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!