Socialization outing

Whew, big day for Grimm.  He made his first trip to Lowe’s today.  Luckily Grimm came home from his breeder already house trained so we’ve been able to focus mostly on basic obedience.  He has been picking up his training very quickly and he is a very polite and eager to please little guy.  With most of his shots now completed I want to take advantage of his easy going temperament to work on socialization and training outings in pet friendly locations.

 

Nothing too big or stressful.  We are also still working on getting him used to riding in the car and liking it.  Which is going very well now.  So a nice walk around Lowe’s with a few stops to do some basic obedience work and then exit before he become overwhelmed is right where we need to be.  He did phenomenal.  He isn’t walking in perfect heel or doing anything super fancy but he was happy, bright, and able to follow commands.  Just what I wanted to see.  I hope to continue to move forward at his pace.

Having a visit

It is important to experience new people and dogs.  Luckily our friends Alexandria and her wonderful Service Dog Trophy were able to come by and visit us on 8-15.  We had a super fun visit, even though half the pack is pretty nutty.  Blue enjoyed the visit, she has really started loving new people and even new dogs as she has gotten older.  Grimm was sad he couldn’t accompany us all out for dinner.  Not anywhere near ready for restaurants yet little man.  But he sure did enjoy chasing Trophy around the house and a quick training fun time with Alexandria.  Lots of good times for the Grimm.  We need to plan more play dates for him to keep him sharp.

First Grooming

Well, after a week of settling in Grimm got his first official poodle groom.  Would you look at that, he has a face.  He looked like a mud monster for a while there.  This is just the first of many grooms in little man’s future.  Can’t say he loved it but I think he will live.  He also had a trip to the vet for another round of shots (he is now almost finished with shots and his rabies is done).  He weighs in at 20lbs at 14weeks.  We’ll see how he grows.

Puppy Progress

Whew, been so busy sort of forgot about updating.  So it has been a month and we are all adjusting.  Moppet is very different than my last few puppies.  A dog who actually wants to please people, crazy.  She is energetic, and demanding, but biddable.  We struggle a bit with settling into a routine.  She sure does love to fetch.

 

I miss Yarrow like part of me.  Can’t wait for her to be home.   We go to Comic-palooza in Mid-May for another Derby Bout (because it is all about Derby here).  The girls are going to stay at K9AI for the weekend and we should be picking Yarrow up then.  Sounds like she will be ready, and her two months will be officially up.  Not sure if Mops will be coming back with us or not.  I am sure she will be assessed while she is there, and I have a couple of concerns we need to discuss as far as her future is concerned.  We’ll see.  Until then we will just keep working on basics and socialization.

Celiac Plexus Block

Being a Spoonie my life is pretty full of medical appointments and procedures.  Last year I was diagnosed with MALS (Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome or Celiac Ligament Syndrome).  The recommended treatment for this is a rather invasive abdominal surgery (6inch incision from my rib cage to my belly button).  I do have a rather complicated medical history and my cardiologist is loathe to recommend surgery.  As a final test I was sent for a Celiac Plexus Block, to see if my pain abated at all.

 

It is a relatively simple outpatient procedure, performed in a surgical center under general anesthesia (Zebras don’t react well to numbing agents).  During my procedure I also had Sacroilliac injections as my SI joints are loose and deteriorated.  The goal there was similar, pain relief.  My block was performed on February 14th, Valentines Day.

 

If the block worked I should have been able to eat pain free for at least a day, maybe even a few weeks.  The block did not work in my case, I had the same gastric pain as I’ve always had.  Further confirmation that surgery is not a good choice for me.  Good news and bad news I suppose.  Unfortunately the SI injections caused a nerve reaction in my hips and I have had an increase in pain since the procedure.  I have been working with my PT in an attempt to resolve the damage and regain mobility.  Lesson learned.  In the meantime I have been spending a good deal more time in the wheelchair.

Rolator

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Some days I need a little bit of help but the wheelchair is too much, or just inconvenient to use.  Enter the rolator.  We purchased this primarily for use in places like Scarborough Fair where trying to use the wheelchair would be almost impossible but walking all day without help is almost impossible for me.  Poppy thinks I bought it for her of course, she loves rides in the “wheely chair” and now on the rolator seat.  I will be working on Yarrow’s heeling next to the rolator.

Spoonie Life

Sometimes I like to try to forget that I am sick.  I push myself too hard and try to do too many things.  When that happens life has a way of catching up with me.  Tuesday I had an appointment with my cardiologist.  It was supposed to be a quick follow up to discuss surgery for MALS.  It turned into a discussion of my POTS symptoms and a secondary trip across town for IV hydration.  I have another follow up in a week.

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Well, life has a way of catching up to you.  It really ruined my plans for the day.

But lucky for me I have quite the welcome home committee.

In the Yard

The rain is gone, the weather is nice again, hubby mowed.  You know what that means, puppy play time in the yard.  All 4 of the beasties accompanied me into the yard for some frolic time.  I know, you are all jealous of my magnificent service dog in training and my fluffy beasts.  Poppy thinks she is a goat.