SOME OF OUR DOGS IN TRAINING, THEIR HANDLERS & THEIR STORIES

SADIE

 

Sadie is a two year old German Shepherd tested and pulled from German Shepherd Rescue in Tulsa. She bonded very quickly with her young man, and has proven to be a deliberate, thoughtful, and gentle dog.
From David’s mother:

“I am Susan Pink, a single mom of three and David is my oldest. At the age of 4 we realized David was special.  After many doctors and different medications, David was officially diagnosed at the age of 9 with Autism. As he gets older, his level of severity is increasing.  David suffers from anxiety and has difficulty being in the public, attending school, or even functioning with extended family.  The dog can remind him to take his medicine, calm David down during high anxiety times, but above all, the dog will be able to alert me or a family member if something is wrong with David. I have been informed by Davids Psychologist that David will live with me or in a group home for the rest of his life. The service dog will be used to make significant lifestyle changes for my son.”

GABE

 

Gabe is a two year old Golden Retriever/German Shepherd Dog cross

He works now alongside his young man who is one of the best young handlers that I’ve met – somebody who promises not only to handle his own service dog with panache, but who we will likely rope into fostering potentials for us in the future!

Juno

 Meet service dog team Ashley and Juno! She’s a medical alert dog and she loves taking care of her handler - Ashley. Juno is a seasoned traveler and an honorary student at the University of Utah. Working is her favorite thing to do, and when Ashley pulls out her vest she just can’t stop wagging her tail. She takes her job very seriously, and has quite literally saved her handler’s life more than once. When she’s not working she loves to snuggle, play with her elephant toy, and beg for ice cubes. She’s a bit of a fashionista, and always feels her best when she’s wearing a pink bandana. She’s a very happy girl and has really come out of her shell since she started working

Barry

 My name is Addison Pittinger. On May 10th 2013 after waking up from a nap, my life changed forever. After tons of testing and hospital stays it was determined that I probably have a very severe form of Tourettes Syndrome along with a host of other conditions. After a bunch of medications and traveling out of state for help to control my pseudo seizures, fainting spells, migraines, leg numbness, pain, and tics that change weekly, it was suggested that we look at service dogs to help! After weeks of searching the internet for a Tourettes service dog, my family and I were frustrated to find only 2 Tourettes service dog trainers in the U.S. of which were over priced and over 1,000 miles away. My life changed again when a family friend suggested an amazing dog trainer in Tulsa that might be able to help us. This is when we discovered Glad Wags and a wonderful woman to take on the challenge of training her first Tourettes service dog, Marj Satterfirld, who introduced me to Barry the quirky Goldendoodle that instantly became my best friend and lifelong companion. 

Pogo

Seizure Alert service dog for handler Grace

Cleatus

Psychiatric/Mobility Service dog for handler Lara.

Sadie

Wheelchair Assist service dog