Sunday, October 31, 2010

A day in the city and American Idiot

Started the day off at The Grey Dog Cafe in Chelsea.

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

Fi does Manhattan

Sensory assault in Manhattan. Fiyero was a champ.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Interesting perspective

So this is what it's like from above. As we in the process of running the Fall Festival agility trial we heard a buzz over head. Yes, the judge did walk over and kindly ask the gentlemen not to fly the remote control airplane above the trialing area for fear of distracting the dogs but the attached video is the result of the fly over. It is an interesting perspective.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

On the Boardwalk!

Keeper's been traveling and, I hear tell, doing exceptionally well. No problem at all with the casinos in Atlantic City, no problem traveling on planes, no problem with crowds. He's growing up to be a fantastic dog!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The cast and crew.

For a solid 4 days of filming we had a cast and crew that just wouldn't quit.

A huge thanks goes out all these folks.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hero Shot

You know it when you've got it. The hero shot. The one shot that brings a tear to your eye and you know it states the purpose of the campaign.

We got that shot on the second to last day of filming.

While the shot is slightly composed from behind the scenes the live footage inside the frame tells the story.

We look forward to sharing it with everyone very soon.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PSA filming complete.

Time to "Pop Smoke". A military term for wrapping it up and getting out of here.

We have completed our 4 day journey into filming PSAs for our We Serve with Honor litter of puppies.

The film crew spent the time at 5 locations setting up and shooting numerous sets.

Produce area of HyVee in Windsor Heights. Set 1 Day 2

Canned food isle of the HyVee in Windsor Heights.

Randy you and your HyVee crew were the greatest people to work with!

Blackhawk set on location at Camp Dodge. Set 3 Day 2

Thanks to the airmen and soldiers that patiently waited for us to get the set "just right".

Meet the stars of the show. The dogs! Roggen, Velo. Oh, and the soldiers worked the set like pro's.

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

On the set.

On the set for one scene of Paws & Effect's Public Service announcements. We are raising awareness about our "We Serve with Honor" litter. These dogs are being trained for mobility work and PTSD assistance and will be placed with Iowa Veterans.

Velo was the star of the show.

Monday, October 11, 2010

HONOR WATCH - Military Litter has arrived!

What we've all been waiting for! The military litter is preparing to "Serve with Honor".

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Who was on WHO radio?

Paws & Effect who that's who.

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

Paws & Effect's Fall Festival Dog Agility

There was no getting away from the storm system on the Saturday of Paws & Effect's Fall Festival dog agility competition. The pouring rain let up every half hour or so, enough of a break to run a course or two. We (everyone attending) endured the day.

Sunday came and brought some of the most spectacular fall weather.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

They say that a dog knows.

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.

Gabor also turned his back on me the day he was placed, never looking back.

They say that a dog knows. And now I've been witness to that knowledge.

Friday, October 1, 2010

A video from ChildServe

An excerpt from the most recent promotional video for ChildServe. We are extremely proud to be working with the children at ChildServe, ChildServe and the Pet Partner volunteers that make this program a huge success.

Click here for the complete video.