Pilot and Gary are traveling to Ireland

Friends:

pilot ready to boardLet all of us state positive wishes for Pilot, Gary, and his wife, as they endure international travel, including, the horrible TSA. Pilot and his guide dog captain, Gary C. Norman, Esq. L.L.M. are currently visiting Ireland.

They are visiting with their beautiful partner, Laura Norman in honor of their anniversary. Never leaving a stone unturned, as it were, Gary will also have a business meeting or two when there, as he has a law and consulting partner with who he has formed, or will form, a consultancy named the Prometheus Group. As he expects the consultancy to be a success, he hopes to have a vacation house in Ireland or in Italy in the future.

And what, I am sure there will be no bootees for Pilot on escalators in Europe. Gary trained Pilot to utilize the escalator, who is a quick study.

Pilot on the airplane to IrelandAs the first guide dog Mason of Maryland, Pilot will also have the chance to visit the Grand Lodge with Gary and Laura.

As to training issues, Gary tells me that Ireland has an active set of guide dog training organizations. So I hope Pilot has no access issues in the European Union and the United Kingdom.

Ironically, Ireland consists of two countries. Pilot, quite the well-traveled dog?

Gary tells me that, of the countries, Ireland is one of the last to work strenuously, regularly on implementing the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. So perhaps there are a lot of future work projects for Pilot in Ireland to which to return.

Pilot being Pilot, he will just kiss the jerks at the TSA – now, always.

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RIP Petey | 2-18-2011 to 7-28-2015

Petey was born in San Rafael at Guide Dogs for the Blind to Taylor and Malou. He and his 9 “P” puppy siblings were placed with families to be raised to be Guide Dogs. Petey went back to Guide Dogs on July 14, 2012 for training. He was looked at for breeding and then for guide work. Things did not go well enough so he was Career Changed. We decided to keep him as a family pet – the best you could ever get. He came back home in September 2012.

Ask anyone – there was something special about the “P” puppy litter.

Petey had the opportunity to be in a movie put together by students from Chapman University. The name of the movie is Capstone’s Oak. He was in a number of scenes – NOW PETEY IS A MOVIE STAR!

Over his short life he helped to raise Neiman, Kelton and Buckley. What a great big brother he was to them.

Recently Petey took the test to become a reading dog for the BARK Therapy Dogs – Beach Animals Reading with Kids. Sadly, he didn’t get the chance to actually do the job.

Petey got very sick suddenly and passed away quickly. He was surrounded by his human family, Michael, Becky and Mary Ann.

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Happy 9th Birthday Elbert!

I have been so lucky to see Elbert over the years. He is a great Guide Dog and is with such a loving family!

To see more about Elbert, Click here.

Guide Dog Elbert - So handsome

Guide Dog Elbert – So handsome

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Happy 6th Birthday Pilot!

Pilot graduation

Pilot graduation

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Pilot. You are a special Guide Dog – Thank you for taking good care of Gary! I am so proud of you.

To see Pilot’s story click here.

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Happy Birthday Hooper! You are 7 years old :)

Wishing Hooper a very Happy Birthday.

You might have heard this story before but whenever I think of Hooper I realize we are all connected. I was teaching a Facebook class and, of course, was showing off my Guide Dog Puppies in Training that I have posted on my Facebook page. One of my students mentioned that her sister has a working Guide Dog. Not thinking I could possibly know the dog I asked his name. She said “Hooper”! “THAT’S MY HOOPER” I exclaimed. I am friends with Carol on Facebook and can now follow Hooper’s adventures.

Hooper was born on 7/3/07 to Denzel and Vonnie. He now lives in Oregon. From Baby Hooper to Graduation into a handsome successful Guide Dog. I am so proud of you. Click here to see more about Hooper

Hooper in Harness

Hooper in Harness

Hanging out

Hanging out

Carol and Hooper

Carol and Hooper

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Maryland Bar Bulletin | Norman Honored for Service

Norman Honored for ServiceMaryland Bar Bulletin
Publications : Bar Bulletin : May 2014

Norman Honored for Service
By Patrick Tandy

Judge Bell at celebration Heidi Meinzer, MSBA’s Animal Law Section Chair, presents the Animal Law Distinguished Service Award to Gary Norman.

The 5th Annual Animal Law Symposium, held April 10 at Westminster Hall in Baltimore, roared with topics, including animal protection under federal and state constitutional law, damages in cases involving animals, wildlife issues, and a legislative update. The daylong event’s sponsors were the MSBA Animal Law Section, the MSBA CLE Department, and Compassion Over Killing, a non-profit animal advocacy organization.

Programming focused particularly on the evolution of case law as it relates to domesticated animals. Attorney Rebekah Lusk moderated a panel of lawyers, including Anne Benaroya, Cary J. Hansel, III, and Gary C. Norman, which discussed “Using Federal and State Constitutional Law to Further Animal Protection”.

“Being a civil rights lawyer makes me an animal rights lawyer,” said Hansel, a attorney at Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A. Hansel noted that much existing chattel case law governing animals is a holdover “from a time when we were a more agrarian society and animals had more to do with tending a farm.”

Later, Hansel joined Lusk and attorney Phil Goldberg for a panel discussion titled “Perspectives on Damages in Cases Involving Animals”. This panel discussed the financial caps on damages that may be sought in many jurisdictions during incidents such as the willful slaying of domesticated animals as well as police-involved shootings of family pets.

MSBA’s Animal Law Section also presented its annual Animal Law Distinguished Service Award to Gary C. Norman, an attorney and mediator with the Maryland Department of Health and Human Services and Associate Civil Rights Commissioner with the state’s Commission on Civil Rights.

“The Section is incredibly thankful for Gary’s countless contributions to animal law, not the least of which have been co-founding the Animal Law Symposium, as well as the Mid-Atlantic Lyceum and the Mid-Atlantic Journal on Law and Public Policy,” says Heidi Meinzer, Chair of the Animal Law Section. “His accomplishments demonstrate that he is exemplary not just in the field of animal law, but in the legal profession as a whole.”

An advocate for service animals and a past Chair of the Section, Norman states, as an attorney, “it is incumbent, as it is for all citizen lawyers, to serve the community.”

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Happy Birthday To Elbert!! 8 years old today :)

I am so proud of Elbert! To see all about Elbert!

Elbert attends the LA Opera Ring Cycle

Elbert attends the LA Opera Ring Cycle

Guide Dog Elbert - So handsome

Guide Dog Elbert – So handsome

Elbert and Dan

Elbert and Dan

Michael, Sara, and baby Elbert

Michael, Sara, and baby Elbert

I love these baby pictures

I love these baby pictures

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Happy Birthday Archie! 4 years old

To see more information about Archie, click here

Archie is all grown up and even has a job

Archie is all grown up and even has a job

Archie

Archie-Working Guide Dog living in Calgary Canada

Baby Archie

Baby Archie

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Kelton meets Santa

Kelton meets Santa

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December 8, 2013 · 4:17 pm

Gary Norman and Pilot received an award – Leadership in Law

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Yes, I know it says PROOF but I really wanted the picture 🙂 Gary and Pilot

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Click the picture to read Gary’s story

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Petey and Neiman went to packing day with Operation Community Cares

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June 17, 2013 · 3:01 pm

Happy Birthday Elbert – 7 years old!

Here is Elbert with his buddies Petey and Neiman. For more pictures of Elbert

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Happy 4th Birthday Pilot!

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I am so proud of you. To see more about Pilot click here.

Pilot at 19 weeks

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Neiman took the Metrolink to San Clemente Pier

Neiman and I took the Metrolink train to San Clemente Pier today. First we walked to the train station at Angel Stadium. What was I thinking – it was so hot at 10:30 am today. We got there, bought out ticket – only $10 round trip. Can’t beat that – no traffic, parking, etc. Neiman handled getting on and off the train without any problems. He did fine with the noises of the train as well. Once we arrived we took a few minutes to eat lunch before playing in the sand and water. Neiman got his feet wet but that is as far as I would allow. Then it was back on the train for the return trip and the long hot walk again through the Angel Stadium parking lot. What a nice way to spend a Sunday!

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Neiman, Petey and the BAARK puppy raiser group

On September 22, 2012 I took Neiman and Petey to join with the BAARK raiser group at the Festival of Children Foundation event held at the South Coast Plaza. We had a great group of puppies, career change, working guide dogs and a retired guide with us. Everyone who walked by our table stopped to inquire about Guide Dogs for the Blind and about the puppies. The puppies received lots of pets and were all very well mannered. Rick (CFR for Guide Dogs) was there to assess the progress of all of the puppies. I love when he comes around. I learn so much.

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