The below is a visual timeline of our process for placing Autism Service Dogs with Families.
Yesterday started out like a regular day at the office, I was working on grants, puppy transports, free chats, fundraising coaching, etc. etc. ... and then it started.
4 TEXT MESSAGES
11:31 Good Dog! Charlie's Mom
12:57 Good Dog! Sully's Professional/Mom
1:00 Good Dog! Blaze's Mom
1:54pm Good Dog! Eddie's Mom
It's not unusual for Rick and I to receive text messages from our families on a regular basis, but it's highly unusual for 4 to come in one day within hours of each other. So we wondered, why Wednesday? Why now? We decided it might just be the best time ever to share the hope and promise that comes with a Good Dog! It was a sign to spread some heartwarming news from North Carolina, West Virginia, New Orleans, and the Pacific Northwest with YOU who help us make it all happen! So THANK YOU for your continued support and love for our families and dogs. And enjoy the messages below!!
by Good Dog! Cade and Charlie's Mom Amanda
We’ve had our Good Dog! Charlie home with us for exactly three weeks today. She has adjusted amazingly and each day I feel such gratitude for what the entire Good Dog! team has does for our family. These dogs are incredible and to see the genuine life changing presence Charlie has brought in to our home makes me want to share our unique experience. The first week home we dove head first into activities, which helped with my confidence as her benevolent leader. The first two weeks we went on lots of grocery shopping, movies, and even church outings. But we hadn’t taken her out for an entire “working” day until this past Friday.
We are thrilled to be recognized by the Petco Foundation and Natural Balance Inc. for our work with service animals. Good Dog! has received a $2,500 grant to fully educate a new class of handlers in all aspects of service dog ownership; helping both animals and people to live their best lives.
Our teams are well on their way to establishing bonds with their new four legged family members and are busy learning all they need to know to be great autism service dog handlers.
A graduation ceremony to celebrate the teams will be held at National University in La Jolla on Saturday July 29th. rsvp>>
by Good Dog! Luna and Chatham's Mom Ingrid
We participated in the ATPF, JetBlue Blue Horizons sponsored scavenger hunt at the San Diego Airport on April 30, 2017. There were about 20-25 families who participated in total. This was a totally fun day! Thank you to the amazing organizations that put on this event!
While the summer months can be associated by most with sun block, iced beverages, and firework displays, many may also associate this time with exercise. Whether it is a game of beach volleyball or a bike ride in the park, summer break serves as a prime opportunity to get outside and get active. Dog owners in particular take advantage of the sunshine by bringing their canine pals along for some cardio. Although dog owners walk their pets year round, the warm weather typically serves as an incentive to spend an even greater amount of time outside with the dog. For this reason, Good Dog! is here to bring our fellow dog lovers some tips to ensure your pups have a safe and enjoyable work out!
Excerpts from a blog of top 10 vacation reflections – Written by Natasha McIntyre)
We experienced our first Disney World trip with a service dog! We are novice Disney vacationers, only being our second trip. With that said, I had no earthly idea how to do Disney with a service dog. I packed lots of treats, his shoes, a travel water bowl, and my confidence…
9) Blaze made such a difference for Wyatt. I was amazed by how much of the parks Wyatt walked, how he got on and off the rides with more confidence and overall so much more calm and happy. Most people were so much more patient with us and provided smiles instead of stares…
By Good Dog! Grom's Mom, Jenny
We survived! Here we are...off to the side, so that we can be invisible and unobtrusive at the middle school dance. We waited until line got low, then entered. Good Dog Grom was great. Me, I was a little like "Bill the Cat" due to the 500 plus, sugar jacked up tween and teenagers.
by Laura Sylvester
Ever wonder how service dogs get their names? At Good Dog! Autism Companions the child and family always get to decide their pup's forever name. This is how child and dog take one of their first steps in bonding.