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Miscellaneous / Service Dog Savvy

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge:

Otto enjoying the sun in Boquete, Panama (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Saying a Tearful Goodbye to My Sweet Otto. Otto von Guidemeister passed away in his sleep last night. I don’t know how else to break the news. As you can imagine, we are all devastated, because everyone who knew Otto couldn’t help but love him. The chemo seemed to be working until several spots showed […]

Accommodation / Service Dog Savvy

Wagging Tails of Hotel Horror:

Blown Glass Pumpkins at the Corning Museum of Glass (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

“The Blind Room” and Other Stories. I may be too old to Trick or Treat, and my kids are too old for me to live vicariously through them while guilting them into sharing some of their loot. But, it is Halloween, and no one is too old for six-legged “tails of horror” on the road. […]

Service Dog Savvy

Four Legs on the Rainbow Bridge

On Friday, August 8, 2014, C.J., my sixteen and-a-half-year-old retired guide dog, took her final journey on this plane of existence. This phenomenal yellow Lab was my constant guide for 11 years, and we walked a lot of miles in a lot of cities and towns together. So let me tell you about this beautiful, […]

Central and South America / Europe / Middle East / Service Dog Savvy

Documentation for Guide Dogs Traveling to Countries Outside the U.S.A. ~ by Simon

(Before I turn this space over to Simon, here are two suggestions that might be helpful. (1) The following information, in most cases, applies to pets in general. If you’re planning to take your furry friend outside the U.S., always check the official government website of the country you will be visiting. This is also […]

Accommodation / North America / Service Dog Savvy

“The Blind Room” and Other Hotel Horror Stories

I may be too old to Trick or Treat, and my kids are too old for me to live vicariously through them while guilting them into sharing some of their loot. But, it is Halloween, and no one is too old for six-legged “tails of horror” on the road. Now let me be clear. Most […]