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Along the way, during my journey and the journeys of my fellow future cause riders we run across people and organizations that need our continued help. Doing this work has brought great joy in our lives and we look forward to the future.

So Called Service Animal Crackdown

I find it hilarious that this is still a thing, I have been warning people that there is an enormous amount of service animals on the horizon and that things need to change most importantly to make it easier for people to embrace this positivity in this dark world of Mental Health and also more protection for the patient in regards to enforcement to prevent disability discrimination.

Determining if I have a legal right to own and operate a service a animal is something that begins and ends as a conversation between patient and doctor  Theoretically, several states are cracking down on service animal laws, this just means a group of busy body individuals want to get into my business about my service animal, glad to see that Texas isn’t one of them.


Nineteen states are cracking down on laws regarding service animals after people tried to pass off their pets as service dogs.


I think there needs to be a comparison on the amount of service animal disability  discrimination cases compared to the amount of fake service animal issues.


Protect the patient, do no harm, these are what the doctors live by and they diagnose people with these illnesses, then don’t give the full protection of the law. People hate these visualization but they are my favorite because I believe in equal treatment for all, what a shock.  Anyway, when has it ever been OK to stand in front of someone with a disability, yell and accuse them of all sorts of vile behavior, just because they said they have a service animal.

I HAVE AN INVISIBLE ILLNESS,

PLEASE I INVITE YOU TO

JUDGE ME FOR IT!!!


My journey working and walking with a service animal has given me, clarity, peace of mind, focus, positivity, or the other option… become a pickled mental case with a failing liver because the doctors can’t  decided on the right psych meds.

Are Private Service Animal Training companies taking sides with statements like this from Trainers with The Dog Alliance said “legitimate service animals take hours of training to prepare to be in public.” This is slightly annoying because a thousand hours is just the start, literally that is just getting used to going in and out of stores and restaurants, libraries, offices, schools, hospitals, and malls.


I’ve heard so called legitimate trainers bash on self trained service animals so many times, even experiencing an attack at the gorgeous DeviI’s Tower by a so-called service animal trainer.  The self important statement, “I train service animals and that is definitely not one…”  I just laughed and asked him where he got his medical degree, and then it hit me, I started to feel that they (PSAT Professional Service Animal Trainer or SAT) have had a hand in the negative promotion in regards to  service animal violations and all (insert sarcastic voice) service animal issues.

Why hasn’t the VA, probable the largest clearinghouse for people with psychological disorders, gotten on board with protection for the people they have diagnosed and offered a solution other than getting twisted on psyche meds.


My service animal is the solution….


“At least 1,000 hours that we put into each dog, at least, that’s the minimum,” said Debi Krakar, the executive director. “It takes a lot of time to practice out in public, so your dog is not fazed by the environment around them.”



I have had Charli since she was 12 weeks old and thi is not my first rodeo when it comes to dealing with service animal related issues.  I have to educate store employees, management, and ownership 3-5 times with no compensation for my time, just kidding, this is such a huge part of my life I would do it for free.

Our current project is a series of movies people can use to train and familiarize people with how best to interact with people with service animals.  Your can support this project by finding us on Patreon.


  1. One thing people forget, that person that you challenge about their service animal may be in a very fragile emotional state, try to show some compassion for your fellow man.

  2. Just because you can ask the 2 questions, is it really necessary to cause a huge ruckus over a 4 minute interaction with a customer that is just trying to give you money.

  3. The problems that people have with service animals are their own problems.

  4. Service animals come in all shapes and sizes, from the tiniest Yorkie Cutie to the biggest Great Dane and everything in between. My sweet angel is a Chiweenie and she just love to run!!!! But when it’s time to work, go in a store, have a meal, visit… anywhere and you will find me and my Service Dog


In conclusion, this is not news, or nothing new but the same continuous complaint about the problems and personal misunderstanding in regards to service animal abuse. I have had to jump through so many hoops to get right here and right now understanding my mental illness.  I finally find an avenue, a viable solution that enable me to interact with the public, get out, breath fresh air, become a member of the community and not be a depressed shut in.

I WILL NOT BE DISCOURAGED

SERVICE ANIMALS FOREVER!!!!!


I found this article in my inbox and well, it’s a pleasure to alway continue to share my feeling on this continuous Service Animal Situation.

http://www.kvue.com/mobile/article/news/local/several-states-crack-down-on-service-animal-laws/488968079

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Miami Critical Mass: Friday, January 27th


Friday, January 27th
6:30pm (ride starts at 7:15pm)

Government Center
150 NW First Street
Downtown Miami

The ride will be going through East Little Havana, Grapeland Heights, Allapattah, Brownsville, Liberty City, Wynwood, Overtown, and Downtown Miami. Total distance is approximately 16 miles.  Make sure you come prepared and read The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Bicycling.

All eyes appear to be on Miami Critical Mass and it’s time for participants to prove the opposition wrong. Everyone riding is solely responsible for their actions and should lead by example. If you see someone riding or behaving irresponsibly, then let them know it’s not acceptable. If you’re partaking in the ride, then it’s your duty to positively influence others. Ride safely and be courteous to everyone in the community, if you can’t do this then quite simply you are not welcomed. There’s no room for hostile, drunk, moronic individuals. There are a lot of great people on these rides, enjoying their city by bicycle for 1-2 hours on the last Friday of every month, and it’s rather unfortunate that a few bad apples can ruin this special occurrence for everyone else. To frustrated motorists, borrow a bicycle and try joining the ride sometime with some friends. You never know, you just may experience one of the most fun, free, and healthy social gatherings South Florida has to offer.

Bicycle Rules & Safety Tips

  • Stay in the right lane, and do not ride across middle line on the road into opposite travel lane
  • Yield to emergency vehicles.
  • No Headphones! While riding a bicycle it is illegal to wear a headset, headphone or other listening device, other than a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.
  • Safety Lights: Front & rear lights are required by law in the State of Florida. 
  • Kids under 16 years of age must wear helmets.
  • Do not ride on the sidewalk.
  • Passing: A passing cyclist is responsible for the safety of the cyclist that is being passed. When passing ring a bell and/or say “on your left”.
  • Yield to pedestrians and buses.
  • No drinking of alcohol or illegal activity during ride.
  • Do not filter forward past stopped cars at a red light.
  • Skateboarders, inline skaters and recumbent bikes are welcomed, exercise caution.
  • Do not litter or vandalize any property.
  • Stopping: If you must stop to check your bike, phone, gear etc please move over to the sidewalk when it’s clear. Do not stop abruptly in the middle of the street with the mass behind you. You will more than likely cause a cyclist to hit you and/or swerve and hit someone else.
  • Always perform an “ABC Quick” Bike Check to ensure that your bike is in safe working order

W. Flagler Street is under reconstruction. Only 2 lanes are open, please obey all road closed signage. Do not weave in & out of barricade drums. Do not ride on closed lanes!

Don’t have a bicycle? 
Rent a bike at the start of the ride from Miami Bikes or CitiBike .




Cue Notes(map)
Start at Government Center 7:15pm
Proceed west to W Flagler St *Road Construction*
RIGHT – NW 22nd Ave
LEFT – NW 54th St
RIGHT – NW 27th Ave
RIGHT – NW 75th St
LEFT – NW 24th Ave
RIGHT – NW 79th St
RIGHT – NW 12th Ave
LEFT – NW 29th St
RIGHT – NW 6th Ave
LEFT – NW 21st Ter
RIGHT – NW 5th Pl
LEFT – NW 20th St
RIGHT – NW 1st Ave
LEFT – NW 14th St
RIGHT – N Miami Ave
RIGHT – NW 3rd St
LEFT – NW 1st Ave
End at Government Center

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I’ve recently revisited skills that have trouble me in the past. Something so simple as boiling eggs. A friend gave me an 18 pack of eggs day before yesterday. They wondered (as did I) could I take care of them before they got smashed pieces or actually goo.  I threw them in my bag and road around all day, actually kind of forgot about them.  Looking back that may have been a mistake.

I’m sure if you google the how to boil an egg you would get the longest list ever. Let’s pretend we didn’t do that.

I was prepared to try 35 different techniques on how to boil an egg but my first attempt was perfect so why do 34 other.  I’m not say its perfect, it just works for me.

I have a 1 quart cooker pit that holds about 9 eggs. I boiled it for as long as I could handle hovering over it, about 3-5 minutes. I had fuel conservation concerns that helped with my decision. Then just let them sit and they’ll cook the rest of the way just yummy. Maybe a little longer on the boil but whatevs.

Looking to upgrade my camp skills where ever I can. Tarp Olympics is coming up next. What is this you ask, just wait.

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Preparation for my Cause Ride

I’m so glad i didn’t overthink my decision to go on my adventure/cause ride/training and education/skills development/brain reset.

The timing of this ride was designed to be able across the country hit the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Maine during the fall and being able to shoot south. Then crossing the southern route across the United States during the  winter and spring.

I don’t rout plan irbprofile that often because of usually spotty coverage. I just ride. Sometime I look ahead but nit a huge concern unless there are big associates mountains staring me in the face. Haha!

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In 2015, I started riding around the US to bring awareness to those with invisible illness and the use of service animal.

I was diagnosed with PTSD almost 6 years ago.  Thankfully, I finally accepted that my friends were right, I did need help.  Years of counseling and learning how to integrate a service dog into my life was the answer that I came up with to make my life functional again.

Without a service animal in my life I’m sure thing would be considerably different and most assuredly not in a good way. There would be stacks of medication, endless counseling session and the end result would be that I probably wouldn’t be any better off that I was before.

Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Wyoming is governed by title 17 chapter 19 of Wyoming Laws titled Wyoming Nonprofit corporation act.

Eligibility for Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Wyoming
Wyoming

1) Incorporator: One or more person can act as the incorporator of the nonprofit organization. The incorporator is primary responsible for drafting the organizing documents and for delivering the documents with the concerned state authorities – till the time a board of directors is officially constituted. Wyoming rules does not allow organizations to act as incorporator.

2) Registered Agent – A nonprofit corporation in Wyoming must compulsorily appoint a registered agent. A person is qualified to become a registered agent if he has a valid street address of Wyoming (P.O Box address is not acceptable).

The registered agent is the point of interaction between the organization and the state and federal authorities. By agreeing to become a registered agent, the person agrees to receive all notices and demands on behalf of the organization.

A nonprofit organization may alternatively use the services of a ‘commercial registered agent’, if it does not have a valid street address of Wyoming.

3) Registered Office Address: The address of the registered agent is called the registered office address of the organization. The registered office address need not be the same as the address of the principal place of business for the organization.

The principal place of business may be situated in or outside Wyoming.

4) Minimum Number of Directors – The minimum number of directors for a Wyoming nonprofit organization is three (3). Directors need not be residents of Wyoming.

Steps to Start a Nonprofit Organization in Wyoming
The following steps are required to form a nonprofit organization in Wyoming:

Step I: Select a Name
Step II. Choosing the Organization Structure
Step III. Obtain Employer Identification Number (E.I.N)
Step IV. Prepare Organizing Documents
Step V. File the Organizing Documents (only for corporations – not required for nonprofit associations)

The steps are elaborated hereunder.

Step I: Select a Name
(1) The name of the organization should be distinguishable from any other organization on records of the secretary of state. Name availability check can be conducted in the state records.

(2) The name should not indicate a purpose different from the purpose for which the nonprofit organization is being setup.

Step II: Decide the Organization Structure
In Wyoming, a nonprofit organization can either be structured as an unincorporated association or as a corporation.

There are other less common structures like the trust, cooperatives and other hybrid organizations – which are best avoided by a newbie.

The choice of organization structure needs some brainstorming. An association is easier to form and run but incorporation has its advantages.

Many new organizations are formed as associations and they incorporate only after they have grown big enough to justify the overheads of incorporation.

Step III: Obtain E.I.N
All nonprofit organization must obtain an “Employer Identification Number” or E.I.N from the office of IRS. The process can also be completed online.

Step IV. Drafting the Organizing Documents
The organizing document is the key paper that evidences the existence of a nonprofit organization. The document is called by different names for different organization structures:

Organization Structure Name of Organizing Document
Corporation Articles of Incorporation
Association Article of Association
Trusts Trust Deed or Instrument of Trust
Hybrid Varies
There is no prescribed format for article of association.

However, Wyoming prescribes a specific format the article of incorporation. (Click on the link to download the format). Additionally, if an organization wishes to obtain section 501 (c) (3) tax exemption it must include IRS clauses to the organizing document.

Step V: Filing the Organizing Document
This step is required only for incorporation. An association need not file its articles with the state authorities – It comes into a legal existence by the very act of executing the articles.

For filing, duly filled in Article of Incorporation should be printed on blank white sheet of paper and signed by all the incorporator of the organization. This should be mailed at the following address:

Wyoming Secretary of State
State Capitol Building, Room 110
200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
Ph. 307.777.7311, Fax 307.777.5339
Email: Business@wyo.gov

Filing fee: $25.00 made payable favoring “Wyoming secretary of states”

Time required: Incorporating a Non profit organization in Wyoming takes 2-6 days time from the date the article is delivered at the Wyoming secretary of state office.

References:

Wyoming Secretary of State, Business Division
Internal Revenue Services
Wyoming Department of Revenue

   

 I have spent an enormous amount of time lately in coffee shops especially during my recuperating time in Prescott. I am not surprised seeing such a well written sign in regards to service animal access.

A New Shoe for the Bike

   
 
Finally broke down and ordered some new tires for the Green Beastie. I love me a nice bike shop. I’ve been to a few billion around the ‘verse and Bikesmith Cyclery is nice!

Going to give the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme a whirl. Have to wait a bit for them to arrive, always the same story.

Don’t have a picture yet, but I will post an update and see what we can do for a Vet that needs your help.  He has a Heavy Duty Mobility Chair that is in need of serious work.  Not sure of the exact amount of work that is needed that will be in an updated.

  1. 2 wheel/tires
  2. 2 batteries
  3. wiring harness for heavy duty plug
  4. rapid charger
  5. solar/battery backup

This is just a list off the top of my head.

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