Dog Hair in My Soup

July 1, 2016

Daisy: The Hound with the Broken Nose

June 7, 2017
Fear Free

Fear Free: The Biggest Evolution in Veterinary Medicine in 50 Years Is HERE!

I have been a veterinary nurse for nearly 35 years, 18 of those years specializing in animal behavior. I spent the first 17 years of my career working in general practice. Being a veterinary nurse is hard physical work on a good day.  I remember hearing the alarm go off at 6:00 AM and knowing that once my feet hit the floor that I likely wouldn’t sit down again until that night. On a bad […]
March 16, 2016

Charlie, Charles, Chuck…my student, my teacher

Training a service dog isn’t hard.  The training part of it is easy. Don’t get me wrong, it is a long, often stressful (imagine being in a grocery store with a puppy hoping with all of your heart he doesn’t pee), incredibly time consuming and a pretty much a life-encompassing process. But, the actual act of training an animal is easy. It’s the other stuff that you can’t control, like Genetics (capitalized because I now have appropriate respect for Genetics). Genetic issues […]
March 15, 2016
autism

What I’ve Learned About Autism: From a service dog trainer’s perspective

It started in March 2015 when a mother from Richmond, Indiana serendipitously reached me.  Krista was in need of a hypo-allergenic service dog for her son Isaac. Isaac has autism. I am the mother of a son with cerebral palsy.  I’ve trained two service dogs to assist my son Dylan. I didn’t train Faith and Hero because I wanted to, but out of necessity. In 1994 when I began searching for an assistance dog for Dylan I was turned down by […]
January 19, 2016

Finding Dr. Stiver: A Birthday Gift to My Son

I write this blog today as a birthday gift to my son, Dylan Stiver Shaw. Dylan is 22 years old today and he wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for a very special doctor who believed in him even before he was born. I mention Dr. Kurt Stiver in my blog “Small as a Kitten.” The following is the story I’ve told Dylan every year on his birthday. I love you, my beautiful baby boy! […]
January 19, 2016

Finding Dr. Stiver: Update from Dylan Stiver Shaw

I spoke to Dr. Stiver today. It was pretty surreal. I don’t think I’ve thanked someone so much in my entire life. We were on the phone for almost an hour. He said that my Mom’s blog post pretty much made him famous in his area. People were flooding his and his wife’s inbox talking about the story. We talked about our families, school, where I’m currently living. It was difficult trying to fit 20 […]
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