Saturday, May 2, 2009

Move Over Tyson

As a working service dog it's still very important to keep practicing and training. We get together with my service dog friends once a month to make sure our skills stay sharp. We go to all sorts of places with different distractions. The mall, retail stores, animal parks and the airport are just a few of the places we've been. And then we all go out to lunch afterward. Well, our partners lunch and we relax under the tables. You ain't seen nothing 'til you've seen seven service dogs snoozing under the tables and when we get up people didn't even know we were there!

This month we did something a little different. We had a tricks class! It was fun to try something new but still be training. It was really nice of Nancy from Gooddogz Training to help us. Thanks Nancy! And thank you PetQuarters for allowing us to use space inside and outside of the store.

My service dog buddy Milo the chocolate lab really liked working with the skateboard. We are thinking of starting a service dog synchronized skateboarding team! Move over Tyson the skateboarding Bulldog!
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Katrin said...

WOW Logan, really sounds like it was a fun class. My mum slacks and doesn't teach me any tricks! The only one I know is 'speak' and that's cuz another person taught it to me (and mum really doesn't like it so she never cues it, drat)

Happy training!


Lisa and Ellie said...

Oh that sounds like so much fun!

Bob said...

What a fun thing to do, Hamish & Sophie are so jealous

OlRedHair said...

That sure does sound like a lot of fun. Molly especially liked the going to lunch part. :)

Anonymous said...

Ha! I love the picture. I'm going to try to buy a skateboard so I can continue practicing! Maybe I'll rival Tony Hawks! (maybe not...)
Milo, the definitive Autism SD and skateboarder

Sharon Stegall said...

Doggie skateboarding sounds like fun. The closest Chardonnay has come is to pull the kids along when they are sledding or ice skating.

Katie said...

Hi! I found your blog and think you might be interested in contributing to an anthology of service dog stories being compiled by Kathy Nimmer, a blind author and English teacher who also uses a guide dog. Check out the full press release and/or website for full info. Please feel free to pass the word along to any of your friends, also!


Two Plus Four Equals One

Kathy Nimmer: Writer, Editor, and Project Coordinator

PO Box 3075, West Lafayette, IN 47996

Press Release

For Immediate Release

May 22, 2009


Let your voice be heard! Kathy Nimmer, a blind high school English teacher and writer from Indiana, has launched an international effort to gather true stories about people with all types of disabilities and their service dogs, to be included in an anthology that Nimmer will seek to publish in the mass market commercial publishing industry. The project, entitled “Two Plus Four Equals One,” will celebrate what happens when two hands plus four paws combine for one magical union. The web site,, has been set up to promote the project, receive prospective submissions, gather contact info from individuals who have worked with service dogs in any capacity, and field inquiries about the book.

Nimmer, now working with her third guide dog, wants to hear from you. Start thinking of incidents involving you and your dogs, things that were funny, scary, surprising, disappointing, empowering, sad, or simply memorable. The book will include nonfiction stories, anecdotes, tributes, and poetry. Explanations and samples of the four genres can be found on the web site. And, you don’t have to be a seasoned writer to take part! There is an interview option where Nimmer will talk with you and write something for you about your dog experiences. Submissions will be accepted for consideration through September 30, 2009.

For purposes of this project, “service dogs” is a term inclusive of all assistance dogs, referring to any canines trained to assist people with disabilities, including those who are blind, deaf, or in wheelchairs, as well as those with other medical conditions including (but not limited to) autism, epilepsy, and muscular or balance impairments. Nimmer is hoping to hear from people with disabilities, as well as those who have raised or trained service dogs, or simply witnessed service dogs in action. If you fit into any of these categories, it is time to let your voice be heard!

As members of the disability community, you are the best resources for the dissemination of information about this book that Nimmer is hoping will change public perceptions of people with disabilities and their working dogs, so spread the word! Go to, or contact Kathy Nimmer with questions or suggestions at

Christine said...

Sounds so fun!

thought you would be interesting in learning about this interview with the CEO of

and also Kathy Nimmer is compiling a book about service dogs called Two Plus Four Equals One