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On Valentine's Day I received the best gift ever!! Pictures of my new baby Abbie Grace!! Candy said that hopefully she will be coming home next month some time!! So excited to see her precious face!!!



My wonderful friend in Colorado, Sheri George, is holding a thirty one gifts fundraiser for my service dog!!!! For more information please click on the picture below.



Thanks to my school and to others we raised the money for the down-payment for Abbie Grace!!! We are feeling so blessed. So things are moving forward, mailed the check yesterday!!

Talked to the trainer and Candy said that we will probably get her sometime in March, depending on her training. I don't know if I told y'all but Abbie is being trained at the Maximum Security Prison in Canon City in Colorado. The program brings together puppies and prisoners to benefit both. Abbie's handler, when Candy first met him was a young man that hated life and now he is one of the most kind and considerate young men she has met, all because he chose to love a puppy. Abbie is one of their private puppies, but the entire program is also a rescue for dogs that may not have found a home any other way. 

So not only are we being blessed by this program, but others are learning that life is worth living and blessing.



Today I have the most wonderful conversation with a lady at church. She was asking about our prayer request for Abbie, and she really didn't understand why or what Abbie was needed for. I was able to explain how Abbie and I would work as a team to keep me safe and out of the hospital. How Abbie would enable me to be able to go out and about with out living in constant feat that this might be the day, I didn't come home... Yes, Abbie will do her job, but that people around me would still have to do their jobs too. I was also able to give her some ideas at to how church community could help me, not with the funds to bring Abbie home but by keeping aware of what they can do to keep onions away from me. I think that the conversations that Abbie has already started, without her even being at my side, is one of the greatest blessings we have been given!



A wonderful friend from Froggy Friends just donated to my SD!! I have the best friends not only supportive but willing to help a gal out!! God is so wonderful in who He brings into your life, I would be lost with out my Froggy Friends!!!



Today Candy called with the worst news possible something happened to Abbie Grace and she is no longer qualified for service work. This has broken my heart, though Candy is going to rehabilitate her and find her a good home. She will never be my "little Abbie" again. I will keep her in my heart and prayers...

Candy will be looking for me a new friend, so please pray that she finds just the right partner for me.




Candy is evaluating a possible SDiT for me this week I hope she works out!!

UPDATE - she nipped at a child during testing.... :(



Candy called and she may have found me another SDiT!!! Pray that she doesn't wash-out of the program like Abby and Macy did... Oh she is the same  breed as Abby.



An awesome friend, who also has a SD, donated to our SD today in church - feeling blessed and loved!!



My Oldest daughter is doing this for me, proud mommy moment!!


This is what she just posted on my SD page .... Hey y'all I'll be participating in this, to raise money for my Mom's service dog. I know it's late notice I just found out about it myself. All I'm asking for is people who will sponsor me. Basically comment on this saying you'll donate X amount for:
X for finished book.
X for finished short story.
X for every hour read
What you choose is up to you, how much you choose is up to you. But it's a fun way to raise some money for the medical alert dog.




Kree is my official SDiT!!!! Candy and Cyndy picked her up and she is working wonderfully!! I am beyond excited, she will probably be down her in mid July!!! She is also a Norrbottenspets!!



Candy just called and Kree is ready to come home!! She is doing so well with her training that she is ready, I can't believe it. She will be here next week on the 27th or 28th!!! Oh my goodness this is happening!!!!!



Kree is here!!! Now my training starts :) We will be going to the mall tomorrow and possibly the Alamo. Then Sunday to Church, (where Candy will be doing a Q &A) then Costco, Target, PetsMart, and WalMart!! Then Kree and I will be on our own!!!! Yikes!!!


North Star Mall




So I recently came across an article on “The I Love Dogs Site” this article discusses ten different types of “Service Dogs.”
10 Types of Service Dogs

1. Guide Dogs – Guide dogs are probably the most well known type of Service Dog. Actually, they aren’t considered “Service Dogs” at all. They are held to an even higher standard than Service Dogs are. They attend intense training courses through puppyhood with puppy raisers and through adolescence with highly skilled and certified trainers. They must pass a “test” with their future handler in order to be sent out into the real world. We have mad respect for guide dogs, they lead their handlers to safety at home and in public.  The handler also has to put a huge amount of trust into this highly skilled dog, it’s not as easy as it looks.

2. Hearing Dogs – Hearing dogs are trained to alert a Deaf or Hard of Hearing person to fire alarms, someone calling their name, ringing of a doorbell, fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, and many other sounds. These dogs can be self trained, but the help of a professional trainer is usually enlisted. These dogs are held at the same standard as all other service dogs. There is no test required for these dogs to work, but they must be able to complete their tasks in public and at home. Hearing dogs can be crucial to Deaf and HoH people in many different situations.

3. Seizure Alert Dogs – Seizure alert dogs are amazing, they can react to a seizure episode, sometimes even before the seizure happens. These dogs are also held to the same Service Dog standards of public access. Because of these amazing dogs, precautions can be taken in order to prevent injury during a seizure.

4. Allergy Alert Dogs – Allergy alert dogs can also be life saving. These dogs are trained to respond to a specific scent (or multiple scents) and alert the handler when the allergen is in food, in a trashcan, in shampoo, in lotion, and many other places. These dogs are also held to the same standard as Service Dogs and are allowed in public places as long as scent training has been completed (in other words, they are task trained – as with all SDs).

5. Psychiatric Service Dogs – PSDs are also held to the same standard as Service Dogs. These dogs are not “Therapy Dogs” and are trained to complete tasks such as disrupting self-destructive behavior of the handler, guiding the handler to a safe location during a panic attack, block another person from getting too close to the handler, watch the handler’s back and alert them if someone is coming up behind them, reminding the handler when to take their medication, and many other tasks. The most well known type of Psychiatric Service Dogs are the PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Dogs. These dogs have been famous for helping veterans and sexual assault victims overcome daily obstacles that many other people take for granted by helping the handlers with the tasks mentioned above.

6. Diabetic Alert Dogs – DADs assist people who have diabetes with monitoring their blood sugar levels. Sometimes the touch of a nose means low blood glucose levels and the touch of a paw means the levels are too high. These dogs go through an intense amount of training and are held at the same standards as Service Dogs in public. Most DADs are trained through a specialized program, but can also be self trained just like the other types of Service Dogs that were previously mentioned.

7. Mobility Dogs – Mobility dogs assist many different types of people. This type of SD has a very wide spectrum of tasks they could be trained for. Some mobility dogs assist people in wheelchairs by pulling, by nudging the handler’s leg back into place if it falls out of the wheelchair, assisting with support and balance if a person falls out of his/her wheelchair, and so much more. Some mobility dogs do not assist people in wheelchairs rather assist when the SD’s handler has a vertigo (balance) issue, prothetic limbs, or back injuries. This is a very short list of all that mobility dogs are trained to do, I left out 100+ other tasks that mobility dogs are trained to complete.

8. Autism Assistance Dogs – These dogs work wonders I tell you. Autism dogs can be trained to ground when a child with autism is becoming frustrated and wants to run away, assist with mobility, find a child who ran off due to their autism and continuously find themselves lost, and calm a child during panic attacks. These dogs are also not only for children, but can be for adults with forms of Asperger’s or autism who need help gaining their independence. These dogs can also provide a special emotional connection that cannot be achieved by some children and adults with autism. Autism Assistance Dogs are also held to the same Service Dog standards and can be self trained by the parents or even the handler themselves, but usually a professional trainer is enlisted to help.

9. Cardiac Alert Dogs – Cardiac alert dogs can assist people with heart conditions caused by a dysfunction in the autonomic nervous system, also known as Dysautonomia. Dysautonomia causes syncope, fast heart rate, slow heart rate, anxiety, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, dizziness, and digestive issues just to name a few. The disruption of this nervous system is usually caused by an increase in the amount of adrenaline that the body is secreting. If there is an abnormal amount (too low or too high) a dog can be trained to sense the change by smell and alert to it, allowing the handler to prepare by sitting, by taking medication, pulling a car over, or many other situations. These dogs are also held to the same public access standards as other Service Dogs are.

10. Medical Alert Dogs – A broader term (just like Mobility Dogs) to refer to a dog that is trained to mitigate a physical disability. Medical alert dogs respond to a medical condition of the handler. This term is often used when someone in public asks “What kind of Service Dog is she?” and the handler does not want to indulge in their private matters. Medical Alert Dogs include, but are not limited to, Diabetic Alert Dogs, Allergy Alert Dogs, Cardiac Alert Dogs, Asthma Alert Dogs, and Seizure Alert Dogs. All have amazing tasks that they can perform, new types of medical alert dogs are popping up every day. MADs are granted the same public access rights as all other Service Dogs.


11. Therapy Dogs – Therapy dogs visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and many other places like these. These amazing dogs are very influential and bring smiles to those who need them. These dogs are required to pass the TDI (Therapy Dogs International) exam in order to go to these public places. Passing this test and becoming a certified Therapy Dog does not give you or your dog the same public access rights as a Service Dog and his/her handler.

12. Emotional Support Animals – ESAs are great to have if you have anxiety or are in need of an at-home Service Dog. The job of these animals are to calm the handler when the handler is stressed out with cuddling or kisses. These animals (bunnies, dogs, cats, hamsters, goats, etc) are not Service Animals in any way, shape, or form. ESA’s are exclusively pets. The only rights they are granted is the right to stay in “no pets” housing and the cabin of an airplane. ALSO, there is no form of certification or training for these animals. The only form of documentation that you need to prove that your animal is an ESA is a letter from a doctor. Of course these animals/dogs can be trained to whatever extent you would like, but they cannot be considered a Service Dog without task training (to mitigate a disability). The law states that “making you feel better” isn’t a viable task.

13. Search and Rescue Dogs – These dogs have a variety of trained tasks and jobs. These are working dogs. More than likely they are affiliated with law enforcement and fire departments, but can also be privately owned and trained. These dogs have a big job on their hands and they are allowed in public by invitation or with law enforcement (K9 Police Dogs, Drug Sniffing Dogs, Bomb Sniffing Dogs, etc). There are also dogs that sniff for bed bugs, they are also only allowed by invitation. I couldn’t find much information on Search and Rescue dogs, if you know something that you think should be in here or I made a mistake, let me know!


Please remember that you can give to Kree and my journey with MHSD will take payments through YouCaring, through the mail PO Box 0721, Palmer Lake, Colorado 80133 and over the phone at (719) 440-8282 - See more at: YouCaring and on our Face Book page!

Mountain High Service Dogs has very graciously allowed us to make monthly payments!!


July 14-18 VBS with World of Life

I put Kree in a down stay under my chair, though her form isn't great she did what she was told. We had 39 very noisy kids and very loud music, in the room at the time this picture was taken. I think she did amazing!!

July 21

Today I was very ill because of cross contamination, Kree followed me everywhere and when I was laying down she was either with me on the couch or right beside the couch, she was very concerned about her mommy!!




You can also follow along on my Service Dog's Face Book page  Youcaring Fundraiser Teespring T-shirt for Kree


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