Friday, June 30, 2006


*Special Service Post!*

This is my service dog, Buddy, in front of his trainer's house, when he was about a year old. He'll be three in about a month. I've had him for a little over a year and a half. He keeps me company, picks up the many things my fumble- fingers drop, carries things in his backpack, helps me get out of bed, get up from a stooping position, pulls hard on his leash when I'm trying to walk up a hill or ramp, and makes me laugh. I love him. ~Valinda


Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

Buddy looks like such a loving companion! I love service dogs. They are so special. The things they can do are so amazing. It just makes it all the harder when you have to "replace" them... It looks like you're one lucky gal to have this special guy in your life, Valinda!

11:55 AM  
Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

I wanna give a shout-out to my dawg, err... cat, Bagheera, who is now FOUR YEARS OLD!!!!! YAY!!!!

Bryan was joking that we should get some Salmon and a candle, let her take a bite, swat the rest under the bed, then throw it up on the carpet. (For all my friends that recieved "that" email, lol)
(Strangely enough, it sounds like something she would do, LOL)

OK, get ready everyone, when I come back from lunch, it's FRIDAY TRIVIA!!!

11:58 AM  
Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

I've been VERY HTML crazy, lately. Ever since I learned how to use it, I've been going NUTS with it! LOL I learned it for my dA account, since I need to know it to edit my stories/novels....

I'm very talkative & hyper this morning... must be all the Diet Pepsi....

12:02 PM  
Blogger danielle said...

HAPPY B-DAY Bagheera!!!!!!

Buddy is very cute. He must be such a good dog, being traind to help you out. That is so great how dogs can do that. They must know they are needed.

12:06 PM  
Blogger momsbusy said...

i have the greatest respect for service animals and the people who train them. buddy is a very special dog, not only because he is a service dog, but because he loves you and does his best to help you when you need it. but most of all he loves you unconditionally. aren't pets great?!

12:23 PM  
Blogger momsbusy said...

buddy, you are a handsome fella. i am so glad you take good care of your momma. you are a special doggie!

12:25 PM  
Blogger momsbusy said...

bagherra, sweet kitty, i have your pic on my computer and look at your sweet face everyday.

happy birthday to you,
happy birthday to you,
extra happy birthday for a super special & gorgeous bagherra,
happy birthday to you!

ok so it's not the best version but bagherra will appreciate it.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Claire said...

Valinda, I can see why you love him, he is very, very handsome. Both of my brothers have donated service dogs to our local Leader Dogs for the Blind and because my father, now deceased, was a member of the Lions Club, we got to tour the training facility in Rochester, Michigan. It was so interesting and showed how special the dogs are that pass the course to become a very elite group, Service Dogs. I'm sure Buddy is your best friend.

12:47 PM  
Blogger Karen C. said...

Buddy looks so beautiful and intelligent! I'm fascinated by all the things that service dogs can do. I'd love to know more about how they're trained. What a totally gorgeous dog - I want to pet those soft ears and that furry neck!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Karen C. said...


1:04 PM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

Happy 4th B-day, Bagheera girl! Go Bagheera, it's your birthday! Go Gheeri, it's your birthday!
Okay, okay! I'll stop!

Buddy, you are just adorable! You look very similar to my neighbor's retriever, Rusty! He is taller, I think, though. Anyways, yes, I agree...service dawgs are the bomb! Ok, started it! With the shout out and all! lol :)

3:50 PM  
Blogger Gheeri's Servant said...

LOL Kat!! ;)

Thanks everyone!

Gheeri says "prrrrrrroooooow" = Thanks!

7:39 PM  
Anonymous alohahelper said...

Valinda, Buddy is a very handsome dog. Thanks for sharing him with us. It's amazing what service dogs can be trained to do. Last week my sister and her family went home to San Antonio after visiting with us in Honolulu for 2 weeks and my brother-in-law brought his guide dog, Vaughn, with them. He's Dominic's second dog and I think he came from the Michigan facility mentioned by Claire. He's perhaps 2 1/2 years old (Dominic's had him only for a year) and he's a very handsome German Shephard who weighs over 90 pounds. Really, really smart and so very gentle with the kids who are 6 and 4. Service dogs are taught not to chase small animals so our cats bullied him around when he was here. Out of the harness, he was a big goofy dog who loved to play, but once he's harnessed up, it's all business. They took him to the beach one day and he had so much fun romping in the ocean with our other dogs and digging holes in the sand. Drank too much sea water and was sick afterwards but he enjoyed himself!


9:05 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Valinda, I love Buddy! I am going to get emotional here so just ignore me. Buddy is so special too me because my son Sean will one day have a service dog. I see you dog and truly understand what he does for you and the bond you share! I've know service dogs in the past and I am just so amazed at how compassionate they are. Not all dogs qualify, they have to have that certain something. Thanks for sharing Buddy. I love him and can't wait for my young son to have a bond with his own service dog in the future. BTW, my son has Spina Bifida.

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Valinda: Buddy is beautiful, inside & out. Please give him a hug for me! Kim: How old is Sean? I have a friend with SB and he is an amazing person!

okay, clearing their voices:

to the tune of Happy Birthday:


Love, Seaborne, Sam, Summer, Sassy & Spats

6:03 PM  
Blogger Valinda said...

Hi all,
I haven't been able to look at any sites for a few days, so imagine my surprise to see my very own Buddy had been posted on Friday. Thanks. And thank you for your wonderful comments about him and all service dogs. They are special. I have some stories about friends' dogs to share some day when I feel better.

I hope your son gets a dog soon. It makes a big difference in the quality of life.

Have a great 4th, everyone!

5:41 PM  
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