We recently discovered a service vest that's unlike any others I've seen. And it's particularly well suited for families who train their own service dog. This is EzyDog's Convert Harness. You can find them at EzyDog.com.
The really cool thing about EzyDog's Convert Harness is that you can get it with custom removable side badges. See that side badge on the harness that says "EZYDOG"? It's attached with Velcro.
Don't get confused between what's a harness and what's a vest. More often than not the two terms are interchangeable in the service dog world although harnesses are usually made of higher quality materials, they give you better control over your dog, and offer additional functionality as well. Naturally, a good harness is usually more expensive than a vest.
The first week and a half of school for Sir Dantes was a delight for him and frustrating for me. There was basic confusion, lost nap mats, lost snack containers, lack of communication, and so forth. After a long letter to his aide and teacher I am glad to report that we seem to be on track with me having a better idea of what is going on day to day. But, what really helped me to have a better understanding? A lengthy conversation with his Occupational Therapist.
My son has to know where we are at all times. That includes the pets. We don't own a 5,000 square foot mansion so when we leave the room we're not that far away. But when one of us steps into another room Braden immediately gets up and starts asking where we went.
The other night Braden (Brad-inn) was eating dinner when Mom decided to go to the bathroom. As soon as he noticed, Braden started asking me, "Where's Mama go?" even though he knew where she went.
This wouldn't be such a big deal but for the fact he gets fixated on it. That drives us nuts! He'll keep asking until we answer the question that he already knows the answer to. And sometimes he'll keep asking anyways.
As a parent we look forward to the first day of school. By the time our babies reach that magical age of five, we are ready whether we want to admit it or not. It is a moment of happiness and dispare. It is a milestone that we look forward to and that makes us a little sad inside. Our babies are growing up and it can be a welcomed but apprehensive time in a parent's life.
And that is just for parent's of "typical" children. We parents of special needs children fear the first day of school a bit more, and may look forward to it a little more. Let me explain.