May 2019 - that's puppy arrival time. I was very pleased with the breeder in WV., so an arrival month is now set. Thanks for continued prayers.
I have had Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes for 41 years, yet it's still a challenge to try to be "normal." My blood sugar is affected by illness, stress, some medicines, hormones, food, activity (or lack of) and on it goes. In other words, what works today may not work the same tomorrow due to some or all those factors.
Amazingly, a diabetic alert dog (D.A.D.) has the ability to detect changes in blood sugar (highs, lows, falling/rising at an abnormally fast rate) even before my glucose sensor can detect it. This will allow me to be more "normal" because I won't have such large drops / rises to recover from since my D.A.D. will notify me earlier. Plus, the sensor irritates my skin so I can't wear it regularly. I am excited about the possibilities!
Finances are an issue for me as I am currently in a PT job while looking for FT employment. Not surprisingly, insurance doesn't cover the cost of a D.A.D. So I come asking for your help.
Right now, I'm raising $500 to be placed on the waiting list. Then the wait for the perfect puppy for me begins. The wait can be up to 2 years, giving me time to come up with the remaining funds.
Thank you for considering my cause! Excuse the picture - I'm technologically challenged!
Hi all. I'm really excited - this Friday I fly out to WV to meet with a breeder who will let me observe and try some hands-on dog training. Really looking forward to this next step on my journey.
In my quest to learn as much as I can before getting my puppy I came across a great book. I've heard it said that a dog who doesn't respond to a command just failed to understand the request. I'm not suggesting it's really all that simple, but I do know communication in any language or species is not always easy. Just as a dog may not understand the request, you may not understand the dog telling you he doesn't understand. Hope you enjoy this as much as I have.
Hey friends. This picture made me laugh, but it's my fear. I was just contacted to see if I was ready to get my puppy this fall, but I have opted to pass (last litter of 2018) and wait until spring. I just wanted you all to know. I am having short stints where a dog stays at my house so both me and my cats get used to a different 4-legged friend in the house. And Dex is coming to visit for a week next week while his little brother goes for more training.
Thanks for your continued support and prayers.
I saw this photo and it really spoke to me. In the last few weeks at The Hermitage I have met several people with service dogs. It has been encouraging to speak to them and hear how helpful the dog has been to them. I have some new friends and resources to check out. The journey continues...
Happy National Pet Day! Founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige, an Animal Welfare Advocate and Pet Lifestyle Expert, the purpose is to celebrate pets and the joy they bring into our homes. It is also a day to commemorate everything that our pets do for us on a daily basis.
The weather is beautiful today so plan to go out and walk your dog, hug your cat, or talk to your fish, bird or reptile when you get home today. They'll love you more and be even more eager to please. Make it a great day!
Friends I have officially reached my goal of $6,500 for my Diabetic Alert Dog. I am truly overwhelmed with the outpouring of support shown to me since I began this journey in October. I was expecting a 2-year time frame to raise the funding, and thanks to you it was done in less than 6 months.
So what happens now? The first litter of puppies was born a week ago (9 puppies). I'm number 23 on the wait list so the waiting and preparing continues. However, I am discussing the possibility of getting an older puppy that will requires less social and behavioral training. That will require more money, but not sure of the amount needed or if this breeder will do the training or if I'll need to switch to another breeder. So for now, things are still uncertain.
Prayers are appreciated for insight, for it to be obvious which is the right puppy for me, and also for my cats to be more accepting of a new addition to the family. They have a pretty good life that's not too chaotic and a puppy will sure change things. Also, prayers for a new job in my area to allow me to better support my expanding family.
Thank you SO MUCH for your help and prayers! I will continue to post periodically.
You can see all the new babies here
The first litter of puppies has arrived!!! Do I sound like a proud aunt?
I don't have my dog yet but I'm still trying to learn all I can. I came across this and it really spoke to what I had already decided. I'm still learning how to speak "dog" so what makes me think a young puppy already knows "human"?
Wishing you happy conversations with you and your dog!
Today is National Hug Day. It was started in 1986 by a pastor in Michigan. It occurs each year on January 21 to encourage healthy hugs with family and friends. I like that idea. Did you know hugs boost your immune system, helping heal sickness and disease, and ease loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress? A "healthy" hug is a true win-win.
So I take this opportunity to send an electronic HUG to everyone that is on this journey with me. Those that contributed financially, those that are praying for my cats, those that ask how things are going, those that are reading this post.. You have all spoken to my
I just received an update from a dog training site that I follow. January is National Train Your Dog month.
Just like kids, dogs have to have instruction, guidance and discipline. " Well mannered dogs just don't happen, you have to work with them every day, interact in a meaningful way daily, and keep doing it all their lives."
Just an encouragement for you to take some time to appreciate the 4-legged creature you have and see what new tricks you can teach.
Happy 2018! I rolled in the new year watching Vladimir, my friend's DAD-in-training that I hosted the puppy shower for in October. He's now 4 1/2 months. I have to say it was an eye-opener. He alerted to me once that I know of - I'm still learning to speak "dog".
The bad news is that my oldest cat, Grady, did not do well with the possibility of a dog in the family. Within 30 minutes of the dog's arrival he started throwing up and continued barfing intermittently until Vlad went home (I called his mom to pick him up earlier than planned). A visit to the vet revealed nothing wrong but noted that he did seem high strung and anxious.
I know for non-pet owners this may seem minimal, or even ridiculous. For me, Grady is my child that I pledged commitment, protection, and love to. Not something to get rid of when it gets inconvenient.
So I ask you to PLEASE PRAY for this situation.
*For Grady to be more accepting and to know that he can trust me to protect him.
*I am also considering a trip to visit 2 older puppies that are available to see if they are the right one for me.
*For me to know when the time is right to get the dog.
* For those that know me well, you know that I relish calm and firm specifics. So for me, this is a period of turmoil trying to decide. Please pray for my wisdom and guidance.
You may be wondering since my last post what to get that favorite pooch. I understand. Raw-hides were the go-to for me in years past. Now I'm more hesitant, but thankfully Fido doesn't have to get left out of the festivities. Check out this recipe for Christmas Crunch dog biscuits. I'm making some for my neighbors and family.
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup molasses.
Mix dry ingredients and stir in oil, molasses, and 1/2 cup water; let rest for 15 minutes.
Roll out and bake at 325 for 20 minutes.
And for those of you who are local, I'm baking a batch this weekend if you want to place an order. You can pick up at church on Sunday. $5 for a bag of 10. Just let me know.
With the holidays approaching you may be wondering what to get the dog-lover on your list (NO, this isn't a request for a dog gift). Just wanted to pass on a few things I've learned in my dog research:
All dogs need to chew. It’s a natural instinct. Some even spend hours chewing every day. Chewing can provide your dog stimulation and help relieve anxiety.
Rawhide chews are made from the leather industry’s leftovers. Most hides are taken directly from the kill floors at slaughterhouses and placed into high-salt brines, which helps slow their decay. Most rawhide chews are manufactured in China, and it can take weeks to months before these brined hides actually make it to the tanneries for their final manufacture. Once the hide arrives at a tannery, it is soaked and treated with lime to help separate the fat from the skin, the hair is removed by chemical and physical efforts, and the hide is rinsed again. Unfortunately, the salt brine cannot prevent decay, no matter how long they delay it. It is best to fully rinse a rawhide in water prior to giving it to your dog.
These are the most common rawhide risks:
Contamination. As with pet toys, rawhide chews can contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals. And, as with other pet (or human) foods, Salmonella or E. coli contamination is possible. Even humans can be at risk when coming into contact with these bacteria on rawhide treats.
Digestive irritation. Some dogs are simply sensitive or allergic to rawhide or other substances used in their manufacture. This can cause problems, including diarrhea.
Choking or blockages. Rawhide bones and other edible chews can pose a choking and blockage risk. In fact, this is a much bigger risk than contamination or digestive irritation. If your dog swallows large pieces of rawhide, the rawhide can get stuck in the esophagus or other parts of the digestive tract. Depending on its size and where it is located, a vet may be able to remove these pieces fairly easily through the throat. But sometimes, abdominal surgery is needed to remove them from the stomach or intestines. If it isn’t resolved, a blockage can lead to death.
So, here's what you really need to know:
Rawhide Rules to Live By
Rawhide itself is not an evil treat to give your dogs but there are some things to remember before you give in to your begging four-legged friend.
Location, Location, Location
When choosing treats make sure you know where they come from; the country of origin makes a difference in the overall quality and safety of the product.
Unflavored or Flavored
It’s also best to avoid the flavored variety no matter how much your dog loves them. This will help prevent any sensitivity your dog may have to different flavors.
Size and Shape Matter
Make sure the treat you choose is size appropriate for your dog. Also, rawhide treats that are long and cylindrical are better; avoid the knobs that can be easily chewed off. Remember to take these long treats away when they become short enough to swallow whole.
Supervise Your Dog’s Chewing
And finally, always supervise your pet when giving ANY chew treat. It’s just not worth the possible tragedy that could result. We all love our dogs and treats are good for anyone occasionally. So don’t feel guilty giving your dog a treat now and then. It will make both of you happy.
Fun dog facts (scent):
Dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in us. And the part of a dog's brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours.
Put another way, dogs can detect some odors in parts per trillion.
What does that mean in terms we might understand? In her book, Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz, a dog-cognition researcher at Barnard College, writes that while we might notice if our coffee has had a teaspoon of sugar added to it, a dog could detect a teaspoon of sugar in a million gallons of water, or two Olympic-sized pools worth.
This time of year we are called to reflect on what we are thankful for. At the top of the list for me is all of you...through your generosity my dog is now paid for!!! Keep in mind that it hasn't been conceived yet, and I'm number 23 on the waiting list, but it's paid for. I'm still raising funds for my plane ticket and additional training once we return to Nashville. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!
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