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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 5:25pm (Jul 28th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thought I'd happy-talk about my dogs & share some videos. Still missing Toller like a hole in the heart, so I thought I'd talk about my other two...plus I don't think I've talked about Finley, here came home when I was still missing from hencam...

    Kasper everybody knows ;) 8 years old & still a giant pain in the arse & the most energetic dog I know :rolling: Now no longer fearful of pretty much anything (the only thing I can think of is the vet!) & he even has a pretty good handle on his impulse control in the house...don't forget this is the dog who lost it when he knew there was a rabbit in a hutch 20ft from him BEHIND A FENCE!!

    Here he is helping me tidy the garden a few days ago...for someone with POTS this is actually incredibly useful, & I'm teaching Finley to pick things up & retrieve for that reason :rolling:

    https://youtu.be/k5HOepx0ohg

    Finley next...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 5:26pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     
    Adorable boy.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 5:28pm (Jul 28th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: DianeonWhidbeyAdorable boy.


    He needs to be that adorable so he can get away with everything - the other day I'm sat in the garden & he brought out (because he's the counter surfing king) butter & parrot food...the parrot food he REALLY didn't want to trade :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 5:29pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     
    LOL. And LOOK at that sweet face.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 5:36pm (Jul 28th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Finley is my assistance dog in training. When it became blatantly obvious my last ADiTs breeder had lied to us, & that there was no way to work a dog that fearful, I used the money from returning her to eventually go towards Finley. Finley is 7 months old & a Labrador x Shar Pei (3/4 Lab; dad is a full Lab, mum is half Lab half Pei).

    We selected him at 2 weeks old & his breeder was amazing. She would send us weekly photos & videos of him as he grew, socialized him to babies, children, and unusual objects, & at 8 weeks old she drove him an hour to us because she knew it was hard with my disabilities to travel. Here the puppies were being exposed to a helium balloon - the pup that runs in & tramples it at about 15 seconds is Finley :rolling:

    https://youtu.be/SGLx_rEkAPw

    Finley is the dog I've been waiting for to be my pawtner, he's incredible! Affectionate, confident, bomb proof, a total foodie, & he LOVES training. Many, many times a day he alerts to changes in my blood pressure, heart rate & seizures. I've taught him other tasks including alerting to tremors, scratching etc. Here he is alerting to my BP:

    https://youtu.be/6lhDyw4VpSM

    Heeling with my chair (we've only worked on this a few times as the heat makes my POTS so much worse, & the house/garden is nowhere near big enough)

    https://youtu.be/vzNWiubCFGA

    He's pretty much the best dog ever, & I don't say that lightly. Even Kasper likes him, which is a miracle :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 5:44pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We're a couple months off (hopefully!) beginning public access work in non-pet friendly places. Finley's uniform should arrive next week, isn't it gorgeous? :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 5:52pm (Jul 28th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Photos of my boys together & baby pics of Finley, from 2 weeks old, & a pic of his parents :)
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2018 7:04pm (Jul 28th 2018)
     
    A lovely post Red and it is so good to see pictures of Kasper, he still looks like a puppy Bless him and so nice to hear how far he has come with his battle with fearfulness. So here is Finley what a smart looking little dog such a lovely shiny tidy coat and a beautiful calm face. How lovely they are good buddies , Thanks for sharing the pictures and updates with us xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2018 12:02am (Jul 29th 2018)
     
    Why did I think Finlay was half poodle? Was that the one you had to return? He looks such a sweetie. Black labs are notoriously naughty, but not as naughty as chocolate ones (or so my 2 friends who both have choc labs tell me!). How does the shar-pei in him affect his personality etc? Are they intelligent dogs too?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2018 12:28am (Jul 29th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northA lovely post Red and it is so good to see pictures of Kasper, he still looks like a puppy Bless him and so nice to hear how far he has come with his battle with fearfulness. So here is Finley what a smart looking little dog such a lovely shiny tidy coat and a beautiful calm face. How lovely they are good buddies , Thanks for sharing the pictures and updates with us xx


    I swear Kasper hasn't aged a day - the photo below was taken when he had just turned 1 year old, and he looks no different :rolling: He's still an absolute fool too, & has a bottomless stomach...I've lost count of the numberof times his idiotic appetite has almost killed him!!!
    :gasp:

    Ah Finley is incredible. He makes his job look so easy & he's a joy to train...he's completely changed our opinions on Labradors :rolling: He has a Shar Pei coat, which I love - his fur is very coarse! He also has loads of extra lip from the Pei in him...I love playing with his jowls :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2018 12:43am (Jul 29th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebWhy did I think Finlay was half poodle? Was that the one you had to return? He looks such a sweetie. Black labs are notoriously naughty, but not as naughty as chocolate ones (or so my 2 friends who both have choc labs tell me!). How does the shar-pei in him affect his personality etc? Are they intelligent dogs too?


    HAHAHA I have never heard people try claim that a different colour of Lab is naughtier than another :rolling: Finley is the easiest, calmest dog ever. COMPLETE opposite end of the spectrum to Kasper. I had several Lab owners try tell me Finley was only behaving (when he was 3-4 months old) as he was a puppy - well, he's 7 months old now, in the middle of adolescence, & he's an absolute star! He alerts at least two dozen times a day, with no prompting from me (eg they're real alerts, not set ups), & spends 98% of his time cuddling in bed with me :heart:

    We popped into the vets a few weeks back & one of the nurses was riling him up, getting him to jump up, give kisses etc. After a minute I asked him to get off & sit, and she was amazed at his off switch to say he's so young. Then I explained he's an ADiT & said I'd demonstrate a task, I started breathing slightly heavily & Finley alerted immediately...all the vet staff were gobsmacked and the nurse who'd been playing with him said she got goosebumps :tooth:

    I mean basically any breed of dog is intelligent & can be trained easily, it's just finding what motivates them & breaking it down. I know Chihuahuas, Pugs & French Bulldogs who are training to be service dogs :smile:, with AD work a lot depends on the dog's personality & drive...you want a confident, easy-going dog that enjoys having a job; often personality overrides breed.

    Shar Pei's tend to be calm, observant, & stand offish...Finley was extremely calm, as a young puppy especially, but I don't know if that's just his personality (he was the most chilled in the litter) or because we started distraction work/engage disengage very early. He definitely has the Lab love, he loves everybody & everything!! He's very easy to calm, super affectionate & cuddly, & very intelligent. He takes his job seriously - everytime he alerts he has a very serious expression on his face :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2018 6:56pm (Jul 29th 2018)
     
    They are both beautiful and a credit to you.:heart: One of my customers has a Staffie/Shar Pei cross who is my favourite dog on my rounds. She looks like an extremely worried Staffie with her wrinkly brow!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2018 9:16pm (Jul 31st 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenThey are both beautiful and a credit to you.<img src=" title=":heart:" />One of my customers has a Staffie/Shar Pei cross who is my favourite dog on my rounds. She looks like an extremely worried Staffie with her wrinkly brow!


    Thanks CC! I think any dog crossed with Shar Pei in it HAS to be utterly adorable :bigsmile:

    Finley's work gear arrived today! He looks absolutely adorable in it, & if this doesn't keep most people away nothing will haha :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2018 9:26pm (Jul 31st 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's been alerting so reliably these past few weeks, I lose count of how often he alerts each day, dozens of alerts for heart rate, bouncing blood pressure or seizures. He alerts during seizures, & helps Lyle notice when I'm 'gone'. Today we were training whilst the parrots flew around the room & FINLEY ALERTED several times to my blood pressure because I was sat up!!!

    https://youtu.be/w6XIhBxFywA

    He's able to catch things & act before I have any idea I'm so unwell. I can't wait until we're further in our journey & he can come more places (:

    My POTS has been terrible since a friend stayed the weekend before last. Walking upstairs to the bathroom makes my heart rate increase by 100...damn, my body really hates me :rolling:

    https://youtu.be/32XTin0AiUk

    I had a really scary incident last week where I'd got back from a super easy walk in my wheelchair (got pushed pretty much the entire way). I felt really bad afterwards so knew my HR must be at least 170...above 140 I feel BAD, above 165 I feel TERRIBLE :laugh: I asked Lyle to wait outside with Finley whilst I took my heart rate (otherwise Finley would alert repeatedly & result in an inaccurate reading!).

    Well before the monitor could get a reading I began retching, completely lost my vision, & collapsed onto the bed. I had a seizure then afterwards I was crying because I felt so bad. I was scrabbling for my phone (turned out Lyle had it outside!!) then just lay there crying. Lyle came in a few minutes later & my HR was down to 165 (!!); I was covered in sweat, white as a sheet & my whole body was trembling. It was an extremely scary experience...I'd guess my heart rate must have been at least 210. I'll take POTS induced seizures over that any day!!

    Here's progress heeling by my chair - look at him go! (:

    https://youtu.be/fC5xDVsjOd4

    (:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2018 10:31pm (Jul 31st 2018)
     
    Sorry to hear you suffering like that, any news from the doctors yet as to how they can help you manage all of this? What a good little dog and he will love wearing his new work jacket Bless him xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2018 5:55pm (Aug 1st 2018)
     
    What a handsome boy. And Kaspar likes him? So sorry you had such a bad time of it. Go steady, cherub. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2018 8:07pm (Aug 1st 2018)
     
    He's a very handsome dog! I always worry about dogs alongside wheelchairs in case they stumble or something and get run over! I"m sure it isn't really a risk but it does make me stress a bit.

    I'm sorry you had such a terrible day - I really don't know how you cope with it (I suppose you just have to). I have terrible health anxiety and have to resist googling every single ache, twinge, and symptom! I admire you so much. Xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 7:42pm (Aug 2nd 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northSorry to hear you suffering like that, any news from the doctors yet as to how they can help you manage all of this? What a good little dog and he will love wearing his new work jacket Bless him xx


    Unfortunately there are no cures or even treatment for my conditions, NN, sui there's not much anybody can do. Still, my life is much MUCH better than it was a year ago, when I was totally housebound, so it's not all bad!

    He rolled in cow poop yesterday & HAD A BLAST hehe. I was very glad he wasn't working & wearing his new uniform :rolling: I always let my pups do 'dog stuff' like rolling in poop or on dead things haha...what's the point of owning a dog if you're going to control all their fun?! We all had a rinse under the outdoor tap when we got back :tooth:

    Oh here, can you see the poop on his collar?! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 7:43pm (Aug 2nd 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenWhat a handsome boy. And Kaspar likes him? So sorry you had such a bad time of it. Go steady, cherub.<img src=" title=":heart:" />


    Yes, Kasper actually PLAYS with him, which he *never* does with other dogs. He also doesn't resource guard around Finley, which has never ever happened with another dog...they still need management, but Kasper is very tolerant with Finley given his personality (: Thanks CC :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 7:50pm (Aug 2nd 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebHe's a very handsome dog! I always worry about dogs alongside wheelchairs in case they stumble or something and get run over! I"m sure it isn't really a risk but it does make me stress a bit.

    I'm sorry you had such a terrible day - I really don't know how you cope with it (I suppose you just have to). I have terrible health anxiety and have to resist googling every single ache, twinge, and symptom! I admire you so much. Xx


    I've run over his toes, once in the garden, once in the house - neither time he was on lead ironically!! He didn't react much thankfully (I panicked way worse :rolling:)...he reacted far worse when I accidentally stepped on his paw as I was dizzily walking inn from the garden; that time he yelped & I felt awful :bored:

    Idk if you can see in the videos I posted, but can you see on the side he heels at, there's a mudguard attached to my chair? That's because when he was younger he couldn't understand how much distance he needed to leave between him & the chair AT ALL. For safety I attached a mudguard, & it works perfectly! (:

    I think because I'm used to feeling so crappy now, I'm somewhat used to it haha. And I feel so much better knowing what causes my seizures, rather than worrying about it!! It's kinda sad not being able to do much (I basically have to choose one 'big' activity per day: dog walk, cooking, shower, doing all the pets), so it's a rubbish balancing act...but I'm grateful for what I can do, & for Lyle! Plus I love my dog walks ^_^
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 7:53pm (Aug 2nd 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Heelwork from today - we're ready to add much more distractions!! This road was spattered in cow poop & there were sheep yup the left, but he aced it (:

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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2018 10:17pm (Aug 2nd 2018)
     
    So nice they get to do doggy stuff so many dogs are not allowed to andthats such a shame
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2018 5:55pm (Aug 3rd 2018)
     
    I love how he looks at you. Deep love.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2018 12:22am (Aug 5th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    ^_^

    One of my favourite things is how much my parents love Finley. My dad literally spends all his time with Finley when he's about haha. Today I showed him how to do some training with Finley, & he was heeling with him around the beer garden haha. It was very cute! They're always buying toys they see in shops that they think he might like too...he's totally got them wrapped around his paws :tooth:

    Today Finley was AWESOME! Super happy to see & spend time with my parents, & he was really chilled out at the pub both around strangers and with several other dogs in the beer garden (: Here's some footage to show how bomb proof he is, & of my dad training :bigsmile:

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    Any toys seen in these pics are ones they brought up for him by the way :tooth:

    After the BBQ my mum came inside to see the birds/mice, & Finley alerted to her asthma!! She was outwardly showing no symptoms, but Finley was acting really odd - circling her, staring at her, jumping up. I said it looked like he was alerting & jokingly asked if she felt okay - 5 minutes later her asthma was really bad & she had to leave the house!!

    I couldn't believe it :)

    It's nice it being summer as my mum can be around Finley outdoors & it doesn't cause issues...but as soon as she comes inside there's a limit on how long she can manage!!

    I've included a photo of Kasper too. Let's not forget that PITA...and omb is he being a PAIN atm :rolling:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2018 12:42am (Aug 5th 2018)
     
    So glad you had a nice happy day together. Does Kasper get Jealous if Finley gets a lot of attention? He seems to be settling in to being a a really good special needs dog as he is so attentive and happy to have his job of caring for you all xxxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2018 12:36pm (4 days ago) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kasper throws constant strops about everything :rolleyes: He always wants what anybody else has, & he always wants all the attention. PITA ;)

    I tried to get a training video of everything Finley knows, but my phone was out of storage & kept curing off...even though we missed most his stuff, it's still a pretty good training video (:

    When I have enough energy we'll try again :tooth:

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    Health update...

    It had been 5 weeks since I had my ambulatory ECG to diagnose postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Lyle phoned the GP & the receptionist said the surgery had got the results 5 days ago, but there was no plan to get back in touch with us because the system said 'heart is healthy, no further investigation/treatment needed'
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    So we were confused, because we know I had dozens of episodes during the ECG. Lyle got a printout of the entire report, & what do you know there were huge increases in my heart rate everytime I moved, with the biggest difference being am increase of over 100BPM!!

    Well, it turns out my GP had forgotten everything we'd told her about POTS (we spoke with her yesterday), so she sent off the wrong thing for the ECG...this meant the specialists thought they were checking to see if my heart was PHYSICALLY HEALTHY (which we already knew it was because the GP did her own ECG!!), rather than checking for POTS... :rant_red2:

    Lyle then had to re-explain the entire condition to the GP. He pointed out that the report shows drastic increases in heart rate from minimal activity, & that my seizures correspond with tachycardia. He told her that the diagnosis is crucial in explaining my seizures, as otherwise they'll be diagnosed as psychogenic, & we've already been fighting that stigma for 18 months already :rolleyes:

    The GP listened to everything & the outcome is that she's referring me to a cardiologist, which will be a 2-3 month wait...so great job messing up there once again NHS :closedeyes:

    More of a waiting game, but thank god we do our own research otherwise we'd be at a standstill again!!

    Below you can see the ECG readings & report. My average low heart rate was 51, my average high heart rate was 161. My highest heart rate was when I was helping Lyle push me back from the hospital. But apparently the specialist thought there was nothing worrying about my heart rate increasing by 100bpm or triggering seizures whenever I move :sleep:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2018 1:14pm (3 days ago)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    33 weeks old training video :heartsabove:

    https://youtu.be/ESUUHfn8H0w

    Don't watch if you're squeamish - an example of how my hEDS effects me :tooth:

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2018 7:16pm (3 days ago)
     
    It's just as well you and Lyle have done so much research and are so well versed in the condition. Sometimes I'm horrified at what the NHS does (or rather doesn't) do. I hope the cardiologist you are referred to knows something about it too.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2018 9:49pm (3 days ago)
     
    Oh my word that is such a terrible thing Red. So glad you got Lyle to sort them out.