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Rolls Royce Lover
July 8th, 2011, 12:52 AM
Cindy, thank you so much for letting us know how John's surgery went. I hope that everyday he gets stronger and stronger. What a horribly long day this has been for all of you. And, talk about involved surgeries.

You must be exhausted, thank goodness Wex knows he can count on you to be there for him.

Please give John a HUGE kiss from me and Brenny and tell him we're wishing him a very speedy recovery.

Get some rest and please keep us informed as to how he's doing!

DisneyKidsDad
July 8th, 2011, 07:34 AM
Cindy,

Thanks for the update on John. Wish him well from us and you & Wex get some rest.

sunshine426
July 8th, 2011, 05:36 PM
Cindy, thanks for taking the time to update all of us regarding John. My prayers are with you both. Give Wex a kiss from his "aunt sunshine". Cooler and Mackey would give Wexie some love if we were closer.

wizard-of-roz
July 8th, 2011, 05:44 PM
I hope today finds Cindy a bit more rested; Wexy calm and missing his man; and, most importantly, John getting stronger and better every day!

I'm sending my most positive and loving best wishes to all of you!

Have a good weekend!

Andar
July 8th, 2011, 10:29 PM
Wow, been a long time since I have visited these boards. I just booked 15 day Panama Cruise Sept 26 leaving San Francisco. This will be the first cruise since my brain injury that we will be leaving Bailey home. I have continued to recover and think we are ready to try it. For the last six months , Bailey and I have been trying to do more without each other. An adjustment for both of us!
Just thought I would pop in, fun to see many of the same people.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 9th, 2011, 01:05 AM
Wow, been a long time since I have visited these boards. I just booked 15 day Panama Cruise Sept 26 leaving San Francisco. This will be the first cruise since my brain injury that we will be leaving Bailey home. I have continued to recover and think we are ready to try it. For the last six months , Bailey and I have been trying to do more without each other. An adjustment for both of us!
Just thought I would pop in, fun to see many of the same people.

Darcie it's great to hear from you again. Lucky you to be planning a 15 day Panama Cruise. I don't have my calendar in front of me but I wonder if we'll be in San Francisco at the same time you'll be disembarking on yours just as we'll be pulling in [I think.] If so, look for Brenda and me.

Darcie, I don't remember, is Bailey your Service Dog? And, if so, why are you trying to do more without her? Please refresh my memory.

Roz

rangeley
July 9th, 2011, 08:04 AM
I just want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers. Today they are trying to kick John out. He cannot eat anything because of problems with the tube they put down his throat during surgery. Needless to say, he isn't happy they are trying to make him leave. He feels he should not go anywhere til he can atleast eat something. When he does leave, he is going to to a rehab hospital cuz he doesn't think I can handle taking care of him yet. Otherwise he is doing great, he can move his neck and doesn't have as much pain. I'll keep you updated.

Cindy

S.S. Cruisers
July 9th, 2011, 10:07 AM
Mornin' all:
Cindy: What next? Yeah, just kick him out, eventually he will be able to eat. I have heard about the throat being literally torn up when they "force" that tube down it. I guess some people are insensitive to others. Since he was out and couldn't complain, just keep pushing. Anyway, I am glad his neck is better. I would think it would have to be not having an extra bone in it. I bet Wexy was glad to see his daddy. I can see the whole back in wagging, along with the tail action. Take care of yourself, Cindy. It sounds like it is starting to get better.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 9th, 2011, 07:20 PM
I just want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers. Today they are trying to kick John out. He cannot eat anything because of problems with the tube they put down his throat during surgery. Needless to say, he isn't happy they are trying to make him leave. He feels he should not go anywhere til he can atleast eat something. When he does leave, he is going to to a rehab hospital cuz he doesn't think I can handle taking care of him yet. Otherwise he is doing great, he can move his neck and doesn't have as much pain. I'll keep you updated.

Cindy

Great news, Cindy.......He's very stubborn, it's probably exactly what has gotten him through all of this from the beginning. There's not much Wex can do for him, yet. Thank goodness they both have you to turn to.

Remember to take care of YOU just as you take care of John and Wexy.

Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

rangeley
July 10th, 2011, 07:25 PM
Well John is in rehab now. It's right down the street so it's perfect for me. Wex and I just got home (7:00) and he's already pooped out. No one can sleep there cuz someone comes into the room every 5 minutes!! Finally about 2:00 I went to the nurse and told her I'm closing the door and to leave John alone for an hour. He is really having trouble with his throat and has barely eaten anything. They might do some kind of throat xray tomorrow where they put barium in food, have him eat and then take an xray to watch the food go down. Sounds gross to me!! With all the bad news, there is some good news...he's starting to get back the feeling in his hands that he lost!!!! :D WooooooHooooooo!!!!!!!! It's been another long day so I'm going to get some supper and just veg out.

Cindy


Oh and John had Wex jump on the bed and Wex just loved it. He actually layed on Johns stomach and was so content. It was so sweet.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 10th, 2011, 10:22 PM
Well John is in rehab now. It's right down the street so it's perfect for me. Wex and I just got home (7:00) and he's already pooped out. No one can sleep there cuz someone comes into the room every 5 minutes!! Finally about 2:00 I went to the nurse and told her I'm closing the door and to leave John alone for an hour. He is really having trouble with his throat and has barely eaten anything. They might do some kind of throat xray tomorrow where they put barium in food, have him eat and then take an xray to watch the food go down. Sounds gross to me!! With all the bad news, there is some good news...he's starting to get back the feeling in his hands that he lost!!!! :D WooooooHooooooo!!!!!!!! It's been another long day so I'm going to get some supper and just veg out.

Cindy


Oh and John had Wex jump on the bed and Wex just loved it. He actually layed on Johns stomach and was so content. It was so sweet.

Cindy, please give John our very best wishes and I will say an extra prayer for him and his recovery. It sounds like he has some good out of it all.

Just thinking of Wex laying on John's stomach brought tears to my eyes. So sweet!

Take care, and thanks for the update.

guitarest
July 10th, 2011, 11:51 PM
Hey guys, been a while since I have been on. Have had issues with my legs; my daughter came by to provide support for her daddy also. Well today Julie suggested we go to the river, while I am paying for it right now in my legs it was so much fun to see Blitz be able to play with Dia. Here is a small video from today, the man in the video is Graham who is my daughters boyfriend.

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guitarest
July 11th, 2011, 12:54 AM
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guitarest
July 11th, 2011, 12:55 AM
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wizard-of-roz
July 11th, 2011, 01:44 PM
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I love to watch a dog enjoying the water......Brenda loves it too. It's really hard to get her back, she could swim forever!!!!

cjborne2
July 11th, 2011, 06:42 PM
We had Ollie out on a boat on the Chesapeake Bay on the 4th. We anchored the boat near a small beach. We got Ollie into the dingey and pulled him to shore to do his business. My husband had him swim a little. He never did it before. He was OK until he couldn't reach the bottom so he was led back to the beach, back onto the little boat, then back to the big boat.

In other news, we had him to the internal medicine specialist today. We are waiting for them to call back with a timeline (the internal med vet wanted to coordinate with the surgeon so he'd only have to go under once), but he will have a colonoscopy done, x rays, and an ultrasound done and then if necessary, a more extensive surgery to remove anything that might have spread. Can you say ch-ching?

The vet didn't feel any masses so that's good. And the 15% discount they are offering is nice too.

I'll keep you posted.

sunshine426
July 11th, 2011, 07:00 PM
So first: a big shout out to those big handsome german shepherds who have a special place in our hearts...Ollie...best wishes...I love your stories about the dreaded shoe covers while visiting disney world...and Blitz...could you be anymore macho and good looking...

Cindy and John..OK, feeling coming back,,so much more than what we take for granted every day...I am in tears...Wex...kisses for you as you take care of your people...Cindy and John..you know you have my prayers, my kisses and all of my best imaging.....but seriously...feeling coming back....I have chills

wizard-of-roz
July 11th, 2011, 07:22 PM
We had Ollie out on a boat on the Chesapeake Bay on the 4th. We anchored the boat near a small beach. We got Ollie into the dingey and pulled him to shore to do his business. My husband had him swim a little. He never did it before. He was OK until he couldn't reach the bottom so he was led back to the beach, back onto the little boat, then back to the big boat.

In other news, we had him to the internal medicine specialist today. We are waiting for them to call back with a timeline (the internal med vet wanted to coordinate with the surgeon so he'd only have to go under once), but he will have a colonoscopy done, x rays, and an ultrasound done and then if necessary, a more extensive surgery to remove anything that might have spread. Can you say ch-ching?

The vet didn't feel any masses so that's good. And the 15% discount they are offering is nice too.

I'll keep you posted.

I'm so glad that you're keeping us posted on Ollie's health issues. I'm so concerned for him and I hope that he comes through all of his procedures well and that it's not too difficult for him.

Not only does it worry us to death but it costs so much money for our furbabies to go through these sort of health issues. The 15% discount will help. If you're a member of IAADP you may be eligible for other medical discounts as well.

I hope he's not in pain and with all your love and care he should do very well.

Please give him a big kiss from Brenny and me.

wizard-of-roz
July 11th, 2011, 07:31 PM
So first: a big shout out to those big handsome german shepherds who have a special place in our hearts...Ollie...best wishes...I love your stories about the dreaded shoe covers while visiting disney world...and Blitz...could you be anymore macho and good looking...

Cindy and John..OK, feeling coming back,,so much more than what we take for granted every day...I am in tears...Wex...kisses for you as you take care of your people...Cindy and John..you know you have my prayers, my kisses and all of my best imaging.....but seriously...feeling coming back....I have chills


The way you express it, Sunshine, is so perfect. I get goosebumps when I think about John's recovery. And, Ollie's medical issues, although sounding very scary, he has been such a comfort to his person......he deserves to be treated like a king, himself!

wizard-of-roz
July 11th, 2011, 07:37 PM
Well, I printed my luggage tags and Boarding Pass for my upcoming cruise and I'm doing the "doc-dance" - Remember when they used to send your cruise documents in those wonderful pouches. HAL had the prettiest ones, people used to use them as clutch bags.

I can't wait to be standing on deck when we sail under the Golden Gate Bridge. I have to get up very early......but, it's so worth it.

Who else has an upcoming cruise?

rangeley
July 11th, 2011, 08:23 PM
Guitarist, Great pics! Love to see dogs in the water. To bad our 70lb beast jumps over puddles. :eek:

rangeley
July 11th, 2011, 08:25 PM
We had Ollie out on a boat on the Chesapeake Bay on the 4th. We anchored the boat near a small beach. We got Ollie into the dingey and pulled him to shore to do his business. My husband had him swim a little. He never did it before. He was OK until he couldn't reach the bottom so he was led back to the beach, back onto the little boat, then back to the big boat.

In other news, we had him to the internal medicine specialist today. We are waiting for them to call back with a timeline (the internal med vet wanted to coordinate with the surgeon so he'd only have to go under once), but he will have a colonoscopy done, x rays, and an ultrasound done and then if necessary, a more extensive surgery to remove anything that might have spread. Can you say ch-ching?

The vet didn't feel any masses so that's good. And the 15% discount they are offering is nice too.

I'll keep you posted.


CJ, What an awful thing you are going through. I'm going to say some extra prayers for your family and of course Ollie.

Cindy

rangeley
July 11th, 2011, 08:48 PM
So first: a big shout out to those big handsome german shepherds who have a special place in our hearts...Ollie...best wishes...I love your stories about the dreaded shoe covers while visiting disney world...and Blitz...could you be anymore macho and good looking...

Cindy and John..OK, feeling coming back,,so much more than what we take for granted every day...I am in tears...Wex...kisses for you as you take care of your people...Cindy and John..you know you have my prayers, my kisses and all of my best imaging.....but seriously...feeling coming back....I have chills



Any feeling he gets back is a blessing. We are thrilled. He was bummed out when he woke up from the surgery and there was no change. We knew going in that it might not work, but he had to do it to save what he had left. Today he had Wex jump on the bed again. This morning when they got him up in his chair (for the first time) Wex ran over to him, John said "lap" and they were back together again. The kisses were flowing. It was awesome. I was all choked up. We also found out today that the sore mouth and throat is not from the breathing tube but from something called THRUSH. I never heard about it before, but I'm sure you have. For anyone else who doesn't know, it's some kind of yeast infection in your mouth and throat caused by antibiotics. Right Sunshine? So they are treating him for that now and on Wednesday an Eye, Nose, and Throat guy is going to check him out. Tomorrow they will mix barium with food and take xrays. YUCK!!! He ate some today, the most he's eaten so far. Maybe cuz the doctor told him they would have to put some nail like needle in his arm to feed him. :eek: It's to bad that he got this infection cuz his neck feels great, now he will be in rehab longer. :(

Cindy

rangeley
July 11th, 2011, 08:55 PM
Well, I printed my luggage tags and Boarding Pass for my upcoming cruise and I'm doing the "doc-dance" - Remember when they used to send your cruise documents in those wonderful pouches. HAL had the prettiest ones, people used to use them as clutch bags.

I can't wait to be standing on deck when we sail under the Golden Gate Bridge. I have to get up very early......but, it's so worth it.

Who else has an upcoming cruise?



Roz, WooooooHooooooo I love the doc dance. And I use my Hal clutch every cruise!! I put all our documents in it. I think I have 2 of them left.

guitarest
July 12th, 2011, 02:20 PM
Guitarist, Great pics! Love to see dogs in the water. To bad our 70lb beast jumps over puddles. :eek:

Thank you. I have had those babies who hate water also.

guitarest
July 12th, 2011, 02:21 PM
Well, I printed my luggage tags and Boarding Pass for my upcoming cruise and I'm doing the "doc-dance" - Remember when they used to send your cruise documents in those wonderful pouches. HAL had the prettiest ones, people used to use them as clutch bags.

I can't wait to be standing on deck when we sail under the Golden Gate Bridge. I have to get up very early......but, it's so worth it.

Who else has an upcoming cruise?



Have fun..... I just got a letter from the VA stating my case so soon be resolved and hopefully I will be able to go on that cruise since joining this website to get info on cruises. OH boy I better be careful Blitz is liable to jump off the boat to go swimming.

For all of you cruisers, do they allow our service animals to cool off in the pools or is our only official places the shower/bathtub in the room?

wizard-of-roz
July 12th, 2011, 03:10 PM
Have fun..... I just got a letter from the VA stating my case so soon be resolved and hopefully I will be able to go on that cruise since joining this website to get info on cruises. OH boy I better be careful Blitz is liable to jump off the boat to go swimming.

For all of you cruisers, do they allow our service animals to cool off in the pools or is our only official places the shower/bathtub in the room?

Brenda LOVES the water, whether it be the ocean or a pool. I was very afraid that she'd want to take a leap from the ship into the ocean. Our dogs are way smarter than that. She peaked her head over the side and saw what a drop it was from the ship to the water and stayed back from the edges as we walked the Promenade Deck.

I suppose if your dog were used to assisting you in the pool, you could bring it in. It just seems that it would be unfair to expect a public venue to have to clean an entire pool of water because you allowed your dog in. It just makes good sense and in all fairness to the general public that you might keep your dog out, just because of the hair situation.

I don't think there are laws to prevent our dogs from going in, it just doesn't seem to be a necessity; more like fun for you and the dog but not much fun for the folks who have to swim with a dog that they don't much care for. And, we do run into some of those folks onboard......not too many....thank goodness!!!

You can use a spray bottle and spray your dog off but I have to warn you.....some of the tiles, decking and flooring around the pool area can get very, very hot and you have to be careful when walking your dog on it. I learned this, the hard way - And, so did Brenny!

wizard-of-roz
July 12th, 2011, 03:21 PM
Any feeling he gets back is a blessing. We are thrilled. He was bummed out when he woke up from the surgery and there was no change. We knew going in that it might not work, but he had to do it to save what he had left. Today he had Wex jump on the bed again. This morning when they got him up in his chair (for the first time) Wex ran over to him, John said "lap" and they were back together again. The kisses were flowing. It was awesome. I was all choked up. We also found out today that the sore mouth and throat is not from the breathing tube but from something called THRUSH. I never heard about it before, but I'm sure you have. For anyone else who doesn't know, it's some kind of yeast infection in your mouth and throat caused by antibiotics. Right Sunshine? So they are treating him for that now and on Wednesday an Eye, Nose, and Throat guy is going to check him out. Tomorrow they will mix barium with food and take xrays. YUCK!!! He ate some today, the most he's eaten so far. Maybe cuz the doctor told him they would have to put some nail like needle in his arm to feed him. :eek: It's to bad that he got this infection cuz his neck feels great, now he will be in rehab longer. :(

Cindy

Cindy, our grandson had thrush when he was a baby and he couldn't suck his bottle or his thumb, he was so miserable. He had sores on his tongue and inside his mouth. Poor John, he's got enough to worry about, he didn't need this too.

I'm so glad you both have Wexy to give you comfort and love.

I'm sending my love and Brenda's amazing vibes to you all. Please tell John to stay strong, we're all thinking of him and wishing him well!!!!!

cjborne2
July 12th, 2011, 05:38 PM
I have heard of thrush in babies but never in adults. I too was happy to hear that feeling is coming back. I can also relate to the disappointment of not having immediate results.

Ollie is at the vet now :( My wallet is $1200 lighter. That was a deposit for the internal medicine side of things. The surgeon (and it's not certain he will even have surgery) wanted to run the credit card for the low estimate today too ($2200) but we chose option B: give them authorization to run the card IF surgery is necessary. We know will owe another 1200ish for the balance of the testing. Hopefully he can come home tomorrow. He has such bad anxiety when not with us. My husband's boss has been understanding and let him work from home late this afternoon to finish out the work day today (after I had to pick them up from work) and tomorrow to make things easier on me.

That's all for now. I'll keep you posted on Ollie's progress. In the meantime, I'm going to deal with the other money sucking issues (house repairs) for the rest of the evening.

wizard-of-roz
July 12th, 2011, 06:13 PM
I have heard of thrush in babies but never in adults. I too was happy to hear that feeling is coming back. I can also relate to the disappointment of not having immediate results.

Ollie is at the vet now :( My wallet is $1200 lighter. That was a deposit for the internal medicine side of things. The surgeon (and it's not certain he will even have surgery) wanted to run the credit card for the low estimate today too ($2200) but we chose option B: give them authorization to run the card IF surgery is necessary. We know will owe another 1200ish for the balance of the testing. Hopefully he can come home tomorrow. He has such bad anxiety when not with us. My husband's boss has been understanding and let him work from home late this afternoon to finish out the work day today (after I had to pick them up from work) and tomorrow to make things easier on me.

That's all for now. I'll keep you posted on Ollie's progress. In the meantime, I'm going to deal with the other money sucking issues (house repairs) for the rest of the evening.

"Money sucking" ....... such a good way to put it [or not!] I hope Ollie will be okay.....you must be so worried! Poor guy, he must be so scared.

Brenda is a whining, qivering mass of jello at the Vet's office. She becomes a hyper, visibly shaken mess. She actually starts talking to me. I'm sure she's saying something. She's verbalizing sounds like she's trying so hard to say, "get me out of here, now!!!!" It's not funny but it is!!!!!! I actually take off her working vest so she doesn't embarrass CCI - And, so that strangers won't think that all CCI dogs are like this. Poor thing.....

I'm so sorry that you have to go through this expense but I'm so glad that you're not hesitating to take care of our Ollie. You're a considerate, responsible owner and I'm so proud of you.....Now, doesn't that help that "sucking sound" a bit?

cjborne2
July 12th, 2011, 09:51 PM
My son needed surgery when he was little and we paid some out of pocket for that. My daughter has had braces so we fixed her teeth. Ollie is just another "kid" that we need to take care of. As I'm sure you can all relate, he's different than just being a pet. The money will be missed but it's something that needs to be done.

The house repairs, some planned, some not, are draining the pocketbook too. The stuff going on tomorrow is "cleaning up" what the contractor didn't do so great back in June. It's just been one thing after the other lately. We've been lucky though. We've been in this house 12 years and we have had very few "major" repairs since we've lived here.

The internal medicine vet did call this evening and said the chest xray was clear so that's good. At least whatever might be going on didn't spread that far. We'll know more in the morning. Poor pup. It's so quiet without him home tonight.

Quampapetet
July 13th, 2011, 12:23 AM
Congrats on your interview going well! Thanks for all the details!

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.]

I know that's typical, and the guide programs have a special name for a person acting like a guide dog with the harness, but I just pictured your two women sitting and laying down on command in my head while reading this and came up with quite the funny picture!! :p

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.

Aww, sounds like you are going to do just fine with a new dog! I hope you end up with Hyde or one a lot like him!

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!!!!!

Yup, definitely sounds like you're ready for your next pooch! :)

Quampapetet
July 13th, 2011, 12:40 AM
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.


So sorry to hear that. I hope all goes well and they get it all!!!

Quampapetet
July 13th, 2011, 01:05 AM
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!

No, your rabbit is not allowed on board a cruise ship or in any other public place where pets are not allowed.

First of all, therapy animals are not service animals. Therapy animals are no different than pets, even if owned by a disabled person (just like a pet cannot be brought into public just because a disabled person owns it). Therapy animals are not allowed on cruises or in any other no-pets places unless they are invited by the place at that moment in time. Neither are emotional support animals, which I'm guessing you might be trying to say your rabbit is, not a therapy animal. (A therapy animal brings joy to ppl in hospitals and such; an emotional support animal is the pet of someone with mental disabilities.)

Secondly, service animals can only be dogs, no other animals, under the ADA (the U.S. law). Miniature horses trained in service tasks also have access* under most situations (but is on a case-by-case basis). In order for a dog to be a service dog, they must be trained to do something that helps their person's disability (that something must be directly related to the disability) and they also must be public access trained. Dogs just for emotional support, their presence, comfort, etc. are not service dogs under the law.

*(Note that it is the DISABLED PERSON who has access, NOT the animal itself. It just is easier to write "have access" a lot of times to make reading easier on everyone.)

Quampapetet
July 13th, 2011, 01:16 AM
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.

LOL! Poor bunny!




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.

True.


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.

Not true. First, service animals can be trained to do things for people with mental disabilities, not just physical disabilities, although there is definitely much abuse of that part of the law going on - many ppl don't train their dog to do anything that is directly related to their disability, just use them as emotional support animals. Emotional support animals are not service animals, as a service animal must be trained to do something. Providing comfort, being petted, being leash-trained, the person looking at the dog, etc. doesn't cut it.

Second, even if the rabbit was task-trained, it still would not be a service animal, as only dogs can be service animals now. (Task-trained mini horses can also be allowed in public on a case-by-case basis.)

This rabbit is NOT allowed to be brought along anywhere pet rabbits aren't allowed unless a business allows them. Restaurants are out of the question due to health regulations not permitting animals inside.


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.


While a business can ask anything they want of the poster, since their rabbit is not a service animal so they're not covered under any law, a business can NOT ask to SEE a service dog's task. They can only ask WHAT tasks the dog has been trained to do, which the person answers verbally, not with show-and-tell. They can't ask what your disability is, of course. They can also ask if the dog is a service dog required because of your disability.

Quampapetet
July 13th, 2011, 01:19 AM
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!!!!!!




Congrats!!! I hope your new pooch comes soon!

Quampapetet
July 13th, 2011, 01:23 AM
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

So glad to hear it went well! I guess it is a good thing you didn't do the second opinion, then, since you got the only doc who does the prosthetic disc! Sounds good.

Quampapetet
July 13th, 2011, 01:39 AM
For all of you cruisers, do they allow our service animals to cool off in the pools or is our only official places the shower/bathtub in the room?

No, the dogs are not allowed in the pool due to health regulations. If your dog ends up in the pool, they have to close the pool, drain it, and then refill it ... and every passenger on board will hate you, LOL! :p

Also, it is not a good idea to put your dog in the ship's showers, as the drainage systems on ships are very, very sensitive. You do NOT want them to get backed up (can you say sewage coming into your cabin along with a putrid smell?!?!). Tubs are usually only found in expensive suites. If you need a fully-accessible cabin, you will have a roll-in shower.

Quampapetet
July 13th, 2011, 01:43 AM
I don't think there are laws to prevent our dogs from going in, it just doesn't seem to be a necessity; more like fun for you and the dog but not much fun for the folks who have to swim with a dog that they don't much care for.

The health regulations prevent service dogs from going in public pools. A dog in the pool would be a change in the nature of the business and affect people's health, so the ADA does not apply to pools. Service dogs are, of course, allowed on the pool decks with their person, just not in the pools themselves.

Quampapetet
July 13th, 2011, 01:48 AM
My son needed surgery when he was little and we paid some out of pocket for that. My daughter has had braces so we fixed her teeth. Ollie is just another "kid" that we need to take care of. As I'm sure you can all relate, he's different than just being a pet. The money will be missed but it's something that needs to be done.

That reminds me of that TV commercial for a new brand of dog treats. The lady talks about her dog like he's her kid, saying stuff like, "All my kids were early readers," and stuff - really cute! :)

The internal medicine vet did call this evening and said the chest xray was clear so that's good. At least whatever might be going on didn't spread that far. We'll know more in the morning. Poor pup. It's so quiet without him home tonight.

Congrats on the great news!!

guitarest
July 13th, 2011, 02:22 AM
"Money sucking" ....... such a good way to put it [or not!] I hope Ollie will be okay.....you must be so worried! Poor guy, he must be so scared.

Brenda is a whining, qivering mass of jello at the Vet's office. She becomes a hyper, visibly shaken mess. She actually starts talking to me. I'm sure she's saying something. She's verbalizing sounds like she's trying so hard to say, "get me out of here, now!!!!" It's not funny but it is!!!!!! I actually take off her working vest so she doesn't embarrass CCI - And, so that strangers won't think that all CCI dogs are like this. Poor thing.....

I'm so sorry that you have to go through this expense but I'm so glad that you're not hesitating to take care of our Ollie. You're a considerate, responsible owner and I'm so proud of you.....Now, doesn't that help that "sucking sound" a bit?

Blitz loves going to the Vet, they taught him a bad trick. The young lady behind the counter taught him to prop himself on the counter where he is almost as tall as I am to get a treat. Its taken a while to break him of it; although I do allow him to do it at the vet. Willie, my daughters first dog; gets into the Mustang and knows he is going some where. He is usually very excited then the shakes start and by the time we get to the vet he looks like I do in 50 degree weather. Once inside Willie is OK its something about the trip or not knowing maybe? He was a Katrina rescue; although he was 3 months old (estimated) when we adopted him and he has been with me since then. So I feel your pain when a normal pup turns into ahuge chicken.

guitarest
July 13th, 2011, 02:24 AM
The health regulations prevent service dogs from going in public pools. A dog in the pool would be a change in the nature of the business and affect people's health, so the ADA does not apply to pools. Service dogs are, of course, allowed on the pool decks with their person, just not in the pools themselves.

Thank you...

wizard-of-roz
July 13th, 2011, 12:18 PM
My son needed surgery when he was little and we paid some out of pocket for that. My daughter has had braces so we fixed her teeth. Ollie is just another "kid" that we need to take care of. As I'm sure you can all relate, he's different than just being a pet. The money will be missed but it's something that needs to be done.

The house repairs, some planned, some not, are draining the pocketbook too. The stuff going on tomorrow is "cleaning up" what the contractor didn't do so great back in June. It's just been one thing after the other lately. We've been lucky though. We've been in this house 12 years and we have had very few "major" repairs since we've lived here.

The internal medicine vet did call this evening and said the chest xray was clear so that's good. At least whatever might be going on didn't spread that far. We'll know more in the morning. Poor pup. It's so quiet without him home tonight.

Ollie: Brenny and I are sending our love and dog dishes for you to get well and come home to your people......You are thought about every day and know that you are not alone.....we're all there with you big boy!!!!!!!!

cjborne2
July 13th, 2011, 01:25 PM
The colonoscopy and sonogram also came back clear so that's good. He was in surgery now to remove some more tissue around where the cyst was removed. He's not out of the woods yet, but things are so far so good.

Thank you for your kind words. Made me tear up.

I've been impressed with this office. The internal med doctor has personally called 4 times with updates and my husband spoke with the surgeon earlier.

My husband's boss has been great too. She was going to check with the "big boss" to see if he could continue to telework until Ollie was better. He could go to the office with the cane and leave me home with the dog so either way it's not a big deal, but I think it's nice they are being considerate. It would make things easier for me and shuttling the kids around if he could be home though.

wizard-of-roz
July 13th, 2011, 01:37 PM
The colonoscopy and sonogram also came back clear so that's good. He was in surgery now to remove some more tissue around where the cyst was removed. He's not out of the woods yet, but things are so far so good.

Thank you for your kind words. Made me tear up.

I've been impressed with this office. The internal med doctor has personally called 4 times with updates and my husband spoke with the surgeon earlier.

My husband's boss has been great too. She was going to check with the "big boss" to see if he could continue to telework until Ollie was better. He could go to the office with the cane and leave me home with the dog so either way it's not a big deal, but I think it's nice they are being considerate. It would make things easier for me and shuttling the kids around if he could be home though.

YOU are carrying such a huge load and my heart goes out to you.

We all tend to forget the stress and struggle for you folks who walk or wheel beside us [Cindy, Peter, Disney, Morey]. Can we ever thank you enough for your "stand-by your man, woman or child" attitudes. Then, we bring a dog into the mix and ask that you love and give of yourselves to them too........it's an amazing thing to watch......this devotion, love and giving of one's self. It's a miracle to see and an even bigger one to live with.

So far, so good for our boy. I know you're so busy but please keep us in the loop for his prognosis.

rangeley
July 13th, 2011, 08:21 PM
I have heard of thrush in babies but never in adults. I too was happy to hear that feeling is coming back. I can also relate to the disappointment of not having immediate results.

Ollie is at the vet now :( My wallet is $1200 lighter. That was a deposit for the internal medicine side of things. The surgeon (and it's not certain he will even have surgery) wanted to run the credit card for the low estimate today too ($2200) but we chose option B: give them authorization to run the card IF surgery is necessary. We know will owe another 1200ish for the balance of the testing. Hopefully he can come home tomorrow. He has such bad anxiety when not with us. My husband's boss has been understanding and let him work from home late this afternoon to finish out the work day today (after I had to pick them up from work) and tomorrow to make things easier on me.

That's all for now. I'll keep you posted on Ollie's progress. In the meantime, I'm going to deal with the other money sucking issues (house repairs) for the rest of the evening.


Wow vet bills are just going through the roof. They know people will do almost anything to keep their pet healthy. Hope Ollie will be home soon in the comfort of his family!! I'll keep praying for him.

Cindy

rangeley
July 13th, 2011, 08:37 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEXLER!!!!!!!!! Wex is 4 today so this morning him and I went on a shopping spree at Petco.

John is finally alittle bit better today. The meds they gave him for the thrush were swish and spit, well come to find out, it was suppose to be swish and swallow :mad: That just put him back a few days. The Eye and Throat doctor came in and scoped his throat today. The thrush is all the way down the throat so all this time no meds were getting to it. He still cannot eat much. For dinner he had a cup of custard. They want him to drink thickened water :eek: GAG!!! So he is not drinking anything. Today they let him have some ice chips and a spoonful of water, wow thats really going to hydrate him. Yesterday he sent me home cuz he was so miserable, today he was awesome. They gave him a shower which was a big help and now that the meds are finally getting in there he is improving. :D If he didn't have the thrush he would have been eating and getting strength to work out and come home. Now I have no idea how long he will be there cuz we are like a week behind. Well it's 830 and my dinner just came, and I'm starving. Talk soon.

Cindy & Wex

guitarest
July 13th, 2011, 11:52 PM
The internal medicine vet did call this evening and said the chest xray was clear so that's good. At least whatever might be going on didn't spread that far. We'll know more in the morning. Poor pup. It's so quiet without him home tonight.



I so feel your pain; often many feel its just a dog. Many people especially in my area believe a dog should be kept outside and have no rights. Many people do not understand the wonders of having a dog as a family member; I didn't say owning a dog. It is my belief that that the loss of a family member be it two or four legged is a great pain. When our pets are sick hopefully they have given enough warning that the marvel of medical science can repair what ills them. I hope and pray your pup gets better; my own pain was with King. While not a service dog he was trained as a K9 by myself and was very busy after Katrina.

This was my heart break and little did I know this was just a few weeks before his health would get worse and he passed in my arms. I dearly miss King and looking back I made so many mistakes with him. Mind you not knowingly but mistakes none the less. I am just so blessed to have had such a smart and devoted dog. While I made those mistakes; I hope that I have learned from those mistakes and hopefully I will make none with Blitz.

This is our Myspace Photo, from June 2009; I don't know who had more facial hair or hated shaving more...... lol

http://pruconsultants.com/myspace_king1.jpg

http://pruconsultants.com/myspace_king.jpg

guitarest
July 14th, 2011, 12:12 AM
Wow vet bills are just going through the roof. They know people will do almost anything to keep their pet healthy. Hope Ollie will be home soon in the comfort of his family!! I'll keep praying for him.

Cindy

They sure are, as is the price of decent food for our babies. I spend easily 300.00 a month on food and treats for Blitz and his two brothers. His two brothers are dogs that my children left behind when they moved out as adults. So I guess its not so bad for food and treats. Then the monthly flea and heart worm; I just received a love note from my vet reminding that Sarge and Willie's shots are due in June.

The AKC offers a HMO type insurance for Blitz and I have looked into it yet have not decided if I am going to do this quite yet. Monthly premiums yet its very limiting as to what it covers and just as restrictive as real HMO's.

Blitz came from outside the normal trained service dog loop and with that said I was wondering if the others here have papers on their dogs? My personal belief is it really doesn't matter if a dog is AKC or not although there are those who feel different. So the service dogs that come from CCI or other organizations do they also come with breed documents like the AKC paperwork? Is there a stipulation on breeding your dogs? or are they fixed? I saw a report on CNN over a year ago about a woman who had cloned her dog who was fixed by the ASPCA when she adopted her pup. She looked into it and they were actually able to clone her pup. A slight ironic twist on this story was she was a fugitive and when this proceedure was made public the men in black suits showed up and she went to jail. I am unsure what happened after that.

wizard-of-roz
July 14th, 2011, 12:15 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WEXLER!!!!!!!!! Wex is 4 today so this morning him and I went on a shopping spree at Petco.

John is finally alittle bit better today. The meds they gave him for the thrush were swish and spit, well come to find out, it was suppose to be swish and swallow :mad: That just put him back a few days. The Eye and Throat doctor came in and scoped his throat today. The thrush is all the way down the throat so all this time no meds were getting to it. He still cannot eat much. For dinner he had a cup of custard. They want him to drink thickened water :eek: GAG!!! So he is not drinking anything. Today they let him have some ice chips and a spoonful of water, wow thats really going to hydrate him. Yesterday he sent me home cuz he was so miserable, today he was awesome. They gave him a shower which was a big help and now that the meds are finally getting in there he is improving. :D If he didn't have the thrush he would have been eating and getting strength to work out and come home. Now I have no idea how long he will be there cuz we are like a week behind. Well it's 830 and my dinner just came, and I'm starving. Talk soon.

Cindy & Wex

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ~ WEXLER !!!!!!

Please give John our very best wishes. Poor guy, he's going to be a stick by the time he gets out of re-hab.

wizard-of-roz
July 14th, 2011, 12:17 PM
I so feel your pain; often many feel its just a dog. Many people especially in my area believe a dog should be kept outside and have no rights. Many people do not understand the wonders of having a dog as a family member; I didn't say owning a dog. It is my belief that that the loss of a family member be it two or four legged is a great pain. When our pets are sick hopefully they have given enough warning that the marvel of medical science can repair what ills them. I hope and pray your pup gets better; my own pain was with King. While not a service dog he was trained as a K9 by myself and was very busy after Katrina.

This was my heart break and little did I know this was just a few weeks before his health would get worse and he passed in my arms. I dearly miss King and looking back I made so many mistakes with him. Mind you not knowingly but mistakes none the less. I am just so blessed to have had such a smart and devoted dog. While I made those mistakes; I hope that I have learned from those mistakes and hopefully I will make none with Blitz.

This is our Myspace Photo, from June 2009; I don't know who had more facial hair or hated shaving more...... lol

http://pruconsultants.com/myspace_king1.jpg

http://pruconsultants.com/myspace_king.jpg

The way he's leaning into you, you can just guess how much he loved you too!

wizard-of-roz
July 14th, 2011, 12:25 PM
They sure are, as is the price of decent food for our babies. I spend easily 300.00 a month on food and treats for Blitz and his two brothers. His two brothers are dogs that my children left behind when they moved out as adults. So I guess its not so bad for food and treats. Then the monthly flea and heart worm; I just received a love note from my vet reminding that Sarge and Willie's shots are due in June.

The AKC offers a HMO type insurance for Blitz and I have looked into it yet have not decided if I am going to do this quite yet. Monthly premiums yet its very limiting as to what it covers and just as restrictive as real HMO's.

Blitz came from outside the normal trained service dog loop and with that said I was wondering if the others here have papers on their dogs? My personal belief is it really doesn't matter if a dog is AKC or not although there are those who feel different. So the service dogs that come from CCI or other organizations do they also come with breed documents like the AKC paperwork? Is there a stipulation on breeding your dogs? or are they fixed? I saw a report on CNN over a year ago about a woman who had cloned her dog who was fixed by the ASPCA when she adopted her pup. She looked into it and they were actually able to clone her pup. A slight ironic twist on this story was she was a fugitive and when this proceedure was made public the men in black suits showed up and she went to jail. I am unsure what happened after that.

CCI does not have many dogs that are actually pedigreed. Brenda came with AKC "papers." Both her parents were full blooded English Labs [dad was black, mom was yellow.] Usually their dogs are cross's between the Lab & the Golden Retriever [such great dogs.]

CCI has the their own breeding program with dogs that are specifically meant for breeding only. These are dogs that have been watched very closely by Vets & Trainers. Dogs who are not known to have health issues, especially hip & joint problems. Brenda's dad was "Bobby" one of the most prolific Sire's in the CCI Breeding program. He was an English Black Lab, with the biggest head and broadest shoulders. She looks exactly like him. He past away at the age of 14, two years ago.

The breeders live in special homes and are taken care of like the Queens and Kings that they are!!!!!;)

cjborne2
July 14th, 2011, 03:38 PM
Ollie is home. Poor pitiful puppy. All indications for now are that all is OK, but we will have a definitive answer after the biopsy results come back next week. He has 10-14 days off of work and my husband is working from home all of next week. I think that's a good thing lol. Stiches will need to come out next Thursday. We do intend on working him a little bit over the next few days, but nothing too strenuous. He does have to see how the Harry Potter movie series ends after all!

wizard-of-roz
July 14th, 2011, 03:46 PM
Ollie is home. Poor pitiful puppy. All indications for now are that all is OK, but we will have a definitive answer after the biopsy results come back next week. He has 10-14 days off of work and my husband is working from home all of next week. I think that's a good thing lol. Stiches will need to come out next Thursday. We do intend on working him a little bit over the next few days, but nothing too strenuous. He does have to see how the Harry Potter movie series ends after all!

Yey!!!!!! Atta Boy, Ollie!!!!! You hang in there and get stronger and stronger and you relax and watch movies with Mom and keep Dad company. We ALL love you and want you to be well!!!!!!!

Love & Licks,
Brenda & Roz

guitarest
July 14th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Ollie is home. Poor pitiful puppy. All indications for now are that all is OK, but we will have a definitive answer after the biopsy results come back next week. He has 10-14 days off of work and my husband is working from home all of next week. I think that's a good thing lol. Stiches will need to come out next Thursday. We do intend on working him a little bit over the next few days, but nothing too strenuous. He does have to see how the Harry Potter movie series ends after all!

I am happy for you that Ollie is home finally.

I agree about Harry Potter also; from what I have read this is the most violent movie of the series. So the movie still has the normal rating PG-13 although many who have reviewed it warn of small children seeing this movie. My daughter got me into the Potter movies and its fantastic to see those three kids grow up in the movies. Its going to be difficult to shake the "Isn't that the kid from Harry Potter comments" for their next movies.

guitarest
July 14th, 2011, 03:51 PM
CCI does not have many dogs that are actually pedigreed. Brenda came with AKC "papers." Both her parents were full blooded English Labs [dad was black, mom was yellow.] Usually their dogs are cross's between the Lab & the Golden Retriever [such great dogs.]

CCI has the their own breeding program with dogs that are specifically meant for breeding only. These are dogs that have been watched very closely by Vets & Trainers. Dogs who are not known to have health issues, especially hip & joint problems. Brenda's dad was "Bobby" one of the most prolific Sire's in the CCI Breeding program. He was an English Black Lab, with the biggest head and broadest shoulders. She looks exactly like him. He past away at the age of 14, two years ago.

The breeders live in special homes and are taken care of like the Queens and Kings that they are!!!!!;)


Not to be taken rude but is there anything about Service Dogs you do not know? You are very knowledgeable about the subject for sure.

guitarest
July 14th, 2011, 03:54 PM
The way he's leaning into you, you can just guess how much he loved you too!

We were two peas in a pod for sure, he always slept on my bed until he was unable to get on the bed. Then I got him a huge pillow that was right next to my bed and he only went to bed after I went to bed. Yes we had a huge connection. Unlike any I have ever experienced; yet Blitz is trying very hard to exceed the standards set by King.

wizard-of-roz
July 14th, 2011, 03:55 PM
Not to be taken rude but is there anything about Service Dogs you do not know? You are very knowledgeable about the subject for sure.

Sorry for being so annoying and obsessive, I have complete OCD when it comes to these amazing dogs. I live and breath and even have CCI in my paycheck every month.

If you've had enough of me.....I give you permission to say, "shut-up, Roz!"

S.S. Cruisers
July 14th, 2011, 04:12 PM
If you've had enough of me.....I give you permission to say, "shut-up, Roz!"
Not likely! You silly goose. I wish I could absorb half as much as you know. I try, but am a visual kinda gal and need to "see" how it works. If I had to do the paperwork and keep up on the shots and stuff, I would retain a lot more. I never get tired of reading about it. Maybe some of it will stick!

wizard-of-roz
July 14th, 2011, 04:16 PM
Not likely! You silly goose. I wish I could absorb half as much as you know. I try, but am a visual kinda gal and need to "see" how it works. If I had to do the paperwork and keep up on the shots and stuff, I would retain a lot more. I never get tired of reading about it. Maybe some of it will stick!

We can ALWAYS count on you for a kind word. Don't you ever go away!!!!

guitarest
July 14th, 2011, 04:29 PM
Sorry for being so annoying and obsessive, I have complete OCD when it comes to these amazing dogs. I live and breath and even have CCI in my paycheck every month.

If you've had enough of me.....I give you permission to say, "shut-up, Roz!"

Thats not it at all Roz, I enjoy your thoughts and it shows your quite knowledgeable on the subject. I fear that my posts are too extreme and sometimes off subject since I am new in regards to service animals.

wizard-of-roz
July 14th, 2011, 05:23 PM
Thats not it at all Roz, I enjoy your thoughts and it shows your quite knowledgeable on the subject. I fear that my posts are too extreme and sometimes off subject since I am new in regards to service animals.

You just stay your sweet, loving self and don't worry about how much you do or do not know. Your love and kindness showen towards your dogs will shine through.

No matter how much we do or do not know, if we just give our dogs the respect and kindness they so deserve they'll show us the way.

Yesterday I was walking Brenda and she kept stopping [I never turned to look at her], her collar had slipped down around her muzzle and she was trying so hard to let me know [I never looked at her because I was so involved in what I was reading!] When I finally saw what had happened I felt so guilty. I was tugging on her muzzle the whole time...such an idiot. That will NEVER happen again!!! :rolleyes:

guitarest
July 14th, 2011, 08:10 PM
You just stay your sweet, loving self and don't worry about how much you do or do not know. Your love and kindness showen towards your dogs will shine through.

No matter how much we do or do not know, if we just give our dogs the respect and kindness they so deserve they'll show us the way.

Yesterday I was walking Brenda and she kept stopping [I never turned to look at her], her collar had slipped down around her muzzle and she was trying so hard to let me know [I never looked at her because I was so involved in what I was reading!] When I finally saw what had happened I felt so guilty. I was tugging on her muzzle the whole time...such an idiot. That will NEVER happen again!!! :rolleyes:

OK I'm so confused what type of collar does she have? Did it crest over her ears and the jawls were holding the collar in place?

As for kindness towards my babies, they are treated better than any others that I know of. They are not left outside unattended, they are fed only the best dog food dry and can mixed. Their minds are exercised everyday as are their bodies and finally Blitz loves going shopping with Daddy cause he can get loving from his outside friends.

wizard-of-roz
July 15th, 2011, 12:21 PM
OK I'm so confused what type of collar does she have? Did it crest over her ears and the jawls were holding the collar in place?

As for kindness towards my babies, they are treated better than any others that I know of. They are not left outside unattended, they are fed only the best dog food dry and can mixed. Their minds are exercised everyday as are their bodies and finally Blitz loves going shopping with Daddy cause he can get loving from his outside friends.

Nothing special about her collar, just a simple choke-chain that I ignorantly put on wrong and didn't pay attention to. I'm a moron and only because she's such a well disciplined dog did she not bolt or get into trouble. :eek: :o

guitarest
July 15th, 2011, 02:46 PM
Nothing special about her collar, just a simple choke-chain that I ignorantly put on wrong and didn't pay attention to. I'm a moron and only because she's such a well disciplined dog did she not bolt or get into trouble. :eek: :o


OK now thats funny....

wizard-of-roz
July 15th, 2011, 03:01 PM
Everyone in my office is so worried about this "Carmaggedan" thing, where they're closing part of our 405 Freeway [starting this evening] for two days.....now, if it was a cruising weekend.....I'd already be at a hotel near the cruise terminal. Some people didn't have to come to work today [they're working from home......right!!!!]

I live 8 miles away from my office....no freeways needed to get to work....although, the side streets can be a complete nightmare, it's certainly nothing apocolyptic.

We angelino's don't do very well without our freeways!!!! My goodness, you'd think the world was ending!!!! :eek:

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, we're all going to go and hide under a rock!!!!! :p

MCDW
July 15th, 2011, 11:00 PM
Hi, I haven't posted in forever. We were away for two months, then on a cruise to Spain, home in time to put the house up for sale and then Oz's accident.

He went to jump up on his chair and the mat slipped out from under him. He landed on his back and was paralazed in the back end. A racing trip into the emerg vet...he said it was a neurological injury. Spine so swollen the messages were not getting to the brain. He was given steroid shots, back to his vet the next day for another steroid shot and also the day after. Then on steroid pills for 10 day, followed by 10 days of non steroid anti-inflammatories. Those are finished on Sunday and we see the vet again Monday to talk about chiro plastics.

We have had to keep Oz on lead 24/7. But, he is much recovered with only what appears to be a slight weakness in the back right.

I think his accident took 10 yrs off my life. It was horrid watching him watching me and knowing he was in so much pain.

The only other option to the course of action we took was to take him to another city for spinal surgery with no promises of positive results and big risk.

So, I have been giving my little hearing ear partner major love, in addition to the usual love. He is the Best.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 16th, 2011, 03:01 AM
Hi, I haven't posted in forever. We were away for two months, then on a cruise to Spain, home in time to put the house up for sale and then Oz's accident.

He went to jump up on his chair and the mat slipped out from under him. He landed on his back and was paralazed in the back end. A racing trip into the emerg vet...he said it was a neurological injury. Spine so swollen the messages were not getting to the brain. He was given steroid shots, back to his vet the next day for another steroid shot and also the day after. Then on steroid pills for 10 day, followed by 10 days of non steroid anti-inflammatories. Those are finished on Sunday and we see the vet again Monday to talk about chiro plastics.

We have had to keep Oz on lead 24/7. But, he is much recovered with only what appears to be a slight weakness in the back right.

I think his accident took 10 yrs off my life. It was horrid watching him watching me and knowing he was in so much pain.

The only other option to the course of action we took was to take him to another city for spinal surgery with no promises of positive results and big risk.

So, I have been giving my little hearing ear partner major love, in addition to the usual love. He is the Best.

OMG! How frightening. It's a dog owner's worst nightmare. I've watched Brenda jump in the air to catch a ball and all it would take would be for her to land wrong and it would be a nightmare for all of us.

You must have been so worried and scared for poor little OZ.

It's good to hear from you and I hope Oz gets better and stronger every day!

Before all of this happened did Oz get to go on the cruise to Spain?

guitarest
July 16th, 2011, 03:22 AM
Roz:

Don't know why but I was surfing the net after I read your post about the malfunctioning collar; I saw this and thought of you.....

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llo6hmxIE41qdm5ngo1_500.jpg

guitarest
July 16th, 2011, 03:25 AM
Hi, I haven't posted in forever. We were away for two months, then on a cruise to Spain, home in time to put the house up for sale and then Oz's accident.

He went to jump up on his chair and the mat slipped out from under him. He landed on his back and was paralazed in the back end. A racing trip into the emerg vet...he said it was a neurological injury. Spine so swollen the messages were not getting to the brain. He was given steroid shots, back to his vet the next day for another steroid shot and also the day after. Then on steroid pills for 10 day, followed by 10 days of non steroid anti-inflammatories. Those are finished on Sunday and we see the vet again Monday to talk about chiro plastics.

We have had to keep Oz on lead 24/7. But, he is much recovered with only what appears to be a slight weakness in the back right.

I think his accident took 10 yrs off my life. It was horrid watching him watching me and knowing he was in so much pain.

The only other option to the course of action we took was to take him to another city for spinal surgery with no promises of positive results and big risk.

So, I have been giving my little hearing ear partner major love, in addition to the usual love. He is the Best.

At least it appears the damage that could have happened I feel your quite blessed that the back right leg is all that appears to have problems. Count your blessings for sure.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 16th, 2011, 03:43 AM
Roz:

Don't know why but I was surfing the net after I read your post about the malfunctioning collar; I saw this and thought of you.....

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llo6hmxIE41qdm5ngo1_500.jpg

This is very funny, I think! :rolleyes:

guitarest
July 16th, 2011, 11:46 AM
This is very funny, I think! :rolleyes:

I think its very funny, there is also something called German Shepherd Rules; although it could easily apply for almost any breed.

http://pruconsultants.com/gsdrules.jpg

MCDW
July 16th, 2011, 09:41 PM
Before all of this happened did Oz get to go on the cruise to Spain?

For sure, we had a really grand time.:) This was his 11th cruise and 3rd transatlantic. We are going again in October. Will fly to Venice, stay 4 days and then cruise home. This cruise is 17 days.

I am keeping my fingers crossed, the other cruises had such calm crossings. It is also our first transatlantic from Europe to the US and not the other way around.

We here in Ontario are under such heat and humidity........will be glad when it is over. I don't do humidity well or with "much grace.":(

guitarest
July 17th, 2011, 02:11 AM
For sure, we had a really grand time.:) This was his 11th cruise and 3rd transatlantic. We are going again in October. Will fly to Venice, stay 4 days and then cruise home. This cruise is 17 days.

I am keeping my fingers crossed, the other cruises had such calm crossings. It is also our first transatlantic from Europe to the US and not the other way around.

We here in Ontario are under such heat and humidity........will be glad when it is over. I don't do humidity well or with "much grace.":(

Cool picture, thats Blitz kryptonite he is cool with dogs, cats, even horses but ducks and all bets are off....

S.S. Cruisers
July 17th, 2011, 02:24 AM
MCDW: Oz is adorable. I want to huggle him up and squeeze him! I sure hope he is doing better and better every day. Our little Jezzy Lou has been misjudging her "leaps" into my lap. Scares the beejeebers out of me.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 17th, 2011, 04:38 AM
For sure, we had a really grand time.:) This was his 11th cruise and 3rd transatlantic. We are going again in October. Will fly to Venice, stay 4 days and then cruise home. This cruise is 17 days.

I am keeping my fingers crossed, the other cruises had such calm crossings. It is also our first transatlantic from Europe to the US and not the other way around.

We here in Ontario are under such heat and humidity........will be glad when it is over. I don't do humidity well or with "much grace.":(

How great...All the more reason for Ollie to get well soon!!!!!

Rolls Royce Lover
July 17th, 2011, 04:46 AM
Cool picture, thats Blitz kryptonite he is cool with dogs, cats, even horses but ducks and all bets are off....

Something for you two to work on!!!! But, then again, how many times are any of us around ducks?

You'd sure have to stay away from some of the parks here in L.A. that are stocked with ducks. Of course, after a lot of visits Blitz wouldn't even be interested in them anymore!

Poor duckies!!!!!

sunshine426
July 17th, 2011, 08:23 AM
Going to take Cooler to the movies tomorow and then a return trip to the aquarium in two weeks. Bringing Mackey home tomorow evening. He'll get his first trip to the hospital for visits then. I can only imagine the "pupparazzi" when he shows up with his litte service dog vest. He'll be a tail wagging machine and get lot's of love. Want him to think going to the hospital is the best thing ever!!!! I have to double check his birthday, I think he is 13 weeks now. Can you picture a 13 week old golden retriever marching around the hospital. And I'll be right next to him with a ton of cleaning supplies!!!!

guitarest
July 17th, 2011, 01:07 PM
Going to take Cooler to the movies tomorow and then a return trip to the aquarium in two weeks. Bringing Mackey home tomorow evening. He'll get his first trip to the hospital for visits then. I can only imagine the "pupparazzi" when he shows up with his litte service dog vest. He'll be a tail wagging machine and get lot's of love. Want him to think going to the hospital is the best thing ever!!!! I have to double check his birthday, I think he is 13 weeks now. Can you picture a 13 week old golden retriever marching around the hospital. And I'll be right next to him with a ton of cleaning supplies!!!!

Too cool; if I had the time I would love to do visits with Blitz. He is such a wonderful spirit lifter.

I felt so bad for him yesterday, he got soaked. We went to the store since the food supply at home was kinda low and my daughter told me she will be staying for two weeks. We left the house and it was dark and cloudy and raining north of us. Went into the store and Blitz made his rounds with me. Normally its OK to visit with his friends except yesterday it was real tough to walk. I don't have a clue whats going on with my right leg now; all I know is it makes walking unbearable now. My daughter wants me to go to the hospital er (either USAF or VA since I'm retired military) but I still refuse since I have a Rx Apt on Tuesday. We got through all the loving and shopping and while we paid for our items the bottom dropped out of the sky. This place is more expensive then Wal-Mart but its OK since they really do offer the small home town expirence. They asked if I needed help out to the car and normally I would say no but today I said yes. We headed out into the rain got to the car and poor Blitz looked like a drowned rat with huge teeth and huge feet. We got everything unloaded while Blitz was in the car; I got in the car and then Blitz did something so sweet. I sat in the car (its a feat since I am slow getting up or down) looked at my drowned rat who leaned over and started licking the rain water off my face. It was so cute and he is so calming, I tell ya I have such a connection with this pup.

rangeley
July 17th, 2011, 08:06 PM
Hi, I haven't posted in forever. We were away for two months, then on a cruise to Spain, home in time to put the house up for sale and then Oz's accident.

He went to jump up on his chair and the mat slipped out from under him. He landed on his back and was paralazed in the back end. A racing trip into the emerg vet...he said it was a neurological injury. Spine so swollen the messages were not getting to the brain. He was given steroid shots, back to his vet the next day for another steroid shot and also the day after. Then on steroid pills for 10 day, followed by 10 days of non steroid anti-inflammatories. Those are finished on Sunday and we see the vet again Monday to talk about chiro plastics.

We have had to keep Oz on lead 24/7. But, he is much recovered with only what appears to be a slight weakness in the back right.

I think his accident took 10 yrs off my life. It was horrid watching him watching me and knowing he was in so much pain.

The only other option to the course of action we took was to take him to another city for spinal surgery with no promises of positive results and big risk.

So, I have been giving my little hearing ear partner major love, in addition to the usual love. He is the Best.


OMG what an awful thing! I'm so glad things worked out well. I can't imagine how scary that was.

rangeley
July 17th, 2011, 08:08 PM
I think its very funny, there is also something called German Shepherd Rules; although it could easily apply for almost any breed.

http://pruconsultants.com/gsdrules.jpg


OMG to funny!

rangeley
July 18th, 2011, 08:07 AM
Wex had a busy weekend. Sat night we went to our puppy class and Wex had a ball! One of the puppy raisers worked him for the whole class and Wex did great. The guy calls him "a Cadillac" of dogs. He had a blast playing with the dogs at the end of class. There is one of the new puppies (3months old) that just loves Wex. Wex is so gentle with him and they play so nice together. Yesterday his puppy raisers were here from NJ. They came to the rehab to see us. They brought a seven month old pup they are raising. Again Wex had a blast. Boy did he need to get out some energy. Today we are going to CT to see mom and my son. I feel so guilty leaving John but this will prob be the only time I will be able to get home for a while. When John comes home Thursday I will not be able to leave him. Of course my son is thrilled he will get to see the dog. I'll be back tomorrow morning. John is doing good, today they will try him on some other foods. He is eating but still mostly pureed foods. Hopefully he will start eating better stuff before he gets home, cuz I'm not a pureed food cook. YUCK! Everyone have a great day. :D

Cindy

guitarest
July 18th, 2011, 06:06 PM
OK I need some help from yall. This is virgin territory for me since I am fairly new at this. OK I am a local manager fir a organization called SAV which provides dogs to Vets with PTSD. Well I have worked really hard to get this off the ground locally and this has gotten my name out locally being a expert on the proceedures of Servcie Animals.

So here is where I am asking for help, the VA approached me today while I was there for my appointments and asked if I could assist in getting a dog for a legally blind individual; but not in this area. I know many of you have mentioned CCI is there a point of contact or someone who I can speak with.

Thanks

Jocko

guitarest
July 18th, 2011, 06:53 PM
OK I need some help from yall. This is virgin territory for me since I am fairly new at this. OK I am a local manager fir a organization called SAV which provides dogs to Vets with PTSD. Well I have worked really hard to get this off the ground locally and this has gotten my name out locally being a expert on the proceedures of Servcie Animals.

So here is where I am asking for help, the VA approached me today while I was there for my appointments and asked if I could assist in getting a dog for a legally blind individual; but not in this area. I know many of you have mentioned CCI is there a point of contact or someone who I can speak with.

Thanks

Jocko

Never mind found out CCI does not do Guide dogs

Rolls Royce Lover
July 18th, 2011, 09:24 PM
Going to take Cooler to the movies tomorow and then a return trip to the aquarium in two weeks. Bringing Mackey home tomorow evening. He'll get his first trip to the hospital for visits then. I can only imagine the "pupparazzi" when he shows up with his litte service dog vest. He'll be a tail wagging machine and get lot's of love. Want him to think going to the hospital is the best thing ever!!!! I have to double check his birthday, I think he is 13 weeks now. Can you picture a 13 week old golden retriever marching around the hospital. And I'll be right next to him with a ton of cleaning supplies!!!!

So cute to picture a 13 week old pup ANYWHERE! But, in a hospital, what a sight. And, to see someone following close behind with litter bags and paper towels, even funnier!!! :p

Rolls Royce Lover
July 18th, 2011, 09:29 PM
OMG to funny!

It's very funny!

Rolls Royce Lover
July 18th, 2011, 09:32 PM
Wex had a busy weekend. Sat night we went to our puppy class and Wex had a ball! One of the puppy raisers worked him for the whole class and Wex did great. The guy calls him "a Cadillac" of dogs. He had a blast playing with the dogs at the end of class. There is one of the new puppies (3months old) that just loves Wex. Wex is so gentle with him and they play so nice together. Yesterday his puppy raisers were here from NJ. They came to the rehab to see us. They brought a seven month old pup they are raising. Again Wex had a blast. Boy did he need to get out some energy. Today we are going to CT to see mom and my son. I feel so guilty leaving John but this will prob be the only time I will be able to get home for a while. When John comes home Thursday I will not be able to leave him. Of course my son is thrilled he will get to see the dog. I'll be back tomorrow morning. John is doing good, today they will try him on some other foods. He is eating but still mostly pureed foods. Hopefully he will start eating better stuff before he gets home, cuz I'm not a pureed food cook. YUCK! Everyone have a great day. :D

Cindy

Cindy, you're so lucky to have such a great connection with your puppraisers.

It sounds like John is coming along really well.....I hope he continues to get stronger and stronger. You're going to have your hands really full...I wish we lived closer, I'd be happy to help with something.

Please give John our very best wishes for a continued recovery.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 18th, 2011, 09:38 PM
Never mind found out CCI does not do Guide dogs

Although CCI does not do Seeing Eye Dogs, they might be able to help you find an organization in your area [or in the area of the folks who need the assistance.] You can call 1.800.572.BARK and they may be able to help you.

Good luck, you're a great guy for being willing to help others.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 18th, 2011, 09:55 PM
I'm home this week. At my last physical exam my doctor found a heart irregularity and sent me to a Cardiologist [well, after more tests and more blood taken, then I care to mention], it was decided that I need to have a Cardioversion [electrodes hooked-up to my heart and my heart shocked into a more normal rhythm.]

I'm having this done on Thursday and am on blood thinners, Digoxin and Beta-Blockers. I feel like a zombie and find it easier to sit and do nothing rather than go to work.

Hopefully, after Thursday, I'll be a new woman and up and running like normal by next Monday.

Boy, when they talk about life changing on a dime......

S.S. Cruisers
July 18th, 2011, 11:53 PM
Aww, Roz, all paws crossed here. I expect great results from you! I would rather work from home anyday. Getting out in this heats takes it out of a person. Specially having to make multiple stops.

guitarest
July 19th, 2011, 05:23 AM
I'm home this week. At my last physical exam my doctor found a heart irregularity and sent me to a Cardiologist [well, after more tests and more blood taken, then I care to mention], it was decided that I need to have a Cardioversion [electrodes hooked-up to my heart and my heart shocked into a more normal rhythm.]

I'm having this done on Thursday and am on blood thinners, Digoxin and Beta-Blockers. I feel like a zombie and find it easier to sit and do nothing rather than go to work.

Hopefully, after Thursday, I'll be a new woman and up and running like normal by next Monday.

Boy, when they talk about life changing on a dime......

I feel your pain, I have been on rat poison (also known as comadin) since the mid 90's and even though I still had several blood clots and one pulmonary embolism. I actually could not feel the pulmonary embolism but I knew something was wrong. I was gasping for air and winded by doing simple things. Today I was at the VA for the better part or the day and when I leave I feel like I was rode hard and put up wet. I have had allot of problems with my right heel for almost two weeks so while I was at the VA they looked at it, I have Bone Spurs on my heel since I have been babying my left leg and the right leg is finally giving me warning signs and I was told to actually start using my cane more. Thank you for your kind words also, I really enjoy helping others and will continue to do so until I am unable to help any more.

I wish you luck for your Thursday results.

Jocko

sunshine426
July 19th, 2011, 07:30 AM
I'm home this week. At my last physical exam my doctor found a heart irregularity and sent me to a Cardiologist [well, after more tests and more blood taken, then I care to mention], it was decided that I need to have a Cardioversion [electrodes hooked-up to my heart and my heart shocked into a more normal rhythm.]

I'm having this done on Thursday and am on blood thinners, Digoxin and Beta-Blockers. I feel like a zombie and find it easier to sit and do nothing rather than go to work.

Hopefully, after Thursday, I'll be a new woman and up and running like normal by next Monday.

Boy, when they talk about life changing on a dime......
so sorry to hear all this Roz. I hope you are feeling better soon. I know how hard it is when you are used to being the strong one and going going going to suddenly not feeling well. Keep us posted. I'll send you pictures later today. Should get some fun ones today.

sunshine426
July 19th, 2011, 07:32 AM
Cooler is going thru a phase. Forging like crazy. So our outing turned out to just a back to basics walk at heel. Made a lot of stops, turns and backs up, but finally she decided it would be much more fun to walk next to me.

Mackey is at my feet. Sleeping after getting me up at 430am. Oh well, part of puppy raising!

cjborne2
July 19th, 2011, 01:54 PM
Geez, I'm not online for a few days and I'm reading all kinds of things.

Roz, I hope that your test results/procedures turn out OK. Better to find issues and have them addressed before there are more problems.

Poor Oz too.

As for a guide dog, people from anywhere, from what I understand, can go to The Seeing Eye in Morristown NJ. That is where Ollie is from and in my husband's class, there were people from all over the country and Canada. There is also a group called Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I don't know much about them other than they are based in NY. There are a lot of puppy raisers for them in MD.

As for Harry Potter, I though the previous movie was much more violent and emotional than this one, even though it could have been much more so. My husband was annoyed that the end was not exactly the same as the book. It was a good movie and Ollie was a good boy during it.

Finally, my husband received a call from the surgeon today. All is good with Ollie! No indication that the cancer spread from the biopsy they took during surgery last week. He is definitely feeling better. Stitches come out on Thursday. And he is going to have a rude awakening when he goes back to his dried food next week. He is scarfing up the canned, easy to digest stuff they wanted him to eat.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 19th, 2011, 04:09 PM
I feel your pain, I have been on rat poison (also known as comadin) since the mid 90's and even though I still had several blood clots and one pulmonary embolism. I actually could not feel the pulmonary embolism but I knew something was wrong. I was gasping for air and winded by doing simple things. Today I was at the VA for the better part or the day and when I leave I feel like I was rode hard and put up wet. I have had allot of problems with my right heel for almost two weeks so while I was at the VA they looked at it, I have Bone Spurs on my heel since I have been babying my left leg and the right leg is finally giving me warning signs and I was told to actually start using my cane more. Thank you for your kind words also, I really enjoy helping others and will continue to do so until I am unable to help any more.

I wish you luck for your Thursday results.

Jocko

Jocko, thanks for the good wishes and I'm sorry that you're suffering so much.

Thank goodness you have a great family and Blitz to support you.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 19th, 2011, 04:14 PM
so sorry to hear all this Roz. I hope you are feeling better soon. I know how hard it is when you are used to being the strong one and going going going to suddenly not feeling well. Keep us posted. I'll send you pictures later today. Should get some fun ones today.

Thank you. It's all pretty scary to me....but, I'm lucky to have Morey, my kids and Brenda right here with me.

Please send the pictures whenever you can. :)

rangeley
July 19th, 2011, 08:35 PM
I'm home this week. At my last physical exam my doctor found a heart irregularity and sent me to a Cardiologist [well, after more tests and more blood taken, then I care to mention], it was decided that I need to have a Cardioversion [electrodes hooked-up to my heart and my heart shocked into a more normal rhythm.]

I'm having this done on Thursday and am on blood thinners, Digoxin and Beta-Blockers. I feel like a zombie and find it easier to sit and do nothing rather than go to work.

Hopefully, after Thursday, I'll be a new woman and up and running like normal by next Monday.

Boy, when they talk about life changing on a dime......

Darn you Roz, We didn't need another thing to worry about. Seriously, love ya and will be praying things go well. Please keep us informed. And I've been meaning to ask how your daughter is doing? Hope things have improved with her. John is doing well and looking forward to coming home Thursday. Even though I'm sure he will make it hell, I will be glad to have him home. :D

Cindy

rangeley
July 19th, 2011, 08:37 PM
I feel your pain, I have been on rat poison (also known as comadin) since the mid 90's and even though I still had several blood clots and one pulmonary embolism. I actually could not feel the pulmonary embolism but I knew something was wrong. I was gasping for air and winded by doing simple things. Today I was at the VA for the better part or the day and when I leave I feel like I was rode hard and put up wet. I have had allot of problems with my right heel for almost two weeks so while I was at the VA they looked at it, I have Bone Spurs on my heel since I have been babying my left leg and the right leg is finally giving me warning signs and I was told to actually start using my cane more. Thank you for your kind words also, I really enjoy helping others and will continue to do so until I am unable to help any more.

I wish you luck for your Thursday results.

Jocko


OK that makes 3 sicknesses, we are done! I also hope things go well for you too. It sounds very painful!:eek:

rangeley
July 19th, 2011, 08:39 PM
Geez, I'm not online for a few days and I'm reading all kinds of things.

Roz, I hope that your test results/procedures turn out OK. Better to find issues and have them addressed before there are more problems.

Poor Oz too.

As for a guide dog, people from anywhere, from what I understand, can go to The Seeing Eye in Morristown NJ. That is where Ollie is from and in my husband's class, there were people from all over the country and Canada. There is also a group called Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I don't know much about them other than they are based in NY. There are a lot of puppy raisers for them in MD.

As for Harry Potter, I though the previous movie was much more violent and emotional than this one, even though it could have been much more so. My husband was annoyed that the end was not exactly the same as the book. It was a good movie and Ollie was a good boy during it.

Finally, my husband received a call from the surgeon today. All is good with Ollie! No indication that the cancer spread from the biopsy they took during surgery last week. He is definitely feeling better. Stitches come out on Thursday. And he is going to have a rude awakening when he goes back to his dried food next week. He is scarfing up the canned, easy to digest stuff they wanted him to eat.


AWESOME CJ!!!!!! Just what we all wanted to hear!!! :D

Rolls Royce Lover
July 20th, 2011, 12:20 AM
Darn you Roz, We didn't need another thing to worry about. Seriously, love ya and will be praying things go well. Please keep us informed. And I've been meaning to ask how your daughter is doing? Hope things have improved with her. John is doing well and looking forward to coming home Thursday. Even though I'm sure he will make it hell, I will be glad to have him home. :D

Cindy

Cindy, I agree with you. Thanks for the good wishes and prayers.

My daughter came down from Eugene, Oregon with her whole family, my son [he lives in L.A.] came over with his family. There's people everywhere. My other daughter, in Livermore, is unable to come down because she's still suffering with CRPS and is unable to walk [thanks for asking about her.]

I've been so busy with the kids, I haven't had a chance to think about me. They'll all go with me to the hospital, on Thursday.

Poor Brenny, she's so exhausted from all the extra attention. Right now she's sleeping so hard, she's hardly breathing.

Everyone's gone home or back to their hotel for the evening and I can finally get a good night's sleep and some rest. I've been entertaining them for the past 3 days and they've been sleeping here. I love seeing them and I know they only mean well but it's all very tiring!

I'll let you all know how I'm doing on Friday.

Cindy, John is going to give you "hell", he's earned it and just seeing him in his own environment will be good for all of you......Please give him a big hug from Brenny and me!

Rolls Royce Lover
July 20th, 2011, 12:25 AM
Cooler is going thru a phase. Forging like crazy. So our outing turned out to just a back to basics walk at heel. Made a lot of stops, turns and backs up, but finally she decided it would be much more fun to walk next to me.

Mackey is at my feet. Sleeping after getting me up at 430am. Oh well, part of puppy raising!

"Puppies", so wonderful to watch but so hard to care for!!!! You're amazing with them!

Rolls Royce Lover
July 20th, 2011, 12:30 AM
Geez, I'm not online for a few days and I'm reading all kinds of things.

Roz, I hope that your test results/procedures turn out OK. Better to find issues and have them addressed before there are more problems.

Poor Oz too.

As for a guide dog, people from anywhere, from what I understand, can go to The Seeing Eye in Morristown NJ. That is where Ollie is from and in my husband's class, there were people from all over the country and Canada. There is also a group called Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I don't know much about them other than they are based in NY. There are a lot of puppy raisers for them in MD.

As for Harry Potter, I though the previous movie was much more violent and emotional than this one, even though it could have been much more so. My husband was annoyed that the end was not exactly the same as the book. It was a good movie and Ollie was a good boy during it.

Finally, my husband received a call from the surgeon today. All is good with Ollie! No indication that the cancer spread from the biopsy they took during surgery last week. He is definitely feeling better. Stitches come out on Thursday. And he is going to have a rude awakening when he goes back to his dried food next week. He is scarfing up the canned, easy to digest stuff they wanted him to eat.

I'm so glad to hear about Ollie's test results and that he's really on the road to recovery. Hopefully, we'll all come out of our medical issues, this summer, doing well and on the road to complete recoveries.

Thank you for your good wishes, I have to do well, with all you guys behind me.......It has to be so!!!

guitarest
July 20th, 2011, 03:45 AM
My daughter is home from college and tonight we took some cute pictures of her 17 week old German Shepherd puppy. This is my daughter and Dia just before bed time, as you can see Dia is still filled with loads of energy.

http://pruconsultants.com/july2011/julie1.JPG

http://pruconsultants.com/july2011/julie2.JPG

http://pruconsultants.com/july2011/julie3.JPG

And this is what Blitz looks like after Dia has played with him all day; in fact he has been sleeping for a few hours already.... lol

http://pruconsultants.com/july2011/blitznap.JPG

guitarest
July 20th, 2011, 03:59 AM
I think I posted some pictures of my 100gal saltwater fish tank; this is my 10gal saltwater with shrimp and a cool fish called a Goby. They actually walk on their fins in the water and some (Mudskipper) can live outside of water for hours and just walk along looking for food and shelter. This is a baby tank where the fish stay until they are large enough to move to the big tank without becoming food for another larger fish.

A larger Goby under the shells and small shrimp.
http://pruconsultants.com/july2011/gobiandshrimp1.JPG

Random shot of shrimp
http://pruconsultants.com/july2011/shrimp2.JPG


http://pruconsultants.com/july2011/gobiandshrimp.JPG

Smaller Goby under leaf and shrimp
http://pruconsultants.com/july2011/gobiandshrimp2.JPG

guitarest
July 20th, 2011, 04:06 AM
OK that makes 3 sicknesses, we are done! I also hope things go well for you too. It sounds very painful!:eek:

Just a little, lol I think we should go for 2 more..... (again being a smartypants).

wizard-of-roz
July 20th, 2011, 07:40 PM
Jocko, thanks for sharing the great pictures of your kid, your dogs and your fish.....You have a very full life. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Blitz looks so young......one day his muzzle will be covered with gray hair.

Although it's a true picture of their age, and sometimes brings tears to my eyes because the process happens so fast, it's a reminder that they're still with us and I love that!!!!!!!

wizard-of-roz
July 20th, 2011, 07:42 PM
I came to work today so that Brenda could play in the back, see all her friends and I could catch-up on work. I'll be home for the next few days and then back to the "grind" on Monday with a stronger, more regular beating heart. ;)

dobiemom
July 20th, 2011, 07:52 PM
I came to work today so that Brenda could play in the back, see all her friends and I could catch-up on work. I'll be home for the next few days and then back to the "grind" on Monday with a stronger, more regular beating heart. ;)
Roz, I'll be praying for you tomorrow. :)

wizard-of-roz
July 20th, 2011, 08:00 PM
Roz, I'll be praying for you tomorrow. :)

Marcia, you brought a tear to my eye. You are so sweet. Thank you so much for your prayers. They work, they really do!!!!!

guitarest
July 21st, 2011, 01:02 AM
Roz, Marcia and everyone else:

Thanks one thing for sure this is the nicest bunch of forum members anywhere on the internet for sure.

CCI called me today replying to my email I sent asking about the Seeing Eye Dog and they provided more information.

cjborne2
July 21st, 2011, 01:02 PM
Best wishes to you today, Roz.

Ollie is back at the vet to have his stitches taken out. Poor thing is such a mess when he goes to the vet. He started whining as I was pulling into the parking lot. It took him a bit to get settled down and he hid under a bench chair like "I'm not here, you can't see me". Hopefully he will be done with the cone too. We took him to our friends' house last night and didn't have the cone on him. He was so pitiful when I put it back on when we got home.

I'll keep you posted.

guitarest
July 21st, 2011, 01:06 PM
Awww, please do keep us updated.

S.S. Cruisers
July 21st, 2011, 04:38 PM
Thinking of you, Roz.

MCDW
July 21st, 2011, 09:30 PM
Keeping positive thoughts Roz.

Colleen and little Oz ......Oz had his last check up with the vet. It appears his accident has left no permanent damage. A few chiro treatments maybe, if needed.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 22nd, 2011, 01:40 AM
Hi Everyone, First, I'm so glad to hear about all our furbabies and that they're doing so well. It's such a relief to have them all recovering.

Well, I went to the hospital with my children and Brenda in tow. I checked-in, dressed in that adorable gown, had my blood drawn, an I.V. inserted, temp taken, blood gases measured and was hooked-up to an EKG machine. A nurse walked in and said, "your sinus rhythm is absolutely normal!" WHAT????? We all looked at each other, she said she was going to contact my Cardiologist and the next thing I knew everything was being unhooked, unhinged and I was told I could go home!!!!!!

My heart [after being on all the meds] had gone into a normal rhythm and the procedure could not be done!

I was elated. I went home, the doctor called me and said that she's seen this in about 1 out of 100 cases and it was my turn, this year, to be the one!

I must stay on heart meds and be checked again in a few weeks but, for now, I'm back to work and I'm so happy.........YOUR PRAYERS AND WELL WISHES WORKED!!!!!! The power of the prayer chain is not to be laughed at!!!!!!

I love you all!!!!!

celle
July 22nd, 2011, 02:21 AM
Hi Everyone, First, I'm so glad to hear about all our furbabies and that they're doing so well. It's such a relief to have them all recovering.

Well, I went to the hospital with my children and Brenda in tow. I checked-in, dressed in that adorable gown, had my blood drawn, an I.V. inserted, temp taken, blood gases measured and was hooked-up to an EKG machine. A nurse walked in and said, "your sinus rhythm is absolutely normal!" WHAT????? We all looked at each other, she said she was going to contact my Cardiologist and the next thing I knew everything was being unhooked, unhinged and I was told I could go home!!!!!!

My heart [after being on all the meds] had gone into a normal rhythm and the procedure could not be done!

I was elated. I went home, the doctor called me and said that she's seen this in about 1 out of 100 cases and it was my turn, this year, to be the one!

I must stay on heart meds and be checked again in a few weeks but, for now, I'm back to work and I'm so happy.........YOUR PRAYERS AND WELL WISHES WORKED!!!!!! The power of the prayer chain is not to be laughed at!!!!!!

I love you all!!!!!

That's wonderful news! Hooray!

dobiemom
July 22nd, 2011, 06:35 AM
That's wonderful news! Hooray!
Ditto! :D

DisneyKidsDad
July 22nd, 2011, 07:28 AM
Hi Everyone, First, I'm so glad to hear about all our furbabies and that they're doing so well. It's such a relief to have them all recovering.

Well, I went to the hospital with my children and Brenda in tow. I checked-in, dressed in that adorable gown, had my blood drawn, an I.V. inserted, temp taken, blood gases measured and was hooked-up to an EKG machine. A nurse walked in and said, "your sinus rhythm is absolutely normal!" WHAT????? We all looked at each other, she said she was going to contact my Cardiologist and the next thing I knew everything was being unhooked, unhinged and I was told I could go home!!!!!!

My heart [after being on all the meds] had gone into a normal rhythm and the procedure could not be done!

I was elated. I went home, the doctor called me and said that she's seen this in about 1 out of 100 cases and it was my turn, this year, to be the one!

I must stay on heart meds and be checked again in a few weeks but, for now, I'm back to work and I'm so happy.........YOUR PRAYERS AND WELL WISHES WORKED!!!!!! The power of the prayer chain is not to be laughed at!!!!!!

I love you all!!!!!

That's what happens when you have a heart as big and kind as yours Roz.

S.S. Cruisers
July 22nd, 2011, 11:14 AM
Mornin' all:
Well we have had some very good news this week! Great job for Roz, John,Ollie and Oz. Glad everyone is on the mend. Now lets keep the prayers going so you guys are 100 % in no time! :D:):p

cjborne2
July 22nd, 2011, 02:49 PM
I am happy to hear the good news on everyone too.

Ollie is doing really well too. The surgeon is happy with the results. He told us to leave the cone on today but since he's been hanging out with me most of the day, I kept the cone off. He has left the area alone for the most part. His eyes are bright like usual and he's starting to get into trouble from being bored. We are going out for my daughter's birthday dinner later so at least he'll get some work in. It's too hot to go out anyway in summer clothes, never mind a black fur coat!

Tomorrow also marks the 4 year anniversary of my husband being matched up with Ollie.

rangeley
July 22nd, 2011, 05:36 PM
Hi Everyone, First, I'm so glad to hear about all our furbabies and that they're doing so well. It's such a relief to have them all recovering.

Well, I went to the hospital with my children and Brenda in tow. I checked-in, dressed in that adorable gown, had my blood drawn, an I.V. inserted, temp taken, blood gases measured and was hooked-up to an EKG machine. A nurse walked in and said, "your sinus rhythm is absolutely normal!" WHAT????? We all looked at each other, she said she was going to contact my Cardiologist and the next thing I knew everything was being unhooked, unhinged and I was told I could go home!!!!!!

My heart [after being on all the meds] had gone into a normal rhythm and the procedure could not be done!

I was elated. I went home, the doctor called me and said that she's seen this in about 1 out of 100 cases and it was my turn, this year, to be the one!

I must stay on heart meds and be checked again in a few weeks but, for now, I'm back to work and I'm so happy.........YOUR PRAYERS AND WELL WISHES WORKED!!!!!! The power of the prayer chain is not to be laughed at!!!!!!

I love you all!!!!!


OMG Roz it's a miracle! I am so glad you are ok. :D DKD said it all!!

rangeley
July 22nd, 2011, 05:42 PM
Mornin' all:
Well we have had some very good news this week! Great job for Roz, John,Ollie and Oz. Glad everyone is on the mend. Now lets keep the prayers going so you guys are 100 % in no time! :D:):p


Boy Nanc you are right, what a week. I'm so glad everyone is ok. John is doing great. I can see the difference in his strength already, and he hasn't even started to work out yet. He's doing better eating and he can't wait to eat everything he wants. He did lose 14lbs over the two weeks, so all his pants are falling off. :eek: Wex is in heaven cuz John gets tired around 4 or so he lays in bed and that can mean only one thing for Wex....BELLIES!!!

Cindy

Oh and it's 104 here today!! YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rolls Royce Lover
July 22nd, 2011, 06:29 PM
That's what happens when you have a heart as big and kind as yours Roz.

So nice. Thank you!

Rolls Royce Lover
July 22nd, 2011, 06:31 PM
Mornin' all:
Well we have had some very good news this week! Great job for Roz, John,Ollie and Oz. Glad everyone is on the mend. Now lets keep the prayers going so you guys are 100 % in no time! :D:):p

Amen!

Rolls Royce Lover
July 22nd, 2011, 06:35 PM
I am happy to hear the good news on everyone too.

Ollie is doing really well too. The surgeon is happy with the results. He told us to leave the cone on today but since he's been hanging out with me most of the day, I kept the cone off. He has left the area alone for the most part. His eyes are bright like usual and he's starting to get into trouble from being bored. We are going out for my daughter's birthday dinner later so at least he'll get some work in. It's too hot to go out anyway in summer clothes, never mind a black fur coat!

Tomorrow also marks the 4 year anniversary of my husband being matched up with Ollie.

I'm so glad that Ollie is really on the road to recovery ~ And, congratulations on the 4 year anniversary. Every year is a milestone!

Rolls Royce Lover
July 22nd, 2011, 06:41 PM
Boy Nanc you are right, what a week. I'm so glad everyone is ok. John is doing great. I can see the difference in his strength already, and he hasn't even started to work out yet. He's doing better eating and he can't wait to eat everything he wants. He did lose 14lbs over the two weeks, so all his pants are falling off. :eek: Wex is in heaven cuz John gets tired around 4 or so he lays in bed and that can mean only one thing for Wex....BELLIES!!!

Cindy

Oh and it's 104 here today!! YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Go John ~ Go!!!!!!

Atta Boy, Wex, you get all the belly rubs you can!

We're hearing about your heat waves.......sorry!!!!! Wrap a wet towel around your neck....works great!!!! :cool: Hang in there, it can't last forever! :o It'll be our turn soon! :(

guitarest
July 22nd, 2011, 10:43 PM
Hi Everyone, First, I'm so glad to hear about all our furbabies and that they're doing so well. It's such a relief to have them all recovering.

Well, I went to the hospital with my children and Brenda in tow. I checked-in, dressed in that adorable gown, had my blood drawn, an I.V. inserted, temp taken, blood gases measured and was hooked-up to an EKG machine. A nurse walked in and said, "your sinus rhythm is absolutely normal!" WHAT????? We all looked at each other, she said she was going to contact my Cardiologist and the next thing I knew everything was being unhooked, unhinged and I was told I could go home!!!!!!

My heart [after being on all the meds] had gone into a normal rhythm and the procedure could not be done!

I was elated. I went home, the doctor called me and said that she's seen this in about 1 out of 100 cases and it was my turn, this year, to be the one!

I must stay on heart meds and be checked again in a few weeks but, for now, I'm back to work and I'm so happy.........YOUR PRAYERS AND WELL WISHES WORKED!!!!!! The power of the prayer chain is not to be laughed at!!!!!!

I love you all!!!!!

Fantastic!!!

guitarest
July 23rd, 2011, 01:53 AM
Since we got great news I feel motivated to post this....

http://ihasahotdog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/funny-dog-pictures-i-did-the-math-we-cant-afford-the-cat.jpg

http://ihasahotdog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/funny-dog-pictures-if-you-dont-want-me-to-shop-online-you-really-shouldnt-use-my-name-as-all-your-passwords.jpg

http://ihasahotdog.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/1657d397-454b-4b67-9e42-31d6e1decc09.jpg

Rolls Royce Lover
July 23rd, 2011, 07:41 PM
Since we got great news I feel motivated to post this....

http://ihasahotdog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/funny-dog-pictures-i-did-the-math-we-cant-afford-the-cat.jpg

http://ihasahotdog.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/funny-dog-pictures-if-you-dont-want-me-to-shop-online-you-really-shouldnt-use-my-name-as-all-your-passwords.jpg

http://ihasahotdog.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/1657d397-454b-4b67-9e42-31d6e1decc09.jpg

These put a smile on my face........So funny!!!!

cjborne2
July 26th, 2011, 07:43 AM
Ollie and my husband went back to work (the office) today! Hooray! AND, my kids are with my parents so I'm by myself all day. :D

Ollie is definitely back to his old self.

wizard-of-roz
July 26th, 2011, 11:47 AM
Ollie and my husband went back to work (the office) today! Hooray! AND, my kids are with my parents so I'm by myself all day. :D

Ollie is definitely back to his old self.

Go Ollie Go!!!!!! :D

loveboat1977
July 26th, 2011, 03:58 PM
Hello everyone
I have peeked in on this board in the past but have not posted. I have a son who is disabled (in a wheelchair and deaf) and we travel with his service dog - Honey. She is a little minature poodle and she was on her first cruise in April of this year. We did a 32 day Aisa cruise on the Diamond Princess with a week in Singapore before the cruise. She did great on the flights (Singapore Air and United) and she was perfect on the cruise. Princess was fabulous and the crew nicknamed her the "Princess on the Princess". There was quite a bit of paper work involved and it was expensive with all the fees and vet bills but oh so worth it for my son. (the cost was about $900.00 but it's only money right). We have cruised a lot, 37 cruises on Princess alone but our first with Honey (she had been certified 3 months before we left after almost a year of training - whew). It was a terrific experience and we are booked for the 30 day Venice to Santiago cruise this Dec with a week early in Florence. It looks like Europe will be a breeze compared to Singapore for the paperwork and no rabies test - YEAH. That alone will save us about $200.00 and no import and export fees in Italy.
I will post again and give more details on all the ports in Asia another time.
Don't want to put you to sleep the first time - smile.
Dee, Anthony and Honey

wizard-of-roz
July 26th, 2011, 05:09 PM
Hello everyone
I have peeked in on this board in the past but have not posted. I have a son who is disabled (in a wheelchair and deaf) and we travel with his service dog - Honey. She is a little minature poodle and she was on her first cruise in April of this year. We did a 32 day Aisa cruise on the Diamond Princess with a week in Singapore before the cruise. She did great on the flights (Singapore Air and United) and she was perfect on the cruise. Princess was fabulous and the crew nicknamed her the "Princess on the Princess". There was quite a bit of paper work involved and it was expensive with all the fees and vet bills but oh so worth it for my son. (the cost was about $900.00 but it's only money right). We have cruised a lot, 37 cruises on Princess alone but our first with Honey (she had been certified 3 months before we left after almost a year of training - whew). It was a terrific experience and we are booked for the 30 day Venice to Santiago cruise this Dec with a week early in Florence. It looks like Europe will be a breeze compared to Singapore for the paperwork and no rabies test - YEAH. That alone will save us about $200.00 and no import and export fees in Italy.
I will post again and give more details on all the ports in Asia another time.
Don't want to put you to sleep the first time - smile.
Dee, Anthony and Honey

Dee: Welcome, you are not boring us. If anything, I want to hear more. Is Honey a Hearing Dog for your son? I love the fact that a Minature Poodle is a Service Dog. So easy to move from place-to-place.

Are you a member of IAADP? It seems that some of the fees that you paid are exorbinate. Honey's a Service Dog, not a pet. Why did you have to pay import and export fees?

If you've been reading this thread then you know I ask a lot of questions but it's the only way we all learn and you are our new HERO when it comes to Traveling With a Service Dog! 30 days on a cruiseship.. My dream!!!!! I have a full time job which I love and would never permit me to travel 4 weeks at a time.

Thanks for coming onboard with us! ;)

Quampapetet
July 26th, 2011, 06:04 PM
Yesterday I was walking Brenda and she kept stopping [I never turned to look at her], her collar had slipped down around her muzzle and she was trying so hard to let me know [I never looked at her because I was so involved in what I was reading!] When I finally saw what had happened I felt so guilty. I was tugging on her muzzle the whole time...such an idiot. That will NEVER happen again!!! :rolleyes:

That means her collar is too loose. Has she lost weight? Or was it put on her on the wrong hole? Or was it just always too loose?

Quampapetet
July 26th, 2011, 06:09 PM
Nothing special about her collar, just a simple choke-chain that I ignorantly put on wrong and didn't pay attention to. I'm a moron and only because she's such a well disciplined dog did she not bolt or get into trouble. :eek: :o


Ah, I thought you meant her flat collar. Well, chokes can be harmful to a dog; prong collars are much better. Chokes can/will injure a dog's trachea, plus depending on how you use it, it could be bad news if it catches on something. Prongs don't injure the trachea (when used correctly; do NOT use a prong without getting proper instruction on how to fit it to your dog [NOT around the dog's neck like where a flat collar or choke goes, but just behind the dog's ears with the leash ring on the side] and how to use it) and are limited-slips (only go so far).

Quampapetet
July 26th, 2011, 06:15 PM
Hi, I haven't posted in forever. We were away for two months, then on a cruise to Spain, home in time to put the house up for sale and then Oz's accident.

He went to jump up on his chair and the mat slipped out from under him. He landed on his back and was paralazed in the back end. A racing trip into the emerg vet...he said it was a neurological injury. Spine so swollen the messages were not getting to the brain. He was given steroid shots, back to his vet the next day for another steroid shot and also the day after. Then on steroid pills for 10 day, followed by 10 days of non steroid anti-inflammatories. Those are finished on Sunday and we see the vet again Monday to talk about chiro plastics.

We have had to keep Oz on lead 24/7. But, he is much recovered with only what appears to be a slight weakness in the back right.

I think his accident took 10 yrs off my life. It was horrid watching him watching me and knowing he was in so much pain.

The only other option to the course of action we took was to take him to another city for spinal surgery with no promises of positive results and big risk.

So, I have been giving my little hearing ear partner major love, in addition to the usual love. He is the Best.

Oh my! How scary!!! I'm glad he has recovered a lot! I know I was a little scared when my service dog got facial nerve paralysis earlier in the year (while out of the country, no less), first on one side of the face and then on the other, but the steroids helped her recover (despite the literature saying they don't typically help this problem) and she's 100% now, thankfully! I think I would panic so badly if even one leg was hurt or paralyzed, much less her whole body!! :eek:

The photo you shared is cute - she looks like a stuffed toy! :)

Quampapetet
July 26th, 2011, 06:40 PM
Hello everyone
I have peeked in on this board in the past but have not posted. I have a son who is disabled (in a wheelchair and deaf) and we travel with his service dog - Honey. She is a little minature poodle and she was on her first cruise in April of this year. We did a 32 day Aisa cruise on the Diamond Princess with a week in Singapore before the cruise. She did great on the flights (Singapore Air and United) and she was perfect on the cruise. Princess was fabulous and the crew nicknamed her the "Princess on the Princess". There was quite a bit of paper work involved and it was expensive with all the fees and vet bills but oh so worth it for my son. (the cost was about $900.00 but it's only money right). We have cruised a lot, 37 cruises on Princess alone but our first with Honey (she had been certified 3 months before we left after almost a year of training - whew). It was a terrific experience and we are booked for the 30 day Venice to Santiago cruise this Dec with a week early in Florence. It looks like Europe will be a breeze compared to Singapore for the paperwork and no rabies test - YEAH. That alone will save us about $200.00 and no import and export fees in Italy.
I will post again and give more details on all the ports in Asia another time.
Don't want to put you to sleep the first time - smile.
Dee, Anthony and Honey

Wow, that's quite the cruise (32 days)!! I would not want to be on a boat for that long! I'm glad you enjoyed it, though.

What was access in Asia like? Any issues?

If you're an IAADP member, you get a discount on the Kansas State titer tests, plus priority on getting them done (or so they say - I didn't experience that on the first one I had done...).

wizard-of-roz
July 26th, 2011, 07:36 PM
Oh my! How scary!!! I'm glad he has recovered a lot! I know I was a little scared when my service dog got facial nerve paralysis earlier in the year (while out of the country, no less), first on one side of the face and then on the other, but the steroids helped her recover (despite the literature saying they don't typically help this problem) and she's 100% now, thankfully! I think I would panic so badly if even one leg was hurt or paralyzed, much less her whole body!! :eek:

The photo you shared is cute - she looks like a stuffed toy! :)

Brenda is so highly allergic to any kind of steroid and they work so well with so many canine problems.

You must have been so worried when she developed the paralysis, was there a clear diagnosis? And, what's the potential of her having it again?

guitarest
July 27th, 2011, 04:25 AM
OMG what a wonderful day today was, so many great things happened to me today that I broke down and cried in my daughters arms while she cried with me. The most important thing that happened is that my battle with the VA is finally over since they granted me 100% service connect veteran. This was a battle that has been going since 2006. Another battle almost done is the apartment building that kicked me out because Blitz (yup Blitz my service animal) was a german shepherd. Their reason is that german shepherds are a dangerous breed and thats the final answer no matter what the law says. Today they offered to settle out of court, I refused and gave a reply as to what it would take or I will let HUD decide the damages. There has been so much pain out of this little adventure physcial and mental. The final thing that happened to me today is that I have a brand new baby in my home and if she looks familiar to Blitz its because it is his mom. The breeder asked me tonight if I wanted to adopt Tess after she is finished with her last litter. My only cost would be fixing her so she can't have puppies. I almost fell out this GSD is a fantastic dog; already a K9 Good Citizen.

I said yes faster than she could finish her sentence, I can't wait till Tess moves to Mississippi. What a fantastic day today was, thank you lord.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/283196_10150241460736022_508476021_7843210_700878_ n.jpg

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/262996_10150241460751022_508476021_7843211_7930052 _n.jpg

Donald74
July 27th, 2011, 04:34 AM
This is most helpful information and tips - thank you, Roz! But what about travelling with non service dog?
http://www.officialsheltiepupguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/lovely-sheltie-pup.jpg
Can I take my shelties or other sheltie puppies with me? I don't want to leave them with my relatives for a month
http://www.officialsheltiepupguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/shelties_and_sheltie_puppies-4-e1309029517843-225x300.jpg

wizard-of-roz
July 27th, 2011, 12:11 PM
OMG what a wonderful day today was, so many great things happened to me today that I broke down and cried in my daughters arms while she cried with me. The most important thing that happened is that my battle with the VA is finally over since they granted me 100% service connect veteran. This was a battle that has been going since 2006. Another battle almost done is the apartment building that kicked me out because Blitz (yup Blitz my service animal) was a german shepherd. Their reason is that german shepherds are a dangerous breed and thats the final answer no matter what the law says. Today they offered to settle out of court, I refused and gave a reply as to what it would take or I will let HUD decide the damages. There has been so much pain out of this little adventure physcial and mental. The final thing that happened to me today is that I have a brand new baby in my home and if she looks familiar to Blitz its because it is his mom. The breeder asked me tonight if I wanted to adopt Tess after she is finished with her last litter. My only cost would be fixing her so she can't have puppies. I almost fell out this GSD is a fantastic dog; already a K9 Good Citizen.

I said yes faster than she could finish her sentence, I can't wait till Tess moves to Mississippi. What a fantastic day today was, thank you lord.

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/283196_10150241460736022_508476021_7843210_700878_ n.jpg

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/262996_10150241460751022_508476021_7843211_7930052 _n.jpg

Guitarist: Congratulations on all your good news! I hope that your life will be easier and happier for you. See what happens when you bring us into it? ;) We're good luck for each other!

Continue to have a good life, filled with family, furbabies and friends. :)

wizard-of-roz
July 27th, 2011, 12:29 PM
This is most helpful information and tips - thank you, Roz! But what about travelling with non service dog?
http://www.officialsheltiepupguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/lovely-sheltie-pup.jpg
Can I take my shelties or other sheltie puppies with me? I don't want to leave them with my relatives for a month
http://www.officialsheltiepupguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/shelties_and_sheltie_puppies-4-e1309029517843-225x300.jpg

Hi Donald: I love Shelties, I had one when I was a little girl ["Shellie".] They're a wonderful breed and so beautiful.

"Pets" do not have the privileges that "Service/Working Dogs" do. They are protected under the Dept. of Justice/American's With Disability Act.

I know how difficult this is to take as some pets are so well behaved and do provide such wonderful "comfort" and pure joy in so many people's lives.

But, unfortunately, most pets have not gone through the rigorous training and behavior modification that the Service/Working dog has, in knowing how to behave in every stressful public situation.

Can you imagine if "pets" were allowed into the theatre and when the lights were turned off, they started to whine, bark, howl or go potty whenever they desired. It would be chaos.

The Service Dog knows that he/she can not make a sound, lick or scratch itself and literally, must be invisible. It takes years to train appropriate public behavior, including teaching the skills that some of our dogs have, such as; opening & closing doors, picking up things off the floor, turning on and off lights, etc., etc.

I know how difficult it is to board your beloved dogs and be separated from them because you want to take a vacation. Sorry!

The QE2 Cruise ship used to allow "pets", at a premium price. They're not allowed in your cabin and must stay in the "kennel" area. But, they used to be allowed onboard the ship. And, more and more hotels are allowing "pets" in them. You must give a "pet deposit" but, it's worth it.

guitarest
July 27th, 2011, 03:33 PM
Can you imagine if "pets" were allowed into the theatre and when the lights were turned off, they started to whine, bark, howl or go potty whenever they desired. It would be chaos.

Are you talking about me again? And Roz how did you know I act this way.....:eek:

guitarest
July 27th, 2011, 03:37 PM
This is most helpful information and tips - thank you, Roz! But what about travelling with non service dog?

Unfortunately Roz is correct, although there are some hotels that are pet friendly just not cruises. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

wizard-of-roz
July 27th, 2011, 03:48 PM
Are you talking about me again? And Roz how did you know I act this way.....:eek:

Puleeeezzzz! We all know what a character you are......and, way beyond being trained! :cool: Just kidding!

guitarest
July 27th, 2011, 04:21 PM
Puleeeezzzz! We all know what a character you are......and, way beyond being trained! :cool: Just kidding!


http://damonday.com/wp-content/uploads/WhoMe.jpg

wizard-of-roz
July 27th, 2011, 04:59 PM
http://damonday.com/wp-content/uploads/WhoMe.jpg




It's so you!

guitarest
July 27th, 2011, 05:14 PM
It's so you!

I know I am a stinker, I have lived through such bad times this past year from my legs giving out, and being removed from my former residence because Blitz is a german shepherd. I am being selfish although its about time I catch a break.

wizard-of-roz
July 27th, 2011, 06:42 PM
I know I am a stinker, I have lived through such bad times this past year from my legs giving out, and being removed from my former residence because Blitz is a german shepherd. I am being selfish although its about time I catch a break.

Seriously, congratulations! I hope everything is easier for you in the future!

guitarest
July 28th, 2011, 04:31 PM
Seriously, congratulations! I hope everything is easier for you in the future!

Owe I knew your former comments were jokes and I also knew your nice words were from the heart. IAW no problem Roz and thank you for the nice words....

Quampapetet
July 30th, 2011, 02:50 AM
Brenda is so highly allergic to any kind of steroid and they work so well with so many canine problems.

You must have been so worried when she developed the paralysis, was there a clear diagnosis? And, what's the potential of her having it again?


That's tough for Brenda, but hopefully she won't have an issue where it might be needed! My dog does just fine on the Prednisone (what the vets gave her for the facial nerve paralysis).

Yup, I was worried, especially since it affected her eyes (she couldn't close her outer eyelids to blink, sleep, etc.) and mouth (the back of it drooped and that caused her to drool long, yucky drools [she doesn't normally drool at all]) and ears (she couldn't move them). The research says steroids don't normally do anything for this condition, but they did for my dog, thankfully! Her drooling ceased within a day or two both times (first time when the right side went, second time when the left side went), which is important for public access, especially when in countries that don't have access laws (and I was spending four weeks in such places at that time). Her other symptoms took a couple months to completely clear up.

If the meds hadn't worked, I was going to try purely-veterinary acupuncture. Thankfully, I didn't have to do that - the meds were a LOT cheaper, LOL! ;)

It was idiopathic, meaning they don't know what caused it.

Rolls Royce Lover
July 30th, 2011, 04:35 PM
That's tough for Brenda, but hopefully she won't have an issue where it might be needed! My dog does just fine on the Prednisone (what the vets gave her for the facial nerve paralysis).

Yup, I was worried, especially since it affected her eyes (she couldn't close her outer eyelids to blink, sleep, etc.) and mouth (the back of it drooped and that caused her to drool long, yucky drools [she doesn't normally drool at all]) and ears (she couldn't move them). The research says steroids don't normally do anything for this condition, but they did for my dog, thankfully! Her drooling ceased within a day or two both times (first time when the right side went, second time when the left side went), which is important for public access, especially when in countries that don't have access laws (and I was spending four weeks in such places at that time). Her other symptoms took a couple months to completely clear up.

If the meds hadn't worked, I was going to try purely-veterinary acupuncture. Thankfully, I didn't have to do that - the meds were a LOT cheaper, LOL! ;)

It was idiopathic, meaning they don't know what caused it.

I'm glad to hear that your dog has had a complete recovery!

Roz

sunshine426
July 31st, 2011, 05:00 PM
Just checking in. I do log in and see what is going on here in cruise land every few days, but my life continues to have it's trials. Rich's Mom is now in hospice care, but, it is still sad and exhausting for both of us. I finally hit bottom, but with the help of family, friends, my fabulous service dogs in training and some medications, I'm feeling more myself.

On the other hand: Cooler is wonderful, but forging a lot lately! She should graduate in the Novermber Camp. One of my former patients and a very special person to me will be at that camp for a sucessor dog...can you imagine if she got Cooler...talk about full circle...she is one of the main reasons I started volunteering at CA.

And of course my sweet "Mackey". He is 15 weeks old now. So incredibly cute. So far nice and confident which is wonderful.

Rich and I plan a cruise once things "settle down" in our life. Maybe even a nice 15 day cruise to Hawaii...

S.S. Cruisers
July 31st, 2011, 07:30 PM
Bless your heart, Karen. You deserve it. You have had a hard road for awhile. The cruise to Hawaii was amazing, hope you guys go. I have seen Mackey and he is adorable. Looks just like my Renie did, and everyone was always saying, "He's soooo cute!" He would just go ballistic. Loved it. Miss my big boy.

sunshine426
July 31st, 2011, 07:54 PM
awwwww Nancy, you are too kind. "Mackey" and "Cooler" keep me grounded. They are both great dogs. Well, Mackey is still a baby, but he is going to be one good looking dog.

wizard-of-roz
August 1st, 2011, 12:17 PM
Just checking in. I do log in and see what is going on here in cruise land every few days, but my life continues to have it's trials. Rich's Mom is now in hospice care, but, it is still sad and exhausting for both of us. I finally hit bottom, but with the help of family, friends, my fabulous service dogs in training and some medications, I'm feeling more myself.

On the other hand: Cooler is wonderful, but forging a lot lately! She should graduate in the Novermber Camp. One of my former patients and a very special person to me will be at that camp for a sucessor dog...can you imagine if she got Cooler...talk about full circle...she is one of the main reasons I started volunteering at CA.

And of course my sweet "Mackey". He is 15 weeks old now. So incredibly cute. So far nice and confident which is wonderful.

Rich and I plan a cruise once things "settle down" in our life. Maybe even a nice 15 day cruise to Hawaii...

Karen, I'm so sorry about Rich's mom. It has been a long battle for her and for you and Rich. You've had to be so strong, please take care of you. Through all that you do for everyone else it's taken its toll on you.

My Brenny was the worst forager and still is. She is so amazing at everything else but this is the one aspect of her working life that needs correction most of the time.

It would be a miracle if your friend got "Cooler", talk about full circle.

I hope that you and Rich get to cruise very soon. You could really use the break.

Again, I think of you often and hope that your feeling stronger every day!

With Love,
Roz & Brenny

wizard-of-roz
August 1st, 2011, 12:19 PM
Bless your heart, Karen. You deserve it. You have had a hard road for awhile. The cruise to Hawaii was amazing, hope you guys go. I have seen Mackey and he is adorable. Looks just like my Renie did, and everyone was always saying, "He's soooo cute!" He would just go ballistic. Loved it. Miss my big boy.

I remember when you'd write about your boy. We all know how you loved him. I still like to hear stories about him.

guitarest
August 1st, 2011, 12:44 PM
OK guys its been almost a week since my battle with VA over (YEA) and my over all outlook on life has changed 100%. Blitz has so many treats and has also noticed my great mood. My daughters bot friend never knew the not so stressed Jocko and cant handle me, lol

So I am proclaiming today as "Everything will go perfect for all my friends here at the Cruise Forum" day. All pups will have a fantastic day and those who have issues with your bodies I will put in a extra prayer for ya so that this will be a great start of the week for all my friends here.

Freddy has also added his special fishy mojo for all here to have a great day at the very least!!!

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/198667_10150245153041022_508476021_7882878_4349117 _n.jpg

wizard-of-roz
August 1st, 2011, 01:06 PM
OK guys its been almost a week since my battle with VA over (YEA) and my over all outlook on life has changed 100%. Blitz has so many treats and has also noticed my great mood. My daughters bot friend never knew the not so stressed Jocko and cant handle me, lol

So I am proclaiming today as "Everything will go perfect for all my friends here at the Cruise Forum" day. All pups will have a fantastic day and those who have issues with your bodies I will put in a extra prayer for ya so that this will be a great start of the week for all my friends here.

Freddy has also added his special fishy mojo for all here to have a great day at the very least!!!

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/198667_10150245153041022_508476021_7882878_4349117 _n.jpg

First, I'm so glad that your life has taken such a great turn......there's nothing better than when the battles that we're fighting take a positive turn....it makes the day to day strife so much easier.

And, I hate to say this...but this fish looks like the lady who works next door! :eek:

guitarest
August 1st, 2011, 06:17 PM
And, I hate to say this...but this fish looks like the lady who works next door! :eek:

Now thats scarey

wizard-of-roz
August 2nd, 2011, 08:23 PM
Now thats scarey

The lady next door is scary....in more ways than one!!!

wizard-of-roz
August 2nd, 2011, 08:27 PM
Sunshine, I hope this day finds you feeling well. You're now in the worst "waiting-game" there is. I'm so sorry.

Brenda and I did a demo. to a Pre-K class today and Brenda was so good. She's just as sharp as she was years ago. I'm so proud of her. Of course, it took a while for her to get up off the linoleum floor but that was all the difficulty she had.......she was brilliant!

I've made the decision to have her work a 4 day week only. On Friday's she'll stay home with PaPa.

Please let us know how things are going for you. I'm wishing you the very best!

Love & Licks,
Roz & Brenny

sunshine426
August 2nd, 2011, 09:38 PM
Thanks for all the well wishes. Sometimes I just think I am a whiny mess, other times, am I "Saint Sunshine". The answe is somewhere in between and I suspect closer to the whiny mess...... I'm trying to find balance and forcing myself to not always be the caretaker of the humans. Yesterday I knew I could not take either dog off property with my time constraints...but had a good day overall. After conferring with one of the trainers (Cracker's) I took two groups of dogs out to an outdoor area of just playtime. I set up a baby pool and did nothing but play with pups and dogs. Mackey and his two room mates wanted to jump on me mostly but all three climbed into the baby pool, chased the ball, and ran up and down agility equipment....Cooler and her three room mates are 4 big dogs. Cooler is the worst for wanting to body slam me on the play ground. Off property she minds her manners, the backyard seems to be fair game....I left that day soaked to the skin and smellling of wet dog.... overall a great day.

guitarest
August 3rd, 2011, 01:49 AM
Brenda and I did a demo. to a Pre-K class today and Brenda was so good. She's just as sharp as she was years ago. I'm so proud of her. Of course, it took a while for her to get up off the linoleum floor but that was all the difficulty she had.......she was brilliant!



Thats so nice of you Roz, I am sure the children enjoyed the show. I am thinking about doing the same with Blitz. He loves children and I am sure he would do well doing something like this. What exactly did you have to do to get clearance or approval to do this?

DisneyKidsDad
August 3rd, 2011, 10:12 AM
Not cruise related but service dog related. A few weeks ago we were returning from our Disney World vacation with our daughters service dog, Orson. We were going through security at Orlando International Airport. They wanted us to take off Orson's collar, leash and CCI vest so he could go through the metal detector. We refused because well trained or not, I wasn't going to have him without a leash or I.D. on. So they said they would hand scan him and pat him down. We had to wait for a MALE screener because Orson is a male dog. I think that is just a little bit silly. :D

S.S. Cruisers
August 3rd, 2011, 11:16 AM
Mornin' all:
DKD: Now that was just that, silly. Poor Orson, did they have to get down on their knees to confirm what gender? I bet he (Orson) was embarassed.

Saw a "Therapy" pup in Walmart yesterday. Big difference than Service Dog. His handler let him go up to everyone. He was a cutie. More of a white Lab. I guess they work, I felt "calm" around him.

Hope everyone has a nice day and isn't too miserable in this heat and humidity.

wizard-of-roz
August 3rd, 2011, 12:11 PM
Thats so nice of you Roz, I am sure the children enjoyed the show. I am thinking about doing the same with Blitz. He loves children and I am sure he would do well doing something like this. What exactly did you have to do to get clearance or approval to do this?

There is a school located on the grounds of where I work. They approached me asking if I would bring Brenda to one of their classes to show the students what she does. These children see me coming and going to my office every day and they've seen Brenda playing in her yard when they're at recess.

Go to a school, approach the Principal [give a demo to him/her] and, let them know that you'd be happy to show their students what a Service Dog does, explaining all the rules; do's & don'ts when they see a Service/Working dog in public. Be prepared for lots of questions and even allow the students to give Blitz some directions.....they love that part.

We've also given demo's at Senior Clubs, hospitals and other Orgs. It's great for CCI and it's good for the general public to get educated about our dogs.

wizard-of-roz
August 3rd, 2011, 12:23 PM
Not cruise related but service dog related. A few weeks ago we were returning from our Disney World vacation with our daughters service dog, Orson. We were going through security at Orlando International Airport. They wanted us to take off Orson's collar, leash and CCI vest so he could go through the metal detector. We refused because well trained or not, I wasn't going to have him without a leash or I.D. on. So they said they would hand scan him and pat him down. We had to wait for a MALE screener because Orson is a male dog. I think that is just a little bit silly. :D

Geeezzzz! We've had the same thing happen to us by TSA at different airports and even checking into some of our cruises. It's NEVER been consistent......sometimes they do, sometimes they don't!

You are so smart about not allowing Orson to be off leash & collar.

To have a "male" check him because he's a "male" is so moronic!!!!!

I had an agent open her mouth, pick-up her tail and check her bottom!!:eek: Poor Brenny!

They did more checking of her than they did of me!!!!!!!

DisneyKidsDad
August 3rd, 2011, 12:42 PM
I had an agent open her mouth, pick-up her tail and check her bottom!!

You should have yelled HURRY!! :eek:

guitarest
August 3rd, 2011, 02:13 PM
Not cruise related but service dog related. A few weeks ago we were returning from our Disney World vacation with our daughters service dog, Orson. We were going through security at Orlando International Airport. They wanted us to take off Orson's collar, leash and CCI vest so he could go through the metal detector. We refused because well trained or not, I wasn't going to have him without a leash or I.D. on. So they said they would hand scan him and pat him down. We had to wait for a MALE screener because Orson is a male dog. I think that is just a little bit silly. :D

No Sh-t, I needed that to get me laughing. At least it was a male security guard since it might embarrass your pup if it knew a female was fondeling his privates..... lol

wizard-of-roz
August 3rd, 2011, 03:22 PM
You should have yelled HURRY!! :eek:


OMG! That is so funny!!!!! :D

cjborne2
August 3rd, 2011, 04:38 PM
My husband has taken Ollie into the kindergarten classroom where my kids go to school too in conjunction with the senses science unit. It's good for the kids to know the dos and don'ts around the dog since he is at the school for meetings and events from time to time. One kid asked if Ollie did any "tricks". We think guiding is a pretty good "trick" but the kid inspired us to teach Ollie "give me paw" for treats. It didn't take him long to catch on and he will now give paw as soon as he sees the treats come out of the cabinet without being asked :D

On a trip recently, TSA asked if we could take the harness off. We said no because that's the right answer and besides there is metal on the leash and collar so it would still go off anyway. Procedures are so inconsistent from airport to airport.

guitarest
August 4th, 2011, 11:49 AM
My husband has taken Ollie into the kindergarten classroom where my kids go to school too in conjunction with the senses science unit. It's good for the kids to know the dos and don'ts around the dog since he is at the school for meetings and events from time to time. One kid asked if Ollie did any "tricks". We think guiding is a pretty good "trick" but the kid inspired us to teach Ollie "give me paw" for treats. It didn't take him long to catch on and he will now give paw as soon as he sees the treats come out of the cabinet without being asked :D



Too cool, I am thinking Blitz would have a blast also and he is well versed in those cool tricks like "give me paw", "High Five", "Be nice", "Play dead", and the all important "Speak"....

wizard-of-roz
August 4th, 2011, 04:30 PM
Too cool, I am thinking Blitz would have a blast also and he is well versed in those cool tricks like "give me paw", "High Five", "Be nice", "Play dead", and the all important "Speak"....

Besides the "work" that Brenda does [I always show the kids what she does], it's really nice to have some fun stuff to show them too! I always explain that it's really not important that she does this but it's fun to watch a dog do it! And, it's another example of just how smart dogs are when they are treated with kindness, consistency and rewards - they can do almost anything!

wizard-of-roz
August 4th, 2011, 04:35 PM
OMG! That is so funny!!!!! :D

I should explain.....the command for a CCI dog to go potty is the word "hurry." They used to use the word "toilet" but folks didn't like using the word so it was changed.

dobiemom
August 4th, 2011, 11:40 PM
OMG! That is so funny!!!!! :D
I should explain.....the command for a CCI dog to go potty is the word "hurry." They used to use the word "toilet" but folks didn't like using the word so it was changed.
That IS funny! ROFL :D

guitarest
August 5th, 2011, 03:01 AM
OK I have a funny story although might be border line Opps....

So the local K9 Police know me pretty well for all the cool reasons, especially the one where we have the same breed dog. I have two neighbors who are K9 Cops and we share stories of our babies and Jimbo told me one that totally cracked me up. The Gulfport Police K9's purchased a Czech German Shepherd and his name was Jack. The command for a K9 to release a subject is "Off". These dogs are trained to respond to only their given name and its almsot totally impossible to undo the given name of a K9.

So just think if Jack has a subject and he is given the command to release, "Jack" and " well I think you got it. I laughed so hard I could not speak for a 1/2 hour.......

DisneyKidsDad
August 5th, 2011, 07:26 AM
OK I have a funny story although might be border line Opps....

So the local K9 Police know me pretty well for all the cool reasons, especially the one where we have the same breed dog. I have two neighbors who are K9 Cops and we share stories of our babies and Jimbo told me one that totally cracked me up. The Gulfport Police K9's purchased a Czech German Shepherd and his name was Jack. The command for a K9 to release a subject is "Off". These dogs are trained to respond to only their given name and its almsot totally impossible to undo the given name of a K9.

So just think if Jack has a subject and he is given the command to release, "Jack" and " well I think you got it. I laughed so hard I could not speak for a 1/2 hour.......

Thanks for making me spit coffee on my screen this morning. :D
Now that's funny!!

cjborne2
August 5th, 2011, 07:28 AM
The Seeing Eye uses "park" as it's potty term.

I saw someone walking a shepherd puppy alongside an adult dog yesterday. It was so cute - full of pep! I wish I knew what Ollie looked like as a puppy. He is such a handsome dog now. He must have been an adorable pup!

wizard-of-roz
August 5th, 2011, 11:53 AM
OK I have a funny story although might be border line Opps....

So the local K9 Police know me pretty well for all the cool reasons, especially the one where we have the same breed dog. I have two neighbors who are K9 Cops and we share stories of our babies and Jimbo told me one that totally cracked me up. The Gulfport Police K9's purchased a Czech German Shepherd and his name was Jack. The command for a K9 to release a subject is "Off". These dogs are trained to respond to only their given name and its almsot totally impossible to undo the given name of a K9.

So just think if Jack has a subject and he is given the command to release, "Jack" and " well I think you got it. I laughed so hard I could not speak for a 1/2 hour.......

How funny is that!!!! :D

wizard-of-roz
August 5th, 2011, 11:57 AM
The Seeing Eye uses "park" as it's potty term.

I saw someone walking a shepherd puppy alongside an adult dog yesterday. It was so cute - full of pep! I wish I knew what Ollie looked like as a puppy. He is such a handsome dog now. He must have been an adorable pup!

Awwwwwww!

I have 4 pictures of Brenda when she was a Pup. Her Puppyraisers just didn't take the time to make a good album of her when she lived with them. :mad: Although, I am grateful to them for taking such good care of her, I just wish I had to see of her when she was a baby!

On another note.......I know you've had your avatar up for quite a while....I just now noticed that Ollie was in the picture. Dark colored dogs are so hard to capture in a picture!!!! :o

S.S. Cruisers
August 5th, 2011, 01:24 PM
Mornin' all:
Roz: So glad to finally see a picture of you and Morey! You guys look great. And that Ms. Brenny sitting there like a love bug. I want to scrunch her!

wizard-of-roz
August 5th, 2011, 01:29 PM
Mornin' all:
Roz: So glad to finally see a picture of you and Morey! You guys look great. And that Ms. Brenny sitting there like a love bug. I want to scrunch her!


Thank you Nancy. I "scrunch" her all the time.......she's so "scrunchable!" :p

guitarest
August 5th, 2011, 03:28 PM
I love puppies and so far Blitz has been a adoptive father figure for 2 GSD puppies. Both have turned out to be very attractive teens. I have many pictures of Blitz and both of the pups and would share them if yall want.

S.S. Cruisers
August 5th, 2011, 11:56 PM
Jocko: Of course we want pictures! I have to go thru mine. Leann Emily had such a striking pose this morning, wish I had a camera. She is one adorable kitty cat.

guitarest
August 6th, 2011, 12:39 AM
Jocko: Of course we want pictures! I have to go thru mine. Leann Emily had such a striking pose this morning, wish I had a camera. She is one adorable kitty cat.

OK I just don't want to hog the forum and upset people. I am slowly getting out again since I now have new ortho shoes that more evenly distribute my fat butt when I am standing and walking. Unsure if anyone has ever had internal bone spurs but that hurt like heck. Although I am so excited once the VA makes its payment to me I am Calif bound and going to huge my Grand daughter until she asks me to stop. I never knew a small girl would have so much impact on my life and my desire to continue to live. I purchased over 200.00 in school clothes and mailed them yesterday to her. Got everything lined up to leave on Saturday the 13th all I need is for the VA to follow through with their promise. Thats the only thing that could hold me back.

Now back to our original topic. Here is Blitz and his little sister who is one litter behind Bitz. I fostered her till she was 14 weeks and taught her all her basic commands and it is my understanding that my son did not continue the training so I have to go through that again. I hope that Mel remembers me so that I will still have impact on her when I arrive.

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This is Dia and Blitz doing what they enjoy the most, I swear Blitz has gills....

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This is King as a pup, this little puppy turned out to be the best dog I ever had in my life so far. King in his adult form helped me (my legs actually worked quite well in 2005) and Law Enforcement catch and detain looters after Hurricane Katrina. Now who would be scared of this little puppy.

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And of course who would have thought the little cutie on the right side would turn out to be "Blitz the Wonder Dog"

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S.S. Cruisers
August 6th, 2011, 10:37 AM
Mornin' all:
I found some old pictures, lets see if I can attach them.202526This should be Jezzy Lou

202527This should be Leann Emily

S.S. Cruisers
August 6th, 2011, 10:41 AM
And now some of my favorite guy, Reno. He passed away several years ago. The love of our life. 202528

202529OPPS, Leann Emily, again!

202530
I think these were all Reno, couldn't see the thumbnails so good.

guitarest
August 6th, 2011, 12:50 PM
I love them all....

guitarest
August 6th, 2011, 01:11 PM
OK now I am pissed, the article say it all although its basically a person not only selling vests for individuals who as the ad puts it "You must act dumb or blind" so they can take their dog anywhere.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/127057713.html

There is a special place in he11 for this seller.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Medium-Service-Dog-Vest-12x9-/290594106724?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D4%26po%3D LVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D1861892584372806349

Rolls Royce Lover
August 6th, 2011, 03:33 PM
I love all the pictures, thanks for sharing them. :)

The morons who sell illegal vests are so wrong!!!! And, the folks who purchase the vests and try to bring their innocent pets into the public venue make it very difficult for those who depend on their dogs for life saving and important tasks that complete their lives.

loveboat1977
August 8th, 2011, 01:11 AM
Dee: Welcome, you are not boring us. If anything, I want to hear more. Is Honey a Hearing Dog for your son? I love the fact that a Minature Poodle is a Service Dog. So easy to move from place-to-place.

Are you a member of IAADP? It seems that some of the fees that you paid are exorbinate. Honey's a Service Dog, not a pet. Why did you have to pay import and export fees?

If you've been reading this thread then you know I ask a lot of questions but it's the only way we all learn and you are our new HERO when it comes to Traveling With a Service Dog! 30 days on a cruiseship.. My dream!!!!! I have a full time job which I love and would never permit me to travel 4 weeks at a time.

Thanks for coming onboard with us! ;)
Hi
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get back to this thread. I have heard of IAADP but haven't taken the time to look into it. Maybe I will now. As far as all the fees we paid for Honey to enter Singapore... I have to first say the we were lucky because we were dealing with the director of animal import and when we first started the paper work for Honey to enter Singapore they had no protacol for service dogs entering the country. We were told all dogs were quarantined but this wonderful person got new protocal passed for Honey and all service dogs entering Singapore and Honey was allowed to stay with us at our hotel (The Fairmont), thank the lord because Honey has never been kenneled. But that all said - Honey did have to have the Rabies test, the parasite test and the international Health Certificate which cost us with vets fees a total of $169.00, just for the health cert. Singapore charged us import and export fees and over $200.00 for an inspector to meet us at the Singapore airport, who spent about 15 minutes with us and really did no inspection and did not even look at the paper work but charged us for 2 hours (travel time - smile). We had already decided we would not take Honey off in any ports which we did not in Thailand and Vietnam (My 91 yr old Dad was with us and stayed on board with Honey) But what happened next is really funny. I get a call 2 days before reaching our first port in China (remember a communist country) and we were told by guest services that we would have to meet with chinese immigration which I promply responded "oh that will not be nesscessary because we will not be taking her off the ship" and I was told "no matter you will still need to meet with immigration" Needless to say I was very nervous, but 2 days later at 7am we arrived to meet immigration no knowing what to expect. Now comes the funny part. We were ushered into about 7 uniformed officals with all of Honey's pages and pages of paperwork. which I promptly handed over. The female officer glanced (and I mean glanced) at the paperwork and handed it back. Then they all took out phones and cameras and after asking permission began taking pictures of Honey and when Anthony offered for them to take picture WITH Honey they were all so thrilled. Then we were told Honey was welcome anywhere in China. So Honey visited all 5 of the China ports we visited and was such a hit. You would have thought she was a celebrity everywhere we went in China - so funny and so cute. Then we get the same call regarding Korea - to meet with immigration and again a glance at the paperwork handed back to us and told she can go anywhere in Korea, which she did. Let me reiterate no money was paid for China or Korea - not on dime. Now our stop in Russia we were told she was not allowed off the ship, which we did not care about. So go figure the countries we thought woulod be the biggest proiblem and we chose to skip ended up being the easiest and no cost.
Honey had a great time on the cruise and it being a 32 day cruise was not a problem at all. I don;t know if I mentioned in my first post that Honey is pee pee pad trained so even that was not an issue.
If anyone has any question please feel free to ask me and I will try to answer the best I can. I will let you all know how she does in
Europe and So. America this Dec when we will be doing a 30 day
Venice to Santiago, Chile on the Star princess with one week in Florence prior to the cruise. Italy seems to have no problen at all with service and non service dogs entering the country or at the hotels/
Whew - hope I didn't bore you, maybe our experience will encourage someone to take their service dog to Asia or Europe.
Dee :)

Rolls Royce Lover
August 8th, 2011, 02:36 AM
Hi
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get back to this thread. I have heard of IAADP but haven't taken the time to look into it. Maybe I will now. As far as all the fees we paid for Honey to enter Singapore... I have to first say the we were lucky because we were dealing with the director of animal import and when we first started the paper work for Honey to enter Singapore they had no protacol for service dogs entering the country. We were told all dogs were quarantined but this wonderful person got new protocal passed for Honey and all service dogs entering Singapore and Honey was allowed to stay with us at our hotel (The Fairmont), thank the lord because Honey has never been kenneled. But that all said - Honey did have to have the Rabies test, the parasite test and the international Health Certificate which cost us with vets fees a total of $169.00, just for the health cert. Singapore charged us import and export fees and over $200.00 for an inspector to meet us at the Singapore airport, who spent about 15 minutes with us and really did no inspection and did not even look at the paper work but charged us for 2 hours (travel time - smile). We had already decided we would not take Honey off in any ports which we did not in Thailand and Vietnam (My 91 yr old Dad was with us and stayed on board with Honey) But what happened next is really funny. I get a call 2 days before reaching our first port in China (remember a communist country) and we were told by guest services that we would have to meet with chinese immigration which I promply responded "oh that will not be nesscessary because we will not be taking her off the ship" and I was told "no matter you will still need to meet with immigration" Needless to say I was very nervous, but 2 days later at 7am we arrived to meet immigration no knowing what to expect. Now comes the funny part. We were ushered into about 7 uniformed officals with all of Honey's pages and pages of paperwork. which I promptly handed over. The female officer glanced (and I mean glanced) at the paperwork and handed it back. Then they all took out phones and cameras and after asking permission began taking pictures of Honey and when Anthony offered for them to take picture WITH Honey they were all so thrilled. Then we were told Honey was welcome anywhere in China. So Honey visited all 5 of the China ports we visited and was such a hit. You would have thought she was a celebrity everywhere we went in China - so funny and so cute. Then we get the same call regarding Korea - to meet with immigration and again a glance at the paperwork handed back to us and told she can go anywhere in Korea, which she did. Let me reiterate no money was paid for China or Korea - not on dime. Now our stop in Russia we were told she was not allowed off the ship, which we did not care about. So go figure the countries we thought woulod be the biggest proiblem and we chose to skip ended up being the easiest and no cost.
Honey had a great time on the cruise and it being a 32 day cruise was not a problem at all. I don;t know if I mentioned in my first post that Honey is pee pee pad trained so even that was not an issue.
If anyone has any question please feel free to ask me and I will try to answer the best I can. I will let you all know how she does in
Europe and So. America this Dec when we will be doing a 30 day
Venice to Santiago, Chile on the Star princess with one week in Florence prior to the cruise. Italy seems to have no problen at all with service and non service dogs entering the country or at the hotels/
Whew - hope I didn't bore you, maybe our experience will encourage someone to take their service dog to Asia or Europe.
Dee :)

Dee, thanks for sharing all the info. on your latest cruise. Very interesting how some countries have such heavy regulations and fees and the one's that you would expect to be the strictest, are actually the easiest. Really strange!!!!!

We had no problems with taking Brenda into Brazil, onboard the Costa Magica.

Please let us know how you do in South America and Europe.

Honey is truly a world traveler.

We just found out that there will be a "guide dog" onboard the Sapphire with us in September. In all of Brenda's cruising there have only been 3 [out of 15, for Brenda] cruises that we've seen another Service Dog. It's always fun to see another dog onboard.

guitarest
August 8th, 2011, 10:34 AM
Hi
I'm sorry it has taken me so long to get back to this thread
Europe and So. America this Dec when we will be doing a 30 day
Venice to Santiago, Chile on the Star princess with one week in Florence prior to the cruise. Italy seems to have no problen at all with service and non service dogs entering the country or at the hotels/
Whew - hope I didn't bore you, maybe our experience will encourage someone to take their service dog to Asia or Europe.
Dee :)



Wow talk about a experience and a heck of a story, I have some experience in that area of the world since I was stationed there, or a temp assignment so I know more than most. Your lucky since some regions of those countries still eat small dogs (or did so in the early 90's) and a black small dog is the favor since they are supposed to have better tasting meat. Cant confirm that but I thought it was a wild time and I was very careful about what I ate over there. I had a few friends while over there who were nationalities of the host countries so they warned me. While in S Korea I walked into what I thought was a different fish store, loads of tanks and many tables; found out later it was a restaurant (poor fish).

wizard-of-roz
August 8th, 2011, 04:20 PM
Wow talk about a experience and a heck of a story, I have some experience in that area of the world since I was stationed there, or a temp assignment so I know more than most. Your lucky since some regions of those countries still eat small dogs (or did so in the early 90's) and a black small dog is the favor since they are supposed to have better tasting meat. Cant confirm that but I thought it was a wild time and I was very careful about what I ate over there. I had a few friends while over there who were nationalities of the host countries so they warned me. While in S Korea I walked into what I thought was a different fish store, loads of tanks and many tables; found out later it was a restaurant (poor fish).

Yikes!!!! That certainly explains the either very warm or very unfriendly greetings Brenda gets from Korean people. I know to keep her very close by me when I see the "fear of God" look [as I call it] on some folks faces when we're traveling.

I totally understand the look. Most people are NOT expecting to see a dog walking into a formal dining room.....I get it! It's just the untoward comments and stares that can sometimes bring the strongest person to walk away in [what should never be] embarrassment or shame!!!!

The black dogs have the hardest times. Talk about prejudice - it certainly is in the dog world - And, as you well know, it holds true for various breeds, as well! :(

rangeley
August 8th, 2011, 07:32 PM
Hi All, I just tried to find my last post, and it's been a long time!:eek: Geez where have I been? To much to catch up on.

Sunshine, I'm so sorry about your MIL. You know we wish you the best and are praying for you and your family.

Guitarist, So glad to hear everything finally worked out for you!! That pic of King sleeping with his toy is just precious!!!!

John is doing well, he starts real rehab tomorrow. Working out to try to get his strength back. Doctors are pleased with his fusion/fake disc everything is in place and fusing well. He has the collar off now. And the thrush is gone, but he is still having trouble eating, he's better but still eating softer foods. They did another swallow test and they can still see where food is getting stuck. I guess they really did a job on his throat getting the breathing tube down. He has been getting in my car so we have been going to the pool. And we are going to the graduation at CCI on Friday. Our puppy raisers dog was just matched up and one of the dogs from our puppy class is graduating too. So we will go down to support them. Finally got to see my mom, and my son came up for the weekend for his bday(Aug 24th, but could only fit us in this weekend). He got a free dinner at a local restaurant and he got to see Wex. Hopefully things will calm down soon.

Cindy

wizard-of-roz
August 8th, 2011, 08:17 PM
Hi All, I just tried to find my last post, and it's been a long time!:eek: Geez where have I been? To much to catch up on.

Sunshine, I'm so sorry about your MIL. You know we wish you the best and are praying for you and your family.

Guitarist, So glad to hear everything finally worked out for you!! That pic of King sleeping with his toy is just precious!!!!

John is doing well, he starts real rehab tomorrow. Working out to try to get his strength back. Doctors are pleased with his fusion/fake disc everything is in place and fusing well. He has the collar off now. And the thrush is gone, but he is still having trouble eating, he's better but still eating softer foods. They did another swallow test and they can still see where food is getting stuck. I guess they really did a job on his throat getting the breathing tube down. He has been getting in my car so we have been going to the pool. And we are going to the graduation at CCI on Friday. Our puppy raisers dog was just matched up and one of the dogs from our puppy class is graduating too. So we will go down to support them. Finally got to see my mom, and my son came up for the weekend for his bday(Aug 24th, but could only fit us in this weekend). He got a free dinner at a local restaurant and he got to see Wex. Hopefully things will calm down soon.

Cindy

There she is......I was going to call in the troops! But, I know Guitarist would try to take over so I didn't.

Seriously, it's so good to hear from you.

I'm glad to hear that our John is healing. I just wish he were able to enjoy his food more. I hope they can clear-up the throat thing and he'll be his old self, enjoying his food.

You and Wex have had to be so strong, I hope that you're taking good care of you.

Enjoy your time with the CCI gang and hopefully John will find this a time to enjoy himself too!

wizard-of-roz
August 8th, 2011, 08:19 PM
Sunshine: I hope you're okay. I'm thinking about you and wishing you and your pups well.

Maybe your off on a cruise.....wouldn't that be nice! ;)

sunshine426
August 8th, 2011, 08:45 PM
Hello everyone! Thank you so much for the kind words and prayers. Having both make the tough times a little easier. My MIL is hanging in there, but so frail, and really declining day by day. She loves it when I visit with the dogs, so I'll take Cooler to see her on Wednesday. Last time I took Cooler she just hopped up on the bed and tried to snuggle up with "gram"! Tomorow I am going to have a long dog day. Mackey in the morning for his first hospital visit. I know he is going to charm everyone. I wanted to take him last week, but life got in the way. Then Cooler is coming home for a few days. Her trainer had surgery so she wants her dogs out of the kennels for awhile until she comes back.

My Mom joined my daughters for a day of wedding dress shopping. What a great time we had and found the perfect dress....so that was fun.

I'll let everyone know how mackey does.

wizard-of-roz
August 9th, 2011, 12:04 PM
Hello everyone! Thank you so much for the kind words and prayers. Having both make the tough times a little easier. My MIL is hanging in there, but so frail, and really declining day by day. She loves it when I visit with the dogs, so I'll take Cooler to see her on Wednesday. Last time I took Cooler she just hopped up on the bed and tried to snuggle up with "gram"! Tomorow I am going to have a long dog day. Mackey in the morning for his first hospital visit. I know he is going to charm everyone. I wanted to take him last week, but life got in the way. Then Cooler is coming home for a few days. Her trainer had surgery so she wants her dogs out of the kennels for awhile until she comes back.

My Mom joined my daughters for a day of wedding dress shopping. What a great time we had and found the perfect dress....so that was fun.

I'll let everyone know how mackey does.

It's so good to hear from you. Having fun with dogs is the best therapy for everyone!

I'm glad to hear about the wedding dress find and fun.

Keep us apprised on your MIL, we're with you.And, most importantly,please take good care of you.

guitarest
August 9th, 2011, 06:39 PM
Boo Hiss Boo on the wedding dress....... Never again; Never again.... lol

OK small brags about Blitz. As far as everything goes I am real new at the service dog thing and today Blitz surprised me and stressed me out at the same time.

I'll explain we were in Rouses (grocery store) and everyone there loves him, so much that Blitz loves the place and identifies with many people. He loves the Deli and got smoked turkey slices today, did I say those people love him? So I was leaving the Deli with my meats when this little kid of maybe 5 years old was running around and circling around us like a shark ready to attack. The mother was on the other side of the store and had no clue where this child (read as brat) was at. While I am going to the check out the kid stops right in front of us and yelling at Blitz with his arms out saying "What r u going to bite me" "Your a stupid dog" and I just continued to ask him to stop even tried to get the childs mother involved (which she didn't). Finally one of the ladies who shops there and has a mutual friend of mine got in between me/Blitz and this child. I made it to the check out and the same lady who I thanked 1000 times easily, complained about the kid to the store manager. They went to the mother and her reply was somewhat surprising, she dared a dog to bite her child and she would sue the F&&& out of them. this is what is wrong with the world today, and the final insult is they were parked in a hadicap spot yet no tag, or anything displayed. Of all times not to have my phone to take pictures of the illegal park job.

Now for the brags, Blitz took the childs abuse for at least 5 minutes maybe more. I continued to ask him to stop and Blitz sat down and just stared at him with the normal shepherd look with his head at a 45 degree tilt. I was calm through this time period until the child got about 6 inches from Blitz and his arms were extended and Blitz stood up and the ears rotated and while he did not take a defensive posture I was the one who was scared. My fear was from working with King, my boy King while would not have attacked he would have barked and scared the child. I think Blitz handled the situation better than I did.

So question, what would the pros here have done? How would your dogs reacted?

I am so proud of my Blitz and he gets extra treats tonight, since he was a fantastic boy today.....

The classic Blitz head tilt....

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/223136_10150251597266022_508476021_7951668_6365444 _n.jpg

wizard-of-roz
August 9th, 2011, 07:17 PM
Boo Hiss Boo on the wedding dress....... Never again; Never again.... lol

OK small brags about Blitz. As far as everything goes I am real new at the service dog thing and today Blitz surprised me and stressed me out at the same time.

I'll explain we were in Rouses (grocery store) and everyone there loves him, so much that Blitz loves the place and identifies with many people. He loves the Deli and got smoked turkey slices today, did I say those people love him? So I was leaving the Deli with my meats when this little kid of maybe 5 years old was running around and circling around us like a shark ready to attack. The mother was on the other side of the store and had no clue where this child (read as brat) was at. While I am going to the check out the kid stops right in front of us and yelling at Blitz with his arms out saying "What r u going to bite me" "Your a stupid dog" and I just continued to ask him to stop even tried to get the childs mother involved (which she didn't). Finally one of the ladies who shops there and has a mutual friend of mine got in between me/Blitz and this child. I made it to the check out and the same lady who I thanked 1000 times easily, complained about the kid to the store manager. They went to the mother and her reply was somewhat surprising, she dared a dog to bite her child and she would sue the F&&& out of them. this is what is wrong with the world today, and the final insult is they were parked in a hadicap spot yet no tag, or anything displayed. Of all times not to have my phone to take pictures of the illegal park job.

Now for the brags, Blitz took the childs abuse for at least 5 minutes maybe more. I continued to ask him to stop and Blitz sat down and just stared at him with the normal shepherd look with his head at a 45 degree tilt. I was calm through this time period until the child got about 6 inches from Blitz and his arms were extended and Blitz stood up and the ears rotated and while he did not take a defensive posture I was the one who was scared. My fear was from working with King, my boy King while would not have attacked he would have barked and scared the child. I think Blitz handled the situation better than I did.

So question, what would the pros here have done? How would your dogs reacted?

I am so proud of my Blitz and he gets extra treats tonight, since he was a fantastic boy today.....

The classic Blitz head tilt....

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/223136_10150251597266022_508476021_7951668_6365444 _n.jpg


Awwww! I think I told you guys, Brenda has NEVER tilted her head, ever! I love it when dogs do this. The dog I interviewed with, "Hyde", not only titlted his head but he crosses his paws, when he's laying down. So cute!!!!!

Now, to the incident in the market. I have this happen all the time, where kids and even adults will follow me around and try to sneak pats or will tease Brenda. For the most part, you did good. Blitz was getting a bit "edgy" and should have been corrected. Service/Working dogs are NEVER allowed to react to any bad behavior on the public's part. It's your job to remove your dog [we can try and explain it to the public and pleade with them to stop teasing] but, it doesn't matter. The dog must always remain calm, objective and NEVER bark or growl. Taking your dog out of the bad situation is the best scenerio.

When CCI is putting us through "testing", they take us to a mall [where there are lots of people and especially children.] They ask a parent if their child can try and distract our dogs. The child may yell, taunt, and even approach our dog. They throw food and drop stuff in front of our dogs. Our dog must ALWAYS remain calm and in a "down/stay" position at all times. If our dog moves, or makes a sound we MUST correct the dog immediately.

Remember, consistency is the key to good behavior, always. I hope this helps.

wizard-of-roz
August 9th, 2011, 07:23 PM
Let me add......a "correction" would be a "tug" on the leash and the word "NO!" Or, I put up my finger, in front of her face and, in a sharp tone, I say the word "DON'T!" Works like a charm! And, I don't use this tone or the words a lot, so when I do, they really mean something!!!!

guitarest
August 9th, 2011, 07:33 PM
When he rose up from the seating position I did correct, but that woman stepped in so quickly it was great.

Thanks Roz.

Latitude 20
August 9th, 2011, 09:10 PM
Thought you all would be interested in seeing what some CCI graduates are doing these days: http://www.courthousedogs.com/index.html

We have Courthouse dogs in our county and there was a short piece about them on the NBC evening news tonight.

guitarest
August 9th, 2011, 09:24 PM
Thought you all would be interested in seeing what some CCI graduates are doing these days: http://www.courthousedogs.com/index.html

We have Courthouse dogs in our county and there was a short piece about them on the NBC evening news tonight.

Wow that was a great read, thanks for posting... One would wonder as smart as dogs are how much stress do they experience from these tasks?

Latitude 20
August 10th, 2011, 12:50 AM
Wow that was a great read, thanks for posting... One would wonder as smart as dogs are how much stress do they experience from these tasks?

That's why they recommend using highly-trained service dogs (as opposed to "therapy dogs" or "emotional support" dogs) as courthouse dogs. CCI trains them to stay calm even with crying, yelling and other commotion that can be found in a courtroom. And fortunately, our pups live "in the moment" so they don't take their work home with them! Wish I could pull off that trick!

DisneyKidsDad
August 10th, 2011, 07:31 AM
Hi All, I just tried to find my last post, and it's been a long time!:eek: Geez where have I been? To much to catch up on.

Sunshine, I'm so sorry about your MIL. You know we wish you the best and are praying for you and your family.

Guitarist, So glad to hear everything finally worked out for you!! That pic of King sleeping with his toy is just precious!!!!

John is doing well, he starts real rehab tomorrow. Working out to try to get his strength back. Doctors are pleased with his fusion/fake disc everything is in place and fusing well. He has the collar off now. And the thrush is gone, but he is still having trouble eating, he's better but still eating softer foods. They did another swallow test and they can still see where food is getting stuck. I guess they really did a job on his throat getting the breathing tube down. He has been getting in my car so we have been going to the pool. And we are going to the graduation at CCI on Friday. Our puppy raisers dog was just matched up and one of the dogs from our puppy class is graduating too. So we will go down to support them. Finally got to see my mom, and my son came up for the weekend for his bday(Aug 24th, but could only fit us in this weekend). He got a free dinner at a local restaurant and he got to see Wex. Hopefully things will calm down soon.

Cindy

Keep an eye out for my family on Friday Cindy. They are coming up with May to see Percy graduate. Then it looks like we are all coming up to CT for the castle to castle fundraiser for CCI on the 20th. Sounds like we wil have a booth at the start of it. Are you guys coming?

wizard-of-roz
August 10th, 2011, 11:51 AM
Thought you all would be interested in seeing what some CCI graduates are doing these days: http://www.courthousedogs.com/index.html

We have Courthouse dogs in our county and there was a short piece about them on the NBC evening news tonight.

Both of those dogs are exactly what I'm looking for in my "Successor Dog!" We'll see!

Thanks for sharing the great pictures & story.

wizard-of-roz
August 10th, 2011, 12:01 PM
Help! You CCI folks may know the answer. You all know I'm on the waiting list for a "Successor Dog" [I have been since October, 2010.] The next Team Training is on September 19th [right before my next cruise on the 24th.] And, then the one after that won't be until January 16th.

What do you think my chances are for getting into the September 19th class? I have NOT heard from CCI [I know they give you a 6-8 week notification of TT.] And, I will cancel the cruise to get into the September class. At first, I didn't want to cancel my cruise but now, I think it's really important to go as soon as I can for Brenda's [and my] sake.

I need your input on this one........All I do is obsess over the mailman to see if he's got a letter for me from CCI. How did I wait those 2 years for Brenda?

Cindy, this is starting to sound like you before you got into TT for Wex.

What do you think? Is it hopeless for the September class, at this late date?

wizard-of-roz
August 10th, 2011, 12:50 PM
FYI: ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR - Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor.....

DisneyKidsDad
August 10th, 2011, 12:53 PM
Help! You CCI folks may know the answer. You all know I'm on the waiting list for a "Successor Dog" [I have been since October, 2010.] The next Team Training is on September 19th [right before my next cruise on the 24th.] And, then the one after that won't be until January 16th.

What do you think my chances are for getting into the September 19th class? I have NOT heard from CCI [I know they give you a 6-8 week notification of TT.] And, I will cancel the cruise to get into the September class. At first, I didn't want to cancel my cruise but now, I think it's really important to go as soon as I can for Brenda's [and my] sake.

I need your input on this one........All I do is obsess over the mailman to see if he's got a letter for me from CCI. How did I wait those 2 years for Brenda?

Cindy, this is starting to sound like you before you got into TT for Wex.

What do you think? Is it hopeless for the September class, at this late date?



Why don't you call them and explain your situation to them. Maybe they can give you some information on what your chances might be.
But if your right about the 6-8 week notification, then it doesn't look good for Sept. It's worth a phone call just to keep yourself a little bit more sane. :eek: Just my humble opinion. :rolleyes:

wizard-of-roz
August 10th, 2011, 01:18 PM
Sorry.....I kept getting interrupted....Here's the message:

INTERNATIONAL
ASSISTANCE
DOG WEEK
AUGUST 7-13, 2011

In so many important ways, assistance dogs help our colleagues who have debilitating physical and mental disabilities.

SO IN A SENSE, ASSISTANCE DOGS ARE OUR CO-WORKERS, TOO!

We're proud to recognize the hardworking assistance dogs here at the U.S. Department of Labor and in workplaces across our country.

And we take this opoportunity to salute the puppy raisers and trainers of assistance dogs - their work makes a real and significant impact on our work.

From: The U.S. Department of Labor-Hilda L. Solis,
Secretary of Labor

guitarest
August 10th, 2011, 01:21 PM
FYI: ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR - Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor.....


What was that?


On your CCI question Roz you appear to be a very smart individual and with your experience with your former why not train your own replacement helper? With the other pup still on site it should be very easy and quite simple with all your experience.

wizard-of-roz
August 10th, 2011, 01:34 PM
Why don't you call them and explain your situation to them. Maybe they can give you some information on what your chances might be.
But if your right about the 6-8 week notification, then it doesn't look good for Sept. It's worth a phone call just to keep yourself a little bit more sane. :eek: Just my humble opinion. :rolleyes:

I want to call the graduate department and just ask the simple question, "am I in the next class?" but, I don't want to sound like a pest and, be too pushy!!!!! Then they'll get a pre-conceived opinion of me.....:o

I know there's a process and I know if they thought they had the right dog for me, they'd invite me. I also know that there are some folks who's needs may be greater than mine and I must trust CCI's decisions. All of this is so reasonable in theory, just very difficult to accept when your in the depths of it. I kind of think the way you are about the timing on the letter......Maybe I need to concern myself about the upcoming cruise more than I do about Team Training [for now!] Not a bad thing to be concerned about.

Thanks so much for your humble opinion. It means a lot to me!

wizard-of-roz
August 10th, 2011, 01:58 PM
What was that?


On your CCI question Roz you appear to be a very smart individual and with your experience with your former why not train your own replacement helper? With the other pup still on site it should be very easy and quite simple with all your experience.

I so believe in CCI and their programs. I know I could probably do the training but the support and back-up from CCI; with their workshops and the ability to have a trainer on the phone with any questions; getting a dog who has been so highly trained and is ready for me to "fine-tune" it is such a joy.

The whole experience of: Team Training - the Graduation, etc., etc. is so wonderful, I want to be part of it again. Once you've been through it, you can't wait to be thoroughly exhausted by it, again! :p

DisneyKidsDad
August 10th, 2011, 02:40 PM
I want to call the graduate department and just ask the simple question, "am I in the next class?" but, I don't want to sound like a pest and, be too pushy!!!!! Then they'll get a pre-conceived opinion of me.....:o

I know there's a process and I know if they thought they had the right dog for me, they'd invite me. I also know that there are some folks who's needs may be greater than mine and I must trust CCI's decisions. All of this is so reasonable in theory, just very difficult to accept when your in the depths of it. I kind of think the way you are about the timing on the letter......Maybe I need to concern myself about the upcoming cruise more than I do about Team Training [for now!] Not a bad thing to be concerned about.

Thanks so much for your humble opinion. It means a lot to me!

First I will assume that you haven't called them since your interview. So you making one phone call with a valid reason doesn't brand you as a "pest". Since you are willing to cancel your cruise for the class makes you a very dedicated person to CCI. It's not like your calling them every week. It also shows that you are concerned about Brenda's well being and that is why you need a sucessor dog soon. Who knows, it may just put you in the class.

wizard-of-roz
August 10th, 2011, 03:39 PM
First I will assume that you haven't called them since your interview. So you making one phone call with a valid reason doesn't brand you as a "pest". Since you are willing to cancel your cruise for the class makes you a very dedicated person to CCI. It's not like your calling them every week. It also shows that you are concerned about Brenda's well being and that is why you need a sucessor dog soon. Who knows, it may just put you in the class.

You're right and you're right.

I put a call into CCI and left a message to please have them call me back. I'll keep you informed as to how it goes. I must tell you that I completely teared-up and could hardly get the words out.........this whole thing makes me so emotional.

Thanks for your wonderful encouragement and support! I thought getting Brenda was an emotional "experience". Getting a "Successor Dog" is over-the-top rated 150% on the gotta cry; gotta get a stomach ache; gotta wait by the mail; gotta wait for the phone; watching your hard-working, amazingly brilliant dog slow-down and age is so painful.

rangeley
August 10th, 2011, 06:17 PM
Help! You CCI folks may know the answer. You all know I'm on the waiting list for a "Successor Dog" [I have been since October, 2010.] The next Team Training is on September 19th [right before my next cruise on the 24th.] And, then the one after that won't be until January 16th.

What do you think my chances are for getting into the September 19th class? I have NOT heard from CCI [I know they give you a 6-8 week notification of TT.] And, I will cancel the cruise to get into the September class. At first, I didn't want to cancel my cruise but now, I think it's really important to go as soon as I can for Brenda's [and my] sake.

I need your input on this one........All I do is obsess over the mailman to see if he's got a letter for me from CCI. How did I wait those 2 years for Brenda?

Cindy, this is starting to sound like you before you got into TT for Wex.

What do you think? Is it hopeless for the September class, at this late date?



Roz, We only got 6 days notice. The man who was suppose to get Wex broke his leg and couldn't make it. There's always hope. Please let us know what happens. And don't make me cry too!!!

And you didn't notice anything different about my posts/page?

rangeley
August 10th, 2011, 06:21 PM
Keep an eye out for my family on Friday Cindy. They are coming up with May to see Percy graduate. Then it looks like we are all coming up to CT for the castle to castle fundraiser for CCI on the 20th. Sounds like we wil have a booth at the start of it. Are you guys coming?

I guess you won't be there? I'm sure May will not let us go unnoticed. I'm not sure about the castle thing, they actually talked about it at puppy class but John wasn't there and I actually forgot about it. At the time John was still in rehab and I wasn't thinking that far ahead.

Cindy

wizard-of-roz
August 10th, 2011, 07:20 PM
Roz, We only got 6 days notice. The man who was suppose to get Wex broke his leg and couldn't make it. There's always hope. Please let us know what happens. And don't make me cry too!!!

And you didn't notice anything different about my posts/page?

That's right! I forgot all about your less than one week warning! Cindy, I'm being such a baby about this. DisneyKidsDad gave me the courage to call CCI..I did..and, cried my way through the phone message.....geeezzzzz! I'm so emtional when it comes to this part of my life. I haven't heard back from them. I'm afraid I'd sound like a total idiot if they called me back today. I need to re-group myself!

Thanks for the "pep-talk!"

And, let's see, what's different? I see that your on the Solstice in 2012.......Is that new? I don't remember wishing you a huge congratulations on that. When do you go and where? Is that what's different? Help me here......I'm brainless today! :rolleyes:

rangeley
August 10th, 2011, 11:14 PM
That's right! I forgot all about your less than one week warning! Cindy, I'm being such a baby about this. DisneyKidsDad gave me the courage to call CCI..I did..and, cried my way through the phone message.....geeezzzzz! I'm so emtional when it comes to this part of my life. I haven't heard back from them. I'm afraid I'd sound like a total idiot if they called me back today. I need to re-group myself!

Thanks for the "pep-talk!"

And, let's see, what's different? I see that your on the Solstice in 2012.......Is that new? I don't remember wishing you a huge congratulations on that. When do you go and where? Is that what's different? Help me here......I'm brainless today! :rolleyes:


You're not being a baby. It is very emotional, John was crying as soon as the graduation begun, and I soon after. You are awesome and I know you will get the best dog!!! Hang in there, thats what you would tell me.

And yes the Solstice is new!!!! WoooooHooooo we just booked it!!!! I am very excited to go on this ship. We needed a change from HAL. We go in January and we are going western caribbean this time.

Tomorrow we leave for NY for the graduation, and will be back Friday. Talk to you then, maybe you will have an answer from CCI.

Cindy

Rolls Royce Lover
August 11th, 2011, 02:54 AM
Thought you all would be interested in seeing what some CCI graduates are doing these days: http://www.courthousedogs.com/index.html

We have Courthouse dogs in our county and there was a short piece about them on the NBC evening news tonight.

What a great story......I'm so proud of the work that CCI is doing.

Thanks for sharing the video.

Rolls Royce Lover
August 11th, 2011, 02:57 AM
That's why they recommend using highly-trained service dogs (as opposed to "therapy dogs" or "emotional support" dogs) as courthouse dogs. CCI trains them to stay calm even with crying, yelling and other commotion that can be found in a courtroom. And fortunately, our pups live "in the moment" so they don't take their work home with them! Wish I could pull off that trick!

Me too!!!!!!!!

Rolls Royce Lover
August 11th, 2011, 03:07 AM
You're not being a baby. It is very emotional, John was crying as soon as the graduation begun, and I soon after. You are awesome and I know you will get the best dog!!! Hang in there, thats what you would tell me.

And yes the Solstice is new!!!! WoooooHooooo we just booked it!!!! I am very excited to go on this ship. We needed a change from HAL. We go in January and we are going western caribbean this time.

Tomorrow we leave for NY for the graduation, and will be back Friday. Talk to you then, maybe you will have an answer from CCI.

Cindy

Cindy, John & Wexy, Congratulations on your upcoming Soltice cruise. I love Celebrity and so will you. You guys really deserve and have earned this cruise.......I'm so happy for you. What a great thing to look forward to. I hear the Solstice is amazingly, gorgeous!!!!!!!

Cindy, thank you so much for your kind words, they mean the absolute world to me and help to ground me..........I love you.....have a great time at the Graduation.....it's so much fun to watch folks get their new hero's.

DisneyKidsDad
August 11th, 2011, 07:25 AM
I guess you won't be there? I'm sure May will not let us go unnoticed. I'm not sure about the castle thing, they actually talked about it at puppy class but John wasn't there and I actually forgot about it. At the time John was still in rehab and I wasn't thinking that far ahead.

Cindy

No Cindy, I have to work. I only get to go to the graduations on Saturdays. And starting in 2012 there won't be any. Hopefully we will see you guys in CT next Saturday. Congrats on the cruise. We are looking into doing the Disney cruise to Alaska in 2013.

wizard-of-roz
August 11th, 2011, 12:10 PM
No Cindy, I have to work. I only get to go to the graduations on Saturdays. And starting in 2012 there won't be any. Hopefully we will see you guys in CT next Saturday. Congrats on the cruise. We are looking into doing the Disney cruise to Alaska in 2013.

What's up with the Friday Graduations? That's really going to cut-down on the folks who can attend [maybe that's the thought!]

wizard-of-roz
August 11th, 2011, 12:12 PM
You're not being a baby. It is very emotional, John was crying as soon as the graduation begun, and I soon after. You are awesome and I know you will get the best dog!!! Hang in there, thats what you would tell me.

And yes the Solstice is new!!!! WoooooHooooo we just booked it!!!! I am very excited to go on this ship. We needed a change from HAL. We go in January and we are going western caribbean this time.

Tomorrow we leave for NY for the graduation, and will be back Friday. Talk to you then, maybe you will have an answer from CCI.

Cindy

I'm at work now and I can say it again......Congratulations, on your upcoming Soltice cruise. Sounds wonderful! I've heard great things about the ship.

I love having a cruise to look forward to.

DisneyKidsDad
August 11th, 2011, 12:41 PM
What's up with the Friday Graduations? That's really going to cut-down on the folks who can attend [maybe that's the thought!]

I'm thinking either the staff got tired of having to work on Saturday or the hotels where they hold the graduations are cheaper on Friday.

wizard-of-roz
August 11th, 2011, 12:46 PM
I'm thinking either the staff got tired of having to work on Saturday or the hotels where they hold the graduations are cheaper on Friday.

Boy, you folks on the east coast sure get treated nicely. Graduations on the other coast are held on the grounds of CCI/Church's/Old Missions or various, donated recreation halls.

Of course, most folks don't see a thing, we're all too busy weeping! :o

DisneyKidsDad
August 11th, 2011, 01:43 PM
Boy, you folks on the east coast sure get treated nicely. Graduations on the other coast are held on the grounds of CCI/Church's/Old Missions or various, donated recreation halls.

Of course, most folks don't see a thing, we're all too busy weeping! :o

That's nuttin. Alot of the Southeast's (Orlando) graduations are held at Sea World. And I think if you go to the graduation, it includes admission into the park for the day.

wizard-of-roz
August 11th, 2011, 01:56 PM
That's nuttin. Alot of the Southeast's (Orlando) graduations are held at Sea World. And I think if you go to the graduation, it includes admission into the park for the day.

Okay! I've heard enough! What's up with the special treatment, what are we, on this side, chop liver?

guitarest
August 11th, 2011, 05:31 PM
Okay! I've heard enough! What's up with the special treatment, what are we, on this side, chop liver?

Wooo Wooo Woooo there lil lady thats my line about chopped liver. Your not allowed to use that one..... lol

wizard-of-roz
August 11th, 2011, 05:49 PM
wooo wooo woooo there lil lady thats my line about chopped liver. Your not allowed to use that one..... Lol

Fine!

guitarest
August 12th, 2011, 01:17 AM
OK what a week so far from the brat 2 days ago to the Red Neck today.

So today I was at Rouses today and I believe I am being tested by someone. So this is how my day went, I turned down the second isle and this older man was walking my way and he said something that I did not catch. I said excuse me to him and he said it again, "That dog does not belong in here" after he said that he then threatened to shoot Blitz and me. I then said excuse me can you please repeat that again which he does and walks very quickly away mumbling again how he was going to shoot Blitz. I mean *** did I do, I tried to explain that Blitz was a service animal although he did want to hear it nor did he care. So then the funny thing happened, his wife (I'm assuming that what she was) started yelling at her husband to come back and rescue her from the mean German Shepherd, the man never returned and the woman got really upset. She started crying right in front of me and then I asked if she wanted by, I stepped back and Blitz during this entire time was sitting. The woman quickly rushes by me and once she gets past me she starts yelling curse words at me and Blitz again and running towards her old man. They both quickly left the store and the second time in two days the staff at the store came over and appologized to me for the rude people.

There was a store clerk real close to us when this happened and she was the first to say they can't choose who is allowed in the store. I mean serious for over a year nothing but great expirences, fantastic people and then these two situations almost back to back. There was another shopper next to me when this happened and she even felt bad for me and Blitz then we ended up talking for 20 minutes about grand babies and my fish tanks.

Ok so what would have you experts done in that situation. I know if I wasn't in such bad shape today since I spent most the day being examined at the VA and was in extreme pain I would have hauled off and knocked them both upside the head. Yes I'm venting, I just can't believe my luck two days in a row. I can't wait to see what the weekend brings.....

guitarest
August 12th, 2011, 01:56 AM
Fine!

You know I was picking right?

DisneyKidsDad
August 12th, 2011, 08:02 AM
Okay! I've heard enough! What's up with the special treatment, what are we, on this side, chop liver?

Trust me Roz, these meeting rooms in these hotels are nothing to write home about. Now Sea World down in Orlando is another story. They are a big supporter of the Orlando campus. They even have a picture if a CCI dog in their special needs pamphlet by the potty spot.

DisneyKidsDad
August 12th, 2011, 10:45 AM
OK what a week so far from the brat 2 days ago to the Red Neck today.

So today I was at Rouses today and I believe I am being tested by someone. So this is how my day went, I turned down the second isle and this older man was walking my way and he said something that I did not catch. I said excuse me to him and he said it again, "That dog does not belong in here" after he said that he then threatened to shoot Blitz and me. I then said excuse me can you please repeat that again which he does and walks very quickly away mumbling again how he was going to shoot Blitz. I mean *** did I do, I tried to explain that Blitz was a service animal although he did want to hear it nor did he care. So then the funny thing happened, his wife (I'm assuming that what she was) started yelling at her husband to come back and rescue her from the mean German Shepherd, the man never returned and the woman got really upset. She started crying right in front of me and then I asked if she wanted by, I stepped back and Blitz during this entire time was sitting. The woman quickly rushes by me and once she gets past me she starts yelling curse words at me and Blitz again and running towards her old man. They both quickly left the store and the second time in two days the staff at the store came over and appologized to me for the rude people.

There was a store clerk real close to us when this happened and she was the first to say they can't choose who is allowed in the store. I mean serious for over a year nothing but great expirences, fantastic people and then these two situations almost back to back. There was another shopper next to me when this happened and she even felt bad for me and Blitz then we ended up talking for 20 minutes about grand babies and my fish tanks.

Ok so what would have you experts done in that situation. I know if I wasn't in such bad shape today since I spent most the day being examined at the VA and was in extreme pain I would have hauled off and knocked them both upside the head. Yes I'm venting, I just can't believe my luck two days in a row. I can't wait to see what the weekend brings.....

There wasn't much you could have done. You have to remember one very important fact of life. YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!! :eek:

wizard-of-roz
August 12th, 2011, 12:04 PM
You know I was picking right?

OMG! You are sensitive this week! Of course I know you're picking.....you big bully!!!!! ;)

Funny how our emotions are so connected to our dogs!

wizard-of-roz
August 12th, 2011, 12:06 PM
Trust me Roz, these meeting rooms in these hotels are nothing to write home about. Now Sea World down in Orlando is another story. They are a big supporter of the Orlando campus. They even have a picture if a CCI dog in their special needs pamphlet by the potty spot.

I was just kidding....I love CCI Graduation ceremonies, no matter where they are. But, Sea World is definitely over the top!!!!

wizard-of-roz
August 12th, 2011, 12:43 PM
Jocko: I've had some really horrible experiences some of which I've shared on this thread, many pages ago.

I'm sorry that happened to you, it feels so awful and you want to become so defensive of your dog.......I promise you.....the moron's who are exhibiting the behavior could care less about the ADA or the DOJ or anything else pertaining to the dog. They're either scared or allergic or just plain stupid [as DKD pointed out!]

I've had to call the police; I've had a manager fired from his job; I've had two security guards at Ceaser's Palace, in Las Vegas, follow and escort me around the casino; I've had the entire sales staff at JC Penney's go through "sensitivity training"; and many more stories - all on behalf of "Brenda" entering their establishments.

It's not easy walking or wheeling around with a dog, in more ways than one!!!! But, I, personally, will not stop doing it. I've lived MY LIFE without a Working Dog and then, with one.......I will not live it without one again!

I start the sentence and Brenda adds the exclamation mark!!!!!!

cjborne2
August 12th, 2011, 04:09 PM
DKD- We did the Disney Alaskan cruise this past June and LOVED IT! There are things I'd do differently when it goes to excursions but over all had a great time. Alaska is beautiful and it was nice to go on a summer vacation where we didn't have to worry about it being too hot for Ollie.

We are kicking around the idea of going to WDW for spring break.

wizard-of-roz
August 12th, 2011, 04:36 PM
UPDATE: I got a call this morning from Megan, at CCI, Santa Rosa. She informed me that I am #1 on the Waiting List. I was not contacted for Sept. Team Training because in my file it stated that I was going on a family cruise Sept. 24th and would not be available. It's true, I did say this at my interview. I'm sorry I did. I wouldn't be going through such ankst!

I told her to pull the note, that I was insured for this cruise [imagine what the insurance company is going to do when I tell them I can't cruise because I'm getting a Service Dog!] This should be interesting.

She said the class is full, participants have been matched with dogs, but there is a 50/50 chance that a dog will be ready by August 26th. She said they've been observing a dog who shows great intelligence and ability to go through Team Training and graduate. She said this is not a guarantee that the dog will continue to show such promise because they don't like to rush the dogs but it's looking good.

She will call me on the 26th, one way or another to let me know that the dog is or is not ready. If it's not ready then, I will definitely be called for the January class. She wouldn't tell me anything about the dog! I'm glad.

Thanks guys for, once again, being my sounding board. I'll let you know what happens on the 26th.

dobiemom
August 12th, 2011, 05:11 PM
UPDATE: I got a call this morning from Megan, at CCI, Santa Rosa. She informed me that I am #1 on the Waiting List. I was not contacted for Sept. Team Training because in my file it stated that I was going on a family cruise Sept. 24th and would not be available. It's true, I did say this at my interview. I'm sorry I did. I wouldn't be going through such ankst!

I told her to pull the note, that I was insured for this cruise [imagine what the insurance company is going to do when I tell them I can't cruise because I'm getting a Service Dog!] This should be interesting.

She said the class is full, participants have been matched with dogs, but there is a 50/50 chance that a dog will be ready by August 26th. She said they've been observing a dog who shows great intelligence and ability to go through Team Training and graduate. She said this is not a guarantee that the dog will continue to show such promise because they don't like to rush the dogs but it's looking good.

She will call me on the 26th, one way or another to let me know that the dog is or is not ready. If it's not ready then, I will definitely be called for the January class. She wouldn't tell me anything about the dog! I'm glad.

Thanks guys for, once again, being my sounding board. I'll let you know what happens on the 26th.
Roz, that's awesome! :D I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

wizard-of-roz
August 12th, 2011, 05:29 PM
Roz, that's awesome! :D I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

Marcia, here I go with tears in my eyes. I guess just knowing that I'm #1 on the waitlist really helps!!!!! And, I feel so lucky that if I have to wait until January, Brenny and I can cruise together, one last time in September.......all's good!!!!!

And, I got a postcard from Princess with their 3 day sale, starting on August 17th "California Coastal" - Insides starting at $599 for March 24, 2012, onboard the Sapphire. I'm going to jump on that one and take "Successor" with me.

I'll call it the "do-over" cruise!!!!!

S.S. Cruisers
August 12th, 2011, 06:05 PM
Roz: Goosebumps and tears here, too! All 8 paws (Jezzy Lou and Leann Emily) and all our toes and fingers crossed. It will be what it will be. :D I have all kinds of pictures of furbabies going thru my mind. Yellow, black, lab or setter? Boy, girl, tall, short, stocky, slinky! Yikes, I'm nutting up.

wizard-of-roz
August 12th, 2011, 06:16 PM
Roz: Goosebumps and tears here, too! All 8 paws (Jezzy Lou and Leann Emily) and all our toes and fingers crossed. It will be what it will be. :D I have all kinds of pictures of furbabies going thru my mind. Yellow, black, lab or setter? Boy, girl, tall, short, stocky, slinky! Yikes, I'm nutting up.

Nancy, you are so cute and funny.....suddenly, I'm so excited, although CCI said it's only 50/50 for September. It just feels so good to know how close I am.

My friends at work are sending me pictures of every color/every look/every type of Service Dog there is.......it's hysterical!

I keep telling Brenda she's going to have a little brother or sister.....get ready!

S.S. Cruisers
August 12th, 2011, 06:24 PM
Roz: And I can see the dignified Ms. B holding up her "paw" and saying, "Pleeeeze, spare me the details. I don't need some little whipper snapper watching "every" move I make. And don't even think about getting in that recliner next to "my" Papa and watching TV." Pffft. :)

wizard-of-roz
August 12th, 2011, 06:29 PM
Roz: And I can see the dignified Ms. B holding up her "paw" and saying, "Pleeeeze, spare me the details. I don't need some little whipper snapper watching "every" move I make. And don't even think about getting in that recliner next to "my" Papa and watching TV." Pffft. :)

I love this......my friends and I, at work, are laughing hysterical!

Rolls Royce Lover
August 13th, 2011, 12:44 AM
Roz: And I can see the dignified Ms. B holding up her "paw" and saying, "Pleeeeze, spare me the details. I don't need some little whipper snapper watching "every" move I make. And don't even think about getting in that recliner next to "my" Papa and watching TV." Pffft. :)

I read this to PaPa, he actually "snorted" with laughter, while Brenda Elizabeth snored away!!!!!! :D