dog fundraiser

Selecting a Service Dog Puppy

When it comes to Service Dogs, selecting the right animal is always important. It is often hard to know how to select a dog when wishing to owner train or buy a puppy to send to a training organisation. Here I will discuss some of the techniques and tests used to select dogs as suitable Service Animal candidates. Please note that there are MANY different tests and theories on how to best select a suitable dog. This guide will not list everything; it will be a resource that aims to educate and aid handlers in some of the important tests that aid Service Dog selection. Not every dog that passes these tests will necessarily have what it takes to be a Service Dog. The wash-out rate for Service Dogs is incredibly high- especially when they are required to do complex tasks such as alerting to seizures and drops in blood sugar.

Whilst this post specifies that the tests are for selecting a Service Dog puppy as a prospect, the majority of these tests can also be used to assess fully grown dogs such as those in shelters that you may be considering as your Service Dog partner. 

WHAT BREED?

Any breed can be a Service Dog. Despite this, there are some important issues to consider when thinking of getting breeds that do not necessarily fit the conventional Service Dog stereotype such as Labs, Retrievers and Poodles.

  • Access issues. Unusual breeds of Service Animal are often prone to more Public Access challenges due to standing out and not matching the stereotypes that people have in their minds.
  • Suitability. If you need a mobility dog, it doesn’t make sense to have a Chihuahua as your Service Dog. Make sure that the breed you select is capable of performing the tasks that you need it to.
  • Health issues and lifespan. Whilst some larger breeds such as Great Danes are used as Service Dogs, they have a shorter lifespan. Training a Service Dog is time consuming and expensive so it makes sense to get a Service Animal that will be healthy and live for a good amount of time.
  • Breed Traits. This is not always a highly limiting factor, but it is something that is definitely worth considering. Some dogs such as Huskies and Shiba Inus have high energy levels and are renowned for taking their time to learn tasks. Whilst it is good to acknowledge that there are exceptions to every rule, it doesn’t hurt to consider breed characteristics that may affect your dog’s ability to perform tasks successfully. Breeds such as German Shepherds are highly intelligent and are becoming more popular as Service Dogs, however their guarding instinct is a common cause for failing Public Access tests due to growling and being overprotective of their handler. When selecting the breed of your dog, be sure to investigate what common traits they possess and how you plan to tackle these in training to avoid issues.
  • Personal Requirements. Are you willing and able to groom a longhaired dog daily? If not, then you should not get a Service Dog that requires regular grooming. Do you have allergies to dogs? If you do, consider looking into breeds that are better for those who have dog allergies (such as Poodles).

TESTS

Most Service Dog organisations perform tests such as those listed below when the puppies reach 7-8 weeks of age. These tests do not fully determine characteristics such as temperament since the dog is still developing. The tests aim to assess natural instincts that make a dog more likely to be successful in training such as their food drive, attention to the handler and recall abilities. It is often good to go with a breeder that has either bred Service Dogs before or has breeding dogs from Service Dog lines. It has been proven that dogs who do well in these tests and are successful Service Animals are more likely to have offspring that are also highly suitable and successful in the Service Dog field. These tests should be performed with each puppy from the litter being separated from its littermates and other animals to avoid distraction.

  • Noise/Recovery Test- Drop an object that will make a loud noise (such as a metallic food bowl). Assess the dog’s reaction and how quickly it recovers from the experience. Commonly the dog may react to the sound and jump but it is how the dog chooses to recover and approach the situation that is most important. Curiosity and sniffing of the object is a positive sign, fearfulness and running away is not desirable.
  • Lap Test- Put the puppy on your lap. Observe its body language and how much it relaxes. If the dog relaxes and responds by making eye contact or trying to reach your face for attention this is desirable. If the dog cowers and tries to get off your lap, it does not pass this particular test.
  • Sociability- Put the puppy by your feet and pet it. If it stays by your side, offers eye contact and enjoys the interaction it passes. It is also acceptable for the dog to stay by your side for attention, leave to explore before returning for more affection. If the puppy runs away or seems nervous, cowering or shivering as it receives affection, this is undesirable.
  • Recall- Have the breeder or another person move the puppy a few steps away. Call out to the puppy to get it to come over to you. If the puppy comes over with no hesitation this is a very good sign. If the pup takes a little more persuasion but eventually comes this is also alright. If the pup ignores you entirely or wanders off it is considered as a fail for this test.
  • Prey Drive- Have a toy such as a rope and drag it around on the floor. If the dog grabs the toy and shows curiosity in chasing after it, this is a good sign. If the dog behaves in an overly aggressive manner or is fearful/disinterested of the toy, this is an undesirable result. It is important not to select a dog that has a huge prey drive for Service Dog work, however it is good to select a dog that has a healthy degree of curiosity and is willing to work and show interest.
  • Retrieve Test- Scrunch up some paper into a ball and throw it a short distance away. If the dog picks it up and brings it back to you this is a great result. If the dog picks it up and brings it part-way back to you this is also good. If the dog runs over to the toy but does not pick it up or return with it, this is still a good sign of curiosity, but not as good as the first two reactions. The dog fails this test if it simply watches the ball without reacting to it or ignores the action completely.
  • Hearing/Curiosity test- Use a squeaker toy to initiate the pup’s interest. This test is also a simple hearing test. If the dog comes over to investigate the squeak, this is a good sign. If the pup fails to turn or turns but does not come over to investigate after more squeaks this classes as a fail for this test.
  • Tug Test- With a rope toy, initiate some simple play. This test is important for dogs that are going on to be mobility dog performing tasks such a pulling open doors. Desirable reactions include: latching onto the toy and tugging or holding onto the toy briefly before letting go. Less desirable reactions include showing interest in the toy but not knowing what to do and ignoring the toy.
  • Food Drive- Place some high reward food such as meat between your fingers and test the dog’s interest in it. Desirable reactions are: sniffing and working to try to get the food with its tongue, sniffing and trying to get the food before eventually giving up. Undesirable reactions include showing little to no interest in the food, showing no real desire to get it from between your fingers.
  • Willingness to work- Get the dog’s attention with some high reward food such as meat. Then place this food underneath a small container whilst the dog is watching. If the dog starts sniffing at the container and trying to get to the food underneath, this is a good sign. This test aims to see how much the dog is willing to work for a reward. Poor results include ignoring the container or showing no interest in getting to the food underneath.
  • Unusual Interaction Test- Get an assistant to start waving their arms around whilst shouting and causing a scene. Service Dogs have to be used to working around a variety of different people. This test aims to assess how they cope with unusual people and situations. A good reaction includes: curiosity, watching and wagging the tail. A bad reaction includes: fear, signs of wanting to escape the person and growling or aggressive behaviours.
Service Dog Fundraiser!

Hey everyone! I plucked up the courage to make this fundraising campaign for the service dog I need. Donations are much appreciated, but certainly not expected. ://www.youcaring.com/mazzieferguson-828647

If you are able to donate, your donation can go toward a variety of services! I think it’s unfair to not be providing a service for anyone’s future donations so here are some incentives:
✨$1: Five pendulum readings

✨$2-$5: One-three tarot card draws depending on the amount

✨$6-$15: A detailed ten card tarot spread!

✨$16-$30: Everything above PLUS a cool gift from my witchy collection! 💜

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In need of a tattoo design? Here’s just a few of the tattoo designs I’ve done, and I’m capable of designing almost anything you might want! 

I’m a 24-year-old graphic designer who makes a living running two small clothing brands (one of which gives back to the LGBTQ community via fundraising partnerships) and doing freelance design work when I can find it. I’m in the process of saving money for top surgery (I’m FTM transgender) so any design work I can get will help make my life and saving up just a little bit easier! 

DM me for my email if you’re interested and we can chat about working together! 

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clarinetphello  asked:

just out of curiousity, why don't you post dogs with gofundme links? personal preference, or another reason?

We get a lot. A lot a lot. It would be super sad to post injured/dying dogs in need of fundraising all the time. Not to mention people intentionally create them to scam people out of money, and there is no way for me to verify if they’re truthful or not. Considering we have tons of followers, I feel like we are a good target for fake crowdfunding and I’d hate to play a part in people getting scammed, and/or people getting guilted for money.

Hi! I’m bee I’m almost seventeen and I’m in need of and es dog!
Why do I need an es dog? I have severe depression and anxiety and trauma and need a pet I can take places and travel with easily I also plan to go to college in ny or Maine and I’ll be on my own so an es dog would be so so helpful!
Here’s the cost rundown for everything
The dog them self-2,800
Supplies for the dog- 200$
Spaying or neutering the dog-200-300$
Security deposit- 300$
In total I’d need around 3,700 dollars it’s a lot I know
But hopefully I can raise at least half of it
If you wanna donate here’s my PayPal link paypal.me/beedrawss even a penny helps and is so so appreciated!
Thank you so much!

Aura Readings!

I’ve had a blast doing short aura readings for my service dog fundraiser! Now I’m all inspired to offer more in-depth, healing, aura readings.

Originally posted by shelleyfeather

What the Readings Are:

Having an aura reading is not just an exploration of the colors you glitter with, but also a deep and powerful understanding of your spiritual needs.

Aura readings will tune into the frequently changing colors and tones of energy around you (your protective and emotive energetic shell, if you will). They represent personal issues we’re dealing with, energetic strengths and weaknesses, and things we need to balance and address in our life.

How These Readings Work:

  1. Select which type of reading you’d like (listed below)
  2. I’ll email an image of your aura colors, plus the detailed descriptions of what each color means to you within 1-2 weeks of your order. (If you want to know your aura colors within a few days, you can always book a call instead of email reading)

What the Readings Contain: 

  • The number of aura colors you want to me to intuit, plus 1/3-½ a page of describing what each color means (so, three colors will make a reading around 1 page to 1.5 pages long)
  • The descriptions contain detailed intuitions about why that color is present, what it means for you right now, and how you can heal that energy if it’s not benefitting you. 

Types of Readings Available/Cost:

I know we all have unique budgets, so I’m offering three different types.

3 Aura Colors, with descriptions (approx. 1-1.5 pages long of text). Here’s an example three color palette! This is $25.

5 Aura Colors, with descriptions (approximately 2-3 pages). An example is below! This one costs $40.

8 Aura Colors, with descriptions (approximately 2.5-4 pages). There’s an example below, and the cost of this is $65!

Payment is in USD and is done through a PayPal invoice (which accepts PayPal, Debit, Credit, and many other forms of money transfers).

How to Request One:

Email me at sopherielspeaks@gmail.com with this info:

  • Your legal name
  • Your preferred name (if different from your legal)
  • Any relevant information (like if you’re struggling with a particular issue, I can see if your aura has anything that can help you with it) or questions you have about your aura
  • And of course mention that it’s an aura reading you’re interested in!

This should be real fun!! Feel free to share this post, as well–there may be others looking for this exact type of reading. :)

Parks and Rec Quotes Meme (change any pronouns where its required!)

  • “I tried to make ramen in the coffee pot and broke everything.”
  • “See, there’s more things to do on the internet than look at naked guys.”
  • “I’m not afraid of cops, I have no reason to be. I never break any laws, ever… Because I’m deathly afraid of cops.”
  • “She originally put me in charge of the hot dogs at this fundraising barbecue, and I dropped them all. All of them. Like, a thousand.”
  • “You look like I could use some company.”
  • “He’s in love with you and he has a GUN?!”
  • “Is she gonna powder her… vagina?”
  • “Do you think a depressed person could make this? NO.”
  • “Oh, Lord. Is he eating soup? On a bench? Alone?”
  • “She’s the worst person I’ve ever met. I want to travel the world with her.”
  • “You’re a smart, successful young man, with an adorable little belly. Stand up for yourself!”
  • [Gasps] “A game is the foot!”
  • “He’s a mutt. Half amazing, half terrific.”
  • “He’s like a brilliant, sexy little hummingbird.”
  • “Hey, honey, good morning! How did you sleep? I adopted thirty-two cats and dogs. Do you want pancakes?”
  • “You have to stop your stupid swagger and tell her in a normal voice that you care about her.”
  • “If I keep my body moving, and my mind occupied at all times, I will avoid falling into a bottomless pit of despair.”
  • [Aggressively] “You have plenty of jeans!”
  • “Please hurry, I’ve been wearing a bandana as underwear for three days now.”
  • “I want candy.”
  • “I’m simply gonna explain to the crowd that love is everywhere and they simply have to surrender to the flow of the universe, yaknow?”
  • “Hi, is there maybe a medication that you need a lot of and have taken none of - or maybe too much of today?”
  • “You don’t let anything happen to him, understand me? He is precious cargo!”
  • “Oh my god, these dogs are so cuuute. I wanna throw up and kill myself.”
  • “I need to go lie down for 45 minutes. No, an hour. A full hour!”
  • [singing] “___’s sitting on my lap, shouldn’t tell her that I need to take a crap, oh no.”
  • “Okay, I’m gonna need the sarcasm to take a looong walk right now.”
  • “These kids are tearing my house apart and I need you to calm them with the power of song!”
  • “I’m sorry that I thwarted you at every turn.”
  • “I have an idea. Its not illegal, technically, but it is a dick move.”
  • “If I come down there, can I at least break something?”
  • “Oh, thank god you’re here. I got so bored I started thinking about existence.”
  • “I’ll wear that red thing when you deserve to see me in that red thing.”
  • “Do not blame me for the sins of my mother!”
  • “Oh, Hitler, you sexy bastard.”
  • “I love your team, sir. I love them like they’re my own children.”
  • “The zodiac killer didn’t confess, why do I have to?”
  • “Your shoes are red now!”
  • “You better give me back that megaphone, that belongs to my aunt.”
  • “I’m feeding your eagle. He’s starving!”
  • “Well, I really like cats. And dogs sure are great.”
  • “No, I don’t like this game. I don’t know what the rules are!”
  • “Holy mother of Malia! And Sasha! I love them both equally.”
  • “There is no quiet anymore. There is only Doc McStuffins.”

anonymous asked:

My newest kitten astral projects into my room and sleeps with me. She climbs up my art in my room so she's not allowed in while I sleep. It scared me the first few times because I thought something happened to her because none of my other cats have done it before. She can also call for help while I'm asleep when she gets herself trapped and shows me she is trapped within my dream. It's the first time I've ever experienced or even heard of kittens being able to do it.

Ah gosh that’s so cute! I totally do think animals have spirits and their spirits can travel, I guess I just never thought it could be called astral projection (I’ve always seen that as a very meditative thing)! But this makes sense. :) If animals are really well bonded to you, it totally makes sense for there to be spiritual communication between you.

I only need another $790 to reach the halfway mark on my service dog fundraiser. :D Here’s where you can help out!

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Luna the wolfdog was rescued from an unfortunate situation in Nevada. She’s an escape artist, and during one drastic bid for freedom, she lacerated her neck in four different places. Her owners didn’t seem to realize how bad the injuries were beneath her thick coat, and left it un-treated for an unreasonable amount of time. When we picked her up, her throat smelled like rotten flesh and the fur around it was stained yellow and green. Even now that the area has been cleaned and sanitized by her current foster family, the hair still holds a tinge of discoloration. 

Luna’s vet costs have been estimated at between $300.00 - $500.00, so Pack West has thrown together a very special fundraising opportunity by selling prints from our Ambassador Tsura’s most recent professional photo-shoot.


You can find the prints on our Redbubble page HERE.  

Additionally, you can donate to us directly via paypal at packwestwolfdogrescue@gmail.com


Hey guys! So, as some of you know, we’re doing some fundraising for my Diabetic alert dog, Zeke. At the moment, funds are being made off of t-shirts with the design above. Shirts are red and made of 100% cotton. The sizes range from S-XL which cost $15 and 2XL-5XL which cost $17, with $2.99 for shipping. Seeing as most of you don’t know me personally, PayPal would be the preferred way of payment. If anyone is interested in buying a shirt, just hit me up with however many you’d like and the size(s). Thank you guys so much!

In Depth Aura Readings!

I’ve had a blast doing short aura readings for my service dog fundraiser! Now I’m all inspired to offer more in-depth, healing, aura readings. 

What the Readings Are: 

Having an aura reading is not just an exploration of the colors you glitter with, but also a deep and powerful understanding of your spiritual needs. 

Aura readings will tune into the frequently changing colors and tones of energy around you (your protective and emotive energetic shell, if you will). They represent personal issues we’re dealing with, energetic strengths and weaknesses, and things we need to balance and address in our life. 

How These Readings Work: 

  1. We’ll plan a call (or text/IM through Skype/tumblr messenger if you’re not a fan of phone calls) that will last around 15-30 minutes.
  2. I will email you a palette of the 6 primary colors in your aura before the call.
  3. During the call, I’ll go through what each color means, why it’s in your aura, and how it relates to your current life, as well as advice for healing it if the color’s a little funky.

Cost of the Readings:

For the whole package, it’s just $45! 

Payment is in USD and is done through a PayPal invoice (which accepts PayPal, Debit, Credit, and many other forms of money transfers).

How to Request One: 

Email me at sopherielspeaks@gmail.com with this info: 

  • Your legal name
  • Your preferred name (if different from your legal)
  • Any relevant information (like if you’re struggling with a particular issue, I can see if your aura has anything that can help you with it)
  • And of course mention that it’s an aura reading you’re interested in! 

This should be real fun!! Feel free to share this post, as well–there may be others looking for this exact type of reading. :)