May 7th 2011 6:37 pm
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I was originally going to train Star (Mal/Sib rescue) because she seemed more caring and receptive to my needs. Then my physio made it clear I wouldn't need a dog out of the house. So now I've been lightly training both to help me in the house. Icy is good at being told to get things or when I fell and needed help he knew to howl and bark. Star is good at following my around at heel and she takes me to the bathroom and back and waits till I sit down before she leaves. She always returns to check on me. Icy is about 4 (rescue Mal we've had for 2 years) and Star is only just 2 (we've had her for about a year).
Apart from a few falls I think I will be able to take the dogs out soon. My physio said maybe in 6 weeks I will be free to go out on my own. I'll get used to going out everyday for a short walk and work with the dogs in the house. Then add a dog to the walk.
It all sounds good, lets see if I can do it!
I'm glad you don't need them out of the house, but it actually doesn't sound like you need your dogs for help even in the house, unless they can cook, or clean up (and your men should be helping with that!). If your husband wasn't asleep during the day he might actually hear you yell if you fall. The number of times you appear to have fallen should warrant outside help - and by that I mean maybe occupational therapy or even audiology if your balance is off. Don't get me wrong, I think your idea is noble, but you should be able to get out of the house with your husband's help, and working toward bigger goals such as light paid work, or just generally doing something useful and not feeling sorry for yourself/looking back too much on the past. Rely on your future plans to speed you on, not trying to overanalyze the distance you've come. What do you want to do with your life? Travel? Make money? Other people, even with FMS/other things, manage to get out, do productive things, and don't dwell on their health as much. You can do it, Alison!