On Sept 13, 2008, I began my training with Emmy, a lovely Black Labrador Retriever who was a  marvelous mobility assistant for me! We spent 2 weeks together with me learning how to “handle” her, then a day of total nerves on my part as we were tested for ADI certification – WE PASSED!!!

We lived  together at home for nearly 6 years, then she had to retire because unremitting allergies interfered with her work. This is my record of our life together and how she changed my outlook and my entire life!!!

UPDATE July 2013: My life has changed, again. Emmy developed serious allergies that interfered with her ability to be a full-time service dog. As a result, she was “re-careered” to a pet and potential therapy dog with my youngest son. The transfer took place on June 22, 2013, and I am devastated. I’m coping with Himself’s devoted assistance, but we both have major health issues and I am reluctant to ask him for help all the time. It’s going to be a looooong year before I can anticipate getting a new service dog.

Goodbye, Emmy. I’ll visit you from time to time when I come to see L and his wife and my grandsons.

I’m awaiting a new service dog with great anticipation

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lawrence S. Miller
    Jun 04, 2009 @ 21:13:31

    That Emmy is a real love, isn’t she? So docile and attentive.

    It’s hard to find many humans that are nice as a good. Of course, it always has been.

    uh-oh, I just remembered, if a human acted like a dog, we wouldn’t want them around unless we had some kind of sick need, like that of a power-loving politician, to have a constituency of adulating voters swarming around them, watching their every move to see how they might serve their master, his power-loving civil lordship.

    Ah, but such love belongs to a dog in the heart of a good dog, just not in the heart of a good human.

    Yeah, it is plain to see that Emmy is a good dog. It’s hard to find even a dog that is as good as that Emmy appears to be.

    You are fortunate to have her loving help and affection.


    • turtlemom3
      Jun 05, 2009 @ 06:29:00

      You are right. A good dog is hard to find. And even a good dog takes a long time to train to do the things Emmy can do for me. We are a team. The fact that she has allergies is only a small obstacle to overcome so we can continue being a well-oiled team.

      I am very fortunate to have her! She and I are partners, and will continue to be partners – hopefully for many, many years!


  2. jason kutasi
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 22:14:41

    Good evening,

    Doesn’t that just always sound so formal? “Good morning” just doesn’t have the same formality : )

    Thanks to my best friend, a golden named Sundance, my team and I have recently launched a new business called:

    Buy a Dog Treat. We Donate a Treat to a Local Shelter.

    I’m reaching out to the dog blogger community, and given the strong brand you’ve created, I thought I would reach out to see about promoting PuppySmiles through your site.

    If this is a project you’d support, I’m sure we can figure out a way to get you compensated. I’m thinking maybe your followers get a coupon code (or tracking pixel) we track back to your site, and then give you a percentage of sales?

    Anyways, let me know what you think, and we appreciate your help on any level.

    Best regards,



    • turtlemom3
      Jan 08, 2014 @ 23:40:44

      Jason, thanks for the heads-up. If I get an independent blogsite, I’ll be able to do that. I’m storing your info for future reference. Good luck in your endeavors!


  3. Lizzie
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 17:33:20

    Hi! I just wanted to pass on our news about the latest in service dog awareness!

    Bestselling children’s author, Laura Numeroff, is currently raising funds to publish “Work For Biscuits”, a new series about service dogs.

    Written to raise public awareness, the first story follows service puppy-in-training, Max, and his puppy raiser who both put aside their own needs in their journey to help others.

    Funds are currently being raised via Kickstarter through November 20th! With the community’s support, we can bring this story to children through the interactive, educational iPad app, as well as the traditional hardcover book. Through our campaign, we will be benefiting both Canine Companions for Independence, as well as the literacy non-profit, First Book.

    Our Kickstarter page and video can be found here:

    If there is a way you could feature us or pass this along to your followers, that would be amazing.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me: lizzie@cleverkick.com.

    Thank you!


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