|My husband bought "Pancho", Afterhours Paso Doble for me in November of 2010. I was searching for a suitable Service Dog candidate when I happened upon Pancho's picture on the Internet. After several conversations and some serious vetting on Carole Stanley's part, I was approved as Pancho's new owner. My husband and I drove from Iowa to Michigan to pick up our new dog. He was beautiful and more importantly, very intelligent. Just what I was looking for. Pancho was just a year old, but already was serious about his work. He learned right away to wake me in the morning, right on schedule. He never once messed in the house and was never destructive. Always my constant shadow and always wanting to please. In addition to my disability, I had also recently lost my eldest son to a tragic car accident. My husband and I hoped Pancho would help to get me going again.
February 2011 marked the first anniversary of my son's death. There happened to be a local dog show that same weekend. I entered Pancho on a whim, because we needed the distraction and honestly we thought the dog was just drop dead gorgeous. I had bathed and brushed Pancho before the show and we agreed he looked fabulous. So, my husband and I packed the dog up that weekend and ventured to our first show. When we entered the show site we were both dumbstruck by hurried bustling, the noise of dryers, the amount of chalk that filled the air in the arena. We were in absolute awe and a little intimidated! Still, I knew my dog was fabulous and I was there for other reasons. I didn't know about "chalking" or anything to do with showing and of course we didn't place that day. I spoke to Carole that night--she had already heard about my day through the grapevine, word does travel fast! Don drove me to the local Walgreens to pick up what we could find and mimic the other groomers we had watched that day. Carole coached me and encouraged me patiently over the phone that night and the next day we placed. Pancho has been winning ever since! Pancho, before he turned two, had achieved his Champion Title, Grand Champion Title, his Herding Instinct Title, his Canine Good Citizen Title and his Service Dog Certification. We are working on our Therapy Dog Title and Obedience titles now.
Pancho has been my lifesaver, literally. He gets me out of bed everyday, helps me with daily chores and makes me smile when my world is otherwise dark and gray. His breeder, Carole Stanley has been nothing but encouraging and patient with our endless questions and stories. Not only have we gained a wonderful dog, but more importantly, Carole has become a very dear friend.
Don and Amy Buboltz