Thursday, May 3, 2012

Meet Demo Dog, SSD Winter

Some of you may remember SSD Winter as the mother of the Royal litter (Caspian, Aladdin, Philip, Kiara, Snow White, Aurora, Cinderella, Kida Rose and Jasmine) and the Crayon litter (Shamrock, Denim, Slate, Lavender, Onyx, Rusty, Sienna, Jade and Copper). In fact, SSD Denim, Lavender, Shamrock and Slate will be graduating tomorrow!

Winter gave us some wonderful puppies, and now she’s a demonstration dog for SSD. Our demonstration dogs are trained in many of the service dog skills, such as how to pick things up, how to alert to sounds and how to open doors. Winter’s favorite skill is turning on light switches!

SSD Winter loves doing demonstration work. She has a sweet, loving personality and enjoys showing off for people. But she does know how to relax, too, spending a lot of her time snuggling on the couch.

Demonstration dogs are ambassadors for SSD. They visit schools, clubs, churches, and other groups to demonstrate what service dogs do and how they can assist people. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who do these demos and take care of demonstration dogs. They can tailor the demonstration to the needs of the group that requested it. If you or your group would like us to do a demonstration, please contact Vikki Lagaza at

Winter at two months old

As a puppy, Winter made friends with some otters at the zoo.

Today, SSD Winter works as a demonstration dog.

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