Monday, September 25, 2017


Told to Me
While Skyping
with
Musketeer
and one of his
Trainers


Gracie, Musketeer's main trainer, told me that she and Musketeer had been out with another dog and another trainer, and that trainer happens to be a diabetic.

While they were out, Musketeer started alerting the diabetic trainer.  The diabetic trainer told Gracie that his blood sugar levels were fine, Musketeer was most likely just wanting a treat.  Gracie reminded the other trainer that Musketeer is really good at his job and the guy should test. 

Sure enough, the trainer's blood sugar level was going where it shouldn't be and Musketeer had alerted correctly.  

WAY TO GO, MUSKETEER!

Sunday, September 24, 2017


21st Weekly Report Card
for
Service Dog
Musketeer Puppy


Musketeer has been working on maintaining a down stay while other dogs are walking by or playing near by, off leash heeling, recall, night alerts, and down stay for extended periods of time. His training locations have included Petco, Ikea, Lowe's, the local park, a softball game, Lazy Boy Furniture, and Cold Stone Creamery. 

Next week, Musketeer will be working on maintaining focus on the handler while other dogs are near, night alerts, maintaining proper household manners, recall with distance in a large enclosed protected environment, continuous alerting and proofing his alerts.

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A FUN way to help is at this LINK.

THANK YOU
for
HELPING
to get this
Service Dog
HOME!

Friday, September 22, 2017


ONE MORE
SKYPE
with
MUSKETEER!

Trainer Gracie of Diabetic Alert Dogs of America, has been Musketeer's main trainer and was the one to Skype with me and Musketeer the three times that I've now Skyped with him.  I had a lot of questions for her and she gave me lots of answers as well as a lot of "behind the scenes" information that will help me be a better service dog handler.

One of the first things I asked was if she will be okay when it's time for Musketeer to leave to come home to me.  She told me that if Musketeer would stay with her, he'd only be a pet and not living up to his full potential and that includes saving my life.  She much rather have Musketeer helping take care of me and making my life so much better and healthier and Musketeer really loves to do alerts and other tasks, it makes him really happy.  She did tell me that her husband has gotten really close to Musketeer and he might have a more difficult time, but still, he knows Musketeer needs to be with me.  I asked Gracie if she would like it if I kept in touch with them, let them know how Musketeer is doing and she seemed thrilled with that offer!  I'm planning on making something extra special for Gracie and her husband and have it be "from Musketeer" for Christmas.

Musketeer went on a road trip from the Phoenix area to Las Vegas Wednesday, September 20, 2017 to meet up with the boss man to be tested!  Musketeer Puppy PASSED with flying colors!  I was told to contact the office next week to find out when Musketeer has been scheduled to fly to Wisconsin!  I was told two to three weeks from now by Gracie, but the main office will be better able to give me a more exact date!  I was also told that Musketeer is awesome going on long car rides.

I was given so much information to process today.  I'll be given so much MORE information and a book all about Musketeer, when he arrives.  I was told if there is any place here that I'm not sure will be open to having a service dog, to let Ed (the boss who will be delivering Musketeer) know, that he's very good at educating folks about ADA laws.  

No time to waste!  The time to step up to the plate is NOW!

1.  Direct payments to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America using Musketeer Puppy in the payment description box.  Here's the LINK

2.  Donate at any Wells Fargo Bank to Musketeer the Diabetic Alert Dog.

3.  PayPal to:  wisconsin_marie@yahoo.com

4.  Purchase items or donate towards Musketeer at ~XM~ Designs in SL.

5.  Participate in The Purpose Hunt (Link HERE)

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THANK YOU
for your Prayers
for your Time
for your Support
for your Kindness
for
Just you being YOU!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017


HOW YOU CAN
MAKE A DIFFERENCE


1.  Direct payments to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America using Musketeer Puppy in the payment description box.  Here's the LINK

2.  Donate at any Wells Fargo Bank to Musketeer the Diabetic Alert Dog.

3.  PayPal to:  wisconsin_marie@yahoo.com

4.  Purchase items or donate towards Musketeer at ~XM~ Designs in SL.

5.  Participate in The Purpose Hunt (Link HERE)

I REALLY APPRECIATE
YOUR HELP
AND SO DOES
MUSKETEER!


THANK YOU
SO MUCH
FOR HELPING
TO GET
MUSKETEER PUPPY
HOME!

Monday, September 18, 2017


SO EXCITED!!!!

Musketeer's vest was custom made and just got finished by River Dog Gear.  I asked for "Musketeer colors" of royal blue and silver edging.  Here are the photos she sent:


These have expandable side pockets to fit all of my diabetic items (meter, insulin, syringes, glucose tablets/gel as well as a File of Life (medical info card), poop bags, etc.  The patches are attached with Velcro, so I can put them onto other items if I'm working Musketeer without the vest.  SWEEEEEEET!


20th Weekly Report Card
for
Service Dog
Musketeer


Musketeer has been hard at work practicing simulated night alerts, calming after an alert, leave it, maintaining a down stay with and without barriers, maintaining a sit while being pet by strangers, not sniffing people or items as he or they pass by and heeling. His training locations have included a local park, Kohl's, Macy's, JcPenny's, Babies R Us and the Container Store. 

Next week, Musketeer will be working on maintaining a down stay while other dogs are walking by or playing near by, off leash heeling, recall, night alerts and down stay for extended periods of time.

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Monday, September 11, 2017


19th Weekly Report Card
for
Service Dog
Musketeer Puppy


Musketeer has been working on night alerts, alerting with one paw, alerting with children playing close, alerting in a restaurant environment, car alerts, maintaining a down stay without a specified boundary and reinforcement of all obedience and public service skills. His training locations have included Petco, the park, Chipotle, Arriba's Mexican Food and Food City. 

Next week, Musketeer will be working on night alerts, alerting with one paw, down stay with distractions in a busy public environment, leave it with food items and recall with distractions.

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Thank you for your interest in my service dog journey!