Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Coloring for Miracles - Autism Dogs for a Cause

During National Autism Awareness Month, the autism community takes strides in celebrating and educating the general public about invisible illness. As Autism Service Dog providers, SDWR is proud to be involved in the autism community. We meet countless families who live with a loved one on the spectrum. Again and again, we’ve seen our service dogs make a difference in the lives of these families.

Coloring for Miracles

In light of National Autism Awareness Month April 2015, we are embracing our commitment to raise awareness. We want to make a life-changing impact towards the families who have been looking for an autism service dog for children. Through our campaign Coloring for Miracles, individuals are given a chance at receiving a $10,000 grant towards an SDWR autism dog for kids.

Our campaign doesn’t stop there. We want you and your loved one to be involved. To enter, you will choose from a selection of five coloring pages - you and your child will work together to color this page and let us know how a service dog will change your life. Once you submit your coloring page to SDWR, our staff will choose a winner for each of the five coloring pages.

Why Service Dogs for Autism?

Autism dogs change the way Autistic children live with their invisible illness. From preventing outbreaks, self-harm, and elopement, autism dogs protect a child’s physical health. Through their overall calming effect, service dogs can help improve sleep patterns, improve reading skill sets, and increase social interaction. They provide a physical and emotional difference in the life of an individual on the spectrum. Autism caretakers often feel a burnout from never-ending care and worry for their loved one. With an autism dog aiding in protection and sensory care, it is easier to find peace.

Reach Out to SDWR

To stay updated about our Coloring for Miracles campaign, follow us on Facebook for announcements and submissions from Autism families across North America and beyond. If you have questions about our Autism Awareness month campaign or want to learn more about service dogs for Autistic children please contact SDWR today.

Friday, March 20, 2015

An SDWR Review: Service Dogs for Seizures

With a Seizure Response Dog, the worries of seizure disorder lessen as you know you have a protector for you or your loved one. At SDWR, we have seen service dogs for seizures change lives. Our seizure dog training trains dogs to care for their handler after a seizure, including activating a life-alert system, getting help during or after a seizure and keeping their handler protected in public in the case of a seizure. In a world that is not always informed about the dangers and effects of seizure disorder, seizure dogs and epilepsy seizure dogs play an important role. In today’s blog post, we want to introduce you to an SDWR family who found help for their daughter’s seizure disorder in a life-changing way:

“Jerzy has been an amazing addition to our family. He arrived to our house in May for our daughter who has a seizure disorder and is non-verbal. Jerzy and our daughter have become such sweet and wonderful friends. They attend school together on a daily basis and he even rides the bus. They go to adaptive horseback riding, swimming and biking lessons together and he enjoys watching over her from the side lines. Jerzy has done a wonderful job at responding to her seizures...and does a great job at comforting her after the seizure. Everyone at SDWR has been amazing. The trainers worked great with us and we're always so patient and helpful.Thank you!!” -SDWR Family

From here, we can see that service dogs for seizures are more than just that. They are a best friend and a companion for those with invisible illness and their families. They play a crucial role in protecting their handlers from the danger that presents itself on a daily basis. When you feel protected against the harms of seizure disorder, life is more manageable. You and your loved ones are more able to enjoy a better quality of life without the fear of what might happen next.  

This is only one example of a family who found comfort through a Seizure Response Dog. There are families all across North America and beyond who turn to Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers for answers to the fear they face through invisible illness. To find more SDWR reviews, visit our SDWR testimonials page.

If you or a loved one are interested in learning about service dogs for seizures, please contact Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers today.

Friday, March 13, 2015

SDWR's Therapy Dogs Never Stop Giving

A service dog for invisible illness will always be there to care for you or your loved one. A service dog’s gift lies not only in their ability to keep owners safe, but also to be dependable and reliable as a caretaker and as a friend. At Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, we can proudly say that our dogs never stop giving their special gift. Read to learn how and why a therapy dog will always be there for you.

Therapy Dogs Will Always Protect You

Service dogs are there to protect you from any harm that an invisible illness presents. For example, a Diabetic Alert Dog will alert for high and low blood sugars, so that their owner can take action and prevent side-effects from occurring. Autism dogs keep children on the spectrum from harming themselves and eloping. A seizure dog can protect his or her handler post-seizure by guarding them in public and obtaining help. These are just a few examples of how therapy dogs can keep you protected. They are trained to always be there for you in the case you may be presented with harm.

They Care for Your Invisible Illness

Therapy dogs are trained to understand the complications of an invisible illness. From the time they are selected as pups to be a part of our service dog training program until the time they are placed in your home, service dogs for kids and adults are taught to understand your specific illness and attend to it as needed. As long as you have a service dog by your side, you will know there is someone there to care for your invisible illness.

Therapy Dogs Make the Greatest Companions

When our clients invest in a service dog, they are surprised to find that their service dog ends up being more than just a service dog - he or she becomes a loyal and trustworthy friend. Yes, a therapy dog will first and foremost be a protector and a guardian for your or your loved one’s health. But they will also become a close friend and a family member. At SDWR, we choose Labrador Retrievers because they are the best breeds of service dog for kids and adults. Their compassionate and intelligent nature truly makes them the greatest companions.

If you or a loved one are in need of a service dog, please contact SDWR today.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

An Update from Our Service Dog Grant Winner

At Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, our mission is to provide those with invisible illness a safer, fuller life. Every year, we offer a service dog grant to select winners to help cover the cost of a service dog. One of our 2014 winners is Jeannie Davide-Rivera. Jeannie is a respected author in the field of autism spectrum. She herself lives with Asperger’s Syndrome, while caring for her four sons on the autism spectrum. In her recent blog post (which you can find here) she gives us a recap of all the ways her service dog for autism has helped her and her child. With only a few months of training under his belt, learn how much of a difference their Autism Service Dog Rocky has made in the life of a child with invisible illness.

Creating a Calming Effect in the Most Difficult Scenarios

If you are a caretaker or a loved one with autism, you know that tantrums are the absolute norm, and that others who do not understand spectrum disorder may not receive this well. You yourself most likely struggle with tantrums in every scenario that makes your loved one uncomfortable. Before Rocky, Jeannie mentions that her son would have a meltdown going to and from places. Leaving the house was a struggle, as was leaving any other location they would visit. With Rocky by their side, Jeannie’s son now keeps calm, 

“Leaving the house for any reason was always a fight, now when the Tot sees me dress Rocky (put his service vest on) he jumps up and wants to put his boots on to leave…”
Here’s another great example Jeannie provides of how a service dog for autism can be used as a tool to stay calm and collected, 
“A meltdown begins if the request is not met with supernatural instantaneous results. This is where Rocky came in—we began (at the trainers direction) to redirect the Tot to Rocky and practice petting him ten times while he waits for whatever is is he is needing at the time. This has worked so well…”
Not only can Jeannie find relief in the structure that assistance dogs for autism provide, her son can also live a more normal life through fewer outbreaks and a companion at his side. At SDWR, we are happy to hear Rocky has made a difference. Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers want to help families just like Jeannie’s. If you are looking for more information about assistance dogs for autism, please contact SDWR today.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives

As service dog providers, SDWR knows the dangers that come with diabetes. If you are a diabetes care taker, there is always that worry about your loved one hitting a high or low, and you not being there to provide the care they need. Our dogs for Diabetic children or adults are here for that very reason: to alleviate the fear you feel and truly protect your loved ones. Not only are our service dogs trained to alert, they are capable of retrieving third party support, accessing food and medication, and dialing 911 on a special device. We can proudly say that our dogs are not just life-changing, they are saving lives.

Finding the Protection You Need

With an invisible illness, it proves difficult to find others who understand yours or your loved one’s disease. There are complications and responsibilities that others do not understand. Fortunately, diabetes service dogs provide this level of understanding. They are thoroughly trained to detect, alert and in return protect their owner’s health. Read to learn why Diabetic Alert Dogs Ace proves to be an invaluable asset to his family:

“Ace woke me up at 4:30am…at first I was like “Really?? I am sooo tired…but I listened and I got up and tested Alex. Alex was 72–anything below 80 while sleeping is dangerous. I’m so glad I listened to Ace, drug myself out of bed and got Alex some juice. These night time lows are the scariest. Thank you Ace for catching it before it was even worse!”

It’s moments like this that make SDWR truly special. Our priority in providing families with diabetes service dogs for safety and protection through diabetes has changed lives.

Choose SDWR for the Best Diabetic Alert Dogs

The program at Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is unique. We begin by selecting only the most qualified service dog pups. We then take the time and effort to best match our service dogs to your household. Our team of highly-skilled trainers comes directly to your home to train your service dog as well as train your family to cooperate with your service dog and listen to alerts.To further our approach in providing you with the best dogs for Diabetic children and adults, we offer our health and performance guarantees to every client. Want to know more? Read our SDWR reviews here!

If you or loved one are interested in learning more about SDWR service dogs, please contact us today.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

How Introducing a Service Dog Changed This Family's Life

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What is a Diabetes Alert Dog?

A diabetes service dog is is trained to alert for highs and lows that occur in Diabetics. They are also trained to retrieve third party support, retrieve food and medication and dial for help on a special device. Yes, they are trained to keep the life of a Diabetic stable and safe. What is not so obvious is their contribution to creating independence and peace in the lives of those affected by diabetes and their caretakers. As service dog providers, we’ve seen Diabetic Alert Dogs changes lives. 

In this Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers testimonial, we find a juvenile Diabetic, Matt and his family coping with constant diabetes care. In the beginning of the film, we see that Matt’s mother was slightly skeptical in investing in a service dog for diabetes. Upon witnessing the miracle that a diabetes dog can bring, the family immediately set out to fund raise for a service dog. Soon thereafter, Pilot was introduced into their households as a Diabetic Alert Dog. 

How does Pilot Help Matt Live a Better Life?

For any Diabetic, highs and lows will always be something to fear. As someone who requires diabetes care from his parents, Matt is never free from having his family check him for these high and lows. With the introduction of Pilot, Matt’s mother and father are now able to loosen their grip in diabetes care. For Matt, this means increased independence,and more safety. Pilot is always there to alert, long before a high or low hits Matt. The independence a diabetes service dog provides is invaluable. Before Pilot, Matt’s mother worried about his growing into a normal child:

Pilot fills in the gap that is presented between diabetes, safety and independence. Through Pilot, Matt is now able to live life a normal child and increase his safety.

Let SDWR Be Your Service Dog Provider

Pilot is another life-changing diabetes service dog from SDWR. This Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers testimonials shows the positive impact a service dog can have in the life of anyone affected by an invisible illness. At our non-profit, it’s our mission to raise, match and train service dogs for increased safety, independence and companionship in the face of invisible illness. Read our SDWR reviews and testimonials for more. 

Are you interested in learning more about a diabetes dog for children? Contact SDWR today

Thursday, February 12, 2015

‘Midnight Three & Six’: A Day in the Life of a Juvenile Diabetic

With its premier in Sundance Film Festival 2015, ‘Midnight Three & Six’ brings us a close look in the life of a juvenile Diabetic, Grace Chamberlain. The film begins with Grace’s mother showing us the many medications prescribed to Grace to handle her diabetes. While showcasing the physical and practical aspects of diabetes, the filmmaker also captures the emotional toll of living with diabetes, both for the care taker and the Diabetic herself. Though Grace is a normal teenager, her life is markedly different through her invisible illness.

On Being a Juvenile Diabetic

Through the film we find Grace’s mother taking great lengths to care for her daughter’s highs and lows. As  a young adult, Grace looks to find independence, while her mother struggles to let her go due to the ongoing diabetes care she needs. As a Diabetic, Grace is wise beyond her years. She acknowledges her disease could cause serious harm if not constantly monitored. As a volatile Diabetic, finding independence proves to be a challenge.

Though ‘Midnight Three & Six’ highlights the serious health risks that come with this invisible illness, it makes sure to highlight the Chamberlain’s one reliable friend: Jackie the Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers Diabetic Alert Dog. Through the film, Jackie plays a crucial role for the Chamberlain family: she provides peace to Grace’s mother, as a “layer of protection between what could happen and what will happen to Grace.” While Grace’s mother finds comfort in the protection that Jackie provides through alerting, Grace finds comfort through her company and companionship:

When I got Jackie, a lot of things changed for me…I don’t remember being this happy before…I don’t remember liking dogs as much before…I take her everywhere with me…”

We find that a Diabetic Alert Dog provides juvenile Diabetics more than protection: they provide love, solace and friendship. When a child is faced with diabetes, it is pertinent to have a service dog for support and comfort.

Finding Support Through Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers

Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers is proud to have helped make a change in the Chamberlain family. With our support, service dog training and highly selective puppy selection process, families who invest in service dogs for invisible illness always find the miracle they are looking for. In the face of invisible illness, finding a companion who understands your disease and protects you from harm is priceless. If you or a loved one are in need of a Diabetic Alert Dog, contact SDWR today.