Wednesday, December 29, 2010
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
We are extremely pleased to announce this weekends evaluations we're successful.
We must toss out a HUGE BIG Thank You to St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids for graciously opening up their facility. Without their generosity we would struggle to make such great things happen in the Animal Assisted Therapy (AAA/AAT) world.
We are also SO PROUD of our newest Delta Society Evaluator. She did a spectacular job in shadowing the evaluations and even taking the lead on the scoring as the days evaluations progressed.
And for the Finale, we have our first ever cat Pet Parnter. Dewey was a treat to evaluate and can expect great things from him (remember it's always about the Pet Partner). Chris, you did a fantastic job with the evaluation.
Thanks to everyone and look forward to seeing you make a difference in someone's life.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
with the people who receive our service dogs. While the frequency and type of communication varies, we do make a significant effort to make sure that placements are going well, that dogs are healthy, that the relationship is working.
Today, the following texts were exchanged with the sailor with whom Gabor is placed:
"be proud of Gabor. he and i went to a movie last night by ourselves. it was fun"
"I'm proud of YOU. Hugs and kisses to Gabor!"
"i will tell Gabor as soon as he takes a break from his new bone. he eats them, but they are the only thing i have found that lasts more then 10 minutes. thanks for the kudos.
"Send photos! I miss having his silly mug around."
Ask and you shall receive!
Apparently, texting me wasn't enough. I received an email on December 9, 2010 sharing this:
I am very gratefully to all of Gabor's puppy trainers. He gets a lot of attention when we are out and about. His calmness is a stand out. Both kids and adults comment on his obedience and appearance. I take him to our local Pet-Smart for grooming once a month. Words I am getting accustom to hearing include; what a beautiful dog !, how well trained he is (I never take credit for this except to say I have great friends in the field of training service animals), and of course the most popular words are "may I pet him?"
We go to ---------- Naval Base for groceries a lot. As to be expected there are a lot of young (pre-school) children there. Most mothers are good enough to help me by explaining to their children and husbands that Gabor is working and not to interrupt him. Yet this still gives me an opportunity to engage in short conversations (which is way beyond anything I have done since getting out of the service in '75). I thank them for their understanding and am looking forward to a time when I can let the kids pet him.
I figure it will be another 3 to 6 months before I can be confident in my relationship with Gabor and his willingness to keep his attention on me so that kids petting him will not be such a distraction. I see progress every week !
Taking all of this into consideration it is I who am grateful to you for the training and care given to Gabor. He has made a tremendous and welcome chance in my life. Kudos to all the people who helped in his upbringing. By the way I should mention Gabor wants to be a lap dog !
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
to get out of bed. Duly noted, Fiyero now resides with SSG Raymond, who has Guard this weekend. She was out of bed at 0500. Fi wasn't. Not even close.
If you're heading to the grocery or book store, check out the November/December 2010 issue of The Iowan. We are featured in a two page spread titled Canine Confidence that features the literacy program in which our therapy dog teams participate. It is another fantastic story.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
To kick off this venture we brought in 7 special operations officers - otherwise known as service puppies in training - who will be raised and trained by puppy raisers around the state.
This video teaser are some of the behind the scenes images and video from our four days of filming. Stay tuned to local channels near you for the final public service announcements to launch very soon.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
To say that we're proud of the designation is an understatement. To be recognized as one of the few programs that are of the quality and consistency necessary to receive this honor is just that: an honor.
I hope this brings as big a sense of satisfaction to you as it has me.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Proud of The Grey Dog Cafe, so much so that he wanted to pose in front of their sign.
We were served dog paw designed coffee art lattes. How appropriate.
Fiyero played in a city style dog park. He stayed away from the bully Boston Terrier.
Then Fiyero was asked to leave the ToysRUs store. They have a difficult time understanding the ADA let alone understand that he's a service dog.
And now Fiyero can recommend American Idiot on Broadway. As a matter of fact he says "it's a Wicked performance."
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The final shot of the day on Day 2. Set #? (Who really knows. By the time we wrapped up for the day we'd stopped counting)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Velo was the star of the show.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
We are always willing to talk and it isn't often that chance to push the airways a little bit. In an effort to spread the word about our upcoming litter of service puppies and our We Serve with Honor program as well as get the word out that Paws & Effect is in Iowa's back yard. We jumped at the chance to record an interview with Breakfast with Bekah on WHO radio Saturday evening. And to add to all the excitement Major Amy Price with the US Army, Todd Cerveris - actor, dancer, and now director of the public service announcement project all participated in the discussion along side Nicole Shumate - Executive Director of Paws & Effect.
Listen in! Click here.
Jake (Jake-o-Lantern) wanted to thank Todd for doing a great job in the interview.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Sunday came and brought some of the most spectacular fall weather.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
That, when being placed, they often take immediately to their new circumstances, often working immediately for the person to whom they are assigned. I had my doubts about Gabor, especially in that I was the one placing him. He's loved me and only me from the get go. He was amenable to living with others, yet he was nuts for me, no matter what I did. I used to tease that he LOVED me and I loved him, too, but not in the bold, capital, italicized way he seemed to feel about me. Gabor was a dog that screamed bloody murder in New York about being left overnight with a friend, a dog that would leap to new heights as soon as he realized I was in the room, a dog that drove everybody at Canine Craze nuts with his squeals as soon as he heard my car in the parking lot.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Click here for the complete video.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Well. He's doing very, very well. In fact, one could argue that he's doing fantastic!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Paws & Effect was very fortunate to have two tickets to South Pacific and a backstage tour donated to help us fundraise to place Tag. Todd Cerveris, Tag's puppy raiser (and Morton Wise in South Pacific), coordinated a wonderful experience for the winning bidder. Thanks to everyone involved!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Pet Partner evaluations were a grand success. Met lot's of dogs and their handlers. Thanks to the St. Luke's Pet Pals for volunteering and providing us a wonderful evaluation space. We greatly appreciate everyone putting in the time and effort to make this another spectacular weekend.