12/15/14

My Christmas Wish

Last year I asked Santa Paws to please please bring Dozer the red nose senior pit bull a home. He had waited patiently for 7 Christmas's for a home of his own.
I even wrote a song about Dozer the red nose pit bull.


 This year Dozer is in a home of his own. He has a family who loves him with all their heart, a little girl who thinks he hung the moon and the stars and he is her bestest friend in the whole wide world . Santa Paws granted my wish even though I had to wait a few months for him to do it. I understood that Santa had a very long list to grant and sometimes good things come to those who wait. The wait was so worth the time it took because my friend is probably right now cuddle up on a bed or a couch with his mom.

There were so many happy times last year with each of my fur friends finally finding homes of their own. So many happy tears happened. It was a great year.

This year I was trying to think about what I would ask Santa Paws for. I don't need anything. I have everything that I could possibly want. I have a large wardrobe, a wonderful bed, a toy box full of toys I don't play with, blankets and nice chews and treats. I don't really need anything but Santa Paws said there must be something that I could ask for, so I have been thinking and thinking and I finally decided what I would like to get for Christmas. Ma helped me write a letter to Santa Paws and it goes like this:

Dear Santa Paws, 
  I have been thinking about what I would like to have for Christmas. Ma says I can only ask for one thing because so many more people and pets are asking for stuff too. Being that I can only ask for one thing, I have thought long and hard about this. You know that I have left the Humane Society as the spokesdog due to ma's health but that doesn't stop me from thinking about my fur friends that are still there. 
 Santa, I would like to ask with help finding a home for Gunner. You know Gunner, he is the german shepherd mix that has been at the humane society for a lot of years. Each Christmas he watches as people come and go and his friends come and then get adopted but he never complains. He is getting older and it breaks my heart to know that he hasn't found the joy that Dozer, Gordon and Reggie and many others who are in a home celebrating with their family this year. 
I am enclosing a photo of Gunner so you know which one he is. I know you have lots of animals to help find homes for but Gunner is special. He is a senior , he is good with people and other dogs and he is so loving. 


That is my wish Santa. I want Gunner to get a home of his very own. If you need to guide people to where is located then please point them to the Owensboro Humane Society in Owensboro  Ky. I put the phone number on the photo to show people they could call 270-302-6813 to find out more information. Be safe on your travels and stay warm. 
Believer in the magic of Christmas , 
Carma Poodale Allen
P.S. If you ever need any help or one of the reindeer would like to take some time off, I am available.

12/13/14

Santa Paws and His Reindog


Jenny Sue, the Newly Diagnosed Diabetic Spaniel

Jenny Sue and Cinnamon
  This is Jenny Sue. Jenny Sue turned 12 years old on Dec 2 and she hadn't been acting like she was feeling well. After a few days, Ma took her to the vet for a checkup. 
  Jenny is blind, deaf in one ear and has limited hearing in the other. She can still hear a treat bag being opened so we know she can hear a little. Jenny went blind when she was 5 yrs old. This hasn't stopped her from enjoying life. She still played fetch, swam, went for walks with us and is the best snuggler you have ever met. She loves to give hugs and kisses and loves food. 
Happy Girl after her hair cut

  For the last 4 months Jenny has been slowing down. She pretty much just ate, pottied and slept her days away. After all she is 12 now and it was to be expected for her breed. Spaniels live a average of 11-14 yrs. We expected her to slow down but she still enjoys life. 
  We have started seeing a new vet who is 4 blocks from our house. He is our emergency vet. Ma thought it was best that we schedule an appointment with the new vet to let him get to know us. I went first and since I was very comfortable with him we decided he was a good choice for a emergency, non emergency, don't have time to go to our regular vet who is 45 minutes away, and general vet. Jenny Sue went next. She really liked him too. They love how she is a snuggle pup and loves everyone. She had a general checkup just a hands on kind of thing and she passed with flying colors. 
  About 4 weeks ago ma was grooming Jenny and when she picked up her ear the stink like to knocked her over. Ma took her to the vet and she had a double ear infection. When they did some blood work they noticed her sugars were a little high but said that could have been because of her ear infection and the fact that she had just got over her cycle. Jenny Sue is not spayed. She was one who couldn't be due to medical problems. She has seizures. She hasn't had one in 6 mths but when she was younger she would have them more often.The pawents chose not to put her through the surgery. They decided that if she needed a surgery , it would be for emergency only. 
  Around the time that Jenny was getting over her ear infection ma noticed she was losing weight. Ma thought it was because we changed kibble and Jenny didn't like it as much as her other kibble so she wasn't eating as much. Last week Jenny started getting really clingy. She always wanted one of the pawents near her. Usually when she does this it means she doesn't feel good. Ma called the vet and talked to his assistant. She told them that Jenny wasn't feeling good. Ma asked if they could do a CBC (Complete Blood Count) and just go from there. Ma knew if the blood work came back okay that it could just be arthritis setting in and Jenny was just achy.  
  Blood work and urine test confirmed that Jenny Sue was a diabetic. Her numbers were above 300 for glucose and she was showing ketones in the urine. It was then decided that she definitely needed to start insulin. 
  We just started the insulin yesterday. It may have to be adjusted and diets need to be changed. We are new to all of this but a few of our friends have reached out to us to say they were there to help. They have a diabetic pet also and have been down this road. It makes us feel better to know we have friends to help us and a vet to hold our hand as we go to unknown territory. 

I will be talking occasionally about our journey to learning more. I am including a list of the top 10 signs that your pet may be diabetic. If you see 2 or more of these signs in your own pets, please take them to the vet and have them checked out. Early warnings may be subtle but in older pets it can go undetected or be passed off as the pet just getting older. 

Top 10 Signs of Diabetes in Pets
  • Increased thirst.  Jenny was emptying a water bowl quite frequently
  • Increased urination or having more accidents- Jenny was urinating and acting like she didn't know that she was doing it. She was peeing on herself in her sleep. 
  • Increased hunger- We couldn't fill Jenny up. She was constantly eating
  • Sudden weight loss- She lost 4 pounds in 3 weeks. 
  • Obesity- We did not experience this one. We are all at healthy weights
  • Weakness or Fatigue - many times these are signs that people view as the pet getting up in age. This was actually one of the 1st signs we seen
  • Thinning hair- This is another sign that people view as a pet getting older.
  • Cloudy Eyes- hazy eyes is a sign. We couldn't see this one since Jenny is blind.
  • Depression/acting bored-Many see this as a pet getting older
  • Vomiting-Jenny did throw up a few times when she had her ear infections so we thought maybe it was caused from the infection. 
Do you have a diabetic pet? 

12/10/14

WW-Wheek Wednesday, Cinnamon Style


Cinnamon says to have a 
Wheeking Wednesday! 

He is having a problem with his little nose. 
We found out he is allergic to corn. 

CONGRATULATIONS to my SpotFarms contest winners

Winner of 1 bag of SpotFarms Chicken Apple Sausage treats- Riley Shih Tzu
Winner of $5.00 off Coupon- J. Chance
Thank you to everyone who entered!!! 

12/7/14

Sarah, The Certified Service Dog?

*UPDATE* We have suspended your registration agreement which serves as voluntary public acceptance of our training and behavior standards for yourself and your dog.  
We have received evidence that you are exploiting the registry and that you do not have a clear understanding of the law or our purpose and are in clear non-compliance with our training and behavior standards on behalf of yourself and your animal. Your actions threaten the reputation of other disabled Service Dog owners who fight every day to have their Service Dogs taken seriously by members of the public.

There are so many scam sites out there for registering your dog as a service dog. One of the largest scam sites is the United States Service Dog Registry or as it is it is more commonly called the USSDR. To prove my point, I had ma go in and register Sarah as her service dog. Ma registered her for free but we could have paid the fee and got the vest and ID card.
  This should mean that she can fly for free from now on, right??
You think I am joking? *Updated to remove number since account got suspended for people taking screen shots and sending them to the USSDR* 
Hi Bunny,
Congratulations this email contains a confirmation of your login. Please do not share it with anyone.
By registering you've voluntarily accepted a specific set of training and behavior standards which were developed by experienced trainers and disabled Service Dog owners within the Service Dog community. These training and behavior standard s go above and beyond the ADA.

We want to encourage education and compliance with the ADA, the importance of training and the behavior of you and your animal. Remember, you and your Service Dog may be the first team that someone ever meets. It is up to you to make sure that you leave them with an excellent impression. By registering and signing this agreement, you've made a small but important promise to yourself and other disabled individuals who rely on their Service Dogs.


HANDLER Bunny
SERVICE DOG Sarah




Congratulations sissy! You are now a registered service dog. 
Does this prove that she is a service dog? It takes more to being a service dog than just a registry. 

First off, a person who has a service dog MUST be disabled. According to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Service animals are defined as dogs and (under rare cases mini horses) that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.




  • Beginning on March 15, 2011, only dogs are recognized as service animals under titles II and III of the ADA.
  • A service animal is a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.
  • Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. Even though some states have laws defining emotional support animals, these animals are not limited to working with people with disabilities and therefore are not covered by federal laws protecting the use of service animals.  Information about such laws can be obtained from the State attorney general’s office. It does not matter if a person has a note from a doctor that states that the person has a disability and needs to have the animal for emotional support. A doctor’s letter does not turn an animal into a service animal.
  • When a service dog handler enters a business there are 2 questions that can be asked ..
    (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability 
    (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform.
    Staff cannot ask about the person’s disability, require medical documentation, require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog, or ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.


    It takes thousands of hours of training a dog to do task that help their disabled handler. There are many sites that you can register your pets to become a service dog, emotional support animal or even a therapy dog. Send these sites x amount of dollars and they will send you a vest and ID card. 

    These types of sites do not require any proof that the person who is registering their animal is disabled nor do they ask about training. Answer a few questions and they "certify" your animal. The only problem is there is NO CERTIFICATION required for a service dog. Many programs who train service dogs do certify their dogs but its through their program and it shows their dogs have been trained according to their standards. 

    If you visit Instagram and search the hashtag #ServiceDog or #Serviceanimal you will likely see someone posting their animal stating how they can go anywhere with them now, bragging how they don't have to pay for their pet to fly or saying that now they can't be denied a pet in a no pet housing. 

    There are times when you read about service dog handlers having problems with access to stores or restaurants to name a few. This goes back to the 2 questions that a business can ask. How is a store or restaurant to know that you have a legitimate service dog, one who has been trained and assist a disabled handler? There may be 10 real service dog teams in the area but there are 20 additional people who are saying their dogs are service dogs to. 

    We were in a Dollar store one day and the manager of the store asked ma the 2 questions when we went in. We shopped for a while but ma noticed that the workers were keeping a eye on me. We were walking past the manager of the store who was putting up stock and she told ma that she wished all service dogs were quiet and polite like me. Ma said "what do you mean?" The manager went on to tell ma about 2 service dogs who come in the store and one likes to jump up on people and the other one likes to bark and growl at people. Ma educated her about what they could do as a business and gave her one of our cards that have the ADA laws on them. This made her happy. Ma also told her to look up the documentation for businesses on the ADA.Gov website. 



    Sometimes businesses not only need to know they have to allow a service dog to come in their stores or restaurants but they also need to know they can protect themselves and their customers. Fake service dogs can be a danger to shoppers or those who are eating. I know I wouldn't want to be walking past another service dog team and the supposedly service dog attack me. There are stories after stories of fake service dogs attacking highly trained service dogs. 

    If you are in a public place and a dog is misbehaving, you can bet either 2 things... the dog is having a off day (we have bad days too) or they are a companion pet and not a trained service dog. 

    If a service animal behaves in an unacceptable way and the person with a disability does not control the animal, a business or other entity does not have to allow the animal onto its premises. Uncontrolled barking, jumping on other people, or running away from the handler are examples of unacceptable behavior for a service animal. A business has the right to deny access to a dog that disrupts their business. For example, a service dog that barks repeatedly and disrupts another patron’s enjoyment of a movie could be asked to leave the theater.

    If a business ask a handler to remove their dog, the business has to allow the person to re-enter the business without the dog. 

    So I bet you are wondering why ma registered sissy Sarah as a service dog. We wanted to show that the registries online are only in business for your money. If you register your animal or person as a service animal and you have access troubles, you have the law called on you or you have a problem in a business, you will not be protected by the ADA. 

    Faking a service dog status puts legitimate teams in jeopardy. When a business has asked for an ID card for me, ma hands them one of the ADA cards above. We had a clerk at a fabric store argue with us that I needed a ID card or be in the registry to be a true team. After the clerk read the card and went and looked up the information on the ADA website , she came back and apologized to Ma then she thanked her for educating her. 

    Education is the key to keeping trained service dogs and their handler safe. Being disabled is hard enough much less having access troubles because of the fake service dog teams. 

    I am a trained service dog.
     I have had thousands of hours of training to help ma with her disability. 
    If you ever hear me barking in or running alone to the front of a business,
     Please come  quickly because there is an emergency that I need you to help with. 

    Do you have any questions? I will try to answer them the best of my ability
    Have you ever seen a service dog team that you felt were fake? 

    *Additional Resources*

    ADA Business BRIEF: Service Animals- http://www.ada.gov/svcanimb.htm

    Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals-http://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm

    SERVICE ANIMALS IN PLACES OF BUSINESS http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm

    12/3/14

    Spots Farms Chicken, Apple, Sausage Treat Review and Giveaway #Sponsored

    Hello, My name is Carma Poodale and I am a Chickyum addict. 
    What is a Chickyum? 
    Its Chicken, its so yummy that all I can say is I love chick-yum yum yum.

    I am very picky poodle. I just say I have exquisite taste. (wink) When the China scare about the chicken jerky happened, I thought I would never ever ever get a chicken treat again. We had to resort to making our own homemade treats. They were tasty and all but ma is not one who loves to get in the kitchen. She is the type that could live off of cereal if it meant not cooking. What is a poodle to do except work on my "I'm so pitiful, I need chickyum" look?

    When we went to Barkworld in Atlanta, we met Keona. She is a social media coordinator for SpotFarms. As I was walking by her table I seen something in a bowl that looked delicious. I stopped to say hi and get a sniff of what was in that bowl. 


     I came home from Barkworld with SpotFarm Chicken Jerky. My fur siblings thought I struck gold. I got so sad when ma said I didn't have anymore left in my bag. It was EMPTY!


    All good things must come to a end or empty a bag
    I was so happy when I got a email asking me if I would do a review for the SpotFarms Chicken Apple Sausage Recipe treats. We had thought we had brought those home with us but we brought the jerky home instead. Keona sent me a bag in the mail to review. 
    Talk about a Happy Poodale! 


    Spot Farms is a young brand of all natural, antibiotic-free dog treats currently available nationwide at Petco, Unleashed by Petco, Wag.com, Amazon and in Canada at Pet Supplies Plus and Pet Supermarket. What’s unique about Spot Farms is that we partner with farm families across the country to make the best treats for your dog, using the finest ingredients available. 

    We have a wide range of delicious recipes like Turkey Meatball with Cranberries, Hickory Smoked Turkey Bacon and Chicken Apple Sausage (Which I love!)!They have recently introduced four all new Chicken Jerky treats with functional benefits to help promote Heart Health, Skin + Coat, Hip + Joint and Serenity. This new line is available at Unleashed by Petco.

    Spot Farms treats are:
    100% made in the USA using farm raised, antibiotic-free chicken, turkey and pork
    100% human-grade ingredients- Yes Ma tried one
    Free of fillers like corn, wheat and soy
    No artificial preservatives, flavors or colors


    I promise that these are delicious. I know that ma loves that they are easily torn into small pieces to make the treats last longer or to use as a training reward. 

    I love they are made from chicken that are raised in Kentucky! The turkey is made from turkeys raised across the river in Indiana. I love they are not from China so I can have the treats. That makes ma happy, that makes me happy. 

    I learned how to do a trick using these treats. Wanna see it? 

    Hold on, let me see what happened to that treat


    Hmm, I don't know what happened to the treat but with the help of Ma, here is what she does to them to make them smaller. 
    They are easily torn to become smaller pieces. 

    The ingredients are Chicken, Glycerin, Honey, Apples, Brown Rice Flour, Salt, Vinegar, Natural Flavors, Green Tea Extract, Allspice, Cinnamon

    You can get a $1.oo off coupon by clicking 

    You can find out more about Spot Farms by visiting them on the following links

    I was sent 2 bags of treats. Being that I love to share, I want to give YOU a bag of chicken apple sausage treats. I only have 1 bag to share so please enter my contest to get a chance to try these for yourself. 
    I am responsible for mailing the winners the prizes. 
    I only have 1 bag to give away but wanted to share with more than 1 person.
     I am giving a second person a chance to win a $5.00 off coupon 
     Woot Woof!
    Enter below for you chance to win! 

    (This is the first time I have used the entry form above but if you have ANY trouble please let me know immediately so I can correct the problem) 

    *I am being compensated for this review but it has no impact on how I feel about the product. I , Carma Poodale, only talks about things that I like. I will not review a product that does not meet my Poodale Approved stamp of approval. Spots Farms is not responsible for the contest. It is up to ma (Bunny Allen) to ship prizes to winners. *