Hello world! It’s Mia! Remember last time I told you I had left the prison program to go to New Hampshire? Well, things have changed again… Right now, I am all the way back on the West Coast, but this time I am staying at the San Diego Ranch. After the Grand Opening in August, I had to say goodbye to Trainer Boy Spencer and took a plane with Trainer Girl Jen and the rest of the San Diego Staff. Trainer Boy explained to me that I had to come back for one VERY special reason. Can you guess what it is? You are right! THE TIME HAS COME! I AM READY! I came here to meet my FUREVER HUMAN! Aren’t those the most exciting news ever? In the last couple of months, I’ve been working with Trainer Girl Jen. We have been going on lots of field trips, we even went to Sea World and Disneyland for Epilepsy Awareness Day. I got to demonstrate my skills in front of lots of people! It was all fun, but the most exciting thing is that in December I’ll get to finally meet MY person! I can’t wait! For now, I am doing GREAT! I think Trainer Girl is falling in love with me, just as Trainer Boy Spencer did… She says I am the happiest, sweetest pup, such a fun dog to be around and a pleasure to work with. She says that I just keep improving, in public and doing all my tasks. The only “bad” thing I have ever heard her mention about me is that I am slightly squirmy. But wouldn’t you be super happy if you knew you are THAT close to having such an important job as mine? The trainers have been teaching me how to identify my person’s special scent and to alert to it when I find it. As always, I picked it up really quick and now I am a pro! I can ID the scent, out of different scents and whenever I smell my hooman’s special scent indoors I go and play the alert game. I still need more practice to be able to ID the scent when we are outside… however, I know I’ll get there. I love my hooman’s scent! But to my future girl, I can’t wait to meet the rest of you and go on lots of adventures together! I am ready! Love, Mia (11/23/2019)
Hey guys! It’s Lulu! Lots of things have changed since my last update. I finished my training in the prison program and took a plane to the other side of the country, all the way to Sky Valley Ranch in New Hampshire! There I met my Trainer Boy Spencer, and since I arrived in June, we have been working really hard! The hard work of ALL my trainers has paid off and guess what?! I AM READY! I am going to graduate really soon! YAAAYYYY!!! Trainer Boy Spencer says I am an absolute ROCKSTAR! My obedience is perfect, and I love to perform mobility tasks! It doesn’t matter if we are in public or not… Josh is also impressed with me! He says I have a fantastic brace, love to retrieve no matter what the object is and that I’m extremely responsive to obedience! On top of all these, I do very well with new situations, sudden noises, all kinds of people and animals, as I totally focus on my handler when working. I LOVE to work and to keep my eyes on my person… If this doesn’t mean I am ready, I don’t know what does!! You want to know a secret? Most service doggos have to wait until handler training to meet their furever person. But I got to cheat a little bit! In the first week of November, I took a plane back to the East Coast for Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland. And there, I got to meet MY hooman! It was the happiest, most exciting day of my life!! All the hours of training were worth it! Sadly, I had to come back to New Hampshire to finish getting ready until MY hooman came for handler training. And this week it finally happened!! We started handler training last Wednesday and it’s going great!! Me and my hooman are as happy as we can be together! Thank you, everyone, for following my journey! This will be my last update, but my journey continues with my hooman! Love, Lulu (12/06/2019)
Hey y’all! It’s Jordan! I have THE BIGGEST news for this update! I MET MY FUR-EVER HOOMAN!!! I am ready to become a REAL service dog!!! You read that right; I am going to be a REAL SERVICE DOGGO! I am SO excited! I met my furever hooman last Tuesday and it was love at first paws up! I was more than happy, I wanted to give her ALL the kisses! She came to the San Diego Ranch; and for the next 2 weeks, with the help of the trainers, we are getting to know each other and learning how to become a team. For now, she comes to the ranch every day so we can practice. BUT next week we are going to go out in public for the first time! And after our second field trip, I will go to the hotel with her! We won’t have to say goodbye ever again! By the end of the 2 weeks, my hooman and I will have our graduation. I’ll be officially a REAL SERVICE DOGGO, and we will be the BEST TEAM! Trainer Girl Jen and I have worked so hard for this moment and she says I am ready now. Thank you to all my trainers and fosters, for teaching me how to be confident, how to behave in public, how to focus on tasks in public and all the other good things that will help my hooman. It’s been an incredible journey but, to my furever hooman, the best is yet to come! Love, Jordan! (11/17/2019)
Hi Everyone! My name is Deja! I am one of the older labs donated from Stofer Labs. I officially became a Little Angel in training in October and GUESS WHAT?? My obedience and my temperament were SO good since day 1 that two months was all it took for Boss Lady to realize I was not only born for this job… I was ready for it! It was time for my forever family to finally get THE call!! The hard part is we still had to wait until the end of January to be with each other… I CAN’T WAIT to be with MY girl forever! Luckily it’s almost time now!!! We will be best friends! But before that, I had to finish rounding off my tasks for my girl; so I can be the best service doggie for her! When I arrived at Little Angels, I was good with my basic obedience, but here I learned SO many cool tricks to help my girl! Some of the things I have learned here are DPT, alert, dial, door, pull and to brace while wearing a special harness! AND not only to do these but now we are practicing doing them using hand signals only! I still have some fine-tuning work to do, but overall I am doing GREAT! Both, with all my tricks and with my manners and focus out in public. To my furever girl, I promise to keep working very hard so I can be the best service doggie for you! Love, Deja! (01/13/2020)
GREAT NEWS EVERYONE!! I am going to be an in-home assistance dog! I am extremely excited to meet my very special little girl at the end of January. Just a few more days to go!! I have been trained in DPT, hop up, and am still working on sniffing out seizures. Can you believe it? In the past year, I went from being in a shelter, to start service doggie school, spend time in the prison, train in the San Diego ranch and now I am going to meet my girl! I can’t wait to give my girl lots of cuddles and kisses. To my furever girl, I can’t wait to meet you and be your best friend furever!! Love, Sully!(01/20/2020)
Hi everyone! On my last update, I told you about my new life on the East Coast, but now I am back in San Diego. After the Grand Opening of our New Hampshire Ranch, I said goodbye to Trainer Boy Spencie and flew back with the San Diego Crew. Before I left, Trainer Boy told me he was REALLY proud of me. It took me a little longer to learn all my tasks and to learn how to perform them in public, but my trainers didn’t give up on me, and now I am back where all started, getting to the end of my training. He said I should be good to go soon! I am so proud of myself; I’ve come such a long way… Back when I was in New Hampshire, I started learning these extra-special tricks, like dial, which means I need to call for help by finding a button and pressing it. Trainer Boy said it was my only weak point, but we had just started working on it; I improved quickly, and we started adding more and more distance. I love doing all my tasks now. I feel so important. By the time I got to San Diego with Trainer Girl Sam, she was really impressed. She kept saying I am INCREDIBLY responsive and LOVE to work. She actually said I was an ANGEL! Both at home and in public. I’ve been going to LOTS of field trips here in San Diego. We went to the movie theatre, Trader Joe’s, Petco, lots of stores, to the beach, the mall, the nail salon, Seaport Village and even a Halloween Store! I’ve been doing great in most of them. However, I still get a little bit nervous from time to time…. Like the other day at the grocery store, the basket kept going over my head and I just didn’t feel comfortable with that. Or when Trainer Girl brought me to dinner at a friend’s house. I was NOT prepared for the number of people and attention I was getting! I must admit I got overwhelmed, and I might have even nervous-peed a little. I felt so bad afterward. Trainer Girl assured me sometimes you need to take a step back in order to go two steps forward. That made me feel better and now I am ready to keep working and take those steps forward! I just started learning a new game, it’s called scent training, and even though I haven’t fully understood it, I really like this game; there is lots of clicking involved and that means lots of treats! Or at least that’s what I think… I know I’ll figure it out soon. And once I do, I’m sure it’s gonna be no time before I get to meet my furever hooman! Please come back soon to check on my progress! Love, Jolie (11/21/2019)
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)
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!
Then just when my head is sooo big it’s hard to get into my crate…trainer girl brings my head right back down to regular size…She says things like “Frankie, do not be vocal in the crate!” Then I hear her tell other people “Frankie tends to be vocal in the crate-this is a big challenge for him and we are going to work hard to overcome it.” Weeellll, trainer girl, you have a lot of work to do. The reason I am vocal in the crate is because…I don’t like the crate! I like you! I like people! I like doing DPT and I REALLY like being held! If you would let me out of the crate, I would stop being vocal (because I wouldn’t be in that silly crate!) I’ll try to keep you all updated on who wins the “Battle of the Crate!”
On a happier note…guess what I get to start doing soon…FIELD TRIPS! Yay! Trainer girl says very very soon I will get to start going out in public! Restaurants, stores, parks, playgrounds, beaches, movies (let me know if there are any good ones out that I should see!) I’m so excited to go out with trainer girl! We are going to have a blast together. Check back in soon! Love, Frankie (12/05/18)