🌵🌵🌵PLEASE READ ASAP🌵🌵🌵This is one of the most full circle feelings I've had in my life.
September 30th, 2017 was the day my lifeline came to me from @romanycollies ,and thus began my journey with Dante.
November 14th, 2019 we went to drop @bugatti.sd off at the airport and said goodbye, and we waited for her flight to depart.
Jenzi has spent the past 3 days here in CA with Dante and myself, and during the time, she got to work him, and see him at home, in public, in low stress and high stress, and she confided in me that she truly thinks we are at a place to confidently be able to remove his 'IN TRAINING' patches.
This means so much to me for many reasons, and I'll share a couple: -Jenzi is a dog trainer who has clocked thousands of hours working her own dogs, mentors dogs, and her personal clients dogs. Her pack is to die for and Bugattis training is nothing less than amazing. She is honestly one of if not the best dogs I've ever had the change to meet, I've yet to meet a trainers dog who could out perform Bugatti. -She works with and is a part of a Organization that trains service dogs and does informational seminars for businesses and their staff. -She has been around and worked with dogs I consider way above Dante training wise, and she still says this about Dante.
And many more, but I'm running out of room❤😭 I'll be making another post talking more in Depth, but my gosh....WE DID IT😭😭😭😭❤ Anyone who knows me personally and has followed Dante's journey all this time would know it's been a sh** show with his SD journey 🤪😂. But honestly it made me a better trainer, he brought me so many new friends, and a few of those I consider legitimate extended family. (M+cal🐎,J+Bu🛫,R🌹+b🐦,Mo💜 + bay, A+🐶🍁🌬) [[I hope you all get these emojis, you can DM me if you are confused if it's you or not]] But hallelujah I'm so Proud of Dante and I. Thank you for everyone who stuck with us and will continue to support us!
We’re back out to play this weekend! 🎉
After a cock up my end, our Arena Eventing debut plans were done. But there’s been some drop outs & now we can go again!! 💃🏽 Very excited! 😁
Kis had the Osteopath out today too, which was great for her & so interesting. Wonder how she’ll feel after a few days off & all loose & limber on Saturday! 😅
Story time: This is Roxanne the first dog we raised for CCI. She is 12 and was retired last year. She served her best friend Tiffany. Pulling her an college campuses and work. On the weekends she played fly-ball and played with her fur siblings. Last weekend we went to Tiffany’s wedding. It was on November 9th. The ten year anniversary of when she graduated with Roxanne. Her wedding was a tribute to Roxanne for all she did for Tiffany. At the wedding Tiffany said to my mom and I that Roxanne is the reason she was getting married. Because without Roxanne she wouldn’t of graduated college, moved away from family and met her husband Jacob. Roxanne gave her the confidence and independence to do so.
So when people ask us how we do it. This is why❤️
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Very sorry this is not a picture of calypso😂 but this is really important stuff!!! When people see me with a service dog they automatically assume I’m training her for someone else or that (of course) I’m faking it. People almost always forget that a disability is something that impairs a major life function. And there’s a lot of different major life functions. Calypso is mostly a psychiatric service dog for my anxiety, she is also being trained to detect spikes in heart rate and episodes of dizziness that don’t have to do with my anxiety.
People look at me and see this “healthy” kid who shouldn’t have any problems when the reality is far from that. I struggle with my mental and physical health everyday to the point where it’s difficult for me to be able to live “normally”. Calypso is a part of my treatment plan to help me do all the things I want to do but haven’t been able to because of my anxiety or other things.
Calypso is my support when I’m alone in the store panicking, she’s my little lifeline that reminds me that with help I can do things. She knows when I’m feeling upset or overwhelmed in public and reminds me that I may need to take a break, take my meds, or sit down.
I tend to think that I can just “push through” because that’s what I’ve been told by everyone. The reality is when I try to “push through” I end up suffering more, and the rebound period is longer, and I suffer more. So calypso is here to remind me and help me take breaks, check in with myself, take care of myself, and not let me push myself to a point I can’t recover from.
Having a service dog wasn’t my first choice. I’m on medications and have been in treatment centers and have been going to therapy 2x a week for a very long time. I needed something more. So that’s where calypso comes in. She helps me work with my disabilities and she greatly improves my life functioning.
My invisible disabilities are valid. And me having a service dog to help me with my disabilities is also valid. :) #servicedogintraining#servicedog#psychiatricservicedog#anxietyalertdog#servicedogsofig#progressnotperfection#intraining#germanshepardmix#australiancattledogmix#alerttraining
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First run in almost 3 weeks 😬 my training for the Silverstone 10k next week has not gone to plan! But today actually felt pretty good; my breathing was fine and I only had minor twinges in ankles/knees. I am proud of my body today! 💪
Today is a forced rest day for this girl right here and this is the face I will be making all day. Busy with clients, did something to my left knee, and hit the road to head to FL later this evening to help parents move furniture. This is not helping with my #halfmarathontraining for my half coming up in two weeks at all!! 😖😖 Okay rant over and to the real reason for the post.
The first undeniable alert, with an alert behavior that I hadn’t even committed to teaching him yet - swipe for the video. The boy needs to relax because I can’t think as fast as him! Yesterday I began shaping the behavior “nudge”. He had a total of two sessions with it - one last night and one this morning. I was playing with the idea of having him use it as an alert behavior (I’m definitely not sold on it yet for a number of reasons). But today he began pacing and whining and staring - his current alerting method since I hadn’t given him the tools to provide an actual alert. But then, he distinctly nudged my leg - offering the behavior he learned earlier! I checked and was 80mg/dL (4.4mmol/L). Peanut butter for the puppy! Of course he doesn’t really know what he’s doing yet - later I sat down and he tried to “alert me” by vigorously nudging when I was 113 because he realized nudge = peanut butter (I mean I can’t blame him, I’d nudge too...). While he has loads to learn in the next year, it’s pretty fun to see how quickly he catches on and how enthusiastic he is to work! #OneNudgeIsOneSpoonOfDatGoodStuff#ItsKindaGetStuckAtDaTopOfMyMouf#ButItTastesSoGood#ITinkItsFromHeaven#ItsDaBestTingIHazEverHad#diabeticalert#ouppyintraining#assistancedog#intraining#diabetes#t1d#glucose#low#alertdog#mddogsinc#medicaldetectiondog
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