It’s a sign

I may be hard of hearing, but I’m definitely not deaf. With my new hearing aid, I can hear more than I ever have before.

Roots

Getting undressed, picking something up when you drop it or even just grabbing your shoes from the floor. They’re things many of us do without thinking.

Flip Thinking

After applying for a service dog, the process continues with an assessment. My assessment started with a phone call.

Simple and Smart

One of the questions that came up multiple times while going through the process of matching me with a Service dog was: ‘How are you going to know where the dog is and if he’s completed a task for

The Trial

Although we were almost sure Don would be a good match, the only way to find out if there’s really a click is to let him stay with me for a week. On January 15th the big day came.

Back to School

Training with Don really felt like I was in school again. Everything I had learned and achieved some 14 years ago when training my Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cracker, had to go out of the window.

A Day in Don’s Life

Hi! Many people ask what I can do. So I got the chance to take over the MacBook and tell you all about a typical day as my human’s  Service Dog. 

The Service vest

I have a question for you. How do you know the difference between a Service Dog and a pet dog? 

The 9th Language

I’m fluent in English and Dutch. I know a few words in German and Welsh and I know even fewer words in French.

The Sixth Sense

Although Don is trained as an ADL service dog, he does many things for me that he's not been trained to do. He's a sensitive dog and picks up people's feelings very easily.

365 Days

Actually it's already been a little longer than a year since Don came into my life. It's been a rollercoaster of a year, but that's definitely not been a bad thing. 

Speak

Having your dog bark on command is a cool trick, but why would anyone actually need their dog to do that? 

Alert

Don is smart, very smart. Sometimes he's so smart that he confuses himself. Although he's an ADL dog, I was given lessons on how to train him to do anything I want him to do.