Friday, March 21, 2014

State Law

When we first moved to Texas state law made my service dog illegal.   I could have fought to bring the state laws in line with federal law but I didn't need the stress.   I retired my dog and he enjoyed a year as a pampered pet until age caught up with him.   Danes are great dogs but unfortunately they don't live long lives.

Something happened at church to make me dig into the legal books again.   People with service animals and those training them should always be considerate.  They should always follow the law.   I discovered that the law had CHANGED!

This is great news.   I have never had a dog trained by someone else.  I have always trained my own dogs to do what I need them to do.   When I looked into the cost of purchasing a service dog, I got discouraged and gave up.

The change means that I am now looking for a dog to train.   With a dog, I have independence. I can go ffor a walk or run without someone holding my hand.  I am so excited.

Take a deep breath.   Breath!   Looking for the right dog to train takes time and I need to save my pennies.

But....

I can have a dog again!

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  1. That's so great!! Looking for your perfect match will be part of the fun. Good luck!

    hugs
    p

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    1. The search is fun. I get to play with puppies!

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  2. That's terrific Rose. I'm sure you will find just the right companion. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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    1. It will take time but it is worth the wait.

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  3. If your doctor is willing to write a "prescription" that you need a service dog, some insurance companies will pay for them. It might take some time, but then you wouldn't have to pay for the training.

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    1. An Rx won't happen. The only dx I have is ataxia and something autoimmune. Doctors words, not mine. Insurance won't pay for it either. Tri care is cheap like that.

      With the new law I can train my own dog, which I prefer. I don't have to pay someone else to do something I can do. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  4. Congratulations Rose...I am so happy for you. Are you looking for any specific breed or age of dog? Is there anything any of us in blog land can do to help you?

    Sending lots of positive thoughts that you find your pup soon.

    Hugs and Blessings...
    Cat

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    1. Thank you. I am so happy. Independence! I am probably going to look for another English mastiff or a gladiator dane. Tall, strong dogs. They don't live long but they are the perfect height and are very strong. Both have sweet temperaments. I'll probably meet many puppies before I find the one. :-)

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  5. Am so happy for you my friend.

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