Puppies go into training!
What a week! We placed 9 puppies this last week or so! 8 of them were placed as service dogs in training! (SDIT). This is a record for us and we couldn't be more grateful for the mentors, trainers and other supporters who help us do what we do. This litter is national! 5 puppies flew out of California to Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Iowa and Wisconsin! Our puppy training partners are Joyful Paws Service Dogs, Delta Tails, At Your Service Dog Training, and Retrieving Freedom. They are being trained for PTSD, Autism, Gluten Detection, POTS, EDS, and Hearing alert. We can't wait to watch the as they grow and learn.
We are keeping one puppy, Puddles, to train as a service dog demo dog and maybe as a potential show dog. If she passes all her health tests, she may be a breeder for us in the future.
Here is a pedigree of the puppies if you are interested in seeing these.
puppies at 4 weeks!
As you can imagine, taking care of 10 little ones is pretty time consuming! Mama Raven keeps it all going, round the clock, taking care of them, keeping them clean and the box clean as well. I am just the laundry maid! UNTIL it is time for solid food! Pups are now on puppy mash 4x a day along with nursing, so the pen is quiet the mess most of the time! Laundry maid is on it! In about a week, the pen will change to expand their little worlds. No more towel bedding, separate sleep, play, poo areas. At 5 1/2 weeks I introduce them to the outside world playground! We will be setting that up for them as well as making sure they have a clean sanitized world to be safe in!
They now have teeth and are trying them out on everything, especially siblings! So occasionally I hear a squeal, knowing that someone got it!
I contracted covid last week, and things have been a lot harder to keep up with, but family and friends have really helped a lot. Thanks for following along!
Puppies are here!
Raven Heart's puppies arrived Wednesday, January 18, 2023 a few days early. We were nervous that the pups might come and not be ready to be whelped. We ran to the vet to make sure that her bloodwork showed that yes, indeed, she was ready. We had a c-section that day and all 10 puppies survived! We are so happy. Five black, five yellow. 6 girls and 4 boys, split equally between colors.
We have a waiting list started for service dog prospects and pet parents as well. I don't think we are going to have any trouble placing these beauties. As I stated before their sire is GCH Intl/CH Spirithawks Pacino's Fame and their dam is Caercreek's Raven Heart at Casa de Oro. That is our kennel name, Casa de Oro.
I want to document their growth as we go through the process of tiny blind and deaf puppies to service dog prospect! Follow along on Facebook @bestservicedogs.
Raven is an excellent mom, taking perfect care of all those little lives. Good Girl Raven Heart!
puppies are coming!
We just found out our Raven Heart is expecting a litter in January! Raven's previous litters have had tremendous success in getting appropriate puppies into service dog training! This will be her last hurrah however, because we don 't believe in having too many litters per girl. 3 litters max or until they are five years old, whichever comes first. Raven is just 4 years old and in great shape. She is SUCH a love. What a great purchase we made those 4 years ago.
The sire of this litter is GCH Intl Ch Spirithawk's Pacino's Fame SF "Chino". He is a grand champion that is big and beautiful with a calm and sweet demeanor. We are excited to see how these pups do.
We strive to get as many pups into service as possible. We have several service dog organizations we will be contacting first to see if they need pups, then we go to owner trained service dogs ( with a trainer in place) and if we have any pups after that, then they go into pet homes. Our pet owners are over the moon with our puppies, so you see, we already have wait lists before they are even born!
We will update in the new year. Happy New Year to all!
We continue to train "owner trained" service dogs with a local VFW program that supports our combat veterans by helping them train their own service dog. We allow them to test an existing pet to train. If they pass our tests, they would be eligible to train for the program at very little cost to them.
However, that said, service dogs are born, not made in my opinion. That is why we work so hard at providing health tested, OFA certified puppies to send to training.
Some of the reasons a dog might not be appropriate for service dog training:
Too ball/squirrel focused.
Not socialized to other dogs and people. May be fearful.
No health clearances (while this might not be a stumbling block, they must be aware that if the dog is in service and has a health issue, all that training will be lost). They would need to start over with a new dog.
Lack of interest in doing the job.
So you see, there are a lot of reasons that not just any dog can be a service dog. But we are willing to try! Some do succeed! But owner/trainers need to be committed to the year to year and a half it takes to train a dog to have public access and be a good service dog!
All dogs can be emotional support and if that is what they need, that is ok too.
Art Show at the Rancho Success!
Everyone had a great time at the art show! There were over 30 items of art to bid on, from simple to complex, small and large, a few amateurs and many beautifully skilled artists! We had oil paining, watercolor, mixed media, photo encaustic wax, mural art, quilting and textile design and photographs. We also had over 20 silent auction items donated by local business. Dog related items, food items, Green Acres items, RiverCats tickets, Top golf and more! It was great fun and there was something for everyone!
It was a beautiful day in the garden with lots of good friends, old and new, and great food! Some of the food was actually a work of art as well. If you missed it, you should plan on coming next year. This is our major fundraiser of the year. We need your support to keep our puppy, dog and training programs going to help our veterans and our families affected by autism. With your help, we can change lives with our wonderful puppies and dogs. Thank you to all who came, supported us and bought art!
Art Show/Sale benefitting B.ES.T. Service Dogs
“For Immediate Release”
Press contact information:
Jan Murry Lopez
Carmichael, California, B.E.S.T. Service Dogs
September 25, 2022
B.E.S.T. Service Dogs, a local nonprofit organization, is hosting an Art Show/Sale to raise funds to bring trained service dogs to those affected by autism and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Last year’s event hosted over 20 local artists across various media donating thier art for this event. The event highlighted, painting, sculpture, quilting, photography, screen printing, mural art and more. All artists are well established and local to Sacramento.
The event will be held in a garden setting with food, drinks, and music.
Established in 2016, we are a local (Northern California ) non-profit (501c3) organization called B.E.S.T. Service Dogs. The acronym stands for Breeding, Education, Service and Training. We breed and train specially selected Labrador Retrievers as service dogs and therapy dogs, along with providing service dog education to the community. Our client focus is children on the autism spectrum and veterans suffering from PTSD. Our puppies change lives! Our partners include Paws for Purple Hearts, 4 Paws 2 Freedom and Good Dog Service Canines. We are currently providing training for veterans local VFW post 8358 in their Owner Trained Service Dog program.
Meet the artists and the dogs!
Art Show at the Rancho – 4310 Hussey Dr, Carmichael, CA
SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday September 25, 2022 Art Show/Sale at the Rancho!
Fundraiser Benefiting B.E. S.T. Service Dogs
Join over 20 local artists and their work at the Art Show at the Rancho!
Come and see beautiful local art, eat, drink, meet the service dogs and meet the artists, enjoy the Rancho, make new friends, see old friends, listen to a live band, dance, bid on a piece of art. Look over all the donated items, and sponsors - bid on them at the silent auction! Oh, and don’t forget to donate to B.E.S.T Service Dogs! Most of all ENJOY!
B.E.S.T. Service Dogs is a non-profit 501c(3) corporation. We support service dog organizations focusing on autism and veterans with PTSD.
Your donations may be tax deductible! The Rancho - 4310 Hussey Dr. Carmichael, CA
All puppies have been placed!
It was a wild and crazy time around here for the last few months! With Joy's litter of 10 and Raven's litter of 6, we had more puppies than ever!
All the pups have found forever homes (except one that we will advertise soon). This time around 7 puppies are in training as service dogs! It was a very strange time of the year as our service dog partners weren't accepting new puppies just now. But we managed to find new owners that want to have their puppies trained as a service dog partners. Now we have Owner Trained Service Dogs (OTSD). A very good (although long and focused period of commitment) way for our puppies to get into service. As Jeremy Ryder, National Program Coordinator at Paws for Purple Hearts said, ..."You are sending very special little fluffy beacons of light into the world!"
We donated two pups to Paws for Purple Hearts this time around and one is going to Detroit Michigan to start training and the other to Virginia! We also have a pup in Denver and another owner- trained service dog puppy in New York!
Stay tuned here and on Facebook for pupdates as they grow.
Save the Date - Our 2nd annual Art Show at the Rancho is coming up September 25th. More info to come!
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