Wednesday, June 18, 2014

#Bringchewyhome

***********UPDATE CHEWY IS COMING HOME*****************


Have you seen the hash tag around twitter or facebook?? Hopefully you have!

This is Chewy with his boy Evan
Ya see, the org that scammed us Warren Retrievers, SDWR, Service Dogs by Warren Retrievers, or whatever name they are using now has taken this dog away from Evan and he needs him back! They have resorted to the unthinkable this is just a disgrace and disgust me. How dare they think this is ok.

I want to share their story:
"Evan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on October 9th, 2011. Within a couple months of his diagnosis, things turned for the worse very quickly. It was impossible to get a handle on his crazy blood sugars. Since I am also a type 1 myself, the stress was causing my health to decline. My husband and I started researching for diabetic alert dog companies, hoping these amazing dog could help us watch over our son.

Hours upon hours of research later, we chose Warren Retrievers because the owner, Dan Warren, called us personally and assured us that he was going to take amazing care of us. Another thing that was appealing to us was the fact that Warren delivered the dog to our home. We wouldn’t have to travel anywhere and take time off work to get the dog.

Chewy was delivered to us on August 2, 2012. She was 13 weeks old and was only obedience trained. In order for us to keep Chewy, we had to sign a contract. If we didn’t sign the contract that day, the trainer was going to have to take Chewy away and we would lose the $1,000 deposit we already gave the company. Financially, we were in no place to lose that money and we had already fallen in love with the dog. We looked over the contract and we were extremely concerned. We signed it anyway, and it was under duress.

We only had two training sessions from WR. The first, when she was delivered. The second, 90 days later. Soon after, we were hearing rumors that Dan was running a puppy mill and was running a shady business. When we started calling Dan to ask about the rumors and try to clear things up, he stopped communication with us completely. He kicked us out of the WR Facebook pages and stopped responding to our emails.

A few months later, Chewy started losing a lot of weight and wasn’t eating well. We took her to the vet and found out she had a birth defect called a hooded vulva. A lot of female dogs are born with this and it is an easy fix if you get the surgery done before the dog is spayed. Dan Warren knew about the birth defect and he was supposed to release this information to us before selling us the dog. By this time we were beyond upset and made the decision to stop paying on our balance. We had already paid just over $7,000 towards and dog and we felt that was more than enough.

When we found out about the birth defect, we emailed Dan’s attorneys with the paperwork from the vet and within an hour we got a response from Warren saying that he would forgive the rest of our debt and we could keep Chewy as long as we signed a gag order. We refused because he had already hurt so many families and we didn’t feel right doing it. Since we declined, he sued us in Virginia, along with several other families who owed him money for untrained dogs. Just a day before we were to go to trial, Dan dismissed most of the cases and that was the last we had heard from him.

Since Chewy was never trained properly, we paid to have her trained by another D.A.D. company, Heads Up Hounds. They were able to train Chewy as a true diabetic alert dog, and since she has been trained with them, she hasn’t missed one low blood sugar.
Now, nearly eight months later, he filed a motion to get the dog away from us because he “feared for the safety of the dog.” The sheriff came to our house and took Chewy away without any notice. Our hearts were broken. She was a part of our family and she has been with us for nearly two years.

She has been a constant companion for Evan and we are lost without her. A part of our family was taken away by an evil man, and we need her back before he can hurt her. Yes, Mr. Warren, sue us for the money we still “owe” you. Take us to court to try and get every single last penny you think you deserve, but don’t take our sons best friend away from him. Don’t take the one thing that has given us comfort the past two years since Evan’s diagnosis. What you did is wrong and we will get Chewy back. "
 
 
They have a gofundme page lets show this family support even its $1 it all adds up!!!
 
 
Here is the link to a Facebook page to follow this story and help share. https://www.facebook.com/bringchewyhome/photos_stream#!/bringchewyhome
 
 you can also take a picture of your pet with the hashtag #Bringchewyhome  and post it to the page.. Show your support to this family that can use it right now.
Sniper supporting #Bringchewyhome
 

 

 



Thursday, May 22, 2014

SDWR - I hate you


During my time involved with SDWR I met some amazing families. I have been blessed to have been able to hold onto some of those relationships in spite of how I feel about the org and how our journey went so wrong.

I also know what it feels like to be dropped like it hot because I don't share the same feelings about the org. What I thought to be friends.. ok not just friends but good friends.. have turned their back completely. These are people in the DOC these are other d moms who I thought would never let a service dog organization come between a bond much greater..

Wait. Time to come clean myself... In the beginning of my journey I did that to..  I turned my back to people that I thought were just trying to cause trouble. Why? Because I hoped for so much.. I hoped the trainers would work with us to get our dog to alert. I hoped I would have what we set out to achieve, a Diabetic Alert Dog.  I hoped Dan Warren was telling me the truth. I believed him when he said they were lying. I believed so many lies... 

I know what it feels like to be afraid... to be scared to speak up.. I cant tell you how many late night conversations I had with families currently still involved and claiming of working dogs.. about how our dogs do not alert and asking ourselves what the hell did we get our families into.

I know what it feels like to be on both sides of this organization. I also know what it feels like to say I am sorry to families I have turned my back on. I was wrong and hope for forgiveness. 

But what I cant understand is how so many families are still standing by, praising his glories.  Why continue the charade. 

There has to be a point when you say enough is enough already, and start doing what is right. Get your head out of the sand and speak the truth. 


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an update on the legal stuff

There are currently still over 20 complaints against SDWR filed at the Virginia Attorney Generals office. http://www.ag.virginia.gov/ComplaintTopicSelector/Search/Details/55414

There are active lawsuits http://www.scribd.com/stopthescammers/collections 

There are other state and federal agencies doing investigating as well.
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When will it end... when will this be over and families stop getting scammed?

despite all the negative we still have a pretty cool dog who loves to play soccer ♥

Sunday, May 18, 2014

D Blog Week Day 7!!!

Click for the My Favorite Things - Sunday 5/18 Link List.
As we wrap up another Diabetes Blog Week, let’s share a few of our favorite things from the week. This can be anything from a #DBlogWeek post you loved, a fantastic new-to-you blog you found, a picture someone included in a post that spoke to you, or comment left on your blog that made you smile. Anything you liked is worth sharing!




Thank you Karen @  http://www.bittersweetdiabetes.com thank you for letting me be apart of such an awesome week!!!!!! 

So day 1 was about issues that really fire us up. I loved this post http://thelifeofadiabetic.com/changing-the-diabetes-world-dblog-week/   


Day 2 read this one if you didn't yet. http://justicesmisbehavingpancreas.blogspot.com/2014/05/day-2-d-blog-week-poetry.html?m=0


Day 3 here's a good read http://blooddropsbrailledots.blogspot.ca/2014/05/on-blogging-and-emotions.html


Day 4-http://vickisnotebook.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/diabetes-blog-week-day-4-mantras-and.html


Day5-http://chasinglows.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/dblogweek-5-diabetes-life-hacks/


Day6-http://www.textingmypancreas.com/2014/05/dblogweek-saturday-snapshots.html?spref=tw


I am so proud lol I did it :) I did d blog week! 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

D Blog Week - Day 6

Back for another year, let’s show everyone what life with diabetes looks like!  With a nod to the Diabetes 365 project, let’s grab our cameras again and share some more d-related pictures.  Post as many or as few as you’d like.  Feel free to blog your thoughts on or explanations of your pictures, or leave out the written words and let the pictures speak for themselves. 

I really wanted to complete the week. So going to post some pics I have from my phone. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

D Blog Week - Day 5!!

Click for the Diabetes Life Hacks - Friday 5/16 Link List.
Share the (non-medical) tips and tricks that help you in the day-to-day management of diabetes. Tell us everything from clothing modifications, serving size/carb counting tricks to the tried and true Dexcom-in-a-glass trick or the “secret” to turning on a Medtronic pump’s backlight when not on the home-screen (scroll to the bottom of this post). Please remember to give non-medical advice only! (Thank you Rachel of Probably Rachel and Kelley of Below Seven for this topic suggestion.)

I made through the week with I hope some good posts..

But today I don’t really have any good advice. 


We often swag carb counts when out and even sometimes at
home.





 
I did recently get introduced to an awesome app called My Fitness Pal. This is my go to app!  I have an android phone and for some reason cant find calorie king to purchase. (Idk if I am tec dumb or its not available on android lol) 




This one is short and sweet but I hope to learn some great tricks from others today!!!!