Archive for June 19th, 2013

How do I certify a therapy service dog for my apartment complex?

Question by Annalee: How do I certify a therapy service dog for my apartment complex?
I live in an apartment complex with a “no dogs” policy in Wilsonville, Oregon. I need to get a dog as a therapy dog, and am very confused about how to go about getting a certificate or something that says I am allowed this dog. Are there certain guidelines the dog needs to meet? Do I need a doctors note or certification for the animal? There are a lot of conflicting sources online, and I would like a straight answer from someone who has gone through this before. Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by Rob
check ADA guidelines.

we require dogs from national
certification organizations.

Give your answer to this question below!

Raja the Shih Tzu Dog, CEO of Travel Dog Books, Uses Peru and Machu Picchu as Inspiration for Second Book

Raja the Shih Tzu Dog, CEO of Travel Dog Books, Uses Peru and Machu Picchu as Inspiration for Second Book

Raja Discovers Machu Picchu

Bridgewater, NJ (PRWEB) January 24, 2012

When Raja, a world traveling Shih Tzu dog (who happens to be the appointed CEO of Travel Dog Books, LLC), sought a research destination for his next pet travel book, he looked far beyond the borders of the United States for a unique destination. Raja’s first book, “The Journey of the Shih Tzu: From Prehistory to Present, From Asia to the World, received rave reviews and has been a huge success. Readers started to request more “real life dog adventures.” Raja’s recent trip to Machu Picchu, a UN World Heritage Site, was an enlightening journey for him and the people that he met, along with local dogs, llamas and alpacas. He recently shared some his adventures on his blog site,, and a follow-up book is in the works that documents his encounters and this rare visit by a dog to this ancient sanctuary of the Incan civilization.

Raja’s trip was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the hidden Incan ruins of Machu Picchu by the American adventurer and Yale professor, Hiram Bingham. Funded by Yale University, National Geographic and his then wife, a Tiffany heiress, Bingham led an expedition into the Andes in 1911 that revealed the awe-inspiring Incan Ruin. Raja concedes he may not be the first dog to visit Machu Picchu, since Hiram Bingham reported that when he first entered the ancient ruins, a local family was living in one of the dwellings and, given the Peruvians’ love of dogs, it is possible the family may have had pet dogs. Raja is, nonetheless, the first Shih Tzu and certainly the first dog CEO of a company, to have made this cross equatorial journey to this historical Incan Citadel in Peru.

Before Raja departed on his trip, travel web sites informed him that local dogs in the Andean mountain city of Cusco (elevation 11,000 feet), the gateway to Machu Picchu, and Aguas Calientes, the foothill town at the base of the Inca ruin, can be territorial and aggressive, which turned out to be misinformation. In fact, many street dogs are sociable and mannerly and Raja enjoyed barking with them as he toured along the narrow cobble stone streets and quaint alleyways, marveling at the astonishing Incan stone architecture, Spanish Cathedrals and flower filled-plazas. Upon his arrival in Aquas Calientes, Raja got to meet and befriend a member of the famous hairless Peruvian Incan Orchid Dogs, a breed of dog with its origins in Peruvian pre-Inca cultures. Her name is Belleza, and she is the pride and joy of the owner at Gringo Bill’s Boutique Hotel. Both welcomed Raja with open arms and nose rubs.

Not resting on his laurels, Raja is planning a new expedition to Nepal in the Himalayas, for his next adventure and travel book subject. But first, he’s looking forward to his annual ski trip with his family. This year it’s Vail, Colorado in early 2012. Mountains inspire this globetrotter because they remind him of his rugged and hardy roots in his homeland of Tibet.

Travel Dog Books is a book publisher and is a division of HA Fazio Associates, LLC. Travel Dog Books also publishes a popular weekly Blog ( that focuses on dog/pet travel, pet events, pet health, and many other inspiring articles. Raja is the main “spokes pet” on the blog site along with his owner and principal founder Dr. Helen Asquine Fazio. Raja is also a Certified Therapy Dog. Helen is corporate consultant, as well as, a guest blogger for Modern Dog and Fido Friendly magazines and a contributing content writer for Dog Fancy and Dogs Are Ok magazines. She appears regularly as a Pet Tipster contributor for and has appeared several times on the national syndicated pet radio show “My Buddy Butch”. Helen has a MA in Art History and a PhD in Comparative Literature.



Vocus©Copyright 1997-

, Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.
Vocus, PRWeb, and Publicity Wire are trademarks or registered trademarks of Vocus, Inc. or Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC.

Find More Dog Book Press Releases

Tell Bell Dog Potty Training

The Tell Bell is the ideal way to potty train your puppy or dog…in just 10 to 12 days! Just Place this sturdy little bell by the door, follow the directio…