Day #280 – Puppy Love

So…there is this video rolling around right now.

What is this?  It’s a woman with Aspberger’s (a form of autism) who has a tendency to self-harm showing how her service dog, Samson, assists her.  The thing that really got me about this video is that Tucker has the same movements.  If he gets really frustrated he will hit his head like that.  If he’s overwhelmed he will pound his chest – just like she does in this video.  I don’t see it much anymore – but I saw it last week when he was tired, hot, and overwhelmed by what I was asking him to do.

On Day #122 – Animals Belong Outside, Right!?!?!? I introduced you to our puppy, White Sox. Sox is NOT a trained service dog – but somehow she still knows.  She knows when to be calm.  She knows when to cuddle next to Tucker.  She knows when to sit on top of him.  Don’t ask me how…I have no idea.  I know she will let him wrestle her without ever getting defensive.

On Day #20 I introduced you to Retrieving Freedom, Inc. (RFI).  This business is literally three miles from our home.  They train service dogs for children with autism, veterans, and children/adults with diabetes.  Individuals are NEVER turned away based on racial, social, or financial backgrounds.

RFI receives puppies with superior genetics and physical characteristics that allow for excellent training.  The training takes two years and each dog is trained to meet the specific needs of its soon to be best friend.

Honestly, I can’t even write about how amazing this organization is. What I can do is bring your attention to this video.  Please – take 10 minutes and watch how this service dog, Tu, changed the life of one boy, Tristan.  Tristan happens to have a  special place in our hearts because he is the son of Tucker’s 4th grade teacher, Mr. Kuhn.  Mr. Kuhn and Tucker had a very special bond – for obvious reasons.

If you watched this video and thought, “My child needs that.”  Please visit RFI’s webpage at

If that video moved you like it moved me, please consider donating to this VERY worthy cause.  RFI is a non-profit organization that relies on donations and fundraisers to offer this very important service.  If silent auctions are not your ‘thing’ you can always donate directly by visiting their donation page.

On June 27 RFI is hosting a Grand Opening for the new facility AND graduation/placement of two service dogs, Scout and Freedom.  If you live in Eastern Iowa consider joining RFI for the day.  Here is that schedule:

  • All Day — Facility Open House, Games, and Silent Auction
    • A Sports Illustrated signed by Doug McDermott
    • A Golden State Warriors Jersey signed by Harrison Barnes
    • A basketball signed by Dick Vitale, Fred Hoiberg, and Fran McCaffery
    • A guitar signed by Brad Paisley
    • A football signed by Dan Marino
    • Two books and a service dog vest signed by Temple Grandin
    • A complete list can found at:  For more information on items they are selling please visit:
  • 10:00 am —  Hawgs, Dogs, and Heroes Ride.  Start @ RFI. Bike Blessing at 10:00 am, Kick Stands up at 11:00 am.  Poker Hands, 50/50.
  • 1:00– 3:30 pm Kids Activities — Face Painting, Wheelchair Races, Bouncy House, Rock Wall, and meet the puppies for pictures.
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm Free Will meal — “THE DIRT ROAD BAND”
  • 7:00 pm Live auction – 2013 Fat Bob Custom Harley signed by Toby Keith
  • 7:30 pm “CHOCOLATE CRACKERS BAND” — BYOB, Parking in pasture next door, Bring lawn chairs

RFI is located two miles west of Waverly, IA on Hwy 3.  You cannot miss it – especially because of their new, big, beautiful painted rock!


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