September 8th 2013 4:23 pm
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My human is not up too much activity outside the house yet so we had a wonderful day doing not much. My human had had trouble sleeping since her surgery and her overseas job doesn't help as every so often she chats with someone in Germany until late our time.
Yesterday it was Shabbat so it is not like my human could do very much when she had the chance to do. Despite needing milk and things like that she opted to walk me although she did so joking about taming a wild beast. I don't understand my human's jokes but I did know she was going to wear herself out if she walked for an hour and she did.
She woke at noon and made brunch for herself. Fell asleep as she was fixing her last cup of tea. So deeply asleep I could lick her clean of all that was yummy. Woke holding the cap to the travel mug she uses for drinking in bed since she is a klutz and I knew my perfect birthday was assured. There would be no excessive walking or even fawning. My human would rest in bed, do some work from bed (so you don't get the wrong idea she has a perfectly normal job... it just like most computer based jobs can be done from bed if need be.
I am 5 and while wishes for my own year seem a little odd as my years are somewhat similar with the big variables being created by my human's health I hope she has a a better year. Not that I didn't enjoy meeting the people I met while my human was too sick to care for me but my human is my human and that is a relationship deeper than all others.
August 25th 2013 10:48 pm
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My human and I had to endure being apart for 3.5 months this year. It started out the same as last year but the hospital kept finding new things wrong with my poor human. She is still complaining that they were better at finding things wrong than fixing them so she came home with quite a bit still to do. She has something called an immobilizer on her left leg and her pee is outside her body! She was ranting about that to me last night because she is not convinced that was needed as apparently the doctor who decided this never saw her. For some reason my human seemed to think that made it a tad irresponsible. Heck when it is time for the vet I would be happy if she said healthy and I never saw her or more realistic healthy but a bit chubby...
Anyway I stayed with a family this time around. I did last year too but for just a few weeks and right at the end of things. Although arrangements in my human's nephew's household were chaotic in an enjoyable way a home with little children was a bit more chaotic than I could handle full time. It was mainly the smallest one who was unpredictable. He tried to shove things into my nose and so on. I was often saved by the bigger child who I quite enjoyed sitting on in the car. In fact sitting there is the only time I have ever been quiet in any car ever causing much debate about the how and why of that.
I am a resourceful dog. I knew I would get to see my human as often as could be managed but likely the chaotic human puppies would come along too and although my human's friend arranged many lovely outings for us all like to parks and beaches I needed a back up plan for when my human was no where in sight.
On one of the first days I was staying with my human's friends I was out in the dog run while my human's friend ran errands. She had not been gone very long but I spotted and older human and knowing they are often the most sympathetic I began my pathetic dog abandoned for who knows how long act. The lady fell for it completely and not only kept me company but liberated me and took me back to her place!
I am a bilingual dog. My human speaks Danish to me quite a lot. She sometimes reads other languages out loud (her work seems to involve quite a few) but Danish she actually speaks to me in. As luck would have it my new found dog napper and potential pal was Danish! I would have won their hearts anyway but this was just a quicker way in. They were shocked and charmed at my fluency in doggy Danish that I had acquired a much quieter place to escape to pretty fast.
My human's friend was torn between relief as she sometimes needed somewhere to leave me and worry as my new pals tended to feed me more than I should eat but it worked out pretty well. My human is complaining about it still though as it does mean I will have to go visit that area more but I think that is a good thing. She actually went quite often before she just didn't always bring me.
The older human puppy misses me a lot. He talks to my human about it. He told my human that she needs me to get better. He's a nice puppy really as I can feel him missing me even over the phone. They apparently took a picture of me camping. My human of course is always number one in my heart but I am not a selfish dog. My human is a hermit and has to be encouraged to be social. While she saw quite a bit of this friend she wouldn't have met more people there without me but she also has a kind heart and knows that now that this lady and her husband care about me they have to see me. My whole life my human has always known my social needs are much greater than hers but as a responsible human she knows she has to meet them so off we will go in a few days for a visit.
I hope my human gets well soon or at least gets well enough that she is more mobile again. It's hard for me loving my human so much but not quite knowing what more I can do to make her okay. I guess a lot of her doctor's feel the same way.
I do like that right now she mainly has to lie around a lot with her foot up. (It swells like crazy when it is down alarming people who are not used to it but this is my human's third knee surgery and it was like this each time)
She is dutiful about my need for exercise so she got a wheelchair so we could go further safer. She didn't completely explain that to me though. As she has mainly been lying around for months on end she is pretty weak. She made it to the end of the block. I thought I would be more comfortable in her lap so I hopped up into the wheelchair as she was turning around. My human grumbled all the way home about this but didn't try to move me. My own human is the hardest one to wrap around my paw usually so I don't know how I pulled that off.
December 9th 2012 12:04 am
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Every so often my human gets me a treat that is so suberb she clearly cannot be trusted with it. Since I am on the lazy side and not inclined to take much exercise of my own volition those have been increasingly rare. Tonight though was the first night of Channukah and I am the only living being my human could celebrate with. (Actually she was with lot's of living beings playing drums at a Christmas concert I gather before she got home)
She lit the candles and gave me this marvelous treat but has not been compliant as far as my desire to get it somewhere safe since it is obviously too good to keep in plain sight.
I tried to get her to let me outside with it in my mouth twice. Our new place lacks good hiding spots compared to the old one. I relocated it to her bedroom closet so I could come back and keep her company without risking her taking it. She reminded me that since she gave it to me in the first place if she really wanted one she would have just got one.
I'm a dog this makes about as much sense to me as her saying that due to my failure to get a job and learn to shop the whole gift giving thing lacks reciprocity. Not sure what that means but if it means she is about to take back my lovely flavour infused bone I am not taking any chances!
July 11th 2012 6:43 pm
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My human got some information about my being a service dog the other day. According to her doctor I could fit under more than one category but in the one that is easiest I guess to get an existing dog certified for she noticed that I would lose marks on the test for a few things that are actually quite useful for one of her other conditions.
I am very social. My human is not. That's a bit of an understatement really. My eager and almost comical desire to be friendly has resulted in my human having to interact with people she probably wouldn't have and it makes that easier as she has me as an excuse. On the test I will have to take greeting people without getting permission from my human would be a mark against me. Well face it. If I don't take matters into my own hands as far as that goes my human might not talk to anyone for days on end. At least this way she has to say "Sorry about my dog. He's way too social." Or words to that effect.
It's not like I knock anyone down or anything. I am just so eager to say hi my entire body wags until they give in usually. In our new area I have to try so much harder. But try I do.
My human was muttering about an argument she got into about her reluctance to train this out of me on the internet. My human's position is being friendly is a fundamental part of who I am as a dog and I have as much right to be the dog I am meant to be as a human has to be what a human is. She doesn't want to alter something fundamental about me anymore than she is herself willing to start telling white lies because someone insists it is a social skill.
The person she was having the debate with seemed to think I was disobedient but I am not. My human also doesn't want a robo dog who always has to plead for permission to be a dog. I've learned many commands, what I can and can't chew, not to hop up on tables and so on but none of what my human has wanted to teach me got in the way of me being me. Now I gather she is torn between the usefulness of my having a designation as a service dog and her philosophical position on the mutual relationship between a human and a dog. She admits that I could probably still pass the test, losing marks in a few areas that are actually helpful for her but she doesn't like the notion I would be judged by someone who couldn't see how those things that she doesn't want to alter are part of me being me and also very useful to her being a healthier human.
I don't know what she will decide. She did try some strange things from the test yesterday that she wasn't sure I could do and I did fine on those so that put her mind to rest a bit I guess. I do know that my own preference is to be with my human always.
June 24th 2012 1:58 pm
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Because my human is still not healthy nurses come by to see her. Some of them try to call my human my mommy. My human keeps having to explain to them why I am her dog and she is my human. I think it irritates her that the implication is somehow that my being her dog and her my human is a less valued relationship. They think it is a compliment to say I am more like her baby.
My human has been way ahead of the trend as far as not using the term owner goes. She never has and people have sometimes ridiculed her for it or outright laughs but she tells them that the relationship with a dog is a partnership and she has her part as my human and I have mine as her dog. Although money had to paid for me to live with her and she pays for my food, and toys and vet bills that does not mean she owns me. What I give to her I give of my own free will. She does admit that dogs are sadly inclined to be giving to humans even if they wind up in a situation where their human is mean to them.
I had some experience with living with other humans while mine was ill and I am although everyone was very nice to me (and some outright wanted to adopt me) I am happy to be back with my own human. I think she is happy to be back with me too although she gets a little grumpy when I express that happiness at 4 am by dropping my soggy teddy bear onto her face.
May 29th 2012 7:15 pm
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My human and I are still adjusting to the new location. It's much noisier which makes my walks a bit scary at times. I also won't just go out on my tie out line because of the noise my human has to come with me or I will just stand and whine.
The hardest thing for me though has been people are not friendly to me here. Where we lived before everyone knew my name and would say hi and sometimes pet me. Here almost no one pets me and even if they look at me and smile they don't say anything. They are all busy going places and doing things and I can't get used to it. I ever so hopefully try to approach each one wagging nearly my whole body and they just keep going.
May 13th 2012 8:07 pm
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Well at the beginning of the month my human finally found a place that would take a dog (and a cat) It took her a little longer to actually get out of hospital but she did on Wednesday. Her friends initially tried to say I should say where I was until the place was a little more settled but we needed to be together and she said as much so before long someone arrived to bring me to my human.
My last place was quite lovely in every respect except the fact my human wasn't there. I was quite adored and my human has been told should she ever need a dog sitter they would love to have me again. (Well I am really cute and charming :P) Of course my human has no intention of going anywhere without me anytime soon but it's still nice to have a place to go that isn't a kennel.
My human is getting an incredible amount of help from her friends from Kolot Mayim but she is still finding all this pretty stressful and I worry about her. I keep close and kiss her as much as I can so she cannot forget how much I love her but I don't think she forgets that ever. I have it on good authority that when she was sick she frequently said she just wanted to be back together with me. It's just tough. Her arthritis is bad so she gets sore after just a little unpacking. She wasn't there to pack the stuff so it isn't precisely clear where anything is and what got packed and what got thrown out remains a bit of a mystery. All I can really do is watch and encourage my human to come to bed with me so I can try to lick away the stress but I am all too aware that wasn't enough before. I can feel my human relax a bit though and she tells me I am the best dog in the world. I of course know that. I didn't want to be separated from my human but everywhere I went everyone loved me. It feels so good to sleep with my human though. My human and I are grateful for all the people who stepped up both to look after me and to help my human but nothing compares to being in the arms of my actual human again.
March 18th 2012 9:31 pm
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Went to see my human again. I was confused and not sure what to do. I kept looking at the human who has me now trying to work out what to do. I was afraid in a way to hope that this was my human with me and suspected we would soon be separated again. After awhile I settled at the foot of her bed and when she was petting me I let out a little whimper of sadness. I just want to be with her again. Sure enough after not enough time I was carried out of there. My human always takes me with her. What's different this time?
March 11th 2012 1:19 pm
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My human wound up getting sick from the stress of trying to find us all a new home. It's been very strange for me. One day a slightly familiar human arrived and my human walked me out to her car and put me in my bed in the back seat and the lady human drove off with me. I am normally freaked out by cars but I was a bit stunned by all this and had no idea what was going on. I stayed there for a week.
I was starting to think maybe my human was dead or had given me away and so began trying out the new human as a replacement. I slept in her bed a few times instead of my own. Then one day the new lady human took me to see my original human at a place called a hospital. My human was sitting outside in a chair with wheels on it with her rabbi.
I was frantic to see her again. I had been so worried. She still smelled sad and now a bit sick as well but I could tell my visit was helping her.
A few days after that I went to stay with my human's nephew. I was much more used to him. His house is the complete opposite of my human's home. He lives with a bunch of other boys and other students come over all the time. I get multiple walks a day as many of the kids seem to be missing their own dogs and girls are always kissing me. I do still miss my own human of course but it is pretty fun here for me.
We go a few times a week to see my human. I hope she will feel better soon and find us a new home as I not only miss her but that darned cat hasn't been in my life in almost a month now. My human says we will get the cat when we have a place as it is too hard for a cat to go to multiple places.
My human has a doctor that is going to try to get me officially made a therapy dog. I am not sure what that means beyond being able to be with my human anywhere which would be good. I hope I wouldn't have to wear one of those goofy vests though.
February 10th 2012 4:40 pm
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My human and myself and The Cat have to move. My human seems to be taking this very hard. I don't know quite what is going on but I know it takes me a long time to try to lick the sorrow from her when she comes home to me. I don't really know how to help beyond that.
I guess it is hard to find a place where we can all be together and my human won't do without either of us. I wish I could do more but she tells me I am doing more than 6 kilograms of dog should be expected to do.