Katie Gonzalez

Happy Mother’s Day to Katie Gonzalez!

A special “Happy Mother’s Day” goes out to Katie Gonzalez.  Katie Gonzalez is one of the warmest compassionate people I have had the honor to have known along my journey. She has done amazing things, including being a mother to her 11 year old son.  She has helped many disabled persons lead fuller, more productive lives through her efforts as Executive Director at Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in San Diego which trains and provides service dogs to qualified recipients.  As many of you know, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through this great agency.  I have been volunteering to help raise funds towards their efforts.  Doing so has allowed me to collaborate with this wonderful woman.

Living with a disability can be exhausting.  Normal day to day events can be overwhelming.  Many of us experience daily unintended discrimination. Add to that the process of obtaining a service dog.  Even though a service dog brings me tremendous hope and will be a huge asset to my life, raising funds and acquiring the right service dog can be a long and demanding process.  There are ups and downs along the journey and adventures that lead you to places you could never have imagined.  Some days are draining and one can wonder if it is even worth it.  There is no better person than Katie Gonzales to help you navigate the waters and to cheer you up when the going gets tough. During these times of challenge, just hearing a few words from Katie can be a soothing balm.  She has been a huge source of encouragement and support.  I am grateful to be so honored by her presence in my life.

Blessings and Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!

Pamala

 

 

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit agency. We are volunteering to help raise the $10,000.00 (the average cost for the 600 hours training per service dog). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Little Angels Service Dogs, no matter how small. We cannot thank you enough for your help, even it is a good thought, love, or a prayer sent our way!

You can do this by clicking the link below and scroll down to the section about me, Pamala and hit the donation button below my story.
www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/mobilityassistanceadult.html

Thanks and many blessings,

Pamala Dean

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Consciousness and Service Dogs

Through my service dog adventures and interviews, I have learned a great deal.  This knowledge has been assisting in development of an educational video, “Four-Legged Service Angels”.   It has also been an asset as I go around town sharing my knowledge with the community all about service dogs.  I have even developed a personal business card that educates the public and especially businesses about the regulations for service dogs according to the Americans with Disability Act.

I have been asked many questions from people wanting more expansive knowledge on the subject.  But more recently, I was asked a very intriguing question that inspired me to share how my relationship with animal has evolved over the years.  My relationship with animal has actually been an unexpected source of healing and personal development.  It has also raised my consciousness beyond my wildest imagination.

The person’s question was actually also a challenge.  They did not see any connection to the subject matter.   I was after all, asking to speak at a consciousness-raising group about service dogs.  ‘What do service dogs have to do with consciousness?’, they asked.  I was not there to respond, but when I received an email from a group member, I thought ‘what an excellent question.’  I was not offended by the question. It was a question I had actually asked myself, at one point in time.  Once I realized our connection to animals had everything to do with consciousness, I quickly forgot others did not have this awareness I had come to.

I have always been able to see connections where others see none.  From my all my four leggeds, including the manifestation of the service dog adventures, my answer is service dogs have ‘EVERYTHING’ to do with consciousness.  As one of the Little Angel trainers said to us during our training with Sunny, everything goes down the lease and affects your dog and their behavior.  Your energy, your creativity, how you handle and deal with your demons, whether you remain positive and upbeat, how well you can work with the subtle energies to adapt things to the needs of the partnership, all of these things are going down the lease and influence how things unfold.  The process can be utilized to stay stuck or as a consciousness raising activity.  It is all the choice of the human involved.

In a recent interview with Officer Mark Archuleta and Brady, the Taos police dog, he relayed, “We have tainted our relationship with dogs in America.  American breeders have been breeding dogs for show and our personal human entertainment.  This has resulted in the neurological changes, within dog breeds.  American dogs have lost their high quality skills and are no longer useful as police dogs.  Humans have force dogs to follow our story instead of their story forgetting they are pack animals.  We have forgotten their usefulness and treat them as “pets” instead of honoring them by acknowledging they have need for purpose, as well.

I believe this has changed the neural pathways and created miasms that, as we know from quantum physics and recent brain research, these miasms can be cleared and new neural pathways can be developed.  In animals this process can occur with greater ease and at a faster rate than with humans.   Yet, until we raise our consciousness and change our relationship with dog, the world, we will continue to break the system down.

In Germany dogs are treated as the pack animals instead of humanizing them. Because of this, all police dogs are from Germany.  They receive basic training while in Germany (Mark called it High School).  Dogs in Germany are trained from birth to be socialized, disciplined and to become some sort of working dogs. Treating dogs this way changes their entire consciousness and ours.

Four-Legged partnerships require lots of work on the part of the handler/ recipient.  You must continue training new skills to keep the neural pathways functioning or they will loose their skills.  When the handler/recipient is clear energetically, within the zone and with excellent attitude, the dogs do most excellent.  They fail when we let them down.  If we are in a bad mood, impatient, and lack the playfulness training requires, it confuses the dog and results are not as successful as they could be.  Dogs proudly do their jobs.  I have seen these service dogs struts with pride as they retrieve needed objects or carry a basket of items for you. They even love coming up with creative ways to do service, that even you may not think of.  And, they do it all in the nature of considering it play.  Creating a positive playful environment filled with curiosity has been higher level of consciousness for me. Service dogs have taught me how essential it is to make all of life a positively playfully adventure.

To put it into quantum terms, I attempt to address everything in life through energy medicine, including my recent adventures manifesting my mobility assistance service dog.  I must connect to Source and be within the zero point field for the greatest of connection and successful partnership.  I have found that any time I spend in the zone, it assists with all facets of healing and consciousness.  And, while in the matrix, we are unlimited and possibilities are more wondrous than we can ever imagine.

One of my previous dogs, Sophia, showed me how much service a dog can provide.  I was very ill and on my down days, she would not leave my side.  She watched me and looked out for me.  She was not a service dog and was not trained to do so.  She just naturally opened up my eyes to how much comfort, hope and help a dog can provide to someone with a disability.  During my search for the perfect agency for me seemed impossible to find, Sophia came to me in a dream.  She told me to not give up and to go online upon waking up and I would find the right agency.  That morning, I found Little Angels and began the process with an amazing team of qualified professionals.  I am honored to have them in my life.

My adventures from desiring a service to dog through the process of manifesting one has been a huge healing factor that has changed my stories, dispensed with my beliefs, perception, habitual responses, and more than anyone can imagine has raised my consciousness level.

 

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit agency. We are volunteering to help raise the $10,000.00 (the average cost for the 600 hours training per service dog). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Little Angels Service Dogs, no matter how small. We cannot thank you enough for your help, even it is a good thought, love, or a prayer sent our way!

You can do this by clicking the link below and scroll down to the section about me, Pamala and hit the donation button below my story.
www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/mobilityassistanceadult.html

Thanks and many blessings,

Pamala Dean

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CourageCreateDream

Have Courage to Create New Dreams

This life of flesh I chose, for reasons seen and unseen, shifts, bends and contorts. It is a shape shifter. The flesh adapts, changes, regenerates in ways seemingly beyond my understanding and control. The flesh appears to be following some form of orchestrated divine pattern as the ebb and flow of life unfolds.  Its purpose undetermined.  The new shape demands potentially successful old plans and dreams to vanish leaving behind mounds of tangible items.  One must have courage to create new dreams and open up possibilities.

I live in a home in the rural mountains of Taos, New Mexico. It was once my dream home.  Now, it is full of things that no longer serve me. I can not even pick up or move many of these things, because of my limitations of flesh. It has large picture windows surrounding the walls.  The once enchanting views of mountains and stream, I can no longer enjoy.  The reflections of sun cause my sun sensitive eyes to squint and live in the darker bedroom.  Courage can be illusive to one that is squinting and living in the dark.  There have been days, I have wondered if it even existed.

It has been a hard winter.  I desire an easier lifestyle. I have desired this for many, many moons. My body with it’s limitations has made it a challenge to move towards the goal. Even with the help of friends, It has seemed an impossible task to clear out the piles.  I continue to seek guidance, ask for help, and do what I can.  I express deep gratitude for those that have been helping me to rise up.

Yet, still the mounds of tangible items remained, like they were held down with Velcro.  The dream of a higher quality of life appeared impossible.  Living off the beaten path and being disabled only adds more complications.  There are days it seems a never ending assent to the top of the mountain. I was tired of climbing.  I considered just walking away and leaving it all behind.

An old Irish proverb says, A good laugh and long nights sleep can cure anything.  When I am tired, I refresh through laughter and extreme self care.  Perhaps, laughter and loving it all, builds courage.  Courage to create.  Courage to create new dreams. Courage to open up new possibilities.

I gather my courage from moment to moment and I dream.  I dream that all of these sacred things are in process of getting new homes.  I dream that I will have all the help and resources I need.  I dream of a home with the greatest of comfort and ease; of a sacred shelter to fully serve me and my new forms of creation.

This weekend I posted some art materials hoping some of the artists in my community would want to trade, barter, or buy them. A couple did. I made a sweet deal with a friend that needs my treadmill that I can no longer use (that incumbent bike I need is closer to reality). The rocking chairs and sofa bed are clean and ready to go to consignment. I am moving out of my office and for month of April, I will use that space to cleanse more things out of the house.   Things will be available for sale for a Month of Sundays.

Yet, I do get overwhelmed with the grief, the loss of what these hands can no longer do. As I touch these sacred items, the tools I used to create what I saw inside, it is so hard to let go.  I have been hoping to return to using the old mediums. But, alas, that is not to be, for now. I need to let go and make room for the new.

I now realize, this life of flesh I chose, for reasons seen and unseen, comes with lessons about all of creation. Creation is not a straight arrow.  It is a journey of adventures that involves changing plans, left and then, right.  My intuitive guidance and energy medicine are moving things forward. I am a miracle in process living within my courage from moment to moment.

I do not see the grand unknown Big Picture. I do not have a clue what unfolds around the corner.  I do not know if today’s plans will be blown away by tomorrow’s winds.  I have vision.  I am open to possibilities.  I am allowing yesterday’s creation and dreams to become the soil for tomorrow to grow. I am curiously courageous, as I watch the tide of life ebb and flow.   It teaches me its mysterious ways.  I am deep in gratitude for all the many blessings, for the guidance and help along the way, for the courage to continue to create new dreams.

May all beings find comfort, peace, love, joy, and the courage to create new dreams beyond understanding.

Pamala Dean

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit agency. We are volunteering to help raise the $10,000.00 (the average cost for the 600 hours training per service dog). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Little Angels Service Dogs, no matter how small. We cannot thank you enough for your help, even it is a good thought, love, or a prayer sent our way!

You can do this by clicking the link below and scroll down to the section about me, Pamala and hit the donation button below my story.
www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/mobilityassistanceadult.html

Thanks and many blessings,

Pamala Dean

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The Goofiness of Me

All of the sudden I noticed no one had commented to my FaceBook posts since the beginning of the month. I began to suspect something was fishy. I thought It must be a FB glitch. Always ready to place the blame outside of myself.

I asked a couple of my friends to check out my page. They could see nothing posted from March from me. They could only see posts others had placed on my wall.

I could see them, why couldn’t they see them? Then, click. The light bulb went on. It was not a FaceBook glitch. It was a Pamala Dean glitch.

At the end of February, I was looking into how to send a private post to someone. Apparently, in the process I change my privacy settings so that only one friend could see them. Nice.  I had disconnected myself from the world.

Yet, quickly the problem was solved and I was connected to my family and friends once again.  And, that’s the goofiness of me.

Blessings with Laughter!Pamala Dean

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit agency. We are volunteering to help raise the $10,000.00 (the average cost for the 600 hours training per service dog). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Little Angels Service Dogs, no matter how small. We cannot thank you enough for your help, even it is a good thought, love, or a prayer sent our way!

You can do this by clicking the link below and scroll down to the section about me, Pamala and hit the donation button below my story.
www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/mobilityassistanceadult.html

Thanks and many blessings,

Pamala Dean

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Four-Legged Service Angels

I am getting excited. I will be on ‘Breakfast with Nancy’, a popular Taos local radio show, this week. What an honor. I will be talking about the ‘Four-Legged Service Angels’.

‘Four-Legged Service Angels’ is an educational outreach program about service animals of all kinds.  It will include information about my adventures while on the Quest for a Service dog.  It will share all kinds of information about how a dog becomes a service dog, including all the tasks they perform, and the training involve.  It will also discussed how service animals are required public access and how the public should treat and interact with service dogs according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  It will even include tips on how to determine if a service dog is right for you and how to find the right agency.  The presentations will also share tips on dog safety.

I am seeking children, youth, and adults organizations and schools interested in scheduling these presentations.  The presentations are free, but tax deductible donations will be requested for Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 C3 organization.

This Thursday- March 7 from 8:40-9:00 MST on 1340 AM radio. For those of you out of range you can listen live at http://www.1340kvot.com/
Please listen.

If you do not get a chance to do so when we are live, I am planning on reminding Nancy to create a Mp3 to place on this site.  Check back to hear it.

Many Blessings!
Pamala Dean

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit agency. We are volunteering to help raise the $10,000.00 (the average cost for the 600 hours training per service dog). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Little Angels Service Dogs, no matter how small. We cannot thank you enough for your help, even it is a good thought, love, or a prayer sent our way!

You can do this by clicking the link below and scroll down to the section about me, Pamala and hit the donation button below my story.
www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/mobilityassistanceadult.html

Thanks and many blessings,

Pamala Dean

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Chocolate Angel Dream Brings Hope

Sophia Brown Dean, AKA, the Chocolate Angel, the Big Brownie and the Gentle Giant, was my first service angel.  She was not trained to be a service dog and probably would not have meet the standards to officially wear a service vest.  Yet, she trained herself to look out for me when I became ill.  She would always notice that I was having a down day. During those times, she would remain by by side. Always a constant reminder that should I fall or need help, she was there.

105 Pounds of Cuddly Muscle

To begin the story about Sophia Brown Dean, one must start by describing her first dog buddy, Apollo.  He was a beautiful golden retriever. He was 105 pounds of cuddly muscle.  He was one of the most lovable goofy beings, I have had the privilege and honor to have as a four legged furry family member.

When our dog AC Dean left the family to return to Source, Apollo was quite the grieving guy. She had been his constant companion, had taught him all the ropes and had even house broke him (the only dog I did not have to train myself.  AC was very clean and did not approve of him going in the house.) She left a huge hole in his life.  He was depressed.

Sophie Brown Comes From a Swirl of Chocolate

We all wanted another dog and we found an ad in the paper.  We called and the message cracked us up, ‘If you are calling about the 8 pooping puppies, please leave a message.’  We did and soon after, we got into the car and traveled a couple of hours away to look at a group of chocolate lab puppies. From the swirl of chocolate, Sophia Brown was chosen. Apollo seemed very enthused and happy. The ride home was great. However, the initial positive reaction wore off when he realized she was quite a handful. He would look up at us in confusion.  He seemed to say, ‘what am I supposed to do with this highly active creature. She’s driving me crazy.’

After about a month, Apollo feel in deep love with Sophie. They became constant companions and buddies. His spirits were high, again.  They came to Taos, New Mexico together. Apollo strutted around like a king, smelling the garden flowers, hiking and swimming in the forest.  He would do his daily circle around the yard to make sure that all was well.

We noticed after 13 years of goofy love and companionship, Apollo was getting older.  Sophia was still very young. She was a very active professional ballplayer who also loved to romp with other dogs. She needed more romping time than Apollo could  provide at his old age.  It appeared Sophie definitely needed younger buddy.

Rio Luna Washes to Shore

This time we didn’t even have to drive anywhere to go seeking for a new family member. We had planned to go to the local shelter one day, but we ran out of time. That very day, when we came home, there was a puppy in the yard that had come down the spring wash. That particular year the wash was very full and turbulent. We later found out that she had traveled about 2 miles down the river until she found a place to land on our property. We named her Rio and she immediately fit right in.  She was the first puppy I had that did not even cry through her first night.  She would just sleep or stare at us in awe.  We were soon to realize that Sophie had not shown us what neediness really was.

TheNosHaveItWebRio was hyperactive and required lots of affection. Apollo thought she was pretty cool because she like to hunt like he did.  Sophie was never a hunter to his dismay.
Apollo returned to source soon after Rio came into our lives.  Sophie missed him, but Rio was such a distraction, she quickly adapted to Apollo being gone.  Rio being so needy and constantly demanding Sophie’s attention seemed to cause a shift within Sophie.  She quickly grew up.  She became less needy.  She became a nurturing, mothering caretaker. As Sophie became the caretaker, Rio returned the favor by being her protector. No one but Rio was allowed to growl at Sophie.

Rio and Sophie were the greeters for our art retreat and bed and breakfast. They would both hang out in the studio, while we worked on our art pieces. They would escort people into the gallery or entertain the guests with their goofy romping antics. They would hang out at the wood fire kiln with all the other potters. They even made their own pottery creations and we still have their paw prints on tiles and Rio’s sculptures she made when pieces of clay would fall on the ground.  Life was good.

Then, I became very ill due to the various autoimmune conditions. I was no longer able to work or sculpt, let alone continue the multiple tasks required to continue the business. I was unable to even care for myself, at times and needed others to feed me.  I could not care for my dogs. If it had not been for Karen, I would’ve had to give them up.

Rio continued to be a handful. However, Sophie began to turn her care-taking to me from Rio. We would be on a hike and Karen and Rio would be off gallivanting all over the place. Sophie would always make sure she kept her eye on me. She would walk off, but she would constantly turned back and look at me. On the days when I was having a really rough time, she would not even do that. She would stick by my side.

When it was her time to return to source, I experienced such an incredible loss. I no longer had a four legged Angel watching out for me. I believe it was a result of that loss that I begin to read more about service dogs. It was the idea of a service dog that helped me recover to a more optimum level of health.

The Quest for a Four Legged Service Angel Begins

Since service dogs require a huge commitment, I needed to get healthier to even consider one. I had fantasies about training Rio to become one, but I knew that I did not have the skills to do so. I also was concerned about her hyperactivity. Since she was so attached to me, I also knew she would not accept another dog as my service dog.
With Sophie gone, we sought a buddy for Rio. Sunny, a white lab, became the perfect companion. He also appeared to be able to be trainable to be a service dog one day. I had the thought that if he came into the household as a puppy, that Rio would be more accepting.

Rio did accept Sunny, but it took a few months. Just as Rio was Sophie’s protector, she soon became Sunny’s, as well.  Although we didn’t go into public as often as we used to because of my health, Sunny seemed to be doing fine and to enjoyed walking around in public. However, when it was Rio’s turn to return to source, Sunny developed severe public anxiety. Since one of the major requirements for meeting the standards of a service dog is to be in all sorts of situations in public and to remain calm, we needed more help to get Sunny up to standard.

I had become stronger and healthier through energy medicine and was ready to think more seriously about the service dog process.  I contacted an agency that had a owner/self training program for service dogs. When I describe Sunny’s issues, they felt he would never be able to meet the standard. They also were concerned about my multiple autoimmune conditions and having down days. They did not think that I had the physical capabilities to do the training and highly recommended that I consider getting a fully trained official service dog.

I briefly continued to work with this agency to achieve that. However, I found I always felt very disabled and depressed after speaking with the staff. After my last phone call with this agency, I became very depressed. I cried for hours and was to the point of giving up the whole idea of ever having a service dog.

Sophie Comes in a Dream

Then, Sophie came to me in a dream. Sophie told me that there was a service dog out there for me. She told me that she was leading the way and that maybe these people that were making me cry were not the people to help me.  Since they were such a great agency in good standing, I found I was beating myself up thinking it couldn’t be them. Therefore, it must be me. I forgot that there can be good people and good agencies but that does not mean that they’re the ones that you are supposed to co-create with. Sophie also told me in the dream to get on the web and search for the agency for me.  The agency was there.

I woke up with renewed hope and ready to begin the quest, again. I trusted the dream and my gut that I needed to let go of the other agency and seek one that was more suited for my needs. I got on the web and that very day contacted Little Angels Service Dogs. I spoke with the Executive Director, Katie González. She made me feel so handy capable in that conversation. I immediately filled out my application and was approved the next day.

Almost Too Good to Be True – Little Angels Service Dogs

This agency seemed almost too good to be true. The testimonials on the website were phenomenal. The photos of the dogs in training and the happy faces of the recipients when the dogs graduated were uplifting and inspiring. Not only could this agency help me in obtaining a service dog, they also had many other benefits. They could help us with training Sunny and assist us with his public anxiety.  They would allowed me to volunteer and fund-raise through their nonprofit. They even provided a fundraising guide to help you come up with ideas.

Little Angels Service Dogs happens to be located in San Diego, California. I was required to attend a conference to continue my certification in energy medicine. Since this conference was scheduled in San Diego, California, we packed up the car and the dog and went off to check out this agency that almost sounded too good to be true.

We arrived in San Diego and Sunny had 4 lessons with Chris Beaty. After 3 lessons, Sunny was able to go into public. He still has some difficulties at loud concerts with lots of people, but he is able to handle himself well in most public situations.   I can now walk him in public without him potentially hurting me with anxious darting.  Although he is able to do this and many tasks a service dog does in his own home, he may never be able to do these things in public. Plus, he appears to have some anxiety on my down days and seems to prefer to have another dog take the lead in service.

I Will Not Give Up Hope, Sophie!

I am thankful for all the dogs I have been honored with in my life.  I am glad for all the comfort, love, giggles, and joy along the journey they provided. I am especially grateful to Sophia Brown for so many things.  For teaching me how much hope and service a four-legged angel can provide, for intuitively knowing and being by my side during my down days, and for sending me the dream to not give up hope for my service dog who is out there waiting for me.

I will not give up hope, Sophie!  I promise.

Blessings,
Pamala Dean

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit agency. We are volunteering to help raise the $10,000.00 (the average cost for the 600 hours training per service dog). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Little Angels Service Dogs, no matter how small. We cannot thank you enough for your help, even it is a good thought, love, or a prayer sent our way!

You can do this by clicking the link below and scroll down to the section about me, Pamala and hit the donation button below my story.
www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/mobilityassistanceadult.html

Thanks and many blessings,

Pamala Dean

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Useful Tricks, the Tasks of a Mobility Assistance Dog

The other day I was scrolling through my Facebook page when I happened upon this video. I couldn’t wait to share it on my blog. The dog on this video, Jesse, is astounding at all the useful tricks he can do.

Although I do not know exactly what the story is behind the video, Jesse displays the tasks that service dogs are capable of performing. There are many different types of service dogs and the one that Jesse displays best is a mobility assistance dog. Even mobility assistance dogs may be taught a variety of different tasks depending upon the individual’s needs. Some of the tasks a mobility assistance dog can be taught are
• Opening and closing doors
• Bringing necessary items to you
• Picking things up off the floor that you drop
• Turning lights on and off
• Closing cabinet doors
• Helping you undress
• Helping you get up off the floor
• Providing balance and stability

I do not know when Jesse began his training, but most service dogs begin their training at 10 weeks old. Initially, the dogs are trained basic obedience skills and they are exposed to a lot of different experiences. They are taken out into the public a lot. They must get used to crowds of people, wheelchair and stroller wheels, loud noises, and maybe even public transportation.

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As you can also see in the video, many trainers use treats to assist and reward the dog learning the task. As you may also notice, Jesse seems to enjoy being of service. You can see Jesse is enthusiastic and completes chores with a big smile on his face. Imagine how bored he would be without all these wonderful useful tricks to do for his family.

Blessings,
Pamala

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit agency. We are volunteering to help raise the $10,000.00 (the average cost for the 600 hours training per service dog). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Little Angels Service Dogs, no matter how small. We cannot thank you enough for your help, even it is a good thought, love, or a prayer sent our way!

You can do this by clicking the link below and scroll down to the section about me, Pamala and hit the donation button below my story.
www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/mobilityassistanceadult.html

Thanks and many blessings,

Pamala Dean

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Meeting Sally, The Courthouse Service Dog

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Sally, the Courthouse Service Dog, and her handler, Tana Gasparek

As the day drew near to the meeting, I was so excited with anticipation.   Sally was a dog I had been admiring from the press I had read about her.

Sally helps young children who have been victims of crime testify.  She keeps them calm and has them focus on her while sharing the trauma they experienced.  She is one of the gentlest dogs I have ever met.  I can see how she is so good at what she does.

Tana Gasparek, Victim’s Advocate and Sally’s handler at the courthouse, talked of the many times that Sally has helped others.  She relayed how Sally has touched her soul with how effective she is at her job.  She told of one time when Sally was helping a young boy testify.  He was petting Sally as he told his story.  Suddenly, he looked up and said, “Sally really loves me, doesn’t she.”

Sally was originally trained to be an alert dog for letting others know when their blood sugar was in the danger zone. Sally did well diagnosing the problem. But, because she is so gentle, she was not good at waking others.  Alert dogs need to be more aggressive at waking others up.

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Just behind Sally is her own office. If you look closely, you will see her dog bowl at top center of the photo.

Sally’s transition from one type of service dog to another is not unusual.  Service dogs many times are being trained to be one type of service dog and end up being another.  It may be because they are not up to service dog standards with the particular task.  Or it may happen, as a result of special skills showing up during training.

I am grateful to Tana and Sally for the great time we had together!  It was an educational pleasure.  But, mostly, I am grateful to Sally for helping so many young children through the difficulties having to testify against a violent perpetrator.  The courtroom is a place filled with adults asking you to share about a very dark time in your life, sometimes about a family member.  Sally brings love and comfort into the courthouse with her gentle non-judgement nature.

I am so thankful for these wondrous four-legged service angels.  I believe we have only tapped the surface of all they can do in service.

Blessings,
Pamala

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit agency. We are volunteering to help raise the $10,000.00 (the average cost for the 600 hours training per service dog). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Little Angels Service Dogs, no matter how small. We cannot thank you enough for your help, even it is a good thought, love, or a prayer sent our way!

You can do this by clicking the link below and scroll down to the section about me, Pamala and hit the donation button below my story.
www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/mobilityassistanceadult.html

Thanks and many blessings,

Pamala Dean

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Turning Spilt Milk Into Flowers and Gold

Another day! I am ready to begin, again. How wonderful, how magical, getting a fresh start every 24 hours. Friday, all I could see was puddles of spilt milk.  Years and years of spilt milk.

I remember when I was a little girl, my father would get very frustrated and angry with me when I spilled the milk. I would get nervous which would only lead to more spilt milk. Of course, this would only make him angrier. And, so, the vicious circle began.

Friday, I had an acupuncture treatment and a dose of my homeopathic remedy. I believe it has assisted with the energetic shifts to transform the spilt milk into gold. Yesterday, I saw a photo posted on Facebook. It pictured an old milk can on its side in a garden. Someone had planted white flowers like spilt milk flowing from the can.  The caption for the photo quoted Sophocles. “There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?”

There is no sense, yet, I am still learning this lesson. Apparently spilt milk is only future flowers and gold.  Now, that’s a meme I can play and co-create with.  It inspired me to create this poster.

Remember, if the puddles of split milk are surrounding you, tomorrow there may be flowers and gold.

Blessings,
Pamala

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit agency. We are volunteering to help raise the $10,000.00 (the average cost for the 600 hours training per service dog). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Little Angels Service Dogs, no matter how small. We cannot thank you enough for your help, even it is a good thought, love, or a prayer sent our way!

You can do this by clicking the link below and scroll down to the section about me, Pamala and hit the donation button below my story.
www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/mobilityassistanceadult.html

Thanks and many blessings,

Pamala Dean

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Announcing, ‘Four Legged Service Angels’, an educational outreach program about Service Dogs

72Little Angels LogoLilly_Dog-Text125x205Is your local Taos or Santa Fe school/youth group, business, or community organization interested in a presentation on service dogs and dog safety?

 Presentations can be geared for children and adults of all ages. Presentations to businesses and adults will include information about how service dogs are to be treated in public establishments according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  From the presentation your group will learn:

  • How service dogs are fostered, trained, and evaluated to determine what type of job they would be best suited for.
  • The types of service and therapy dogs available.
  • The wide range and variety of different tasks they perform.
  • How service dogs should be treated and approached in public.
  • Helpful safety tips and techniques for good relations between dogs and people.
  • How local service dogs in our own community are doing important jobs.
  • The continued training required for a service dog to maintain their skills.

Businesses will also learn how to avoid penalty charges because of inappropriate treatment of service dogs.

PamalaRed4WebI, Pamala Dean, hope to have working service and/or therapy dogs to attend these presentations.  However, due to their busy and demanding schedules, we cannot guarantee they will be able to get away from their pressing duties.  Regardless, you will see pictures and videos of these magical creatures at work, play and training. I, also promise once I receive my own service dog, I will bring them back to any organization that wishes to meet them. *

To schedule a presentation or for more information, please email Pamala Dean,  dragonfly at TaosNet dot com

*  I have been approved for one of these marvelous four-legged service wonders through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This dog will be a mobility assistance dog.  Because of the extensive training the service dogs require, the average cost for the 600 hours training per dog is $10,000. I am volunteering through Little Angels Service Dogs to help raise the funds. The sooner I can raise the funds the sooner I can begin my journey in a 6-legged service partnership.  You can follow my service dog adventures at JourneyFromtheInsideOut.com

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget, I have been approved for a mobility assistance dog through Little Angels Service Dogs, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit agency. We are volunteering to help raise the $10,000.00 (the average cost for the 600 hours training per service dog). Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Little Angels Service Dogs, no matter how small. We cannot thank you enough for your help, even it is a good thought, love, or a prayer sent our way!

You can do this by clicking the link below and scroll down to the section about me, Pamala and hit the donation button below my story.
www.littleangelsservicedogs.org/mobilityassistanceadult.html

Thanks and many blessings,

Pamala Dean

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