Well, here we are in month 7? of this pandemic. Stay at home orders, masks, going crazy when you shop, going crazy when you are away from family and friends. It's a VERY good thing I have my lovely dogs here to help me survive this. Did you know that when you pet a dog, your heart rate slows, your blood pressure drops, Oxytocin is released (making you feel better) and Serotonin is inhibited (easing anxiety). All the good feels. I have 5 little therapists here helping me get along every day. I wish you all did as well. I wish I could get the pups out to the people so that they could help them cope as well. But we can't. Even trying to socialize Baby Joy has been difficult and will always have an impact on how she looks at the world.
We are lucky to have gotten some support from our donors, friends and family in a socially distanced way! We just got a donation of 4 beautiful x-pens (fences/cages) that we are able to section off another area for maintaining the dogs and the facilities. We also have gotten some donated time for upkeep of the yards. This is a BIG deal, so thank you to Gabe Kohler and to Rudy Lopez and Ted Northcutt!
I have taken on some new clients for training as we can socially distance with the dogs. These visits will help keep us in kibble for now.
We haven't been able to get out in the community to fundraise either, so we are looking to find new ways of doing that. We are selling dog themed face masks on this site and at our Etsy shop - fullmoondog. So take a look at those spots. You can also support us at smile.amazon.com.
What would REALY help us out would be a monthly donation to help support the dogs. As little as $10 a month, (or more!) donated though this website helps with our food, bedding, and most importantly, our vet bills. We have Starry coming up for a breeding, Raven with her final hip exam, Sophie just had a spay. Tucker has been evaluated and is ready to be a dad when Raven is ready! Lots happening soon. We could sure use the support. Thanks for being here for use, even though we can't see you just yet!
Stay safe and take care of your loved ones.
an overview by B.E.S.T. Service Dogs by Jan Murry Lopez, MS, Canine Life Science and Founder.
Bringing together my passion for service dogs and assisting the autism community
While researching Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with regards to the service dog
community, I discovered an organization in Detroit, Michigan called The Color of Autism
Foundation. This non-profit organization provides information and services to families
affected by autism in the Detroit African American community. The founder, Camille
Parker knew something wasn’t right when her son was born. At the age of 1 she pushed for a diagnosis and was told he had autism. She ended up quitting her job to care for him full time. She found that to get the services she needed for her son she had to fight. Her mission is to help other families navigate for services for their children so that they would not have to struggle as she has. I contacted her for her input.
B.E.S.T. Service Dogs is now offering specialized dog themed face masks as a fundraiser during these difficult times. As most areas are requiring face masks, why not don a beautiful dog themed mask and help a non-profit at the same time?
Send a message to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include whether it is for a man, woman or child and your contact information and we will get them right out for you! Or you can also order them for your group or organization, medical office or veterinary office.
See the pictures for samples. Thank you for supporting B.E.S.T. Service Dogs!
I copied this from an email I got regarding Giving Tuesday this past December, and I wanted to share it. They say it way better than I could. Giving Tuesday is a global movement and not just a fundraising day. It's all about giving: Your time, your talent, your money, your support to bring more generosity in an incredibly self centered world. I am happy to be a part of that day and of that revolution. Thank you all for your continued support of B.E.S.T. Changing the world one dog at a time!
I had posted that we would have some exciting news this week and we certainly did! but there was bad news as well. We were hoping to hear the Starry had finally conceived and we would be expecting a litter. However, it was not to be. We did everything EXACTLY right, dates, many, many tests, many vet visits, Artificial Insemination and no pups on the ultrasound. Even our reproductive specialist, Dr. Bruce Christensen, was at a loss as to why this happened. I am devastated as she is the daughter of my dear Skye who's pedigree goes back to my first dog I bred in the early 90's. We will try one more time next year, but she will be done after that.
Well it's been a bit since I wrote, but we have been patiently waiting for Starry girl to start her cycle so we could have some puppies! We had hoped for 2 litters this year, but it wasn't to be. Starry has waited almost exactly a year to begin her cycle and we had to give it a little push with some medication. We are still waiting although things look promising. She has been to the vet weekly ($$) for the last month and she still walks in with a
happy trot even though she must know they are going to poke her again.
As we know there are a lot of deals that happen in the next couple of days, and you can easily shop while donating to B.E.S.T. Service Dogs!
Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/82-3100846 and AmazonSmile donates to B.E.S.T. Service Dogs! It's the same deals, the same prices, but Amazon will donate to the non-profit for all the sales made in the next two days.