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Showing posts with label pet owners with disabilities. Show all posts
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Monday, August 6, 2018

Somewhat Offbeat: What Having A Cold Has Made "Momma" Remind Herself

For example:
  1. She's not to going to be young forever; and Reilly won't be calendar-wise young, either—although she'll always be young, even when she's a senior puppy.
  2. She needs to make more of an effort to be a better "Momma" to Reilly, and she needs to nonetheless be fair to herself even when others aren't fair to her—lucky (or rather, in many ways, unlucky) them to simply be able to try minimize and dismiss (and thus lack empathy and quite a bit of understanding of suffering, including in regard to) what often gets in the way of her functioning at her minimal best as a person at all, let alone as a good "Momma" to Reilly.
  3. She needs to be a better "Momma" partly by trying to spend more time with Reilly.
  4. She needs to learn to be better at being as patient¹ and calm as she can be, including with Reilly.
¹Including re waiting for a certain answer.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Woof Wednesday: A Long Story Short Re Human Colds & Coughs, and Human & Canine Coping

"Momma"/"Auntie Nicole" has been feeling worse than usual, as she's explained to Reilly and Camille, and Reilly and Camille could tell even if she hadn't told them. For example, they've seen her walking more slowly because her C.P.-affected-as-is balance hasn't been as good as it can be, and Reilly heard with cold-exacerbated-brain-fogged  "Momma" recently tell her "Excuse me" and then apologize to her once she realized that she didn't have to move after all.

Meanwhile, Reilly's been as understanding and empathetic as she can be. However, she's also been a little more disobedient in terms of barking because she knows that "Momma" can't, for instance, get her away from the window as quickly as she normally could. In any case, though, she's been good overall.

She's also had to accept that "Momma" is being a little more careful re kisses and the "No nostrils" rule while she's recovering from a cold. Camille's also had to accept that "Auntie Nicole"'s being more careful and definitely enforcing the "No nostrils" rule with her more. After all, "Momma"/"Auntie Nicole" doesn't want to risk even a remote risk of dying due to cold-compromised immunity.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

#WoofWednesday & a Belated #TuesdayTroubles: No More Treats With A Few Exceptions For A While, Barky Reilly, Etc..


  1. Reilly and Camille currently need their weights watched. Each of them gained about a pound, so their vet wants them to lose some weight. This means that for "Momma"'s/"Auntie Nicole"'s part, she won't be giving either of them treats except for after they "peedy" and/or "pooty" as well as for when Reilly needs a dentastick to clean her teeth. Reilly, though, will be getting broken-in-half dentasticks whenever she gets dentasticks.
  2. "Momnma"/"Auntie Nicole" is working on obedience-without-treats training. Reilly seems to be more acquiescent to, for example, not getting a treat every time that she does tricks or gets in her crate. Camille on the other hand has met the possibility of the reward alternative quite a few times: a certain friend of hers known as the spraybottle, which "Auntie Nicole" had to threaten to use when, for example, she went upstairs without permission and refused to come down without a treat.
  3. Myclonus flareup + spilled oatmeal with milk on the floor = effects of Reilly's and Camille's inappropriate barking, about which "Momma"/"Auntie Nicole" was far from happy. She was also far from happy when, for instance, Reilly refused to follow her on multiple instances of the "Follow me" (and variant) commands (By the way, "Momma"/"Auntie Nicole"—forgive the language—got absolutely pissed when "Auntie Michelle"/"Mimi" said that she did not care about the myoclonus flareups when she mentioned them, albe that "Auntie Michelle"/"Mimi" did apologize when "Momma"/"Auntie Nicole" corrected her.
  4. Not a Tuesday trouble: Reilly and Camille again had an impromptu playdate with Shelby, "Momma"/"Auntie Nicole" heard, and Camille even gave Reilly a few "She's my sister; let me play with her!" pawslaps despite that Reilly was being held back anyway because of her vaccine at the vet's and because she was throwing up from eating "nasties"! Shelby wasn't so afraid to play with Camille after that, as she gets a little afraid of jealous Reilly!
  5. Reilly still has to wear the bark collar at present.
  6.  Not a Tuesday trouble: "Momma" is (Yehovah willing) posting an early Flag Day card later today since she is working the polls on Flag Day (and the next day) for Early Voting. (Reilly won't like that, though, since "Momma" won't be home ☹️.). By the way, she isn't sure if she'll give Reilly a treat for allowing her to take pictures yet, though she may give her a low-calorie treat.
  7. Speaking of #TuesdayTroubles, maybe "Momma" should be include #WednesdayWorries and #WaitingWednesday hashtags since she's still waiting for a certain answer for her and Reilly's sakes—and dangerously slipping (meaning slipping) into extreme night-owl and failing-Reilly territory (i.e., sometimes going "night nights" with an albe-patient Reilly as late as 2:00 to 3:00 AM) again for that reason (among other reasons), as well as getting more gray hairs due to it (and other reasons)—¡pobrecita Reilicita!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Very-Belated #ThrowbackThursday: Throwback To...Thursday At Roughly 3:15-4:11 At Night!

Let's just that "Momma" was very unhappy with:


  1. Reilly running downstairs when "Momma" explicitly told her to stay while she had to "go potty".
  2. "Mom-Mom" blaming her instead of disobedient Reilly for that, and even despite "Momma" warning "Mom-Mom" that Reilly might have to "go potty" during the night because she inexplicably drank quite an amount of water even for her to drink before "night-nights" time—and Reilly normally doesn't drink as much water as she should in the first place!
  3. Reilly running downstairs when "Momma" explicitly told her to stay while she had to "go potty" a third time, despite that she actually did stay the second time that "Momma" had to go.
  4. The about-one-hour refusal of Reilly to go back upstairs, let alone let "Momma" get her harness and leash on her to do so because she wouldn't do so without it—she even would play go-to-the-hallway-gate-then-run-away games!
  5. "Mom-Mom" once again blaming her instead of disobedient Reilly for that, and also getting mad at her for not taking Reilly "potty"...at about 4:11 at night, when "Momma" has Cerebral Palsy and is (as she's explained to Reilly) "not as strong as 'Mom-Mom' and 'Auntie Michelle'"), and Reilly didn't "go potty" the first time that she ran downstairs and "Mom-Mom" took her to "go potty"!
  6. "Zeh hayah 'erev v'zeh hayah boker" meant that day for "Momma" that she was very sleepy in the boker quite due in part to the about-one-hour chase that occurred during the 'erev.
  7. That Reilly now has to wear her harness and leash for a while every time that "Momma" has to "go potty", and with the leash loop put around one of the bedposts so that she doesn't run downstairs when "Momma" opens the bedroom door!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Update On Reilly And Her Stuffed Toy, And Other Updates

When Reilly received her stuffed toy last night, she wanted it right away. However, she wasn't willing to pick it up off of the floor when "Momma" put it on the floor for her. She didn't mind that "Momma" picked it up and tried to carry it upstairs, though (and which is part of why "Momma" needs a service puppy to help her and Reilly, and especially because she doesn't have anyone—let alone, if her suspicions are correct, a certain someone—to help her and Reilly).

At least "Momma"'s having to crawl up to steps with the stuffed toy while she led Reilly up was worth it—Reilly ended up snuggling with her stuffed toy, a teddy bear that was subsequently named "Teddy", right before bedtime!