The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project was started over 13 years ago in response to a challenge from my husband.
I had two clients who were allowing dangerous situations with their puppies and children to occur. No one wanted to believe that such cute dogs could cause so much damage. The truth is: any dog can and will bite. Today, The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project has been expanded to cover not only children and dogs but adults, different professions, dog owners, dog parks and even vet clinic/grooming salon waiting rooms. There are many free resources for people to use from handouts to booklets on the
printables page. New resources are frequently added and older ones updated.
I am also available in certain regions for public talks on a variety of topics from dog safety, determining if you are ready for a dog (or nor), and how to improve placements and the chance a dog will remain in a home for rescuers and breeders.
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This project was developed ultimately because...
They are not Timmy and Lassie
Dear followers, again we have suffered a big loss. Seven, my Great Pyrenees
crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Aug 8, 2013. She had an oral tumor that was inoperable without the potential for significant risk. This type of tumor also has
a higher recurrance rate and due to the location, there was little skin to be able to close over an incision and there was a possibility of having to remove part of
her jaw. She was also close to 13 years old - a very good age for a giant breed. She was a big, loving mush of a dog when it came to working with children.
Losing the Beast was hard. She was the second dog added to the program. However, Splash who came back to live with us last August is showing a lot of
promise as a demo dog. She has done a SK/SD presentation and a career day with me the past few months. She is still young but I feel will fit in well. Also my
daughter is saving for a Standard Schnauzer, so maybe next year we will have a grey fuzzbutt to add to the programs! Life goes on and the program will go on - just without Seven.
Dear followers, it is with a heavy heart that I let you know D'Argo, the dog whom
I created the SK/SD Project around so he could have a job he was suited for went to the Rainbow Bridge on July 22, 2012. His cancer had spread and it was time to
say good bye while he still had dignity left. Seven is retiring as well. At this point I will be dogless in the program until I see if either of my younger guys can
fill these pawprints or the adolescent monster my daughter and mother co-own who will be coming to live with us in August will fit the bill. It takes a very
tolerant dog to handle what children and adults can dish out during talks. The Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project will go on, just without D-man or the Beast. Ravyn's
daughter, Splash, is now living with us and I am hoping her personality will lend well to the Safe Kids/Safe Dogs Project. Over time you will see us take on a new
role as well - we will expand into feline safety! A door is closing but new ones are opening.
On October 2, 2010, we were on Dogs 101 when they highlighted the Shetland
Sheepdog. My son, Connor, who is Autism Spectrum was filmed working Foster. If you look, you can also see his younger sister, Sarah and Ravyn. You may see the clip here.
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