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    Thankful for my precious puppy and all the things she is learning and teaching me, not to mention all the friends who helped us find one another.

I know it has been a while since  our last diary.  To this all I can say is that November has always been a bad month for me when it comes to writing.  But I am healthy, everyone is home and safe, and I am not allowed in the kitchen, which means that I have time to write.  Though obviously not as much time as I had hoped.  Still, I wanted to take a few minutes to  sit down and let you all know how she is doing.

Counting.  Yes, you heard me right, she is counting.  We know this, because we bought our pack a toy referred to as a hide-a-squirrel.  This little thing consists of a stuffed tree stump, in which three plush  squirrels are hidden within the various holes.  Shortly after we purchased this thing, Mom found little M playing with it.  She had two squirrels, looked at them, tapped each one on top of its lil fuzzy head with her nose, and then went back to the stump to find the third.  We also got a leash rack recently, given to us by a friend of the family.  It was sitting on the floor, waiting to be hung on the wall.  Lil M was sniffing and investigating this new part to her environment.  She paused, and tapped each small white hanging peg, with the tip of he nose, looked up at me, and grinned with her tongue hanging out of the side of her mouth.  Who knew klingons could count, much less their Targs!

The other task she is learning, is perhaps not so cute, but there is no doubt that it is just as useful.  We are working on learning to ring the strip of christmas bells that now hang from the front door whenever lil M needs to pay a visit to the outdoor facilities.  Trust me when I say that as a blind man, the audio cue is quite a bit more helpful in tying to make certain that she gets out in time.

So, to make a long story short, we are still making progress, and she has become a very beloved part of our family.  She has even decided that the place she wants to sleep is on the foot of our bed, so  that she can  wake mom or I up if either of us is having breathing trouble and needs the machine.

Already she has shown herself a talented service dog!

Thank you again, all of you.   We love you all!

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  •  We Too Have Used Jingle Bells for That (3+ / 0-)
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    weck, FloridaSNMOM, Youffraita

    for 20 years with our dogs.

    But eventually we started putting doggie doors into the storm door to the fenced back yards whereever we lived, so the dogs could go out whenever they needed to. So the bells are there but rarely rung.

    Our newest pup just last weekend decided that business was not for the main living space any more where her temporary pen with papers has been located. She goes outside essentially all the time now.

    Like most pups in this transition phase, if they're going to relapse, they're most likely to do it in the most remote part of the house they can get to. After the first instance of a relapse, we moved the papers to that far end of the 1st floor, where they've only been used rarely.

    We may need to go back to bell training for the winter season as the snow can get too cold for their paws to let them stay out long enough to get the urge.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 04:50:56 PM PST

    •  wish we could (3+ / 0-)
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      weck, FloridaSNMOM, Youffraita

      But A.  we don't own this place. we are renting.

      and B. i have her used to going just whenever she wants.  she needs to learn to wait, until time permits, which means waiting till daddy opens the door.

    •  Most of M's problems seem to stem from (1+ / 0-)
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      "pre school age potty syndrome' she waits until the last minute, or she'll be playing and not make it to the door. We'll get there. She's doing a lot better then she was.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 08:19:53 PM PST

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