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First Visit to Canada-1

[Pic]Nicky and so many toys and treats

Woof! These are all mine!
Nicky got so many doggy stuff at IAADP conference.

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Every year we go to states, but this year to Canada! This is our first visit.

We are coming...

[pic]view from planes window.
Canadian mountains covered by snow.
[Pic]Nicky downs by my foot
Well mannered dog in air cabin.

Nicky had been used to be in air cabin. He knows what to do... Just sleep for hours!
For passengers with disabilities, most air lines(but no Japanese air companies...) reserve seats near the screen.(I only know about economy class<g>)
Those seats usualy have more leg-room, and assistance dogs can stay confortbly.
Some air companies also keep the next seat empty, if the passenger is with an assistance dog.
This is for people with allergy or who don't like dogs, but also nice for us. The dog can stretch well.

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[pic]Woring beagle at the airport
Welcome to Canada, then I sniff you! --She is a custom dog.

The US is covered by ADA, and we have legal right to bring our assistance dogs into public, but there is no law like that in Canada.
Even Air Canada allowed Nicky into cabin, (I only had to tell that he is a well trained service dog, and his size and weight.) I was worrying about access in Canada.

But...
[Pic]Nicky watching sea
We first went market by the ferry port, and saw
so many DOGS!
[pic]a big and beautiful mixed breed with his owner
Here...
[pic]Irish wolf hound and labrador, with a family
There...
[pic]Rottie waiting his owner
Everywhere...?
[pic]GSD and owner on a pier
Over there.

Some dogs were waiting their owners at the door of restaurants, without leash.
Dogs were accepted to be there. People were used to be with dogs. Then no one found us "A rare team of special dog and person"
Even there is no law, They allowed me to bring Nicky, just by saying "He is well trained and under my control" and "He is a dog who works as my limbs"

All dogs were relaxed and well socialized. No trouble with children or with each other.
They were under owners control with or without leash. Some dogs were not "well trained", but "well behaived".

I guess there are also dogs who are not well mannered, shy or aggressive dogs.
But their owners don't bring those dogs into public.

The public is accessible for dogs, but their owners have to be serious and responsible.
Well, I never say no-leash is OK, but hope Japan will be like this some day.

When buying lunch, I found a sign,
WARNING: Protect your food from SEAGULLS

[pic]Warning massage with seagull's pic
Seagulls???
[pic]Seagulls flying to our lunch!!!
Here they flying gangs come!!!

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I took too many pictures the first day, then not enough pictures of the main event...
We attended Assistance Dogs International and International Association of Assistance Dog Partners' annual conference.

[pic]one of workshops
Many workshops, discussions around assisntance dogs and people.
For we dog partners, it's a very good chance to get latest info and knowledge.

[pic]sleeping golden retriever in harness.
All dogs were well behaived and relaxed.
This is a young canadian service dog.
[pic]a dog in cape and big water bowl
Fresh water was always served for dogs.
This dog in orenge cape is a hearing dog.
[pic]dogs and people
At break.
Dogs were quiet, but people were not.
[pic] a yorkie in coat on the person's walker
This is a beautiful social dog.
[pic] a mid. sized mix breed by a wheelchair
A young, friendly service dog.
Just like Nicky was!

To be continued...

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