Last weekend Mommy and I once again ran the @rungasparilla Half Marathon, and had a great time! The weather was perfect and the fun, silly humans were out in full force... like these two awesome @hulkhogan doppelgangers!
Forgot to mention how proud I am of this one for yesterday’s accomplishment, she blew me away. •
On our walk, we ran the neighbor’s kid who was playing in the front yard. I was super nervous but I couldn’t just run away as we had to pass his house to to get to ours anyway.•
Usually I would tell Rosie to leave it and keep walking but I wanted to see how she would do around a kid, as she’s rarely around them. •
I told her to leave it and kept her in a close heel as the little boy came to talk to us, he honestly wasn’t too interested in trying to touch Rosie, but he was moving and jumping around a lot, as kids do. Rosie stayed close next to me, tail wagging in excitement trying wanting to say hello. •
Once I gave her a few corrections, simply reminding her of where she is and that she’s training right now, she began to settle down a little! •
A few more sits and stays and before I knew it she laid down on the sidewalk and got comfortable. 😭❤️•
I also wanted to educate my neighbors kid and his younger sister on Rosie’s importance and that she has a really special job to do, but i have to work on an actual way to word it for kids. •
Anyway I’m proud of her for settling down while a kid was being hyper as heck in front of her 🌟•
Service dogs are not here for your entertainment… read that and read it again. Keep reading it and say it out loud as many times as its needed for it to click in your head.
A service dog is not here to entertain anyone.
Tasmania is not here to stop your out of control child from throwing a temper tantrum, he’s not here for you to gawk at while he’s lying under the table and he’s not here for you to throw on snapchat filters and send photos/videos to your buddies.
Tasmania has an extremely important job to do for me and it is imperative that he remains focused on me and the job at hand. Tas is a medical alert service dog, this means that he alerts to oncoming medical episodes BEFORE they happen to ensure that I can get to a safe spot before the episode starts. In my case, I tend to pass out or become so dizzy I cannot even look straight because of a nervous system disorder sending the incorrect signals throughout my body. Everything is haywire and chaos at all times.
It’s pretty common for people to get so overly excited about seeing a service dog to the point where they are unable to control their excitement. While I will never understand why someone will squeal at the highest pitch possible and act as if they just got glitter pens and puffy stickers for the first time upon sighting a service dog, it’s not one annoying but extremely unnecessary. Along with taking photos or videos of service dogs… or just other dogs/ people in general.
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The floor aisle at @michaelsstores is so beautifully springy & was perfect for a quick portrait of my working man 🙂🌷🐩. I was so drawn to these pinks and purples 😍 although blue flowers would’ve definitely matched his fit better 😛. SWIPE -> to see his trick of the day: get your leash 🐾. I had an appointment today so River came with! We were late heading in so we didn’t have a chance for him to open the door with the button which is his favourite task so we made sure to do it on the way out ☺️. He was great during my appointment, just took a nap! On our way home, we stopped at michaels to do some retail therapy! River did really well working in Michaels even though there was a little dog (non-SD) barking at him 🙈. River just gives me this unimpressed look when we see things like that or when people pat him when working that really makes me think that he understands and is much smarter than we know 😝. He’s silly. He was a very professional little spoo while we shopped! We were both pooped when we got home and went for a nap 😴. Then just an easy evening relaxing after a full day! 😌 Hope you had a great hump day Wednesday! 😘🐩🖤🐾
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Just practicing today, but when I’m all grown up I want to be a @virginaustralia Velocity pup like my human!
This morning was not the greatest start to the day. At my girl’s infusion, her BP was 89/53, 😩 the lowest it’s EVER been. After her infusion, it only came up to 108/67, not normal, but much higher. So my girl didn’t do everything she planned to do today. But that’s how chronic illness is; you have to adapt your plans based on how you’re feeling - or how many spoons 🥄 you have. And though things may not always work out in our favor and my girl doesn’t always feel the best, we make the most of it. My girl is thankful for these infusions that keep her body going (which she now gets TWICE a week!). And despite not feeling well, she’s grateful she got to rest while enjoying cuddles with me. 🌀
Something weird about having infusions in a cancer center is getting misidentified as a therapy dog. Several people asked my girl if I could visit them. But as a service dog, my job is to take care of one person: my girl! 🐕🦺
Today it snowed! But it melted before I even got off work 😪 I was hoping to go on a walk or play in a field with Harley before it melted but it was gone so fast. I trained with my coworkers dog today which got me in the mood to work with Harley a bit. I decided to work on “crawl.” She hardly has had any training with this trick so I wanted to start with a short distance. I noticed she likes to do it on my bed when playing so I am building it off of that. The videos aren’t great because of the close range but enjoy her being a butt head in the second video. #day57
jasper and i had such a nice evening training at our local pet food express. he got to show off his handstand trick and received some treats. special shoutout to the girls working who gave him a duck foot ;) i’ve been in such a rut with training so this was a refreshing change of pace. we are going to be focusing more on task work now that his obedience is more solid. we still can’t do any mobility work since he’s so young but by this time next year we will be starting forward momentum pull and counterbalance.
Shout out to Bridget - who was at our Service Dog Training School this past week.
She is a field trial trainer and demonstrated how she teaches fetch. She was a blast to have and we loved getting to know her!
Apparently when you go on a “field trip” your hooman bakes things to take! Tomorrow I am off to work with a different trainer for a few days! To say thanks she made these yummy tuna snacks for me to share! Recipe in comments!!
4 277 hours ago
Our Sugar Glider is learning how to breath through her nose today 😂
A duration chin target with a closed mouth is an important foundation skill for retrieving - if they can’t breath through their nose when they are warm they will likely have a hard time carrying and holding objects firmly. What are some of the ways that you guys split criteria when training your retrieve?
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I’d like to say she could be a piece of modern art posing for the camera. Suburban meets retro with a splash of urban resilience. But really I was painting and her ear and paw swiped the wall. The jacket is just cause. 🤷🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️
After a trip to Petsmart and home for dinner 🍴 we’re both exhausted. •
We went just for treats as we were desperately low, and did some training while there. This was a little special for us because it was the first time Rosie and I went into a store alone (My dad was in the parking lot in the car).•
This may not seem like a big deal to most, but when you’ve been “attaching” to your parents for the past few years after trauma, and now you’re beginning to go places again without them.. thank goodness for us. 🌟 It’s an accomplishment in my book.
Meet @caciquejack, he is a #HurricaneMaria survivor #RescueDog who was shot, run over and abandoned in the muddy mangroves of Isabelas beach. He has been repurposed from abandonment and neglect to a life of a loving working dog. You can make anything beautiful with your gentle attention and care - #LOVEHEALS 🐶❤️
This weekend has been quite eventful. Yesterday, we met up with @cremedelaezra for some good eats while they are visiting Nashville. 13/10 good doggos the entire evening. And this morning was spent with @canine.matters — our first consult was this morning and we can’t say enough good things about our experience! Claire was very receptive to areas we identified as personal weaknesses and gave us some amazing tips and tricks to get us started on the right track. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue working together through our remote training sessions and we have a B&T in our near future, too!! I can’t wait to see River’s progress in the coming months and I’m looking forward to building my own confidence as an owner trainer with such a strong support system by my side. 💪🏻 Definitely go check out her business Instagram if you haven’t already!!
Anyone can rock a diaper, you just gotta be confident 💁🏼♀️. Ezra started her first heat cycle this weekend so she’s stuck in her diaper for the next few weeks. I don’t plan on working her much while she’s in heat.
We chose to let her go through one cycle before we get her spayed. I wanted to be certain she had all the hormones she needed for her joints to develop properly. Spaying before the first heat cycle nearly eliminates the risk of mammary cancer (less than 1%), whereas waiting until after the first heat increases risk to about 8% and after the second heat increases risk to about 25% (same as an intact female). There’s a lot of research suggesting that male dogs should be fixed around 18 months because it allows their joints to develop properly. I haven’t found as much information about female dogs and their joints. Studies are somewhat inconclusive and everyone has a different opinion, but with guidance of our vet we decided it was best to wait with Ez. Especially because she is so small and we plan on doing light mobility work. We had to weigh the odds of cancer with the risk of joint problems.
Most dogs we see in the clinic we recommended spaying before their first heat to reduce risk of cancer.. but a pet may have very different needs than a working dog. That’s why it’s really important to find a vet that you know and trust to determine what’s best for your dog!
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𝐈𝐧𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 ≠ 𝐈𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲
As sick as it may sound, I’ll admit, there have been times when I almost wish I were worse off— that my illnesses, and the pain that comes with each, were on display for all to witness. In fiction literature and comic books, invisibility is considered a superpower. 🦸🏼♀️ But, in my life and in the lives of many others, invisibility has done more harm than it has good. •
I don’t fit into society’s perception of what a disabled individual looks like. ♿️ And because of that, I constantly feel like I’m having to prove myself. I feel like I have to “prove” my illness— and, yes, it feels as screwed up as it sounds. 🤷🏼♀️ Society demands an explanation, and because of that, I’ve often found myself apologizing for my own existence— for taking up space, for needing accommodations... •
I am not entirely sure why those of us living with invisible disabilities feel we have to explain and justify ourselves to others. I’ve racked my brain wondering what I needed to do for others to “get it.” Should I share my endless medical records? Make sure my port-a-cath tubing is on display when I venture into public? Throw a party every time I get referred to another specialist? Or receive a new prescription? Vlog my 3-4x/weekly infusions? •
I hope that someday I can stop apologizing. I hope you can, too.
It’s the reaction to adversity,
not the adversity itself,
that determines how your life story will go
Yesterday we had athletics day
It was noisy
It was chaotic
It was a place of sensory overload
And yet Marley abs Addi did such a great job
For Addi it was her first athletics day in 5 years of mainstream
For Marley it was a huge morning- it’s easy to think of Marley as a grown adult dog- used to this sort of assistance work- but she is only 16 months old and well and truly a puppy still...
Anyway - today I’m exhausted
If I could I would just go back to bed - and it’s 11am 😆 bit it’s a happy exhausted - and that’s all that matters
Also - go give @darcythebloodhound some love - his mumma helped little Addi be calm and happy and involved - she is a super human and Darcy the bloodhound is the squishiest pupper you will ever see ♥️ - go on you know you want to see his squishy face @darcythebloodhound
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