Minnesota Doesn’t Make Small Things
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by Aiden the Service Dog
3d ago
Legend has it that Paul Bunyan was such a big man, his footprints filled up with water and made “the land of ten thousand lakes,” as Minnesota is called. I’ve visited his special tribute in Bemidji, Minnesota before, but this time I went inside his house. Can you imagine how big his phone was? He had a pet blue ox named Babe, and she supposedly helped him in all his lumberjack work. Look at the size of her compared to me! Inside his house he had tiny versions of himself and Babe, so Christy and I had fun with them. She couldn’t resist climbing into the log for this fun photo. We found thi ..read more
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Road Trip Down Memory Lane
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by Aiden the Service Dog
1w ago
I’m spending a lot of time in this thing called an RV. Christy and Kevin took me on a road trip to Minnesota for a family reunion. We had several stops because it would take us at least three days and this big rig doesn’t move as fast as the car. At one of our stops, Christy had to ride on this metal round thing. I just stood on it for the photo, but she said it brought her back to her elementary school days, where she would ride the thing as fast as it would go. When I watched her go in circles, I didn’t understand why she liked it so much. Christy told me this thing I’m under is called “m ..read more
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Service Dog Etiquette
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by Aiden the Service Dog
2w ago
Moving to Tennessee was an adventure, to say the least. We’ve been here two years already and my presence walking around town still feels like an oddity. We moved to a place where service dogs are rarely seen, yet businesses have signs stating, “Service Dogs Only,” much like this one from California. I go everywhere with Christy. Always have. Sometimes we encounter resistance to my presence. It is usually because of all the fake service dogs out there or because the public needs more education on true service dogs. Last spring we went to a conference in Georgia and encountered a problem at th ..read more
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Diabetes Didn’t Stop Me from Getting to the Top of Half Dome
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by Christy Hoss
1M ago
After my diabetes diagnosis in February 1990, I determined not to let diabetes keep me from getting the most out of life. I wouldn’t let it stop me from doing anything. We had spent our honeymoon in Yosemite. I loved wandering the valley and gazing up at the granite rising majestically all around me, especially Half Dome. My husband, Kevin, told me he had hiked to the top a few years earlier. I decided I wanted to sit at the top of that rock too. In June, we returned to Yosemite and acquired permits to hike the famous rock. I had no idea how difficult it would be. We hiked halfway up and cam ..read more
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Goodbye, Old Friend
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by Aiden the Service Dog
1M ago
A few days ago, I said goodbye to an old friend who crossed the rainbow bridge. I met him seven years ago when I first came to Christy’s house. Sparta was as feisty then as he was to the last day. He was about six months old when they met outside a pet store. He had a lame front leg and a twitch, side effects from the distemper he survived. Christy’s heart broke for him, and she took him home as a foster. Today he’d be labeled a foster-fail since he stayed forever! Because of Sparta, Christy volunteered for the rescue and her daughter GraceAnne was able to put in over a hundred hours, more th ..read more
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Tall Things
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by Aiden the Service Dog
1M ago
I go on all of Christy’s adventures and last month was no exception. It seemed I found many large things on this adventure. Christy enjoyed the inspiring speakers and during the breaks, I got to experience some large creatures in the children’s department of the church. First off, I met up with this long-necked dinosaur and his friend. They don’t exist anymore and these are made of plaster, but if they were real, I’d hate to meet one face-to-nose! Across the hall I met a giraffe. I think it’s a baby, but can you imagine what meeting a live one in person would be like? I think they have to do ..read more
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Living Fiction: A Page from ‘The Rubber Band Slingshot Summer’
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by Christy Hoss
2M ago
Way back in my high school days, we did a lot of activities in PE that most schools might not have had the opportunity to do. I think it was due to how long winter lasted. Indoor activities included ice skating, swimming, broomball, fencing, and archery. Many fond memories end up in my fiction books. Archery is one of them. Recently I was invited to a special place called the Bowhunters Pro Shop. I got to relive the fun I had as a girl. Granted, it took some tries before I recalled the skill, but it made for a fun afternoon adventure.   The fun I enjoyed ended up in my book, The Rubber B ..read more
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Birthday Bliss
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by Aiden the Service Dog
2M ago
Well, Christy has done it again. She couldn’t resist celebrating my ninth birthday. If you want to know how old your dog is in “people” years, here’s an accurate place to find out. According to this chart, I’m one year older than Christy! When we were first paired together, my birthday happened to arrive on a day we spent with our Dogs4Diabetics friends. Christy made pup-cakes and there were games and prizes and a dog theme. I enjoyed the attention. I especially enjoyed hearing the birthday song. From that day on, every time I heard the song at human parties or on TV, I thought it was for me a ..read more
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Why I Love the Wicked Witch of the West
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by Christy Hoss
2M ago
When polled about who is the worst villain of all time, did you know that The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz is usually in first place? I never thought she’d be my all-time favorite character; after all, don’t we love to hate villains? I loved watching this beloved movie every year on TV as a kid, but never thought the green meanie would become a sort of role model for me. I was shy in high school, but I had a hideous laugh. When my friends dared me to try out for the spring musical, I took them up on it. The choir director asked me to read Dorothy’s part, most likely because ..read more
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How Old Am I in People Years?
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by Aiden the Service Dog
2M ago
In three days, I will be nine years old. This year will mark seven years of serving my handler, Christy. She says time is going by too quickly. I don’t understand what time is, but I do know when it’s time to eat. I start staring at Christy when I get hungry and sometimes, I make a mooing sound like a cow, so she says I definitely know what time is. The new people I meet think my brindle markings are a sign of old age, but really, the only sign of aging is on my chin. I do have grey hair and Mom says I have a goatee, but I don’t see any goats. At least not in our backyard yet. For my birthda ..read more
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