Monday, December 25, 2017

Natalie Jumps Into 13

For her “big friend birthday party,” Natalie wanted to go to the new trampoline park, called Planet 3. She invited some friends from school and church, and they had a wonderful time. 

A Just Us Christmas

As much as I love our extended families on both sides, my favorite way to celebrate Christmas is home with our little family. We do the candlelight Christmas Eve service at church, and open one present on Christmas Eve. Then presents and a somewhat special meal on Christmas Day. 

As much as I enjoy traveling, it’s exhausting and stressful with four kids and chronic health issues. Staying home is just so relaxing in comparison. Still, we love our families and hope we’ll see them soon. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Coco Dog

Look who I have! This is Coco, a 5-month old German Shepherd pup that I’m going to puppy raise with a potential to train him as a guide dog for myself. 

I decided to go with owner training for a whole bunch of reasons, one of which I get to puppy raise and bond sooner. 

Also, the red tape with having a vision impairment that doesn’t fit the usual legal criteria is really difficult to navigate, and this solves some of that too. 

I’ve researched owner training and it looks completely do-able. Also, owner trained guide dogs are covered by the same access laws. 

So this guy gets to be my shadow for a while and see if he has what it takes to train when he is old enough. If not, we’ll find a new home for him and try again.

And Coco, in his first few days home had these items to share with our readers. 

I am currently planning to play it safe and NEVER step off the rug. Not even for that piece of kibble that I really really want. #CocoDog

How to play with a squeaky toy:

1. Stick it to the Velcro on your Cone of Shame. 

2. Pause to contemplate the Universe. 

3. Flip it so the end is in your mouth. 

4. Squeak and enjoy.