Chase Away K9 Cancer

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Chase, from the Chase Away K9 Cancer website


Dogs with Cancer. It is a 6 letter word that I hate. Did you know that canine cancer affects one out of every three dogs? And about 50 percent of dogs over the age of eight are diagnosed, Freeman says. Cats have similar rates.

I recently lost my lovely Rider to Lymphoma at a young 8.5 years. 14 years ago I lost my not yet 5 year old Golden Ashley to Cancer. And now my Silky Simon who was treated for Lymphoma just a few months ago, has his Lymphoma coming back.

That is why I support the Chase Away K9 Cancer organization. Today the Oregonian posted a very nice article about them: Local woman’s campaign aims to eradicate canine cancer.

And here is the link to their website Chase Away K9 Cancer:

New ADA laws with regard to Service Animals clarified

Good evening!

I commonly chat with folks who are not clear about what the laws are with regard to the designation of "service animal".  A friend sent me the following statement which is a summary of the new law and is more clear than I have seen in the past.

The new law came into effect this year in March and defines a service animal as the following:

"Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler´s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal´s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition."

The service law states that the only reason a service dog can be bared from admission is if it is not house broken or its not under the control of the owner.  It also states that the owner can not be asked what their disability is, but they can be asked what service the dog provides, and if the animal is required due to a disability.  The owner is not required to carry any documentation.

I'm glad to see that the law is written more clearly now. I have been witness to many situations in which the law was being abused. The worst was a situation where two dogs with one owner came into a small grocery store and dove into the bulk bins. The situation was very out of control, and the poor store owner who was of foreign decent and culture was upset but mystified as to what his rights were. The human end of those leashes was screaming that they were her service dogs. This is such a dis-service to anyone who really needs a dog and has one that is behaviorally appropriate. It would be great to see the law posted in store fronts so all could be educated.



Trial fun with K9 Nose Work

I'm back from my trip to CA for a K9 Nose Work trial. It was great. I started writing this blog post while sitting under a tree on a beautiful sunny day. Mick was in the NW2 [level two of three] trial and did me proud. He nailed the vehicle (one hide) and the exterior ( two hides) in very respectable time. In fact, he got a ribbon for the fastest time for the exterior hide and was third fastest for the vehicle.

Mick got one of the three interior hides and just seemed clueless as to where the other two hides were. I false called one of the interior hides and he timed out on the other one. I think he got stuck in drifted odor from the first find or perhaps there was food in one of the lockers where he was hanging out. Mick did a stellar Job of ignoring what looked to be crunched up corn chips on the floor, and I was very happy with that.

The container drill was spooky. Theme of the day seemed to be 'threshold hides' and it was the first box about 6 ft from the start line. Hard to trust your dog on that one but I did and we got that hide. Then he just turned sort of wishy-washy and I ended up calling it on a not very clear indication. Wrong. I should of waited.  We had plenty of time.  "Oh well" and we were done.

Next search immediately following the Container element was the vehicle. Hi nailed it in very good time. Very confident.

Last element of the morning was the exterior with two hides. Lots of dogs false alerted on a door stop that was about a foot or so from the hide. Silver, just like an odor box. Not Mick. He went straight to the hide. Then he trotted along the wall and took a left into the gate of a dry garden area. There were a couple of sticks of wood on the ground under a tree and he indicated. I called it and low and behold I heard the judges 'yes'. That was our last element of the trial. We happily ran back towards the parking lot and when we hit the grass, he squatted and pooped!. {I know, too much information, but since he managed to scarf down 3/4 of a loaf of  Dave's Bread on Thursday evening, and 'seedy' bread at that, well, you know what the outcome of that could have been!}

As I type this I had to get up and get his nose out of a bag of clothes that happened to contain a pair of pants with a cookie in the pocket. He shows no since of what is his and what isn't anymore if food is involved. It's his as far as he is concerned. No matter how many pockets he has to rip through to get it. Getting old is wonderful, [for the dog end of the leash] I guess.

Anyway, after the folks in the score room finished up with the numbers stuff they announced the element and overall placements. And darned if my 14 year old boy didn't have the third fastest time in the vehicle hide, and the fastest time on the exterior! Yea Mick. Not bad for an old guy.

It was a great day for playing my dog's favorite game with him, and appreciating what a great dog he has been. Just so happens that I had the chair he won for an obedience High in Trial in 2001 with me cause it's little and fit in the car with all the other stuff we drove down with. So here we are, 11 years later and still having a great time together.

OK, enough rambling. The last thing I have to say though, is that Rider is mingling freely with Anne's dog, Crackers. She puts him in his place well, and it's so nice to see Rider want to play with her, and just hanging out comfortably with another dog.

It's tough having a reactive and aggressive dog. But it's been worth it. As I tell many people, Rider has taught me more about dog training than I ever thought I needed to know. What a great teacher!



Welcome to my new website!

I am happy to introduce our new website! This will be the new central point for everything we are doing through both "Unsinkable Dogs," and "Cooperative Dog Training." Soon the old sites will be removed and redirected here, so if you have us bookmarked you may want to go ahead and update to this URL.

Please take your time to look around. This is an ever evolving process so please check back often for updates and new.

-Joyce's Dogs Staff