So as most of you know, I have been thinking and researching as much as possible about getting a diabetic alert dog. It was a toss up about getting a resue dog vs a pure breed, what breed to get..etc.
Well as it turns out, The BC Canada ministry will not register a service dog that is not one of their "program dogs" ok, fair enough so I inquired about applying for one of their "program dogs" but guess what??? they dont train service dogs for diabetic alerting! So I would be wasting my time applying!
Then I had an opportunity to train a rescue dog that is already adopted by a family member...well that didn't turn out either, they want me to train it, but not keep it! arrgghhhh! no problem I will do it anyway because I love the dog and it keeps my mind of the D!
Long story short after talking to all the guide dog places in canada, I ended up on a website that breeds labrador retrievers, which are recommended for this type of service work. It just so happenes that they even live right here in the middle of nowhere BC! So I gave the lady a call and she seemed very helpful,polite, and knew what she was talking about! And they even guarentee them for 30 months healthwise! And provide lifetime advice/support for the life of the dog!
Not cheap though, gonna have to save up for this, but it just may be worth the effort. Once trained, to perfection with manners and all, I will then challenge the ministry into recognising my dog as a service dog so that I may get the tax breaks and benefits that all service dogs get. Either way, Im getting a dog, just need to find the money to do it! Wish me luck.. and as for the ministry of BC....I will see you later!!!