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A Day In the Life of the Fizzy

A Phone Call from an American Hero!

April 6th 2011 1:58 pm
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Oh boy, pups! Momma came home all super duper excited cause she got to talk to Zoe's Daddy today! She couldn't wait to come home and tell me all about it! So I'll let her take over my diary for a bit so you can all hear how super awesome it was, too!!!

Hi Fizzy's pals and their peeps! Fizzy was kind enough to let me borrow his diary for a bit to tell you all about my day!

Let me give you all a little bit of backstory. I've been teaching students with autism for almost 12 years now. These children are my heart and soul. I absolutely love them. I've had my current group of students for five years now, and I adore them. They can be challenging, sure, but their accomplishments over the years make me sincerely proud and humbled.

That being said, I'm a bit over protective. I have a reputation in my school of being a Momma Bear watching over her cubs. I can complain, but so help me, if you make a negative comment about one of mine, I'll rip you a new one and then shove your head up it. I'd use stronger words, but Dogster is a family show. ;) Over the years, when taking the children out in the community on field trips, I've encountered some pretty rude people. People who stare, or point, or give us nasty looks. I once almost got kicked out of the Pittsburgh Zoo for telling off a woman who was laughing at one of my tantruming children. Security got involved. It was not one of my finer moments, but I'm telling you all to illustrate my love of these kids. We've met some kind souls, but overall, most people are jerks.

Needless to say, I was a LITTLE BIT nervous this morning. Some people find special needs children off-putting and are uncomfortable talking to them. I'm so proud of my kids and I just want others to love and appreciate them as much as I do. A video chat with a stranger wouldn't have even been POSSIBLE for these kids a few years ago.

Well, I shouldn't have worried. Zoe's Daddy was AMAZING. He was kind and patient and genuinely wanted to talk to them! We started off with a video chat but my computer had some issues and over heated and shut itself off!!! I was able to reconnect, but our internet connection was too weak and I wasn't able to get the video part back up. But he stayed on the phone with us for 30 more minutes, answering all the kid's questions! And some of the questions WERE a little intrusive and off putting, but he maneuvered his way around them just fine lol! One girl (who loves cheerleaders) even did a cheer for him! We talked about video games and dogs and movies and tattoos and food (I think we covered every possible favorite meal!) He talked about his wife and his son flying planes (a serious source of fascination for one boy) and the Taliban and Al Qaeda and Hannah Montana and High School Musical. And in the end, I think he enjoyed every minute of it just as much as we did. The kids were absolutely 100% THRILLED about it! When we were done, one boy asked if we could do that again sometime, because "That soldier was so nice and he's so brave to go all the way away from home and leave his family and dogs at home and I hope we made him smile!" I think we did. :)

For the rest of the day, every time someone came into our room, one of the kids would run up to them and say "We talked to our soldier today!!" For them to have that sort of reaction, you can imagine, he made a good impression! By the end of the day, EVERYONE was asking us about it! Pretty much everyone wanted to be involved lol!! I can't even explain to you the huge smile on my face for the rest of the day! Someone "got" my kids and ENJOYED THEM as much as I do!! You can't KNOW how rare that is for me.

Zoe and family, you can not possible know how much I appreciate that you've let my little band of rag tag kids invade your world. You've made me and my kids immensely happy, and you've made a loyal friend for life. Thank you thank you THANK YOU.

I'll turn things back over to the Fizzster now!

Oh boy, pups, I haven't seen Momma this happy in a long time!! She's leaking happy leaks even!! And she was so happy that we've met Zoe cause of this Dogster thing cause she has me, that she made Daddy go out and buy me a new Nylabone! BOL! Everyone is WINNING!!

Bark at ya later, pups! I'm gonna go chew up my new bone!


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Barked by: Ernie George (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 2:09 pm

OMD! (sniffie, sniffie) I seended the whole thing for myself...Ernie can't talk...Ernie are verklempted!
Barked by: Izzy (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 2:12 pm

Me & Mama got happy tears too!

I think it are not only pawesome for the kidses, but for Zoe's Papa and the othfur soldiers, too, to know that they are REAL HEROES, not silly celebrities and athylete, but our fellow countryhoomans who make the sackofrices for us!

Yay for those kids for knowing what are important!!! This are such a happy story!!!

((HUGGIES)) for Fizzy's Mama, Zoe's Daddy, for Tux & Drover and the Stinkpot! The Kidses in Fizzy's Mama's Class who are Pawesome, for Zoe's fambly in HEIDIHO for sharing the Papa with the world, for Fizzy's Papa for getting him a Nylabone... OMD...sorry, I are excited too! BOL!
Barked by: Wendy G

April 6th 2011 at 2:12 pm

OMD!! My Momma r all chokeded up now, bud, anyfur, WOO-HOO!!!!! We r SO gwad dat e'vypeepole habded such a 'MAZIN' kinda day :)
Barked by: Wendy G

April 6th 2011 at 2:15 pm

Wow...I neber knownded Ernie George be 'berkwempted' afore. I hope dat da Wainbow Bwidge MEATZ™ Buffet r gonna be weady fur dis :O
Barked by: Lucy (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 2:26 pm

*here Mama have a Klennex...

Mama is all choked up...Happy tears she says.

What a pawsome day for your Momma and her kids Fizzy! And for you too! A new nylabone! Cool!

Thank you Zoe, Drover, Tux, Inkspot and the entire Zoe from Idaho pack for sharing your Daddy with the world.

May God bless him and keep him and his fellow soldiers safe until all of them come home!
Barked by: Lil Bear (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 2:27 pm

Dis are sooooo 'credibal. So mush good stuffs. I doesn' has da words to 'scribe it. It's jus WUNNERFUL!!!
Barked by: The Barking Machines (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 2:35 pm

OMD that is one of the most pawsome things ever! Thank you and the kids and Zoe's dad!! Arooo!!
Barked by: Cathey U

April 6th 2011 at 2:58 pm

Bol! Daddy talked to Mommy a couple of hours after he talked to the students. He was disappointed the video went off. He wanted to see the cheer!
It really made his day too. He had a great time.
Anything from "home" is very special to the soldiers.

Thank You Fizzy Momma for All you do for the kiddos!
Barked by: Cathey U

April 6th 2011 at 3:02 pm

Oh and P.S. My human brother is in the Air Force but he won't be flying any planes. He'll be listening to conversations. He will be doing that at an Air Force base somewhere as soon as he learns the Arabic language.
Just wanted to clear that up.
Barked by: Cathey U

April 6th 2011 at 3:07 pm

Oh and P.S. My human brother is in the Air Force but he won't be flying any planes. He'll be listening to conversations. He will be doing that at an Air Force base somewhere as soon as he learns the Arabic language.
Just wanted to clear that up.
Barked by: Fizzy (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 3:40 pm

Oh wow, Zoe, Momma says that boy will think it's even COOLER he's learning another language! He's very interested in other countries, and when they were learning about Egypt earlier in the year they learned how to say hello, good-bye, please, and thank you in Arabic!!
Barked by: Doo - My Sweet Angel (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 4:35 pm

Mama's got leaky eyes too...she's on her 2nd kleenex. We're so happy that Zoe's daddy got to meet all "his kids". He's going to be the talk of the school for a long time and they're going to be the talk of his squadron. Thanks Zoe's daddy for protecting us and thanks Fizzy's mama for being a wonderful human being and teaching these kids so much about everything. YOU ROCK!!!
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 5:51 pm

Here is yet another doggy peep who needs a tissue...Golly Gee Whiz!
They cry for sads and then they cry for glads!
It is wonderfur that this took place.
We have some military men in our church,and it is always so great when they get to come home on a furlough. The whole congregation swarms them!
But talking live with someone on site is so much more real!
Thanks for all the work you do, Zoe's Daddy!
Thanks for taking such good 'care' of your young Charges, Fizzy's Momma!
My Auntie who is 91 is retired from many years of special ed, when that branch of education was in its 'infancy' and she would heartily approve of what you all did there in the classroom, today.

MJF & Growlmy Ingrid
Barked by: Angel Ben (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 6:25 pm

OMD, that is just the coolest thing ever! Thank you Zoe's Daddy, for giving those children such a wonderful gift! And thank you, Fizzy's mom, for being their teacher! We love you!
Barked by: Wendy G

April 6th 2011 at 6:34 pm

My Momma needs say sumfing, 'kay, pupses? : One of my sisters-in-law is a special ed teacher at an elementary school in a Seattle suburb. Like you, Fizzy's Momma, she is a Mother Bear when it comes to 'her' kids. She takes NO crap from anyone. She knows that there are non-special ed teachers at her school who just don't get her and/or don't care about what she does and go out of their way to make her job more difficult than it already is. She's amazing and you remind me of her :) Keep up the awesome work ♥
Barked by: Fizzy (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 6:38 pm

No more leaks, peeps! Every time one of your peeps leaks, Momma leaks all over again!! BOL!!

Momma tries to teach the kids all kinds of things, but one thing that's most important to her is to teach the kids about respect, especially respect for people that are in the world to help us! She brought in the firefighters and police people earlier in the year. And oh yeah, ambulance workers and a nurse, too! And soldiers have always been at the top of Momma's list, cause she thinks soldiers sacrifice so much to keep us safe. Most of the men in Momma's family have been in the military, including my Pap Pap. My great pap pap was a prisoner of war in Italy in WWII! So Momma has a great respect for military folk, and she tries to pass it on to her students as much as she can!

Cause we love our troops!!!
Barked by: Doo - My Sweet Angel (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 6:48 pm

Mom comes from a military family too..her husband and daddy were in the Air Force, her daddy was also in the Navy and her oldest brother served with the Army. Our country's military personnel are awesome!
Barked by: Fizzy (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 7:01 pm

*Momma blushes* Aw gee, Mrs. Zaidie...I don't think what I do is amazing. I just do what is RIGHT. We're all God's children, and we all deserve respect, whether we're "disabled" or not. I don't look at my kids as disabled. I look at them as unique human beings who have taught me just as much as I've taught them! Just don't tell me otherwise, cause I might have to kick someone's booty! :) :) :)
Barked by: Jolanda (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 7:24 pm

you rock momma bear :o)
Sounds so wonderful..
Love and bless you all, Jolanda and sonja
Barked by: Angel Uno (Dogster Member)

April 6th 2011 at 7:34 pm

This is so Awesome Fizzy, Fizzy's mom, Zoe's Daddy, and Zoe's peeps!!!
What a great day.
My human sister taught special needs kids too...before she had #4 and semi-retired and my mom was so touched by her kids she would join them for all their holiday parties!
Thanks Fizzy's mom for being a momma bear!
Thanks Zoe's Daddy for being in the EyeRack!

OH's leaking now too!
Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

April 7th 2011 at 12:28 am

That is so pawsome!!
Barked by: Angel Petey- In Loving Memory (Dogster Member)

April 7th 2011 at 3:31 am

WOW..I need a tissue!! Petey's Mom here...That was so great and I loved it, my cousin is also a school teacher for Autism and I have met her class they are such great kids. They had a field trip last year and they came to my work,which is the US Mint in Philadelphia where we make money, well a few phone calls to the class room about money and then they came and it was great. They remembered the stuff we talked about on the phone and wanted to see this and that, it was great! I had a blast. You are a amazing teacher!! Thank you for the story!
Barked by: Little Women & Fez (Dogster Member)

April 7th 2011 at 7:36 am

what a great day; it gave us goose bumps just reading about it,and momma had to reach for a kleenex....
Barked by: Greta Grace (Dogster Member)

April 7th 2011 at 7:59 am

Pass the Puffs! BOL! Mommy needs a few herself now...
Barked by: Jiffy (Dogster Member)

April 7th 2011 at 5:58 pm

You's mom is a pawesome lady and so's Zoe's daddy. I's wuv hearing good stories. My fambly has lots of military folks in it mom, my dad, my skin brother, and others. They's so many mom say she'd have to make a fambly tree on both sides just fur military folks. And she worked with many military peeoples in her Federal job before retiring. She say military is in her blood.

Hugs to everyone.
Barked by: Hamish McDuff (Dogster Member)

April 8th 2011 at 7:32 am

So happy to hear this. We need wome good news like this now. You are all wonderfur people and pups and we are so glad to know you all. Please keep up the wonderfur work.

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