While we did quite a bit during Week 15, Ulysses thinks what happened on
Wednesday deserves to be the title of this weeks blow. Poor Fuzznuts went from Brazilian to Hazel. I joked for a few days that his new nickname was “Tom Brady.” (Let me know if you get my joke.) All joking aside, he went through the neutering surgery like a champ. No reaction to anesthesia; no need for the cone-of-shame. You would have thought he went to Camp K9 to see his friends! Has 3 stitches that I’ll take out after 10 days.
This was a week of theatre for the blonde boy. On Monday, he joined me at my photo shoot of Hallelujah Girls at ABET in Atlantic Beach. This was a tough night for him as I was moving around the theatre while he needed to just chill in the center aisle. Bad Momma forgot to bring a chew toy to keep him occupied; now I need to sew up his leash.
Then on Friday, we were back at The 5 and Dime to see their production of A New Brain.
As he has done in the past, he was gentle with the friends he made in the lobby, and during the show, he just slept at my feet. The music in this show was fabulous, with a lot of loud belters. As far as Ulysses was concerned, they were all singing beautiful lullabies to him.
Kathy, our adviser at K9s for Warriors, has divided the 40+ puppies into beginning, intermediate and advanced groups, instead of age related groups. This is a good thing as not all dogs are alike in how quickly they mature or learn. But – EEEK! She put Ulysses in the advanced group. We need to step up our training game to keep up with the others, that’s for sure.
Anyway, we had our first class with the new group on Saturday. To help the dogs with confidence and learning to face different situations, Kathy had us working on some agility equipment. Weaving in and out of cones on a loose leash and stepping over tubes lying in our path were not a problem for the blonde boy. However, when asked to jump through the ring, go down a ramp or go through a tunnel, his look said, “You want me to do WHAT?” With coaxing and bribing, he finally made it through those too. Our biggest obstacle still remains how to behave when around other dogs. He just loses his freaking mind!!!
Ulysses finished his 15th week with restaurant lunches, sitting outside both times to enjoy what is probably our last weekend of cool-ish temps. Hooters on Saturday and Clark’s Fish Camp on Sunday. While at Hooters, we took time to walk on the docks, continuing to train in different situations. He had no problem whatsoever walking on a dock. (If you’re thinking this isn’t a big deal, it actually is. Diva, my 10 year old Spaniel mix, almost army-crawls when on a dock. She can’t stand it and isn’t going to change her mind!)
Anatomy of a bath, complete with the side-eye look at the end.
Along with going to ABET to shoot The Hallelujah Girls, we got a peak at the program for the show’s run. A huge THANK YOU once again to ABET for including a full page “ad” for K9s for Warriors, helping us spread the word about this wonderful organization.
Another huge THANK YOU to B3 Dog Services for their monthly donation to K9s For Warriors! They donate $1 for every dog walk they do during the month; that’s a LOT of walking. If you’re looking for a dog service in Jacksonville, give B3 a call!
Thank You NOSA!!!!
I received an email from a theatre friend telling me that NOSA (Naval Officers’ Spouses’ Association) made a $500 donation to K9s for Warriors, “based largely on your blogs!” I’m humbled and sincerely thankful!
AROUND THE WEB
The May class in on campus, paired with their dogs and working towards their new life. 10 warriors in the class. Here are 7 of them with their dogs!
Posted on K9s Facebook page….
We still need Puppy Raisers!!!
Congratulations to Shari Duval who is a finalist for the 2017 Eve Award! BRAVO!
Brett and Reagan’s Story
I discussed my situation with a fellow veteran who suggested I apply to the K9s For Warriors organization. I applied to the program and was immediately supported by the President of the organization, Shari Duval. I shared my anxiety about the process and she lovingly calmed my fears by helping me understand how the dog will help me. But ultimately she asked me to trust that she would take good care of me and all the other veterans who came through the program.
The goal of our research at the OHAIRE lab is to empirically evaluate the effects of service dogs on the mental health and wellness of military members diagnosed with PTSD and their families. In particular, we are interested in determining if military members with PTSD who have been placed with a service dog will show changes in PTSD symptom severity, physiological arousal, and social competency compared to those receiving usual treatment services while on the waitlist to receive a PTSD service dog.
We are also interested in the spouse’s perspective from the service dog placement. Do spouses of military veterans experience any effects from the service dog being inside the home? To answer this question, we are also measuring spousal stress, caregiver burden, relationship satisfaction, and overall family functioning from the spouse’s point of view. Future research will plan to incorporate children and other family members.
Our research is conducted in collaboration with K9s for Warriors, an Assistance Dogs International (ADI) accredited organization providing service dogs for veterans with PTSD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST), and mobility issues.
Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers
“Service dogs can provide support, peace, and joy to these Americans as they confront the invisible scars of war,” Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said in reintroducing Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers, or PAWS Act.
Note: If you Google this, don’t mix it up with the “Pet and Women Safety” Act. While this is something we also need, it’s not what K9s for Warriors is working with and towards. Shame they’re both using the same acronym.
Jacksonville Petland Owners To Provide Veteran With Service Dog
Bayer launches Operation K9 Care to provide free wellness care for service dogs aiding United States veterans with PTSD
Nationwide program reduces financial burden of service dog ownership for K9s For Warriors graduates
I have been searching for information on the Bayer program off and on for months. Finally found this.
Until next week, be safe.
This blog, week 15, represents May 1st – 7th, 2017.
Little humor sent my way as I was finishing this blog…