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Out Making Friends
Circus Stars Give A.C.T.S a Big Surprise
On Friday August 16 we were presented with a check for $17,000 from The Circus Stars Grand Chapter of new Hampshire Order of the Easter Star. This amazing group sponsored Darby and has continued to support our work through the last two years. Thank you for your amazing donation!
Dusty and Sally
In the fall of 2017 Sally took a chance and showed up at an open house for people interested in volunteering for A.C.T.S.. She had no idea at that point in time that she would soon be matched with an adorable chocolate labrador puppy named Dusty.
The Open House was held during one of A.C.T.S. normal Thursday morning practice sessions so there were lots of puppies present and plenty of people and dogs to meet. Sally spent her time at this event chatting with the other volunteers and learning about what was involved in becoming a puppy raiser. She was able to work with one of the dogs and enjoyed some time petting the puppies and getting to know everyone.
She decided to join the team and before she knew it, she was fostering Dusty, a spunky little chocolate labrador puppy donated by Coldsprings Labradors in New Ipswich NH.
Sally took on the project of training Dusty with all the heart that anyone could hope for. Training service and facility puppies involves all the normal pitfalls of puppy training, including dealing with potty training, and keeping your house and valuables safe from amazingly destructive puppy teeth. Training A.C.T.S. puppies, also involves a lot of socialization and foundation training for future skills and tasks.
Sally took Dusty everywhere. Socialization is an important part of the A.C.T.S. training process. Dusty went grocery shopping, to restaurants, to shopping malls, and to stores. As Dusty matured Sally took her to experience more difficult things such as big events, parades, and even to the city.
Sally attended practice sessions weekly to help her learn how to work with Dusty and as time passed the team continued to progress. Sally progressed in her skills as a dog trainer and Dusty progressed in her ability to perform well in public and to do different tasks and skills.
Sally and Dusty enjoyed a journey that lasted for about a year and four months when Sally received a phone call on a cold winter day in 2019. That call came from the Head Trainer at A.C.T.S. It was time for Dusty to leave Sally and move forward with her training. Dusty was going to go with Shelby, another volunteer trainer. She would now have different experiences and be able to take advantage of a new set of training skills.
This is a bitter sweet day for any puppy raiser. Sally had worked so hard with Dusty and spent so many hours training that she and Dusty were joined at the hip. Saying good bye was going to be hard. At the same time, she knew Dusty had to move forward and go on to do greater things. This had been what the journey was all about. Of course, knowing that doesn’t make it easier, it just makes you know that eventually you will feel good about it.
On the day that Dusty departed, Sally writes, “I am so proud of Dusty. I have been raising and training Dusty for about a year and a half, and today she left for college (UVM) to continue the great work of the A.C.T.S. Organization. She’ll eventually get placed with someone with mobility challenges, and she will change that person’s life, like she did mine! Dusty brought such great joy and beautiful energy into my home, to me and Gertie, and to all who met her. My heart is full and a little heavy, but I am blessed to have had her with me. Knock’em dead little girl."
Dusty continues her training with Shelby. She lived with Shelby at the University of Vermont and attended classes with Shelby there. She had lots of different training opportunities with Shelby and after the college let out for the summer they returned home. Dusty has now been matched and the final phase of her training has begun. Dusty will provide continued independence for her new partner who currently has a service dog that is ready to retire. We are so proud of Dusty, Shelby, and Sally, and we know that Dusty will “knock’em dead” and Team Dusty will have affected lives and made a difference.
Dine to Donate
at Flatbread Company
Tuesday September 24, 2019
Flatbread Company North Conway
5pm to Closing
We will be at Flatbread with all the dogs and a great raffle to welcome anyone who may stop by for dine-in or take-out. A portion of the evenings profits will be donated to A.C.T.S.
Here's What's New
Three New Puppies
Thank you to Coldsprings Labradors, Hydeaway Golden Acres, and Birdwing Golden Retrievers
Available for Purchase
If you are interested in any of our A.C.T.S. logo products please drop us an email or give us a call
Plush Puppies - $20
available in black or yellow with either
red service dog vest
purple therapy dog vest
blue service dog vest
A.C.T.S. Logo Glass - $6
A.C.T.S. Logo Mug - $8