Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Amazing Day Yesterday

Late yesterday afternoon mum and I did something truly amazing, it was very exhausting for mum which is why I've not posted until now.

As you know I've been around Sainsbury's several times in the last few weeks with both The Olds and practicing walking nicely by the trolley, trollies can be a scary item to dogs when not used to them. Mum has really struggled to go shopping without dad or somebody with her for many years, she gets very panicky on her own and sometimes can't even go into the shop, a few weeks ago she and I managed a quick walk around Asda in Woking on our own whilst dad waited outside, it might not sound much but was a big thing for her to do. Recently I've been keeping a beady eye on my food tins and starting to worry we'd run out and I'd have to eat just dry food on its on until dad could go shopping at the weekend.

Now we get to the truly amazing part about yesterday. Mum put my harness on, we got in the car and drove to Sainsbury's, when parked I could tell she was feeling really stressed and put my head on her knee for a cuddle. Next thing I know she's out of the car, comes round to my side to let me out, grabs a trolley, gets a scanner and we go into Sainsbury's!

Not only did we get my food, but we walked round and round filling up the trolley with people food too, after a while I could sense mum was feeling less panicky so I didn't need to keep touching her leg with my nose so she'd know I was there, I was able to walk along and watch and listen to mum chattering away to me about what we were going to buy and where we were going, we did get a few odd looks from people, I guess they didn't know who mum was chatting too, but we didn't care mum was busy getting the things that she needed and I was helping her feel confident. She filled the whole trolley up and even stopped to talk to some people she knows, that was good because I got to say hello too.

Everybody except two people ignored me and left me alone to work with mum, the first man said hello to me as we walked into Sainsbury's but I ignored him and followed mum as she's my priority. The second man was very rude though, we were walking down one of the aisles and suddenly I felt somebody stroking my back, it made both me and mum jump as she felt me falter in my walking through the lead. She asked me to watch her and gave me a jackpot treat for immediately focusing back on her, as she went to ask the man to please not distract me when I'm working, he just turned around and walked off, with no acknowledgement of mum at all, very rude indeed! Although mum finds it difficult to talk to strangers there's no need to act as if she doesn't exist, luckily my focus was immediately back on mum and we continued on our way. I'm so pleased with what mum and I achieved yesterday, her first time doing something that terrifies her all on her own with only me for company, this is another real step I've helped mum make to being more independent again.

Please Note:- When I or any other type of Assistance Dog is working we should never be touched, talked too or distracted in any way as it can put us off the job we're doing. If you really feel you must acknowledge us as a partnership, please speak to the handler first instead of just stroking the dog, you could potentially be upsetting any training or work that's being done at that time.

Sorry but I felt it needed saying, many times people have spoken to me or stroked me whilst ignoring mum until she speaks to them, generally people are good and apologize when she explains why I shouldn't be distracted, but some are just plain rude and continue to ignore her even when she explains. Ignoring people is an important part of my training process and a part I struggled with at the beginning as I'm such a sociable pup, but I'm getting good at it now. If you meet us out on a walk when I'm not working, both mum and I are happy to stop and pass the time of day with you and let me be made a big fuss of, but if I have my harness on I'm sorry we don't mean to seem rude but I'm either too busy training or looking after my mum to be petted.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

What We've Been Up Too

Gosh where do I start?
Since we lost Badger Boo in August last year, so much has happened.

 I've been doing lots of training. 

Most of it serious stuff.

Practicing Down from a Distance on our walk tonight.
Posted by What Boris Did Next on Monday, 16 November 2015

Some of it fun stuff.

Just got back from my Agility taster session, I had great fun once I realised I had to jump over the fences not go under them BOL #SillyPup
Posted by What Boris Did Next on Sunday, 23 August 2015

But all the time working towards my ambition to become mums Assistance Dog.

I passed my Bronze Kennel Club Good Citizens Award.

I did some training in lots of different places that were fun and exciting, to get used to different experiences.

 I went fundraising for RECOVERY with the founder Lizzie Maitland and some other members and their dogs, we had a great day even though the weather wasn't overly kind to us, as a group raised £418.

On January 9th I passed my Level 1 Basic Public Access Assessment, which means I can now go out and about to all sorts of places with mum that dogs aren't normally allowed to go too.

I'm now working towards my Level 2 Skilled Assistance and my Silver Kennel Club Good Citizens Award.

If you want to know more about RECOVERY and what they do, you can check out their website here.

If your interested in sponsoring me on my journey to Graduation for as little as £1 a week, your generosity would be much appreciated, you can find out how here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Moving Forward Finally - Life After Badger Boo

Hello everpawdy, hope you all had a pawtastic Christmas. 
As you've probably noticed I've made some changes to the blog, a new year equals a new start.

Things have been difficult for The Olds since Badger Boo left us for The Rainbow Bridge in August.

Mum hasn't been able to face the blog as it contains so many memories of Badger Boo, she's thought about starting my own blog for me, but thankfully in the end decided to edit this one so she can still look back on the memories when she feels up to it. 

The url will remain the same so you'll still be able to find me wherever you've saved or bookmarked the blog, but mum has opted to change the name and colour scheme to make it personal too me.

So much has happened which I'm excited to tell you about, but until then you can catch up with some of what I've been getting up to on my facebook page.

Wishing everypawdy a Happy New Year and I hope you like the new name and look.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Sunday Photo

My latest new toy, I found it upstairs in mum's craft room, it's a treasure trove of dog toys up there! Badger Boo kept that a secret from me when I wasn't allowed up those stairs because it was his special place.

 I love it and can't stop carrying it around all day, mum says I'm not supposed to carry it this way, but I don't want to hold it in the middle.

It's my toy and I'll carry it how I want too.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Some Sad News

An awful lot has happened since I last posted but I'll tell you more about that in future posts.
Today I have to tell you the very sad news that Badger Boo crossed The Rainbow Bridge last Wednesday morning.

It was discovered a few weeks ago he was suffering with Pancreatitis and he was quite unwell, but with medication he soon rallied and became more his like his old self again.

Then last Tuesday he became very unwell, he was rushed to the vet and given a massive painkiller injection, he then came home to say goodbye. He spent the night sleeping on the sofa with mum, dad and me.

Then on Wednesday morning he took his final trip to the vets. He passed away peacefully in mums arms wrapped in a big fluffy towel.

We miss you so much Badger Boo but take comfort knowing that your young and fit again at The Rainbow Bridge

RIP my little big brother.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday Boris

I'd forgotten how much work puppies were! Boy did you re educate me quickly, with the digging up of my lovely garden, the almost constant removal of slugs and stones from your mouth, the endless trips outside every hour on the hour day and night to potty, it took you weeks to get the hang of toilet training didn't it, where did all that poop come from in one so small? 
I was exhausted after one week, had I made a mistake, I was starting to think so! 
We've had fun times too didn't we and over time you started to learn. You learnt about the clicker and before long we were on a roll, learning new things everyday, you have such a powerful drive to learn and willingness to please it's amazing and I enjoyed teaching you too. 
We had a few problems along the way with your surgery but thankfully we had a good insurance policy from Pet Plan, so no need to worry about those thousands of pounds it cost to get you pain free. 
I've loved every minute of our first year together, even the naughty ones. To me you're perfect in every way, the love of my life and bring so much joy and happiness too every single day.
Mum xxx 
Love, love, love swimming in the sea, much more fun than paddling in muddy puddles :)
Posted by What Boris Did Next on Saturday, 20 June 2015

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Silent Sunday

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I'm a Yellow Dog

I'm out and about on very short walks on the lead now, I'm still not allowed to play with other pups, so I wear a yellow ribbon on my harness and lead to inform everypawdy I need some space since my surgery.

There are lots of different reasons why some dogs are Yellow Dogs.


The important thing to remember if you see a Yellow Dog is that the pup needs its space.
Please call your dog away or put him/her on the lead, it would be much appreciated.

Luckily for me it's a short term thing, in 9 weeks time when I'm all healed up, I'll be racing around and meeting up with my buddies again on the common.


Sunday, March 08, 2015

My Sunday Photo

My fur is growing back and I'm starting to look nice and smart again.


Friday, March 06, 2015

A Lot Has Happened

I missed a couple of weeks.

Not a very successful start to my new job as a Doggy Blogger, but I do have a really good excuse.

A couple of times I've suffered from unexplained lameness in my front leg which as always healed with rest, but mummy decided it needed investigating as there was no reason for me to be going lame.

So off to the vets I went for X-Rays, then a couple of days later mummy gets a phone call that I have to go to Fitzpatrick Referrals for a CT scan as something is wrong.

Off I go to Fitzpatricks and have my scan, it turns out I have fractures in my elbows. Apparently I'm suffering from something called Fragmented Medial Coronoid Process (FCP) which too you and I  means I have Elbow Dysplasia, you can read more about FCP here

Everypawdy is very upset by this news, my mummy especially, she waited a very long time to find me, we had many plans of the things we would do together but at the moment we're not sure what the future holds.

I stayed at Fitpatricks in the hospital for two nights and had an operation on both my elbows to remove all the diseased bone and cartilage, it was called a Subtotal Coronoid Ostectomy (SCO).
As a result of my surgery I can only walk on the lead for the next 12 weeks, no free running and nothing that will cause impact to my elbows. 
I also got given the weirdest hair cut and had to wear **whispers behind paw** The Cone of Shame! 

Luckily mummy had one of them fat collars, so as soon as I got home she put it on me instead, she said I was far too dangerous with that cone on, keep bashing into things.

Here I am waiting to go into the vets to have my stitches removed and to see the Physio, thankfully my fur has started to grow back, but it can still get very chilly, so  sometimes I have to wear a coat now.

The good news is, no more fat collar and I'm just waiting for an appointment to start Hydrotherapy to build up my muscles again.

That's about it from me for now.
 I wonder what my next Daft Adventure will be?

Boris Morris