(aka "Beckie")

Beckie is a yellow lab that was born in CA with Loving Paws Assistance Dogs in May 2004. LPAD flew her to MT to be with me for her initial puppy training. I named her Rudbeckia after the flower, black-eyed Susan. My Beckie girl went back to CA for Advanced Training in September 2005. She adapted quickly which is one of the first tests for the returning dogs. Then she learned to do many different things like pick up different shaped objects, tug open a door, and turn light switches on and off. She passed all the tests and started Team Training the first of July with a young lady named Allyson. Ally has cerebral palsy and needed service dog help. She and Beckie bonded quickly and graduated as a team on July 29th, 2006. Ally sends me updates periodically and told me one of the best things about Beckie is that she will hold her purse for her!



Myrna Loy
(aka "Mernie")

Mernie is the 10th service dog puppy I have raised. She was born to Loving Paws Assistance Dogs in May 2006. She is part golden retriever and part yellow lab. Her litter theme was classic movie stars so all of her brothers and sisters have famous Hollywood names.  Mernie very quickly showed that she was a fast learner, had an awesome personality and would really stick in my heart. It was not easy to let her go back for Advanced Training in June 2007 and I still miss her terribly, but I have images of a glowing child's face when they get my sweet girl.  After 6 months of Advanced Training with Loving Paws, Mernie was transferred to Graduate School with another program, NEADS, in MA. Mernie graduated as a "Specialty Dog" in May 2008. It is rare for a dog to be able to learn to work with more than one disability but her special person, Jennifer, has MS and is also deaf so Mernie not only helps by picking up things, opening doors, etc. She also alerts Jennifer to the door bell, telephone, fire alarm, etc. She was a special puppy and is now a special dog.

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