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1st Licensed Pom Service Dog

Posted by on Apr. 17, 2013 at 3:31 AM
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Hello , I'm new so bare with me,

I read a post on this forum questioning a Pomeranian as a service dog.  I was have trouble with RA attack so typos were horrendous when I 1st wrote this letter. Please bare with me in an attempt to make repairs.  Regarding the post I read I believe she was referring to me as I have the only legit pomeranian service dog in the USA that I'm aware of. Since 1st writing that I have come accross another Pomeranian service dog for a deaf women. How awesome is that?  As for my service dog Teddy an alert and mobility dog.The only dog trained to alert to a breathing emergency. My pulmonary specialist, Dr. Robert Zaggagnini MD, is convinced Teddy's perception of my disorder is similar to that of a seizure patients. I have an acute sleep disorder both day and nights that is similar to a seizure as well as Rheumatoid Arthritis and he assist picking things up and is awesome taking off my ted hose. He's been all over the country for sleep studies as we're trying to train more service dogs to help those unable to use CPAP machine and those with Narcolepsy.I constantly find that when your service dog is small, not a Retriever or Shepherd they are considered fraudulent. That's not the case anymore and I'm currently trying to create a web page in hopes of educationg world that service dogs can come in all sizes. Also a suport group for those with smaller service animals. Teddy has completed 120hr public access training and passed the RIVIT test. This is extensive training that ensures the public as well as the handler is safe in public places and crowds. Those who know Teddy are amazed of his behavior. The reason he's in the basket  and carrier is his size. The world is a dangerous for little legs and feet. Carts are dangerous to little legs and small feet plus people don't see him and step on him. He has a carrier with wheels he travels in alot to to keep people at a distance and to help prevent petting. He's cute and people want to touch. I'm on alot of meds, (humara, methotrexate, plaquenal, predisone, etc. for RA plus provigal for sleep disorder all lower my immune system and doctors feel lot's of hand touching him, then me touch him increases my risk of infection tenfold.  Plus is distracts him from doing his job and I get tired of interuptions on my bad days when I feel poorly and just want to get my shopping done.

I hope that answers some questions. Please know their are many out there that are fraudulent and buying fake ID's and vest just so they can take their pets in stores. The law will catch up to them because it's not just local it's a federal crime that is spelled out in detail under the American Disabilities Act. It takes alot of training to be a service dog and they ARE NOT A PET! By taking a dog in to a public place that has not been through such extensive training not only put's the handler at risk but the public is at risk. They are the equivalent of a prosthetic leg, arm or wheel chair and should be treated with the same respect. Would you point and laugh at someone in a wheel chair, someone with a prosthetic leg or arm, I think not. Would you giggle at a blind person with the a Shepherd?  Would you ask to pet the leg the wheel chair the arm. I know that sounds silly but put your self  my shoes trying to get my shopping done being made fun of most the time doing it. Next time you see Teddy be grateful he's  their to help me. He saves my life everyday and because of him I can lead aa normal life. He and I deserve the respect he so rightly deserves

I hope that answers some questions. You can see more about Teddy by going to his twitter or web page  tedstersmom or get the whole story by going to google + Holly A.Clark

I hope this doesn't come across in a mean manner. I only goal is to educate the world on the smaller service dogs. The legit ones.  

Sincerely,

Holly A. Clark & Teddy USSERVICEDOGREGISTRY ID 1273465195

by on Apr. 17, 2013 at 3:31 AM
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jeweldragons
by on Apr. 17, 2013 at 6:11 AM
I didn't know small breed dogs could be service dogs. That is cool and interesting.
LancesMom
by Ruby Member on Apr. 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Thank you for sharing! I am glad your dog is able to be your helper. Dogs of all sizes can be so much companionship to everyone, as a pet or a service dog.


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bamababe1975
by Stephanie on Apr. 21, 2013 at 10:02 AM

 That's pretty neat. Thanks for sharing! :)


Reina13
by Silver Member on Apr. 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

 This is very cool. Not exactly what I imagine when I think of service dogs.

 

Tipsen
by Bronze Member on Apr. 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM
My aunt has a Pom service dog for a seizure disorder. He is licensed and I have seem all his papers. I am glad you have teddy. Max does a lot for my aunt
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AliKatAK47
by Bronze Member on Apr. 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM
I'm sorry but I loled at Shepphard. I have a Pit as a service dog and many people think I am "faking" so I can take him places. My dog was in training to be a service dog from puppyhood (well he was 9mos old). He showed that he could alert me to my oncoming seizures prior to training. Thanks to the few people at CCI and the private trainers who helped me train him even though it was not the way they usually operate I have my independence back.
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AliKatAK47
by Bronze Member on Apr. 21, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Small dogs are often used for diabetes patients. They can test for blood sugar spikes and drops by continuously licking the handler's hand. They are also portable. I have seen Yorkies,Corgis, Dachshunds and even Chihuahua and Pom Service dogs. It depends on what you need them for.

Quoting jeweldragons:

I didn't know small breed dogs could be service dogs. That is cool and interesting.
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tedstersmom
by on May. 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

You are so right. Dogs...all animal pets can be very perceptive to their owners needs, moods, etc. The animals that share our homes and lives whether in the house or the barn are truly a blessing in so many ways.

you rock

tedstersmom
by on May. 1, 2013 at 6:11 PM

That is so awesome! It is so exciting to hear of another Pomeranian in the service dog world. I heard of one in Boston that helps a deaf women too. The important thing I want to get out is that small dogs can be service dogs too. The world is changing and we have stumbled on a resource we didn't know existed. My hope...dream is Teddy's story will be told across the world so others like myself will not get the stares and remarks in the stores every time we go out in public. After awhile handling the pointing and comments can get daunting. The most common reaction is laughing. Why do people find a disability funny? Maybe it's a nervous reaction. Frankly I don't know what it is but I do know it hurts when I hear it. Guess I need to develop a harder shell. I also wish I could figure out a way to earn back the loss of income. I've gone from teaching CPR for Red Cross and disaster deployments to disability. If I could earn a $1 for everytime I heard "He's so cute" "He looks like a fox" "I thought that was a stuffed animal", "I thought that was a baby". I could add million more "I thought's". Maybe Teddy should write a book titled "I thought that was.....".

Thank again for the input. It's greatly appreciated.

tedstersmom
by on May. 25, 2013 at 12:28 PM

You are so right. Like I said. Service dogs are not just retrievers and Sheppherd anymore. My hat's off to your service dog.  Teddy and I give him our respect tenfold.

Holly & Teddybow down

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