We are raising the funds to purchase one particular health guaranteed puppy to raise as our first potential stud dog, who will be the future of service dogs helping the disabled in our community. This 5 week old puppy, PAD Gunner, comes from generations of champion dogs ranging from obedience titles, show titles, and hunting titles. Bred by <Creekside Kennels in North Carolina.
Each of these areas are uniquely important for an assistance dog stud. Champion obedience titles show a desire to learn and obey commands, while champion hunting titles show natural desire to retrieve and have a gentle mouth. Equally importantly, the champion show titles show solid physical stature which is crucial for pulling a wheelchair and mobility work. In addition, this puppy has multiple generations of health tests dogs in his background and comes with a solid “hip contract” meaning they guarantee his hips to be free of Degenerative Joint Disease.
In order to continue meeting the needs of individuals living with a broad range of disabilities, we are working towards starting a small breeding program. This small breeding program will provide our program with puppies of suitable health and temperament in order for us to continue with our mission – to locate, raise and train dogs to provide greater independence to individuals living with a broad range of disabilities as well as to mentor and teach individuals that are training an assistance dog either for themselves or for a loved one. To read more about our program, and what sets us apart from other assistance dog programs please go to our <website.
Our fundraising goal covers:
Flight for pick up and delivery
Veterinary costs for 2 years
Basic Training Gear
Quality dog food for 2 years
Hip, Elbow and Health Clearances at 2
To contribute, please go to our <FundRazr page! Or email us at info [at] padcentral.org for alternative ways to contribute, more information, or with questions!
PAD Davy visited our wonderful veterinarians today because we were concerned with one of his eyes. Our team was very disheartened to learn that sweet Davy has entropion in one of his eyes that requires surgery. Thankfully, the veterinarians are positive that with surgery, PAD Davy will be able to continue training with PAD and have no lasting affects! If you’d like to read about entropion, you can click <here.
PAD Davy’s medication prior to surgery (scheduled for 2/19/13), surgery itself, and post op medications will be approximately $1,500. Please consider making a small donation to help Davy get back to his training! You can donate by clicking below or email us (info[at]padcentral.org) if you’d like to donate directly to the veterinary clinic!
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PAD Dexter is an easy going and gentle natured 13 week old rescued mixed breed puppy. Dexter is in our puppy program, and will be matched around 1 year of age to an individual with a disability on our waiting list. Once matched we will fine tune his training to the specific needs of his partner. Right now in training PAD Dexter is socializing with dogs, people and environments in order to become the well adjusted adult dog, he needs to be, to be a service dog! He is growing fast, and at 12 weeks was already 24 lbs! When in public, PAD Dexter wears a service dog harness and walks on an Easy Walk Harness, and is his volunteer Puppy Trainers are working hard on training sessions to teach him to walk nicely on a collar as well! <Will you consider donating the cost of one of these very important items?
PAD Beamer is a wonderful 16 week old rescued golden retriever puppy. He is in our owner training program, which means his partner, 17 year old Alexa Vath, is training him to become her very own Hearing Dog! Alexa is doing a wonderful job training and socializing her puppy, and we’re very proud of all of the work she’s done! She goes above and beyond the call of duty not only attending our classes for his assistance dog training but also puppy kindergarten at her local PetSmart! PAD Beamer is growing fast, and is in need of the next size up harness very soon. He also is learning to walk nicely on a loose leash, but at certain times uses an easy walk harness, and on other occasions, even a head collar. This allows Alexa to continue training him on the rules of the leash, while still manage him during public outings and socialization. <Will you consider donating the cost of one of these very important items?¬†
<PAD Charming was donated to our program by his breeder, <B-C Labradoodle’s. He is a sweet, mellow puppy that likes nothing more than to lay at your feet chewing on a nylabone. In training, he is make suitable advancements on a regular basis, and will suit someone very well that desires or needs a laid back dog that is low shedding.
PAD Charming, and all of our dogs in training are neutered when our veterinarians at <Palmyra Animal Clinic say the puppy is ready. In this evaluation they take the puppies breed, size, health and behaviors into consideration.
For example, <PAD Rayhill was neutered at 16 weeks of age. This was decided because he had a higher than typical level of arousal. Rayhill is excelling in training and loves to work for that “click”!
PAD Charming will be neutered and while under he will also have a HomeAgain microchip implanted. Our dogs receive the highest level of medical care during this surgery not only because our veterinary clinic one of the best in central PA but also because we opt in for the most beneficial and safest options available. For instance, all of out puppies have there incisions done by laser, instead of the traditional cut. This decreases the healing time (very important for dogs in training!) as well as the risk of infection and the over all pain involved.
We neuter all of our dogs in training for many reasons. Behaviorally it is significantly documented and proven that dogs are less aggressive, less likely to roam or wander, and less likely to ever learn to mark.
We are very blessed to have access to such a wonderful vet clinic and have had great success with each of our puppies at Palmyra Animal Clinic. We appreciate your continued support and without it could not train assistance dogs to place with individuals with disabilities at no cost to them!