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Southeastern Guide Dogs

Southeastern Guide Dogs give visually-impaired an opportunity at independence and freedom

It was a beautiful sunny morning and I, naturally, gravitated toward the beautiful black lab.  Later on when we were in the park, his handler said to me, “he’s a service dog, I’m visually impaired”.  At that very moment, my interest in this beauty shifted to admiration.  Robbie’s life had completely changed when she was diagnosed with Usher’s Syndrome.  A disease which in her case, causes her to gradually lose her vision and hearing.  She wasn’t sure she wanted a service dog.  She had dogs throughout her life, but at this point in the game, she wasn’t sure she could handle the long term commitment and responsibility…then she met Spike and everything changed.  “Bonding was instant”, says Robbie “trust was a bit harder”.  Nonetheless, she knew to go with the flow of whatever led her to Southeastern Guide Dogs, a school based out of Palmetto, Florida that trains and provides the visually impaired with guide dogs.  “I couldn’t believe it when I received the call notifying me that I had been selected, they provided the guide dog, equipment, single-room lodging, all meals, outings, instruction for 26 days and post-graduation support completely free of cost”.   If that’s not impressive enough, Southeastern Guide Dogs is a non-profit organization fully supported by private donations.  Most of the staff at the school are volunteers that truly believe in the cause.

Match made in heaven
Match-making is a detailed, thoughtful process that begins with a representative actually conducting a home visit.  They look at the area where the person lives taking into account whether it’s a rural or urban location.  Lifestyle of the person is also a consideration, so that an active or sedentary person may be placed with the appropriate dog.  Additionally, trainers assess the person’s pace, pull and pressure in order to match them up with a dog that will be fitting.  According to Jennifer Bement, Public Relations Specialist at Southeastern Guide Dogs, trainers make perfect match-ups about 85% of the times on the first attempt, with only 10-15% of the times where a change in dog is required.

One of the things I was most impressed with is that Southeastern Guide Dogs not only has this amazing program of placing dogs with visually impaired people, but also they have programs for Veterans and children.  The Canine Connections program is specifically designed for visually impaired children ages 10-17 and the Paws for Patriots Program places guide dogs with blinded soldiers.  Some dogs are even trained to show empathy to help mitigate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and some will hug veterans on command when they are having a flashback or an anxiety attack.  I was so touched when I heard about this and about Robbie and Spike’s story that I had to get in touch with Southeastern Guide Dogs and spread the word about all the wonderful things they are doing to help those in need.  Please look them up at www.guidedogs.org and if you are so inclined, make a donation to benefit their cause.  Also stay tuned for fundraising events here in our local area and hats off to these wonderful dogs that make such a difference in our lives.

Rocco’s Pack Out ‘n’ About: Waterways Dog Park, Aventura

For this week’s weekly review Rocco’s Pack is at the Waterways Dog Park. Beautifully maintained by the city of Aventura, this dog park definitely gets two “paws up” from Rocco’s Pack. There’s a lovely walking path around the perimeter of the park, so you can go there and actually get some exercise too. There’s tons of shaded areas, benches and picnic tables with the center of the park being under a big canopy. There’s two water stations for the pooches and a hose, so if the doggies get too hot, you can hose them off. The people are friendly and attentive to their dogs. The best thing about this park, unlike other nearby dog parks is that the city does a great job with maintenance. So there’s no muddy areas and it’s regularly re-sodded whenever it’s needed. Also various times during the day you’ll find park staff around willing to help or answer any questions you may have. Kudos to the city of Aventura!!
Love,
Rocco!

A VID (very important dog) and frequent visitor of the Aventura Park

 

National Professional Pet Sitters Week: March 6-March 12

Rocco's Pack Pet Sitting Promotion
In celebration of National Professional Pet Sitters Week

Rocco’s Pack Pet Services is kicking off National Professional Pet Sitters Week by offering a free doggie field trip or a free 15 minute walk if you join the “pack” in the month of March.  We have field trips scheduled throughout the month to lots of fun doggie locations throughout North Dade and Broward.  If your doggy is stuck at home while you’re busy at work or taking care of the kids, the groceries, etc…let your pooch come out and play with Rocco’s Pack!  We are friendly and lots of fun to hang out with.  Best of all, when your dog is part of Rocco’s Pack, he’s a member of our family.  We are insured, bonded and we take every care to ensure that your dog is safe at all times.  You should know that exercise and daily activity is one of the most important and necessary components for a dog’s healthy and happy life.  Socialization is also vital, so if your dog hasn’t been getting out and making friends, it’s time to join the “pack”.  It’s so much more fun that sitting at home chewing the furniture.  Call us now and we’ll get you and your furry friend on your way to tons of fun in the sun and maybe a new found life of dog fun, events, socialization and lots of exercise.  Find us on twitter @roccospack and on Facebook: facebook.com/roccospack or just call us: 786-309-5109.  See ya at the dog park!

Rocco’s Pack Member of Pet Chamber of Commerce

We are excited to announce our membership in the Pet Chamber of Commerce.  The Pet Chamber is a great resource not only for pet care businesses but also pet owners can locate just about anything they might be looking for through their extensive business listing.  The Pet Chamber is also one of the best places to keep up to date on dog related events.  Sign up for their newsletter and check out the happenings at http://petchamberofcommerce.org.

A big thanks to Monica Rimada and Jeff Cubillos for making us feel welcome and right at home.

Pugs and Pooches Winterbark

100% of proceeds benefit the Compassionate Pug Rescue.

  • Shop for your pet and learn new and better ways to care for your pet while strolling the beautiful Canine Cove
  • Activities for kids will be available, such as a bounce house and slide
  • Various Breed Rescues with available rescues for adoption, featuring: Compassionate Pug Rescue
  • K9 Demos
  • Featuring the Palm Beach County Sherriff Animal Kindness Unit

http://www.compassionatepugrescue.com/