Assistance Dogs Getting my groove back Journey

A Mobility Harness for Journey

Now that Journey has been officially cleared by the orthopedic veterinarian to begin mobility training, it is clear that the equipment we currently have is woefully inadequate for the job. When I was partnered with Karma, I had no need for special harnesses or gear because she was tall enough and strong enough to simply use her body for bracing and counterbalance and to help steady me as I walk. Journey however is half her size and several inches shorter. The current equipment that he has is fine for light counterbalance, but will not serve for any bracing which I need with my bad hip (I am currently walking with assistance of a cane) and since it has a floppy handle, it will not help with any balancing when I get dizzy and have difficultly walking straight and upright.

We have done our research into the various harnesses on the market and the only one developed with help of an orthopedic vet and guaranteed to be safe for longterm use by the dog and disabled handler is the Bold Lead Designs Mobility Support Harness. The harness is light enough for Journey to wear all day while working, and stable enough to provide all the support I need. The harness is built to last for decades, so this will not only be Journey’s harness, but any successor dog that comes after him will also be able to use this harness, so while the original purchase price is steep, I will have many years of use out of it and it is the best option for us in the longterm.

You can see the harness and how it works in the video above.

Our new harness should arrive around the first week of September – we’re excited to begin training with it!

Getting my groove back Huzzah! I'm not dead yet Random Shit

A blog by any other name…

OMG… I bet you’ve all been wishing betting hoping thinking I was dead by now, right? Too bad, bitches! The last few months have been crazy hectic busy and I’m a lousy blogger and let my blog and twitter fall to the wayside, although my facebook has been active since I can do that from my phone and before you tell me I can blog from my phone and tweet from my phone too, I knew that already, I’m just lazy, that’s all.

Seriously, it’s been hard to keep up with everything, and I think I bit off more than I could chew before I was physically capable of handling it all. Between work, my other work, running a busy forum, dealing with some seriously clingy clients, doing odd jobs, and struggling at the same time with my health… I don’t know how I haven’t managed to code blue.

I am back though… with good news and a new name! Check it – my latest doctor’s visit last week showed that my TSH levels are better than they have been in 5 years and are finally in the normal range, but he wants to see it go just a wee bit lower, and my blood glucose is well within normal, so all that means… drum roll please… I will finally start feeling like a people again!

Which means I am back to my snarky self!

I figured that also means I get to treat myself to a blog makeover of sorts. I came to realize that while my old blog name was inspiring… if I cut the bullshit, it wasn’t really ME. So… here you have it. This? Oh yeah, baby. All me. New name, new logo, new copyright notice and new funky fresh email (which is really just a spinoff of my regular email since I recently de-cluttered my life and deleted about 9 email accounts that I didn’t need) and I’ll be updating my twitter handle soon too.

And what does this mean for you? It means more snarktastic mutterings on a regular basis! Aren’t you just peeing your pants excited right now??


30 Days of Truth Getting my groove back Random Shit

30 Days of Truth

In an effort to motivate myself to actually blog more than once a month, I’m going to participate in the 30 Days of Truth project. Should be interesting.

  • Day 01  Something you hate about yourself.
  • Day 02  Something you love about yourself.
  • Day 03  Something you have to forgive yourself for.
  • Day 04  Something you have to forgive someone for.
  • Day 05  Something you hope to do in your life.
  • Day 06  Something you hope you never have to do.
  • Day 07  Someone who has made your life worth living for.
  • Day 08  Someone who made your life hell, or treated you like shit.
  • Day 09  Someone you didn’t want to let go, but just drifted.
  • Day 10  Someone you need to let go, or wish you didn’t know.
  • Day 11  Something people seem to compliment you the most on.
  • Day 12  Something you never get compliments on.
  • Day 13  Answer a randomly selected question from your readers (readers – this means you should comment, preferably daily, and leave questions in the hopes that you will be the lucky one randomly selected because that means you WIN! and it’s All About Winning, isn’t it?)
  • Day 14  A hero that has let you down. (letter)
  • Day 15  Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
  • Day 16  Someone or something you definitely could live without.
  • Day 17 Another randomly selected reader question.
  • Day 18  Your views on gay marriage.
  • Day 19  What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
  • Day 20  Your views on drugs and alcohol.
  • Day 21  (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?
  • Day 22  Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.
  • Day 23  Something you wish you had done in your life.
  • Day 24  Last randomly selected reader question.
  • Day 25  The reason you believe you’re still alive today.
  • Day 26  Have you ever thought about giving up on life? If so, when and why?
  • Day 27  What’s the best thing going for you right now?
  • Day 28  What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do?
  • Day 29  Something you hope to change about yourself. And why.
  • Day 30  A letter to yourself, tell yourself EVERYTHING you love about yourself

I start tomorrow. See you there!