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20 years of the Dog Palace

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The first Dog Palaces actually had green roofs. It's hard to believe that the Dog Palace has been around for two decades now. ASL Solutions itself was founded in 2000 by Howard Atkison and Bob Guinn, making the company 21 years old this year. Before making dog houses, we actually made wagons, which we called "Yardvarks" (clever, right?). Unfortunately for us, the little red wagon market was pretty saturated by the time we got there. Well, the founders got to thinking. What's a problem we have that there isn't a solution for yet? Both founders realized that they'd both grown up with big, outdoor dogs in their families for generations. But neither of them had ever been particularly satisfied with the dog houses their beloved dogs were staying in. So they came up with a list of features they wanted in a dog house: insulation, an indestructible door, something easy to clean...and thus, the Dog Palace was born: The first manufactured dog house with real foam insula

Meet the ASL Spokes-animals: Theo Mulvey!

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Welcome to the third piece in a series of bios about the Spokesanimals of ASL Solutions! Theo "Dobby" Mulvey Theo hanging out by the pool with a beautiful smile. Theo was adopted by his family five years ago. He and his 10 siblings were found in the woods near Carlinville, IL, and some humans took them to the pound, where they stayed until they were adopted. His humans thought he was a chocolate lab, so named him Theo, since he was found under a tree. Theobroma is the kind of tree that cacao seeds come from, which are widely used in making chocolate. His name is also an allusion to the Theo chocolate factory in Seattle, WA. As he got bigger, his chocolatey color deepened, but it became clear that he was no chocolate lab. Instead, he is a striking mixed-breed dog, likely part pit bull and perhaps part heeler or bird dog. His ears' resemblance to Dobby the house elf's ears (from Harry Potter) landed him his nickname. Theo as a puppy is just irrisistable. He had been pl

ASL Solutions partners with Petco Love for National Lost Dog and Cat Awareness Day

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ASL Solutions is proud to partner with  Petco Love  on a shared mission to help reunite lost pets with their families. Unfortunately, one in every three pets goes missing in their lifetime, but we're here to flip that "lost" into a "reunited" as quickly and painlessly as possible. Petco Love Lost is a searchable national database that uses patented facial recognition technology to make finding lost pets faster and easier. This simple-to-use tool is easily accessible to participating animal organizations nationwide, as well as any and all pet parents and people who find lost pets. Uploaded photos of missing dogs and cats are immediately scanned to determine whether the lost pet is at a participating shelter or with a neighbor in the community. Animal welfare organizations nationwide are already joining up with the facial recognition database. It's so easy for pets to wander away, and Petco Love Lost wants to take some of the stress away by providing another a

Service, Therapy, and Emotional Support Animals--Differences and Etiquette

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Do you want know the difference between service, therapy, and emotional support animals? Do you not know how to behave around working animals? Read on to learn more! Norman loves his job as a therapy dog. He went through lots of training to get certified! Q: What are the differences between service/therapy/emotional support animals? A:  There are three main categories of animals that help humans mentally and/or physically: Service, therapy, and emotional support animals are all unique and can do different things for the humans around them. Some people may have more than one helper animal, and that's normal. Service animals help those with disabilities with a myriad of different tasks, depending on the disability/ies their human has. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifies that service animals must be individually trained to "take a specific action when needed to assist the person with a disability". They don't have to be professionally trained, and the AD

Meet the ASL Spokes-animals: Runa Iwovolk!

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Welcome to the second piece in a series of bios about the Spokesanimals of ASL Solutions! Runa "Slayer of the Nine Realms" Iwovolk Runa looking both inquisitive and beautiful. Runa is an affectionate, vocal, and sweet orange tabby cat. Her medium-length hair is extremely soft and fluffy, and she's more than willing to let you pet it. She loves meeting new people and getting attention from them. Runa is an extremely social cat, and she really likes to hang out around humans. Dogs, she could do without    she had two as roommates once, and she never quite trusted them. They were excitable, and she wasn't a fan. Her humans adopted her from a shelter in Bemidji, MN, in December of 2019. She had been in the shelter for two weeks when her future humans walked in, and she rubbed up against the side of the kennel and pressed her face up against the bars. Her future humans had no chance of walking away. She clearly wanted attention, and she got it right away. She was immediate

Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, the Patron Saint of Cats

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St. Gertrude of Nivelles on a stained glass window; Basilica of Our Lady in Tongeren, Belgium Born in 626 into a noble family in what is now present-day Belgium, St Gertrude was expected to do many things were her life    marry into a suitable noble family chosen by her father, bear children, and dutifully do what she was told. She wasn't too keen on this, though, and wasn't afraid to say so. When her father hosted a banquet for the king, the king summoned Gertrude to his presence and asked her to marry the son of a duke. She reportedly lost her temper and "refused him with an oath", declaring that not only would she not marry this young man, but she would marry no young man at all, and her devotion was only to Christ. When Gertrude's father died, she moved with her mother Itta to Nivelles, where they built a monastery. They ran the monastery together, and eventually Gertrude took over completely as abbess. She was devoted to scholarship and charity, taking caring

Meet the ASL Spokes-animals: Hank Atkison!

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Welcome to the first piece in a series of bios about the Spokes-animals of ASL Solutions! Hank Atkison Hank is beautiful, simply put. Hank is the Head Spokesdog for ASL Solutions, and he loves his job. He's honored to take on the family business from the former Head Spokesdog, Bessy. Hank is a loving, klutzy, and sweet bloodhound who was born in late 2017 and adopted by his family in early 2018. Hank has black and tan coloring and long, long ears. When Hank was a puppy, he actually used to trip over his ears! His registered name is Sir Hank E. Pank, because one of the older humans he knew used to call him Hanky Panky    he’s known to have a mischievous streak. Hank’s humans adopted him because one of the humans’ grandfathers had a bloodhound when he was growing up, and he just knew he wanted to live with and love another hound dog. Hank was born in Kentucky, and currently resides in Illinois. Hank is an energetic dog much of the time, but on his lazy days, he can be found sleeping