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Miki_moto

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  1. As mentioned, Sitka now has a dock but the ship I’m sailing on - Cunard Queen Elizabeth - is tendering there. You can check the dock schedules to be sure.
  2. Yikes! Thank heaven for second opinions! Nico is my second service dog to take advantage of the ACVO exams. When we had our yearly public access test in April, the trainer casually mentioned that his eyes looked a ‘little cloudy’ but it may only be the light. I was very relieved that he got a clean bill of health from the ACVO vet. We sail in exactly four weeks - not that I’m counting!!! I’ve been advised that the ship has doggie life jackets in all sizes and Nico’s pirate collar is ready. Now if I can figure out how to alter his bow tie, we’ll be good to go!
  3. Thanks for your reply. I guess I’m ahead of the curve since I have an actual letter that says “Your Service Animal has been approved to sail and we look forward to welcoming you aboard.” There was also what I would call a letter of indemnity for me to sign.
  4. I’m curious... In all my correspondence with Cunard regarding my service dog, their reply has been “Your reservation has been noted...” yet my copies have no mention of a service dog. Has anyone gotten their booking confirmation or other documentation with any mention of your service dog? I’ve printed off all my email correspondence but I can’t help thinking how muck easier it would be - for all involved - if my booking documentation was updated to say the dog and all documentation pertaining to him was received and up to date. Heck, I’d settle for just a note about the dog!
  5. I think everyone should recognize that Mary has a point. I know many people who would qualify for a service due to their disability but choose not to have one. The reasons for their decisions are as varied as the individuals and their disabilities. And as Mary went on to say, she’s not denying our option to work along side a service dog. Rather, that cruise lines do a better job at vetting to the extent possible. When a so called service dog proves to be bogus - toileting inappropriately, excessive barking, or the owner insists on ignoring cruise line policy - feeding the dog at the table, etc. - the cruise line should exercise their right to have the dog removed at the first opportunity. I’m aware Cunard required the removal of just such a dog on a transatlantic cruise; said dog embarked in Florida but was removed in NY. FYI - a cruise line will tell you if there is a service dog onboard. Just send an email to the special needs department and ask.
  6. Q918 - round trip from Vancouver on June 20th.
  7. Sometimes the problem isn’t so much the dog but the handler. The first service dog I saw on a cruise was on a Cunard transatlantic crossing. I had lost my service dog several months earlier so I was interested in learning about this dog on the eight day crossing. i saw the dog prior to boarding and again when I did my first tour of the ship. I went over and chatted with the handler who immediately told me the dog’s name and told me she was friendly and I could pet her. I would never ask to distract a working dog but he was most insistent that I pet his dog! During the trip the dog acted quite well behaved, except for those times the handler was a jerk! The topper was during a lunch we shared in the pub when the man ordered an extra plowman and proceeded to feed it to the dog. Not that he was discreet about it - he was flinging the food up in the air!!! The dog - understandably - was leaping about to get the food. The chatter over this pair was rampant, full of speculation over why the man needed a service dog; he didn’t have a visible disability. After one lecture a woman very bluntly asked why he had the dog. The response of “she assists me with my medical condition” was vague and probably doesn’t meet the ADI requirement of a task so the woman said “Do you have fits?” In conversations with the man, I was told he had the dog professionally trained. The dog may have been trained, but the owner clearly didn’t get the memo about service dog etiquette in public! I would give the dog a “B+” but the man an “F”.
  8. I think we may be on the same Alaskan cruise! I’ll be the one with the dog - also a power wheelchair but most people clock the dog first. 🙂
  9. My service dog was trained by an ADINA school in Canada. I believe it’s possible for non-profits to test owner trained dogs but I’m not sure why they would want to. They know the dogs in their programs - and release many of them as unsuitable. They extensively train both dog and human handler and do yearly follow up testing. In BC, Canada, my Guide Dog/Service Dog ID is only good for two year so the ADINA trainers add that test to our requirements. Getting a ‘snap shot’ view of an owner trained dog in order to meet certification requirements couldn’t begin to give a full picture of how a dog reacts in complex social situations. Why would an organization want to certify that dog/handler pair as well screened/trained/tested as one of their own? Thanks to ADINA, my 1st service dog made six trips to England and current dog one - all in the business class cabin of British Airlines - and I’m looking forward to our Alaskan cruise in five weeks! But I admit to having a few misgivings about how we’ll be treated by our fellow passengers after reading some of the comments here and on other threads regarding service dogs cruising. I can only hope we’ll be treated as fairly as we treat others.
  10. Seven weeks to go for Nico’s first cruise! Have fun, everyone.
  11. Check if you need a tender at any ports - Sitka will be a tendered port for us in late June. You will have to manage a gap of usually 18” or so but more importantly you will need to be responsible for getting the wheelchair or scooter on and off the tender.
  12. I agree Roz, it would be nice to know what to expect ahead of time! I’ve decided to take a wait-and-see attitude. If by some miracle the box is on my balcony (it’s their policy NOT to put it there according to the form letter they emailed me) AND there’s still room for us to sit out there, I’ll thank them kindly. But if it gets stinky, I’ll have to get them to move it. If I can’t get out on the balcony I’ll have to ask them to move the box. If it’s close to our cabin but in an area I can’t manage, I’ll discuss options with the crew. At that point I think it’s better off closer inside then a long trek outside - or my DH thinks so and he’s the one who would be doing ‘potty patrol’ at that point! Thanks for all your replies.
  13. I’m not willing to put myself out to make things easy for the cruise line so I’ll have to see where they put the box. It isn’t as if Cunard doesn’t have decades of experience dealing with dogs onboard - at least on the Queen Mary 2! The balcony would be a handy place for the box but if I can get something manageable near our stateroom I think that would be the best option.
  14. I bag the solids when they are deposited. The odor is from urine. This guy has the stinkiest pee of any dog I’ve ever met! We can’t toilet him near the house because of it. This is the reason I’m happy not to have the box on the balcony. I got a piece of the replacement fake grass made for dog potty stations. He has no problem going on it and I plan to get a fresh piece to bring with us. He doesn’t seem bothered about going on on any surfaces; he’ll go on anything. Maybe I’ll have to pass over the potty duty to someone else! ;-)
  15. Wow, thanks for the replies! I’m noticing that the box/pool setup I’ve been using for training purposes is pretty stinky, even though it’s still outside and it’s dumped after every use and we keep changing the location! I can’t help but wonder what it will be like after ten days. We encountered a service dog on one of our Transatlantic crossings. I spoke to the handler about the box and he said it was placed in a stairwell close to his stateroom. He was vague as to what fill was being used and I meant to check it out but never got to. So I’m wondering if I can manage the door to the stairwell without help. I’m guessing those doors can be pretty heavy. Has anyone dealt with the space restrictions of a narrow corridor, a power wheelchair and a heavy door?
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