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Life with an Autism Service Dog, Part III
Jingle knows her girl.
[Below are excerpts from Michelle O’Neil's blog about her daughter Riley’s autism service dog, which she got earlier this month. In these entries, O’Neil writes about the second half of training at 4 Paws for Ability with Jingle.] Day 5, Behavior Disruption Today at training Riley came running in from the kid’s area, crying. She stomped up and down a couple of times and shrieked, “I was trying to...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Pandy
How our dog inspires us.
Three months ago, our nine-year-old Boston Terrier had to have surgery to remove both eyes, due to retinal detachment and tremendous, painful pressure that had slowly built up in her eyes. We were worried about her at first. How would she get around, eat, drink, get outside? But within a week, Pandy picked up a sixth sense that none of us expected. The sense only a blind dog can have to thrive...
Blog: Guest Posts
Dog Is My SUV?
Book on sustainability takes aim at pet ownership.
In Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living, Robert and Brenda Vale of Wellington, New Zealand, condemn pet-ownership claiming companion animals guzzle resources, devastate wildlife populations, spread disease and add to pollution, according to reviews in New Scientist, Salon and The Telegraph. Many of these complaints aren’t new (since I haven't read the Vale's book yet, I can't...
Blog: Karen B. London
Dog Halloween Costumes
Scary for our four-legged friends
It’s hard to resist the urge to put dogs in costumes. The cuteness factor can fly off the charts, and for many people, dressing up our dogs is as natural as dressing up our human children. Despite my recognition of the joy it can bring to see our pups parading around as cowgirls, devils, sports stars or Elvis, I urge caution when considering costumes for dogs. Most dogs hate costumes. They easily...
Blog: Guest Posts
Life with An Autism Service Dog, Part II
Wherein “kisses” are learned.
[Michelle O’Neil writes about the first days of meeting and training at 4 Paws for Ability with her daughter’s autism service dog, which she received this month.] Day 1 We are in our hotel suite with Riley’s new doggy! We are exhausted from all the excitement. Jingle is a very sweet dog, a good match for Riley. We were told she’s 35 pounds but she’s taller than I thought she’d be, a lean, young...
Blog: Guest Posts
Tip Sheet: Hiring A Dog-Sitter
Traveling this holiday? Reserve your dog-sitter now.
My nephews are two of the best things to happen to my dogs and me in the past couple years. These responsible, compassionate, dog-loving 20-somethings settled in Seattle after college and have so far proven willing and eager to house- and dog-sit pretty much every time we ask. A cloud of worry and stress has lifted. Anyone who has more than one dog or a dog with special needs—such as separation...
Dog Culture: Tributes
Friend for Life
Her last wishes were my first choices.
Six months before her ninth birthday in May 2002, Nessi was diagnosed with kidney failure. At the time, her vet said she would only live a couple of weeks. I researched naturopathic diets, vitamins and nutrients that have been shown to help the immune system in dogs whose kidneys are failing. I talked to vets all over the U.S. Finally, I had enough information and I put together a special diet...
Blog: Guest Posts
A Better Rap for Dogs
Q&A with hip-hop artist MC Esoteric
Seamus Ryan, a Boston-based hip-hop artist who goes by the nom de plume, MC Esoteric, dropped a concept album this fall that turns old school rap depictions of fighting dogs upside-down. Saving Seamus Ryan tells the semi-autobiographic story of a man who is redeemed by the love of a Labrador Retriever. To mark the CD debut and Esoteric’s Saturday, Oct. 24, appearance (with his dog Logan) on...
Blog: Guest Posts
Life with an Autism Service Dog
Part I: Getting started
It started with a crazy longing for a dog. We don’t need a dog. We already have three cats and our children are high-need. Our daughter has Asperger’s (a high-functioning form of autism) and our son has autoimmune issues. My hands are quite full, but somehow I’d find myself looking at petfinder.com, or the Greyhound rescue sites, or the Golden Retriever rescue sites. I’d stare longingly at the...
Blog: Contests
Show & Tell: Yeller Turns 18
Yeller Celebrates his 18th birthday: All the neighborhood kids came to a party to congratulate him. Species-appropriate cake for all, plus prizes for such feats as “drop a cookie in Yeller’s mouth” (he’s blind in one eye and doesn't see a lot out of the other). — Jill Hinckley, Portland, Ore.            Send us your photos. Topics include Dog Is My Co-Pilot, My Dog Tickles My Funny Bone, or just...

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