Respect the Vest and Other Presentations

Service Dogs for America is available for any type of presentation or demonstration for any event you may have!  Just call 701-685-2242 and talk to Annie to get on the schedule!

Currently, one program we are SUPER excited about is called the Respect the Vest.  It is geared for elementary school-age children, but it can be modified to fit whatever age group is necessary.

The purpose of this presentation is to inform the public about what to do when they come upon a service dog in the public setting.  By teaching children the proper etiquette of what to do when they see a service dog, we are also educating the parents because children LOVE to tell their parents the cool things they learn in school and it seems like those types of “lessons” stick with you longer than reading a brochure!

To accompany this presentation, our Development Director has developed some great supplemental worksheets to really help this lesson leave an impression!

Call us today, we would love to visit your school with one of our service dogs and share the important message of Respect the Vest.

-Annie

 

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Lucky is up for Adoption!

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Every once in a while one of the dogs in training at SDA doesn’t make the Service Dog program for various reasons.  Lucky is one of those dogs, but because of all the great skills he does possess he is now available for adoption.

Let me tell you about our boy Lucky.  He is a medium-large sized yellow labrador retriever who was born 9/12/11.

He is a playful, yet tender-hearted boy who loves to snuggle and socialize.  He is amazing with children and adults alike and socializes well with other dogs and cats.  Lucky would be an excellent candidate to become a certified therapy dog.  He is a goofy character who can bring a smile to everyone he meets.

He has advanced training beyond the basic obedience, and is trained to snuggle and visit on command as well as several other public access and manners commands.  Because of his advanced training and excellent temperament, SDA is asking $1,000.00 for Lucky.  He is neutered, up to date on his shots, has excellent hips and is in very good physical condition.

The reason Lucky is no longer in the Service Dog program at SDA is because he just simply does not “want the job” of being a service dog (it’s a tough job!).  Instead, Lucky wants an individual or family who will love him.  He would be a great addition to any family or therapeutic practice.

If you are interested in Lucky, please e-mail services@servicedogsforamerica.org and request an adoption application, or call SDA at 701-685-2242.

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We’re baaaaaack!

Well, it’s been a while since we’ve posted a blog, but we are officially back and will be reporting on here more regularly.

There are a lot of new things going on at SDA since we last posted.  All those puppies from the last post are grown up and some have been placed while others are still perfecting their specific training skills.

In January of 2014 a litter of English Cocker Spaniels made their way into the world and we are proud to announce that 4 of those puppies have been accepted for our Diabetes Alert Service Dog program.  I’ll post more specifics about this program and these little rockstars later.

We are working on starting a Prison Program in Bismarck.  We will partner with an area rescue group and work collaboratively with them to train shelter dogs and give them a “second chance” at a great life.  I’ll also post more about that later.

The volunteer program is slowly getting off the ground and hopefully VERY soon we will have a strong program.  Slowly, but surely.  Again–you guessed it–I’ll post more about that later.  If you see this and you are interested in getting on the volunteer list, shoot an email to client.services@servicedogsforamerica.org with your name, address, phone number, and what types of things you would like to volunteer for.

We’ve also been doing all kinds of presentations around the state.  Just this fall alone we’ve been to: NDSU, Globe University, VCSU, United Congregational Church of Christ in VC, Mayor’s Committee Presentation in Wahpeton, State Lions Convention in Jamestown, Minot VFW, LaMoure Senior Center, Streeter Lions Club, MS Conference in Fargo, and the list goes on.  Let’s just say we’ve put A LOT of miles on the Service Dogs for America vehicle.

We’ve also been busy planning fundraisers.  At the moment we are getting ready for Purses for a Purpose in Jamestown on February 8th from 4-7 pm at the Buffalo City Rotisserie Grill.  This same event raised over $17,000 to assist ND Veterans in obtaining service dogs earlier this year.  Minot and Bismarck are also planning similar events to help our ND service people.  If you would like more information about these events, see our Upcoming Events tab here or give us a call, we’ll be happy to fill you in.

Giving Hearts Day is also coming up.  Don’t worry, you will DEFINITELY be hearing a lot about that as well!  The theme is WARM UP, which might be hard to do in chilly ND, but it’s not IMPOSSIBLE! :)

Well that about covers it for now, stay tuned for more updates.  And pictures. And information. And whatever else I think might interest you!

Woof woof!

–Annie, SDA

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Name a Puppy

We have four puppies named already! A donation of $100 will give you the opportunity to name a puppy from Willow’s litter. The donations go towards building a whelping room at our Jud campus, which we are in need of.

To donate and name a puppy, call us at (701) 685-2242. Remember, we only have so many puppies, so call soon!

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Puppies!

Willow had her first litter of puppies late December 9th and into the early morning of December 10th. Thirteen pups were born! What a great surprise for all of us to have so many new members added to our family here. Momma and pups are doing well, so stay tuned for more pictures!

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Coming Soon

We’re very excited to start sharing with you all about our dogs and training…we just haven’t had the time yet to do so! Stay tuned because once we start blogging you won’t want to miss it.

—the SDA Staff

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