Brynda (AKA Pook or Pooh Bear), Boxer/Australian Shepard mix, born 8/23/2008. Brynda is the matriarch of the pack right now. She is the nurse, the groomer, the one who prevents fights and makes sure everything runs smoothly. She never gets angry or aggressive, the "force" she uses is only appropriate to the issues at hand. She is awesome with other dogs, especially the shy dogs and will have a "talk" with them and help them get over their fears.
Brynda completed Therapy Dog training and is a registered therapy dog with Therapy Pets Unlimited. Her perferred age group to work with is 6 months to 2 years old. She will lay on the floor and just let the toddlers do what they want provided it doesn't hurt. She's been known to trap one or two between her paws and bathe them when they are sticky from food.
In November of 2014 Brynda had a stroke and so she has been retired from Therapy work and from assisting me in working with other dogs. She regained full use of her body, but she doesn't have the tolerance for the overly excited or aroused dogs anymore. She does still love to "train" however and comes to service dog class a couple times a month. She has also earned all her trick dog titles.
Brynda has her Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, CLASS Bachelors, Masters and PhD, along with her Therapy Dog Excellent.
Micah (AKA Monkey or Puppy Boy), Border Collie/Pit Bull mix, born Mar 15, 2009. Micah is the epitome of herding dog and has to control everything and every one. Nothing escapes his notice. Especially my blood sugar levels. He will alert me at 99 long before I feel any effects of low blood sugar.
Micah has been training for everything I could think of to keep him from going bonkers due to his energy level. He has awards and titles in Rally Obedience, Agility, Musical Freestyle, Trick Dog, Parkour, Degility, Jagility and Treibball in addition to having passed all tests to be my service dog.
It's amazing to me sometimes how smart this boy is. He learns things so fast that you'd swear he'd been trained for months. And to think, I got him on a dare and never intended to keep him once he was trained. Now I wouldn't sell him for a trillion dollars.
Micah's motto is "What are we learning new today".
Caoimhe (pronounced Keeva), Boxer/Afghan mix, born December 19, 2015. Caoimhe is the baby of the pack and is still finding her way in life. She excells in balance, coordination, courage, is a champion tugger and her heeling position is awesome. She was chosen for and is doing great at being a teacher/helper dog. Caoimhe has been trained to detect cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, mold, Valley Fever, and Kidney Disease.
Caoimhe already has her Canine Good Citizen award and her Community Canine award. We are working on her CLASS Masters as she also gained her award for CLASS Bachelors.
Caoimhe learned early in life to play with dogs of all sizes and temperaments and gets along with most dogs. She does not tolerate dogs who resource guard food or toys and thinks everything should be shared with her.
Caoimhe has had many friends in her short life so far. She plays with and teaches all the puppies and not so puppy what there is to do around the yard and how to do it. She has helped many puppies overcome major shyness and lack of socialization
Caoimhe has been raised strictly with Canine Game Theory.