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!

Saturday, September 9, 2017


THE PURPOSE HUNT
NEEDS YOU!


Musketeer, the Service Dog, will be done with his training next month!  Service Dogs are not covered by insurance.  Service Dogs are extremely expensive because of all of the hours needed to train them to do specific tasks for their disabled handler.  In Musketeer's case, the tasks he's learning can save a life!

It is IMPORTANT to have as many people do this hunt as possible!  TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW!  Bring your friends along to do this hunt with you.  Inform the groups you're in.

EVERY BIT HELPS!

Thank you
for
Making it possible
to get this
Service Dog
HOME!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


HOW DID THEY KNOW?

Several years ago... when I was pregnant with Buggy girl, I had gone to a neighboring town and I didn't realize my blood sugar levels were low when I was headed back home after.  *I* have no memory of a majority of this, but I was told a bunch of things later....

Story Time!

So I was headed home... about a 15 mile drive.  I was later told that it appeared that I was playing chicken with other cars, driving over the line and veering back into my lane at the very last moment.  I was told I clipped off one lady's side mirror from her car.  I lead  six police cars and the sheriff on a slow speed chase and they called my husband, "Do you know who might be driving your car right now?"  He told the officers that I was.  They asked him if I had any medical issues.  He told them that I was 3 months pregnant and I was a Type 1 diabetic.  The police put down a spike strip before I got to the exit to a main road.  The spike strip punctured three of the tires and I slowed to a stop, bumping into the sheriff's rear bumper.  Officers pulled me out of the car at gun point, had me laying on the road where they handcuffed me.

After I was handcuffed, they had me sit at the side of the road where an ambulance was.  They tested my blood sugar level and it was 33 (WAY TOO LOW!), gave me glucose and put me in the back of the ambulance, taking me to the hospital.  

By the time I got to the hospital, I knew what was going on, my blood sugar level was back in the normal range and I could finally think clearly again.  I was terrified because I didn't know what would happen to me.  The police didn't even talk to me (that I remember, or that I was told).  One of the ambulance guys told me that it will be on my record for awhile and the doctor would have to turn in my blood sugar test results for a year or two, to show I wasn't going to drive with a low like that again.

Well...........  I have a few times.  And yes, I test my levels before I get behind the wheel of the car.  Just sometimes, things happen and levels change and I can't tell they've changed and machines are about 20 minutes slower than actual levels, so I might get a reading of 80 (which is GREAT), but be on the way down and by the time it's too late, I could be in the 30s (which is WAY TOO LOW).

So, I was VERY GLAD to see that Diabetic Alert Dogs of America (D.A.D.A.) were training Musketeer to do THIS:

video


And Now...
Down Again.

The roller coaster of life has many ups and downs and sharp turns.  The best you can do is hang on tight and enjoy the ride when you can!

Perhaps I should practice what I preach?

I've been feeling really low for the past couple days.  I talked to "the new gal" at D.A.D.A. (Diabetic Alert Dogs of America - where Musketeer, my service dog, is being trained).  She told me that Musketeer would be coming home at the END of October.  I had just been told mid-October.  Now two weeks have been added on?

I was also told that Ed, the head dude of D.A.D.A., would be delivering Musketeer.  From the videos that I've seen of him, he seems to me a Type A personality, just go, go, go type of person who doesn't wait for anyone or anything.  My GO went when I fell down that flight of stairs..  I don't move like I used to move.  And they want me to wait to do ALL of Musketeer's shopping so Ed can go with me to explain what to get and what not to get.  I like to go shopping, but I'm more of a snail's pace now, and I get wiped out rather quickly.  So I started getting high anxiety about going shopping with Ed.  Thankfully, I have an AMAZING husband who asked, "How much does Musketeer cost?  For THAT much, Ed can go shopping at YOUR speed and asking you how he can help make things better for you!".  

I'm worried about having the house ready for a dog.  I'm worried about how long it's going to take because my blood sugar levels are yo-yo-ing so horribly lately and I drove while bottomed out and don't know how I got home the other day, and then the next day I'm up in the 400s.  SO NOT COOL.  So I'm wanting Musketeer home NOW, but I'm not ready for him RIGHT now and he's not ready quite yet either.  I'm worried about how much start up funds will be needed when Ed is here.  How many times are we going to need to go out to eat and spend money at restaurants? How much for all of the food, bowls, treats, chews, etc. etc. etc. just to get STARTED, cuz you need EVERYTHING all at once!  Once you have everything, then cost is spread out.  Oh, we'll need to get a city dog license too.  I almost forgot about that.  The Purpose Hunt went REALLY WELL for the first two and a half days.  Now it seems to be at a stand still.  That's rather discouraging.

Anyway...  I was told that we'll be given a 2 to 3 week heads up before they get here.  My blood sugar level just went up a bunch while I was typing this cuz I'm getting so stressed and my pain level is really high as well.

Don't worry!  Be happy!

Monday, September 4, 2017


18th Weekly Report Card
for
Service Dog
Musketeer Puppy!

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Musketeer has been working on night alerts, alerting by jumping on the bed when handler is not responding to a side alert, waiting patiently after an alert for the handler to go through the motions of checking glucose level, alerting in a car, alerting with one paw, continued practice with proofing alerts, maintaining a down stay in areas with people constantly entering and exiting a location, maintaining a down stay for extended periods of time, heeling through public places in a controlled manner, and maintaining proper behavior and control and alerting with unknown dogs near. His training locations have included a local fire station, Basha's, Macy's, Macayo's Mexican Food and an optometrist office. 

Next week, Musketeer will be 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.

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I had been told night alerts is the most challenging task for a diabetic alert service dog and takes the longest to be able to do. Musketeer is flying through this part of his training!

Basically, what D.A.D.A. (Diabetic Alert Dogs of America) is doing now is just fine tuning everything Musketeer has learned prior to his testing.

As I understand it, several senior trainers will get together with Musketeer and put him through the paces of everything he needs to know for public access and for trained tasks he needs for my disabilities. Testing takes a bit of time. If Musketeer fails at anything, more time will be needed to perfect where he messed up.

Trainers are thinking Musketeer will be ready to come home in mid-October. I had been originally told it takes six to eight months to fully train a dog. Mid-October will be five and a half months.

I don't like asking for help. It's not happy for me to ask. I'd MUCH RATHER *GIVE* help than ask for it. But, I need help to get this service dog home.
PayPal: wisconsin_marie@yahoo.com

HUGE THANK YOU
for reading about this process,
for listening to me through the
highs and lows
(blood glucose highs & lows
as well as
emotional highs & lows!),
for praying for us,
for putting up with all of my
EMOTIONS
in dealing with frustrations
and
celebrations!
THANK YOU
for being the AMAZING YOU
who cares!
I truly appreciate
YOU!
(And so does Musketeer!)

Saturday, September 2, 2017


LAST HUGE HURRAH
To Raise Funds
For
MUSKETEER PUPPY
The Service Dog!


Thanks to Gardenia Events and LOTS of SL merchants with big hearts, the The Purpose Hunt is helping to raise funds to get Musketeer HOME!  Gardenia made my shop, ~XM~ Designs, the first stop of approx. 30 stores.  This is a 5 L hunt with 4 L going to Musketeer and 1 L going to the amazing in world merchants.  For MP stores, it's a 10 L hunt with 7 L going to Musketeer, 1 L going to the merchants and 2 L going to LL.

This is the last major push (that I'm aware of) to get Musketeer home.  We're still in need of approx. $6500 USD to get him paid off.

Here is what you'll get at your first stop and I've seen several of the other items merchants have made and all I can say is WOWZERS!


Please grab friends and folks from your groups to participate!


Friday, September 1, 2017


Different Types of Dogs


There is often lots of confusion about different types of dogs.  I'm going to try to do a "Reader's Digest" version of breaking it down.  Please realize none of these are "better" than the other!  ALL animals are VERY important!

PETS
A pet dog is the one you love on, you take for walks, is all happy when you come home.  You may NOT take your pet into No Animal Access places like stores, restaurants, hotels, taxis, airplanes.

ESAs (Emotional Support Animals)
ESAs may live with you, even in rentals that say NO PETS ALLOWED, *IF* you have a letter from your doctor saying you need your Emotional Support Animal with you.  You DO need paper work for ESAs for transportation and housing.  Emotional Support Animals MAY NOT go into stores or restaurants or any place animals are not allowed UNLESS it is for transportation or housing.

THERAPY DOGS
Therapy dogs do not take care of their handler.  The handler brings a therapy dog to nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, etc. to give others a distraction/feel better time while those people may not feel comfortable.  For example, my son's ear doctor's dog is a therapy dog and is at the doctor's office in the mornings to help calm patients.  These dogs are only allowed into these places if the nursing home, hospital, clinic, etc. allows.

SERVICE DOGS
A service dog is basically "medical equipment" for a certain individual.  It has been trained for public access.  It will never urinate/poop on the floor - unless a flight has been delayed, will not eat spilled food from anywhere, it will not bark unless trained to do so for alerting those with vision issues, AND most importantly, it has been TASK TRAINED to do specific task(s) to assist its handler with their disability.  The service dog handler MUST have a disability to have a service dog.  Service dogs do NOT have papers stating it is a service dog.  There is NO registration.  Service dogs do NOT have to wear a vest or any markings.  It is illegal to distract or harm a service dog.  

IT IS ILLEGAL TO PASS OFF A DOG AS A SERVICE DOG IF IT HAS NOT GONE THROUGH THE NEEDED TRAINING *OR* IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A DISABILITY!

To learn more, click HERE!
For an fun informational video, click HERE!

Thanks for Reading!


Wednesday, August 30, 2017


A Bit of Babble from Me


After reading the 17th Weekly Report Card on Musketeer, I didn't know what "proofing his alerts" meant, so I called D.A.D.A. to ask them. It basically means going over what he already knows and making sure it stays with him. A service dog never stops "studying". I'll be going over all of his commands several times every week and working with him to make sure he stays in tip top shape for public access as well as doing his job at alerting me.

I was told that there have been no complaints about Musketeer at all, that he's learning everything so well.

The main office is now saying he'll be going home mid-October. That, of course, isn't set in stone. It depends on when everyone can get together to do the testing and flights and when someone is able to deliver Musketeer and train me and all of that. So, approximately SIX MORE WEEKS!

THE PURPOSE HUNT

Thanks to the kindness of several people, there is a special fund raising hunt on SL, called The Purpose Hunt!  At last notification (and if I'm remembering correctly) there were 23 merchants participating!  Some are inworld stores, some are Marketplace stores.  ALL FUNDS raised goes toward getting Musketeer HOME!

PLEASE HELP by participating in this hunt!!!  PLEASE nudge three others to do this hunt as well.  THE MORE THAT DO THIS HUNT, THE BETTER!

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!
THANK YOU!

Monday, August 28, 2017


17th Weekly
Report Card
for
Musketeer the Service Dog


Musketeer has been working on maintaining a down stay with various distractions in the house, waiting patiently after an alert for the handler to go through the motions of checking their glucose level, alerting with one paw, detecting out of range fluctuating glucose levels in public, detecting and alerting from a down position while on a bed, proofing his alerts and simulated night alerts. His training locations have included Home Goods, AJ Fine Foods, Sprouts, Marshalls, Walmart, and Old Navy. 
Next week, Musketeer, will be working on night alerts, alerting by jumping on the bed when handler is not responding to a side alert, waiting patiently after an alert for the handler to go through the motions of checking glucose level, alerting in a car, alerting with one paw, continued practice with proofing alerts, maintaining a down stay in areas with people constantly entering and exiting a location, maintaining a down stay for extended periods of time, heeling through public places in a controlled manner, and maintaining proper behavior/self control and alerting with unknown dogs near.

Thank you for your interest!
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your prayers!
YOU are appreciated!

Thursday, August 24, 2017


GETTING SO
CLOSE!

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Musketeer is doing amazing with properly alerting to my low and high blood glucose scents!  

A week from tomorrow, I'll be able to say, "Musketeer will be home either this month or next month!

We're getting closer, but funds are still needed!  HOW to help with funds?

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

Please remember
YOU are appreciated!

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017


16th Weekly Report Card
for
Service Dog
Musketeer Puppy


Musketeer has been working on maintaining a down stay in areas with people constantly entering and exiting such as coffee shops, smaller stores, etc., walking next to a walker, maintaining a down stay with bikes and skateboards moving around him, simulated night alerts, working on continuous alerting when an out of range glucose scent is detected, alerting in a restaurant environment and alerting with children playing close. His training locations have included the park, Petsmart, Forever 21, H&M, Target, Best China Restaurant and Walmart. 
Next week Musketeer will be working on maintaining a down stay with various distractions in the house, waiting patiently after an alert for the handler to go through the motions of checking their glucose level, alerting with one paw, detecting out of range fluctuating glucose levels in public, detecting and alerting from a down position while on a bed and simulated night alerts.

Thank you
for
looking!
Thank you
for
your support!

Monday, August 14, 2017


15th Weekly Report Card
for
Musketeer Puppy


Musketeer has been practicing maintaining a down stay with people walking by, stay with distance, down stay while the handler is looking at things on a shelf, recall walking past distractions on the floor, leave it with treats in front of him and items dropping in front of him, continued practice with sound sensitivity, walking next to wheel chairs, and alerting to high and low glucose levels in both high and low distraction environments. Right now we have him nudging when an out of range glucose sample is detected, as he is still learning to paw gently to alert his trainer. He is so excited when he detects the scent that he is also learning to contain the excitement. Training locations this week have included Kohl's, Pier One Imports, Tractor Supply Company, Walmart, the library and Costco. 
Next week Musketeer will be working on maintaining a down stay in areas with people constantly entering and exiting such as coffee shops, smaller stores, etc., simulated night alerts, working on continuous alerting when an out of range glucose scent is detected, alerting in a restaurant environment and alerting with children playing close

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Wowzers!  He's learning the "tough stuff" so QUICKLY!

Friday, August 11, 2017


I received an item to place inside of Musketeer's vest!

Before I go any further, let me say/type:  Service Dogs do NOT have to wear a Service Dog vest or ANY OTHER markings!  They can be "worked naked".  People who have service dogs are disabled.  Just being alive takes so much energy.  Going out takes extreme effort and energy.  Having to explain why you have a perfectly mannered dog that assists you to manage your disability to every single person is far more than most with disabilities can manage.  Having a service dog wear a vest to tell everyone it is a service dog makes living a bit easier on the disabled.  

IF YOU SEE A SERVICE DOG, DON'T GO UP TO TALK TO THE DISABLED PERSON.  DON'T RUN UP TO PET THE DOG OR ASK WHERE YOU CAN GET A SERVICE DOG VEST FOR YOUR PET.  DON'T MAKE KISSY SOUNDS TO GET THE DOG'S ATTENTION.  JUST LET THE SERVICE DOG TEAM DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO WITHOUT DISTRACTING THEM, WITHOUT TAKING PHOTOS OF THEM, WITHOUT ASKING THEM QUESTIONS.  THEY AREN'T MOVIE STARS OR IN A ROCK BAND.  

Some days are really REALLY difficult.  Please be respectful of those who might be having a very bad day.

Those on SD Teams (Service Dog Teams) are not required to give ANY paperwork, show ID, show documentation that their dog is a Service Dog.  Those things DO NOT EXIST!  Anyone who says, "Well the last person in here with a dog showed me their registration!"...  There is no such thing as Service Dog registration.  They showed you fake stuff that isn't worth the paper it was written on.

THE ADA CARDS... that I got today are NOT required for me to have, BUT may make my life easier if someone is questioning my rights to have Musketeer someplace, I can hand them an ADA card and not say a word.  If they have questions, they can call the number on the card.  ~TADA~

COUNT DOWN!!!  Guessing Musketeer will be HOME in 7 to 8 weeks *IF* more funding is made!

Thank you for reading!
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for being interested!
YOU are appreciated!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


FUNDS ARE NEEDED
TO GET THIS
SERVICE DOG
HOME!

Here's how YOU can help!


The very frightening thing is that Diabetic Alert Dogs of America (the company that is training him) will need about $4000 before they deliver him.  I could really use your help!  How?

1.)  DIRECTLY TO D.A.D.A.
  1. Go to the Diabetic Alert Dogs of America website HERE.
  2. CLICK on "PAYMENTS" at the bottom of the page, 2nd from the right in the blue section.
  3. CLICK on "BUY NOW".
  4. TYPE IN MUSKETEER PUPPY in the "DESCRIPTION".  WITHOUT TYPING IN "MUSKETEER PUPPY", DONATIONS WILL GET LOST!
  5. TYPE IN $3.00 (or amount you wish to donate) in the "PRICE PER ITEM".
  6. CLICK "CONTINUE".
  7. CLICK "LOG IN" for Pay Pal or CLICK "PAY WITH DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD".
  8. Continue onto the secure payment page.
2.)  Real Life Wells Fargo Bank
Donate to Musketeer the Diabetic Alert Dog at any Wells Fargo Bank.

3.)  Second Life
Donate at any Musketeer Donation spot (Marie's store).  750 L approx. equals $3.00 USD

A lot of wallets makes it easier to donate!  

~OR~

Ask your church, your boss, SL stores, SL realtors, RL companies, etc.  It doesn't hurt to ask and it is GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Thank you
for your
prayers,
encouragement,
emotional support,
telling others,
financial assistance,
and for being
so
AMAZING!!!
YOU are appreciated!