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The Dogs in Vests team gathered up the service animals and visited the University Park Fire Department today!


Miriam, as well as Karis, our child author, took turns sharing their stories. They explained what types of services the dogs provide and how the could help firemen as well!


Our outing was a huge success primarily because we could tell that everyone enjoyed learning about the various uses of service dogs. Additionally, we got to show them what a trained service dog looks like and how it should behave.


Stellas sister, Mazie, (Karis’ service dog) is about to get her IAADP international service dog certification. That being said, we covered all bases to ensure she would preform at her most professional. Most importantly, we wanted to make sure she would not be frightened in an emergency if a fireman with full gear and an oxygen tank came to rescue her. Although there have been ambulances in the past, there have been none while she was working.


This was an incredible training experience for all of the service animals and human friends involved. We noticed the dogs were alarmed and gave out a single bark and backed up as the fireman approached.  We had the fireman hand the dogs high value treats and pet them to help them learn to associate them with a positive experience. Along with our calming and reassuring voices they warmed up quickly inspire of the chirping and funny sounds that come with the oxygen tanks running. 


  We love getting to bring our audiences along for our journey of training and socialization.



Please feel free to comment with any questions you have about our outings, techniques, training experience, and ideas for the future! Most importantly, check out our book on Amazon and grab a copy. All proceeds go to the life of Mazie and and dedicated work to the Ladewig family!

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Dogs In Vests Visit Local Stores. 



Once nervous about opening up and asking people to use their stores and businesses to spread the news about Dogs in Vests, I found the confidence to talk to them. I am so glad I did. As it turns out more times than not, these companies would love to help and actually take pride in giving the young girls who are impacted by these loving dogs a chance to have their voices heard. If you are not familiar, Dogs in Vests is a mission we started to help families in need of a service dogs. The subsequent book we wrote is to help others in need learn what is involved in training a service dog. 


Logos book store, in Snider Plaza welcomed us on May 31st and we are able to meet and greet locals and share our story.   Regular customers, friends, and family came to the bookstore to see the pups and get signed copies of the book (signed by the girls and the dogs). On June 8th, the Lucky Dog Barkery welcomed our whole gang. Many others with service dogs in training came by and see the dogs, grab a book and chat with the families who owned service dogs or who were in the process of  training their own dogs. Members of the community we knew and others who we got to meet came out to show their love for this cause. All the positive feedback we have received pushed us to have another event this time just outside the bubble. Mutts Canine Cantina is hosting us on June 24th and we could not be more thrilled to have everyone come hear the stories and the impact these beautiful service dogs have had. Live music and snacks will all be there and the dogs (Stella, Maize, and Malachi) get ecstatic to meet new friends!  



 Karis helps Phoebe change her feeding tube,( at Lucky Dog,) an everyday reality that these girls face. We are so glad to have provided them with a service dog who gives not only emotional support, but a very real alert if either girl has a dangerous change in body chemistry. 








Stella is tired after meeting all the dogs and humans that came through at Lucky Dog Barkery

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Mazie's first hospital visit with Pheobe on Christmas Eve.

Our story involves service dogs, families bonded over health issues with one father currently serving in the Army away from home for 12 months, a retired professional football player, his wife, and local high school volunteers coming together to help train a service dog for a near by family.  


My family, with the help of professional trainers and volunteers, have gone above and beyond diet to train our service dog Stella to detect 13 multiple grains and starches not allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate diet for IBD.  This in turn led to the training of a second dog, Mazie, who not only provides emotional support for two young girls but also detects changes in life-threatening body chemistry for these young ladies.


Our community written book Dogs in Vests, chronicles our personal journey of raising and training Stella and introduces the reader to the wonderful Ladewig family whom Mazie serves.  I have co-authored this book with Victor Fadool who brings his insight into the world of emotional support animals and a group of young authors anxious to tell their story of life with a service dog.  You’re sure to particularly enjoy Mazie’s perspective!


This new and exciting emerging service animal training represents a niche area of health and wellness and you can learn more at