My Service Dog, Jade

Monday, August 4, 2014

Taking A Much Needed Break

Catching Up

It's been quite some time since I've been to my blog to discuss Service Dog stuff, and I've missed it.  There's just been a lot going on lately, and a break was much needed. I think it's done all of us some good. 

I realize these photos are little outdated, and I do have some newer ones. I just need to get them uploaded to the Mac.  Vinny's grown up so much and he's accomplished much as well. Although we're currently taking a break from training classes, Vinny has accomplished earning his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate, which as I've stated before,must be accomplished before moving on to Assistance Classes, where the dog begins learning its assistance tasks.

Vinny is definitely ahead of the game!

Vinny already knows and continues to practice his assistance tasks, which he does very well. I'm very proud of him. After all, he's not even two years old yet. He's very smart, and learns very quickly. Vinny and I have built quite a bond together now, and it's not easy to do without sometimes feeling badly about having to leave Jade out.  That doesn't mean when we go out to walk, or exercise, but when Vinny and I are working together, it just can't be helped. I doubt Jade understands any of this, although I do want to give her credit for being so smart, she's still a dog. I'm not sure she understands exactly what's going on, but I do know for certain that dogs have feelings.  They do feel jealousy, I can attest to that! 

When I'm working with Vinny on his tasks, or just basic obedience (which Vinny seems to have more trouble with), Jade is obviously wanting to get in on the action. She'll jump in and do what I tell Vinny to do, in hopes of a few treats and some love. It's when I take Vinny out to work, or to practice some tasks in public, that's when I see it on Jade's face….the "Why aren't you taking me?" look. OUCH!   Like I said, I don't know if dogs reason like that, all I know is that I do, and that's the look I see on Jade's face,  when I walk out the door with Vinny. 

There really is a lot to catch up on, and there's no way I'll get to it all at once.
It's gonna take some time, so please be patient. 

 I would like to mention some things about the comments I've received on the blog, since I've been on a break.  

I have gotten a lot of comments about my discussions of pit bull type dogs and their use as Service Dogs. What I've found, mostly, from reading through the comments, is that most of those who disagree with my position, are, for the most part, extremely vulgar, and very rude.  I don't know why that is, but I can guess. 

It's okay, I think, to disagree on someone's position, where they stand on an issue, but it can be done with dignity. 

Nevertheless, there are other places to do research on the facts about pit bull type dogs….This blog is not the only source of information. 

In fact, I would encourage you ALL to do some research on the FACTS about pit bull type dogs….the FACTS CANNOT BE DISPUTED.  There's no arguing with the FACTS. 
But tonight, I stay off that topic and have attempted to at least catch up some from where I'd left off, in regards to Vinny's training. Because really, this blog is about service dogs…'s not meant to be a place for the fans of fighting breed dogs to come to bash anyone, or to be vulgar, rude and disrespectful. 
I could post some of the comments I received as "feedback" but I won't bother the time. 

So in catching up with where the blog left off about Vinny's training, and those topics which surround it. I think I'll dedicate the next entry to "Feelings."
Not the feelings we have toward and about our dogs, but the feelings they have toward and about us. 

If you have some feedback on the topic of "Feelings," I encourage you to please share with comments.  I hope to be able to publish them this time. 

A Service Dog is a dog that can and does perform certain tasks in order to assist its disabled handler. 

Please feel free to provide as much feedback as you wish, but be nice.