About Luka

About Luka & Service/Assistance Dogs

Updated July 2014

Luka passed away this year.  He was a hero dog!  He was treasured, he is missed.  <3

Here you can find information about Luka, about Service Dogs and a little more about me.  =D  Welcome!

What is a Service/Assistance Dog?

Assistance Dogs International

What are the laws regarding Service/Assistance Dogs?

United States of America Law 2011

Nebraska Law 2011

Tax and Licensing Law Nebraska

Other Information Resources:

Brilliant Mind Broken Body : He’s not here for you.

National Assistance Dog Week: Facebook Page

About Luka

Luka is a Doberman Pinscher

He is a Blue Doberman

We think he is around 13 years old this year 2013

He wears Muttluks on his feet you can find a pair at some pet supply stores order them direct from the manufacturer.

Why does he wear his Muttluks?   He has allergies to pretty much everything on this planet.  So his Muttluks protect his feet from all of those things.

He also is allergic to most foods..  He eats a special diet and now is much healthier for it.  Similar to me.  =)

Luka wears a Prong style collar.  No this is not to hurt him.  The ends are not pointy.  They are dull, this collar he loves to wear, and as he is a Brute it also helps him not completely drag me down the street.  Although he still kind of does.  ha!  Read this link it will share more about them.

Although now that he has gotten older, he is normally just wearing his collar, and a harness if we do go for a walk.  =D

Luka is now retired completely, he has been retired since 2011

Luka has been diagnosed with  Lupus.  Which is why he has had all of the food and feet problems.  Currently he is missing a good share of his toe nails.   We are hoping that they grow back.

He has slowed down quite a lot, he takes Niacinimide and Vitamin E as well as takes pain medicines occasionally, probiotics, and antibiotics occasionally.  He is still on his fowl free and grain free diet.  He mostly eats a salmon and sweet potato food called Taste of the Wild.  He also eats Liver for treats.  He has had problems also with his liver so giving him treats of liver really works to his benefit!

Occasionally Luka stumbles these days, and his tummy gets full of gas.  Poor thing, I can identify with much of what he is going through as I have had many of these things happen also.  Many times we just snuggle if I feel bad he is there for me and if he feels bad I am there for him.  I think he knows I understand.  When we both feel under the weather Jason picks up the pieces.  And Hazel who has been here about 2 years now our Great Dane, totally knows what is going on and stays out of the way.

 

How Luka came to be with me.

He was trained by a really great gal, after she found him at a shelter, I am now friends with her!!   He was about six months old or so.  Skinny and beaten up.  Still has a scar on his head from being bitten.  She was originally training him to be her service dog.

During his training he was taught and encouraged to tell her before she’d have a seizure.  She trained him to help with mobility as well.  That means that he was able to help her get around, but allowing her to use him to help her up and get around.

As Luka finished her training, she found him to be a bit much for her to handle.  To put it nicely he’s a brute and needed a strong handler.

Following the completion of his training he was then partnered with a man who had seizures.  He was with him for some time.  This man became to ill and moved into a complete care facility.  His family and I connected through a dog rescue group, where I was allowed to become his new family.

We ended up becoming the perfect match.  He was able to sense my massive migraines, and enable me to take my medication so it could be more effective.  Previous to partnering with him I was not able to tell when I was getting them and I would be in trouble for days and weeks once my migraine cycles would start.  I was constantly in the ER.

After he began “Alerting” to me.  My narcotic medication was reduced substantially, my trips to the ER became infrequent, and I was able to start having more good days!

Luka would help me on the stairs, he help me get myself off of the floor, he walk by my side and I would use him to balance.  I am easily distracted and have bad balance now, so he would give me stability.

Luka has retired.  We knew the day was coming, and we had slowed our activities down.  He has been completely retired since 2012 and began to retire in 2011, most service dogs have retired much earlier in their lives but since we had changed in diet he really became a new dog which we feel bought him extra time to be out and about.  I have however located the place that I am planning to get my next partner from I have been applying to service dog training organizations since 2009.  Now in 2013 I finally am at the top of the list.  I actually had given up on ever getting another service dog.  With so many applications and research into training places, false promises and money sent in to see if I would be accepted, my thoughts on these places had become very jaded.

Luka was trained by Domesti-Pups, and that is who is training my new partner right now as I write this!

My friends have really started stepping up to help me organize fundraising events and gather ideas about how to cover my costs for my new partner.  I currently have a page at www.YouCaring.com/tonjaservicedog/  that is accepting donations.  We are putting together some events right now and some other giving opportunities also.  So check back!  My goal is $6000 by September 1, 2013!

Thanks for stopping by!
Luka and Tonja

 

More often than not you have found my page after having met me or having been referred by one of my friends.

When I was distracting or getting exhausted I and handed you my card or asking you to “Google” PinkDoberman is the easiest way to find the answers to your questions..

I do not mean this negatively..   I just become EXHAUSTED way to fast.  I don’t get out often to run errands and being in public is like being on display.  I am happy, thrilled in fact to educate others about Service/Assistance Dogs.  If you’ve ever caught me when I did have the time/energy I will happily talk to you for as long as possible.

Please continue reading we are glad you’ve found us!

 

 

 

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