Friday, February 5, 2010

Congratulations Sugar!

Crazy lady here- I'm breaking protocol and writing this post. I wanted to say a special "congratulations!" to Sugar Sweet for winning Reader's Choice for Best Working (Bitch) Dog. Woo hoo! Thank you Mango Minster Readers! I do not know how I could have survived the past six months without Sugar's flawless transition from a shy rescue dog to a strong and powerful service dog. Seriously. I am the world's worse dog trainer. I tend to take a "whatever" attitude and Abby (may she rest in peace) walked all over me and my household.Sugar arrived in January 2008 as a shy and timid dog. Here's the adoption video of her first day in the United States:

(You can read more about her early life here.)

Within a year, Sugar grew and gained confidence. I quickly discovered that it only took 1 or 2 tries before she learned a new command. Sugar was always scary-smart, and I suspect she had prior training before she was dumped in the Taiwan streets. When the latest changes happened in my life, Sugar quickly learned the special skills needed to support my illness. I was shocked that she could recognize my seizures-- and, even more surprised that she could be trained to find help, if I fell or had a seizure (thanks, Wild Dingo!). She overcame her shyness to visit doctor's appointments with me, and to help carry my medications. Later, she quickly learned how to act as a "walking cane," in case I lost balance and needed support. I mean, she's 35 lbs, and I am a fat girl. How friggin amazing is that? I am also amazed that she has the strength and perseverance to pick up new skills and just "roll with it," when some fresh challenge hits my world. Every day I say a "thank you" to the cosmic universe that Sugar and I found each other.Finally, I want to take a moment to give a "shout out" to Dixie and her Mom. Dixie's mom has been struggling with her own illness, and Dixie has met the challenge of becoming a service and medic alert dog the past year. It's a wonderful story (read it here). Dixie and her Mom have found each other, and they continue to support one another through the ups-and-downs of life. Although Dixie did not win the Mango Minster Working Dog award this year, I believe she deserves some special recognition for the amazing work she does, in support of her Mom. Kudos Dixie! Sugar and I believe you are a winning team!Next? Cracker time! Loki is a candidate, and Sugar has a mad crush on his studly muffins. Stay tuned for more Loki tales tomorrow-- but, if you want a head start, feel free to cast your vote for this insane dude here.Thanks!
Crazy lady
p.s. Sugar will return tomorrow. She's busy hunting Bambi, right now...


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khongrats to one pawesome TEAM!

It is almost diffikhult to believe it is the furry same Sugar in the video!

Of khourse, her last pikh is A FREAKIN' WINNER!

Well deserved!

Khyra and Her Khrazy Lady
PeeEssWoo: Go LokiLokiLokho!

Wild Dingo said...

I have to say I was disappointed Dixie didnt' get a spot in the winners circle. :( tho i voted for you, i would have been tickled to see Dixie there.

Loki said to tell you he wants some SUGAR! oooooo what a NAUGHTY NAUGHTY doggie!
wild dingo

Wild Dingo said...

DUH! I forgot to congratulate Sugar too! Loki calls me crazy lady but i refuse to accept it. it's times like these that my mind is crazy blank... well, lets just be mind is ALWAYS blank! lol... poor loki and juno... poor sugar. i feel bad for them having cracked up handlers like us...

oh wait, this is supposed to be a congratulations! Sugar may you revel in your win! woo deserve it!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Congrats Sugar!

The OP Pack said...

Congrats to Sugar - you so deserved to win!

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Ashley (the mom), Dixie (the Catahoula) and sometimes Lola (the Pit Bull) said...

Congrats on your win Sugar! I am so glad you represented us SDs in the winner's circle :-)
THank you for the shout out. I know I said it before, but we have come back to read your blog again and what you have written is so much like our experience. Mom has been in tears just because she has found someone else who knows.
Hugs and Tail Wags,