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REAL ANIMALS, REAL PEOPLE

Their future rests in these hands...with our young...

TEACH THEM TO

LOVE, to VALUE ...

ALL CREATURES...

Need love, especially the "leftovers," those who aren't cute, cuddly, young.  The animals who, through no fault of their own, are doomed as disposable in today's harsh world.

Below is Oscar M. Weiner Dog, rescued from the Mexico streets, guarding my bike from intruders... & because of his rough past, unfriendly around anyone other than close family.  Save for us, his whole world is war against most of humanity.  How horrible. 

And yet, somehow, no animals drowned in the aftermath of that terrible killer tsunami in Thailand.  Elephants, dogs, birds, wildlife--even zoo animals were all found on high ground, safe, protected, cherished by Heavenly Love.  None perished.  Are they really the disposables...or are we?

WILD DOG OSCAR's Story

A woman on my street rescued "Shorty" from across the Tijuana border.  She couldn't keep this dachshund mix due to her lease.  I already had 2 dogs, but I still remember her begging, "Please, strays south of the border don't have a chance."

I promised I'd temporarily board him, & take this wary, fierce fighter to the vet.  That's as far as Oscar travelled. Eight years later as we slept, someone tried to break into my daughter's 2nd story room via our upstairs landing.  Oscar alerted us.  I mumbled, "shut up," a few times and tried to get back to sleep.

Oscar barked even louder, alerting the rest of our dogs downstairs. The intruder escaped via a tree, obviously his way up toward the connecting door.  The branch broke, and he fell, bleeding onto the concrete below.  He took the large, stained broken branch with him, probably to avoid DNA identification.  I'm sure he had a police record. Neither he nor the branch were ever found.

After 17 years of family life, Oscar finally left us.  Afraid of nothing and no one, he always stood his ground, and holds the distinction of having the bravest heart in the smallest body of any dog we've ever known.  Miss you, Oscie!

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ST. FRANCIS of ASSISI

Practiced his sermons to his "feathered brethren" before preaching to the two-legged "flocks" of men.  The name of my family's church for the past 25 years?  St. Francis of Assisi, of course!

My son, 4, showing God's beauty to his sister

Our family dogs have been our guardian angels and protection from intruders.  Yes, canines provide physical, mental, & emotional support.  But service animals aren't just "seeing eye dogs" anymore. Capuchian primates (helper monkeys) can assist the disabled.  Miniature horses--"helping hooves"-- are breaking new ground as service animals for the blind!  Yes, it's legal and what fantastic news!

Other pets are now used for "hidden" disabilites, from emotional distress to chronic mental illness.  Therapy dogs aren't "just" for nursing homes or children's wards any more--they're full-time partners for two-legged disabled--and just as legal.  In addition, disabled are legally able to train their own animals.  Waiting lists can be years and YEARS in major metro areas.  I know.  I trained my present partner--& the dog before him.

Canines can PULL wheelchairs, SEE for the blind, and HEAR for hearing impaired.  But they also SMELL cancer, SMELL diabetic sugar levels, & DETECT epiletic seizures in ADVANCE.  They also provide MOBILITY for semi-ambulatory, or "walking disabled" such as myself. 

First Striker, now Sheba, cancels out my skeletal disability (right ankle) by providing balance, impetus [getting started], stability, and speed.  I can stand unassisted.  But I can't walk for long, nor do I have full feeling in the sole of one foot.

Before my helper dogs, I stumbled and fell.  I even broke my "good" leg falling because of my "bad" leg.  My dogs don't lead me.  I do the directing while Sheba props me up.  If I start to lean toward her, she braces against my weight.  If I lean away from her, she pulls me back upright.  Sheba adjusts her position & weight to keep me balanced.

My dogs keep me safe--without canes & crutches & chair.  When Renegade Striker turned ten years, he began his retirement--one he didn't want--but one which he had earned many times over.

I miss him so much, now that he's gone.  But I can't go back in time.  As for my orginal accident, I wouldn't go back in time even if I could. That resulted in marriage to a Navy corpsman, who put on my casts in the hospital.  We have two beautiful adult children & two grandchildren.

Dogs are truly God's gifts to the disabled and healthy alike.  If only they could stay at our sides forever...

ILLEGAL SIGNAGE (above)

ADA "Disabled Access" Violation -- Posted in a public DMV Government Building! 

Federal / state PENAL CODES provide for MISDEMEANOR &/or FELONY CHARGES with FINES &/or JAIL TIME for discrimination against the handicapped. 

YOU CAN FIGHT!  JUST SPEAK UP!  CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE OR SENATOR!  IT WORKED FOR ME, AND NOW OTHER HANDICAPPED ARE SPARED THE DISCIMINATION I WENT THROUGH WHEN I AND MY SERVICE DOG WERE DENIED OUR ADA RIGHTS.

 

LEFT - This is the response I received when I complained about the Oceanside, California, Department of Motor Vehicles refusing me service and asking me and my dog to leave the building.  I enlisted in the USNavy, in 1977, Denver.  My disability is service-connected, as is my husband's, and my dog was registered as a service dog with the State of California.  This is NOT a legal requirement under the Americans with Disabilties Act, but something I did to make my canine partner's and my life easier.  It didn't work.  Contacting my representative did!

 
   
 

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