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Post  sconesail on Sun 29 Jul 2012, 1:46 pm

Hi All,

I finally get to post good news. I am getting a service dog. She is a black lab named Dora.

I have been on the waiting list with a Service Dog facility in Pennsylvania for about a year, but it turns out they will not have a dog until next summer. I started looking around and my Mom sugessted that I call the Vet School about 50 miles from us. The school trains a lot of the dogs for Homeland Security/TSA. I spoke to the head of the program and he said that I was welcome to come and look at the dogs. He also said that a lady who runs a service dog place in Virginia was coming to look at some of their dogs on Friday, so that would be a good time to come.

Each dog was brought in and they played in the room a little, exploring, watching how they did with people. Well, this one dog, Dora, came in and she came straight to me. I fainted a few seconds later and she stayed with me. She did this once more as she was doing something else. At some point, the lady from VA put down some treats. Dora suddenly stopped halfway through, took off running towards me, got there as I was falling and let me fall on her. Three very experienced trainers, the lady from VA, and one professor just stood there for a second, and one said, "I think we have just found S's dog. I have never seen a dog alert like that in my life." One of the trainers has Type I diabetes and he said that when he was working with Dora, she would let him know when his blood sugar was falling. It was one of the most amazing things i have seen in my life.

I had a long talk with the trainer from VA who does a lot of alert training. She said she usually doesn't advocate owner training, but in this case, she would. She also reccomended some trainers as did the Auburn people. Dora has to be spayed and the vet school likes to keep them a week or so post-op. So I will pick her up in about two weeks. There is a good trainer in Jemison, who trains most of the police dogs for the state, but has trained dogs for disabilities too. Dora will go to school there for a month and I would come up twice a week to work with her. Then she is mine.

So it looks like in mid to late September, our family will get to welcome two new members- Dora and a nephew.

This isn't how I planned it, but I know it will work.


Pain free days,
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Post  Sara79 on Sun 29 Jul 2012, 3:24 pm

CONGRATS!!! sunny cheers flower <---the whole gang cheering

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Post  Porsche Fan on Sun 29 Jul 2012, 6:52 pm

Scone,

That's great news and congrats!!!!!!!!

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Post  milo on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 11:35 am

I have tears in my eyes reading this as I'm so happy for you!!!!!! Yay Dora!!!!!!
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Post  Cluelesskitty on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 6:27 pm

Oh, my! that's fantastic news !!!
I hope for a piccie of Dora ??? pretty please ??

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Post  sconesail on Mon 30 Jul 2012, 7:01 pm

Hi All,

Of course I'll post pictures of Dora. It is so nice to be able to report good news and also be able to relax a little knowing that Dora will be able to help some. So thanks for all the words of congratulations. I know it will take some work on my part to train her some more, bit I know it will be worth it.

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Post  30yrsofheadache on Tue 31 Jul 2012, 5:02 am

That really is good news. Now if only a Dr. was as smart about your fainting as Dora! Cant wait to see pics.
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Post  Cluelesskitty on Tue 31 Jul 2012, 10:02 pm

lolol
Cindy !!!
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Post  Ruth on Sat 04 Aug 2012, 9:43 pm

Great news, really happy for you Smile

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Post  Porsche Fan on Thu 09 Aug 2012, 12:03 pm

Scone,

Does the hunt go to find the reason for the black-outs???? A pup is great, but it won't treat the problem. It may make the problem more manageable but not treat it. And this is a problem that must be treated.

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