Saturday, August 23, 2008

Meet Bastien, an Owner Trained Service Dog

Name: Bastien

Breed: English Shepherd

Date of Birth: May 2000

Weight: 55-57lbs

Handler: Melissa who has CP and uses a wheelchair

Favorite things: Other Dogs, Training, Children

Favorite Toys: Booda squeaky terry cloth pig (aka Piggy), Dino Bone "wolf" Nylabone, Kong

Favorite Treats: Simon and Huey's, Castor and Pollux, Three Dog Bakery Jump, Sit, Fetch Bits, Fruit and vegetables (all kinds except celery), string cheese, Zukes Mini Naturals

Certifications: Canine Good Citizen (passed 3 times), Public Access Test (passed Twice), and Therapy Dogs International (passed just before retiring)

Job Description: Service Dog, Globe trotter, Socialite

Favorite Tasks: Wheelchair pulling, pulling off my coat, finding people

Unique Tasks: Flushing toilets

Natural Talents: Unscrewing bottle tops, learning names

Countries Visited: Canada, Germany, Spain, USA (almost half the states)

Favorite Trip: Camp Winnaribbon

Favorite Places: the dog park, the beach

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