Hard at Work

Or at least they are trying to seem as though they are hard at work…

Rogue and aiden are lying under a table at Costco. Aiden is wearing his red and black mesh Autism dog Services vest with a black martingale and red leash. rogue is lying behind him in her navy blue harness, light blue collar and black leather braided leash.

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve had people come up to me and ask if the dogs are no longer on duty at times like this.

even though we are obviously still in a public place, where pets are not welcome, people seem to think that because the dogs are lying quietly while we eat or whatever, that they are no longer working and can be loved.

I am always willing to talk to people about the dogs and often allow people to talk to them while they’re chilling, but I also try to inform the public about the fact that even though it may not look as though they are actively working, the dogs are still on alert and ready to move when asked, so as long as their working gear is on, they are on duty.

On an aside, rogue found it really hard to stay hidden with aiden under the table as well. he’s a big boy, so takes up almost all of the room, but she made a good effort at staying out of the way. Maybe it was having aiden there, but Rogue also did really well at staying down when I asked her to.

It’s Carnival Time!

The call for submissions has been posted. It’s time for the 10th Assistance Dog Blog Carnival.

The topic for this round is “Perfect 10”. You can write anything you want as long as it refers to assistance dogs in some way, and as long as it relates to the topic – whether it relates to “perfect”, “10” or “perfect 10”.

If you have an entry you’d like to share, please go on over to After Gadget, and leave a comment with:

1. The name of and link to your blog;
2. The name of and link to your entry; and
3. Your name.

I hope you’ll participate.

Check It Out

L^2 and Jack’s Guide Dog Puppy Sponsorship Auction has begun!

Please check it out when you get a chance. there are some awesome products for dog lovers, cat lovers and others.

Mango Minster 2012

Voting for Mango Minster 2012 has begun!

Please click on over, and vote for your favourites!

So far the voting has begun for the “Too Darn Cute” and “Adventure Animals” categories. Voting will open for the other categories soon so please keep checking Mango’s blog for updates.

For Your Information

Jess and Glacier’s Blogville Pawty began over a week ago. As mentioned here, they are helping to raise funds for a woman who fosters dogs to put up a new privacy fence.

Canyon and Rogue have been entered into the kissing booth, so please give them a KISS!

Canyon and Cessna have been entered into the contest for Valentine’s Day king and queen, so please click and VOTE!

**Just a note, each VOTE and KISS costs $1**

In addition to these two events, they have also set up an online raffle and a chance to buy some tasty treats for your sweetheart, so check them out as well.

On another note, Mango Minster 2012 begins on the 12th.

Cessna is entered into the Cracker Critter category;

Glacier is entered into the Working Stiffs category;

And Ushi is entered into the Bad Sport category.

Please take a look when you get a chance. I’ll let everyone know when the voting begins.

I think that’s all the updates for now. If I’ve missed anyone’s event or you’d like me to announce something, please leave a comment.

Announcements

Our friends, L^2 and Jack, are preparing to do another online fundraiser auction and would appreciate our help.

As mentioned in a previous post, L^2 and Jack are raising money to sponsor a guide dog puppy
through Guide Dogs of America.

If you think you can help, or if you would like to participate when the time comes, go here to learn more.

I’m hoping this time around we’ll be able to help L^2 and Jack meet their goal!

I also wanted to remind you all to come join Jess and Glacier as they prepare to host their first Blogville Pawty.

Blogville Pawty Announcement

Hi Faifoh Weaders!

I, Woagie, would wike to wake a mowent, to wake a wittle announcement!

Ow fwends, Jess and Gwaser, are hoassing a Pawy to help waise money foe a wady who fosters wescue dogs.

If you’d wike to participate (Cessie tol me ta wite dis, so hope it wite), peas check out dare…

Cessie, you take over, dis too ard…

I don’t understand why Mommy let that pesky brat write this for her….obviously, I’m much smarter!

So…what the brat was trying to say, was, that our Auntie Jess and my buddy Jetta’s successor, Glacier, are hosting a Pawty over at At a Glacial Pace, and would appreciate your support in any way.

You can join or kiss, the ruled by paws stud (he’s watching me, so I’ll let him think this is what I think) and the brat in the Kissing Booth…

Orr Join and vote for me and the stud (I sure wish he’d go away, so I can stop pretending) in the contest for Prom Queen and King.

If you can’t participate, but would still like to help out, please help me spread the word about this wonderful fundraising event!

International Day Of Mourning And Memory

Dave Hingsburger of Rolling Around In My Head, would like to start an annual event and has asked his readers to spread the word.

Here is a little quote from his announcement –

“I propose the ‘International Day for Mourning And Memory of the Lives of People With Disabilities’. The day would be one of remembrance of those whose lives were not celebrated or remembered, the lives of those who were slaughtered by care providers or brutalized to death by bullies. It would also be a day to remember the entire disability community – the elders who came before and who made the world different and better. It would be a day where a moment was taken to pause and reflect and remember.”

So, without further a due, I would like the readers of ruled by paws to help me help Dave in his quest to make January 23rd, 2012, the first annual ‘INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING AND MEMORY OF THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES!

Carnival Announcement

It’s that time again.

The 5th Assistance Dog Blog Carnival has been announced!

This round is being hosted by Cyndy and Uschi of Gentle Wit.

And, the topic is “achievement”.

You can find more information here.

I hope you will join me. You don’t have to have a service dog or foster puppy, but can submit a post regarding these special canines. If you’d like to see some of my earlier Carnival entries, you can click here.

Agility

Cessna and Canyon had their second agility lesson on Tuesday. It was pretty sunny, so both were a little slower.

Cessna seemed to remember almost everything she’d learned on the weekend, so we started teaching her jumps and weaves, as well as, starting to ask her to do two jumps before being sent through a tunnel or shoot. Cessna and I learned jumps while taking lessons with Dogs In the Park, so it was nothing for her to start jumping 18 inches right away. We’ll raise the bar a bit further during her next lesson, but the Border Collie lady (Dawn) thought we’d start lower while we were teaching her what’s needed.

I didn’t need Huib’s help as much this time, so he took some pictures.

Cessna loves the Dog Walk and A-Frame, so even before I asked her to “walk on” or “climb” she was running towards the other end.

Cessna was a little warm by the end of her half hour, so she lazily walked through the tire.

Huib had to help me with the weaves, so didn’t get any pictures. For now, Cessna is just being asked to walk through a channel of poles that are about three or so feet apart. As she gets used to the poles, they’ll be brought in closer to one another. Dawn told me that her two year old female (Ruby) is just now starting to perfect her weaves after an entire summer of working on them four days a week, so she said we’ll take it slow. I think the weaves and teeter will be the main areas where Cessna and Canyon will need time and tons of practice before competing. They were both quite nervous walking along the teeter – I held their collars while they walked along and Dawn and Huib held the other end and slowly lowered it as we reached the other side. Cessna was the only one who didn’t try jumping off at the middle, she decided it was best to just get it over with and walk quickly lol!

Canyon didn’t have as great a session, he was really distracted!

He walked confidently along the A-Frame and Dog Walk. Loved running through the tunnels and shoots. And had no issues going through the tire and weaves, but he refused to go over the jumps and continually got off the teeter around the centre.

I really think I need to start using a leash with him when we’re in the arena though, he would do the piece of equipment I asked him to attempt and then run over to this place or that to “mark” or sniff.

Here are a couple of pictures Huib took of Canyon during his lesson.

Dawn is away for the next two weeks – attending a show in Sudbury with her younger dogs (Ruby and Tay) this weekend and then the agility regionals in Sault Ste Marie next weekend with two of her older ones (Gracie and Echo) – so we won’t have another lesson until the beginning of June. I think I’m going to try and build a makeshift jump for Canyon and Cessna to practice.

Before I go though, Dawn has asked me to come and participate in a demo she is hosting Canada Day weekend!! She thinks it is important for others to see how my disability isn’t deterring me from doing agility with my dogs. I know this could be seen as bad (you can insert whatever word you want here) to others, but I don’t mind being used for education – just weeks ago she didn’t think we could do it and now she wants us to show others we can, so this opportunity means a lot to me. I also found out that her sister is blind (or visually impaired) so I’m wondering if this is where a lot of her understanding and/or beliefs have come from. Maybe her sister isn’t as able or willing to participate in traditionally sight-oriented activities. I’m glad I’ve been given this opportunity to teach her that not all blind/visually impaired people are the same.