Dogs are on the Clock in Orcutt
: Chanda Hagen and Kestrel, Auggie at library, Jacquelyn Huebner and Aspen
From alerting their owners about blood sugar levels to sniffing out guns and pests, Orcutt area dogs are on the clock.
Orcutt resident Chanda Hagen, says that her 6-
Hagen explained that getting around in a wheelchair can be quite dangerous. She’s had close calls with cars and once face-
Jessica Kromer, son Kovey Allen, has diabetes. Kromer trained her dalmatian, Arson, to bark and poke with his nose to alert Kovey that his blood sugar is reaching danger levels. The most important on-
Jacquelyn Huebner from Orcutt, says she was able to attend CalPoly with the help of her dog, Aspen. Aspen alerts Huebner to rising anxiety levels. Symptoms like jumpy legs, finger flicking, and fast breathing/heart rate, will cause Aspen to nudge Huebner's knee, stare at her intently and even jump in her lap. Jacquelyn has delt with her anxiety since junior high. The idea of moving 45 minutes away for college “was terrifying,” says Huebner, but getting Aspen, “opened up my life.”
Huebner described a day at Disneyland when Aspen accompanied her on rides and “worked hard all day long creating space." Aspen creates space by sitting behind Jacquelyn in lines and circling her in crowds. Aspen also picks up items Huebner might drop during an anxiety attack.
Local students will get to see Huebner and Aspen this summer at Camp Hope, where she attended as a student, and this year will be teaching about service dogs. Camp Hope teaches kids about animal responsibility.
Other Orcutt working dogs are Auggie, owned by Susan Sauvain. Auggie listens to children read at libraries and “lifts spirits” at schools and senior homes, explains Sauvain.
Santa Barbara North County Sheriff’s Department has Thor, a highly trained German Shepherd. He can track people, bombs, firearms, and drugs. Dumas is a Labrador trained by the United States Department of Agricultural who works at post offices, FedEx, UPS, and On Track to sniff out agricultural pests and insects. He jumps on infected boxes on conveyor belts with a high degree of accuracy. Dumas has volunteered to demonstrate his abilities at Camp Hope this summer as well.
Katy Jacobson reporting
Neo, 3, is friendly to humans of any size and other dogs. (No idea about cats.) He’s happy, affectionate, gorgeous and been at the Foster shelter, sadly, since November! To meet this happy guy and set him free, call (805) 934-