PS: Still working on getting a picture of her as a Hot Dog Dog...
Friday, December 31, 2010
PS: Still working on getting a picture of her as a Hot Dog Dog...
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
If you are curious, as was I, here is the answer...
“Simply put, static electricity is caused by the buildup of electrons on an object. When an object comes into contact with another object of a different charge, electrons are transferred from one material and relocated to the other. The moving of the electron causes the static shock you experience. On your pet, the hair follicles repel each other when positive charges build up on the coat. Low humidity environments (such as a home heated in the winter) can create an optimum environment for static electricity in your pets’ coat, leading to tangles and unintentional shocks when you touch your pet.”
Well I am glad I got to the bottom of that one. To solve the problem of shocking Honey 1000+ times a day, Scotty thought it would be a great idea to rub Honey down with a dryer sheet. It really did lessen the amount of shocks and, as an added bonus, Honey’s fur smelled “April Fresh”.
Being obsessive, I started to worry about the potential harm to Honey if she licked herself while covered in (hazardous?) chemicals contained in the dryer sheets. Google research time (not that I put too much faith in what I find there, but it was late and our vet’s office was closed for the night). Of course, I found lots of conflicting answers from regular ‘helpful’ folks, experts, and even vets ranging from 10 reasons NOT to use dryer sheets on your dog to 10 reasons why dryer sheet rub downs for your dog is the only solution to static shocks while petting. No clear cut answers there although I did find many other useful tips – bathe Honey and then apply dog specific conditioner, buy a whole house humidifier , boil 5 gallons of water per 1000 square feet of living space per day, do not pet Honey while the house is being heated, apply generous amounts of lotion to my hands before petting Honey (although I would worry about those chemicals too!), mist Honey with water before petting… you see where this is going, don’t you?
Raising a future guide dog is much like raising children… ask the same question to 100 different people and you will get 100 different answers. My mom, the go to answer lady for child raising (she raised 8 of us – and yes I can name them all and I know their birthdays!) was useless to me, so I called the vet first thing this morning. He did not see a problem with the dryer sheet solution if used in moderation during those days when the outside air is particularly dry. He did feel a better solution would be to add humidity to the air via a humidifier or boiling water on the stove. I do not want to calculate the cost of the water (yes, we pay for water usage) and electricity to boil 25 gallons of water a day – if it is even possible to boil that much water per day. Needless to say, I am waiting for a visit from the HVAC company to see how much the whole home humidifier is going to set me back!
Monday, December 27, 2010
(note the Honey pot!)
I am not sure which is my favorite...I laughed at each of them. I sure will miss fun times with Emily when she heads out tomorrow!
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
1. I decided with everyone home for Christmas it would be a great time to take a family photo.
2. I could not get everyone dressed and settled in front of the tree so I skip that idea, after all we tried to take a family photo at Thanksgiving with this lovely result.
4. Honey was busy with her new bone. 5. I decide it would be so much cuter if Honey were wearing a Santa hat.
Attempt #1 – Not even close, Emily snapped too soon Attempt #2 - Too little Honey, too much me Attempt #3 – floating hat and blending in with Jennys pants. At this point Honey notices the hat and thinks it is another new chew toy. 6. I decide the Christmas tree would be a better back drop.
7. Honey attempts to eat the tree.
Attempt #4 – Too soon again... although we decide the dangle the hat above Honeys head method may be easier than the put the hat on Honeys head methodWe are all laughing too much that we decide this is going to be the last attempt...
Attempt #5 – Maybe we (Emily) can photo shop Jennys arm and my leg out of the picture? Photo shop results thanks to Emily...
8. I decide Honeys face is cuter in this picture...
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
1. Breaks out in hives each time Honey licks her (which, being a 4 month old puppy, Honey does A LOT) and
2. Gets all stuffy, congested and sneezey (I know it is not a word, but you know what I mean)
Last time Emily came home we took bets on how long she would be home before she started to complain about her allergy to Honey. I believe Scotty won with a time of less than 5 minutes. That was it, one complaint and a lot of hand washing and Bendryl. So far no complaints, yet it must be so difficult especially since she loves Honey and wants to pet, play and help train her. Never having suffered from allergies I can only compare what Emily must be feeling to a bad head cold. I would not want to make a what-should-be-a-6-hour-drive-but-due-to-traffic-is-really-a-7 ½-hour-drive to feel miserable. But Emily does it. Why? Maybe because Honey is so irresistible. Maybe because Emily loves her family. Maybe because Emily is loved by her family. Maybe because it is Christmas. Maybe because she was raised by a great mom (I had to put that one in there!). I think it is because Emily is one of those rare people who will suffer in silence to bring joy and happiness to others. I am proud she is my daughter and happy she is home even if for just a quick visit!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
This visit though no one was smiling - not even Michael with his perfectly straight teeth…. Honey (and I) got the boot!
The dental office has a large main waiting area, complete with video games, and a smaller “Adult Only” waiting area. Honey and I went to the adult only waiting area and were there for approximately 35 minutes without a problem. Honey had been to the vet for her last shots earlier in the morning and was dead to the world on the floor next to me – well, I was sitting on the couch and Honey was on the floor. I was the only human in the adult waiting room and I see Dr. S, the business owner, talking to his staff and pointing at me and Honey. He did not look happy. He came storming into the room and in his evil and mean bellowing voice demands (using profane language) Honey get out of his medical office. Dr. S would not listen to anything I said or consider looking at a copy of the law I was trying to hand him. He treated me like a criminal and was rude and unprofessional.
The civil liberties denying Dr. S - photo courtsey of his website.
I was emotionally spent and could not blog while I was still fuming from the unwarranted treatment from Dr. Snod, and then I had to put on a happy face to attend Scotty’s Christmas party. It was just what I needed! It was a fun filled great evening. It was worth the Blog 365 Project fail to get my mind off the ugliness of the afternoon. My sympathy goes out to all those individuals who use service animals and encounter, in my opinion, ignorant mean people.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
It’s official…Honey can now bark out ‘All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth’!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Steve took Tina, our obedience trainer, on a blindfold walk first, followed by Scotty second and Pat third. Bianca was not thrilled to be handled by different people and certainly less thrilled to be leading people no where. Bianca led Scotty to a set of stairs and Scotty tripped over the curb. Thank goodness there was a brick wall to stop Scotty’s fall or else he would have cracked his head wide open. Scotty will post about his experience in the next few days.
We gave Becky, Tina and Pat little ‘puppy bribe’ jars for their dogs. I took this picture before I added a red ribbon around the rim of the jar. I think they turned out pretty darn cute. At least Becky, Pat and Tina said they liked them. I am sure their pups will enjoy the contents!
We came home to feed Honey lunch and she slept most of the afternoon.
Can’t say I don’t blame her – I am exhausted too!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Picture # 1 - A litter of 8 puppies - See how nicely they are in the basket, looking at the camera?
Picture # 4 - A litter of 9 born on the same day as Honey - Most looking at the camera and those that are not, at least they are giving a great profile.
Then comes this..... The Heather and Bob litter - Honeys litter. How many pictures do you think they attempted before giving up and deciding this was the best they could get?
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Honey loves the snow. It was a while before she actually tired herself out and was ready to sit for a picture or two. As usual, she had no interest in the camera so we have below: Side shot #1A slight turn towards the camera as photo #2
And then ....
Finally, photograph of Honey looking at the camera. Too bad I can read her expression. Yes Honey, I am happy now. You can go back to playing in the snow!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The instructions: ‘Place finger in the finger toothbrush. Apply the toothpaste to the finger toothbrush. Gently brush teeth and gums using short, back and forth strokes’. It really makes me wonder… what crazy person thought it was a good idea to put a rubber barrier on your finger, smear it with dog loving pasty toothpaste and then stick it in your dogs mouth and expect not to be bitten? Honey does really well when I massage her gums but as soon as I attempt the short, back and forth strokes as directed, Honey just bites away. Mind you, the barrier does provide protection from the razor sharp puppy teeth slicing open my finger but I feel really dumb saying ‘Good Girl, Honey’ while she is biting my finger toothbrush covered finger.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Christmas brings so much embroidery work, so many vinyl orders and a lot of design work. I have been working hard and just wanted to go to bed early so I could get up and start fresh the next morning. Scotty was working on designs and watching the Titans get beaten (again!) so I kind of felt guilty trying to crawl into bed at 9:00. My mind needed a break from work, so I decided to tire out Honey. We played for a while and then the brilliant idea to get a head start on Fridays tasks popped into my head. Friday is grooming day for Honey (she has to look great for her Friday Photo!). I decided I should clip her nails. Well, instead of clipping them uneventfully as in times previous, this time I made a boo-boo, literally. I cut the quick! Honey did not even whimper as blood flowed from her cut way too short nail. We did not have a styptic pencil so I tried the homemade cornstarch ‘stop the hemorrhaging’ method. Trying to dip a playful puppy’s bleeding paw in a vat of cornstarch is nearly impossible! By the time the bleeding stopped poor Honey was black and white fur ball. Good thing she loves to get bathed.
1. Always have a styptic pencil handy when cutting Honey’s nails
2. Never cut Honey’s nails in my bedroom, on white carpet or when I am tired
3. Always assume weird things like cornstarch will be added to ‘Honey’s List of Inappropriate Things to Eat’ list
4. Accept now how much Honey has become a part of our family and how sending her In-For-Training will be much more difficult than I previously imagined.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Mistake #1 - For the first time ever, Honey would not stay in a ‘sit, down’ in the car. I had to pull over to correct that one. Arrived at Target so Honey could eat mulch instead of ‘busy’ but I figured maybe she did not have to go since she just went 20 minutes before. Being ever so diligent, I tried to have her busy on the sidewalk to no avail.
We proceed into Target on a mission to pick up two things – wrapping paper and an electric skillet. Well, someone at Target HQ should have thought better than to put little Target wreath-looking bulls-eye logo stickers every 10 inches on the floor. I assume this was done to direct me to the holiday display in the way back of the store. What it really did was drive Honey (and thereby me) crazy! She had to jump attack every one of those stickers. I had to put her in a sit each time. It took 15 minutes to get past the entrance.
Mistake #4 - I foolishly decide that I can continue through the store with Honey, after all I am here to pick up only two items.
I snag a cart and realize I made Mistake #5. Honey usually walks very well with a cart but today she wanted to lick the wheels as there was some gooey gunk stuck to it. Needless to say I ditch the goo laden cart. I found myself juggling an armful of wrapping paper rolls and a dog trying to eat squished M&M’s off the floor. Clearly this is not working the way I planned so I put the wrapping paper back and head for the exit.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Honey came with us to Vanderbilt Hospital yesterday. Scotty and I were late and being slowed down even more by Honey – stopping to teach Honey how to sit at each door, giving her ‘busy’ times, a water break and trying to manage the ‘don’t pull me and don’t make me drag you’ attitude Honey was displaying. We finally found the elevator and waited for a young woman in a wheelchair to enter. One look at her legs and I understood her need for a wheelchair. Her left arm was permanently bent at the elbow forcing her disfigured hand to rest on her left shoulder. She said she saw us and hoped we would be on the same elevator as she wanted to pet Honey. Then she said the most amazing thing to us ‘Today is my lucky day. Thank you for letting me pet your dog’. It was her lucky day because she was able to pet Honey? Then it hit me. Here I was complaining about how I was being slowed down by Honey while this woman was thankful to have been slowed down enough to be able to pet Honey. It is no secret that petting a dog can make someone smile or brighten their day. We see that each time we are out with Honey. A brief chance encounter on a hospital elevator revealed to me the secret power of dogs – the ability to introduce me to a stranger, who in turn reminded me of how truly lucky I am and how thankful I should be for all the gifts I have been given but take for granted.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Today was definitely a win for Honey and a win for Scotty!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
- The Jingle Bell walk would be a great exposure for Honey. There is going to be over 800 kids there running and walking around the school.
- Wow, there is going to be over 800 kids running and walking around the school. That may be too overwhelming for such a young pup.
- This is a great exposure because it is being held outside and I really do not have to worry about 'busy' spots.
- Wow, this is being held outside in the freezing cold. Do I really want to take my gloves off to pick up a busy while grossing out 800 kids who for some reason cannot recall ever pooping in a diaper?
- I am assigned to hand out rubber jingle bell bracelets as well as hot chocolate. I can do this and keep Honey in a sit or better yet, a sit, down, stay.
- Wow, how am I going to hand out jingle bell bracelets and hot chocolate without Honey, the 'wonder dog who eats everything', causing me to drop or spill something?
- This is a great learning opportunity for Honey to practice not jumping up on EVERY person who might glance in her direction.
- Wow, it is cold and muddy out there. What if Honey tries to jump on EVERY person who glances in her direction?
- There will be plenty of distractions - kids running and playing, music being broadcast over a loud speaker, people in costumes and parents cheering on kids.
- Wow, there will be plenty of distractions. What if Honey cannot handle this? What if I cannot handle Honey?
- We agreed to raise Honey to the best of our abilities and to expose her to different sights, sounds and adventures. How could I not take Honey with me?
- Wow, there are going to be so many different sights, sounds and maybe too much adventure (for me!).
Then I stared thinking....maybe it is time I test how well Honey handles being crated during the day. And for this one time, I can just be Billy’s mom and not the mom that has the 'blind dog'. It is only for an hour. Yes, Honey will be fine at home, I will enjoy seeing Billy and his schoolmates running around without repeatedly saying 'sit' and Honey will be coming with us to Billy’s dental appointment this afternoon and a basketball game in the evening. I even got so desperate that I convinced myself that Honey will enjoy the Chorus concert next week so much more if she is not at the school today. I did mention that I was desperate, didn't I?
Ultimately, I decided not to bring Honey with me. And guess what? After being at the Jingle Bell walk for 2 minutes, I got that horrible COULDA, SHOULDA and WOULDA feeling.
There were lots of kids running, playing and laughing, there was music blasting, the weather was cold (but not windy so it was not too bad), there were jingle bells jingling, hot chocolate pouring and sipping BUT there were so many parent volunteers that I actually took a break and walked a lap with Billy. Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda. Well there is always next years Jingle Bell walk!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Wish me luck!