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Elliot the Service Dog

By Lyndsay Marvin

Not only do dogs make amazing pets, many of them make wonderful service dogs. A service dog 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, as defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA” (https://adata.org/publication/service-animals-booklet).

Ruby and ElliotRuby Jean Furth, 17, started training Elliot as a service dog a few years after she received a diagnosis for bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric disorder characterized by extreme episodes of depression and mania. Ruby graciously answered a few questions for BOGO Bowl about Elliot and how he helps her live a better life.
1. Where did you meet Elliot? Was he chosen specifically to be a service dog?

I met Elliot on a rainy day, April 29, 2012. He was not chosen to be a service dog; he was meant to help lift my depression (this was before I was diagnosed bipolar at age 13). I got him from the Humane Society [when he was] 11 weeks old.

2. What led to the decision to train Elliot to be a service dog? What is he (will he be) a service dog for?

What led to the decision to train Elliot to be a service dog was simply the need for one. I read more about Psychiatric Service Dogs and knew having one would benefit me. Elliot is an Australian Cattle Dog, known for their excellence at herding and being good farm hands. We live in the city and Elliot was raised with an iron fist as his breed was one known to be hard headed and stubborn. Elliot proved to be a fast learner, a cooperative friend and someone to teach me how to love again.

Elliot in his gearI didn’t know until he was 4 years old that he would be my service dog. I came across Aurum Canine Services, a small local service dog training business run by a woman named Dana Daniels. She evaluated him and said he’d be a great candidate, a rarity when adopting a dog from the shelter. Within less than two months, Dana realized how much training Elliot had already been given by me and turned the time to train him from 6 months down to only 2. I started teaching him alerts during his Public Access work and he excelled at both.

3. What are some of the things Elliot does to help you?

Elliot is in training to alert my anger episodes, respond to my anxiety by interrupting, interrupting self-harm such as hitting myself, deep pressure therapy during anxiety episodes, blocking me from the front and back when I feel anxious about people around me, and being there whenever I need him.

4. How long does it/will it take to train Elliot? How does he become certified?

Elliot soothesThere is actually no such thing as “certifying” a service dog. The IAADP states that a service dog must know at least 2 tasks that mitigate the handlers’ disability, have at least 120 hours of training, and 30 hours of public access work. This means getting them used to everything and anything, like taking them to crowded areas, passing another dog, going to movies, attending their handler to doctors appointments, all while being focused on their handler/ being relaxed or sleeping when necessary, as well as “tucking” under their owner in public setting to remain as unnoticeable as possible and out of the way.

5. What makes Elliot the best pup ever?

Elliot can be the perfect gentleman when out in public and then be there to be my running or biking partner after his working is done. He is such a versatile dog, I couldn’t ask for anything else

6. Is there anything else you’d like to share about Elliot?

We get plenty of hate from other service dog handlers since I don’t have a “typical breed” for service dog work, as well as judging Elliot before they know him, such as assuming his height, weight, and what gear he wears as well. People assume I use him for mobility, which is not true. I’ve been called a dog abuser, scum, the worst handler ever, but my trainer, Elliot, family, and all my friends know that is not the case. Elliot loves me and loves his job as well as the rest of his family. I just need to stand through the hate.

Thank you Ruby for sharing with us, and we are so glad you have Elliot to help you with every day life!

Each month, BOGO Bowl will be spotlighting a service animal on our blog. Elliot is the first of the series.

Training Video: https://youtu.be/d40Vfl7VmVQ

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Adoptables Video

In honor of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, and because we love our BOGO Buddies and want to support the work they do, we're showing off some of the adoptables they're helping to find homes.

 The pups and kitties featured in the video are listed below! Find your new best friend! 

NAME ORGANIZATION CLICK ON PHOTO TO GO TO ADOPTION INFORMATION

878

Colorado Puppies Co (Colorado)

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Alpine

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (South Carolina)

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Aiden

Save the Animals Rescue Society of Georgia (Georgia)

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Alice

Logan County Humane Society (Kentucky)

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August

Trempealeau County Humane Society (Wisconsin)

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Bacon Bits

KC Pet Project (Missouri)

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Bella

Greater Birmingham Humane Society

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Beau

SPCA of Tennessee (Tennessee)

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Bella

Pibbles and More (New Jersey)

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Pinky

White River Animal Rescue (New Hampshire)

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Cosmo

Fur The Love of PAWS Rescue (Nebraska)

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Chips

Tails Of Courage (Connecticut)

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Carmella

Casa De Perro (Texas)

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Casper

Hope Animal Rescue (Iowa)

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Charlie and Chester

Waggytail Rescue (New York)

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Chyna

Medina County SPCA (Ohio)

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Clifford

It Takes a Village Canine Rescue (Indiana)

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Cooper

Angels Rest Animal Sanctuary (Ohio)

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Copper

Kiya Koda (Iowa)

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Dixie

Tysons Chance Animal Foundation (Kentucky)

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Doc

Trempealeau County Humane Society (Wisconsin)

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Dolly

Angles Rest Animal Sanctuary (Ohio)

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Domino

Alternative Humane Society (Washington)

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Dora and Cora

City of Gurdon Animal Rescue (Arkansas)

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Dolly

Humane Society of Ohio (Ohio)

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Ella

Ocanto Area Humane Society (Wisconsin)

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Elvis

No Dog Left Behind (Minnesota)

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Emerald

Epitome Dog Rescue (Illinois)

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Fallyns

Bully Paws Pit Bull Patriots (Virginia)

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Felicity

Mitchell County Animal Rescue (North Carolina)

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Fenway

Rescue K-911 (Kansas)

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French Fry

Jasper County Animal Rescue (Iowa)

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Gabbie

Advocates 4 Animals (Ohio)

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Grace

German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Georgia (Georgia)

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Griffin

Heavenly Paws Shelter (Pennsylvania)

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Gucci

Bully Rescue and Advocacy Group BRAG (Virginia)

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Giddeon

Providing Animals with Support PAWS (Utah)

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Jimmy Boone

Second Chance Animal Shelter (Massachusetts)

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Junior

Pickens Animal Rescue (Georgia)

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Kenai

Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue (Indiana)

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Keenan

Fluvanna SPCA (Virginia)

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Lucy

Oconto Area Humane Society (Wisconsin)

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Luna

Cedar Bend Humane Society (Iowa)

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Mabel

Lost Our Home Foundation (Arizona)

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Manley

Dubois County Humane Society (Indiana)

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Mater

Panora PETS (Iowa)

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Unknown

Memphis Pets Alive! (Tennessee)

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Marcus

Friends Of The Shelter (Kentucky)

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Minnie

Second Chance Animal Rescue (Connecticut)

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Minx

Calhoun County Canine Shelter (Iowa)

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Nala

Valhalla Canine Rescue & Valhalla Rescue Animal Food Bank (Washington)

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Northwest

Tree House Animals (Illinois)

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Oliver

Animal Rescue League of Marshalltown (Iowa)

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Pinto

Chihuahua & Small Dog Rescue, Inc (Colorado)

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Pearl

JNF Foundation (California)

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Princess III

It's a Pittie Rescue (Illinois)

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Pong

It Take A Village Canine Rescue (Indiana)

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Raven

Saving The Animals Together S.T.A.T

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Remy

Cedar Bend Humane Society (Iowa)

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Ricky

PAWS of Greene County (Iowa)

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Roadie

Raven's Husky & Haven & Rescue (Illinois)

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Rock

Cat Depot (Florida)

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Sampson

PAWS of Greene County (Iowa)

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Scooby

Saving The Animal Together S.T.A.T (Tennessee)

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Shannon

Second Chance Animal Rescue (Missouri)

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Sheba

Nate's Honor Animal Rescue (Florida)

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Shep )

East Texas Got Paws (Texas)

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Shorty

Animal Rescue League of Iowa (Iowa)

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Sloan

Second Chance Dog Rescue (Iowa)

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Smokee

Forever Home Dog Rescue (Iowa)

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Spike

Pinky Paws No Kill Rescue Center (California)

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Squiggy

Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin (Wisconsin)

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Susie

AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport (Iowa)

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Turkey

Ruff Start Rescue (Minnesota)

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Valentina

SOS Save Our Souls Animal Rescue (Georgia)

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Wrangler

Blind Dog Rescue Alliance (New Jersey)

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Yoshi

Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue (Nebraska)

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Zeke

Angel's Hope Rescue (South Carolina)

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Zipper

Hands, Hearts and Paws (Nebraska)

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