Meet Luigi!

Hi there!

My name is Luigi and I am an Assistance Dog !

Luigi

Photo taken by Clare van der Wolde Photography


A little about me….

Q: What breed of dog are you?

A: I am a pure-breed Italian Greyhound. I belong in the sighthound group but no, I am not a “minature greyhound”. Yes, I am fully grown! I am not used to race either but I can run at speeds up to 40km per hour!

Q : You look like a Greyhound? Are you related? What is the origin of your breed?

A : I have a whole page of breed information for you to read up about!

To give you an idea of my size – This is a photo of a Greyhound, a Whippet and an Italian Greyhound side by side. All dogs are fully matured adults.

Q : Because you are pure-breed are you also a show dog?

A : No, but I do come from a long line of prestigious show dogs. My grandparents are international champions! I was going to also be shown but part of the requirements of becoming an Assistance Dog meant that I had to be desexed. Unfortunately show dogs must not be desexed. Being an Assistance Dog was much more important to mum and I that we decided to give up on a show career.

Q: How old are you?

A: I was born 26th April 2007

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Q: How much do you weigh?

A: About 5.5 kg of pure might and power!!

Q: You’re so little, what services do you perform?

A: I am small, but that doesn’t stop me doing a great job! I am a Medical Alert and Response dog so my job is to warn my handler before she gets sick and respond to help her during medical crisis. I know lots of people are curious to know more, but we don’t tell strangers. My handler likes to keep her medical conditions private, I’m sure you understand!

Q: Where can I find out more about you?

A: Follow me on Facebook!

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Q: You’re so little, and that back pack looks BIG?

A: My backpack is bulky, however I don’t actually carry that much in it. I carry my ID card and mum’s medication. It doesn’t weigh much, just looks big.

Q: How long have you officially been an Assistance Dog?

A: I have been training to help since I was just a puppy – I started my training when I was 8 weeks old!  I officially became an Assistance Dog on 20th June 2008.

Q: Who trained you?

A: I am really lucky, my mum has 15 years of experiance in showing, breeding, handling and training dogs so she worked with me in all my training. If you would like to know more have a look at my training page!

Q: Do you ever get to be “just a dog” ?

A: Yes! When my vest comes off I act like a normal dog. When I come home I love to blow of some sillies by doing Zommies! My favourite game is Tug-O-War.

Play tug with my toy.... please!

This website is all about me, and my adventures.

Feel free to look around and I hope you enjoy!

Rhino Rollover


Responses

  1. Looks great, Luigi!
    I am so amazed at what you do for you Mom!
    For a little guy, you are a GREYT dog!

  2. Way to go Luigi! Keep up the good work!

  3. Umm, what’s a Zommie? It sounds like fun…

    I think I know what the ‘mutt’ part of my labramutt is – whippet. Paint the dog a lovely chocolate color and that’s my girl!

    The website is looking good so far!

    • A Zoomie is… Zoom-ing around the house at top speed barking at each other, jumping on/over the furniture and being generally silly!

  4. Awesome site you’ve got going here! Love the Dept of Education photo :)

  5. Love your Website and glad to know you are safe! We (Dolce, Elvis, Finnegan and Mommy, aka Drea) have been thinking about you a lot after hearing about the fires.

  6. Man, his ears, they’re just too much!

  7. What a great idea! and quite a nice job on the website! congradulations–

  8. Hey Luigi! I found you off of another email chat your mom does! Just wanted to drop a note and say how cute you are! I have also had a medical doggie in the past, they are the best!

    Also we share the same birthday! How cute is that! Since your mom is so cool I got a feeling your going to have a really cool birthday. Post some pics so we can share too!

    • Thanks Harmony! Mum will post pics, she said she is even going to take some video footage. It should be great! My actual birthday is 2mro, but as some of my friends are show dogs mum had to schedule the party on a weekend when they were not busy!

  9. Luigi is great! I didn’t know little guys like him were capable of knowing and doing so much! I learned something new from your site! Amazing!!

  10. Luigi, you are beautiful. Everyone in our office loves you. Keep up the good work.

  11. Outstanding Article , I considered it great

    I look ahead to more similar postings like this one. Does This Site have a RSS I can subscribe to for updates?

    • Yes, we do have RSS feed, look at the tool bar on the right :)

  12. Hi, nice to meet you! We love love love Italian Greyhounds! Luigi is so handsome! :)

  13. i have an italian greyhound that looks just like you but shes grey and white. she is going to be 8 in march and she is crazy! lol she loves to zoomie!! i think thats all she does and shes called down alot since she was a puppy. o wow i want another one so bad. mine is pure breed and her name is maddie.

  14. Lovely to meet you Luigi,
    My mom is doing her thesis on psychiatric service benefits and how they help..so we’ve been to a lot of places in the service dog cyberworld meeting your comrades in angelic canineness!
    Lilly & mum

  15. Luigi, What a lovely job you do! Good luck on all your adventures. My puppy is going to start training as a guide dog soon and it is so very comforting to hear about your working day. Thank you for your blog. Carey

  16. Luigi. Looks good and I was glad to read more about you. Great FAQ from you and your mum. Lots a love from Bullitt and I across the “big pond”.

  17. Hi, Luigi. I’ve read all that about you and I am impressed of what an important a great work you do! You do so much for your Mum. ;)
    I guess it is probably hard work – to train so and to be trained so.
    Moreover you are just a cute dog and you’re absolutely charming!
    Also, cool site! I like it very much)

  18. Hello! I just want to say that you are the most adorable little Italian greyhound ever! I think its so amazing and cute what you do for your mum! I have an Italian greyhound named romo and he is a nervous wreck! I have a question luigi…do you ever get scared around children? And I just want you to know you look so handsome in your outfits! Keep up the good work sweetie!

  19. I have a Boxer who is my seizure alert dog. He is now retired and passing his knowledge at the age of 11 1/2 to our new 2 year old Rottweiler. I wanted to share this with you because depending on what Luigi is assisting you with this law may effect you in the very near future. Please feel free to contact me and or pass this information around to all you know with service animals. I have been published in the local newspaper and am trying hard to have this stopped!

    Best Regards,
    Rainette
    760-780-3772

    As you may know the Department of Justice as July 29th amended the ADA law in regards to service animals. As an independent volunteer advocate for persons with service animals in California this is of concern for the patients I work with. What does your organization plan on doing in relation to this new law? I have enclosed a link with the new DOJ regulations and also enclosed the highlights within a paragraph in regards to what a service animal will now mean and highlighted in red the details as to the emotional, psychiatric and companionship definition.

    Please contact me as I have several clients who need their animals to get through each day for psychological and physical reasons. I am hopeful that we can work collectively as a community for those with special needs.

    Regards,
    Rainette Murphy Lopez
    760-780-3772 – Home
    661-670-7373 – Cell

    http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/ADAregs2010.htm

    Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.

    • Thanks for the comment Rainette, but as we are living in Australia these laws do not effect us.

  20. Luigi u r such a special lil guy an so lucky to get to take care of u mom. Best of luck in ur upcoming fight w the stupid dummy Dr who wanted u out. Xxoo

  21. Do also have guide dogs Or combo working dogs

  22. Hi Luigi, I’m Sasha and I am a service dog. Just wondering if you could give me some advice to pass onto my mum if possible. Do you go to work with your mum? Mum and her doctors think it would be a good idea for mum to take me to work with her but at the moment mum is frightened on how to bring it up with her workplace as there are lots of changes and mum just isn’t coping very well at all. I want to be there for her. Do you have any advice on how to bring it up with her work??

    • Sasha I may be able to advise your mum or point her in the right direction of where to get the answers, it all depends on where you live. We live in Australia and our laws are different to the USA laws where Im assuming you might be from???

  23. Hi Luigi thanks for replying. Nope we are in Australia too. In Canberra. Mum had a pretty tough day, she didn’t come home till 6:30pm and she left early so she is very tired so I only had a bit of a playtime with her but I”m just happy she’s home with me.

    She is looking at getting an advocate to help her with the work stuff but she finds that unfortunately people don’t understand that not all disabilities are visable and is a bit worried about how the workplace will react. I don’t know why. I”m a good dog but I”m a new service dog. But I passed the public access test with flying colours. Although we did have one incident where someone tried to throw us out of a shop as the person was scared of me. I wasn’t doing anything, Just standing next to mum. Mum explained that I was her service dog and that if they threw us out it was discrimination. They were very rude to mum though but most people have been ok although the amount of people who think I”m a guide dog just because I”m a labrador. People just come up to mum and ask her straight out if she is blind. She isn’t but sheese.

    Mum and I really enjoy reading your blog and I like watching your videos to see what things you are learning. Keep up the good work in school too. Mum and I have a comp day this Sunday but mum isn’t feeling well enough to do it this term. So we are just going to miss it. I don’t mind though, we are in Primary Companion and its fun for me.

    • Sasha we will email you to assist you further. :)

  24. Hey I met you today with my baby girl Onyx, just wanted to get into training so when you’re free give me a shout! ((:


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