Cabernet for a Cause

Another major event we having going on at the end of January is our Cabernet for a Cause. It is January 28 from 7-10 pm at Maceli’s in Lawrence, Kansas.The address for Maceli’s is 1031 New Hampshire, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. ( I highly encourage you all to come (get your tickets now – they are selling fast!) The dogs are welcome – we want to show everyone how great KSDS dogs are and what better way to show that off than to have them with us! We have a wide assortment of silent auction items including: a fender guitar, home repair work, theater tickets, passes to sporting events, passes to snow creek ski, and restaurant certificates. There are many, many more – but you’ll just have to come to find out all the items! Tickets are $35 before January 14, they are $40 after that date. I’ve included a reply card so you can just print it off and send it to KSDS to get your tickets. I’ve also included an emailable invite so you can invite all your friends and let them come to an event that is sure to be fun and memorable. Share what KSDS is all about and come to Cabernet for a Cause.
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p.s. We heard a rumor that we’ll hear about Beale’s callback date SOON… I’ll let the Internet know when I’ve heard.

December 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

T-shirts anyone?

I am doing some “spring” cleaning and found these t-shirts. Anyone want? Leave a comment claiming your shirt and e-mail me at with your address. I will send the shirts out as soon as all three are claimed!


The “Our Dogs are Magic” shirt is a child’s Large.

The “KSDS Puppy Raiser Answers” shirt is an adult small.

The “Dog wearing cone of shame” shirt is an American Apparel “classic girl” style medium (it’s smaller than an adult small and a girly cut).


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It’s been a long time…

And I hate that I am one of those bloggers who writes “Sorry it’s been so long…” posts. But here it is. : )

Beale is doing wonderfully. We’ve been kind of slacking (see? FAILURES!) on our commitment to her lately, but she doesn’t seem to be fazed at all. She even went to an adult program for the severely disabled and was AMAZING. She was immediately welcomed by a woman who has Down Syndrome and spent much of the day being poked, prodded and hugged. She gamely greeted every person there, even though some of them wanted NOTHING to do with her. I was so proud of my puppy… she handled ear tugging and eye poking like a pro.

A couple of days later, I took Beale to a respite job with me. I was watching a 5 year old who has autism and his 2.5 year old brother. The 2 year old loves dogs, so Mom invited Beale! Beale did a good job with the boys, but was incredibly wary of the the 2 year old. The kid kept trying to “ride” her, by waiting until Beale would lie down and close her eyes, then sneaking up to her to throw his leg over. Beale was having none of it. She’d gently slide him to the floor as she got up and move to another corner of the room. I don’t think Beale wants a baby just yet.

Don’t get me wrong, she did wonderfully, but I don’t think she was happy.

I’m not sure I’ve ever written about my favorite thing about Beale, but here goes: I love that she watches me. Trego was an independent pup. She’d go off in another room and entertain herself. She would come when called (if we were inside) but she didn’t stick by me. Beale is a whole different pup. She always has one eye on me (even when she’s fighting with her brother!) and responds to the slightest gesture in her direction. She even twists when in a sit-stay so that she can tell what I’m doing. (I don’t think that’s very obedient, but it’s darn cute!)

I hope that KSDS can use Beale’s attentiveness to the advantage of her partner, because it seems like such a tool that could be helpful in service.

Oh, and when the 2.5 year old from my respite appointment saw that my hand gestures got Beale to do things, he tried it too. AND BEALE LISTENED! Beale sat and “downed” for the kid! It was SOOOOOO cute!

Yay Beale!

Love from Sacramento,


May 14, 2011 at 10:19 am 1 comment

Tightening my blogroll

Hello friends!

I just deleted about half of the blogs I usually follow from my Google Reader. Some of the expected results of this move include:

Time to read everything that is in my reader each day!

More of a connection with the people whose blogs I truly care about (my friends IRL and people who have excellent writing skills for the most part).

However, I expect this move will also have unexpected consequences, including the possible removal of a blog I should continue reading.

That said, if you notice that I have stopped following your blog (ie. if your service e-mails you about that or I stop commenting and you expect comments from me regularly), and you want me to continue or think it might be a mistake, send me an e-mail or a comment! Also, I now have room to add a few more service dog/biking/affordable housing/living with disabilities/speech therapy blogs to my feed. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment here!

More Beale pics on the way!


Becka and Beale


February 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

January 15

My most recent picture of Beale. On the way to our Sunday morning coffee-and-the-paper ritual.

Beale and I just reached our year-iversary. I picked her up on the foggiest day I had ever experienced in Kansas on January 15. You might remember that it was also a pretty sad day for me, because I was leaving Miss Trego at KSDS, Inc. (At that point, I thought Trego would go on to be a guide dog. She had cataracts in both eyes, though, and is now a pet in Olathe, Kan.)

One of my last photos of Trego. With Lee J. at Trego's "going away dinner."

About four hours after I said goodbye to Trego, though, I was handed a new black lab puppy (I had really wanted yellow!). I immediately fell in love with Beale’s white eyeliner face and her tiny paws. She was much prettier than Trego had ever been!

Baby Trego, a 10-pound black lab.

Trego on her first day with me.

Beale and Mom on our first day together.

Now we’ve been together for just over a year. In this time, Beale has learned how to:

Come when called! (Trego never learned that one! : ) )


Stay (for a very long time!)


Down and under

Leave it


Left and right (when Mom doesn’t mix them up!)

Kennel (EVERY TIME.)

Stay in her kennel quietly when asked (even if there are other dogs out of their kennels in the house!)

Buckle up (Get in the car and find her spot on the floorboards.)


Weigh yourself (get on the scale at the vet and sit quietly)

High five

Go outside

Hurry up

And she will potty on virtually any surface!

Beale is comfortable around children, adults and other animals. She is curious and kind and she knows that little people and little dogs want her to be calm so that they can play together.

She is not thrown by wheelchairs or walkers or pacers or other equipment. And I think she prefers children with disabilities to the “typical” ones. They have smells and tastes and sounds that interest her and she likes making them smile and being a “therapy” dog when teachers let her visit their classes.

And she likes computers, the Internet and Cisco WebEx. At least, she likes the people at Cisco WebEx. No one lets her use the program by herself!

Beale has also overcome her fears very well. She was a very submissive dog who was afraid of all new dogs for a while (probably because she was traumatized by Mr. Wiggles at my parents’ house!). Now, though, she is a big brave dog who loves everyone but will wait for them to love on her!

And she can travel. Beale has been to California! (OK, we live in California!) She has also been to Kansas and Missouri and Delaware and Washington, D.C., and to Denver and to a bunch of other places. She takes all of this in stride. Airplanes are no big deal. And TSA regulations don’t phase my pup. Oh, and she is roughly the size of the space under one seat on a United flight. She’ll fit. Don’t worry.

I feel very lucky that Beale has grown into such a wonderful dog. She has adjusted to my changes of schedule (job changes, school changes, etc.) and has only destroyed a few of our nice things (a wall, a bookcase…….)

Now we have between six and ten (or so) months left. I can’t wait to see what she’ll learn next!


Love from Sacramento at our year-iversary,

Becka and Beale

Dad, Beale and Lamp. My cute, cute family.

January 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,800 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 89 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 177 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 367mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 12th with 78 views. The most popular post that day was Where can I get a vest like that? -or- Lies people tell to get their way.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for failures of a puppy raiser, puppy raiser becka, comments from of puppy raisers, puppy raiser blog, and dogs ikea things my dog ate.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


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