Tabs for PAD

Tabs for PAD, a fundraising initiative to benefit Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central PA, is a way for you to turn your aluminum trash into treasure. The Ephrata Recycling Center has collaborated with PAD to make a considerable dollar donation in exchange for aluminum. By collecting simply the tabs off of your cans or the entire can, then turning them over to PAD, PAD can yield donations towards the training and placement of service dogs for individuals living with disabilities.

At PAD, we run solely on a volunteer basis and 100% of our costs are covered by donations. It is estimated to cost approximately $15,000 to locate, raise and train one service dog. Each of our service dogs is placed nearly free of charge to the individual with a disability, as we only ask for a donation to be made when they receive their dog – of any amount they can afford. Read more about the services we provide, or about our dogs.

PAD is currently welcoming anyone within Lancaster County to participate in this fundraising effort. Individuals, clubs, groups and offices are encouraged to participate together to collect as many tabs or aluminum items as possible. Collections can either be dropped off at PAD (in Lititz, PA) or a pick up can be scheduled.

Please contact us for more information!

PAD Milo Has His 1st Eye Test!

April 12th 2012 PAD Milo went to the Animal Eye Specialty Clinic of Palm Beach for a eye clearance exam. When we arrived the receptionist handed me drops to put in his eyes; I was a bit nervous putting the drops in but Milo was not scared and did not move. The drops were used to enlarge the pupils for the exam; because of this, his eyes were more sensitive to the light. We had to wait about 30 minutes for the drops to take effect. In the general waiting area there was an African Grey parrot who Milo showed no intrest in even when the bird said “hello” and “sit!”. There were a good number of other dogs coming in and leaving; Milo wanted to say “HI” to them and their owners but once he understood this was not play time he settled under the bench.

I let him meet the staff, and he met a Doctor wearing a operation clothing, and a face mask–none of this scared Milo. After we went back to the exam room the Doctor came in monents later. Milo greeted him with puppy kisses of course! He did amazing during the eye exam, and wagged his tail the entire time!


A big thank you to Shoshana Rappaport for this guest blog entry!

Could it be this simple? A delicious way to donate to PAD!

We are delighted to announce a new fundraiser with Tastefully Simple! Tastefully Simple offers over 60 products that will make your life deliciously simple. From simple dinner solutions, to entertaining and desserts, this company offers it all. Need a recommendation? How about their Tastefully Simple Tonight Collection?‚ This one collection makes 10 easy-to-prepare meals. It includes 10 recipe cards, freezer labels and even a grocery list! Imagine…dinner on the table AND 30% of your retail order is donated to Phoenix Assistance Dogs of Central PA!

Ordering is simple and delivered right to your door! Please follow directions below:

1) Go to: www.tastefullysimple.com/web/kyoung (You must go through this site, as it will take you to the website of the consultant donating her profits to our organization.) 2) Choose your products. (Need a gift? Be sure to check out the gift collections.)

3) When filling in your address be sure to enter Phoenix Assistance Dogs on the second address line (This is how the consultant will identify it is for our organization.)

4) Pay for your order. That’s it! Your order will arrive within 10-14 days!

We thank you for your donation. Please share this fundraiser with your friends and family. We hope you’ll agree that this is a tasty way to help our cause! We are thankful for your donation.

PAD Charming Charlie

 

 

PAD Charming Charlie was donated to PAD by his breeder, Bad Company Labradoodles. Bad Company Labradoodles have been breeding Labradoodles since the early 90’s and have had many become therapy and service dogs with individual trainers and service dog programs. Charlie, now one old is a therapy dog at a private counseling practice.  He has been adopted by one of the dedicated therapists there and is doing wonderful in this career!  PAD Charlie is pictured [left] with Sarah Taby, his certified therapy handler.

 

Breed: Labradoodle
Interests:
  • Snuggling
  • Daily Routine
  • Eating
  • Playing “hide and seek” a game he gets to search for his trainer and earn treats when he finds her!
Favorite Treats:
  • Two Pups Pastries
  • Soup Bones
  • Mother Hubbard Treats
Favorite Links:

Spring Fling!

Come stop by our Spring Fling for – Unrestrained pursuit of your wishes and desires! –

Date: Sunday, March 18, 2012

Where: 547 Wood View Drive, Lititz

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

What: Vendors, raffle baskets, and service dogs in training to greet!

ENTER TO WIN!

3 GREAT GIFT BASKETS ARE BEING RAFFLED OFF ON MARCH 18TH

RAFFLE TICKETS ARE

1 FOR $1 OR 7 FOR $5

ALL RAFFLE TICKET PROCEEDS BENEFIT

THE PHOENIX ASSISTANCE DOG TRAINING AND PLACEMENT PROGRAM

DONATIONS INCLUDE:

Dog Basket- one pocket 2.0 (dog training treat bag) and a gift certificate for Cody’s Creations (designer collars, leashes, harnesses), Pet Supplies donated by Drake’s Pet Place, Gift Certificate from Wag’s Wash and Groom, All-natural dog treats donated by Two Pups Pastries

 

Baking Basket-(value $90.00, done by volunteer Jeanean Vath) a baking basket- hat box with Hello cupcake cookbook, brownie cook book, brownie cutter, Duff’s cake tatoos, spring rainbow cookie kit, set of 4 silly silicone cupcake critters, cup cake wrappers, toll house cookie mix, red velvet cookie mix, white choc. cupcake mix with raspberry icing, brownie mix, sprinkles, yankee candle vanilla cupcake candle.

Human Basket – two Thirty One bags (One 8 deep, 10 long black and white floral pattern with a handle) and one cappuccino w/ white polka dot brown handles, cinch top insulated same approx. size), Voucher for a pie from The Pie Shop, $15 Gift Certificate from Forever Green (herbs, veggie and foliage plants), Unique repurposed glass item donated by Antiquita Glassworks, Pampered Chef recipe collection, kitchen towel and cutting board donated by Pampered Chef consultant Amy Estrada, 1 Satin Hand set by Mary Kay, one $25 item from Dove Chocolate, $15 item from Avon

AND MANY MORE!

Temperament Evaluating Labradoodle Litter

We take many characteristics and attributes into consideration when choosing a suitable puppy for our training program.  We first discuss with the caretaker of the litter everything that we’re looking for in that puppy and then ask them which puppy in their opinion, most matches that criteria. We then run through a list of specific situations with each puppy including:

  • Natural desire to follow
  • Food drive
  • Sound response
  • Reaction to being held off the ground

After all of this information is gathered, we decide together which puppy is best suited for our program.  According to many research studies, tests like this done at such a young age, are great guidelines for showing one specific thing: if the puppy is fearful or not. Taking this into consideration reminds us that all dogs in training in the US have a 50/50 chance of success, so we will continue to evaluate each dog in training.

We were granted the incredible opportunity to chose a puppy from Bad Company Labradoodles, to be donated to our training program.

We are ecstatic to welcome PAD Charming to our program!

We will pick up Charming on Friday, January 17th and update everyone on his training regularly on our Facebook fanpage!

Photos below from our time at BC Labradoodles!

Boris Continues Advancing

So, Boris and I are out painting the town red the other night. In rural south Alabama, that translates into a trip to Wal-Mart, a video and a stop at the Pizza Hut on the way home.  I know, you’e jealous‚ can’t help it, can you? Anyway, it’s way past dark, we have unloaded at the Hut, and I have given Boris the command “find door”. As we are crossing the parking lot, he suddenly veers to the right and does the little half moon swag and then picks up his straight line toward the door. It’s one of those things that makes me go “hmmm” but I keep on going. When we leave the restaurant, we take the same path across the lot. Sure enough, about half-way across the lot, he suddenly veers left, does the half-moon jig and continues on. I have him stop and ask my husband to investigate. What he finds makes me smile. There is a small black plastic coffee cup lid in the middle of the parking lot, and that is the obstacle Boris is walking me around. To him, it must resemble a hole  and my boy is going to keep me safe! Boris is trained to do “light” guide work ‚ that is,  he has been taught to guide me around large obstacles, alert me to elevation changes and find things like doorways, specified rooms, buildings or people‚ but this is the first time I have seen him apply his training to a new scenario such as this. As we continue to work together, my trust and confidence in him will grow and our already strong bond will deepen. I am so grateful that God gives us “not the things we want, but always the things we need.” – Rachael Gibbs Taylor, PAD Boris’s owner, trainer, and partner

Special Thanks

Our hearts were greatly touched by a kind act of one of our fans. Last week, Nikki Figular

author of raving blog, Obsessive Chihuahua Disorder contacted some companies that owned some products on our WishList.  This little act has (and will continue) to impact our program for many years to come.  Tawzer Dog generously donated both of the DVD’s by Emily Larlham!  These DVDS will be incredible tools for our volunteers in building their dog training skills!

Nikki had also contacted Zukes, who graciously sent us a package!  PAD Biscotti was eager to check out the box, but showed how mature he is getting by sitting next to it to say “Thank you!” to Nikki and Zukes!

Of course we were ecstatic to see that Zukes sent us the exact treats we use for training! And Biscotti was eager to say “thank you” again!

Thank you again to all involved in helping to bless our program, and us continue creating independence in so many lives.

PAD Ambassador Biscotti

PAD’s Godiva’s Biscotti “Scotti” has been honorably donated to our training program in loving memory of Linda Lou Witmer by the family of Nicole Conner.  PAD Biscotti has been selected for our Ambassador Dog program.  As a PAD ambassador, Biscotti’s role is to attend events, educate the public about assistance dogs and the laws surrounding them, and also meet any new partners waiting for a program assistance dog and work with them while they learn better canine handling skills, how to use the help of an assistance dog, and even practice their canine grooming skills!

 

Breed: Labrador Retriever (chocolate)

Interests:

  • Working for treats
  • Getting snuggles from people and dogs
  • Chasing dog friends outside

Favorite Treats:

  • Wellness Just For Puppy Treats
  • Kibble
  • CHEESE!

Favorite Links:


Facebook Fan Contest!

We are only 10 fans away from 1,000 fans!  In the spirit of the holidays, let’s have a little contest!  Whoever is first to get 10 friends, to become fans, wins a box of organic dog treats!

When you have 10 friends that have become fans, send us an email (info [at] padcentral.org) with their names.  We will check to confirm that they are fans and announce the winner!

Whoever is FIRST to get 10 fans wins the box of organic dog treats!

We will email the winner to get their mailing address and then ship the treats directly to them.

Organic Treats

 

Have fun, and happy holidays!