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World Autism Awareness Day!

It’s WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY! Fred and I were set to visit the kids at Valley Achievement Center this afternoon to celebrate, but we are snowed in up here in Bear Valley and won’t be able to make it, which is a h...
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Walking the Walk

The ladies and I kept it simple today at Restoration Ranch. A. took Fred’s leash as she, K. and I power-walked around the neighborhood to practice Fred’s HEEL with the help from the trusty Gentle Leader. This is esp...
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Working on BLOCK!

This week with the ladies at the The Mission at Kern County, we worked with Lucy, Fred, and Sonar on advanced behaviors that you would train a PTSD service dog. The one we worked on in particular is the command BLOCK. I expl...
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Adult Day Center for People With Alzheimer’s

The Miracle Mutts joy-spreading crusade continues, today at ADAKC Adult Day Care (Center for people living with Alheimer’s disease) in Bakersfield. Fred, Lucy, Sonar and Red-Red brought smiles and laughs to the folks this...
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A Community of Hearts

Fred and I were honored to be guests at the H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection (for families with special needs children) monthly meeting this morning. I am really thankful for these opportunities to share my work with Fred, and service d...
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A Salute to the Scouts!

The Miracle Mutts crew was out in the community full force yesterday! We talked to the Cub Scouts — and later the Girl Scouts — about how to care for your pets, committing to giving a dog a forever home, how to appr...
by Aileen Barker
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Miracle Mutts Blog - Coming Soon!

Keep your eyes open for another new blog coming soon!  Our Miracle Mutts blog!  -   Stay Tuned!
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Out in public!

Yesterday, during our session with the ladies from Restoration Ranch, we ran Fred through a practice ADI test. This is the public access test (created by Assistance Dogs International) that is given to all working dogs before t...
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Aurora Learning Center

Fred and I were honored to be guests at Aurora Learning Center in Bakersfield today. We spoke to a group of 1st-8th graders with developmental, emotional and/or learning disabilities about what Fred will do for his boy, Ben. Sp...
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Practice at Restoration Ranch

Fred and I enjoyed our afternoon with the ladies at Restoration Ranch. We went for a lovely walk, then worked on Fred’s commands. Not only is focused practice on advanced commands, and refinement of the simpler ones, very...
by Aileen Barker
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Valley Achievement Center for Kids With Autism

Once again, Hooch and Fred The Service Pup delighted the kids, teachers and staff at Valley Achievement Center for children with autism. As usual, these dogs blew all of our minds with their calmness and loving patience toward ...
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The Mission Continues

Friday at The The Mission at Kern County was fantastic! Fred The Service Pup’s advanced commands and refinement training continues. In just a few short months, Fred will be ready to start his life as Ben’s full-time...
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Berkshire Elementary Learns Service Dog Commands

Fred and I had such a wonderful time visiting Ms. Camp’s class today at Berkshire Elementary. We had a whole hour and a half, so were able to cover lots of ground! We talked about all kinds of assistance dogs, specificall...
by Aileen Barker
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Bakersfield Life Magazine Interviews Us!

Today, Fred The Service Pup and I were interviewed for an article about service animals (that will run in the March issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine). That - alone - was cool. But even cooler was that my friend Bo...
by Aileen Barker
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Playing “Find It” At The Mission

As always, our Friday afternoon at The Mission was a major highlight of the week. Continuing with our work on Fred’s advanced commands, today we started some very basic scenting, in the form of a “find it” gam...
by Aileen Barker
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Jacobsen Middle School Welcomes The Mutts

Just talked to the seventh graders in Ms. Stanley’s class at Jacobsen Middle School. We always love visiting with kids, sharing the dogs with them and discussing with them how they can get involved and make a difference! ...
by Aileen Barker
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Let Barks & Books Begin

Our kick-off session of the Barks & Books program at Beale Library yesterday was phenomenal for all involved. Fred, Sonar, Sammie and Buddy were all on hand to lend a furry, supportive ear as kids took fifteen minute turns ...
by Aileen Barker
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Fred’s Getting Ready!

Post by Fred The Service Pup. It was another excellent afternoon at The The Mission at Kern County. The ladies continue to help with Fred The Service Pup’s advanced training, which is especially appropriate today, as tomo...
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Making Spirits Bright

Yesterday was another incredible day at The Mission. Lisa brought Red, I brought Fred and Sammie. First, Lisa and I had an exciting meeting with Development Coordinator Jamie Durham, about making our Miracle Mutts curriculum mo...
by Aileen Barker
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Help Us Build This Dream

Good evening, all. I, myself, just caught up on Zach’s posts from today, and what stuck out to me was when Zach said he stopped by the property we are our hopeful will be our new home…to “remind himself that W...
by Aileen Barker
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Mission to Beat Depression

I struggle with depression that is quite severe at times, debilitating even. I’m telling you this because I know I am one of a million others who struggle with this particular, devastating type of paralysis. And only when...
by Aileen Barker
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