We were about to go home after a long morning of volunteering at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles when a nurse came running up to us.
Valencia is a lovely and caring Standard Poodle, but to me she’s so much more! As a certified diabetic alert service dog, Valencia has been trained to detect (through my breath, hands, and feet) dangerous blood glucose levels. Being a diabetic, having a dog that can spontaneously alert detection of high or low blood glucose, as well as diabetic coma or seizure is truly a life saver.
Douglas Fur came into my life when he chose me that fateful day in November 2009. As I bent down to meet another dog he jumped on my head. They pulled him off and he came right back and did it again. He brought something back into my life that had been missing, laughter. I lost my dog Merlin a few years earlier. He lived a long life of 16.5 years and it was devastating for me when he passed.
I have several allergies, both food and environmental, some of which are deadly. When I first rescued Enzo I wanted to train him to be a medical alert service animal. I was never able to fully finish his training because he comes with an anxiety and nervousness that I was not able or qualified to work with. I have just started his training back up with Zoom Room and hopefully will be able to help him overcome his fears.
I’ve never had the opportunity to have kids. I had always thought about owning a dog one day, but when my grandmother (who had always wanted a dog but wasn’t physically well enough to care for one by herself) broke her hip right before Christmas two Christmas’s ago, I decided to commit. My boyfriend and I found Cabo at a breeder in Riverside and at 10 days old, we picked out him out of the litter from 8 other puppies.
I grew up in the 80s in Siberia, then part of the Soviet Union. My Mom and I would daily feed the hords of homeless cats trying to help them survive the cold weather. But there were almost no dogs anywhere around me. In my town, the mayor ordered the local police to shoot stray dogs “for sanitary reasons”. It was done at night to “not disturb the public”.
This week, Gatsby barked me awake after I overslept. I thought he was just impatient about going out to pee, but as I was putting on my shoes I heard someone calling for help. It was distant, and I don’t think I’d have heard it if I wasn’t near the door getting ready to take him out. I went outside and found one of my other neighbors, who had heard it too. It turned out that someone in our apartment complex had fallen and was hurt.
On October 30, join us for a frightful, furry, fun Halloween dog party. We’ll have refreshments for spooky dogs and their scary owners, plus prizes in our creepy costume contest!
Our friends at Angel City Pits put together a great video of our Responsible Dog Ownership Day event at Zoom Room Hollywood.
On October 7th, from 6 to 9 pm, Denise Fleck of Sunny Dog Ink will conduct an incredibly informative three hour seminar and interactive demonstration on dog first aid and safety. This is information that all dog owners absolutely should know.
Join us on September 24th at Pan Pacific Park for a leisurely one mile walk with your dog, raising money and awareness to help end pet homelessness.
On September 25th, Zoom Room Hollywood will celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Day with free dog training advice, low-cost microchipping, pet adoptions, spay and neuter information, a first aid seminar, therapy dog info, plus loads of kid-friendly activities.
Zoom Room Hollywood is thrilled to welcome our newest dog trainer to the pack, Crystal Berdrow, a resourceful, dedicated positive trainer and member of the APDT.
Join us on Saturday, August 13, to celebrate the release of Marley and Me: The Puppy Years in a canine wonderland at The Grove in Los Angeles. There will be dogs available for adoption, contests, giveaways, treats and booths from a wide variety of vendors of dog services and products. All of this will culminate in a free screening of the movie, produced by Fox Studios.
Zoom Room Hollywood was delighted to be one of the sponsors of the Ice Cream Social event held for children with life-threatening illnesses, in partnership with Give Kids the World Village and singer Austin Anderson.