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BENNING and Sandra continue to work on transfer training at Starbucks

Today is another exciting day of transfer training with BENNING.  Sandra is taking him on short visits to public places at the direction of  BENNING’s trainer, Ms. Cece Miller.  Sandra has chosen Starbucks and the mall for these events,,,,,, imagine that! (lol). This is our second visit with BENNING and things are going very well.  Clarke really seems to be excited when BENNING is around and really continue ...

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My love for Clarke and BENNING

Hello Everyone!!  BENNING is in transfer training and will soon be going to live with the Ringelstein's.  This means that he will be leaving me.  Yes, I am sad to him go (and so is my family and pets) but I am very excited to see him move on to his permanent home.  BENNING has been an absolute joy to train.  He is amazingly smart, very instinctive and affectionate beyond measure.  He has made me laugh and c ...

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Sleepover Day 2

Which was last Sunday in case you have lost track.  I am so behind! [caption id="attachment_9717" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Staying close by just in case Clarke needs something."][/caption] At 5:30 in the morning I feel a cold wet nose bumping my face and hear whining.  I open my eyes to see BENNING standing in front of my face at the side of the bed.  My husband whispers, "Maybe he has to go ...

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Where the Wild Things Are

On Saturday April 21st our family met Cece Miller and BENNING for a Public Access Training session. We decided to meet at the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia South Carolina. The weather was great and we were excited to see BENNING again. It was a long day but we had a great time! Clarke was making more contact with BENNING than we had ever seen before. He would reach over to grab BENNING'S face and pull him over ...

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BENNING is doing Awesome!!

Hi Everyone!!  I have had a lot of questions lately about how BENNING is doing, so I figured I would blog to let everyone know!!  In my opinion, BENNING is doing Awesome!!  He still has to mature out of his puppy stages.  He is incredibly curious and sometimes hyperactive; but he is coming along little by little.  He loves the attention he gets when we visit schools and he does a wonderful job with the chil ...

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Ready Set Go!

[caption id="attachment_6666" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Clarke and Ms.Cece"][/caption] Our Transfer Training with BENNING officially started yesterday!  Our family was so excited to have BENNING in our home for the day.  We were also excited to have his trainer Cece Miller and family visiting with us as well. After we finished introductions Clarke’s dad took Cece’s husband and kids to see the ...

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Introducing Clarke…

[caption id="attachment_2773" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Clarke and his Family"][/caption] I thought I would take a moment to tell you about our son Clarke, who will be receiving the service dog from paws4people. Clarke is an engaging 10 year old boy with a big smile. To date he does not have a diagnosis for his disability but it is suspected he has a genetic syndrome of unknown origin. His spec ...

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Clarke Meets the Puppies!! (written by Todd, Clarke’s Dad)

  On Wednesday July, 13, 2011, our family had our first exposure to the litter of possible service dogs for our son Clarke. We are extremely grateful to Jason Watson, Gretchen and Erin of the Dublin Dog Foundation for making the trip to West Virginia to support us in this first meeting. We showed up to the United States Penitentiary Hazelton surely not knowing what to expect. We have to confess, after ...

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