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Breed: Toy Poodle
Owner: Dot Koroleff
Fully Accredited Assistance Dog
Chino is 17 months of age. He is mini/toy poodle, chocolate brown in colour. Since coming to me as an 8 week old puppy, he has been a constant companion, a quick learner and is well behaved when in public. He is especially fond of people and does not show shyness or fear. His skill as an alert dog has been exceptional on more than one occasion.
He tends to wake early, sniff and lick my hands and generally nuzzles me with his nose until I get up and test my BSL. I quite often register on the lower side of 5-7. If however he thinks I am ok he lets me sleep in longer. Recently he began to jump on me at around 2-4 am and behave as if he wanted to play.... it took a while (several nights) to figure out what was happening. . He sleeps on my bed, usually touching me with his paw or using some part of me as a pillow. He often sleeps on the floor next to my bed.
In the evening before I retire he will sit beside my medication in the kitchen and will not come to bed unless I take it.
Because of all these reason I decided after much time to join Paws for Diabetics so that he may accompany in public.
Chino Koroleff is now 22 months old, still a puppy really. It seems like a life time of interesting events, new friends, and likeable strangers since he came to me as a puppy of eight weeks old. Because of his remarkable talent he has been a companion of irreplaceable value to me. When he first came to me I sort of felt that I had bitten off more than I could chew. He was supposed to be a toy poodle but by the size of his feet I instinctively knew that was improbable. He grew in statue and dare I say it beauty as the days went by and he learned that the words “aren’t you beautiful” really meant “you really need me to worship and adore you”. And the whole town has responded in kind proving his point beyond doubt.
He is such a friendly dog that I have been hard pressed to keep his attention solely on me when we are out and about. Where ever we go he is the centre of attention but like most famous people he now tends to ignore his fame and be so well behaved that I am secretly very proud to say he is my assistance dog. He wears his Paws for Diabetics Inc coat with the certain knowledge that he is special and has a special job to do. He is still learning all the rules for assistance dogs but as he learns so quickly he does not need a voice command but follows some hand signals as well. I am teaching him the sign used by some hearing impaired people for hungry, sleep and walk with me. He is responding to the sign “sit” and “stay” most of the time. He loves riding on my mobility scooter and will climb on the running board without a second repeat of the command. He is seemingly fearless when we go up or down the ramps put out by train guards. The faster we go the better he likes it. Chino has become a seasoned train traveler and sits on a special mat beside me when we travel to the big smoke. He loves Dr. Dave, my diabetes specialist, as he can spot a poodle lover a mile away. He enjoys the hustle of the larger shopping centres and is a perfect gentleman when we shop in the village. He is well known at the chemist, bank, IGA and the newsagent. All in all he accompanies me wherever I go, the manicurist and hairdresser; the doctors and particularly likes Sunday at the pub for lunch where he knows I always buy 2 sausages for him. Usually nobody knows he is present until the manager brings the tickets for the draw. He hasn’t won yet but there will be one hellova celebration when he does.
Lately his talent for alerting has extended to strangers and he lets me know that the person is a fellow traveler by using the same alerting behavior he uses on me, licking and nudging the person on their hands and giving a sharp yipping bark if they do not respond. He has proven this to a doctor who was in the waiting room and unknown to us was quite low. He admitted he had just purchased a donut to help his BSL rise quickly. He wanted to know how I had taught him this trick. Just luck I guess. As my diabetes is better controlled these days and I am secure in the fact that I can trust his judgement, I am particularly proud of him when he alerts others. We are looking forward to mid new year when we can exchange our learners “L” plate for a “P” and end all the jokes about learner drivers. Look out for a blue scooter then.
MY NAME IS CHINO KOROLEFF AND I HAD A BIRTHDAY ON DECEMBER 28 WHICH MAKES ME IN DOG YEARS, UM AH, LETS SEE, 6 X7 = ABOUT WELL OLDER THAN DIRT I RECKON. If you think dogs can't count try putting three treats in your pocket and giving Chino only two. I ALWAYS TYPE IN CAPITOL LETTERS BECAUSE I HAVE A BIG BARK FOR A LITTLE DOG AND IT MAKES ME FEEL BIG.
I first had Chino placed in my arms when he was 8 weeks old, he was fast asleep and when he woke up the breeder was gone and he hasn't taken his eyes off me since. I knew that some dogs can sense hypoglycaemia but I bought him for his colour. How vain was that? He was so chocolate I was tempted to lick him and so cute he drew attention from everyone. But as fate would have it he started licking me!
Technology is a wonderful thing and thanks to a magazine article and Google I got in touch with Paws For Diabetics Inc. Since then at the age of 8 weeks, my buddy has never let me down. He has increased my independence, confidence and my understanding of what it is like to be free. He goes with me most places and is greeted by his first name by his friends, sometimes, before they greet me. When we go where people do not know him personally he always makes folks smile. When a little puppy he rode in a pouch around my neck when we went on the train. So riding on the train became second nature and still is. Chino seems to have such a caring nature that when he senses that other people are unwell he is so concerned that he alerts for them to me. He recently alerted to a lady on the train when she was having a hypoglycaemic event. She says thank you to him whenever she sees him and tells everyone how he saved her life.
Most of Chinos training for public access was done via email. Chino was a quick learner and got so used to riding on my mobility scooter that he thinks of it as his and just lets me use it. As he learned each skill the next skill came from Sharon via email and I owe her a great deal of gratitude in making Chino a welcome visitor wherever he goes. I have been a telephone counsellor for Lifeline for 31 years and Chino slept under the desk. AND I GET TEDDY BEAR BISQUITS FROM OTHER COUNSELLORS, RUFF RUFF. I LOVE DEM. When I am not looking that is. I recently retired and Chino misses his Lifeline family so much he still wakes early on the shift days. We are looking forward to more adventures together in the future, aren't we Chino? YEP DOT.