Dogs in Training

 

* Please See Below For Profiles on Our Dogs in Training *

Our dogs profiles are up! This is still a work in progress and some dogs still need a bio added, but the majority of our dogs have their monthly update on their profile. Now that the page is live we will work on adding a current picture for each of them. Moving forward, all updates will happen on the profiles below. Thanks for the patience while continue to add this new feature to our website!

Little Angels Service Dogs can take up to two years before they are ready to give independence to someone with a disability, depending on the dog’s personality and what tasks they will need to perform.

Our dogs go through three phases of training.

PHASE I:

Each dog is placed with a foster who trains the dog daily and takes them on weekly field trips for public  socialization. Our dogs are only placed with fosters who have had extensive training from our instructors, with regular follow-up to ensure each dog’s success. Fosters keep the dog for a maximum of two months before bringing them back to our ranch for assessments. The dogs interchange between living with fosters and staying at our ranch to receive well-rounded socialization with the opportunity to be evaluated by our staff regularly. This is advantageous for the dog because it allows them to be loved in a family environment similar to the one they will be placed in with their handler, while also receiving professional training and kenneling. This helps prevent the development of problematic behaviors. While at the ranch the dogs work with our experienced staff, as well as trained volunteers, before returning to a new foster home environment. This process allows the dogs to live in a variety of home settings with several different fosters. The goal is to have the dogs experience everything from children, to cats, to traveling. Everyone’s home is different and our dogs get to experience it all. Before a dog graduates it has received a minimum of 600 one-on-one training hours by up to forty different trainers, fosters and volunteers.

PHASE II:

After a dog graduates from Phase I of training, they stay at the ranch while our experienced trainers complete their training for their future recipient. The loving volunteers say goodbye to their doggy-apprentice and bring them to live at the Little Angels Ranch full-time, where they receive lessons each day to perfect their advanced obedience and specialized assistance tasks.

PHASE III:

It is time for the Little Angels Service Dog to meet their new best friend, the person they were destined to help. This is a very exciting time – the disabled party has waited months, and sometimes even years to finally receive their companion. During Team Training both dog and handler learn to work together as a team. This is usually a two week process with lessons everyday. Before too long, they are as close as any two souls can be, with a lifetime of companionship before them.

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As you can see, there is a lot of work that goes into each service dog that leaves Little Angels. We rely heavily on financial support in order to provide these dogs. We are a nonprofit 501c3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
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Jasmine

Jasmine

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
  Hi Everyone, it’s Jasmine.  I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to send an update. I’ve been out and about with fosters the past couple months. They are amazing! I know my siblings are all really happy up at the prison program, but I am really happy living with foster families! We spend all of our time together going all over San Diego. What a gorgeous city we live in! Wait until you come for Handler Training! I will be able to show you all the really cool places we should go together! Even though we are out having lots of fun, I still have to make sure I am working. Sometimes I still get really excited when I see other dogs or animals that I want to play with and forget that I’m on the clock. It makes my “heel” not as good as everyone would like but I’m working on it.  Did you know that sometimes the daddy foster man takes me to his work? When he has to work, he kind of does a “sit/stay” for 8 whole hours!! He’s actually not always good at it either. He gets up, then sits again, then gets up. Maybe if his trainer gave him human treats he would do better.  My job is way better because I get lots of take a breaks in-between. Soon my trainers are going to start teaching me my “advanced commands.”  Those “tricks” are way more fun than “sit” and “down.”  These are like “vest” and “push” and “pull!” How cool is that? I will be opening cabinets, I will be searching all over the barn for my vest, I will close drawers! Super exciting! I’ll let you know as soon as it happens!! Love, Jasmine (8/2/18)
Avery

Avery

DOB:
Coton de Tulear
Hi Everyone, it’s Avery! Guess What?! I’ve been going out with a foster on the weekends! I get to live at the ranch and train with my training girl, Heather, during the week. Then on the weekend my foster friend comes to break me out! We have so much fun together! We run around LOTS!! She knows just how much Avery loves to run around and play! LOTS!! She also knows (cuz trainer girl told her!) that if Avery gets lots of playtime first, he does much better listening when it is work time! Sounds like a fair deal to me! I have started getting to go out in public-it’s fun but it is also hard work! When we are in public, that means I am working. Even though I might see another dog to play with or a child that wants me to run. No can do-it’s work time and that means practicing my tricks “with distractions!” One place I don’t think I love to go yet-restaurants. I have to lay under the table and watch my people eat!  WHAT? And guess who does not get to eat…even if they drop food?? Avery! And guess who has to be very quiet. Yep, Avery. I can do that all pretty well until the dishes start clanking! YIKES! That noise scares me! It actually makes me let out a woof woof. I am NOT supposed to do that! Once I get settled again and realize I am safe from the dishes, my trainer pets me and says I’m a good boy-then I get a treat. So, I will keep practicing and as long as I get my playtime, I will keep working hard. Come check on me soon!  Love, Avery  (8/3/18)
Austin

Austin

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Status: Hi Everyone. It’s Austin. I do not have a lot to say in this update! The reason?? I am continuing to be AWESOME!! I love training to be a service dog! This is the life I was meant to have! Learning new “tricks” is not work for me-it is just fun! I always want to learn more! I like to practice and get better and better at everything I do. I like to watch how happy I can make humans by working hard! I wish you could see my report card from my inmate trainers! It is amazing! Please keep your fingers crossed that while I get a little older and keep working that I stay right on track to go to my furever human soon!

Goals:  I have to work on “brace” a little more this month. Last week, I had a little bit of a struggle doing a good strong brace. But my skin was feeling a little itchy so I think that was the problem.  I cannot wait to get to work with our trainers at the ranch and go on lots of adventures so I can show them everything I have learned and let them help me keep doing great things in public. Come check on me again soon! Love, Austin (6/20/18)

April

April

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Hi Everyone! It’s April! Time for another update. My girl, Isabel, and I have been working hard together. She keeps telling me she is so proud because I am not feeling as shy and afraid of everything. I do still get a little scared of random things when we are out in public.  The good thing is, when I do get scared, I don’t stay scared. Isabel says I “recover” each time. That is good because it means I will eventually learn that I am safe in this big world. I am doing a great job with all of my “advanced tricks.” Just a short time ago I was learning how to do many of them and each month that goes by  I am doing better and better!  One thing I am learning that I really do not like is going potty in public! Can you imagine? Someone tells you to “go potty” and you are just supposed to go-right there, while they watch you! No privacy at all. I am kind of shy about going potty. To be a service dog, you have to go potty when you are told. Isabel and I will have to work on this!

Adventures & Goals:  My big goals this month mostly have to be done while Isabel takes me on adventures! I like that because I love to go on adventures with my girl!  We will be focusing on making sure I stay focused and can do my “advanced tricks” in public. This means even when people are walking around, dogs are barking, cars go by, I have to pay attention to Isabel and do my “tricks.” That also means I have to work hard at not being a scaredy dog!  I have to be brave!  The other big thing I have to work on is learning to be more comfortable going potty with people watching me! Yikes. This will be tricky but I think I can do it!  Come check in again and see how this potty thing is going for me!! Love, April (6/20/18)

Aiden

Aiden

DOB: 1/7/17
Chocolate Lab
Status: Hey guys! It’s Aiden. So I wanted to share what’s been happening in my life. I had a little setback in the last month. Even dogs that are almost all done training can have a setback and I did.  So my trainer girl got me a new vest to wear. Wanna know a secret about new vests? They can be itchy! They can make a dog scratch A LOT!! They can be annoying! They can make it hard to be in public because you have to stop and keep scratching! It can make all the other dogs at the ranch tease you and say you have FLEAS!!!! Of course I don’t have FLEAS! I have a new vest! That just made them all laugh some more! Well, finally my new vest is all broken in and feels like my old vest. It does not make me scratch anymore-Thank Goodness! That whole situation was very embarrassing!   My Heather girl and I are still working with my furever person’s scent every day. This is a very important “trick” for me to learn! The goal is to recognize that special smell around lots of other distractions.  Heather says my nose is very sensitive so I have to work extra hard not to let other scents distract me from the most important one of all! It’s been a bit of a struggle, but I’m pushing through. Sometimes I cannot believe how important my job is!! Heather says my time is coming soon!  All that is left is alerting to this scent everywhere and all the time! Keep your fingers and paws crossed everyone! I really want my person!  Love, Aiden (8/3/18)
Bindi

Bindi

DOB: 10/1/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi All! It’s Bindi! I am one of the English Cream Goldens that came from the Ukraine! The Ukraine is very far away from San Diego! Do you know what that means? It means I have the fabulous potential to be the most amazing baby mama! My very important job for Little Angels is to create….Little Angels! I take my job very seriously! Right now, I get to relax and just be Bindi. Soon, it will be time for me to become a mommy! I love babies so I know I will be a great mommy! I cannot wait to share when I have little booboos in my tummy and then eventually share pictures of my cute little booboos with you. Lets start thinking about cute little names… (8/1/18)
Cora

Cora

DOB:
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi. This is Cora with some exciting news to share. I have left the ranch and guess what? I am going to be a breeding dog for Little Angels Service Dogs. I just moved in with my new Breeding Foster Family. Do you know what that means? I will explain…first, it means I am beautiful and everyone believes I will make beautiful puppies for Little Angels. Second, it means I will never be a service dog, but my job is just as important-I will make lots of future service dogs that will someday help all of you. Third, I have a “good temperament” I think that means I’m so sweet, so loving and a good listener and so my babies should be also. Fourth, I will live with my Breeding Foster Family in a HOME! I get to be spoiled! I get to be a pet! I do not get to go out in public but that is okay. My job is bigger than that right now. I won’t have updates often. Only if I do something exceptionally cute and adorable that my new family wants to share. Other than that, you will hear from me when…I am going to have babies! Love, Cora (8/1/18)
Cora

Cora

DOB: 8/18/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hello everyone. I’m Cora. I am the most gorgeous of the breeding dogs here at Little Angels.  I’ve come all the way from the Ukraine with the very special job of making future service dogs. They are so happy with my beautiful self-they will not be able to believe all of the gorgeous puppies I will have to help our recipients! I’ve yet to become a mother dog, but let me tell you I’m so excited for the day I have my first litter. In fact, I have thought up some names that I think I’d like for them. Would you like to hear them? I can’t resist so I’ll tell you anyways. Lets just keep this between you and me for now…you never know what these training people are thinking.  Ssshhhhhhhhh!  For my daughters’ names  I’ve chosen Reya, Reagan, and Ryleigh. For my baby boys I like Rocket, Ryder, and River.  Aren’t these the cutest names?  In the meantime, even though I will not be a service dog, I’m still working with my trainer, Heather. I am learning lots of commands and learning how to have good manners. That way I will be well-behaved and beautiful for my breeding foster when the time comes. Hopefully by the next time I check-in with you all, it will be to announce that I have puppies on the way.  Love, Cora  (6/20/18)
Cory

Cory

DOB: 1/13/17
Labrador Retriever
Status: Cory has put in a lot of hard work the last few months and it has paid off! He is great with his basic commands and has an adorable personality. We are becoming more and more confident with him getting into public and love where he’s headed. Since the last report, he has done well to control his own energy, but he still has some work to go. Overall we are very pleased with his progress.

Goals: We plan to make Cory consistent with all his basics in public, and start to introduce advanced commands. If he continues to control him excitement level he will be in a great spot. (9/23)

Collette

Collette

3/30/17
Red Poodle
Status: Collette is a very silly poodle with an abundance of energy. She gets very excited to see new people and is extremely friendly. While we love this outgoing personality we are working on helping her control it. She understands her basic commands but has trouble keeping a down-stay and heeling because of her energy. Collette is currently being fostered and we are excited with how she’s doing in a home atmosphere.

Goals: We are hoping that with Collette being in a home she will learn to curb her enthusiasm and be able to respond to commands more consistently in public. She is a very happy-go-lucky dog and we have high hopes for her! (10/22)

Cali

Cali

DOB: 1/13/17
Labrador Retriever
 Status: Cali has done great with training the last two months. She has been with a few different fosters and has spent some time with our trainers at the ranch at well. Cali has all of basic obedience down pat and has started to be introduced to advanced tasks. It is easy to see that Cali still has a lot of puppy in her, but we think she will mature more and more as she goes through her training. Cali is a very friendly lab, and while she focuses on her training, her urge to greet other people and dogs can take over.

Goals: We are going to teach Cali that she needs to remain calm when others are around and work on down stays. We think with some more structure she will progress very fast! (12/14)

Dylan

Dylan

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status:  WOOHOO! YIIPPEE! CONGRATULATIONS TO ME!!! I LOVE LIFE!!!  Hello World! Guess what?! I am a real live service dog!!  Me and my girl! It is all about us! My girl came from very far away to make me her boy!  I am HERS! She is MINE! I LOVE HER! SHE LOVES ME! Life is suddenly so good! Every single day for as long as forever, I get to be with my girl. She is now my world and my world is all about helping her! When you work for a very long time to do a job, and suddenly you get to do…your whole life feels good! Your whole heart feels happy! When my girl says “watch me” in her best watch me voice, my heart does little flip flops. My tummy gets happy and my bum gets wiggly! Why do I love her so much? Because she is mine. I will help her and be by her side forever. It was really easy for us to learn to work together and we got to spend lots of time together in San Diego. Now we have gone to our forever home and it feels so nice. It feels like it is supposed to feel. I love you, my girl. I love all you trainers at Little Angels! Heather, thank you for helping me understand my very special job. You are a very special human.  Love, Dylan (8/1/18)

Dusty

Dusty

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status: Dusty is our energetic boy from this litter and always seems to have more in store. Although he is always bouncing around when playing with his siblings, he does very well with concentrating during training time. Dusty is being fostered and we are excited to seem him continue his knowledge of basic commands

Goals: Socialization and Basic Obedience

Dove

Dove

DOB: 5/6/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Dove has quite the character for a young puppy! She craves attention and can sometimes act out when she doesn’t get it. We have been working with Dove on all of her basics as well as being polite and courteous. She has had success with most of her basic obedience, but sometimes will still struggle with being too energetic. Our trainers are working hard to help her contain herself during training.

Goals: We plan to get Dove closer and closer to being consistent with all basic obedience. Once she does better with these she will start getting into public on field trips where we will asses her confidence and ensure she’s on the right path. (10/22)

Dex

Dex

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Dex!!!! GUESS WHAT? GUESS WHAT?  I AM A SERVICE DOG!!!!!!  Not only did I have a FABULOUS two weeks of Handler Training with MY girl, I alerted to her seizures MULTIPLE times! From the very first time I met her! I think I amazed myself as much as I amazed everyone else. Sometimes, this world knows what is supposed to be. My girl and me…we were supposed to be! My girl makes my heart happier than it has ever been! I guess this is like getting an award-I cannot take all the credit! There are so many trainer people at Little Angels that made me the dog I am today! I won’t name them all here because I’m sure I would leave someone out by accident and I would never want to do that. This was a group effort and one that made me the best service dog I can be!  I love you Little Angels! Thank you for teaching me to be me! Thank you for helping MY girl! I love her! Love, Dex(8/1/18)
Denny

Denny

DOB: 3/7/17

Golden Labrador
Status: CONGRATULATIONS TO ME!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF MY TRAINERS! MOST IMPORTANTLY-CONGRATULATIONS TO MY NEW FUREVER HUMAN!!

I am so very proud to announce that all of my hard work and the hard work of all of my trainers has paid off! I am currently in the middle of Handler Training with my very special furever human! These are the best two weeks for me! We are working hard together and learning to be a team. I am learning how to help my human and she is learning what treats make me very happy!

Thank you to all of my trainers at the ranch and the prison program for not giving up on me! Thanks to Dana and Josh for letting me live in their homes so I could know how that works too. Special doggy kisses to Dana-I will miss you! Thank you for being you!

Love Denny  (5/29/18)

Dawson

Dawson

DOB: 3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Dawson! I am still up at our Prison Program working hard to become a service dog! I love working hard! The “tricks” that we all have to learn so that we can help our furever humans are really fun to me! I think I am like those humans that like to go to school and learn. I know, crazy right? But it is true. I wish I could just keep learning new “tricks” every single day. One very important thing for service dogs and their humans to remember is that even though we seem like we know how to do everything and we are so good at it…we still have to practice…a lot! Even after we go home, we have to do training with our humans every day. If we don’t keep practicing we will forget. Sometimes we could even start acting like a pet dog instead of a very important service dog. The good thing about this is that for us service dogs, practicing and working makes us happy! It is fun-like lots of games. AND the best part…it makes our humans happy AND…we get TREATS!!!

Goals: Because I am truly doing so well learning to be a Service Dog and be a good listener AND do all of my “tricks” even with “distractions” my goals are now to just keep practicing. Keep working on everything I know how to do and just remember to do it every single time I am asked. If you look at my report card from my inmate trainers, I think maybe somewhere in the near future I will go back to the ranch to finish up my training and then get to meet my furever human!! Please keep your fingers crossed that this happens soon!  Love, Dawson (6/21/18)

Dallas

Dallas

3/7/17
Golden Labrador
Status:  Hi Everyone! I am here with some VERY exciting news!! I AM A SERVICE DOG NOW!!! I am in the middle of my Handler Training with my very special human! I already love him so much! You might have seen a video of us working together on the Facebook page-he likes “recall” as much as I do!

I am very excited to start our life together as a team! I am busy getting to know all the ways I can help him and he is busy learning all of my commands and what kinds of treats to give me! Josh is taking us on lots of field trips  to show us what our life will be like together!

I am so happy I worked so hard and listened to all of my trainers! Heather, thank you for being patient and teaching me so much! Wish me luck on my new journey! I am so proud to be me!

Evie

Evie

DOB:
Bichon Frisé
Hi Everyone. It’s Evie. I’m feeling a little put out today. As many of you can see, my bio had never been updated on this page until RIGHT NOW! WHAT?! Is that because I am so little they forget that I too am here working hard to be someone’s special little helper? What is going on around here? I can be LOUDER if that will grab me some of the attention! Anyways, I have been very busy working at the ranch! These trainers like to think they are the boss of me! Sometimes I let them and sometimes I do not! It’s a balancing act! I am still working on all of my “basic commands.” These include sit, down, stay (hahaha silly trainers) and those first “tricks” we all have to learn. I was being trained using this clicking thing. I did what they wanted so they would STOP CLICKING! It worked. Now, the trainers are asking me to “touch.” This means they have a treat in their hand and I am supposed to follow their hand around to get the treat. We are at a little bit of a standoff as I much prefer to sit and be hand-fed my treats without working. One of us will have to give in soon I guess. I also have been learning to “heel” on a leash. This is okay. Not great and not as horrible as having to follow a hand to get my treat! Sometimes I heel and sometimes I do not. Don’t you think it would be so boring for those trainers if every time they want me to do something I just do it?? If I have to work, I will make them work too. It’s pretty fun because I am so cute those trainers can’t help but smile or giggle when I pretend to be the boss! Please come back and check in soon. Help me make sure they are keeping my page up to date and not forgetting about little ol’ me! PS…If anyone would like a cute little white fluffball to foster I AM AVAILABLE! Pick me pick me! I will even let you be the boss-most of the time! Love, Evie (7/31/18)

 

 

 

Elliot

Elliot

4/17/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s me Elliot! Guess what I’ve been doing? Working hard! Really hard so that some day I will get to be a very special dog to a very special human! I know it has been awhile since I’ve checked in so you may not remember my “goals” from last time. Well, I sure do. I had to work on not picking up food that people would drop on the floor! Very tricky for me-human food is fabulous! But, TADA! I do not pick up food off the floor. Sometimes, it does make me drool but I still “leave it” like they tell me to. I also can turn lights on and off from all the way across the room now! Guess what else I’ve learned to do and gotten really good at? “Brace!”  This is when I stand up and hold my body tight and strong. Then a human can put their hands on my back and use me for support so they can stand up! How cool is that?!  AND I am also doing much better with new people-especially new men. They used to make me very nervous but not so much anymore. See how hard I’ve been working? That’s why it’s been awhile since I could send you an update! No time, I’m busy training!

Goals: Goals are things we all work on to get better and better at life. I will keep working on all my “advanced tasks” that the humans would like me to do. “Open” “pull” “push” all of these “words” will be able to help a furever human when I am a service dog. That is why I like doing them so much.  I like to help people! Come back soon and lets see how well I am still doing!  Love, Elliot  (6/21/18)

Ellie

Ellie

DOB: 4/17/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Ellie is an adorable little retriever that came from our breeding program. She has just the right combination of sweet and sass! Ellie is still young but is currently out with one of our amazing fosters getting socialized and learning her basic commands. We can’t wait to watch this sweetheart grow up!

Goals: Continue socialization in public and become consistent with all basic commands.

Frankie

Frankie

DOB: 12/13/17
Bichon Frise
Hi Everyone! It’s Frankie! This is the first time I’ve been able to give you my own update-last time the trainers thought I was too little to do it. I went to live with a foster family for a little while but have now come back to the ranch to work with the trainers. I really love it here! There are so many dogs here to play with. Now that I am getting bigger, I am expected to start “training” and learning “tricks” to help my furever human some day. The first thing I am working on is “heeling” with this collar around my neck. I don’t think I really like it much. I am hoping as I practice it, I will like it even more. It might be because I am still such a baby puppy that I would rather not have to do this. Time will tell. I am also learning “tricks” like “sit” and “wait.” When you are as little as me, everything takes time and lots of lots of practice. I’m glad my trainer knows that and thinks I’m cute!

Adventures: I do not get to go out on adventures yet. My manners are still a “work in progress.” You should have good manners to go in public.

Goals: Trainers like for all of us to have “goals” to work on to become Service Dogs. Sean wants me to work on things like, “stay” “watch me” “down” and walking with that collar around my neck. He really wants me to also work on being a good listener! Thank goodness I am such a cute little puppy! Please come back soon and check in to see how I am doing.  Love, Frankie (5/29/18)

Figgy

Figgy

DOB: 12/18/17
Bichon Frise
Status: Figgy is one of the newer members of our Little Angels Team and is still a very young pup. He will stay small in size even as he matures, and will go to a recipient that cannot have a large breed dog. Figgy is sweet and mild tempered and loves to snuggle in your arms. Because he is so young, his training has hardly started. He recently left with a foster family and will stay in their loving care for the next few months.

Goals: Our goals for Figgy are name recognition, being comfortable with a leash, learning to take treats, and learning sit and “watch me”. (2/28/18)

Hunter

Hunter

DOB: 3/12/18
Yellow Labrador Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Hunter! As you can see from my birthdate, I am still just a baby of a dog. I came up to the prison program with the M litter. And yes, I was on that same ride that had those silly trainers, Josh and Dana, singing from the front of the van. You really have no idea what that was like. Anyways, we made it! So, here I am. The men trainers here are learning how to train service dogs. Dana and Josh are teaching them all of the “tricks” we need to know. Then in a few months, Dana and Josh will come back (woohoo! I don’t have to listen to them on the way up!) to teach the inmates even more “tricks” to teach us. Sometimes I wonder if it’s a little like a competition…”Look at what my dog can do!”  “Oh well look at my dog!” It makes us pups laugh because we can decide every time who gets to win the competition! I don’t think the trainers even know that yet. Some day they will realize it, but for now, us puppies get to have a little fun with our trainers and each other!  Love, Hunter (8/1/18) 
June

June

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s me, June! It’s been awhile since I’ve updated you on what’s happening at the Prison Program. I’ve been very busy. I continue to do great with all of my “tricks” that will help me to help humans someday. My “basic commands” I call them “baby tricks” are fabulous! My “advanced commands” I call them “smarty pants tricks” are pretty amazing too! I actually love to make these trainer women happy and giggly and the “tricks” are really fun! Because I have been doing such a good job, I got to go on a huge adventure and leave the prison to go on a trip for 5 days! I did a good job mostly, but, I also did a little barking and even a little growling. OOPS!!! Big no no. I would never ever be mean, but sometimes I want to make sure my person is safe. Yes, I know that is not really my job. I’m learning the rules! Sometimes, if you are too bossy and bark, the humans put a collar on you to help you stop.  HMMMMMMM….. not sure I like that. But, they were smart-it worked! No more barking for Ms. June. That is NOT part of my job description!  I have heard some people hear saying in a couple of months it will be time for all of us J pups to head back to the ranch and work with our trainers. They will take us to stores, playgrounds, movies, parks and make sure we can do our “tricks” even with LOTS of distractions and also to make sure we all know we should not bark or growl! Once we get back to the ranch and go on all of our field trips it will be almost time to meet our furever humans!!!  Check back soon to see how we are all doing!  Love, June (8/1/18)
Juliet

Juliet

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever

Hi Everyone. It’s Juliet. I am one of the amazing pups from the J litter but I am currently living with my foster family, not up at the prison like my siblings. I am doing really well with my family and they are teaching me lots of really cool “tricks” that will help my furever human some day. I am getting really good at understanding “tricks” like “sit” “watch me” “take a break!” (love this trick!) ” alert” and even “touch.”  There is so  much to learn to help our special humans. Since I am doing a good job learning and practicing, I am now getting to learn even more “tricks” like “heel” (that means to walk right beside my human and do not pull” “paws up” (this feels like a cozy cuddly command-I am going to be so good at this!) “under” (in restaurants we have to lay quietly under a table while our humans eat!! Yikes!) “come” “down.” I really like learning all of my new “tricks.” And I also really like when I hear my foster mommy telling people  “Juliette is has an amazing personality and loves to show her affection to everybody. She does very well with kids. We will be sad to bring her back to the ranch and hope our forever dog will have her demeanor!”  When I heard this my heart just kept getting bigger and bigger. My whole body felt all warm and fuzzy too. I love my foster mommy and my foster family so much. They take such good care of me and teach me how to be a very special helper to a very special human!

Adventures: One of the very best parts of being in a foster family is that I get to be the queen of adventures! You cannot even imagine all of the places I get to go! I’ve been to Costco, PetSmart, Target, movie theaters and restaurants. I even go to school and doctor and dentist appointments! There are so many things to explore and so many fun places to go! And I’ll let you in on a little secret…even though I am just a baby dog still, I got to go to a Winery! It was so relaxing being there in the sunshine and watching people chat together and be happy! Most of the time I am a very good girl on adventures. Sometimes, I forget my good manners and do silly dog things. On Cinco De Mayo I went to a party. Everyone thought I was such a good girl when I stayed “under” the table while they ate dinner on the lawn. Then they looked and saw the big hole I dug in the lawn. They were not even a little bit proud of my hole or how quiet I could be while digging. Oops. Another time I went to a Chili Cookoff Contest. My foster mommy tried so hard to get me to poop early. I just didn’t need to. Then suddenly while everyone was setting up the booth and getting ready…I had to poop! Really badly! I. Pooped. In. The. Middle. Of. The. Road. I just had to go! The good news was the event had not started yet and I actually didn’t have on my very special vest yet. Thank goodness because pooping in the road is a pretty big no no for service dogs!

Goals: My foster mommy and I work together on goals that will help me be a better service dog. We have decided that for now it is most important for me to continue to work on “tricks” like “heel” “come” and “down.” These are called the “basics” and are pretty important tricks to know when you are helping your furever person. Please come check back soon and see how I am doing! Love, Juliet (6/25/18)

Julian

Julian

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Julian. I am still up here at the Prison Program working really hard to become a service dog. When the trainers put us in “down stays” or “under” they suddenly think we are deaf and cannot hear what they are talking about. I am always listening. I’ve been taking notes so I can tell you some of the things they are saying.  “Julian is doing so great with all of his “tasks” yea baby I am good!!!  “he is going to do well” why thank you! I must have had good teachers!  “he is SO hormonal!?” WAIT! WHAT? What does that mean?  “he has progressed so much in the last couple of months” practice makes perfect!  “he still loves all the girls” I am a young boy…of course I love the girls!  “he has great down stays!” indeed I do!  “he needs to stop getting on top of the girls!” WHAT?? I love to do that! Why do I have to stop?!  I just do not understand…I work hard, I know all of my “tricks” can’t we just ignore the girl “problem?” Please???

Adventures: So…I actually got to go out on some special adventures with a Prison Worker for a weekend! We left the prison on a Thursday night and did not come back until Monday morning! I went on car rides, to a floating pier, to restaurants, I met more humans and more dogs! It was great! I guess I acted just like a service dog should when we went in public! Yay me! I really loved the car rides. It was so nice to look out the windows and watch the world go by! I can’t wait until I can do that with my furever human!

Goals: Anyone want to make a wild guess about what these humans are going to make me work on this month? Come on! Take a guess…Yup…Julian will stay away from girls. Julian will not get on top of girls and act inappropriately. Julian will be bored. Oh oops just kidding. I didn’t mean for that to slip out! Come back soon and I will let you know how I am doing! Keep your paws crossed that these girls will not keep distracting me!! (6/21/18)

Joy

Joy

DOB: 3/7/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s me, Joy! So, I’ve heard a lot of people saying how great I am doing! This makes me so happy to hear! I do wish when they said it, they did not follow it with “I just wish she wasn’t so possessive and clingy.” What does this mean you ask? It means I love my trainer! I like my person. Why do I need to like other people too? I mean I like them just fine but I don’t want to go train with them. I’m fine where I am. Well, that is not the way it works in service dog world. We have to like to be trained by all different people so we get used to being comfortable with everyone. Do you know what they do to help with this problem?? Pass you around to help you get used to everyone! Sometimes it is not so bad. Everyone really wants you to like them best so they are extra nice to you, give you extra treats, play more, cuddle more. Hmmmm I could have it really good if I play my cards right! SSSHHHHH! Lets keep this secret between us for now!  On another note, I do great with all of my tricks. I especially love “vest!” This is when my trainers hide my vest and I have to find it! This game makes me so happy! All of my trainers play this with me because they like to see me happy! They say that I am a “sweet and mellow” dog. They all love me.

Goals: I have some goals the humans are wanting me to work on this month. One is the whole issue with loving my one human too much! I really don’t like when my human plays with another dog! Silly human!! I love you best and you should love me best!  I guess I have to work on sharing humans. I also have to work on making sure I am practicing my “tricks” like “push” “pull” “watch me” “wait.” I do know how to do all of these and I understand what they mean. I just have to remember to do them all of the time-not just when I want to.  Come back soon and check in with me! Love,  Joy (6/20/18)

Jordan

Jordan

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jordan again! So my siblings and I are still here learning to be service dogs at the Prison Program. I have been working hard over the last 3 months practicing my “tricks” and working on being a better listener. I am doing really well with “tricks” like “wait” “watch me” “touch”  “inside” “out” and especially “vest!” I love to get my vest for my trainers! The other day they tried to be very tricky. They put my vest in a bathroom and then pushed the door closed. For me to get my vest I first had to “open” the bathroom door, go in and get the “vest” and then “give it” to the trainers! Those trainers thought this was GREAT! So I did it again and again! It made them so happy and turned them into silly loud humans! I did this “trick” for them FOUR times…open the bathroom door, get my vest, give it to the trainers. Well, when they asked me to do it for the FIFTH time, I barked at the bathroom door instead of opening it!! OOPS! That’s a service dog no no! NO barking allowed. Goodness, if you want my vest, keep it when I give it to you and STOP putting it back in the bathroom! Sometimes humans are very silly.

Goals: I still have lots of goals to work on here. Being a service dog takes lots of practice and lots of hard work.  Sometimes I forget the no barking rule. If I get really excited or a little nervous sometimes my mouth opens right up and out pops that no no noise BARK!  Maybe I should  work on placing a paw over my mouth to remind myself no barking! I also have “tricks” that I still have to get better at. I know the words and what they mean but sometimes, I just forget that I am working. I will work on listening when my trainers say “under” (they like me to lay under a desk while they work-I would rather look around!)  I will also work hard on “come” when they ask me to. Please come back in a month to see how that no barking thing is going!  Love, Jordan  (6/21/18)

Jolie

Jolie

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jolie! It’s been a couple of months since we got to chat about how things are going in the prison program! For Miss Jolie, things are going GREAT! Guess who gets called “Super Star?” Yep, ME!! All of my inmate trainers are so impressed with how well I am doing! Do you remember last time, I had to tell you about being afraid of loud noises and it had to be a “goal” for me to act brave? Well, now I AM brave! I don’t just have to pretend! I am doing a really great job with all of my “tricks” too! It is fun to do “tricks!” Humans get very excited! Their voices get really high and silly, they give treats, sometimes they jump up and down a little bit too! I love making humans happy! One day I even surprised the “prison boss trainer” and picked up her keys for her when she dropped them! She was maybe the happiest I’ve ever seen her!

Goals: Even when we get to a point that we are fabulous and doing all of our “tricks” really well, we have to keep working hard and have goals!  I will be spending the month doing my “advanced tricks” (that means the hard ones!) even better.  I will keep “pulling” cabinet doors open. I will keep doing “lights” so my trainer does not have to get out of bed. I will just keep listening and being the best girl that I can be. Love, Jolie (6/20/18)

Jean

Jean

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone…it’s me…Jean.  I was really hoping to have good news and to tell you how YIKES!!!WHAT WAS THAT NOISE!!! I’M SCARED!  Oh never mind, it was someone walking down the hall. Anyways, I was hoping OH NO! WHY IS THE WIND BLOWING? Goodness, it is so hard to focus. I wanted to tell you how brave I’ve been, but that would not be true. Everything scares me. And I do mean everything. One day, I had to walk down a hallway and the clipboards were hanging on the wall. The wind blew and it made the papers move. I WAS SO SCARED! It was terrible. I dropped my whole body to the floor and would not move! I couldn’t move. What if those papers got me?? My trainer tried so hard to show me I am safe, but I don’t often feel safe. Another day there was a big scary thing in the middle of the dayroom floor! I could not walk! Why was this here? How did it get here? The humans wanted to walk me near it-NO WAY! It’s only a yoga mat they said. It cannot hurt you they said. Get me away from it I said! Sometimes when we are AAHHHHH! MY DOG BOWL IS ON THE FLOOR AGAIN! PLEASE MOVE IT OUT OF MY WAY! when we are walking around to do “tricks” for my furever human I just can’t do it. Did you know that when a locker opens it makes a very scary sound? It does. When a door closes it can slam loudly? I used to be able to push doors closed with my very own nose, until one day SLAM! I will never touch another door! No way!  Did you know when someone has keys on their belt loop it sound like a big giant monster coming to get you? It does. Ya know what “tricks” I’m good at?? “under” “paws up” and “down” as long as my human doesn’t move-not one little inch. Those “tricks” make me feel safe. “Under” my humans desk feels so good-like I’m in a cave and her body is protecting me from yoga mats and dog bowls. “Paws Up” makes my heart stop beating so hard and makes me take a deep breath and relax! I love that word-relax! I just wish I could do it more. Do you know there are these big scary machines hanging on walls here? They are silver, they hum and when humans bend over the machine spits water into their mouths!! These crazy humans like it!! Especially on a hot day! I do not like these machines-ever! I do not like walking down hallways that have these big scary machines on the walls. Talking about all of these scary things is making me feel…scared! I am going to go “under” my human’s desk and try to relax now.

Goals: I am sure you know my goals are the same again this month…BE BRAVE JEAN! I will try and try some more. I cannot promise that I will learn to be brave. Sometimes it is better to just cuddle “under” and “paws up” my human. Please check in on me again soon, but please be very quiet when you do-noises really scare me!  Love, Jean (6/21/18)

Jay

Jay

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi guys! It’s Jay again! Time for another update from “wonder dog!” I am still here in the prison program doing lots of work and learning so many “tricks” that will help my furever person!  At the prison program we get to switch things up by moving around and learning from different inmates. I like this because different people can teach me different things. The inmates like this too because it makes them feel good when I am happy to go with them. Someone told me they were glad I wasn’t “stuck like Velcro to one person” like some of my siblings!  HAHA! I like when I can brag that I am doing so well! I am also doing a great job picking up objects-even small ones like nail clippers, staplers and other things. Sometimes they ask me to pick up my bowl. I won’t. Not sure why, but I just don’t really want to right now. I think because I am so amazing at everything else, it won’t be such a big deal if I don’t like picking up bowls.

Goals:  Last month I was working hard on learning to “dial” and “push.” I will keep practicing but I am doing a great job with these now. I will also work on listening when they tell me to “wait.” Sometimes I do this and other times I do not. We have to learn to be “consistent” and do our “tricks” whenever we are asked-not just when we want to.  I will also work on being “consistent” with “get and give.” Same thing-sometimes I do it and sometimes I whisper “get it yourself silly human!” Please come back to my page in a month and see what else I have learned to do! Love, Jay (6/20/18)

Jamie

Jamie

DOB: 8/16/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Jamie! It’s been awhile since I have been able to update you. We’ve been very busy here at the Prison Program. Our trainers are working so hard to help us be good service dogs.  I am doing “amazing” with all of the “tricks” they want me to know. This makes me proud of all the hard work I do and that I am a good listener. I do really well with “tricks” like “sit” “watch me” “paws up” (I still love this one!) “come” (I like this too!) The reason I like “come” is because I do not really like “wait” and “stay.” I can do it and I usually will do it, but sometimes when they tell me “down” “stay” then my trainer takes a step I can’t help but to get up and take a step too. Then I “wait” but that is not what I am supposed to do. Did you know if your human says “down” “stay” you are not supposed to “sit” and “stay” or “stand” and “stay.” You have to be “down” and “stay.” That can be tricky for me-especially if my favorite human starts to walk away. I want to jump up and yell “Wait for me! Did you forget me?!” So when my human says “come” I “come” fast! Right to them with my tail wagging! I love humans! I also love girl dogs! Maybe a little too much the trainers say! I like their smell. Mmmm girls are lovely! But I am not supposed to pay attention to them or sniff the ground where they were.  Hmmmm I guess I will work on that!

Goals: Goals, goals, goals. Things to work on. Ways to be a better service dog. Ways to get lots of TREATS!!! Ok, I will work on goals this month! I will work on “stay.” It will be hard but I really think I can do it. Especially if I remember after “stay” the human will usually say “come” and we both get all excited when I run to her! I will also work on ignoring those distracting girlie dogs. This will be the harder one, but I have confidence I can do this too-especially if I get treats!! Treats or girls? That will be my big decision this month! Lets touch base soon to see how this thing goes!  Love, Jamie  (6/21/18)

Kasey

Kasey

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi Everyone! My name is Kasey. I am just here to say hi. My brothers and sisters and I were all born at the ranch on June 2, 2018. We are still itty bitty babies so for now we get to hang out in the puppy bunk together with our mommy, Eve. I can’t wait until we start our puppy training and I can update you! Come back soon to check in-but not too soon. (7/27/18)
Kolby

Kolby

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi! My name is Kolby. My bros and sisters are hanging in the puppy bunk! Hey! Dude! Don’t bite my leg! Sorry that was Kasey. Anyways, we are here waiting to start our training. But for now…TAG you’re it! Sorry I gotta goooooooo!! RUN!  Love, Kolby (7/27/18)
Kendal

Kendal

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi humans! My name is Kendal. I don’t have a real update yet because I’m just a little pup still. Tomorrow I will be 8 weeks old! I am growing up so fast. Did you know I have 9 brothers and sisters? Poor mommy is so busy! Please come check on us soon. (7/27/18)
Kalvin

Kalvin

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
It’s Kalvin checking in from the puppy bunk! When you have 9 brothers and sisters, the puppy bunk is a pretty silly place to hang out! Before you know it, we will be out with the big dogs learning to “heel” and “sit” and “come.” Hopefully not too soon, cuz this puppy bunk is FUN!!!  Love, Kalvin  (7/27/18)
Karson

Karson

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Karson! That’s me! One of 10 puppies. I have the best mommy ever! We keep her very busy. She has to be very patient with so many babies to take care of. She has started telling us we have to start growing up and start “training” soon. I don’t think so. I like the cozy puppy bunk with mommy and my brothers and sisters. No training for Karson yet. Love, Karson (7/27/18)
Kramer

Kramer

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
I’m Kramer from the K Litter! Born at the ranch on June 2, 2018. One of 10 puppies. I like to play. I don’t like to take time out to write bios. Bye for now. Love, Kramer (7/27/18)
Kammie

Kammie

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi everyone! I’m Kammie. My siblings and I are staying in the puppy bunk with our mom, Eve. She is busy taking care of us and trying to get rest at the same time. That is hard when you have 10 babies. I try very hard to help my mom but my siblings are WILD! They like to play and be silly all the time. Sometimes I think they forget the very special job we will do. Some day they will mature like me. Until then, I will continue to help our mother and be the good girl and mature sister. Love, Kammie (7/27/18)
Kaylynn

Kaylynn

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi Humans! It’s Kaylynn! I waiting for the camera crew to show up. Where are they? My hair is fluffed, brushed and I am looking exceptional today. I am so excited for you to see me when the photo shoot is over. I know it will be hard, but you cannot all have me for your special helper. Sadly, there is only one of me. Hopefully one day my furever human appreciates my beauty as much as I do. I have to run and check the mirror one more time. Love, Kaylnn (7/27/18)
Kira

Kira

DOB: 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi Everyone, it’s me…Kira. I’m just a baby at the ranch right now. My siblings and I were born at the ranch on June 2, 2018. Tomorrow we will be 8 weeks old! Before you know it we will be starting our training! I know that is a good thing but I love it here in the puppy bunk. We can lay in the sunshine, daydream or RUN!!! when we have a big game of puppy tag together!  Did you know one of the first things we learn is called “watch me” This makes me feel good because we get to just sit and stare at our human. It makes me feel nice inside. Make sure to check in on our progress soon to see how we are doing. Love, (7/27/18)
Kelly

Kelly

DOB 6/2/18
English Cream Golden Retriever
Hi Ladies and Gentlemen. It is me, Kelly. I am one of 10 puppies born to Eve on June 2, 2018. For now we are all living in the puppy bunk at the ranch. My siblings are all quite silly and love to play games like bite each others ankles…why? or Tag? Please stop touching me and running away. I just don’t quite understand why they think this is fun. I never see them sit and think. Look at the big dogs out there. They are learning amazing tricks to help humans. I want to do that. I want to listen when those trainers say “sit” and “come.” I do not want to bite your ankle and I do not want you to bite mine. While I would love to sit and have an in depth conversation with you, I must go for now. I see a trainer out there with a dog! I want to watch and learn! Love, Kelly (7/27/18)
Lulu

Lulu

Yellow Labrador Retriever
My name is Lulu. I am new to the ranch and the puppy bunk. Sometimes I feel a little shy and a little quieter than all of these other puppies here. Sometimes I don’t understand why I don’t have a pink bow in my beautiful hair. I guess that’s not a “thing” here. I’m sure I will get used to that-especially because there isn’t even a mirror for me to gaze into when I walk by. Goodness. So much to get used to. For now, I will not complain. I will watch, listen and see what happens in the puppy bunk every day. Remember that we will all be starting our special training soon. Please keep checking in to see how we are all doing with that training. Love, Lulu (7/31/18)
Lilo

Lilo

DOB:
Yellow Labrador Retriever
Hi. My name is Lilo. I love my name! I heard that there was a vote and a lot of you voted for my new name. Thanks for picking a great one for me! My siblings and I moved to the ranch at the beginning of July. It’s been really nice because there are so many puppies moving in together and all getting to hang out and get to know each other. It’s like having one great big family gathering with siblings and cousins and friends all together. I think we will start our training to be special helpers soon. After a couple of months working with the trainers at the ranch, some of us will move to a prison where we get trained by inmates. When we hang out and train at the prison, we make the inmates so happy. They are very proud of the work they get to do with us and we like hanging out with them too. Please check in again to see when we will be moving.  Love, Lilo (7/31/19)
Lani

Lani

DOB:
Your Title
This is Lani checking in from the puppy bunk at Little Angels! This puppy bunk is FILLED with little angels right now! This is the greatest place ever! So many new friends to meet and play with.  We are having a lot of fun together while we all get adjusted to our new life. I am guessing we won’t have play days for a whole lot longer. I see those trainers feeding us and petting us and rubbing our tummies. They tell us how cute we are too. Then they sneak in a word that I know is a “training” word. Like “Lani, sit” “good girl.” “Watch me”  The fun part is when the trainers say these words their voices change and get funny. It will be fun to see what other “tricks” the trainers know and want to teach us. Please make sure to check in soon! Love, Lani (7/31/18)
Leila

Leila

DOB:
Yellow Labrador Retriever
My name is Leila. I am part of the “L Litter” at the ranch. My siblings and I moved to the ranch in the beginning of July. It is very busy here! Lots of puppies and lots of really cool humans called “trainers” that come to the puppy bunk for snuggles and kisses. They love to sit on the ground and let us climb all over them. We love to kiss them and chew their shoes and fingers and get all wiggly when they are there. I think these trainer humans have the best job ever! Imagine getting to play with puppies all day long. Such a happy place. Pretty soon we are going to start learning the “tricks” we need to know to help humans some day. Please come back and check on us to see everything we are learning. Love, Leila (7/31/18)
Loki

Loki

DOB: 11/1/16
Terrier French Bulldog
Hi Everyone! It’s Loki! I hope everyone is having a great summer! It’s really hot at the ranch right now but that does not keep us from working hard. It just means sometimes after a hard day of work-we get to play in the doggie pool!! I’ve been doing REALLY well with all of my training! Do you remember on my last update how that trainer boy was trying to make me think retrieving a vest was as much fun as retrieving a ball? Well somehow, he is magic and he did it! Not only can I get the “vest” when the trainers tell me to with words, I can get the “vest” when they tell me to with no words and only hand signals! Pretty impressive, huh? Do you know the signal for “vest?” You criss-cross your arms over your chest-that’s all there is to it. When a trainer does that, I get to take off in the barn and find that vest! WOOHOO! Such a fun game. All of my other “basic tricks” are perfect! They are so easy for me to do now! If feels great to see how happy trainers can get. When I lived in the shelter we didn’t get to learn so many cool things like we do at the ranch! I really love it here!

Goals: So, I guess the BIG goal for me is to STOP being so interested in cats and chickens! I am working really hard on this and I am definitely better than I used to be. However, those trainers say I have to get even better! Like NO cats and No chickens! YIKES!  Keep your fingers crossed that these silly little animals stay away from me and stop teasing me all the time! I’ll update you again soon!  Love, Loki  (7/31/18) 

Mickey

Mickey

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
M.I.C.K.E.Y….Do I not have the BEST name ever?! Hi everyone! It’s me, Mickey! Guess where I am? The prison program! Do you know my siblings and I are the first litter to go up to the men’s prison program?! This is very exciting! We are teaching them how to be good service dog trainers and they are teaching us how to be good service dogs! We all get to be happy learning together. So far, we have had time to settle in to our new home and have just started learning these “tricks” called “basic commands.” Once we start getting good at these and have had time to adjust, I will be back to let you know just how things are going! Love, Mickey (8/1/18)
Mia

Mia

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi Humans! It’s Mia. So, after my siblings and I came to the ranch, we moved pretty quickly up to the prison program! We are considered very special because it’s the first time the men have had Little Angels to train! Do you know what that means? We get trained AND we get spoiled! Our inmates love us so much and they want us to feel safe in this new place with them. So, we get lots of treats and tummy rubs! I think I might want to live here forever! Please come check back with us when we have reports to post about how awesome we are doing! Love, Mia (8/1/18) 
Mae

Mae

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Mae! One day some trainers from the ranch (their names were Dana and Josh) took us on a BIG adventure! They put a bunch of our crates in a van and off we went! They told us we were going to a new home for awhile and that we would learn lots of really cool “tricks” to help humans one day. Did you know that Dana and Josh are great trainers and NOT great singers? Nobody packed ear plugs for any of us. It was a very long ride. We tried to sleep. It was not easy.  They finally got us settled into the prison program with our new men trainers. These men love to train us and they love to cuddle us too. When you do a “trick” really well, these big men get really gushy and silly. They have different “happy” voices for puppies that do “good tricks!” We pups, look at each other and giggle when this happens. How does that happen to a big man voice? I think it’s like magic. When we start getting better and better at our tricks, we will post an update so you can see all the cool things we are learning here. PS…do not go on long trips with those trainers unless you bring ear plugs. Love, Mae (8/1/18)
Monte

Monte

DOB: 3/26/18
Black Labrador Retriever
Hi Outside World! It’s Monte from inside the Prison Program.  My siblings and I moved here on June 10, 2018 and we have been busy learning ever since. The men here take good care of us. They are very excited to have puppies here so they work really hard so we will get to stay for a long time.  Did you know that when you cuddle up in the neck of the inmates here they get all happy and tell us how much they love us? It makes my heart really happy for me and for them. The men trainers here are teaching us things like “sit” “down” “come” “stay” so that we will have good manners. After we learn good manners, we get to learn bigger tricks that will make us good human helpers! Some day soon, I hope I can give you an update on all of the tricks I am learning and maybe some pictures of these trainer men that like puppy cuddles so much. Love, Monte (8/1/18)
Nelson

Nelson

DOB:
Golden-Doodle
Hi Everyone! My name is Nelson.  My siblings and I are newbies at the ranch. The puppy bunk is filled with puppies and lots of fun! It is very exciting here. I know eventually we will have to start doing big dog training but for now, we get to relax, get settled into our new bunks and figure out where we are. Please come check back with us soon to see all the new “tricks” we are learning! It’s going to be very exciting! Love, Nelson (7/31/18)
Newton

Newton

DOB:
Golden-Doodle
Hi Humans. This is Newton. I’ve just moved to the ranch a couple of weeks ago with my siblings. I am really glad they are here or I would be really nervous. Because they are here with me, I know I am safe in my new home and with all these other puppies in the bunk. They all love to run and play together and are very welcoming. I know some day soon-maybe in October, some of us will be moving away from the ranch and moving into one of the prison programs to start our training with the inmates!  I am very excited for this. Some of the bigger dogs at the ranch said the inmates really love us so much and they are great at training us. Hopefully, I am a lucky one that gets to go. Please come back soon to check in and see how things are going in the puppy bunk. Love, Newton (7/31/18)
Nova

Nova

DOB:
Golden-doodle
Hi Everyone. This is Nova. I am new at the ranch with my golden-doodle siblings. We just moved into the puppy bunk a couple of weeks ago and so far, so good. We have lots of new friends to run around and play with here. It is all very exciting. I love when we all curl up together at night time and keep each other cozy, warm and feeling safe. During the day, we play tag and have so much fun together. Pretty soon we will all be starting our training to be special helpers. Please come back and check in soon to see how all of us are doing! Love, Nova (7/31/18)
Neville

Neville

DOB:
Golden-Doodle
Hi Humans out there. This is Neville. Can you say Golden-Doodle? I am not a Golden Retriever and I am not a poodle. I am the best of both of those dogs mixed into one fabulous Golden-Doodle. Did you know that if we get the exact right type of fur we do not shed? Pretty amazing, huh?  Did you know if we don’t get the exact right type of fur we shed lots? You just never know how we will turn out. Shed or no shed, we are vey cute! Hopefully soon we will have our photo shoot and you can see for yourself just how cute we are. I’ll tell you a little secret-when I look around this puppy bunk filled with lots of cuteness, we are the cutest around! Please don’t tell anyone-I wouldn’t want to hurt their feelings. Please check in again soon so you can see how we are all doing with our big dog training.  Love, Neville ((7/31/18)
Ozzy

Ozzy

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone. It’s Ozzy. I don’t know if you remember, but last time I checked in I had just gone to live in a foster home! I got to go on LOTS of adventures with my foster family! In service dog language it is called “socialization.” Such a big fancy word that really means I slept A LOT. I slept at their feet at movie theaters. I slept at their feet at doctor appointments, I went “under” and slept at their feet in restaurants. We had lots of fun together! Now, I have come back to the ranch. It is time for the trainers to work with me so I can show them all the really cool things I learned. I can listen when they tell me “sit” “down” “stay” “heel” “watch me” and “come!” I’m doing really well. So now what do those trainers do??? Now, I have to do all of those tricks with “distractions!” WHAT?? WHY? These trainers tell me to “sit.” Then they throw REALLY cool toys or TREATS!! Guess what I have to do? SIT! I am NOT allowed to grab the toy or even the treat! This does not seem fair! Do you know what else I have to do here? Walk by chickens. No barking, no playing tag, just keep walking by those funny looking chickens. These trainers….ugh! Please keep cheering me on. And maybe even find a new home for these chickens….In the meantime, I will keep working on my “tricks with these silly distractions!”  Love, Ozzy (8/2//18)
Owen

Owen

DOB: 9/6/17
Golden Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Owen checking in again.  I am going to give you two different updates today. Mine and trainer girl’s (Isabel). I love trainer girl but we have different ideas on “behavior.”  First, my update…I am the best sniffer and distracted dog EVER!  I am happy-go-lucky! I like to “do my own thing” if ya know what I mean! Life is good-big ranch, lots of dogs, lots of tress, big fields to run and play, lots of roses to stop and smell. WOOHOO! How lucky am I to live at this fabulous place?!  Doesn’t that all sound so great? Well, not so fast says trainer girl! She’s bursting my bubble a bit. Here is trainer girl’s update…get ready…  “Owen’s “watch me’s” are adorable!” Ok she gets credit for that-she’s right! Absolutely Adorable!  “He struggles paying attention when there are distractions”  Ummmmmm hello, trainer, that is why they are called ‘distractions,’  so silly. “He likes to smell the roses (a little too much) and can be stubborn when healing around the ranch.”  Ugh really?  Of course, I’m stubborn-I am TRYING to smell the roses and you just want me to keep right on walking. “Owen would benefit from more structure.” OH NO! No way! I don’t know what that means but I am guessing I will not like it!  “He is energetic and rambunctious and needs to work on patience in down stays.”  Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Being happy and excited is a good thing! Patience you say? If you please stop putting me in a down stay we will not have to work on patience. Trainer girl! Lets compromise! I will continue to be my fun loving self and you will stop asking me to do things that I don’t want to do! That sounds like the best plan ever. To all of you reading this…which update sounds so much more positive, happy and exciting to read? Mine or trainer girl’s? I think I know the answer to that without you even needing to tell me. Please come back soon to see how our compromise is going!  Love, Owen (7/31/18)
Opal

Opal

DOB: 12/27/17
English Cream Retriever
Status: Hi Humans!! It’s Opal! I’m just taking time out from my summer playtime to update you on how amazing I have been doing! Remember last time you read about me, I was working on my basic “tricks” like “sit” “down” “stay” “heel”? Well I have been really practicing and I am getting so good at doing these things whenever the trainers ask me to. It makes them so happy to see what a good listener I can be. I’ve even started doing a pretty tricky thing called “heeling off leash.” This means when my trainer is walking I will walk right beside him-WITHOUT A LEASH!! It is very exciting. When I was just little, I got very excited to be “off leash” and would run and jump and play. Not anymore! Now I “heel” like I am supposed to! I have also gotten really good at doing “out of sight down-stays.” I’ll explain for those of you that don’t know service dog words yet. My trainer will put me in a “down-stay” and this means lay down and please do not move until I tell you to. As long as the trainer is right there where you can see each other, it is pretty easy to stay because that trainer is watching you to make sure you stay. Once you can do this well and almost all of the time, they start “out of sight down-stays” with us. The trainer puts us in a down stay and they LEAVE THE ROOM!! We are supposed to stay. Even though they can’t see us if we move. This is so tricky because it makes me want to army crawl very quietly on my tummy and peek around the corner to see where that trainer is hiding! But guess what??? I stay right where I am supposed to stay-even if there are other animals or people trying to distract me!!  Did you know it makes our trainers so excited when we learn “tricks” like this? Sometimes they do a little jump in the air, or they hug us and rub our bellies a whole bunch. Sometimes it even makes their voices sound really silly and giggly. I love our trainers. Such silly humans.

Goals:   Now that I am doing such good work with my “basic commands” the trainers will start teaching me more “advanced tasks” to practice. I have to keep working on “retrieval” and when I get really good at that I will get to move on to the “vest” command. One of the good things about me that I do not have to keep working on…I am a really good listener to whichever trainer wants to work with me! Those trainers tell each other I am so loyal and lovable to all the trainers at the ranch! I will be like that with my furever human too! Please some check in on my soon!   Love, Opal (7/31/18)

Piper

Piper

DOB: 10/1/18
English Cream Retriever
Hi Everyone! It’s Piper. I just wanted to update you on my future plans. I have very big news. As you know, I came all the way from the Ukraine. I spent some time at the Little Angels Ranch and NOW we have all decided I will not be a service dog- I will be a service dog momma! That means I get to live with a family and be a pet. And when my body tells me it is time, I will start growing itty bitty babies in my tummy. I will take such good care of them while they are in my tummy. I will eat LOTS of food (heehee) and get lots of rest and be spoiled by my family. That will let my babies grow until they have no more room in my tummy. When they are ready to come into this great big world, I will be the best mommy ever! I will help them walk and grow and eat, until finally they will be ready to start their very special training as service puppies! Next time I update you, it will be with good puppy news! Love, Piper(8/2/18)
Winston

Winston

DOB:
Black Standard Poodle
Bio Coming Soon…
Zoey

Zoey

DOB: 3/30/17
Red Poodle
Status: Hi Everyone! It’s me, Zoey! I have the MOST AMAZING NEWS!!! Guess what today is??/HURRY GUESS ALREADY!! It’s our BIG HUGE DAY! I’ve made it! I did it and today I get to meet my boy! MY BOY! MY FUREVER HUMAN! He’s mine all mine! Do you know how that feels?? It feels like the biggest hug in the whole entire world! It feels like there is more love in my heart than my heart can hold. This is the day we have been waiting for! Thank you all for following my training and wishing me good luck along the way. It helped me push through on the days I thought I would rather play than work. But now that he is HERE, right here in front of me…I just can’t believe it!  Please, wish me well with my new furever human and on my newest and best journey EVER!  Love, Love, Love, Zoey  (7/31/18)  
Ziggy

Ziggy

DOB: 3/30/17
Red Poodle
 Status: Hi Everyone! It’s Ziggy! Guess what?! I am still not going to be a service dog! Nope! I did not change my mind. My job is going to be human spoiler from inside the house. I don’t really understand why anyone wants to go out into public when we can all be home together.  I love to be home with my  people. I can do all my really important “tricks” right at home. I love to do “paws up” for deep pressure therapy when my human feels sad or nervous. It makes me so happy to hug them and know they will feel better.  I can also play the alert game  AND I know almost all of my basic obedience! I’m actually a really smart ginger dog! I cannot go out into public and I do want to go out into public. So please remember that if you are going to adopt me-I will be your IN HOME Assistance Dog!

I also need to tell you one other little secret about me…I really don’t like being left alone very much. I love my people and I especially love my people with me! If you like to stay home during the day and go for a walk, or watch tv or do things at home…I would be such a good boy! Sometimes when I get put in a crate…I bark. I try so hard not to but I do. I just want you to stay with me. I do get along with other dogs but my favorite kind of home is when I get to be the only pup and get SPOILED!   Please remember, the longer it takes for you to decide that I am your furever friend, the longer I have to hang out here with these trainers. I’m kind of over them now. Please get in touch with my people! Please bring $2000 (small price to pay for a lifetime of Ziggy love) and PRETTY PLEASE bring me home with you!   Love, Ziggy (8/2/18)

 

 

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