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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 (Aug 17th 2018) 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 (Aug 18th 2018)
     

    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 (Aug 18th 2018)
     
    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 (Aug 18th 2018)
     
    Oh my word that is such a terrible thing Red. So glad you got Lyle to sort them out.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2018 10:37pm (Aug 29th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think I'm going to switch back to my previous surgery, because the GPs at this current one aren't any better, & the surgery's also got really bad (basically no :rolling: )accessibility for wheelchairs :thumbdown:

    I've given up hope of finding a good GP...I just dread every appt worse than ever now. Sigh. I've wanted to go see a Dr for several issues for the last 6 months, but I just keep putting it off, because Dr's don't listen & they don't help. So I'm just living with pain, & it sucks :001_rolleyes:

    Anyway. This boy turns 35 weeks old tomorrow!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2018 11:52pm (Aug 29th 2018)
     
    He's very handsome!!

    I'm so sorry you can't find a decent GP, it's really hard nowadays. Have you tried all of the GPs at the surgery? It can be a real mixed bag!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2018 6:02pm (Aug 30th 2018)
     
    Is it a big practice? Ours is huge and it means you never know who your GP is as it changes, and you find a brilliant GP only to find next time that they've gone elsewhere. Hope you find your dream doc, cherub; you've had a dreadful time of it. :heart:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2018 11:47am (Sep 1st 2018)
     
    My word he is turning into a handsome chappie xx Good luck with the doc's xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2018 9:34pm (Sep 3rd 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks everybody :bighug: :twosome:

    It's a pretty big surgery, but they allocate one GP per patient. Usually you have to wait 2-3 weeks for an appt, but if I ever manage to find a good doctor I would totally be happy waiting that long each time :rolling:

    I had a really bad time on a dog walk tonight (couldn't take my wheelchair due to the terrain...I'm trying to save up for an attachment that'll mean my chair can handle grass, forests etc but it's stupidly expensive). Lyle was filming me at various points to show doctors, & watching the clips back I was blown away by Finley's tasking when he was 'off duty' - I actually cried when I saw him!

    He was alerting, super focused, & tried to ground me during a seizure. I'm honestly blown away!

    Thought I'd post it here in case anybody wanted to watch him :bigsmile:

    https://youtu.be/I3CBtLMYoqw
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2018 9:58pm (Sep 3rd 2018)
     
    He is such a good lad. well done Finley xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2018 4:28pm (Sep 4th 2018)
     
    He's a good boy; but your training of him is second to none!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2018 4:00pm (Sep 6th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah thank you so much guys ^_^

    Here is Finley & Derghan :heartsabove: Kasper is still very much separated from the new boy (one always in a crate/behind a barrier - it will be weeks before he can safely be on a longline around the kitten, but we will get there!), but the fact he can live with cats/small animals at all, when his prey drive is so extreme, is pretty amazing :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2018 4:31pm (Sep 6th 2018)
     
    Looks as though he's eyeing up that big juicy foot there...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2018 6:00pm (Sep 13th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He purposefully doesn't look at enticing things, so he's avoiding the cat & offering eye contact to.Lyle...if I ask him to leave & drop food on the floor, for example, he immediately backs away so he's not tempted...it's so cute :heartsabove:

    Finally got to do some decent training the other day. We were at the pub, Finley was a very good boy, especially to say how little we get to practice around anything :heart:

    https://youtu.be/nba9g-3-uf0

    Oh here he is coming when called SILENTLY (silent recall)...everyone always likes that :smile:

    https://youtu.be/XHvnKj9z7CY

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2018 7:18pm (Sep 13th 2018)
     
    What a little hero he is. Don't forget to show us Kaspar now and then though! So glad they get on.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2018 11:42pm (Sep 13th 2018)
     
    He almost looks photoshopped in to the pictures, he sits perfectly! The silent recall is lovely-makes you feel loved. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2018 11:54pm (Sep 14th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I can't go on walks with Kasper so I don't have a constant flow of photos of him, CC - I take most my pics on walks!

    Kate people get so confused how you can have a dog come when called when you don't call for him :rolling: It was one of the easiest cues to teach though, & it's so handy for windy days!

    Finley went to Tesco for the first time ever & we did some training there! It was a bad walk (brain fog was a PITA & I subluxed 3 joints :sad:) but Finley did fantastic. We're practicing dark walks around people seeing as winter is fat approaching! It's so nice being able to go on the canal with my new wheels (:

    Heeling & pretending to wait by a road:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2018 10:29pm (Sep 18th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We have a storm coming tomorrow that could be quite a biggie, so Kasper especially needed an extra huge night walk in case we can't get out tomorrow...Finley's no bother, but the 8yo idiot dog will be bouncing off the walls :001_rolleyes:

    But Lyle got some pics! Kasper doesn't pose as pretty as Fin (he's a PITA on walks, & less likely to consider cooperating with Lyle :bigsmile: ) & it was dark, but here's the doofus himself!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2018 10:33pm (Sep 18th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Finley got a new front clip harness today (trying to prevent my fingers dislocating when he's on a longer lead, any pressure causes pain so a front clip would be great for accidental pulling!) & he looks SO SMART in it!! :heartsabove:

    Also on yesterday's walk he got to play with 2 other dogs, yaaay! He doesn't get to play much (too many reactive/aggressive dogs in this area :001_rolleyes: ) so it was wonderful. Suuuper tired afterwards, I thought he was going to have to ride on my lap home :rolling: Despite being exhausted he alerted to my HR on the way back, bless him :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2018 10:34pm (Sep 18th 2018) edited
     

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    And finally , storm prep!! Puzzle feeders are excellent mental stimulation when you have to skip walks, with the added bonus of being calming for the dog too! These would last us 2 days with no other activity (walks, training etc). There are 8 in total, 4 for each pup! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 19th, 2018 3:54pm (Sep 19th 2018)
     
    Kasp is looking wonderful - with his luminous eyes! Hope they aren't too worried by the storms. The snacks look good too.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2018 5:19pm (Sep 22nd 2018)
     
    Did the storm happen? I assume all is well. Hoping so, anyway.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2018 11:09pm (Sep 22nd 2018)
     

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    Yes, but it wasn't bad at all Diane, not like parts of the U.S.have had recently - we just had a minor power cut & a teeny bit of flooding. The wind was so strong it blew my wheelchair backwards UP A HILL as I was trying to go down it though :rolling:

    Also Kasper refused to poo in the garden so Lyle had to walk him in torrential rain...it was so heavy it was physically hurting him, so they had to hide at the bus stop until it eased!!

    Tonight on a walk he grabbed a bin bag left on the street around a blind corner & ate a huge mouthful of *something*?! Sigh. What an idiot that dog is. Hopefully it was something edible, as we know he's not at all picky!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2018 11:10pm (Sep 22nd 2018) edited
     

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    But Finley was a rock star today! I really do like how smitten my parents are with him haha. My mum can't interact with him much due to her allergies, & constantly throughout the day Finley would go up to her then remember he couldn't & disengage himself. So sweet. And him & my dad are just goofballs together :tooth:

    I also showed my parents the trick where Finley correctly answers a sum in person...they actually thought he'd memorized answers to sums HAHAHA!

    This is from where I'd only been teaching it a few minutes...you can't see his paw move when he answers the second sum because of the camera angle, but you see his body move as he paws me (:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2018 11:17pm (Sep 22nd 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And we've been exposing everybody to fireworks way before Bonfire Night, so everybody's comfortable with it. Kasper's very much used to it now, although I do always do a brief refresher course, Po needs a little build up every year but does well. Derghan had never had the training before, but didn't find it difficult...fireworks = treats :smile: Finley was exposed from 8-20 weeks old during his socialization window (8-14 weeks), & that socialization paid off...he didn't even raise his head :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2018 11:36pm (Sep 28th 2018) edited
     

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    I've been really horribly poorly this past week in every way, it's been awful :(

    Trying to rest a lot to reduce pain, POTS & CFS symptoms whilst also getting out the house enough so my mental health doesn't take a dive is...frustrating. My fatigue & pain are really bad at the moment, so anything I do (going upstairs, showering) is too much for my body. Lyle & the pets have tried hard to cheer me up, & Finley's been working his socks off bless him with almost constant alerts...exhausting for everybody. I'm very much ready to get back to my normal level of symptoms.

    Today Lyle pushed me on a big hike out to the beach. I ended up with symptoms spiking this evening as a result, but it was worth it as sat out there taking in the view I felt so at peace :heart:

    I haven't been able to physically manage this walk in a year or two, so I'm super grateful for my wheelchair enabling me to get here...I'm also thankful to have a dog who has such exceptional recall & can be off lead around sheep! Walking Kasper here was always a nightmare :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2018 2:16pm (Sep 29th 2018)
     
    Hope you feel a lot better soon. Thinking of you. :heart:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2018 2:34pm (Sep 29th 2018)
     
    Get well soon so happy you are able to post and the pictures are always a delight.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2018 3:26am (Sep 30th 2018)
     
    I'm so glad that you are able to get out of the house, with the help of Lyle, Finley and your wheelchair. Finley is adorable!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2018 11:34pm (Sep 30th 2018) edited
     

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    Thank you everybody :bighug::flowers: :heart:

    I'm in a weird mixed episode at the moment, which is driving me to do a lot of training with Finley...which is great for him, it's just a shame it has a huge negative affect on me physically :tooth: We're super close to doing non-pet friendly public access training for the first time, as Finley is doing so well! I'm REALLY proud of him ^_^ We've been training around the outside of supermarkets, & are going to phone and ask the manager of our local Tesco if he's still happy for me to use the store for training purposes...I'm nervous but really excited too!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2018 7:20pm (Oct 1st 2018)
     
    Brilliant Red you go girl xxxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2018 5:42pm (Oct 3rd 2018)
     
    Poor you - it must be so terrible and I admire you so much for keeping such a positive outlook (though I bet it doesn't feel like that to you sometimes). Finley is amazing.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2018 12:15am (Oct 4th 2018) edited
     

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    Kate :heart: I feel like I'm struggling, moaning & griping constantly, I feel guilt 24/7 for all Lyle has to put up with & do for me :rolling:

    I thought peeps might be interested in this video of Finley working around the outside of Tesco. I'm blown away he can be so professional at 9 months old! Perfect heeling, attentive, & as I'm by the cash machine he alerts to a seizure...couldn't ask for anything more :heart:

    https://youtu.be/88vVKIWRbD8

    I can't believe we're going to be doing non-pet friendly public access...the beginning of the next step of our journey!

    Also I'm always talking about the shar pei skin on his face, & not only are his jowls adorable here but you can really see the weird patchy pei fur too...it's almost like he's bald!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2018 8:37pm (Oct 5th 2018)
     
    Lyle adores you - he's such a fabulous partner. I know you'll be struggling and with such a terrible condition such as POTS it's no surprise, but you both do your best manage the condition and find solutions rather than sitting back and waiting for someone else to do it for you. Finley is the best solution so far!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2018 12:53am (Oct 7th 2018) edited
     

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    Thank you Kate! :flowers: It's almost the balancing act I struggle with most...my mental health takes a dive if I don't get out at least a little each day, even just getting to the park behind our house, but doing that adds up CFS/ME payback & I end up with crippling symptoms. So which do I put first mental health or physical?! :rolling: And POTS means my fatigue is increased further...like today my fatigue was manageable for the first time in a few weeks, but my POTS was awful. So I had a shower (heart rate 166), then a few hours afterwards I was hit by intense fatigue, pain & a migraine as a result, which left me in a ton of pain all day. If my POTS hadn't been so bad, the payback from the shower wouldn't have been as intense. Like damn it, whyyyyy!! :tooth:

    Kasper has been a royal PITA today as he didn't get a big walk yesterday due to the rain. I've been super ill so Lyle's had to help me to the bathroom, try & comfort me through pain etc & hasn't been able to walk Kasper, so he's been acting up - stealing things, jumping all over me etc...ugh! Ended up Lyle playing tug in the garden for a while then shutting Kasper in his bedroom upstairs (where he sleeps at night) with some frozen raw treats & puzzle feeders. I finally feel human-ish, so Lyle can give him a decent sized walk before bed.

    Finley, the 9 month old 3/4 Lab puppy, has been a star though of course, just snuggled with me all day...but the 8yo dog is the idiot :rolling:

    Here's another video of Finley working around supermarkets at night again. I love this as I included a clip of him 'off duty', so you can see the difference in his behaviour!

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    We tried to do our first public access a few nights ago when I was feeling up to it - SUCH A FAIL!! We'd planned the pharmacy, as it's only 10mins from our house & I wasn't feeling 100%.

    Well, the pharmacy gave us a public access issue & told us to just leave Finley tied up outside ( :001_rolleyes: ) - no understanding of the law, & they were incredibly rude. As we were Ashley out we then went to Tesco. We'd already spoken Witt the manager, who is was lovel. But unfortunately as it was closing time it was packed & there was a vocal dog tied up outside...just worst luck ever :rolling: I didn't think that was fair for Finley's first ever PA, so we just trained outside instead :smile:

    I should add that Lyle went into the pharmacy the next day & complained to the manager, taking in the relevant law (The Equality Act 2010). The manager was really good & said that absolutely shouldn't have happened, apologised & said that he will educate all members of staff (:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2018 1:08pm (Oct 7th 2018)
     
    Pillocks. As if you'd go in in a wheelchair with Finley dolled up in a jacket just for fun. I do hope the assistant gets a rollocking.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2018 6:36pm (7 days ago)
     
    Staff just dont understand - they get very little training too. I hope it was just a counter assistant that wouldn't let you in not the Pharmacist. Well done for the manager at least apologising and reassuring you he'll make sure they all get training. Probably very worried about getting an official complaint about disability awareness!

    Have you got a shower stool so that you can at least sit down when you're in there?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2018 7:30pm (7 days ago)
     
    In the last picture there is a little ghost doggie hiding under your chair. Look under the bag and you will see it as well.xxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2018 3:05am (7 days ago) edited
     

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    Me too CC, it happens all the time in the UK unfortunately, especially if you're 'invisibly' disabled :001_rolleyes: It makes initial public access training so much more stressful thouugh, as you're not just worrying about the training but when staff are going to bother you / how rude they'll be too!

    Kate yes, I LOVE my shower stool!!! It's honestly completely changed showers - from constant seizures & injuries to only a seizure or two, amazing :smile:

    NN I can't see the ghost dog & I really want to haha!! I'm on my phone so maybe the smaller screen isn't helping?!

    Wait til you hear this...

    We sure had an interesting night last night!

    Kasper-the-idiot was attempting to counter surf (once again, thank you sooo much to his previous owners for basically rewarding him for trying to counter surf when he was younger :001_rolleyes: ) in the kitchen. Despite us keeping everything out of reach, he still jumps up at every surface daily. Because of this we've taken the nobs off the oven, for safety. Well, he STILL managed to somehow turn the hob on with his paws, & the bread maker (which was on the back hob) caught fire
    :gasp: :rolling:

    Lyle dealt with that, & we opened the back doors & all the windows, moved the mice etc. But the fumes were a huge issue with me. I couldn't breathe, & the further lack of oxygen triggered seizures, & even outdoors I was struggling! I stopped breathing during a seizure, Lyle was soooo close to dragging me to hospital :tooth: But after about an hour I was able to breathe & talk normally, & the house wasn't burned to the ground...so yay? :rolling:

    That bloody dog guys hahaha!!! Needles to say, the oven will be switched off now ;)

    Oh, & Finley working today in a really busy supermarket car park too! Very proud...I felt so bad watching it back & seeing him bang into the post though!!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2018 3:05am (7 days ago)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and the bread maker :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2018 3:38pm (7 days ago)
     
    Goog grief, Red: what a fright! Not funny either - I had customers who had left egg boxes right beside the cooker and the dog did the same as Kaspar. The kitchen caught fire and they were out of the house for three months while it was all rebuilt. The dog was all right though I don't see why he got the blame - bloody stupid place to leave egg boxes.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2018 10:35pm (6 days ago)
     
    Oooops that was a close call Red thank goodness you are all ok. When we first had cats I changed to a gas hob as the plates on the electric stove top took so long to cool down and they were always jumping up there when I least expected them to.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2018 11:53pm (5 days ago)
     
    Such a close call! Good job you were both in the house - could've been very nasty for the smaller animals, you did a great job moving them straight away. My MIL's budgie died when their chip pan caught fire. The kitchen was smoke damaged but nothing more, but the budgie's cage was on top of the fridge and his little lungs didn't cope. Very sad.

    We have to be careful we don't leave the kitchen door open if we've cooked something in hot fat. Meow Meow has burn his chin 3 times because he's tried to lick it. I won't have an electric hob for the same reason NN.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2018 5:08pm (5 days ago)
     
    I have an electric hob - well, electric everything really - as we are too far from the road to have gas. So I have to put the kettle back on the ring when I've used it so Her Maj doesn't burn paws.Consequently we have to listen to the kettle whingeing for the next five minutes.
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    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2018 11:31pm (4 days ago)
     
    My son has a real posh looking hob with a glass top I forget what its called at the moment. its just dark glass and it turns red where you put the pans. Looks lovely but boy I hate cooking on it as it takes so long to turn down and it stays hot for ages. I have burnt myself several times on it.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2018 6:46pm (2 days ago)
     
    Scary stuff!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2018 1:45am (2 days ago) edited
     

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    I think Kasper's actually trying to kill me - he left a toy in the middle of the upstairs hallway right in front of the bathroom, & we have no light up there :rolling: Finley's joining in the fun too, had a really traumatic walk the other day where two dogs he was playing with took him up a cliff. I called him to carry on as the other owner was just carrying on walking, despite his dogs approaching Finley, & as he was recalling he DECIDED TO JUMP OFF THE CLIFF to us
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    Obviously with the Toller stuff, & him being an ADiT, that was TERRIFYING!! I cried so much, & Finley god love him was just really proud he recalled from playing with other dogs :rolling: Thankfully he's been totally fine, he didn't yelp or limp even as it happened, & has shown nothing since...but jeez pups, can we not?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2018 1:47am (2 days ago) edited
     

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    Finley's alerts have been soooo amazing these last few days, despite him getting no walks. My heart's been having a fun few days - this is just me standing up :tooth:

    https://youtu.be/WN4LUBBExxI

    I really want to try PA again with Finley, but I haven't left the house at all the last few days. Hopefully tomorrow my body will calm down some though & tomorrow we can get back to walks & training!