that!

sunshine426
June 18th, 2011, 07:29 AM
I am in desparate need of a cruise.......Life continues to be a roller-coaster ride. Can't seem to get off the train!!

But, the dogs keep me centered and I've had some fun times. Cooler is growing up. Has most if not all of her advanced commands. She likes to help me pull things out of the dryer now, but prefers to hand them to me instead of dropping them in the basket. I've taken a few other dogs out for hospital visitation since Cooler has had so many of these outing experiences. Last week a golden doodle who has spectacular and just loved the attention. He would snuggle on the beds and just sit regally for pats. This week a 14 month old spitfire! She still had so much puppy energy and she is older that Cooler. Still needs some growing up, but, boy did she enjoy a day of animal assisted therapy. Her tail was wagging like crazy and she just wiggled all over with pats. Enjoyed rehab, especially the ball chasing.

Rich's mom is back in the hospital...we are finally finishing up moving and storing her excess furniture from her 2 bedroom independent living apartment. Sadly, my house is looking more like a storage facility.....

cjborne2
June 18th, 2011, 08:54 AM
Ollie is back to normal and had a good checkup on Thursday. He ended up being home with me every day but Friday because my husband was at an off-site conference. Since he didn't know the area well and Ollie wasn't 100% we let him rest up. He was super excited to go back to work yesterday.

I'm not really sure what it was. I can't remember. She said it had the potential to bleed and was concerned we'd have problems while we were away.

I faxed the paperwork to Disney, they confirmed they received it and sent it to the ship. I have not heard about any issues with it so I assume that everything is OK.

I'm probably a little more than half way packed. We leave Tuesday :)

guitarest
June 19th, 2011, 12:08 AM
Little off topic for those who qualify....

Happy Daddy day tomorrow for all the Daddy's here on the forum. This in=s my sons first fathers day as a dad also.

Life is good; I love my granddaughter.

guitarest
June 19th, 2011, 11:11 PM
You can never have too many German Shepherds; not all live with me Mel and Dia I fostered for my children.

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dvdfreakmc
June 20th, 2011, 07:50 AM
Susan, Cameron, Werin and I are headed off to Princess in NYC on Wednesday morning for a 9 day NE/Canada. Yeah! To those asking about Canada and what is needed, you need a health certificate, and Rabies Certificate. We have done this multiple times. Princess said we needed the USDA one (needing a trip to Harrisburg), but our vet called the access office to discuss and we are back to the regular cert's. Princess confirmed what we have will be fine. It's always been fine on HAL, so we should be good.

guitarest
June 20th, 2011, 10:06 AM
Yall have a nice cruise. Hopefully I will be on mine soon enough.

Sadly that check still has not made it to me. (Venting) Its funny if I owe people I get penalyzed for late payments and receive call all the time from bill collectors; yet parties that owe me can take their sweet time....

guitarest
June 20th, 2011, 10:28 AM
I got a cool fathers day present, well actually Blitz did. I have been saving to get a proper Backpack vest for Blitz since his was not up to any real standards being old and falling apart. Well my daughter got me a nice BBQ Grill and Blitz a really sweet Backpack vest. It has two very large pouches and more than enough room for Blitz to carry his own water, food, bowls and plastic bags. Its a darker tan in color and has web mesh and many places to put big ole patches, badges, and other fun things....

OK Im finished I guess no one is awake yet.......

rangeley
June 20th, 2011, 09:50 PM
I woud like to see this picture....


It's one of her avatars

rangeley
June 20th, 2011, 09:51 PM
Susan, Cameron, Werin and I are headed off to Princess in NYC on Wednesday morning for a 9 day NE/Canada. Yeah! To those asking about Canada and what is needed, you need a health certificate, and Rabies Certificate. We have done this multiple times. Princess said we needed the USDA one (needing a trip to Harrisburg), but our vet called the access office to discuss and we are back to the regular cert's. Princess confirmed what we have will be fine. It's always been fine on HAL, so we should be good.


Peter, Have a great time!! We will all be thinking of you.

Cindy

S.S. Cruisers
June 21st, 2011, 12:42 PM
Mornin' all:
Peter: Have a fantastic time and be sure and report back!

Roz: I see where Princess has cancelled their port call in Puerta Vallarta for the Nov and 2 Dec cruises. They are being cautious about the violence. I think it said they would be stopping in Cabo and Ensenada only. I know you are like us and the ship can be the destination, but Puerta Vallarta is one of our favorite ports. Cabo is too commercialized for us. But a cruise is a cruise is a cruise!

wizard-of-roz
June 21st, 2011, 03:39 PM
Yikes! I hope your pooch is doing okay after the surgery ... and that your wallet is doing okay, too! ;) Was it a sebaceous cyst? My dog has one of those on her flank, but it isn't something that needs to be removed. She's had it for years. There is another bump I need to have the vet check out soon, but of course he was on vacation this week and because of that next week is already all booked up. I need to call for the week after that!


These are Lipomo's[sp.] and are usually always benign. Brenda has a golf-ball one on her right flank, and a smaller one on her tummy. They show-up more on lighter colored dogs. She also has "skin-tags" on her elbows. Geeezzz, does she have to be so darn human!

She had her physical today [11 years] and passed with flying colors.
Her eyes/heart/teeth and ears are all good - Thank goodness. And, because she gets Salmon Oil everyday.......the Vet thinks her skin and fur are "gorgeous!" I think the color changes are funny, he says it's totally normal for an eleven year old Black Lab to change colors.

Her International Certificate is different. it comes in a 6 copy duplicate manner and is much formal looking.

She's now set to go cruising. The Vet also said that it is not necessary to request that this form be filled out less than 3 months in advance.

wizard-of-roz
June 21st, 2011, 03:44 PM
Susan, Cameron, Werin and I are headed off to Princess in NYC on Wednesday morning for a 9 day NE/Canada. Yeah! To those asking about Canada and what is needed, you need a health certificate, and Rabies Certificate. We have done this multiple times. Princess said we needed the USDA one (needing a trip to Harrisburg), but our vet called the access office to discuss and we are back to the regular cert's. Princess confirmed what we have will be fine. It's always been fine on HAL, so we should be good.

Peter, et.al: Have a wonderful, fantastic voyage. Bon-Voyage! Please come back and tell us all about it.

wizard-of-roz
June 21st, 2011, 03:46 PM
I got a cool fathers day present, well actually Blitz did. I have been saving to get a proper Backpack vest for Blitz since his was not up to any real standards being old and falling apart. Well my daughter got me a nice BBQ Grill and Blitz a really sweet Backpack vest. It has two very large pouches and more than enough room for Blitz to carry his own water, food, bowls and plastic bags. Its a darker tan in color and has web mesh and many places to put big ole patches, badges, and other fun things....

OK Im finished I guess no one is awake yet.......

Sounds wonderful for Blitz. And, it looks like your Father's Day was a good and that your children appreciate you.

We are very lucky in that our children are gracious and appreciative too!

Morey had a great day too!

wizard-of-roz
June 21st, 2011, 03:49 PM
It's one of her avatars

I'm working on posting more. Sorry it's so small. I'm not such a good "techy" like "guitarist is!"

wizard-of-roz
June 21st, 2011, 03:52 PM
Mornin' all:
Peter: Have a fantastic time and be sure and report back!

Roz: I see where Princess has cancelled their port call in Puerta Vallarta for the Nov and 2 Dec cruises. They are being cautious about the violence. I think it said they would be stopping in Cabo and Ensenada only. I know you are like us and the ship can be the destination, but Puerta Vallarta is one of our favorite ports. Cabo is too commercialized for us. But a cruise is a cruise is a cruise!

Nancy, other than cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge and than another time cruising past the Statue of Liberty. I really don't have too many "cruising Bucket List wishes."

As long as I'm on a cruise ship is all I really care about. ;)

rangeley
June 22nd, 2011, 09:54 AM
Roz, Just want to wish you the best of luck in your interview Friday. Although it's just a formality, I'm sure you will do great!!! I know you will let us know how it went when you get back.

Cindy

S.S. Cruisers
June 22nd, 2011, 11:39 AM
Mornin' all:
Roz: Safe travels and hugs, licks and huggles to you guys.

wizard-of-roz
June 22nd, 2011, 12:18 PM
Roz, Just want to wish you the best of luck in your interview Friday. Although it's just a formality, I'm sure you will do great!!! I know you will let us know how it went when you get back.

Cindy

I leave on Thursday for Oceanside and, the interview is on Friday. Thank you so much for your kind wishes.

Cindy, you know it's just a "formality" and I know it's just a "formality"......it's just so darn nerve wracking! Team Training and a new baby!!!!! Now, that's really something to look forward to.

Brenda saw the Vet yesterday....I was so curious about her eyes [a lot of people ask me if she has cataracts.] The Vet said her eyes are clear and he sees no problems. That's such a relief.

He gave me a new International Travel Cert. They're different from last year's. They come in copies of 6 [which is great for traveling.] They're more official looking. I don't have to make copies for everyone, they're already done.

My Vet stated that if any foreign port or cruiseline insists that this Certificate be given to them within a time frame of less than 3 months, to have them contact him directly.

Again, thank you, hold me in your thoughts on Friday...............

Love,
Roz

wizard-of-roz
June 22nd, 2011, 12:38 PM
Mornin' all:
Roz: Safe travels and hugs, licks and huggles to you guys.


Nancy, thank you! I'm so excited! Just visiting a CCI campus puts a huge smile on my face. And, getting to work and interview with a 1 year old will be so much fun.

Brenda will be staying at the hotel with Morey....she's going to be so curious when I get back to her and she smells another dog all over me!!!!! :(

DisneyKidsDad
June 22nd, 2011, 12:51 PM
I leave on Thursday for Oceanside and, the interview is on Friday. Thank you so much for your kind wishes.

Cindy, you know it's just a "formality" and I know it's just a "formality"......it's just so darn nerve wracking! Team Training and a new baby!!!!! Now, that's really something to look forward to.

Brenda saw the Vet yesterday....I was so curious about her eyes [a lot of people ask me if she has cataracts.] The Vet said her eyes are clear and he sees no problems. That's such a relief.

He gave me a new International Travel Cert. They're different from last year's. They come in copies of 6 [which is great for traveling.] They're more official looking. I don't have to make copies for everyone, they're already done.

My Vet stated that if any foreign port or cruiseline insists that this Certificate be given to them within a time frame of less than 3 months, to have them contact him directly.

Again, thank you, hold me in your thoughts on Friday...............

Love,
Roz

It's gonna be a piece of cake Roz. And just remember, when it comes to Team Training...you CAN teach an old human new tricks! :D

wizard-of-roz
June 22nd, 2011, 01:01 PM
It's gonna be a piece of cake Roz. And just remember, when it comes to Team Training...you CAN teach an old human new tricks! :D

Thank you.......I'm really looking forward to the interview.

That is very funny about the "old human", I sure hope this old human is up to the challenge! ;)

DisneyKidsDad
June 22nd, 2011, 04:21 PM
Thank you.......I'm really looking forward to the interview.

That is very funny about the "old human", I sure hope this old human is up to the challenge! ;)

Well let's face it. The dogs already know what they're doing. :D

wizard-of-roz
June 22nd, 2011, 04:45 PM
Well let's face it. The dogs already know what they're doing. :D

Yey! And, they're probably laughing their muzzle's off when they get back to the kennel's, after working with someone who's more used to walking with an 11 year old dog.

I have to remind Brenda to get up from her naps and I have to tug on her leash to get her to keep up with my walking pace........Boy, am I going to be suprised when a one year old is skipping right along beside me!!!!!

I'll tell you all about it when I return on Monday. :)

Island Explorer
June 22nd, 2011, 05:17 PM
My Vet stated that if any foreign port or cruiseline insists that this Certificate be given to them within a time frame of less than 3 months, to have them contact him directly.


Roz,

Any foreign port can set their own regulations, and no, they won't contact your vet directly to see if he thinks they should. Remember that a health certificate says the dog is healthy and free of parasites on the date it was signed. Most countries want that documentation to be current within ten days to two weeks before you set sail. Many countries require a VS vet (someone employed by the USDA) to review the paperwork and stamp it. (Not see the dog, just the paperwork!)

Some cruiselines try to make sure your documentation is in order so that you won't be kept from going ashore with your service dog in the countries that you are visiting. Remember that many of the cruise port countries do not recognize service dogs in any different category than pets.

The USDA tries to make it simpler for folks travelling with their service dogs (remember, many countries make no distinction between service animals and pets in their entrance requirements) by placing many country's regulations on their website. The folks in my local office, which are a 7 hr round trip from me, were very helpful on the telephone, and in person when I hand delivered the paperwork to be stamped.

I took a relocating cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Seattle. We stopped in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. In order to go ashore in Colombia, my service dog had to have an immunization that is not required here... which was a two part dosage that had to be administered two weeks apart.

This is the APHIS website: put the web letters in front...

aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals

Hope you have safe travels, and a good interview Friday!

Linda

wizard-of-roz
June 22nd, 2011, 07:14 PM
My Vet stated that if any foreign port or cruiseline insists that this Certificate be given to them within a time frame of less than 3 months, to have them contact him directly.


Roz,

Any foreign port can set their own regulations, and no, they won't contact your vet directly to see if he thinks they should. Remember that a health certificate says the dog is healthy and free of parasites on the date it was signed. Most countries want that documentation to be current within ten days to two weeks before you set sail. Many countries require a VS vet (someone employed by the USDA) to review the paperwork and stamp it. (Not see the dog, just the paperwork!)

Some cruiselines try to make sure your documentation is in order so that you won't be kept from going ashore with your service dog in the countries that you are visiting. Remember that many of the cruise port countries do not recognize service dogs in any different category than pets.

The USDA tries to make it simpler for folks travelling with their service dogs (remember, many countries make no distinction between service animals and pets in their entrance requirements) by placing many country's regulations on their website. The folks in my local office, which are a 7 hr round trip from me, were very helpful on the telephone, and in person when I hand delivered the paperwork to be stamped.

I took a relocating cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Seattle. We stopped in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. In order to go ashore in Colombia, my service dog had to have an immunization that is not required here... which was a two part dosage that had to be administered two weeks apart.

This is the APHIS website: put the web letters in front...

aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals

Hope you have safe travels, and a good interview Friday!

Linda

Linda, thank you for your most helpful information. I should have been more clear. If the cruiseline states that you can not board their ship with your Service/Working Dog because the Certificate is 3 months old, have them call his office. He was specifically talking about Princess Special Needs requesting that Brenda's Certification be within a few days.

And, I would NEVER allow Brenda to be re-vaccinated [at her age it could be lethal], as I was told by my Vet. If Colombia required this, she would not leave the ship.

You are correct about many countries not viewing our dogs as more than just "pets!" I ALWAYS try to initially board from an American Port [ADA applies.] When we went to Brazil we boarded from Florida.

Brenda has stayed on the ship and I take turns going onto the port that requires more immunizations than necessary; more paperwork than normal; more questions or money than is really needed.

The U.S.A. is full of wonderful sights to see and enjoy with my beloved dog before I would ever subject him/her to unecessary or added immunzations - no port or place of interest would ever be worth taking a risk with my dogs life. This may sound dramatic to some.......but, I've heard some truly horrific horror stories, just so someone could see a place of interest with their dog.

Thank you for your good wishes on my CCI testing......It's very exciting for me!

guitarest
June 23rd, 2011, 01:36 AM
What a month so far, the VA somehow made a administrative error and gave my claim a different date of my appeal. I have been trying since 01/2006 to have my disability upgraded to 100% from my current rating which is 90%. Some how they applied a date of June 2011 to my claim; thus really messing up everything for sure. Well after speaking with two congressional leaders and resubmitting my paperwork again the VA notified me through the Congressional chain of command they have reversed the mistake. Hopefully I will find out within a month if they have awarded me the 100% total disability. I never had issues with the hospital part of the VA; its the administrative side that many like myself have had issues with. Last year they retired my records because someone told them I died, that was fun to prove I was still around...

So I should be so much closer to taking my first Cruise. I originally thought it would be cool to have my kids go also; although now I really would love to go by myself or with my Grand Daughter.

On a happy note, this laptop I am using is one that I purchased for my daughter while she was in high school. Since she has been in college I purchased her a newer and better laptop and she gave me this one back. In her eyes it was a fair trade, lol. So I was going through the hard drive and found this video below of King. This was after Katrina and before my legs really started giving me issues.

Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50EApYMW1zY

Rolls Royce Lover
June 23rd, 2011, 02:11 AM
What a month so far, the VA somehow made a administrative error and gave my claim a different date of my appeal. I have been trying since 01/2006 to have my disability upgraded to 100% from my current rating which is 90%. Some how they applied a date of June 2011 to my claim; thus really messing up everything for sure. Well after speaking with two congressional leaders and resubmitting my paperwork again the VA notified me through the Congressional chain of command they have reversed the mistake. Hopefully I will find out within a month if they have awarded me the 100% total disability. I never had issues with the hospital part of the VA; its the administrative side that many like myself have had issues with. Last year they retired my records because someone told them I died, that was fun to prove I was still around...

So I should be so much closer to taking my first Cruise. I originally thought it would be cool to have my kids go also; although now I really would love to go by myself or with my Grand Daughter.

On a happy note, this laptop I am using is one that I purchased for my daughter while she was in high school. Since she has been in college I purchased her a newer and better laptop and she gave me this one back. In her eyes it was a fair trade, lol. So I was going through the hard drive and found this video below of King. This was after Katrina and before my legs really started giving me issues.

Enjoy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50EApYMW1zY

Congratulations! I hope you get exactly what you're hoping for. Planning a cruise is one of the great joys of life.

Great video!

guitarest
June 23rd, 2011, 01:46 PM
Congratulations! I hope you get exactly what you're hoping for. Planning a cruise is one of the great joys of life.

Great video!

Thank you, all I want is to be treated fairly as do all individuals who are DAV's. Sadly there are so many of us now and my case is more of the normal protocol. Its been a very long time having to deal with this and hopefully it will soon come to its end.

S.S. Cruisers
June 24th, 2011, 11:36 AM
Mornin' all:
Thinking of Roz, Ms. Brenny and Morey, all on pins and needles. I think I even have butterflies in the tummy!
All paws and craws crossed........

Quampapetet
June 24th, 2011, 09:51 PM
Any foreign port can set their own regulations, and no, they won't contact your vet directly to see if he thinks they should. Remember that a health certificate says the dog is healthy and free of parasites on the date it was signed. Most countries want that documentation to be current within ten days to two weeks before you set sail.

Very true. I think Roz's dog doesn't go off the ship, though, so that's why she doesn't follow the regulations for foreign countries. She's lucky the U.S. hasn't given her a hassle getting back into the country with an expired health certificate. (Health certificates are only valid for up to 30 days.)

Many countries' regulations are shorter than two weeks for the health certificate; their requirements are 24, 48, or 72 hours old. Those that require a health certificate in order to get the import permit have longer requirements, of course, though some require two certificates (one for getting the import certificate and one within a day or two of arrival for getting into the country).


Many countries require a VS vet (someone employed by the USDA) to review the paperwork and stamp it. (Not see the dog, just the paperwork!)

Yes, some countries require the USDA endorsement. The USDA vet doesn't need to see the dog because they are only checking that the paperwork is complete and done correctly, not that the dog really is healthy or anything. It seems weird, IMO, but it is a quicker app't than if the USDA vet did have to examine the dog, so that's a good thing!


Some cruiselines try to make sure your documentation is in order so that you won't be kept from going ashore with your service dog in the countries that you are visiting. Remember that many of the cruise port countries do not recognize service dogs in any different category than pets.

I'm sure there has been some service dog handler who blamed the cruiseline because their dog couldn't get off the ship even though it was the country or themselves to blame! (The country, if the country was in the wrong about the paperwork or they have lame regulations not permitting a dog off, like Barbados; the person if they didn't bring the right paperwork/get the right tests done.)

Some countries do outright state exceptions for service dogs (such as the Bahamas, with the import permit fee waived for service dogs) and some countries you need to write to and ask for certain requirements to be waived (such as a six-month quarrantine for a dog on a cruise who will only be in port for ten hours or less).


The USDA tries to make it simpler for folks travelling with their service dogs (remember, many countries make no distinction between service animals and pets in their entrance requirements) by placing many country's regulations on their website. The folks in my local office, which are a 7 hr round trip from me, were very helpful on the telephone, and in person when I hand delivered the paperwork to be stamped.

Not to mention USDA endorsement is free for service dogs (with proof of the dog's training), whereas pet owners must pay for the service! :)


I took a relocating cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Seattle. We stopped in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Mexico. In order to go ashore in Colombia, my service dog had to have an immunization that is not required here... which was a two part dosage that had to be administered two weeks apart.

Which vaccine is that?

Rolls Royce Lover
June 25th, 2011, 07:32 PM
Mornin' all:
Thinking of Roz, Ms. Brenny and Morey, all on pins and needles. I think I even have butterflies in the tummy!
All paws and craws crossed........

I'm home.......The interview was so different than the interview 9 years ago.

I drove down to Carlsbad and stayed at the Carlsbad Inn & Resort. A really lovely hotel, located 1 block from the beach. So beautiful. The Inn is about 14 miles from CCI. I got in on Thursday night and settled in before my interview on Friday morning.

My interview was set for 9:45. I left at 9:00 and got to CCI at 9:30. Other families were arriving and we all started to line-up to get our nametags. There were about 20 families, all waiting for their personal interviews.

We sat around introducing ourselves and a young woman approached me asking me to follow her. We went into a private room, away from the others and she introduced herself as Becca Gordon, she said she would be interviewing me separately and I would be asked to work with a dog by myself. Not in a group. She said that a woman named Sarah would be joining us for the interview. She said because I was interviewing for a "Successor Dog" that the interview would be more abbreviated.

I was asked all sorts of questions such as; what was I going to do with Brenda; who would be caring for Brenda while I went off to work with "Successor"; where "Successor" would be exercized; where would he/she potty, sleep, eat, etc., etc. Since I knew about caring for a Working Dog she just re-iterated how important grooming, brushing teeth and cutting nails was.

Because I work, they wanted to know about "Successor's" place at work; since I've already had a "Working Dog", what were my expectations from a new dog? What tasks are most important to me? And, was there anything new or different that I was expecting out of "Successor?" So many good questions.

Becca and Sarah practiced commands with me [pretending they were a dog; and, I would correct them and tell them "yes, good job", or "no, don't" when they would not sit or not lay down.]

Sarah left the room and came back with one of the most beautiful Yellow Labs I have ever seen. He was one year old with a very course flat coat. He had the biggest paws and ears I have ever seen on a Lab. His name was "Hyde", what a beautiful pup.

I've already learned, 9 years ago, that the dog you practice with doesn't necessarily look anything like the dog you will finally wind-up with. But, I sure loved everything about Hyde.

I never realized how small Brenda's paws were until I saw "Hyde's!"

I practiced with glorious pup, giving commands and walking with him. I loved every minute of it. I had forgotten how it felt to walk with a one year old. They're so full of bounce and joy! And Hyde was so tall, it was easy to touch his head to give him praise! I'm tall and can really appreciate a tall dog.

The day ended way too soon. I could have spent all day with this dog. We all hugged each other and I was told to look for a letter within 2 weeks letting me know if I've made it to the "Waiting List!"

After this part of the process, while waiting for Brenda, I waited another 14 months before I was invited to "Team Training" and I received her. God, I hope it's not that long this time!!!!!

When I got home, of course, I had "Hyde's" odor all over me.......Brenda went nuts.

And, now, it's the "waiting game"......Thanks everyone for your support, I'll keep you up-to-date on how it goes!!!!!

S.S. Cruisers
June 25th, 2011, 07:42 PM
Sounds like you had a great day! Hyde sounds just like my Renie. He was a big boy, too. His hair was course also. But I bet with the fish oil that you give Brenny the hair would be like hers, all silky! I hope you don't have to wait very long. How exciting.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 25th, 2011, 07:55 PM
Sounds like you had a great day! Hyde sounds just like my Renie. He was a big boy, too. His hair was course also. But I bet with the fish oil that you give Brenny the hair would be like hers, all silky! I hope you don't have to wait very long. How exciting.

Nancy, thank you so much. When I told the trainers all the supplements I gave to Brenny, they agreed that it wouldn't take too long before any dog I had would be very spoiled........I know it's true and it's such a joy and pleasure to spoil these amazing dogs!!!!!!

rangeley
June 25th, 2011, 08:38 PM
Roz, I'm all a quiver just reading your story!! It's like going through it all over again. How exciting!!! Since you are getting a successor dog, you should move to the top of the list with others applying for a successor dog(if any). I can't believe you worked a yellow lab, I can just see you smiling! I'm glad it went well and remember we are all here waiting with you!

Cindy

Rolls Royce Lover
June 25th, 2011, 09:31 PM
Roz, I'm all a quiver just reading your story!! It's like going through it all over again. How exciting!!! Since you are getting a successor dog, you should move to the top of the list with others applying for a successor dog(if any). I can't believe you worked a yellow lab, I can just see you smiling! I'm glad it went well and remember we are all here waiting with you!

Cindy

Oh! Cindy! You're words are so sweet. It is exciting. I loved every minute of it!!!!

I have to keep it in my head that CCI will pick the dog that THEY think will match me and my needs! If the dog doesn't look like "Hyde", I will make him/her my own. Afterall Brenda was NOTHING like what I wanted but she's my heart and soul. It's all about what's "inside" the dog and I have to keep that in my head and heart!

sunshine426
June 25th, 2011, 09:38 PM
I am so used to working with young dogs, I forget about their enthusiastic tail wags, those big smiling faces, and their sheer joy just doing the basic commands. I just pictured Roz with my Cooler when she was telling her story. Can't wait to hear how this story plays out. By the way, I had two 8 week old pups home for an overnight. So much fun. It's been a year since Crackers graduated.. Cooler is slated for September camp.

guitarest
June 25th, 2011, 10:16 PM
Good Luck with the New pup, sounds like you had a great day.

Rolls Royce Lover
June 25th, 2011, 10:56 PM
I am so used to working with young dogs, I forget about their enthusiastic tail wags, those big smiling faces, and their sheer joy just doing the basic commands. I just pictured Roz with my Cooler when she was telling her story. Can't wait to hear how this story plays out. By the way, I had two 8 week old pups home for an overnight. So much fun. It's been a year since Crackers graduated.. Cooler is slated for September camp.

You know, Sunshine, I've been walking "Brenda's walk" for so many years now, I forgot what it felt like to have a puppy walking and responding to me.......it was exhilarating to say the least. Not that I don't adore my Brenny and all that goes with her senior pace.......It's now time for her to kick-back and enjoy those lazy, afternoon naps.

I can't believe it's already been a year since Crackers graduated, unbelieveable how fast the time goes by.......hopefully, it'll be like that in my waiting process.

guitarest
June 27th, 2011, 12:20 AM
You know, Sunshine, I've been walking "Brenda's walk" for so many years now, I forgot what it felt like to have a puppy walking and responding to me.......it was exhilarating to say the least. Not that I don't adore my Brenny and all that goes with her senior pace.......It's now time for her to kick-back and enjoy those lazy, afternoon naps.

I can't believe it's already been a year since Crackers graduated, unbelievable how fast the time goes by.......hopefully, it'll be like that in my waiting process.


Yeah I agree, as I grow older its hard to believe how fast time passes. My son has been in the Marines 4 years now and my daughter is soon to graduate college. Somebody is getting older and I deny its me....

S.S. Cruisers
June 27th, 2011, 01:09 AM
I just have to tell you guys about the sign that hangs in the front window of our "new" (to us) post office. It says, "Only Seeing Eye dogs allowed." Now how "old" is that and hanging in a government building. I did get a chuckle out of it. The "funny" part is, you see dogs in stores everywhere, here. When its 110+ degrees out I am thankful that the fools do not leave their dogs in the car. There was one man who had his dog in the back of his truck, a week or two ago. It was just getting on the fringe of being too hot for the dog. The man pulled in and was talking on his phone. I was ready to go tell him it was too hot, but he backed out and left. IDIOTS.

DisneyKidsDad
June 27th, 2011, 03:28 PM
Sounds like everything went great Roz. Not that anybody had any doubt. Hopefully you will get a call soon. And if you happen to get a yellow Lab, well your dark clothes will never look the same again. :D

wizard-of-roz
June 27th, 2011, 03:39 PM
I just have to tell you guys about the sign that hangs in the front window of our "new" (to us) post office. It says, "Only Seeing Eye dogs allowed." Now how "old" is that and hanging in a government building. I did get a chuckle out of it. The "funny" part is, you see dogs in stores everywhere, here. When its 110+ degrees out I am thankful that the fools do not leave their dogs in the car. There was one man who had his dog in the back of his truck, a week or two ago. It was just getting on the fringe of being too hot for the dog. The man pulled in and was talking on his phone. I was ready to go tell him it was too hot, but he backed out and left. IDIOTS.

Once EVERYONE has "Service/Working Dogs Welcome" on the front doors of their establishments the whole world will be a better place.

I am crazed by people who are so thoughtless to leave their pets in their heated cars.

I have no qualms about breaking their car windows. NONE! :rolleyes:

wizard-of-roz
June 27th, 2011, 03:54 PM
Sounds like everything went great Roz. Not that anybody had any doubt. Hopefully you will get a call soon. And if you happen to get a yellow Lab, well your dark clothes will never look the same again. :D

I'm so used to wearing black slacks [all the time] that when I walked with "Hyde" his yellow/course hair was all over my left pant leg and boy does it show-up on black. [as you well know!]

My friend at work said I'd better start thinking of a wardrobe change if a blonde dog is in my future.

Once again, the CCI Logo becomes my best friend. I can remember 9 years ago how when the letter came accepting me to the "Waiting List" how excited I was and then another 14 months until the invitation came to go to "Team Training", you couldn't get me down off the ceiling!!!! ;)

Here I go again!

S.S. Cruisers
June 28th, 2011, 12:01 PM
Mornin' all:
Roz: I am so excited for you too! A big Blonde boy would be a big change from a dainty black Ms. Brenny! Then we would see TWO striking Blondes and know exactly who you are! :D I'm already not liking this waiting thingy. Come on CCI, we have "people" lined up waiting for news. Tap, tap, tap.

wizard-of-roz
June 28th, 2011, 12:24 PM
Mornin' all:
Roz: I am so excited for you too! A big Blonde boy would be a big change from a dainty black Ms. Brenny! Then we would see TWO striking Blondes and know exactly who you are! :D I'm already not liking this waiting thingy. Come on CCI, we have "people" lined up waiting for news. Tap, tap, tap.


AWWWW! You're so sweet! At least we'll know that ONE of us will be a strikingly, different look!

Every time I look at Brenda now, I can 't believe how "little" she is. Her legs are short, her paws are small...I always thought she was a "big dog", she's not!

After going to CCI and seeing the dogs that are going into advanced training now.....they're so much bigger than her! For me, that's a good thing!

cjborne2
June 29th, 2011, 10:37 AM
We returned from a great week on our Alaskan cruise about 1 this morning. I am rocking and rolling in my head despite the calm waters. It was a beautiful cruise. Canadian customs were no problem. The vet called twice while we were away regarding the biopsy Ollie had done. I hope it's nothing too serious but something must not be right. I'll post a few pictures when I get my act together.

wizard-of-roz
June 29th, 2011, 12:19 PM
We returned from a great week on our Alaskan cruise about 1 this morning. I am rocking and rolling in my head despite the calm waters. It was a beautiful cruise. Canadian customs were no problem. The vet called twice while we were away regarding the biopsy Ollie had done. I hope it's nothing too serious but something must not be right. I'll post a few pictures when I get my act together.

First: I hope that all is well with Ollie and the biopsy is not serious.

Second: Yey!!!!!! Your cruise sounds wonderful......I want more, I want more! Did you love Alaska? How did Ollie do?

rangeley
June 29th, 2011, 12:29 PM
Ok lets get this dog already!! I CAN'T DO THIS WAITING GAME!! :eek: This is going to kill me if we have to wait til January. Between the dog and Johns surgery I hope I make it. One more week til the surgery, and his pre-op appt is Thursday at 8:30 am. Gee could they make it any earlier for a quad that takes a few hours to get ready. Don't they know Wex likes to sleep late? ;)

I just had to use the dustbuster on the sheets on Johns bed!!! Wex seems to be shedding like a madman. He needs a bath but I have been holding off so I can give him one before John goes in the hospital. I want him to be nice and clean when we go to visit John. I got some medicated shampoo from the vet cuz Wex seems to have alot of flaking lately. I'm not sure why but we used this shampoo on Bailee once and never saw another flake. Last bath I tried some oatmeal stuff and it seemed to make him flake more. :confused: Anyone having this problem?

Cindy

wizard-of-roz
June 29th, 2011, 01:00 PM
Ok lets get this dog already!! I CAN'T DO THIS WAITING GAME!! :eek: This is going to kill me if we have to wait til January. Between the dog and Johns surgery I hope I make it. One more week til the surgery, and his pre-op appt is Thursday at 8:30 am. Gee could they make it any earlier for a quad that takes a few hours to get ready. Don't they know Wex likes to sleep late? ;)

I just had to use the dustbuster on the sheets on Johns bed!!! Wex seems to be shedding like a madman. He needs a bath but I have been holding off so I can give him one before John goes in the hospital. I want him to be nice and clean when we go to visit John. I got some medicated shampoo from the vet cuz Wex seems to have alot of flaking lately. I'm not sure why but we used this shampoo on Bailee once and never saw another flake. Last bath I tried some oatmeal stuff and it seemed to make him flake more. :confused: Anyone having this problem?

Cindy

Excuse me "Missy" but it was ALL of us who were pacing the floor when you were waiting for the "Wex-boy." I can remember how insane you got at the wait.

I'm so enjoying Brenda and her intuidness to me [and, seeing how difficult it's going to be-in the beginning] to a get another dog to understand me and my "quirkieness!" :p I saw that at the interview when this big, young dog who had absolutely "no clue" what I wanted or my pace, or my personality.......it's going to be a huge job-this training of a new dog.

And, the new dogs are so much bigger [this I love] than Brenda's era of dogs. Brenda seems so little to me now, after seeing the "mooses" that are in training. Not that I mind that......I want a big dog. But, "whoa" they are a lot to handle.

I so hope that John does well......I'm going to say a special prayer just for him.

When I "up" Brenda's Salmon Oil her skin seems to be less flakey. The black dogs really show this more than the yellow's. And, when Brenda's stressed she flakes more!!!!!!

Please keep us tuned-in to John's surgery schedule so we can all think of him while he's going through it and recovering. :)

Take care of YOU, Cindy......everyone's going to be needing you!

I'll let you know when I get the letter from CCI.

cjborne2
June 29th, 2011, 01:45 PM
I too hope that whatever is up with Ollie is not too serious. I had my husband call. The vet was making a house call so we still don't know what is up.

We had a great time. Alaska is just beautiful. Ollie did great too. Whale watching, glacier siting, boats, trains. He is really tired though. He needs a vacation. I think he will look forward to going back to work so he can get some rest!

I am ridiculously dizzy. I can feel the motion of the boat even though it was not really rocky. I took some bonine and may take some more if this does not stop soon.

The only issue we had on the ship was the potty spot was not set up right away. It was not set up at all when we boarded. We were told by guest services to just have him go on the deck. Once I took a look at it, I didn't think that was the appropriate thing to do. Since it was a public area and that it lead to private balconies on either side, I did not want to do that. If I was on either side of the deck, I would not be happy if I had dog pee rolling into my area. I went back to complain to guest services, but before I could even say anything, the crew member told me they were going to set up a tray and gave me a key for when it was locked after hours. It also would have been more convenient to have the room closer to the spot. We were near the midship elevators and the spot was aft. I felt like we walked half a mile to get there. One morning we practically ran down the hallway.

wizard-of-roz
June 29th, 2011, 03:03 PM
I too hope that whatever is up with Ollie is not too serious. I had my husband call. The vet was making a house call so we still don't know what is up.

We had a great time. Alaska is just beautiful. Ollie did great too. Whale watching, glacier siting, boats, trains. He is really tired though. He needs a vacation. I think he will look forward to going back to work so he can get some rest!

I am ridiculously dizzy. I can feel the motion of the boat even though it was not really rocky. I took some bonine and may take some more if this does not stop soon.

The only issue we had on the ship was the potty spot was not set up right away. It was not set up at all when we boarded. We were told by guest services to just have him go on the deck. Once I took a look at it, I didn't think that was the appropriate thing to do. Since it was a public area and that it lead to private balconies on either side, I did not want to do that. If I was on either side of the deck, I would not be happy if I had dog pee rolling into my area. I went back to complain to guest services, but before I could even say anything, the crew member told me they were going to set up a tray and gave me a key for when it was locked after hours. It also would have been more convenient to have the room closer to the spot. We were near the midship elevators and the spot was aft. I felt like we walked half a mile to get there. One morning we practically ran down the hallway.

We loved Alaska too. Brenda stared at the Salmon in the river and drooled.......it was so funny. I had to walk her away because it was embarrassing. We know they're Service Dogs and have alot of stamina but they still get tired. I have to be so careful, now, with Brenda's age and her getting tired so much quicker. It's okay, she reminds me to slow down too!

It ALWAYS takes me time to stop getting that "inner-ear-rocky-sensation" after a cruise. It's especially worse when I run water at the sink....so weird!

Okay, that "potty-box" thing makes me crazy! The box should have been ready the second you boarded and it should have been placed in a more convenient spot. I know you didn't want to start trouble or make a scene........I wish I was with you.

It's absolutely UNACCEPTABLE to expect that our dogs be treated any differently than the humans onboard.

I'm so sorry you had to experience this ineptness and poor planning on your cruiseships part. They deserve to be called-on-the-carpet and you should be given some OBC's for future cruising enjoyment. Write a letter to Guest Services and let them know what happened.

FYI: For any "newbies" who want to cruise with their Service Dogs......Always potty your dog right before you board so if this happens to you, your poor dog will not be "stressed" about holding urine longer than is fair. And, anyone who tells you to have your dog relieve itself on a public deck is a MORON!!!!!! Don't allow them to suggest such a thing and tell them how wrong it is.

Make them move the potty-box close to your cabin so you can allow your dog a comfort zone for relieving itself, in the morning and in the evening. There are closets, stairwells and crew areas that can be used as "potty-areas" for your convenience and away from the general public. DON'T ALLOW THEM TO BULLY YOU into putting the box on a distant deck, far away from your cabin!!!! And, don't allow them to tell you that the area MUST be kept locked! Nonsense!!!!!!

It's a simple "learning process" for the Hotel Manager of the ship....This is the person that you MUST insist on seeing if you're not happy with the placement of the box. Don't let ANYONE tell you that he/she is unavailable. They tried to do this to me onboard the Carnival Pride and I told the person at the Purser's Desk [very calmly and in a nice tone] that I was NOT GOING TO LEAVE UNTIL I MET WITH THE HOTEL MANAGER!!!!! Interesting, how he was able to appear so quickly. We met in his office; he gave us 20% off our next Carnival Cruise and placed the potty box in a crew closet down the hall from our cabin.

I'm not suggesting that we need to be obnoxious about our demands......cruiselines simply need to be taught about the "right thing to do!" I'm happy to be the teacher!!!

sunshine426
June 29th, 2011, 06:40 PM
So, most of you know that I work with service dogs in training. Some only once or twice, others for concentrated times. Crackers a handsome 15 month old golden retriever enriched my life for 12 months and graduated last July. Cooler came into my life at that time and was an opposite of my BIG handsome boy... She was all girl and mud princess to boot. We've had a great year and she has mastered all her advanced commands. Mud and Rain puddles still call her name and she has some more "maturing" to do until she graduates. So, since she needs a bit less of my time...I have a new foser Puppy.....Meet "Mackey"...a sweet golden retriever...and a second cousin to my special "crackers"....Can't wait to tell about his experiences... and of course "Cooler" is still so special to me.... Mackey is 9 weeks old today...Can't wait to bring him home to meet Sandy and the rest of the family!!!!

wizard-of-roz
June 29th, 2011, 06:46 PM
[quote=sunshine426;29623639]So, most of you know that I work with service dogs in training. Some only once or twice, others for concentrated times. Crackers a handsome 15 month old golden retriever enriched my life for 12 months and graduated last July. Cooler came into my life at that time and was an opposite of my BIG handsome boy... She was all girl and mud princess to boot. We've had a great year and she has mastered all her advanced commands. Mud and Rain puddles still call her name and she has some more "maturing" to do until she graduates. So, since she needs a bit less of my time...I have a new foser Puppy.....Meet "Mackey"...a sweet golden retriever...and a second cousin to my special "crackers"....Can't wait to tell about his experiences... and of course "Cooler" is still so special to me.... Mackey is 9 weeks old today...Can't wait to bring him home to meet Sandy and the rest of the family!!!![/quo

OMG! 9 Weeks old. Oh! No! Just a baby. Look out Sandy, here comes trouble!

Please take pictures. Have a wonderful time. Don't let him abuse Sandy too much.

cjborne2
June 30th, 2011, 11:46 AM
My husband had me handle the potty issues since I can be calmer about dealing with stuff, but believe me, if it was not handled satisfactorially, he would have gone "attorney" on them and gotten what he wanted. The deck was locked from 7pm to 7am but they gave us a key so access was not an issue. We did take him out at the airport before we boarded the shuttle so it was not a huge deal to wait, but annoying. It's not like they didn't know we were coming.

In other news, the biopsy was not great. The cyst came back malignant. We need to take him for a colonoscopy soon. Hopefully we caught it early. He had just gone to the vet in April before the Mexico trip so it was only 8 weeks or so since his last visit to the vet and nothing was there at that time. My husband has been in touch with the Seeing Eye about this since no doubt this has the potential to be expensive. We already spent close to 800 for the last visit/surgery and the consultation with the specialist alone is close to 200.

S.S. Cruisers
June 30th, 2011, 11:58 AM
Mornin' all:
Paws crossed for Ollie and huggles coming his way.

Karen: 9 weeks old? Oh my, you are gonna have your hands full. I bet Sandy gives you the "look" when you bring Mackey home, but as usual she will adapt.

Hope everyone has a nice day.

wizard-of-roz
June 30th, 2011, 12:01 PM
My husband had me handle the potty issues since I can be calmer about dealing with stuff, but believe me, if it was not handled satisfactorially, he would have gone "attorney" on them and gotten what he wanted. The deck was locked from 7pm to 7am but they gave us a key so access was not an issue. We did take him out at the airport before we boarded the shuttle so it was not a huge deal to wait, but annoying. It's not like they didn't know we were coming.

In other news, the biopsy was not great. The cyst came back malignant. We need to take him for a colonoscopy soon. Hopefully we caught it early. He had just gone to the vet in April before the Mexico trip so it was only 8 weeks or so since his last visit to the vet and nothing was there at that time. My husband has been in touch with the Seeing Eye about this since no doubt this has the potential to be expensive. We already spent close to 800 for the last visit/surgery and the consultation with the specialist alone is close to 200.

I love your expression gone "attorney" on them. I can't wait to us it!

And, you are so right. The ship was notified you were coming! Idiots!

I'm so sorry to hear about Ollie's results on his test. Poor Ollie, I hope the doctor's can remove it and he doesn't have to suffer too much. It seems that dog health can change in an instant.

Please let us know how it all goes......And, give Ollie a HUGE HUG AND KISS from Brenda and me! :)

cjborne2
June 30th, 2011, 03:05 PM
As my husband is an attorney, it's an appropriate phrase :) The best was the time several years ago when he was on a plane and the stewardess told him he had to sit in the bulkhead by the window. He said no, quoted some law other than the ADA (something like air passengers act?) , spoke with a supervisor and handed over his US Department of Transporation, CDB, Esquire business card and told them he'd be happy to discuss the issue further with them from the office on Monday. The supervisor spoke to the flight attendant and that was the end of the issue. The flight attendant was having a really bad day because she tried to get an unaccompanied minor that was sitting with me off the plane in Mississippi. He had already told me he was flying to our final destination and needless to say she was quite frazzled when she double checked the kid's itinerary.

cjborne2
June 30th, 2011, 03:08 PM
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp539%3A6%3Evq%3D3945%3E278%3E254%3EWS NRCG%3D338%3B6542%3B9345vq0mrj 1st at sea day

cjborne2
June 30th, 2011, 03:09 PM
Tracy Arm, Alaskahttp://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp539%3A4%3Enu%3D338%3B%3E762%3E235%3E 247%3C762326254ot1lsi

wizard-of-roz
June 30th, 2011, 03:12 PM
As my husband is an attorney, it's an appropriate phrase :) The best was the time several years ago when he was on a plane and the stewardess told him he had to sit in the bulkhead by the window. He said no, quoted some law other than the ADA (something like air passengers act?) , spoke with a supervisor and handed over his US Department of Transporation, CDB, Esquire business card and told them he'd be happy to discuss the issue further with them from the office on Monday. The supervisor spoke to the flight attendant and that was the end of the issue. The flight attendant was having a really bad day because she tried to get an unaccompanied minor that was sitting with me off the plane in Mississippi. He had already told me he was flying to our final destination and needless to say she was quite frazzled when she double checked the kid's itinerary.

Life can be so complicated for some!!!!! As I get older, I'm realizing more and more that the less we complicate everything the easier it all goes........Now, please kiss Mr. Ollie for me!!!!

cjborne2
June 30th, 2011, 03:12 PM
One more. All of us at Mendenhall Glacier. Pretty sure this will be our Christmas card photo
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53982%3Enu%3D3945%3E278%3E254%3EWSNR CG%3D338%3B664%3B%3C%3A345nu0mrj

wizard-of-roz
June 30th, 2011, 03:15 PM
Tracy Arm, Alaskahttp://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp539%3A4%3Enu%3D338%3B%3E762%3E235%3E 247%3C762326254ot1lsi


What a handsome dog! I love his face!!!!!! What breed is he?

wizard-of-roz
June 30th, 2011, 03:17 PM
One more. All of us at Mendenhall Glacier. Pretty sure this will be our Christmas card photo
http://images2.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp53982%3Enu%3D3945%3E278%3E254%3EWSNR CG%3D338%3B664%3B%3C%3A345nu0mrj

This is a gorgeous picture. You have a beautiful family......Lucky woman!

Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! :) And the background ~ Stunning!!!!!

rangeley
June 30th, 2011, 03:24 PM
Excuse me "Missy" but it was ALL of us who were pacing the floor when you were waiting for the "Wex-boy." I can remember how insane you got at the wait.

I'm so enjoying Brenda and her intuidness to me [and, seeing how difficult it's going to be-in the beginning] to a get another dog to understand me and my "quirkieness!" :p I saw that at the interview when this big, young dog who had absolutely "no clue" what I wanted or my pace, or my personality.......it's going to be a huge job-this training of a new dog.

And, the new dogs are so much bigger [this I love] than Brenda's era of dogs. Brenda seems so little to me now, after seeing the "mooses" that are in training. Not that I mind that......I want a big dog. But, "whoa" they are a lot to handle.

I so hope that John does well......I'm going to say a special prayer just for him.

When I "up" Brenda's Salmon Oil her skin seems to be less flakey. The black dogs really show this more than the yellow's. And, when Brenda's stressed she flakes more!!!!!!

Please keep us tuned-in to John's surgery schedule so we can all think of him while he's going through it and recovering. :)

Take care of YOU, Cindy......everyone's going to be needing you!

I'll let you know when I get the letter from CCI.



Ahahahaha Missy? hmmmmmmmm I hate waiting! :D I've gotten very impatient in my old age.

We just got back from the pre-op stuff at the hospital. They were very thorough. He had all the standard tests and then we met with the doctors assistant. She was very knowledgeable and full of info BUT there was little problem with what they were actually going to do, so she is going to contact the doctor, who is on vacation. But anyway, the surgery is scheduled for the 7th at 3:30, that could change we won't know til the night before. He will be in hospital for 3 days and then he will either come home or go to a rehab place down the street if I can't take care of him. I'm not sure if any of his family will be there with me or if it will just be Wex and me. I don't want them stressing me out! lol

Cindy

rangeley
June 30th, 2011, 03:30 PM
Sunshine, You are so lucky to be able to take all these puppies!! They grow so fast, enjoy them while you can.


cjborne, So sorry to hear about Ollie. Hope he will be ok, he is a beautiful dog!! Great pics, thanks for sharing.

wizard-of-roz
June 30th, 2011, 03:32 PM
Ahahahaha Missy? hmmmmmmmm I hate waiting! :D I've gotten very impatient in my old age.

We just got back from the pre-op stuff at the hospital. They were very thorough. He had all the standard tests and then we met with the doctors assistant. She was very knowledgeable and full of info BUT there was little problem with what they were actually going to do, so she is going to contact the doctor, who is on vacation. But anyway, the surgery is scheduled for the 7th at 3:30, that could change we won't know til the night before. He will be in hospital for 3 days and then he will either come home or go to a rehab place down the street if I can't take care of him. I'm not sure if any of his family will be there with me or if it will just be Wex and me. I don't want them stressing me out! lol

Cindy

I'm not a big fan of the "waiting" thing either. CCI kind of gets you used to it......but, I still hate it, too!!!

Wow, the 7th is next Thursday. I just hope that everything they do makes his life better.

Yep! I do understand the family and the "stress" that all of that brings. Sometimes, I just get things taken care of and tell them afterwards. You certainly have all of us right there with you. I'm a "click" away!!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
June 30th, 2011, 03:39 PM
Sunshine, I have to tell you; when I was at CCI and feeling the stress of working with this "strange", young, big dog and the insecurity was washing over me.......YOU came into my head and so did "Canine Assistants"......I remember thinking..., "okay, if CCI doesn't think I'm right for them anymore, I do have other options!"

I'll let you all know what happens when the letter comes!

My logical mind says, "hey, it's a Successor Dog, you've already been accepted by CCI," but, my crazy thoughts are thinking, "what if I don't cut-it anymore as a dog handler?"

It's the waiting-game for now!

sunshine426
June 30th, 2011, 08:18 PM
It's just nerves getting the best of you Roz. You don't have to prove anything to anyone...CCI is lucky to have you as a recepeint of a graduate and soon to be of a successor dog!! It will be a different experience with a new dog... young, spirited, distractable, fun, spirited, ..... And of course CA would be lucky to have you as well, but I know your heart is with CCI! And they are a fabulous group, and I don't hesitate to tell people about them as well as CA.

On a fun note: Mackey and I went on our first outing. First we had some fun play time, then bath time (which he wasn't crazy about) then towel dry time, which he seemed to enjoy. After a 5 minute drive we wandered around the local Wal-Mart! Of course he was a tail wagging machine. Also a potty machine as I had to clean up several times and we were in the store all of 20 minutes.....Puppy Diaper bag in hand, I was prepared.... Cooler and I had an outing earlier, where she was not happy with me as I allowed no one to pat her (I'm sorry, she's working), walked her by all of her favorite things to grab...and used "leave-it" frequently. Dropped my keys, my wallet, my cell phone over and over as she happily retrieved them for me....Then, to add insult to injury, crated her and took out a PUPPY!!! Of course, she won't hold a grudge and we will go out again soon....

wizard-of-roz
June 30th, 2011, 08:28 PM
It's just nerves getting the best of you Roz. You don't have to prove anything to anyone...CCI is lucky to have you as a recepeint of a graduate and soon to be of a successor dog!! It will be a different experience with a new dog... young, spirited, distractable, fun, spirited, ..... And of course CA would be lucky to have you as well, but I know your heart is with CCI! And they are a fabulous group, and I don't hesitate to tell people about them as well as CA.

On a fun note: Mackey and I went on our first outing. First we had some fun play time, then bath time (which he wasn't crazy about) then towel dry time, which he seemed to enjoy. After a 5 minute drive we wandered around the local Wal-Mart! Of course he was a tail wagging machine. Also a potty machine as I had to clean up several times and we were in the store all of 20 minutes.....Puppy Diaper bag in hand, I was prepared.... Cooler and I had an outing earlier, where she was not happy with me as I allowed no one to pat her (I'm sorry, she's working), walked her by all of her favorite things to grab...and used "leave-it" frequently. Dropped my keys, my wallet, my cell phone over and over as she happily retrieved them for me....Then, to add insult to injury, crated her and took out a PUPPY!!! Of course, she won't hold a grudge and we will go out again soon....

Thanks Sunshine, your words of encouragement do not fall on deaf ears and are so appreciated. I do love CCI.

Thanks for sharing your stories of Mackey and Cooler.....I love the fact that dogs don't hold grudges and they live in the moment.......Makes our lives so much more pleasant. Sure better than some of the humans we come in contact with!!!!!!! ;)

rangeley
July 1st, 2011, 09:10 AM
Roz, You are the best and no one here has any doubt that you and your new dog will be just wonderful!!! You already know it's going to be hard, but you know it will be worth it. Believe me, it's very strange getting the new dog, but you just have to get to know eachother. The first time they give you your dog, you will be in love!!

Cindy

S.S. Cruisers
July 1st, 2011, 09:55 AM
Mornin' all:

CJ: Great pictures! Ollie looks so huggable and I think the name Ollie fits him perfect. I hope all his health issues are resolved. Poor guy.

Sunshine: What fun for you and Mackey. I am sure you got a lot of "He's so cute!" Reno use to get that and he would just go balistic. Like he was saying "See mom, they think I'm cute, they think I'm cute, let em pet me, pleaasse." Poor Cooler, she must have been indignant, then that little "puppy" got to go and she had to stay home, in a crate no less, umf! I am sure all is already forgiven.

Cindy: I am thinking of you and John. I hope this surgery gives him the relief he deserves (and you). I bet you can't wait for some Wex and you time though. (:o). I see an ad in our local paper about a doctor that can "fix" almost every symptom I have, herniated discs, torn discs, weak legs, and numbness, without surgery. Well, if he can I think I will change his name to miracle worker. Skeptical at best. I am too chicken, I know what the pain is now and can live with it most days. Never know what will happen if I let someone go poking around back there. I know in John's situation he has not choice. Poor guy, the pain has got to be well "a pain".

Roz: :D still waiting. Give my Ms. Brenny some extra (is that possible) huggles. Jezzy was being a little pill yesterday. She wants to bark at the new neighbors. I am trying to get her stop, but she still has her moments. We have a road runner that comes to visit every day, we have bunnies and quails. She is all excited to let them know this is now "her" yard. I got her to quit barking at Mr. Road Runner, I kept telling her it was ok and that he lives here to. She was just wagging her tail and watching him. He could care less about her. He just goes about his business looking for bugs.

cjborne2
July 1st, 2011, 01:17 PM
Ollie is a German Shepherd. His long hair and predominant black fur and both recessive genes. As I say, he hit the jackpot. He is a great dog. Thank you for your kind words. I have lots of pictures of him from the trip. He's one lucky pup to have been to as many fun places as he has (not just this trip, places in general).

Rolls Royce Lover
July 1st, 2011, 04:42 PM
Roz, You are the best and no one here has any doubt that you and your new dog will be just wonderful!!! You already know it's going to be hard, but you know it will be worth it. Believe me, it's very strange getting the new dog, but you just have to get to know eachother. The first time they give you your dog, you will be in love!!

Cindy

I'm home today, on Morey's computer.

Thanks Cindy for your words of encouragement.......they mean a lot to me and do help me with the wait. And, reminding me that it took time for Brenda and me to become the great partnership that we are today.

Patience is not one of my strongest assests.

It sure helps to know that I have friends like you to turn to!

Rolls Royce Lover
July 1st, 2011, 04:51 PM
Mornin' all:

CJ: Great pictures! Ollie looks so huggable and I think the name Ollie fits him perfect. I hope all his health issues are resolved. Poor guy.

Sunshine: What fun for you and Mackey. I am sure you got a lot of "He's so cute!" Reno use to get that and he would just go balistic. Like he was saying "See mom, they think I'm cute, they think I'm cute, let em pet me, pleaasse." Poor Cooler, she must have been indignant, then that little "puppy" got to go and she had to stay home, in a crate no less, umf! I am sure all is already forgiven.

Cindy: I am thinking of you and John. I hope this surgery gives him the relief he deserves (and you). I bet you can't wait for some Wex and you time though. (:o). I see an ad in our local paper about a doctor that can "fix" almost every symptom I have, herniated discs, torn discs, weak legs, and numbness, without surgery. Well, if he can I think I will change his name to miracle worker. Skeptical at best. I am too chicken, I know what the pain is now and can live with it most days. Never know what will happen if I let someone go poking around back there. I know in John's situation he has not choice. Poor guy, the pain has got to be well "a pain".

Roz: :D still waiting. Give my Ms. Brenny some extra (is that possible) huggles. Jezzy was being a little pill yesterday. She wants to bark at the new neighbors. I am trying to get her stop, but she still has her moments. We have a road runner that comes to visit every day, we have bunnies and quails. She is all excited to let them know this is now "her" yard. I got her to quit barking at Mr. Road Runner, I kept telling her it was ok and that he lives here to. She was just wagging her tail and watching him. He could care less about her. He just goes about his business looking for bugs.

I hug Brenda so much, she thinks I'm nuts. And, it sounds like you live in a zoo. But, Jezzy will protect you! :rolleyes:

Rolls Royce Lover
July 1st, 2011, 04:52 PM
ollie is a german shepherd. His long hair and predominant black fur and both recessive genes. As i say, he hit the jackpot. He is a great dog. Thank you for your kind words. I have lots of pictures of him from the trip. He's one lucky pup to have been to as many fun places as he has (not just this trip, places in general).

;) :)

Rolls Royce Lover
July 1st, 2011, 05:00 PM
HAPPY 4th OF JULY

EVERYONE!!!!

guitarest
July 2nd, 2011, 03:53 AM
OMG! 9 Weeks old. Oh! No! Just a baby. Look out Sandy, here comes trouble!

Please take pictures. Have a wonderful time. Don't let him abuse Sandy too much.


Nothing wrong with that, this is Blitz at 8 weeks; this is two days after he came from the breeder.

http://pruconsultants.com/blitzearsm.jpg

http://pruconsultants.com/blitz6.jpg

guitarest
July 2nd, 2011, 03:55 AM
Ollie is a German Shepherd. His long hair and predominant black fur and both recessive genes. As I say, he hit the jackpot. He is a great dog. Thank you for your kind words. I have lots of pictures of him from the trip. He's one lucky pup to have been to as many fun places as he has (not just this trip, places in general).

German Shepherds RAWK!!!!!!!

guitarest
July 4th, 2011, 12:52 AM
I will be so damn happy when the temp gets back under 80 degrees and the fireworks stop popping. Blitz barked almost non-stop all evening since most places in my area did their fireworks tonight.

Bark
bark
bark

ahhhhhhhh damn he has huge lungs. Its his first 4th with fireworks this close to the house.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 4th, 2011, 03:12 AM
I will be so damn happy when the temp gets back under 80 degrees and the fireworks stop popping. Blitz barked almost non-stop all evening since most places in my area did their fireworks tonight.

Bark
bark
bark

ahhhhhhhh damn he has huge lungs. Its his first 4th with fireworks this close to the house.

Sorry you're both experiencing that. It's so confusing to the Service/Working dog who thinks they need to "alert" you to the noise.

It can be tough for dogs in general......And, some dogs handle it better than others.

cjborne2
July 4th, 2011, 10:29 AM
Ollie is great with fireworks. They don't phase him at all. We are doing something new this year. A friend has a boat and we are going out to Baltimore's Inner Harbor to see the fireworks tonight. (Just what I need, to get back on another boat after it taking 4 days to stop the dizziness and get my landlegs back lol!)

Happy 4th everyone!

S.S. Cruisers
July 4th, 2011, 12:41 PM
Mornin' all:
Happy 4th of July. Reno did not like the fireworks at all. We would put the stereo on and he would fortunately fall asleep right in front of the speakers. Jezzy doesn't seem to mind them. At first she may bark but quiets down right away. I took her in the car to get a newspaper this morning. I didn't put her in her crate, it is only about 5 blocks from home. She did great. Sat on the passanger side floor and then on the seat. Only got in my lap once and was at a stop sign and I put her back on the passanger seat and she stayed there. Good girl, I think she is growing up.

guitarest
July 4th, 2011, 07:43 PM
Sorry you're both experiencing that. It's so confusing to the Service/Working dog who thinks they need to "alert" you to the noise.

It can be tough for dogs in general......And, some dogs handle it better than others.

Oh Blitz surely warns me and the need to be alert; although in person he is very socialized. He even picked up a very bad habit recently, when I get up from my lazy boy it usually takes me a while to get standing. During this entire time he is barking at me as if trying to encourage me. So wondering where this barking came from; why the dumbass that owns Blitz for sure. This DAV thought it was cute that Blitz would bark at him and encouraged it; although not all the time. So I am now suffering from a stupid encouraged learned trick. Now I am doing everything possible to to unlearn him (I know bad improper english) and this barking. When people knock at the door its easily controlled, loud noises that normally happen, or other items no problem. So I'm off to youtube to find more suggestions to stop the barking.

wizard-of-roz
July 5th, 2011, 04:57 PM
I hope this finds ALL of you doing well.....We had fun on the 4th and Brenda just ignored the fireworks. I really want to go to New York and see the fireworks on the Hudson River...it's on my "Bucket List" to do, one day!

It's hot and humid here in L.A. and Miss Brenny is resting in my air conditioned office after a half hour of chasing the ball.

I am so ready for a cruise. It may be just Brenda and me on September 24th.......How's that for the best company of all? Of course we did get a Handicapped Mini-Suite because Morey was going with his wheelchair, then he backed-out and my daughter was going and then she had to back-out......now, I've got this huge cabin for Brenny and me...all that needs to happen is CCI offers me a dog for the September 30th Team Training and my confusion with this cruise will be complete. Anybody want to share a cabin with me?

I'll take these kinds of problems any day. Take care everyone.

Roz

luvtrips
July 5th, 2011, 06:26 PM
This is going to seem like an odd post to you, but I'm asking anyway! I have a certified therapy rabbit. Yes, I do. He goes everywhere with me, but I have yet to take him on a cruise. We're booked for next winter, and I emailed Carnival to inquire about what I would need to board with him. I don't know if they'll let me bring him or not, so I'm holding my breath and waiting for an answer. Does anyone possibly have any experience cruising with a service animal that isn't a dog? He is so easy to take with me, he's litter trained, doesn't bark (heehee), and he sleeps in a pack-n-play playpen that I bring with me. He has a harness and leash, and follows commands well. Thanks for any advice you have!

wizard-of-roz
July 5th, 2011, 06:57 PM
This is going to seem like an odd post to you, but I'm asking anyway! I have a certified therapy rabbit. Yes, I do. He goes everywhere with me, but I have yet to take him on a cruise. We're booked for next winter, and I emailed Carnival to inquire about what I would need to board with him. I don't know if they'll let me bring him or not, so I'm holding my breath and waiting for an answer. Does anyone possibly have any experience cruising with a service animal that isn't a dog? He is so easy to take with me, he's litter trained, doesn't bark (heehee), and he sleeps in a pack-n-play playpen that I bring with me. He has a harness and leash, and follows commands well. Thanks for any advice you have!

Luv: The key word here is "therapy" rabbit. Your rabbit [and, I must tell you, I had a rabbit while I was waiting for Brenda to come into my life], I truly believe that my rabbit [Harvey] rescued me from the depths of depression before my Brenny came along. I adored him! When Brenda came home she almost gave Harvey a heart attack. She just wanted to "cuddle" with him. He wanted nothing to do with her.

He lived about a year after I got Brenda and died of old age.

The answer to public access for your rabbit is a resounding "no!" He/she is your therapy rabbit and does not have "Public Access" under the DOJ - ADA Guidelines.

I know how much he means to you but he does not mitigate a physical disability for you. If he were taught to "alert" you when you were going to have a seizure or your blood pressure went very low or high or he "alerted" you to sounds in your environment, that would be a different story.

And, the public arena could ask to see what your rabbit does to mitigate your physical issues. They may not ask what's wrong with you but they may ask to see what your rabbit does.

Good luck to you and to your wonderful friend. It sounds like your capable of training him/her.....let us know how it goes!

S.S. Cruisers
July 6th, 2011, 12:09 PM
Anybody want to share a cabin with me?

I'll take these kinds of problems any day. Take care everyone.

Roz
Me!Me! I would so love to travel with you and Ms. Brenny, however if I left hubby home and went on a cruise without him, I am afraid I would have no home to come back to! Someday I hope we can cruise together, all of us. Would love to meet Morey, also. I feel like I already have met you just with our conversations here. When I read your posts, I get a visual of, let's say you are talking about throwing the ball for Brenda. I get the visual of a tall, beautiful blonde lady with a shiny beautiful black furbaby!

Everyone have a great day. I am doing the catch up on laundry since we were without water for 5 days. :eek:

DisneyKidsDad
July 6th, 2011, 12:29 PM
I would love to go with you but I couldn't bring Orson, so it wouldn't be fun for Brenda. Oh well...maybe next time.

wizard-of-roz
July 6th, 2011, 12:50 PM
Nancy & Disney: You both would be great "roomies" for a cruise. If one of you changes your mind let me know.

Well........I got it......the letter from CCI that states: After reviewing your application materials and information from your interview, we would like to extend to you an invitation to be placed on our waiting list to attend one of our future Team Training classes for a Hearing Dog - Congratulations!!!!!!

Wahooooo!!!! I'm in. You never know! They've added me to their waiting list based on my need from my initial app. on 10/27/10. I'm so excited and relieved. They state that; ideally I will receive notice of my selection for a training class six to eight weeks prior to the date of the class.

Now, the WAIT begins. We'll see if I'm asked for the September class [which falls right during my cruise] or the January class........or maybe they'll change the dates all together.

I'm just thrilled that there were no surprises and that everything is a GO!

S.S. Cruisers
July 6th, 2011, 02:24 PM
Ms. Brenny is gonna be a big sister!:)

luvtrips
July 6th, 2011, 04:29 PM
Thank you for your reply, Wizard-of-Roz, I appreciate your advice.

wizard-of-roz
July 6th, 2011, 05:03 PM
Ms. Brenny is gonna be a big sister!:)

This is exactly what I told her last night......"She's going to be the best big sister ever!" ;)

wizard-of-roz
July 6th, 2011, 05:13 PM
Thank you for your reply, Wizard-of-Roz, I appreciate your advice.

You are so welcome. What's your rabbits name? One of my most favorite animals in the whole world, besides dogs and horses is rabbits! Such wonderful beings.

CCI has a rabbit that lives in a fabulous area on their grounds and is encouraged to run free in the training room as the pups are becoming desensitized to it. And stops looking at the rabbit as prey. It's such a joy to watch a young dog just walk right past the rabbit as if it were not even there.

They also have several cats who "own" the training room and "allow" the dogs to come in and be trained. ;)

Rocket Dog
July 7th, 2011, 04:05 PM
[quote=Rolls Royce Lover;29577203]I'm home.......The interview was so different than the interview 9 years ago.

I drove down to Carlsbad and stayed at the Carlsbad Inn & Resort. A really lovely hotel, located 1 block from the beach. So beautiful. The Inn is about 14 miles from CCI. I got in on Thursday night and settled in before my interview on Friday morning.

My interview was set for 9:45. I left at 9:00 and got to CCI at 9:30. Other families were arriving and we all started to line-up to get our nametags. There were about 20 families, all waiting for their personal interviews.

We sat around introducing ourselves and a young woman approached me asking me to follow her. We went into a private room, away from the others and she introduced herself as Becca Gordon, she said she would be interviewing me separately and I would be asked to work with a dog by myself. Not in a group. She said that a woman named Sarah would be joining us for the interview. She said because I was interviewing for a "Successor Dog" that the interview would be more abbreviated.

I was asked all sorts of questions such as; what was I going to do with Brenda; who would be caring for Brenda while I went off to work with "Successor"; where "Successor" would be exercized; where would he/she potty, sleep, eat, etc., etc. Since I knew about caring for a Working Dog she just re-iterated how important grooming, brushing teeth and cutting nails was.

Because I work, they wanted to know about "Successor's" place at work; since I've already had a "Working Dog", what were my expectations from a new dog? What tasks are most important to me? And, was there anything new or different that I was expecting out of "Successor?" So many good questions.

Becca and Sarah practiced commands with me [pretending they were a dog; and, I would correct them and tell them "yes, good job", or "no, don't" when they would not sit or not lay down.]

Sarah left the room and came back with one of the most beautiful Yellow Labs I have ever seen. He was one year old with a very course flat coat. He had the biggest paws and ears I have ever seen on a Lab. His name was "Hyde", what a beautiful pup.

I've already learned, 9 years ago, that the dog you practice with doesn't necessarily look anything like the dog you will finally wind-up with. But, I sure loved everything about Hyde.

I never realized how small Brenda's paws were until I saw "Hyde's!"

I practiced with glorious pup, giving commands and walking with him. I loved every minute of it. I had forgotten how it felt to walk with a one year old. They're so full of bounce and joy! And Hyde was so tall, it was easy to touch his head to give him praise! I'm tall and can really appreciate a tall dog.

The day ended way too soon. I could have spent all day with this dog. We all hugged each other and I was told to look for a letter within 2 weeks letting me know if I've made it to the "Waiting List!"

After this part of the process, while waiting for Brenda, I waited another 14 months before I was invited to "Team Training" and I received her. God, I hope it's not that long this time!!!!!

When I got home, of course, I had "Hyde's" odor all over me.......Brenda went nuts.

And, now, it's the "waiting game"......Thanks everyone for your support, I'll keep you up-to-date on how it goes!!!!![/I know Hyde's puppy raiser and she will be thrilled with your kind comments. He's a wonderful dog! I hope your wait for your successor dog is short and that you get the call to Team Training soon! ]

wizard-of-roz
July 7th, 2011, 04:33 PM
[quote=Rolls Royce Lover;29577203]
Sarah left the room and came back with one of the most beautiful Yellow Labs I have ever seen. He was one year old with a very course flat coat. He had the biggest paws and ears I have ever seen on a Lab. His name was "Hyde", what a beautiful pup.

I've already learned, 9 years ago, that the dog you practice with doesn't necessarily look anything like the dog you will finally wind-up with. But, I sure loved everything about Hyde.

I never realized how small Brenda's paws were until I saw "Hyde's!"

I practiced with glorious pup, giving commands and walking with him. I loved every minute of it. I had forgotten how it felt to walk with a one year old. They're so full of bounce and joy! And Hyde was so tall, it was easy to touch his head to give him praise! I'm tall and can really appreciate a tall dog.

The day ended way too soon. I could have spent all day with this dog. We all hugged each other and I was told to look for a letter within 2 weeks letting me know if I've made it to the "Waiting List!"

After this part of the process, while waiting for Brenda, I waited another 14 months before I was invited to "Team Training" and I received her. God, I hope it's not that long this time!!!!!

When I got home, of course, I had "Hyde's" odor all over me.......Brenda went nuts.

And, now, it's the "waiting game"......Thanks everyone for your support, I'll keep you up-to-date on how it goes!!!!![/I know Hyde's puppy raiser and she will be thrilled with your kind comments. He's a wonderful dog! I hope your wait for your successor dog is short and that you get the call to Team Training soon! ]

"Rocket", you've definitely made my day. I was not exaggerating about "Hyde" he's a beautiful boy and if I get so lucky to have him [as Brenda's little brother] or a dog like him, in my life......I'll be thrilled!!!!

Please tell his Puppyraiser's THANK YOU for doing such an amazingly wonderful job, folks like me; who walk with these "hero's" in their lives truly appreciate everything the Puppyraiser's do for us!

The joy and "completeness" that these dogs bring to folks like me is nothing short of a miracle. I am forever grateful to the Puppyraiser!!!! [Sunshine!]

rangeley
July 7th, 2011, 09:11 PM
Just an update, Johns surgery went well, he is still in recovery as of 8:30pm because of blood pressure problems during the operation. Wex and I have been hanging around at the hospital since 8:30am, so we are pooped!!! When John had his original surgery 30 something years ago, they fused his spine together, and I guess once the bone grows it doesn't stop, so he had a huge hunk of bone in his throat(never bothered him) so the cut it off. Then they replaced a bulging disc. Instead of fusing the bone like before, they put in a fake disc!!:eek: This doctor is the only one in this area that does it, and this will let John have movement in his neck, instead of fusing which would give no movement. I'll update tomorrow.

Cindy

S.S. Cruisers
July 7th, 2011, 11:50 PM
That's great news, Cindy. Bone in his neck! :eek: That sounds painful to me! Hope he gets on the mend and back to "better" than before! I am sure you and Wex are pooped. You both should sleep good.