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When we were kids (long ago) we had Springer Spaniels. When we went on vacation we always saw squirrels and cows. We would spell them and then try and distract the dog from looking out the window. Worked about 50% of the time! So, I have to try these hearts! I love learning little tricks of the trade. ♥ Pawsome, thank you Auntie Roz.

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Originally posted by S.S. Cruisers
[color=SeaGreen]When we were kids (long ago) we had Springer Spaniels. When we went on vacation we always saw squirrels and cows. We would spell them and then try and distract the dog from looking out the window. Worked about 50% of the time! So, I have to try these hearts! I love learning little tricks of the trade. ♥ Pawsome, thank you Auntie Roz.

WHAT?????? I'm so glad you like the little hearts. ♥ Now, what does the Springer Spaniel; squirrels and cows have to do with anything? I'm slow but Lordy, you're scaring me!

Never mind, it's so good to hear from you. You were also worrying me a bit.
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December 2, 2017 - Hawaii - Carnival Miracle
April 27, 2018 - Alaska - Emerald Princess
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My dearest Roz ♥,
Fairbourne and Beckie were talking about having to spell words around the puppers. But, alas, the puppers are far smarter than that and they can also spell, thus making you spell words is useless! BOL. That's all. I am very busy, shouldn't even be on here, should be doing all my other "stuff". But sometimes we just need to take a break and talk to my "buddies". I lurk every day and read everything. I am here! Love you to the moon and back! ♥
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Originally posted by S.S. Cruisers
My dearest Roz ♥,
Fairbourne and Beckie were talking about having to spell words around the puppers. But, alas, the puppers are far smarter than that and they can also spell, thus making you spell words is useless! BOL. That's all. I am very busy, shouldn't even be on here, should be doing all my other "stuff". But sometimes we just need to take a break and talk to my "buddies". I lurk every day and read everything. I am here! Love you to the moon and back! ♥
Oh! I get it! ♣ And, I just adore your hearts ♥ my dear! ♦

Are you holding Cindy hostage? Cindy, go to the light, go to the light! ♠♠
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December 2, 2017 - Hawaii - Carnival Miracle
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The USDA advised me a titer test is needed for Grand Turk.
After the Vet sends the blood work to Kansas it takes 3 weeks for the results. After the Vet completes their appropriate paperwork, the USDA can provide an international health certificate and titer certificate. The cost is $121 for the certification. This does not include any fees the Vet may charge.
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Originally posted by TeeChi
The USDA advised me a titer test is needed for Grand Turk.
After the Vet sends the blood work to Kansas it takes 3 weeks for the results. After the Vet completes their appropriate paperwork, the USDA can provide an international health certificate and titer certificate. The cost is $121 for the certification. This does not include any fees the Vet may charge.
Wow! Seems very involved. How badly do you need to go to Grand Turk? Is this the only port that is requiring this paperwork? And, will Grand Turk allow so much time before they see the paperwork and the titer is done?

Sometimes it's best if someone can stay onboard with the dog while you all take turns visiting the port. Some ports have very restrictive rules for bringing a dog onto their island. They have no idea how closely monitored [health wise] a Service Dog is in the states and with the immunizations; heartguard/flea & tick abatement that we use to protect them against most of what they're so concerned about. The titer testing is either for parasites and/or rabies of which we would have had our dogs at the vet if we saw any signs or symptoms. Our dogs are so protected; we don't expose them to strays and we maintain their good health as well as we do our children.

I know that rules are made for the general public.....and, for the moron's who try to bring their "pets" into the public venue. Maybe this will discourage them from trying to pass-off their pets as working dogs. I wish!!!
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December 2, 2017 - Hawaii - Carnival Miracle
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Roz - you drunken fairy you!!! LOL!!! Fallen off your cotton reel! Bet it's not the first time hee hee hee!!!!

Well we took Aruba to get weighed at the vets - 20.7 kilos now - that's 45 and a half pounds in old money!!! No wonder I can hardly lift her now. Ah if only those kilos had gone from me to her, that would be wonderful!!! She's been into a few shops this week and done really well - takes three times as long of course, as everyone wants to say "hello". I am hopeful that she will get a working/training vest to wear soon, but most people do ask first. We met a lovely older lady who had sponsored guide dogs for years, so she was really happy to meet Aruba and Aruba was so nice to her.


Still no news of Tess, the missing guide dog. There is now a website, see below - have a hanky ready .... And do read the section "difference" - you will definitely need your hanky then .... I just need to work out how to post a photo with our lit candle. I hope and pray they find her soon. I was glad to see (well not really glad if you know what I mean) a poster of Tess in the vet yesterday, so that's good that people are keeping it in the news.

I've tried to copy one of the photos of a guide dog Willy with a message to find Tess.

http://www.findtess.org/Findtess/Home.html
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Originally posted by S.S. Cruisers
My dearest Roz ♥,
Fairbourne and Beckie were talking about having to spell words around the puppers. But, alas, the puppers are far smarter than that and they can also spell, thus making you spell words is useless! BOL. That's all. I am very busy, shouldn't even be on here, should be doing all my other "stuff". But sometimes we just need to take a break and talk to my "buddies". I lurk every day and read everything. I am here! Love you to the moon and back! ♥
Hey NancyFancyPants - don't you be so busy you don't take time for yourself! Of course, I KNEW exactly what you were talking about! Some other folk are just a bit thik sometimes! . I suppose we can't all be smarty pants like our puppies!!!

Hi Aunty Nancy, here is a photo of me with my mum - she's wearing her pink shoes - we were at the railway station and they had pretty flowers in barrels. Love and puppy kisses from Aruba xxx.
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Originally posted by wizard-of-roz
Oh! I get it! ♣ And, I just adore your hearts ♥ my dear! ♦

Are you holding Cindy hostage? Cindy, go to the light, go to the light! ♠♠

Where is Cindy? Hope all is well. And Trudle?? Colleen?? Who else hasn't been around for a while? How are all the pups doing?

Just noticed you've gone for the whole suit Roz .....
I don't have them at all - this mini iPad no good for stuff like that!

Have a great weekend everyone.
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Originally posted by fairbourne
Roz - you drunken fairy you!!! LOL!!! Fallen off your cotton reel! Bet it's not the first time hee hee hee!!!!

Well we took Aruba to get weighed at the vets - 20.7 kilos now - that's 45 and a half pounds in old money!!! No wonder I can hardly lift her now. Ah if only those kilos had gone from me to her, that would be wonderful!!! She's been into a few shops this week and done really well - takes three times as long of course, as everyone wants to say "hello". I am hopeful that she will get a working/training vest to wear soon, but most people do ask first. We met a lovely older lady who had sponsored guide dogs for years, so she was really happy to meet Aruba and Aruba was so nice to her.


Still no news of Tess, the missing guide dog. There is now a website, see below - have a hanky ready .... And do read the section "difference" - you will definitely need your hanky then .... I just need to work out how to post a photo with our lit candle. I hope and pray they find her soon. I was glad to see (well not really glad if you know what I mean) a poster of Tess in the vet yesterday, so that's good that people are keeping it in the news.

I've tried to copy one of the photos of a guide dog Willy with a message to find Tess.

http://www.findtess.org/Findtess/Home.html
Don't you just love Tinkerbell? My Morey used to call me that when I'd trip over something [that wasn't there], this picture of her was just so perfect!

Aruba is getting so big and she's not done!!!!!

I'm going to "step-up" my prayers for Tess. I just hope that she's okay!

I know it's hard to believe that someone would knowingly dognap a Service Dog but I fear that's what happened! It just breaks my heart! ♥
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December 2, 2017 - Hawaii - Carnival Miracle
April 27, 2018 - Alaska - Emerald Princess
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Originally posted by fairbourne
Hey NancyFancyPants - don't you be so busy you don't take time for yourself! Of course, I KNEW exactly what you were talking about! Some other folk are just a bit thik sometimes! . I suppose we can't all be smarty pants like our puppies!!!

Hi Aunty Nancy, here is a photo of me with my mum - she's wearing her pink shoes - we were at the railway station and they had pretty flowers in barrels. Love and puppy kisses from Aruba xxx.
You're wearing Dorothy's shoes......so pretty. You two make a very handsome team, I must say! ♥
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Originally posted by fairbourne
Where is Cindy? Hope all is well. And Trudle?? Colleen?? Who else hasn't been around for a while? How are all the pups doing?

Just noticed you've gone for the whole suit Roz .....
I don't have them at all - this mini iPad no good for stuff like that!

Have a great weekend everyone.
I hope everyone comes home soon! Too bad you can't get the deck, they're really fun to play with! ♦

You have a wonderful weekend too!
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FYI: Corey Hudson who is the CEO of Canine Companions for Independence is on a campaign to rid our world of imposters. The folks who buy vests online and put them on their pets and then go into the public.

He wants EVERYONE to go to the following website: www.cci.org/stopfraud.

Please go to the website EVERYONE, show your support. It would mean the world to Horton, Wexler, Orson, Ocho, Davis, Aruba, Oz, Brenda, Misty, Valentine, Ollie, Raylene, Dodger, Denver, Wherin, Chewy, Bailey, Missie and all other trained Service Dogs who I have not mentioned
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Originally posted by fairbourne
Roz - you drunken fairy you!!! LOL!!! Fallen off your cotton reel! Bet it's not the first time hee hee hee!!!!

Well we took Aruba to get weighed at the vets - 20.7 kilos now - that's 45 and a half pounds in old money!!! No wonder I can hardly lift her now. Ah if only those kilos had gone from me to her, that would be wonderful!!! She's been into a few shops this week and done really well - takes three times as long of course, as everyone wants to say "hello". I am hopeful that she will get a working/training vest to wear soon, but most people do ask first. We met a lovely older lady who had sponsored guide dogs for years, so she was really happy to meet Aruba and Aruba was so nice to her.


Still no news of Tess, the missing guide dog. There is now a website, see below - have a hanky ready .... And do read the section "difference" - you will definitely need your hanky then .... I just need to work out how to post a photo with our lit candle. I hope and pray they find her soon. I was glad to see (well not really glad if you know what I mean) a poster of Tess in the vet yesterday, so that's good that people are keeping it in the news.

I've tried to copy one of the photos of a guide dog Willy with a message to find Tess.

http://www.findtess.org/Findtess/Home.html
Okay, so I finally mustered-up the courage to go to Tess's website and see what I could do.......then I read that Tess was "OFF LEASH" when she went missing.......NO!!!!!!

My heart goes out to all involved, especially Tess. She's the innocent who was put in such a precarious position as to be "off leash!" Although our dogs are brilliant and so well trained.....They're dogs!!!!! It's our job to protect them.

While onboard my last cruise a gentleman came over to me to brag how he walks his two dogs "off leash" because they're so well behaved and have NEVER left his side. I let him have it! He avoided me the rest of the cruise and I don't care!

Please, if you love your dogs, NEVER let them be off leash when you're out and about - NEVER!
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Originally posted by wizard-of-roz
FYI: Corey Hudson who is the CEO of Canine Companions for Independence is on a campaign to rid our world of imposters. The folks who buy vests online and put them on their pets and then go into the public.

He wants EVERYONE to go to the following website: www.cci.org/stopfraud.

Please go to the website EVERYONE, show your support. It would mean the world to Horton, Wexler, Orson, Ocho, Davis, Aruba, Oz, Brenda, Misty, Valentine, Ollie, Raylene, Dodger, Denver, Wherin, Chewy, Bailey, Missie and all other trained Service Dogs who I have not mentioned
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hey Roz - long time lurker here - tell Horton i signed the petition for him...

Keith
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Originally posted by alexspepa
hey Roz - long time lurker here - tell Horton i signed the petition for him...

Keith
Keith, I'm so darn glad to meet you and I'm especially proud of you.

Thank you so much for doing the "right thing!"

Have a great weekend!
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Horton says; "Thank you to Keith for making a difference for him and his working dog friends!"
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Originally posted by wizard-of-roz
Okay, so I finally mustered-up the courage to go to Tess's website and see what I could do.......then I read that Tess was "OFF LEASH" when she went missing.......NO!!!!!!

My heart goes out to all involved, especially Tess. She's the innocent who was put in such a precarious position as to be "off leash!" Although our dogs are brilliant and so well trained.....They're dogs!!!!! It's our job to protect them.

While onboard my last cruise a gentleman came over to me to brag how he walks his two dogs "off leash" because they're so well behaved and have NEVER left his side. I let him have it! He avoided me the rest of the cruise and I don't care!

Please, if you love your dogs, NEVER let them be off leash when you're out and about - NEVER!
I know Roz - the Guide Dogs are trained to "free run" and to come back to their Guide Dog Owner either by call, or by whistle. (We never let our two off the leash unless we are in a dog park where we know the park is totally fenced in and they can not run off anywhere - usually in the countryside, never in a town. And you only need to hide behind a tree to see their reaction of "oh my dog, where's my mum?". They have their extending leads which seems to satisfy all curiosity of sniffing into verges and catching up on the doggy village news!) But I do see lots of people walking their dogs off lead, in town, around here - i remember when Poppy was a pup she got out onto our road - a very very quiet village road and I went after her chasing her, of course, she ran further away thinking it was a great game! I eventually caught her when she ran into a neighbours garden and she had no way out! My heart was in my mouth the whole time - the farmers round here seem to think its a Grand Prix track sometimes!

I have been out with my puppy walking supervisor to let Aruba off her lead to do her first free run in a park in our nearest town - now I would never have done this on my own, and still wouldn't, but he did and she stayed really close by most of the time, except for exploring into some bushes. She came back when called and to the whistle. But I don't think I would ever do this on my own, or even with my DH there as she's older now and so much more confident. As you say, quite rightly, dogs are dogs at the end of the day, and it wouldn't really take much to distract them, or heaven forbid someone take them - as you know from bitter experience. It's hard because all dogs need a good run, and I'm sure Fraser must know this area so well as I'm sure Tess does, so this is what makes it all the more puzzling. He must be feeling awful - they've got a big search planned for tomorrow so hopefully this will turn up something or best of all, Tess!

Thankfully we have a big garden, so Aruba gets lots of "free run" chasing Poppy around here in safety. Well, if you don't count the cows looking over the wall!!! she's fascinated by them.
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Originally posted by wizard-of-roz
Horton says; "Thank you to Keith for making a difference for him and his working dog friends!"
He is most welcome - I check in here a lot because I want to eventually do the pre-training for service dogs. You and Farebourne are a wealth of info.

I can't do it now because our chocolate lab Lucy would be heart broken if she saw me taking another dog into a store or office where she could not go.

Keep up the good fight!
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Originally posted by alexspepa
He is most welcome - I check in here a lot because I want to eventually do the pre-training for service dogs. You and Farebourne are a wealth of info.

I can't do it now because our chocolate lab Lucy would be heart broken if she saw me taking another dog into a store or office where she could not go.

Keep up the good fight!

Hi alexspapa

I know how you feel - I thought I would feel guilty when I take Aruba out without the other two, but to be honest I think they are so happy to get a break from her puppy shenanigans! When we are in a supermarket with Aruba, I do laugh to myself when I try and imagine these two in there - the shelves would be stripped bare in seconds!!LOL! I just make sure and I did promise "them" I would - I know, I know daft - that their routine wouldn't change when Aruba arrived, and it hasn't - we now just include Aruba in their routine and at other times she goes off on her own, which they are used to now. Think it makes it much easier that there are two of them "left home".

Anyway nice to have you here and looking forward to your puppy walking times ahead.