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Congratulations Ranny Green!

We aren't the only ones who think the writings of Ranny Green are emotional and wonderful! Ranny's article about Luke and Snoopy is a finalist in the Dog Writers Assn. of America 2015 Special Awards Category


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Sponsored by the American Kennel Club, this award is given in recognition of the best writing about the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program or the puppy level of CGC, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy.

Recognized as the ‘gold standard’ for family dog manners, CGC and AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy focus on teaching good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to dog owners. This award is a $500 cash award.

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Ten Things People Believe About Service Dogs (That Simply Are Not True)

Aug 23, 2014 by

Ten Things People Believe About Service Dogs (That Simply Are Not True)

In general people understand the concept of a service dog. If you’re only ever heard of service dogs, you probably imagine a dog, most likely a Golden Retriever or German Shepherd Dog, wearing a vest and guide handle, guiding a blind man through busy intersections in New York City. While this image is most likely applicable to some service dog handlers, it certainly is not a depiction of all handlers.

Service dogs and their handlers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and disabilities. This is why ILRDB is proud to presentTen Things People Believe About Service Dogs (That Simply Are Not True).


1) Service dogs are legally required to be registered in the United States


Service Dog Certificate

Possibly the most common misconception about service dogs is that registration or licensing is required by law. There are a number of registration companies that provide a place for handlers to pay to register their dogs. These companies are for-profit and registering with them is both optional and strongly discouraged by many service dog handlers.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, while it is not illegal to provide documentation, it is illegal for businesses to request documentation for a handler to gain access to a facility. “Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.” (ADA)

The important distinction here is that a handler may provide documentation if they choose to do so, but businesses are not supposed to expect it. Therefore the registries that provide documentation for a nominal fee to service dog handlers are not technically breaking the law. However, they are making things more difficult for other service dog handlers.

If Handler A walks into a business with his service dog and presents identification in the form of a certificate from a for-profit registry, the business might expect the same behavior from Handler B when she visits with her service dog. The event that inevitably follows is what handlers call an “access challenge”. This is when a business breaks the law and refuses access to a handler because they are using a service dog. Under the ADA, federal law, this is discrimination. As service dog handlers are well aware, however, there are many businesses that remain ignorant of the law. While we do our best to educate those businesses, trying to explain why the first handler they saw presented registration while we do not have registration is a long stressful process that could have been prevented.

It is important to mention that there are proponents of requiring identification or registration. This is discrimination. If able-bodied persons are permitted to gain access to a facility without identifying themselves, disabled handlers should be afforded the same privilege.


2) Service dogs are required to wear a vest


Octane (vested) on the job! Photo by his handler, Brittany Love

Similar to the registration, service dogs are not required to wear a vest while they are working. The only requirement is that they are harnessed, leashed, or tethered unless any of those devices prevents the dog from performing its task.

Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.” (ADA)

It is important to note that handlers who choose to work their dog without a vest may have a very good reason for doing so. The vest could interfere with the dog’s task, it might be too hot out for the dog to wear a vest, or the handler may have lost or forgotten the vest.

Since it is the dog, and not the vest, that performs the task to mitigate the handler’s disability, the vest is simply considered a courtesy to inform the general public that a dog is a service dog. Therefore a business cannot ask a handler to leave because they have failed to mark their dog as a service dog.

So the next logical question is, what can a business do to make sure the dog in their store is a service dog? The ADA addresses this as well.

When it is not obvious what service an animal provides, only limited inquiries are allowed. Staff may ask two questions:

(1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability, and

(2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform.”

The two questions signify a verbal agreement between the business owner and the handler that the dog is, in fact, a service dog. Furthermore, if a dog is being disruptive and its handler makes little to no attempt to bring their dog under control, the ADA states that the business may ask that person to leave the facility.


3) All service dogs are trained and sold by a specialized training program.

Another common misconception about service dogs is that anyone with a service dog is training it for a program. The general public might arrive at this conclusion if a handler is not obviously disabled.

The ADA makes absolutely no stipulations about who trains a service dog. The concept of owner training is growing in popularity as more people realize the benefit of having a service dog. Because a service dog from a program can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000, many handlers turn to private trainers and dog training books to produce their own service dog.

When you see a service dog in public, even if the handler looks healthy, this does not necessarily mean the dog is being trained for a program. Many handlers prefer to mark dogs that are in training as such. If it is not obvious, don’t assume that the dog is not assisting the handler. Remember that some disabilities are invisible!


4) Service dogs never make mistakes.




I see this conversation happen far too often, and it usually starts with somebody who believes that service dogs are infallible.

My service dog is very well trained, but no amount of training can prevent an event like the time he vomited in a grocery store. Anyone who works with the general public will tell you that people have accidents. Dogs do as well. While we would like to always have control over our bodies, that isn’t actually the case.

Service dogs can have accidents for a number of reasons. The accident may involve a bodily function that is barely voluntary, such as diarrhea or vomiting, or it might appear as a lapse in training: a dog that barks once or twice while working, or tries to greet somebody that doesn’t want to be greeted.

The ADA addresses situations like this, stating that “a person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless: (1) the dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control it or (2) the dog is not housebroken.” (ADA)

This means that mistakes are acceptable so long as the handler is able to bring the dog back under control.

5) Service dogs never get to play.

This just isn’t true. Off-duty service dogs act like normal dogs.


Macleod working and Macleod playing. Macleod is a normal dog. Photos by his handler, Dani Woodson


6) Service dogs can only be a certain breed.



Slider comforts his handler, Jhenna. Photo by Jhenna Pacelli

While most people associate Goldens, Labs, and Shepherds with service dogs, the truth is that the ADA places no restriction on a service dog’s breed. Anything from a Chihuahua, to a Great Dane, to a Pit Bull, to a Poodle can be a service dog.

This is rather controversial for some breeds such as the Caucasian Ovcharka and other livestock guardian breeds because of their protective nature. However, there are always exceptions. Evaluating the temperament of an individual dog is much more important than evaluating the breed as a whole when considering that dog for service dog work.

An important note about small dogs: Not many people are aware that small dogs can be service dogs too! Service dogs can work to mitigate all types of disabilities- there is no rule about how big or small a service dog can be as long as that dog has a trained task!


7) Service dogs are always rehomed when they retire.

To be completely fair, this point is not wrong. Some service dogs are rehomed when they retire.

While this may seem cruel for a dog to be given up after working with their handler for so many years, handlers are forced to make this decision for a number of reasons.

The most obvious reason is disability. Some handlers are not able to care for more than one dog at a time, so the space they have in their life for a dog must be reserved for an active service dog.

However, there is also the issue of housing. The FHA permits a handler to have a service dog in housing that is not pet friendly, but a retired service dog would not qualify under the FHA. Therefore the handler, for whom moving might not be an option, is forced to give up their service dog when they retire.

Finances are another concern. Dogs are expensive and, as a general rule, people living on disability are not rolling in money. For this reason, it is often more humane to rehome the dog as it ages so that somebody who does have the funds required to properly care for the aging dog can do so.

It is important to note that this is NOT applicable to all service dogs. Many handlers opt to keep their retired service dogs because they have grown very attached to them. Those who are able to do so are very fortunate to be in a position to make that decision.

All of that being said, please don’t feel sorry for the service dogs that are rehomed! There is actually quite a demand for older well-trained dogs, and many families are more than happy to love and cherish a retired service dog through its senior years.


8) A service dog is an invitation to ask about a person’s disability.



Geronimo, a Beauceron, posing for his handler, Alysianne DeSha.

Having a service dog is NOT an invitation to ask a handler about their disability.

Mention this one, and you are sure to hear the groan from service dog handlers around the world.

Regardless of where you are or what you are doing, if you have a service dog with you, you can almost expect this conversation to come up at some point during your day:

Them: “Oh, is that a service dog? He’s so cute!”
You: “Thank you.”
Them: “What does he do?”
You: “He helps me with my disability.”
Them: “Oh…what’s wrong with you?”

Here is one of the most important messages that I want absolutely everyone who reads this to hear: Unless you are a doctor or judge, it is NEVER okay to ask about a stranger’s disability. Can you imagine walking up to somebody in a wheelchair and asking them why they can’t walk? No? The same rule applies to service dog handlers.

I know this question stems from the fact that many people are ignorant of what tasks service dogs can perform for somebody who appears to be physically well. These tasks can range from seizure detection, alerting to dissociative or manic states, mitigating symptoms of PTSD or anxiety through the utilization of blocking or deep pressure therapy, and so on and so forth. The possibilities are too many to list. Just understand that a person’s disability might not be obvious and it is never okay to ask them about it.


9) Some disabled people are more deserving of service dogs than others.

While not all disabilities are created equal, only a handler knows how much their disability affects their lifestyle.

The only person who can tell a handler that they don’t deserve a service dog is a judge.


10) Service dog handlers should look sick.

As I have mentioned a few times, there are a variety of invisible disabilities that a person who appears healthy may have. Somebody who doesn’t look sick could very well be disabled.

It is best to not assume you know a person’s medical history simply by looking at them, and as I discussed in point number eight, asking about their medical problems is very rude. Accept that you aren’t going to know what is wrong with them and move on.



The author of this article working with Pilot (service dog) and Iver (service dog in training) at Target.

For more information on service dogs, please view the following links:

American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Service Dogs:

Please Don’t Pet Me (information on buying or training a service dog as well as networking with other handlers):

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Congratulations Blynn Baker & Ray!
Blynn and Ray made the 2015 AKC European Team!! 

Help her get there just by practicing during our Open Agility on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  We will be giving Team Blynn and Ray 50% of all practice fees collected. Or donate now through Paypal

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9:00 - 5:00 PM


Please welcome Erika Hansen to our team!  She and Shannon will be working together to give all your pets the best spa treatment ever. 

Erika has 12 years grooming experience ever. She is proficient with hand scissoring and certified to groom cats.  To schedule your cat please call the center directly at 253-922-4271.  

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Please follow the designated speed limit through they City of Fife, new safety cameras have been established through the school zones.  To also learn where the red light cameras are please follow this link.


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Benefits of Massage Therapy range from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our dog's lifestyles. Having a massage does more than just relax their body and mind - there are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur, even more so when massage is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy and not simply mere luxury. Massage not only feels good, but it can cure what ails you.

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MON- APR. 27
12:30 PM: Fast Track Basic Obedience [4/27-5/11]
3:00 - 6:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]
8:00 - 12:00 PM: Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]

TUE - APR. 28
2:00 - 6:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]
3:00 - 9:00 PM: Open Agility Practice [$15/handler]

WED - APR. 29
7:00 PM: Breed Handling with Janet Warner [Drop In $15]
7:15 PM: K9 Fitness & Condition [Drop In $25]
9:00 - 6:00 PM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog] 
1:00 -5:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog] 
8:00 - 4:00 PM: Open Agility Practice [$15/handler]

THU- APR. 30
2:30 PM: Pre-Competition Drop In Class [$25]
6:30 PM: Pre-Competition Drop In Class [$25]
7:30 PM: Competitive Obedience Drop In Class [$25]
7:30 PM: AKC STAR Puppy [4/16-5/21]
9:00-1:00 PM: Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]
4:00-6:00 PM: Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]
9:00-6:00 PM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog]

Grooming Appointments Open

11:30 AM: K9 Fitness & Conditioning [SKIPPED TODAY]
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Grooming Appointments Open

Grooming Appointments Open

3:00 - 6:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]
8:00 - 12:00 PM: Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]

2:00 - 6:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]
3:00 - 9:00 PM: Open Agility Practice [$15/handler]
Grooming Appoinments Open
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11:30 PM: Puppy Kindergarten [5/06-6/10] Dana Babb
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7:00 PM: Breed Handling with Janet Warner [Drop In $15]
7:15 PM: K9 Fitness & Condition [Drop In $25]
9:00 - 6:00 PM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog] 
1:00 -5:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog] 
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Groomer- Working Interview

We are interviewing groomers and need participants. Looking for long haired, small and large dogs. Space is limited so call now!

50% off grooming appointments on Wednesday, May 6th From 10:00 - 4:00 PM.
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Paws-Abilities | Teeth Cleaning | 4.2

Why anesthesia free-dental cleanings

Cleanliness is healthiness
Tartar-encrusted teeth are not just unattractive; they are absolutely dangerous to a dog’s health.

Just as with humans, tartar or calculus forms on a dog’s teeth when plaque – a combination of salivary proteins and bacteria – accumulates on the teeth and is not brushed or mechanically scraped away by vigorous chewing. And just as with humans, some dogs seem more prone to tartar accumulation than others. Some of this may be due to an inherited trait; it’s also thought that the chemistry in some dogs’ saliva seems to promote tartar formation.

However it happens to accumulate, the mineralized concretion acts as a trap for even more plaque deposits. Soon, the gums become inflamed by the plaque, and bacterial infections may develop. Yes, the dog will have bad breath and unsightly red gums. He may experience pain when he’s eating his food, playing with toys, or during recreational chewing. Chronic mouth pain can cause behavioral changes, including crankiness and sudden onset of “bad moods.” But even more serious dangers are lurking unseen.

When plaque deposits begin to form in proximity to and then, gradually, under the dog’s gums, the immuno-inflammatory response begins to cause destruction of the structures that hold the dog’s teeth in place: the cementum (the calcified tissue that covers the root surfaces), periodontal ligament (connective tissue that helps anchor the teeth), and alveolar bone (the bone that surrounds the roots of the teeth). As these structures are damaged in the inflammatory response “crossfire,” the teeth can become loose and even fall out.

A more serious danger is the bacterial infection and resultant inflammation in the gums, which can send bacteria through the dog’s bloodstream, where it can wreak havoc with the heart, lungs, kidney, and liver. Dogs with chronic health problems that affect these organs and dogs with immune-mediated disease are at special risk of experiencing complications due to periodontal disease. For this reason alone, owners of these dogs should be the most proactive in keeping their dogs’ teeth clean.

The best candidates include dogs with tartar-encrusted teeth who exhibit any of the following:

• Poor kidney and/or liver function (detected with a blood test)

• Congenital heart defects (including murmurs), impaired heart function (such as congestive heart failure) or arrhythmia

• A recent injury or infection of any kind (even skin infections, including “hot spots,” are good cause to delay scheduling any procedure that requires anesthesia)

• A history of seizures (some preanesthetic sedatives can lower the seizure threshold)

Not all dogs are good subjects for non-anesthetic procedures -- particularly dogs with advanced dental disease that may require extractions and/or antibiotic treatment. *
Source-*Whole Dog Journal

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Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30 PM

A Skill That Could Save Your Dog’s Life; Leave It! "Leave It" is one of the most important things you can teach your dog..!

How many times has your dog discovered something gross, or even dangerous, he perceives as potentially edible that you don’t want him to pick up? It happens all the time and the “Leave It” command is the answer. It could save your dog from eating something that could hurt him. "Leave It" means don't touch...!!!

YES! Bring the Dog and High Value Treats Don’t Feed Your Dog Before Workshop

 1 1/2 Hour Workshop 

Taught By: Dana Babb, 425-577-4324


Class Start Dates

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MON- APR. 13
3:00 - 6:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]
11:30 - 1:00 PM: Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]

TUE - APR. 14
2:00 - 6:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]
3:00 - 9:00 PM: Open Agility Practice [$15/handler]

WED - APR. 15
11:30 AM: Puppy Kindergarten [4/14-5/20]
6:00 PM: Leave It! Workshop
7:00 PM: Breed Handling with Janet Warner [Drop In]
9:00 - 6:00 PM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog] 
1:00 -5:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog] 
8:00 - 4:00 PM: Open Agility Practice [$15/handler]

THU- APR. 16
2:30 PM: AKC STAR Puppy [4/16-5/21]
6:30 PM: Pre-Competition Drop In Class [$25]
7:30 PM: Competitive Obedience Drop In Class [$25]
7:30 PM: AKC STAR Puppy [4/16-5/21]
9:00-1:00 PM: Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]
4:00-6:00 PM: Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]
9:00-6:00 PM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog]
9:00-4:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]

FRI- APR. 17
11:30 AM: K9 Fitness & Conditioning [Drop In $30]
9:00-11:00 AM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog]
3:00 - 6:00 PM: Semi-Private Room Open [$5/dog]
9:00 - 6:00 PM: Novice Floor Open [$5/dog]
9:00-11:00 AM:Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]

1:00 - 6:00 PM:Matted Floor Open [$10/handler]

SAT- APR. 18
Anesthesia Free Teeth Cleaning Appointments Open [Call 253-922-4271]
Grooming Appointments Open

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We are currently seeking a Part-Time to Full-Time Groomer.  We would like to groom 7 days a week 9am to 5:00 pm and need availability during those days/time.

We are seeking a Pet Groomer/Stylists with high standards and a professional attitude. Position requirements include but not limited to having a positive friendly attitude, fun-loving energetic person who can get along with and work well with others. Can take direction from management. Good communication skills with customers and staff are a must. Must be knowledgeable of dog breeds and their standard cuts, have a proper animal handling skills, must have own basic equipment ( shears, clippers, brushes and combs etc. ) . You must have a neat, clean appearance and working habits. Must be motivated!! We are a smoke-free, drug-free, and drama-free environment. Must keep grooming areas clean, neat, organized and disinfected daily. Need someone who can do 8 quality grooms per day. Fridays and Saturdays is required occasionally.

Please contact Jennifer t 253-486-6557 to setup a working interview