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    • CommentAuthorEdge
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2016 4:19pm (Oct 13th 2016) edited
    Hi everyone, I know I don't come here often (besides over Red's shoulder) but I thought you would appreciate knowing what is going on with Red currently. Firstly Red has left the forum, as you may have noticed. This has not got anything to do with the forum itself. You can find her on her blog to see how she and all the pets are getting on if you want to catch up, I'm sure she love it if you popped up over there! Also I have already written this out once and spent an hour doing it only for the forum to automatically sign out and lose the entire post, so I'm sorry if this isn't as well written as the first draft.

    As you know Red is always struggling with her health and I'm sure she mentioned her seizures before leaving also. Along with her long term symptoms from bipolar disorder life is now very difficult and we are somewhat stuck, but thanks to Pixie we have come to realise how much medical support dogs can give Red.

    A support dog can let Red know when seizures are incoming and try to keep her grounded and safe throughout, along with giving her the confidence (which has been drained over many years of mental health issues and the anxiety of potential seizures) she needs to go out in public places and even attend crucial medical appointments.

    However Pixie is not that dog. Because of her horrific previous owners Pixie does not have the confidence to cope with the training and environments she would need to be in to help support Red. She cannot manage the tasks we need her learn to make a difference in Red's life. Nor should she have to, her life was awful until we brought her into our family and now all she needs and deserves is love and gentle socialisation.

    I have set up a Go Fund Me account to try and help raise the money needed so that we can firstly purchase a puppy of suitable breed and sound temperament, then enrol it on a puppy obedience course and then an assistance dog training course. I am sharing on this forum firstly to spread our campaign, but also in case anybody wanted to donate, even the smallest amount. Red would not be impressed with me asking for donations and I wouldn't if we didn't need it, but without additional help it would take months and months and months before we had enough money to consider this, as we barely scrape by on the benefits we get as it is. Most importantly though if anybody could share our campaign on any social media they might use that would be wonderful.

    The link to our go fund me page is:
    I cannot get it to work the normal way but will keep trying!

    There is a lot more information about ways a trained dog could help Red on the campaign itself.

    Thank you so much for reading the second wall of text I've written today. Many of you have been a big part of Red's life for a really long time and I thought you deserved to know how she is getting on. I know she misses you all greatly :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2016 7:22pm (Oct 14th 2016)
    Lyle, (Edge), you are the most fantastic man I have met for many a year.
    I have admired your nurturing for a long time now and if I could nominate you for a medal, I would without any hesitation. Your patience and devotion is unequalled in my experience.

    I am very sad that Red has left the forum as she was a driving force in Hencam. I have been reading her blog closely, it is so different from the forum in content. I feel she is getting benefit from being able to open up and chat about herself more. I know she feels our support.
    • CommentAuthorEdge
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2016 9:41pm (Oct 14th 2016)
    Thank you so much Ollie! Such a kind thing to say, I am not worthy haha! Red is not impressed with me tonight as she has found out that I shared our campaign here and she felt it was rude to come cap in hand from people she knows so well.

    Red loves doing her blog, its something she's found both fun and therapeutic for years now, glad you found it. I think she has a link to her mouse blog somewhere too if you enjoyed watching the babies growing, they are quite the little mini mice now!!
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2016 3:21pm (Oct 15th 2016)
    You are indeed a hero, Lyle. I know Red appreciates what a gem you are.
    Are your ears glowing red yet?:blushing::blush::face-smile:
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2016 10:13pm (Oct 15th 2016)
    I found the mouse link on the blog - they're coming along really well and are very cute!

    Thanks for being there for Red - I'm sure it's not easy for you at times, but I'm a big believer in Karma and you will get your rewards. Xx
    • CommentAuthorEdge
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2016 12:39am (Oct 18th 2016) edited
    Chief Chicken, Red always feels guilty that I have been put in the role I have, and that she brings me down and prevents me being able to do things. That's not how it is at all, I love her so much and feel so lucky to have her. Kate things are not easy at all and watching her have seizures is particularly unpleasant but the good times make it all worthwhile.

    As of midnight it is officially Red's birthday :bdayhappy_balloons: We won't be celebrating much as Red really isn't in the mood and we are saving money for her service dog but we will have a cake! She is sporting a black eye from a seizure on Sunday where she fell and hit her head on the floor and fireplace. This was very very scary for both of us and she was left with headache and sickness. I spoke with 111 and was told we didn't need to go to hospital which was a huge relief as I don't think we could have gone even if she'd needed to. Today we had a friend come over because Red was feeling a little better, she had some seizures whilst he was here (two big ones) but everybody involved handled it as well as can be and we had a nice day indoors playing board games and video games :)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2016 5:57pm (Oct 18th 2016)
    Happy birthday Red - come back soon, we miss you! How are the meecers?:bdayhappy_balloons::bdayparty::bdaycake::drunk::cheers2:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2016 6:55pm (Oct 18th 2016)
    Happy Birthday Red!!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2016 9:55pm (Oct 18th 2016)
    Lots and lots of healing love coming your way.
    We'll greet you back when you are ready.
    Have a peaceful day cuddling all your wee ones.
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2016 6:29pm (Oct 19th 2016)
    Lovely card as ever Lynn!

    Wish her a happy birthday for all of us Lyle. xxx
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2016 10:51pm (Oct 21st 2016)
    Just been reading Red's blog.
    Tonight's is so revealing into her situation.
    It shows what an amazing person she is.
    She battles on despite her huge health problem, a lot of folks would just curl up and opt out.
    I'm so glad there is this space where she can share with us the depth of her feelings.
    • CommentAuthorEdge
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2016 7:05pm (Oct 28th 2016) edited
    Ollie what a lovely comment, thank you very much, I know Red appreciated the comment you left on her blog post a lot too.

    Copied from our Go Fund Me campaign

    ......we have a puppy!

    Yesterday, when a friend and I were supposed to be going to look at a litter of 5 week old Labrador puppies, it came to our attention that a Standard Poodle had been returned to a breeder as the mother of the child the Poodle was training to work for turned out to be allergic. The Poodle was 12 weeks old, fully vaccinated, the family's health tests were extensive, and three of the puppies' immediate family members are registered therapy dogs. This was the perfect puppy for us.

    The friend drove me to the breeder where we met the puppy and two of her siblings (one the breeder was keeping and one she was holding as the new family was on holiday), and also met the mother and grandmother. All the dogs were incredible and the breeder was simply wonderful. It was soon agreed that we would be a good home for the puppy, and after collecting all her documentation we set off on the 90 minute drive home to take her to my partner!

    It was love at first sight, so without further ado we would like to introduce Sasha, the 12 week old Standard Poodle puppy :)

    She has had just one accident in the house, she slept for six solid hours last night just on the floor (her choice) completely free in the room, and our other pets are all getting to know her and doing much better welcoming her into the family than expected.

    Thank you to everyone who donated and helped us some of the way to paying for her, and if you could continue to share this that would be wonderful!

    Finally these blog posts written by Red help explain her condition, and also the lead-up to Sasha too.

    Photos from the blog

    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2016 12:28am (Oct 30th 2016)
    She is beautiful- can't believe how big she is for 12 weeks! Poodles are extremely intelligent so a good choice. Think she's a better option as an assist dog than a spaniel or lab.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2016 2:26pm (Oct 30th 2016)
    Isn't she gorgeous! How often will she need to be clipped?
    • CommentAuthorEdge
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2016 8:28pm (Nov 19th 2016) edited
    Thanks Kate, CC Red trims her fur very regularly, just a little bit every now and then because she finds it very calming.

    Thought I would post an update as we had a big day today. For the first time in 5-6 months Red left our village and we traveled by train to a nearby seaside village. Before Sasha we couldn't do this, and for the first time in so long Red wasn't struggling at all because she had Sasha to focus on ease her panic and keep her laughing. Sasha was remarkable with her first train journey, very impressive bless her and she had a grand time on the beach getting filthy. We were out for a few hours which won't seem like much to most people but was a huge deal for us, and neither of us can believe we had a lovely day out. I know Red is very excited for our future with Sasha now and we're both looking forward to future adventures.

    Here are some photos stolen from the blog. Photosnot involving Red taken by Red of course on her mobile phone.

      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2016 5:33pm (Nov 20th 2016)
    She's beautiful; I'm so glad she has enabled you to lead a happier life. :heart:
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2016 7:16pm (Nov 20th 2016)
    Sasha obviously had a good time looking at her feet!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2016 12:15pm (Nov 21st 2016)
    So happy you all got out and had such a lovely day xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2016 8:05pm (Nov 24th 2016)
    I'm so happy that Sasha is working out so well, she's such a lovely pup. How wonderful that Red was able to go outside the village by train with Sasha's help.:yay_jump:
    • CommentAuthorEdge
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2016 12:31pm (Dec 8th 2016) edited
    Thank you everybody, I am here with another update! This week we made it to puppy class even though Red had a really tough day with all her illnesses running at a hundred. We had missed three weeks due to various issues so this was only Sasha's second class, and she was absolutely amazing again.

    Also she rode on the floor of the taxi for the first time, and settled for the whole journey, and we took the bus back after class which saved us some money.

    Sasha is making Red happy every single day and already with virtually no public access work she has changed both our lives so much. The other day Red was able to take Sasha off lead, alone, on the canal for 15 minutes whilst I had our puppy at the vets. This is something she wouldn't have been able to do for years and years, especially not such a busy place, yet they had a great time together and I didn't have to worry about Red's safety.

    Also we think we have noticed especially these last few days that Sasha is naturally alerting to Red not doing well. This has been when Red has felt very sad, and also during a seizure. It could be coincidence but if Sasha was beginning to naturally alert that would be out of this world incredible :)

    And this shows quite how noisy class was and what a high distraction training place it was, yet Sasha's focus was spot on and Red wasn't even holding her lead for the stays. Really amazing for 17 weeks old.

      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2016 5:27pm (Dec 8th 2016)
    They're doing so well, Lyle; it must be a great relief for you. Clever girls!
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2016 10:13pm (Dec 8th 2016)
    I'm enjoying reading the blog and am amazed at how well she's doing already. She is a very mature dog for her 17 weeks!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2016 8:19pm (Dec 11th 2016)
    She is doing amazing for only being 17 weeks old, Lyle. Standard Poodles are very intelligent.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2016 5:41pm (Dec 18th 2016)
    Wonderful little girl xxx
    • CommentAuthorEdge
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2017 11:16pm (Jan 2nd 2017)
    Thank you everybody for your lovely comments, Sasha is a bit of a star!

    Since last time I posted here she has started alerting Red to seizures before they happen which is fantastic (this is extremely rare and something that cannot be trained). Tonight she bounded over to Red and stared at her to make sure she realised a seizure was incoming, and then climbed onto her lap to comfort her until it passed.

    When Red came to she literally cried with happiness at how lovely and helpful this was.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2017 5:39pm (Jan 3rd 2017)
    How brilliant; I'm so happy Sasha is working out so well. :heart: Does Red read our comments? if not, pass our messages on, won't you please?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2017 8:20pm (Jan 3rd 2017)
    Wow what a little star Sasha has turned out to be thats fantastic news so good to start the new year with something so positive. All Love to Red and yourself of course xxxxx
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2017 6:24pm (Jan 4th 2017)
    Such an amazing dog, and a great value to Red. Can only get better as time goes on I'm sure. She looks such a gentle soul and wise beyond her years.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2017 5:37am (Jan 8th 2017)
    I'm thrilled that Sasha can alert Red to the seizures. She's going to be one amazing pup when she gets older..not that she isn't a star now, but she will be doing Red so much good in the future. Way to go Sasha!!!:clap: