Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Chimi flew in a plane just as easy as he rides in the car. By the time we boarded our second flight he got on and in place as if he had been traveling that way all his life. I think the last flight attendant was afraid of him. I had to tell him “No Sniff,” as we board after that he minded his business. (I should have had the halty on but he had done well on the other flight.) As we were getting on the lift to depart from the plane in
Chimi likes his, new kennel but I did not get it fastened when I closed it last night. I woke up when I heard the clatter. But just then I had a sudden urge to urinate. I did not make it to the bathroom in time. As I was trying to call Chimi and clean myself up, Chimi found the bowel of cat food in the kitchen. Tonight I will make sure that the kennel is fastened closed, that the bedroom door is closed and the cat food is put away!
My cats do not know what to think of Chimi. Sissy just keeps her distance. Buddy clawed at Chimi and he barked a little, but for the most part Chimi just ignores them. Buddy kept trying to get closer until he heard Chimi bark at door knocking an outside noise. For now kennel time is cat time. The cats eat and sleep in a separate room. Sissy seems happy with this arrangement but Buddy is not. He has stopped purring and has started grubbing it sounds like a buzzing hum.
I think the first household task skill that I will train Chimi to do is to put close in the laundry basket because he wants to take them out of the basket and bring them to me when we are in the bathroom. (He enjoyed helping me unpack the suitcase I also want to work at training him to my right side. I did not know how uncomfortable the left side would be when I first talked to Michelle. (I am left handed.)
My scooter not only has different controls, even at its fastest, it is slower than Carol’s!
Things to continue working on or out
Shortening the lead – using my voice not the leash
Training Chimi to position at my right.
Establishing boundaries and limiting distractions (Cat toys!)
Barking at door knocking and outside sounds
Obedience when in a new environment with distractions
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Chimi had his first play date yesterday with a female Australian Shepherd, named Boops. The Roberts have a fenced in back yard. It was the first time I had seen Chimi playing outside, doing something other than carry his ball. He was very distracted by the new environment at the Roberts and obedience was difficult.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I will meet his puppy raiser family and the cordinator of the prision dog training program Friday night! (His puppy raisers are two ladies who are sisters)
Yesterday's challenge was the obstical course. This time Chimi came to me on the recall and by passed the Tennis ball! But he would not "hoop" jump over an obstical. He will do this if we are traveling outside on the scooter though.
Tomrrow we have to demonstrate obediant behavior "off lead" - the leash.
Saturday, I will have five minutes to speak at graduation! I know quite a bit about five minutes speeches!
I now know how to safely get off the floor even if all I have is Chimi and I know how to manage steps and curbs with his help.
Tommrrow we will also learn to train new skills when we return home like pushing my trike and retrieveving the phone.
Chimi is already picking up dirty laundary and puting it where directed and this morning he brought me my hair brush from the bathroom sink and he can get me my walker and open the refrigerator door.
Our next big challenge will be traveling on the airplane as a team.
Chimi can not be petted while he is working - in harness. After we have stettled in and bonded more at home, he can be petted when out of harness More later
Monday, April 21, 2008
During the obedience session with toy distractions today, I had to leave Chimi on a down stay and go across the room using only my voice to control him while tennis balls rolled passed him. Michelle told me to think of the tennis ball as dangerousto Chimi and to use a vocie to make a believer out of him. He obeyed me until I released him from the down stay. He went after one of the tennis balls but He brought it to me on a bring it command. Both yesterday and todays sessions were exstremely frustrating but I worked through both of them and did not have a tearful melt down. For me that is a break through. I will have to continue disensitising Chimi to tennis balls when we come home. Dose anyone know were I can get some small one to attach to my keychain and things like that that Chimi will retrieve for me?
A trip to the Walmart in the next town is planned for Wednesday.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Today Chimi tugged my cane across the training room following me as I scooted to a place where he could safely brace me! He also dose an aswome job of balancing me as I walk but we are not ready for abig crowd like CCC yet.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
We had our training lecture today and a daily grooming leture rder . I have got to work on voice inflection and control. I will have a written test and a skills test.
I also have abetter understanding of my training process today. I understand the reason for the pace and the order of progession. I need to practice now more later
Monday, April 14, 2008
He is from the Mexican Food theme litter. His name is Chimi short for chimicanga. He will be three years old in May He is a golden retrevier. His golden hair is feathery. He retreved my cane today when I fell. I hand feed him today so that I become the leader. He has eyes only for the trainer today. Today's lecture was dog phsy. I need work on almost every thing at the momement. I am really having trouble with my confidence. I am also having trouble driving the scooter they have here. I have already broke something and ran over my trainer. I have been restricted to turtle speed. The hand controls work different than mine. I know it will get easer and I will get better but at this point I will be amased if I graduate. I do alot better when nobody is watching but my test is observation more later I need to go write in my journal. that is one thing I can do well.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I like my apartment I have a opwasher & dryer! I browed a cell plug but I can not get a signal This a lap t op I can not type well. I am nervous about meeting the dog tommorow I also had a tuor today The dogs are beautiful I am tired
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
My initial Training Goals are to:
1. Balance and step up or down with the dog independently on curbs, steps, or stairs. (This is a small task that is a big deal to me.)
2. Walk with only the dog’s assistance (I want to be confident enough with the dog that other people are not nervous about me falling and feel as if they need to help.)
3. Transport and travel with the dog. (This is important sense I can not drive a motor vehicle of my own.)
4. Learn what I need to too train the dog to assist me when I trike ride
Other goals may be added as I train! (I also brought along my bike helmet, gloves, and pads to wear during training as fall precaution and protection.
My flight CO2102 will depart from
I have no fear of flying. I am a little anxious about getting around the Huston airport and connecting to my next flight. Airport personnel tend to assist and accommodate people with disabilities very well. However, if you have a disability you become a liability to the airport and in the process often loose your personal identity. You become only “Wheelchair.” (At least I do not become “Minor!”) I often have trouble communicating with the multiple persons assigned to the “Wheelchair” that I am sitting in! Between my speech impediment and their limited English, we are often challenged in the area of communication. Pray for clarity and God Speed. The last such person assigned to me in
Saturday April 12 – arrive and get settled into the apartment that I will be living in
Sunday April 13 – 1 P.M. Orientation, basic dog handling instruction, meet and greet classmates.
Monday April 14 – Meet and spend the day bonding with my dog
Tuesday April 15- Friday April 25 intensive skill training
Saturday April 26 – Graduation ceremony at 11:00 A.M
Sunday - Fly home. 11:15 A.M Land in
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I will also live in one of the new duplex apartments on campus! Steve will help me get moved in and take me to the store for groceries.
Michele, also said she had just finished trimming my dogs hair. (I will not know any other details about the dog until I am paired up on Monday April 14.)
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Iwas overjoyed to learn that the KSDS program would allow me to keep my 3 year old pet cats. Even though this blog is about my service dog, Sissy and Buddy are two of my finest feline friends. Therefore, they get at least one post for now. After the dog comes home, I will probably have more stories to tell about how they get along.
My experiences with my first apartment cat, Punkie, taught me many things about pet care. Therefore, after I accepted that Punkie was not coming back; I picked from a kitten litter at a friend’s house, not the Wal-Mart parking lot, and instead of bringing one kitten home, I brought home two. I also decided that simple names would be better than strange ones. So I named the solid white female “Sissy,” and I named the black and white male, “Buddy!” I had them both fixed ASAP but I did not have them de-clawed. I think I did right by them because where Punkie was very anti-social, Sissy and Buddy are super social and very affectionate.
I love them and they love me. I hope they learn to live with the dog quickly.
Adam and Eve were the keepers of a whole zoological garden before the pet snake came along. The snake was covered in dust. But Adam an Eve were clothed in animal skin. (Gen. 1-3)
Noah built the first floating Zoo. He also formed the first animal rescue and recon units. He sent a raven and a dove on a sight seeing, fact finding mission. (Gen. 6-8) Their service blazed the trail for future carrier pigeons!
A ram served as Isaac’s substitute. Before Mary had the Lamb, Abraham had a ram. (Gen.22.)
Quail flew in for their final landing while the children of
Balaam had stubborn a donkey that was smarter than him. I would rather take a trip with a dumb talking donkey than a stupid wise man any day! (Num. 22:21-35)
The shepherd boy who became King David had a flock. He learned how to fist fight with lions and bears so that he could sling stones at giants! (1Sam 17) (“Lions, tigers, and bears, O’ my!” That story is not in the Bible!)
Dogs served as the cleaning crew for old Ahab. He should have been more humane! (1Kin 21:19; 22:38) Elijah was feed by ravens. (1Kin. 17)
The prophets, like Ezekiel, were men of visions. (There were no fairies and sugar plumes dancing in their heads.) They saw animals and angels instead! Daniel was a guest in a lions den, but they did not share a meal together. (Dan.6)
I became interested in service dogs a few years ago after watching a TV program about how service dogs could help children with emotional problems that needed positive social interaction. This intrigued me since I was a special education teacher. Then in 2005 because of my on physical disability (Cerebral Palsy) and other health problems I began to consider the possibility of having a service dog of my own.
Due to various symptoms I was having at that time I applied for a seizure alert dog from Heaven Scent Paws. However, further diagnosis revealed that I did not have a seizure disorder. After further treatment and changes in medication the seizure like symptoms disappeared and I no longer needed a seizure alert dog. Therefore I did not complete the application process with Heaven Scent Paws
I considered applying for a service dog with another organization because of my modality and balance issues related to CP. But I could not find a service dog organization that was the right fit for me. Then in the spring of 2007 I borrow the movie “More than Puppy Love.” from a friend. The movie was about KSDS and how their programs had changed the lives of two families. After watching the movie, I decide to contact KSDS and apply for a service dog. My application was approved! I never dreamed that training would happen so soon. I am deeply thankful to all those who made my service dog training possible.