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Marine Is on a Mission to Provide Veterans Suffering From PTSD With Service Dogs

by Sue on April 28, 2016

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As Cole Lyle testified before Congress today, his service dog, Kaya, was at his feet.

Lyle, a Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan, suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

After several years taking prescribed sleep aids and antidepressants and even contemplating suicide, he said he decided to try a different kind of therapy: trained service dogs.

Service dogs are not provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, so Lyle tried to get a dog through local nonprofit groups.

But the wait times were over a year, and Lyle said he didn’t feel like he had time to wait.

He purchased Kaya and had her trained for PTSD symptoms by an Assistance Dogs International-accredited trainer. After spending $10,000 of his own money, he had the help he needed.

“The bad days are less frequent than they have ever been,” Lyle told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

 Lyle testified before the committee about the benefits he’s experienced since having Kaya, including how Kaya knows to wake him up when he’s suffering from a nightmare. The dog has reinvigorated his life with purpose, he said.

Now, he’s speaking out in the hopes that the VA will change its policy.

Currently, the VA does not provide benefits for PTSD or mental health dogs because they say the dogs are not known to be effective in overcoming specific functional limitations in veterans with PTSD.

A study commissioned by the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act was meant to assess the way the VA could use service dogs for treatment and rehabilitation for veterans. However, that study has been plagued with challenges that have only allowed 40 dogs to be paired with veterans, according to the House committee.

In 2012, the VA concluded it would not support service animals, citing a lack of evidence supporting the efficacy of mental health service dogs.

Dr. Michael Fallon, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer for the Office of Research and Development at the VA, echoed this sentiment at the hearing, saying “the benefits of service dogs in assisting people with mental health diagnoses have not been established in scientific literature.”

But Rory Diamond, the executive director of K9s for Warriors, told the committee that research already shows veterans with PTSD receive extraordinary benefits from service dogs.

Diamond said benefits for veterans include eliminating their use of medications, handling anxiety better, and reducing suicidal thoughts, nightmares, and night terrors.

“There are thousands of veteran suicides that could have been prevented if they would have had access to a service dog,” Diamond told Congress.

Steven Feldman, executive director of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation, testified that there is already significant scientific evidence to substantiate the use of service dogs for veterans with PTSD.

He pointed to several studies, include research conducted by Purdue University on animal-assisted intervention for victims of trauma.

“People with PTSD often experience emotional numbing, yet the presence of an animal has been reported to elicit positive emotions and warmth,” that study concluded. “Animals have also been demonstrated as social facilitators that can connect people and reduce loneliness, which may assist individuals with PTSD break out of isolation and connect to the humans around them.”

A new bill, H.R. 4764, will direct the VA to carry out a five-year pilot program in which the agency will provide service dogs and veterinary health insurance to certain veterans who served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and were diagnosed with, and continue to suffer from, PTSD.

 For Lyle, this bill is a crucial step for veterans who are running out of options to combat PTSD.

“I believe that allowing veterans to fight PTSD without all options available to them is tantamount to sending our military to fight an enemy without a secondary weapon in their arsenal,” Lyle said.

Dr. Fallon concluded his opening testimony by saying that the VA offers a wide range of treatment options to treat PTSD and its symptoms and is using technologies to increase those offerings.

“VA remains open to new and innovative treatments for PTSD and supports research on these treatments as part of its portfolio on PTSD and related conditions,” he said.


What are people saying about barkOutfitters Service Dog Vest Harness + 50 FREE ADA Info Cards Kit

by Sue on March 17, 2015

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Great Product, Great Seller

By Kona’s Mom on February 28, 2015

Color Name: RedSize Name: 21″ – 25″ Girth Verified Purchase
I am so impressed with the high quality and durability of this harness. The sizing chart is accurate and fit my dog perfectly. I used this harness on a transcontinental flight. The adjustable harness is very comfortable on my dog. Designed with your dog’s comfort in mind with strong velcro adjustable straps and wide clip attachment. Very satisfied with this excellent product! Quick shipping – I received this item within 2 days of my order! Great transaction & quick response to my question from an American, family run, small business!!! A+


Something that could have an impact on Service Dogs

by Sue on October 30, 2014

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While checking our sales on eBay today I noticed some ads at the bottom that presented other products from other sellers. What disturbed me is that some of these sellers were selling ID’s that are wrong. I am speaking of the ones for sale that say “Emotional Support Service Dog. Full Access Required”.

This is very very very wrong!

There is no such thing as an Emotional Support Service Dog. There are Emotional Support Animals and there are Service Dogs.

In the ADA rulings it clearly states…
Effective March 15, 2011, “Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual´s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal´s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.”

Key changes include the following:
1. Only dogs will be recognized as service animals.
2. Service animals are required to be leashed or harnessed except when performing work or tasks where such tethering would interfere with the dog’s ability to perform.
3. Service animals are exempt from breed bans as well as size and weight limitations.
4. Though not considered service animals, businesses are generally required to accommodate the use of miniature horses under specific conditions.

Until the effective date, existing service animals of all species will continue to be covered under the ADA regulations.

Existing policies that were clarified or formalized include the following:
1. Dogs whose sole function is “the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship” are not considered service dogs under the ADA.
2. The use of service dogs for psychiatric and neurological disabilities is explicitly protected under the ADA.
3. “The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence” do not qualify that animal as a service animal and “an animal individually trained to provide aggressive protection, such as an attack dog, is not appropriately considered a service animal.”

Take note of the section about Emotional Support Animals.

Emotional Support Animals are only recognized by the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. They do NOT have full access to any other places

There are a couple things that upset me about other sellers selling these “Emotional Support Service Dog. Full Access Required” tags.

#1 They are selling items that are misleading and allow people to break the law by taking their ESA into places posted Service Animals only. And because these tags look so official, the public will accept the ID and allow the ESA in.

#2 Because the law states that an ESA does NOT have to have any training, these ESA’s could have a great impact on how the public views Service Dogs in the event that an ESA bites someone or causes any other number of problems.

I have personally approached some of these sellers to try and advise them of the rules. Only one actually stopped selling the “Emotional Support Service Dog” tags. The rest simply did not care and were only interested in the money they were making off the tags.

To me, that is nothing but taking advantage of the misinformed and scamming the public.

Sussie and Service Dog “Gunny”


Pets posing as service dogs make life tough for people who really need animals’ help

by Sue on December 11, 2013

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From the time they’re puppies, service dogs are rigorously trained to help those who need them most. They can get into places where no pets are allowed.

The dogs are identified by the vest they wear. But since it’s not illegal to buy these vets, it’s easy for anyone to go online and obtain a vest for their animal.

Susan Lee Vick, director of Canine Companions for Independence, demonstrated how easy it is to obtain one. “There’s a real faux official quality to this, you know?” she said, showing a photo of a tiny dog wearing a service vest. “This is Bambi; Bambi’s new service dog vest!”

She said it never occurred to advocates for the disabled that the vests would be misused.

“There was never any vision of this outcome, this just sort of explosion of the ‘have a vest, wear a vest, go anywhere you want with your pet,’ no one saw that,” Vick said.

Peter Morgan has a spinal disorder that makes it nearly impossible for him to bend. He teaches kids with special needs, with his service dog Echuka constantly at the ready. His disability isn’t very obvious to strangers. Morgan says no one had ever doubted his need for a service dog — until recently.

“The last two years, it’s become very prevalent. The questioning, the looks. It’s been a radical shift,” he said.

And now he sees fake service dogs in places where pets aren’t normally allowed. At a recent dinner out, Morgan said, there was another dog in the restaurant.

“Even to the casual observer you could tell it was not a service dog,” Morgan said. “It had a vest. It was eating off the floor, licking people, lunging at people.”

Then, Morgan said, the dog’s owner pulled him aside.

“And he started saying, ‘It’s really neat that we can bring these dogs in here and get away with it because, you know, my dog’s not a service dog and neither is yours.’ And I just turned to him and I said, ‘You have absolutely no idea what you’re doing,’ ” Morgan said.

There’s a growing call to penalize people who try to pass off their pets as service dogs. But few agree on how it should be enforced.

Advocates for the disabled say the problem may just be ignorance.

“They don’t realize the harm that they are doing,” Vick said of the impostors. “Bringing your pet dog out into a public place harms that person with a disability’s right to live a free and independent life.”

Morgan says he’s been kicked out of restaurants when other dogs act up because people suspect his service dog is a fake.

“The people that are actually doing this should really take a long deep breath and think about how they’re affecting less abled people than themselves,” he said.

That, he said, would provide the most valuable service.



NOTE FROM SUSSIE: How can they enforce it? For the ADA/DOJ to allow companies like ourselves to ask for a Doctor’s note before we sell them a product. Until that happens, our hands are tied.


New Item!!!!!!!!!!!! Rescue Rover Pet Alert Decals

by Sue on January 31, 2013

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Pet Rescue Alert

Pets are like family and need to be protected. Don’t leave pets home without a Rescue Rover Pet Alert Decal!

Rescue Rover Pet Alert Decals are designed to alert firemen, police or neighbors that there is an animal or animals inside of property. Properly displayed, Pet Alert Fire Rescue decals greatly increase a pet’s chances of survival and being saved. It is our sincere commitment that through the widespread use of our lifesaving Pet Alert Fire Rescue decals, the number of tragic companion animal deaths due to fire or any disaster will be significantly reduced.

Pet Alert Decals are 4″ x 5″ and made of a strong weather-proof vinyl static cling material with bright vibrant red color for high EZ alert visibility. Pet Alert decals will adhere to any clean glass surfaces without adhesive and can be placed on any inside window areas anywhere anytime and can easily be removed and reused again. (Homes, Apts, Condos, Business, Rvs)

Each package contains 2 reusable static-cling decals.



NEW PRODUCT! Service Dog Kit

by Sue on August 30, 2012

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This Kit has it all! If you bought all these items and upgrades separately you’d pay $153.55 but we’ve bundled them all together for an amazing value of just $119.95. You get:

Service Dog ID cards, For Large Dogs – one for your dog and one for you to carry in your wallet so you can easily show others what the law says

Or for Small Dogs – 3 Small tags and 1 Large tag for your wallet.

Choose from Service Dog, PTSD, Seizure Alert Dog, Service Dog In Training, Medical Alert, Search and Rescue Dog, Service Animal, Guide Dog, Hearing Assistance, Working Dog, Mobility Dog on your tags. These cards make it easy to educate the uninformed of your rights. Your Service Dog ID Tags clearly identify your companion as a Service Dog with his or her picture on the tag.

On the back is information from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that clearly answers common questions and provides a 1-800 number to the DOJ should business owners or employees have further questions.

You also get a set of tags Identifying you as the service dog handler personalized with your name and picture. You also get a Service Dog Handler Lanyard which you can use to display your Handler ID.

Each set has all our tag upgrades including a Security Hologram on the wallet card, Dual Polymer cards for extra strength and attachment hardware for the Service Dog Tags.

Along with all of this you will receive a digital copy of your dog’s ID for your computer and the ability to upload it to smart phone. Plus you get our tag extended warranty which protects your tags for a full 18 months should they break.

You also get a service dog collar and a service dog leash to help identify your dog as a service animal.

Included is a set of 50 ADA Information Cards. You can give these to people that don’t understand your rights and what the law says about what they can’t do.

And you get a Life’s Better With a Service Dog car magnet so you can let everyone know about how your dog helps improve the quality of life.

You can’t get more identification for your service dog than everything included in this special offer. If you act now you’ll also get FREE regular shipping on the entire order. Fill in all the information above now and place your order.


What type of products would you like to see…

by Sue on May 10, 2012

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…for Service Dogs?

Is there something that you would like to see made for service dogs? Something that is very difficult to get but would relaly be of help for you and/or your dog?

Please let me know. I’m making up a list.

Sussie, Gunny, Rainy and Lucy


Canadian Service Dog Tags!

by Sue on February 23, 2012

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Back by popular demand!

We are now offering our Canadian Service Dog tags for sale at Service Dog

These will be sent by priority mail only as they can be tracked even through Customs. They are available in sizes for small dogs and large dogs. And each set comes with a wallet card for yourself too.

We are proud to once again be offering these wonderful, durable, tags to our neighbors up north. Order yours today! On line or toll free by phone 877-770-0789.

Canadian Service Dog Tags for Large Dogs

Canadian Service Dog Tags for Small Dogs

Sussie, Gunny, Rainy and Lucy


The collars are here!

by Sue on February 10, 2012

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You asked for it and we listened. We now have service dog collars!

I have personally seen these collars and they are built to last! Made of quality nylon and tough hardware, these are well worth the money. “Service Dog” is heat imprinted and will not come off any time soon. You can wash these! Gotta love that!

For those of you that have a dog with a neck smaller that the smalls we are offering now, don’t worry. We have not left you out. We are currently looking into having collars in the size that you need. We will keep you informed of this.

Sussie, Gunny, Rainy and Lucy


Pet food delivered right to your door!

by Sue on December 22, 2011

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I ran across the slickest site I have ever seen in my life. I saw their advertisement in the Farmer Almanac. And I have learned in the past that I can trust most of the page ads in that book. So I tried it. And by golly it’s fantastic!

I’m talking about a company called PetFlow.

Would you like your dog food delivered right to your door? At about the same price as your local pet store sells it for? (Or in my case it seems to hold true) With little or no shipping charges? Were you can set up a subscription with them to deliver it to your door at a certain time each month? PetFlow can do this!

I am disabled and the biggest problem I have is being able to get into town and bring these big bags of food home for my dog. With PetFlow, I don’t have to worry about that anymore. Rain or shine or snow. No matter what. I know my dogs’ food will come right to my door and the delivery guy will even bring it in for me. What a deal!

I am so happy with this, that I felt it was only right to tell you all here about it. And no, I am not a salesman for them. I just think this is a fantastic service.

You know the old saying that “If something is too good to be true, it probably is?” Well this is NOT one of those times. This seems too good to be true but it IS true.

Check it out!


Sussie, Gunny, Rainy and Lucy.
(Or maybe I should just be saying “Sussie and the Y team” LOL)