From Where Gander Sits: Weekly Column

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Dogs to Follow on Facebook

Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really. ~Agnes Sligh Turnbull I follow several dogs on Facebook. Some are devoted to social causes, all […]

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Fetch: Travels With Gander

“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.” Marcel Proust I have wandered, not always lost, for most of my life. I have long said that I live in a dialectical solitude: I have purposely explored the far corners of […]

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The Battle Begins: SEAL Frog vs Army Dog

An epic inter-service, inter-species battle to raise awareness about veteran suicide, service dogs and PTSD. http://dogingtonpost.com/beardoff Gander, a 3 1/2 year old Labradoodle is a battle buddy for an Army veteran in Chicago. Gander, with an online community of over 300,000 friends distinguished himself as a real hero when he saved a young girl last […]

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The Great Frog-Dog Beard Off

  An Epic inter-service, inter-species battle to raise awareness about veteran suicide, service dogs and PTSD. Gander, a 3 1/2 year old Labradoodle is a battle buddy for an Army veteran in Chicago. Gander, with an online community of over 300,000 friends distinguished himself as a real hero when he saved a young girl last […]

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Ten Things to Know About My Service Dog

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Kea Grace did a wonderful article not long ago about the ten things handlers want you to know about their service dogs. Here is my personal ten. Here is Kea’s article: http://www.anythingpawsable.com/10-things-service-dog-handlers-want-know/) 1.) […]

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VA funding of service dogs: a second look…

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Several blogs and Facebook pages cheered this week when then VA announced it would fund the costs of service dogs for veterans.  Ostensibly, this was something to rave about. In reality,    there was little to celebrate and the […]

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Before you get a service dog

 You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (This article was written back in April. I revised it so it could be used as part of a teaching manual for Freedom Service Dogs.  Much more attention needs to be paid to the mindset, environment and special emotional and psychological needs […]

Fake Service Dogs

The Real Trouble with Fake Service Dogs The following guest post was written for The Dogington Post   “To fake it is to stand guard over emptiness.” –Arthur Herzog There is a barely a day goes by that I do not see a tweet, news article or Facebook update about someone being denied entrance into […]