Our family has been friends with the Seelyes for over 25 years. Imagine our joy to learn they moved to Granbury a month after Steve accepted his new job here and we started preparing to move. The first week after I moved to town, we went to the annual Granbury Christmas Parade with them. It's… Continue reading Gizmo Testimonial…
Regarding service dogs, and living life partnered with a service dog…
Why’s that dog on the bus?
The manuscript for Why's That Dog in Here? is drafted, and first round revisions are underway. I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek, so I asked Steve to pick a scene for me to share. The book is a series of questions people ask, examples of how Gizmo mitigates my disabilities, and positive and… Continue reading Why’s that dog on the bus?
What’s new with Gizmo, my medical alert service dog?
I just realized it’s been two years since I last blogged about my service dog. I know many keep up with his daily life and activities through his Facebook and Instagram pages. I love that he has his own friends and following. I tell him about his analytics and followers every month, and fortunately it… Continue reading What’s new with Gizmo, my medical alert service dog?
Road Trip with Service Dog
After three months of feeling miserable, my doctors changed some of my medications and the clouds parted. After three years in seminary, my husband graduated with a M.A. in Counseling. An even bigger surprise was discovering Hubby was scheduled off an entire weekend without asking for it. We decided these events required some celebrating and… Continue reading Road Trip with Service Dog
No, you may not pet my Service Dog…
...but thanks for asking. In case you can't read it, Gizmo has a sign on his harness that says "SERVICE DOG do not distract." Have you ever wondered why? I know I did before I was partnered with my half lab/half guardian angel. I am amazed at how often complete strangers see my service dog (SD)… Continue reading No, you may not pet my Service Dog…
Gizmo’s ready to travel
We're so grateful for all the new followers to Gizmo's Facebook Page, and hope you will also follow this page (scroll down until you see the FOLLOW button below or on the right). We will keep you posted on our opportunity of traveling and writing via Amtrak.
Tips for Traveling with a Service Dog
Gizmo and I have been partnered for two years, and during that time we've done planes, trains, automobiles, and hotels in the course of our travels. I get asked a lot of questions by curious dog lovers as well as new Service Dog (SD) partners. Since we just returned from a working vacation that included… Continue reading Tips for Traveling with a Service Dog
Dog Lovers, please read
“You’ll have to excuse me; I’m a dog lover…” I hate that sentence. I have learned that what follows is going to be problematic. This “dog lover” will invariably start petting Gizmo while commenting that the WORKING DOG—DO NOT PET sign on his vest doesn’t apply to dog lovers, will want to tell me about… Continue reading Dog Lovers, please read
Help Wanted: Service Dog Trainer
Gizmo needs a new trainer. Of all the things I thought through, researched, and planned for when I started the process of getting a service dog (SD), finding a new trainer midstream never occurred to me. Who plans that the trainer might die half way through the job, or that the late trainer’s family might… Continue reading Help Wanted: Service Dog Trainer
Gizmo at the Museum
Gizmo and I spent Wednesday providing training for the museum personnel and enjoying the exhibits. It was a great day, but long and exhausting. We taught them about the different types of service dogs, the ADA and TX HR-121 regulations, and discussed points of etiquette for dealing with people who are disabled and their service… Continue reading Gizmo at the Museum