Blog #3

Today I would like to talk about my experience with service dogs. Service dogs are a wonderful addition to any family. They are very well trained and can help with many tasks including just being there for you and making friends.

A service dog’s primary use is for those that are wheelchair bound or have disabilities like Autism. They can retrieve small objects, turn on and off light switches, push and pull open doors, and alert anyone to your position if you fell down. Service dogs can also go places where normal dogs can’t. Restaurants, airports, airplanes, you name it. It’s against the law to deny a service dog entry because they’re government protected.

There are many different service dog organizations around the world. One example is Canine Companions. Canine Companions has a lot of different organizations around the US and has been in service for 44 years. They primarily raise Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and crosses between the aforementioned breeds to be service dogs. Canine Companions accepts donated puppies and train the dogs for 15-18 months until they turn 2 years of age before they’re ready to be used for classes. Once you pay for the service you are put on a waiting list. About 7 families are selected from the waiting list to come by CCI to undergo 2 weeks of training. After those two weeks they graduate and can take the dog home with them.

I myself am a CCI graduate. Overall, I’ve had two service dogs. The first one I had was named Ace. I got him in 2005. Ace was a 75% lab 25% golden mix. He was calm, friendly, and loved beaches. In 2014 he unfortunately passed away. Several months later I got a second service dog named Sydney, or Syd for short. Syd is a 65% lab 35% golden mix. She’s far smaller than Ace and much more energetic and excitable. She’s unique in that when she has something in her mouth she makes a noise that sounds a bit like a combination of growling and whining called a chortle. It’s really cute, but at times it can be really noisy; which isn’t good when everyone’s trying to sleep. Syd also loves to swim and she gets along incredibly well with other dogs. Syd is a sort of pacifist dog. If another dog shows aggression she just backs away as if to say “Okay, okay. I give up. You win.”.

In conclusion, service dogs are an excellent addition to one’s family. They’re friendly, fun to hang out with, and very well-trained. The effort to get one is worth it, because they will be your lifelong friend and will aid you when you’re sad. They can go with you anywhere so they will be with you always. I hope you will consider getting your disabled family member a service dog to help them out with any sort of lonliness they might have. Thank you for reading and I hope you come and visit Syd and I at Danny’s Farm!

Blog #2

Hello everyone. My name is Danny Gott. At the time this blog was written I am 25 years old. I work as the marketing director and namesake of Danny’s Farm.

We have lots of animals at the farm. Today, I would like to talk about chickens. Chickens are flightless birds that come in many different breeds. Male chickens are called roosters and female chickens are called hens. Roosters are thinner, have larger crests, are usually taller, have deeper pitched clucks, can crow, and have longer neck feathers. While hens are bulkier, are usually shorter, have smaller head crests, have higher pitched clucks, can’t crow, and have shorter neck feathers.

Roosters are usually very protective of the hens, and when they hear them clucking excessively they very commonly run to their aid. Especially so if it’s their sibling or mate. Another reason you’ll hear excessive clucking is if a hen lays an egg. Several of the hens in the area cluck like they’re celebrating a party and occasionally the roosters join in.

Hens are the ones who look after the babies quite often. They sit on their eggs diligently and are very protective of them. If anyone comes near them, usually another hen, they peck them as if to say “This is my nest! Go find your own!” after which the hen will either fight back or go find another nest. The term “mother hen” applies to hens very much as they are VERY protective of their babies and will attack any intruders who would come near their babies. They will also gently sit on their babies to keep them warm just like they did when they were in their eggs. In addition, they will teach their babies how to eat and dig for food.

Chickens come in many different breeds and some have interesting features on their body. A breed of chicken called the Araucana lays blue and green eggs and they have feathers on the sides of their face that makes it look like they have a beard or a stache. There’s also the Polish chicken who has feathers on their head that make them look like Elvis Presley. They’re also very thin and can run rather fast. Another interesting breed is the Silky. They have VERY soft feathers and commonly come in white, black, or gray. They’re called the Silky cause their feathers feel like silk. Lastly, there’s the Barred Rock, which has a feather pattern on them that looks like rocks on a beach. There are many more breeds of chickens out there and I love them all!

I feel that all animals deserve kindness and love from their owners. Just like people. I would love to live in a world where everyone and everything was treated as an equal instead of certain people being treated lower than others.

In conclusion, chickens are interesting birds and should not be seen as just food. Some people even keep chickens for egg production and to prevent the flies from swarming. Chickens should be socialized and loved, so they won’t consider you scary and run.

Blog #1

Hello everyone. My name is Danny Gott. At the time this blog was written I am 25 years old. I am the namesake and Marketing Director of Danny’s Farm. Danny’s Farm is a nurturing environment for kids with special needs and young adults with special needs.

Whenever mom and I went to the LA or Orange County Fair, the very first place I wanted to go to was the Petting Zoo. My mom thought “Why don’t we make some place my son can go to anytime he wants?”, and that’s how the idea of Danny’s Farm got started. Danny’s Farm officially opened on October 19th 2007 in Altadena. It was going great until after two years we needed a better location. To our astonishment, Alec Baldwin called us and offered to sponsor a fundraiser. He also gave us a truck and trailer to help us get back on our feet. In addition, Cal Poly Pomona called us and offered us a place in their Agriculture Department. Because of that, Danny’s Farm was back in business. Four years after our move to Cal Poly Pomona, we moved to a place called Special Spirit. Which is not only closer to where I live, but Autism friendly. Every employee at Special Spirit has experience with those with Autism, so it was a match made in heaven. We couldn’t be happier with the results!

I love the new Danny’s Farm because everyone listens to any ideas and thinks them over instead of shooting them down just because I have Autism. I’m really enjoying my new position as Marketing Director because it helps me get out in the community more and socialize with others. I love this job because I get to meet new people and even advocate about Autism!

Everyone should have a chance to be noticed instead of being pushed aside. That’s what Danny’s Farm is about. I want everyone with Autism to be treated like people. I myself have Autism, and though I am capable of certain things; even I need help a majority of the time. Driving, laundry, cleaning my room, among other things. At the farm I also need help with certain things. Everyone in this world needs help. Autism or otherwise. That is what I believe!

In conclusion, Danny’s Farm was created to help those with special needs and give them a wonderful experience that they’d want to keep coming back to. I hope you will consider helping out those on the spectrum as many people don’t understand Autism.

Thank you for your time, and I hope to see you all soon.