D+7 – Still More New Cues

Didn’t realize we needed to learn a couple of new commands today, so we got a call saying when are you going to come in!! OOOPS! We set a time, and spent about 1 1/2 hours on Brace (so I can lean on her when I get up from a chair) and reviewed Find Someone and Help. We went over the training plan I had developed for using the ABLEphone, and the Ol’ Curmudgeon’s plan for teaching Emmy to walk on the treadmill for exercise when either the weather is nasty or I’m too sick or fatigued to go outside and play ball with her.

I’m having to – get this – TEACH her to retrieve balls thrown for her!! A Labrador Retriever!! Isn’t that a riot?! She was never interested as a puppy, so this was let pass – and that’s fine, she had other, very important things to learn. Now, I’m encouraging her to play ball – with lots of praise and a lot of treats!

I have to cut her treats out of her daily allotted rations, so her suppers are a bit skimpy at times. I save 1/2 cup out of her morning allotment, and 1/2 cup out of her evening allotment. But if I have to get more treats, obviously they will come out of her evening allotment! The Ol’ Curmudgeon says that to her I am the “Goddess of Food,” the “Great Dispenser of Treats!” LOLOL!

Please keep Aunt D and Uncle O in your prayers! She is fighting pneumonia and heart problems in the ICU. I want to be sure she knows about Emmy before she dies! But she needs to be out of the ICU for me to visit her. And I want to show her a picture of the lady who will be getting the dog she named.

That dog is still too young to go to anyone, but her future partner is working with her already. A totally lovely lady with a mid-thoracic spine injury that has left her paraplegic. She is a well-educated person, an expert in her field, with a beautiful smile that just lights up any room she is in! She is married – and her husband also has a spinal injury and is in a wheelchair! They are building a house that will meet their needs – and the needs of the service dog! He probably will get one of his own in the next year or so.

Well, time to study before going to bed! Tomorrow is an outing at Edventure. We will be joining students and their parents and teachers at the Edventure Children’s Museum. It is our understanding that many of the children will be Autistic. One of my classmates is getting a dog to help her son who is autistic. This is groundbreaking for PAALS – first class and one member is getting a dog for the newest application!

So, off to bed!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Suzanne
    Sep 20, 2008 @ 20:07:43

    A cat looks at his human and sees a great hunter who always brings home lots of food, which never seems to lack; and the cat thinks, “I must be a god!”

    A dog looks at his human and sees a great hunter who always brings home lots of food, which never seems to lack; and the dog thinks, “He/She must be a god!”


  2. turtlemom3
    Sep 21, 2008 @ 07:00:08

    LOL! Ain’t it de troof! Magnus’ nose will SO be out of joint when Emmy joins him!


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