Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Definition of A Service Animal in Effect Today!

After more that two years of discussions, advocating, and debating the clarified definition of what is a service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the new rules including the new definition of what constitutes a service animal go in effect today! Read the Amended sections of Title II of the ADA (the word service animal appears in this document 226 times!) These provisions were issued September 15, 2010. Then go on over and read the corrections that apply to this section that were issued March 11, 2011. The word service animal appears in this short, 2-page, document 27 times!
Of course the service animal provisions are not the only sections of the ADA to be amended, see the press release issued yesterday for some more interesting areas of change

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Puget Sound Assistance Dog Club Conference June

"It Doesn't Have to be a Mountain- Simple Solutions for Service Dog Issues"
Conference Registration Form
Saturday , June 18, 2011
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The Inn at Gig Harbor
3211 56th St. NW
Gig Harbor, WA

The Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound welcomes you to a day of discussion and
the sharing of information. The conference will open with a presentation on
Vaccinations, Parasite Control and Lumps and Bumps presented by Janie
Unbehagen, DVM. The afternoon presentation will be Easy to fix behavior issues
and what problems are really red flags presented by Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM
All Creatures Behavior Counseling. Lunch will offer you an opportunity for
small group discussions on several different issues related to assistance dogs.
Tables for vendors will be available throughout the day as will information
related to assistance dogs.

Conference Fees (includes Boxed Lunch) - $45 (Closing Date is June 1, 2011)

9:00 – 11:30 Opening Session: Maintaining a Service Dog's Health
Janie Unbehagen, DVM

11:30 – 1:30 Lunch and Round Table Discussions

1:30- 4:00 Easy to Fix Behavior Issues and what Problems are Really Red Flags
presented by Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM All Creatures Behavior Counseling.

All registration forms must be submitted no later than June 1, 2011.
Registration will be available on first-come, first-serve basis.
The ADC Conference has been approved for CEU credit by the Certification Council
for Professional Dog Trainers for 5.5 credits.

For a registration Packet please e-mail: assist_dog_club@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sometimes You Just Need a Break

Shilo playing with Luna a CC'd dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind
Shilo and Cammy enjoying bones at the cabin
Shilo and Cammy bring their now less messy bones inside the cabin
Cammy really love her bone!
Shilo has many uses for her paws, but holding bones is by far most important!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Think Before You Speak-End the R-Word Day

Words do hurt and some words are meant to hurt, undermine, separate, and make people seem something less than human thereby making cruelty okay. Not only is the R-word not okay, but any word or phrase that carries with it the implication that the person is by definition something less than a human deserving of respect is not okay. My pledge is to Think before I speak. Do I really need to use the word lame to describe a boring situation? Do I really need to call something crazy just because it doesn't make sense to me?