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Service Dog announces a new feature on their tags

by Sue on November 28, 2011

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It seems that there are still some really conscientious people still left in this world. Maybe that statement seems to have a little negative tone to it, but it’s probably for a reason. I have noticed in the past few years that people have a tendency to be a little less wanting to “get involved” in anything. Then something happens that totally surprises me. There are people out there that will actually go above and beyond to help a total stranger.

I run customer service for Service Dog I would like to make myself sound fancy and say I am the Supervisor or Chief of something but, in fact, I am the only customer service rep they have. So that just leave me being me. *smile*. Anyway. Twice now we have individuals call us stating that they found one of our tags on the ground or in a store and would love to return the tag to the owner. One tag was even attached to a set of keys. I’ll bet the owner was happy over that reunion!

Now I know, at that time, they would have have to hunt on line to find out who made those tags. Then find our phone number and call us to try and locate the owner.( Our tags only state the dog’s name,the owner’s and the city. No street address or phone number) Just for the simple fact that they would like to see the tags returned. A great big Texas sized hug for those wonderful good Samaritans.

Well we just made it a bit easier for lost tags to find their way home.

On our tags we now have printed “If Found please call 1-281-660-1600″ When a person finds the tags, they can call the phone number and give us the tag number. We will, with their permission of course, take their contact information. Then we will look up, contact the owner of the lost tag, and give them the finder’s contact info so they may retrieve their tag.

So far, this seems to be working out pretty good.

Just another service we offer to make life a little easier for our customers.

Sussie, Gunny, Rainy and Lucy


Announcing a new tag from Service Dog

by Sue on November 9, 2011

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We are pleased to announce that we have added another disability specific tag to our line of Service Dog and Emotional Support Animal tags.

We have always had the following…

Service Dog
Service Animal
Seizure Alert
Medical Alert
Guide Dog
Hearing Assistance
Search and Rescue
Cadaver Dog
Emotional Support Animal

We have now added PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) to our list of tags.

I have PTSD and understand that it is a disorder that, though now recognized by ADA as a disability, does not fall under the category of a medical alert dog.

Though Service Dog can be used for a PTSD dog, we feel that this new tag will serve the needs of those who wish to be more disability specific.

Sussie, Gunny and Rainy


What type of equipment do you use on your service dog?

by Sue on October 14, 2011

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Vest? Tags? Doctor’s note? Nothing?

What has worked best for you and your dog? Any recommendations? Pros? Cons?

The ADA states that a service dog does not need to be identified as a service dog. However they suggest it as it reduces conflicts.

I for one use both a vest and a tag on Gunny and Rainy.

Sussie, Gunny and Rainy.


Ebay Seller Encouraging Fraudulent Service Dogs

by Sue on August 10, 2011

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There are only two things I can add to this.

#1 The seller is making all service dog owners look bad.

#2 Just because they SAY they are in Seattle, does not mean that they are. You can say your from anywhere when you sell on eBay.

Sussie, Gunny (Ret.) and Rainy

P.S. Just for kicks, I did a search for this product on eBay and it has been removed.


Service Dog Magazine

by Sue on May 21, 2011

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I have a friend that runs a publishing company. She is always trying to come up with new ideas for a new magazine.

Which leads me to ask the readers.

If a magazine geared towards Service Dogs and ESA’s and their owners, would you subscribe to it? Would you submit stories to it? If you were a trainer or sold Service Dog goods, would you advertize in it?

Sussie and Gunny


Minnesota couple rethinks vests for service dogs

by Sue on May 6, 2011

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BIG LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Greg Shartle and his fiancée, Alana Curtis, are trying to get the word out about the work they want to do to help veterans who use service dogs.

They want to make vests for the dogs from the veterans’ camouflage Army Combat Uniforms.

“I want people to be able to go, ‘That’s my uniform, that’s my service dog.’ It puts a lot more pride into it, and veterans deserve that,” Curtis said.

Inspiration to make the vests came from a failed search by Curtis when she wanted to get an Army-styled vest for Shartle’s service dog, Cadence. What she found had no pockets for Shartle’s medicine or his dog’s toys. Now both are stored in a vest made from one of Shartle’s old uniforms. It includes his Army patches and the dog’s medical patches.

“It’s nice especially being able to say, ‘She’s actually wearing a set of my uniform,’” said Shartle, a former U.S. Army sergeant who has had post-traumatic stress disorder since he returned from Iraq in 2005.

“It’s nice to be recognized that he’s a veteran,” Curtis said about Shartle. “It gives him that confidence and merit that he truly deserves.”

The couple also wants to express through the personalized vests how important their service dogs have been to them.

They have not made vests for others, but they want to start. For them, it’s important to show Shartle’s service in the Army and they want to give that opportunity to other veterans. As long as ACU material and patches are provided, they will make the vests at no charge for anyone who is a veteran and has a service dog.

Cadence, an Irish setter mix, can sense when Shartle is about to have one of his violent flashbacks. His body posture and the way he acts triggers her to jump into his lap or get close to him and keep others away so they don’t get hurt.

A touch from Cadence is nonthreatening to Shartle, Curtis said, and helps bring him back to reality faster.

The flashbacks tend to focus on some key events during his time in Iraq. One is the day he had to give a friend emergency medical service.

Shartle was driving the truck behind his friend, a truck he was supposed to be in. The two had similar names and were mixed up when they were assigned to their trucks. An improvised explosive device detonated on the road. Shartle took quick action to save his friend and waited to get him into a helicopter.

It wasn’t until later that he realized the close call he’d had. Other explosives were nearby and could’ve gone off at any moment.

“It was a matter of being in the right spot at the right time, and being lucky that none of the others went off,” Shartle said. “That was the roughest over there, is basically facing reality.”

But Cadence isn’t the only service dog who makes Shartle and Curtis’ lives easier.

Curtis has had epileptic seizures since she was a little girl. Bravo, an all-black German shepherd, can sense when Curtis will have a seizure hours before it happens. He alerts her so she can be as prepared as possible.

“The little things … those two do is more of a help, so everything’s going better now,” Shartle said. Curtis’ seizures dropped to one or two a month from about 15 a day.

The way Shartle and Curtis acquired the two dogs was coincidental. They adopted Bravo because of his breed and realized later that he would alert Curtis when she was about to have a seizure.

“Bravo was pretty much a complete accident,” Shartle said. “To find (a dog) that will actually alert before seizures, it’s like finding a needle in a haystack.”

They decided to make him into a certified service dog so he could assist her at home, work and in public places.

“Every dog can do it, not every dog knows how to,” Curtis said.

A friend helped with some of the training, but they decided to self-train Bravo to fit Curtis’ specific needs.

Soon after, Curtis got Cadence for Shartle from the Central Minnesota Animal Care and Control center in St. Cloud. They self-trained her to help him with his flashbacks.

After going through almost 18 weeks of training each, the dogs took a final test to become certified service dogs.

Now the dogs go everywhere their humans go, brandishing their specialized service dog vests and making a path through crowds along streets and store aisles.

Curtis is working toward receiving a certification to train service dogs, specifically for seizure alert. She wants to give people with invisible disorders, such as seizures and flashbacks, a chance to get the help that Bravo and Cadence have given them.

As long as you have the patience and are serious about it, we will do everything we can to help you get the right service dog, Curtis said.

Shartle and Curtis plan to marry this May, knowing that going through all this together has brought them closer and they are even more in love.


Sussie and Gunny


Comfort and safety for your traveling dog

by Sue on April 26, 2011

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When you get in your vehicle, you buckle up for safety. But what about your dog? Many dogs have been seriously injured and even killed from being tossed around inside a vehicle, or even ejected, when in a vehicle crash.

Allot of people with crate their dogs in a airline kennel. Yes. That is a good idea as airline kennels can withstand quite a bit of force. However for Service Dogs, crating can be an issue. They can’t do their job very well from there.

The ones that really suffer riding in a vehicle are the small dogs. They cannot see out. And it is not safe for them to be in your lap, or standing up and looking out the window. Dogs, like people, naturally like to see where they are going. It tends to keep them calmer with traveling.

That’s why I started using a Snoozer Lookout for Gunny.

Admittedly the price put me off briefly but I decided to bite the bullet and buy one anyway. The construction of the seat appealed to me. Soft where it should be, ridged where it should be. The whole seat is made from various firmness of foams. My first thought was that if this lasted a couple years, it would still be worth it. As it stands now, Gunny’s is going on it’s 5th year and is still as rugged as the day I purchased it.

The cover is removable and can be machine washed and line dried. I do this about every 6 months. Still to this day, it shows no sign of wear. Snoozer offers replacement covers, but I have yet to need one.

It is held in place with the seat belt of your vehicle. There is a strap with a snap that comes with the Snoozer. This strap attaches to the seat belt and then you simply snap it to your dog’s harness (Yes. You should always use a harness to secure a dog in a vehicle. NEVER use a collar!) Snoozers can fit in allot of different vehicles. Mine is a 1992 Chevy S-10. It is a standard transmission and the Snoozer does not interfere with the shifting. Gunny can lay in this and look out the window as we travel down the road.

Below is a photo of Gunny in his Snoozer. We have literally put a little over 150,000 miles on this Snoozer. It has been over over the western USA and Canada.

If you are interested in purchasing a Snoozer, visit the link below.

Snoozer Green Pet Car Seat Lookout (Exterior: 18″ L X 21″ W X 19″ H; Interior: 17.5″ W X 13.5″ D; For Pets 18-25 lbs.)

Sussie and Gunny


The Raspberry Field and Service Dog Tags are now affiliated

by Sue on April 20, 2011

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What do Raspberries and Service Dog tags have in common? Well, if you are thinking of the berry, not much really. If you are thinking of The Raspberry Fields dog vest company, then you are on the right track. Service Dog Tags and The Raspberry Fields became affiliated as of April 2011.

Why? Well as you may or may not know, Service Dog Tags is a family owned business with very little outside help. They run the business right out of their home in Tomball Texas. The Raspberry Fields is run in similar fashion. Family run business, from their home in Gresham Oregon. It was a perfect fit. In this day and age of large corporations, the family owned, and run, business are taking a beating. But, just like good neighbors keeping an eye out for each other, family businesses are starting to band together and help each other by referring customers to each other.

“The Raspberry Fields? What a strange name for a business!” I’ll bet your saying that to yourself right now. I know I did the first time I saw it. Well there is a reason behind that name.

The Raspberry Field began in 1988 with a very small home crafting business. For many years, their house shared a fence line with a large commercial raspberry grower. Eventually, the farm fields were sold to a housing developer. One day as the owner of the fledgling crafting business was sitting at the dining room table gazing out at the field and trying to come up with a name for their business, the bulldozers moved into the field and started to plow all the beautiful raspberry bushes into the ground. For years the owner and her family had enjoyed watching deer, quail, bunnies, possums and other wildlife in the field. The children grew up earning their summer spending money picking berries and they loved watching the farmer working his land. Unexpectedly, as the owner watched the destruction of the vines, she burst into tears and then decided to name the new business The Raspberry Field in honor of the loss of the fields. Today, after many transformations, their company has grown and they now make products they love; garments and supplies for working dogs. They have been doing this since 1998.

And how good are their products?

When I looked into buying a vest for Gunny, I searched all over the internet. Now granted there are all sorts of companies that sell vests, but I chose The Raspberry Field simply due to the fact that it was in my own state. This was a decision I will never regret making. Their vests are very well made, professional looking, reasonable priced and very tough! On top of that, they stand behind their product. Gunny has been wearing his for almost 5 years now. I wash and line dry it once a week. It always comes out looking as new as the day it first arrived in my mail box.

Visit to order yours. It is a purchase that you will not regret.

Gunny, chewing on a bone, wearing his zippered-pocket The Raspberry Field vest and Service Dog Tags Service Dog tag. Laying in his Snoozer booster seat in my Chevy S-10. Ready to hit the road.


Sussie and Gunny

{ 8 comments } have your tags helped you?

by Sue on April 15, 2011

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We have been receiving several stories lately about how the service dog tags we sell have helped owners of service dogs tremendously! So the question today is…

How have your service dog tags helped you?


Service Dog Supplies – Who do you Recommend for Service Dog Supplies?

by Spot on July 18, 2009

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Service dog supplies, where do you get yours? I thought it would be useful to hear reader recommendations for vendors of service animal supplies. Thankfully there are a lot more vendors and produt options for service dog supplies today. Sadly, like in any market there will always be people that start selling products just to try and make a fast buck and don’t care about theircustomers. If there is a company that you think does a good job supplying service dog vest, patches, ID tags, harnesses, etc. let others know who you’ve had a good experience with. We all like to do business with companies that others recommend so just leave yours below. :lol: