I was partner with SSD Newman in 2015. W...ith his special training as a balance dog I can leave my crutches at home and confidentl
I am so grateful for all who have dedicated their time, expertises
When I went to the class, though, I was strongly encouraged
I was matched with Jackie, a black lab. I was amazed at how quickly she learned. She was patient when waiting for her food, came when I called her, learned the sit and down cues, and eagerly chased a ball and brought it back to me. All of this within the first three weeks! During that time, she also had trips to the grocery store, the doctor’s office, and even a ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. On each outing, she was perfect!
After only 2 puppy classes, I was blindsided
I had discussed this issue with SSD a couple of times, seeking advice on how to correct her. Becky told me this was a fairly common thing with puppies, to just “put her in her crate” when she wouldn't play nice. So I had done as advised. When I told Becky it meant she was spending a lot of time in her crate, she said that was fine. But now, it was suddenly a very big deal.
I was so stunned and upset that I didn't even plead my case. So I called Pam back. I explained that we had made so much progress in a short time, and that I didn’t understand
I admit that I did love to pet her, but no one ever told me not to do that, or to do anything different from what I was doing.
I was devastated
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Congratulations to our newest service dog teams! After two and a half weeks of team training, these teams took their public access tests. This is the start of wonderful partnerships!
SSD Gordon is practicing! Can you guess what he’s practicing to do? Here’s a hint: It’s going to happen at the Hershey Bears vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms game on March 4! If you buy your tickets by February 22, a portion of your ticket price will be donated to Keystone Human Services. You can find all the details about the game and fundraiser on Keystone’s website: https://www.keystonehumanservices.org/events/hershey-bears/
Are you ready to meet the Outer Space Litter? These are SSD Adventure’s puppies, born January 30.
Astrid, yellow female, yellow collar
Nova, yellow female, pink collar
Comet, yellow male, blue collar...
Venus, yellow female, purple collar
Saros, yellow female, green collar
Apollo, yellow male, red collar
Today is the last day to be entered for a chance to win a pair of Hershey Bears tickets! When you sign up to support Susquehanna Service Dogs in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community and make a $30 personal donation, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a pair of Bears tickets for the March 4 game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Use the link below to sign up and donate. #WalkforSSD
Our partners and puppy raisers had the opportunity to meet each other during brunch yesterday! This is a time for raisers to share stories about the dogs’ early days and for partners to talk about their blossoming partnership with their new service dog.
PLEASE READ: You’ve heard us mention the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it relates specifically to people with service dogs. The ADA is an important law that protects the rights of all people with disabilities. Tomorrow, the US Congress is planning to vote on HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. This bill actually weakens the ADA. People with disabilities would lose access to civil action unless they could prove that they gave a business a chance to fix an acce...ss issue on their own. In effect, businesses would be able to ignore the ADA until someone with a disability asks them to comply. This creates a burden for people with disability and would greatly restrict their access to the community.
Please help us advocate for people with disabilities and ask your US Representative to vote NO on the ADA Education and Reform Act. If you call the Congressional switchboard, operators will connect you to your US Representative: 202-224-3121.
Thank you for your advocacy and support!
"The most surprising part of working with so many dogs is how different each of their personalities are. Some love to cuddle, while some prefer to keep to themselves. Some are goofy and playful, while others are very eager to work. If I’ve learned one thing over the years, it’s that no two dogs are ever the same," says puppy sitter Vanessa Sobotta.
Read her guest blog post about how she and her family started volunteering with Susquehanna Service Dogs: http://susquehannaservicedogs.blogspot.com/…/from-puppy-hug…
You have the opportunity to win tickets to see the Hershey Bears take on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms! If you register to #WalkforSSD in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community and make a $30 or more personal donation between now and February 15, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the March 4 Bears-Phantoms game! Use the link below to register and donate to support Susquehanna Service Dogs in the Highmark Walk.
What's the best way to get seven puppies to the car? In one big tail-wagging group, of course! Watch the Team Foster Heroes puppies follow their volunteer whelper, Susan Tyson, back to the car after visiting our offices. Around 0:42, watch what happens when Susan calls, "Puppy puppy puppy!"
Look at SSD Allegiant go down the stairs at Hershey's Chocolate World Hershey PA! Our dogs in training went to Chocolate World today to practice their skills. They worked on stairs and the elevator, rode the chocolate ride, and practiced good behavior in the restrooms. Chocolate World is a great place for our dogs to practice their skills around crowds. Thank you, Chocolate World, for helping these future service dogs gain valuable experiences!
This little pup is ready for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community! Are you? Registration for this year's walk is now open! If you sign up to #WalkforSSD between now and February 15 AND make a $30 (or more) donation, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a pair of Hershey Bears tickets for the game on March 4! (To be eligible, you must both sign up and make a personal donation of $30 or more.)
Use this link to register for the Highmark Walk: http://hcf.convio.net/site/TR/Harrisburg/HighmarkWalk…
Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped with Chocolatefest Weekend, and thank you to everyone who represented Susquehanna Service Dogs at the event! And of course, we thank everyone who attended Chocolatefest to support Keystone Human Services! We're one of Keystone's programs, and we benefit from Chocolatefest. You're helping us raise, train, and place these life-changing service dogs. #KHSChocfest
Keystone Human Services' ChocolateBall would like to thank Susquehanna Service Dogs and their hard working staff and volunteers for making the evening a spectac...ular event. Hope the puppies are getting some rest...such charming little ambassadors! (the staff and volunteers aren't too bad either) 🐾