January 22, 2010

A Plea From Me

So, I was given bad news about the new HDP (Hearing Dog Program). They have little money to last only till April. As a non-profit organization they survive on donations only. They haven't been around for very long. It has been very difficult since the original program at the SPCA facility was suddenly shut down by the SFSPCA. It took several months before the people who worked at the former defunct program were able to establish their own non-profit independent program. They have worked very hard to make it happen.

As far as I know, the new HDP is the only program that services and focus solely on the deaf community anywhere in SF Bay Area and nearby towns. Actually, I believe (but could be wrong) that they are even the only one ( that serve the deaf) in North and Central California. I don't know anything about South California. The HDP have had deaf owners coming from places such as Reno, Las Vegas, Santa Cruz, and even Hawaii. If the program won't be able to survive, it will affect many potential deaf owners, who will be left without a hearing dog. This is just what happened when the original program was eliminated a few days short from celebrating its 30 years at the SPCA.

The newly established HDP recently had their first graduation ceremony class for the dogs that finished their training. My new dog was among them. Shelby is now officially a Hearing Dog.

See, these special dogs are life savers since they can alert the deaf person to smoke alarm and fire. They can do other things too to assist their new deaf owners. That what makes these dogs special, and that's why it's important that keep the program running.

From what I've heard there are even very few programs specifically for hearing dogs in the US. I saw a list somewhere a few years ago. Truth is, not many people are even aware that there are such dogs. I've encountered people who didn't want me to go into their stores or the mall because of their lack of awareness about these dogs. I ended up explaining to them what a hearing dog is. In one case, I had a server in a restaurant refusing to let me in with the dog. I had her boss coming by. He knew exactly what a hearing dog is and told her to let me in. I was actually surprised that he knew. He explained it all to her.

You know, I don't like to solicit. It's not my thing but this is a special cause for me. I have known the dog trainers for a long time, and very much want them to survive. They contribute to the deaf community greatly even though they don't have a lot of money and I appreciate what they do. It makes me sad to see them struggling and trying so hard to stay alive in order to help the people who need the special dogs. If it wasn't for them, I would have never met my past and present service dogs.

If you do wish to help them, just either send them a check or use Paypal. Thank you so much for reading this even if you can't help. After all, good thoughts always count too. Always!


January 21, 2010

Haiti - A Donation Stats, FBI, BBB and 2 Articles

The links are obviously not pleasant, but I'm glad to see that so many people are enthusiastic about helping Haiti. The links also include Donation stats, a list of BBB approved charities, warnings from the FBI, and 2 articles.

*US Donation Stats

Survey: Two-thirds of Americans to donate to aid Haiti


*I recommend reading the warnings and approvals from the BBB and FBI before donating



National Charity Report Index approved by BBB


* Articles

Hard Times at Home Don’t Crimp American Generosity for Haiti Ordinary Americans Donate Multiple Millions of Dollars for Relief Efforts


Haiti Earthquake May Have Killed More Americans Than 9/11, Iraq or Afghanistan


January 18, 2010

YouTube - Phenomenal Sullenberger Flight Simulation

I got this link from a retired pilot himself. It shows a 3-D animation stimulation of the "Miracle on the Hudson" flight that took place in January 13, 2009. Its a beautiful animation that was done last year. You can hear the conversation between Captain Sullenberger and the tower control. At the same time you can see the view as seen from the cockpit. It doesn't show the birds in details. You can barely see them, besides they appear as tiny dots. I didn't even notice them the first time I viewed this video. The first two links are of the same YouTube video. The only difference is their size.


Phenomenal Sullenberger Flight Simulation (full screen)

Phenomenal Sullenberger Flight Simulation (regular screen above)


Wikipedia - Captain Sullenberger

Wikipedia - US Airways Flight 1549

January 17, 2010

Experiment With Your Hands

This site is for kids. Personally, I think it's great for anyone who enjoys doing science experiments for fun, or want to learn new things. There are 16 categories for experiments. Some of them are electricity, energy, food science, forces & motion, magnetism and density.

Steve Spangler Science