Two weeks, one day and a wake-up till I get my puppy! My future service dog! I'm so excited! I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, a lot of repetition and I'm going to have to get myself on schedule, but the schedule thing needs to happen anyway. I can't wait. In fact I need to spend some of this payday on the dog, get the kennel and necessities, so I went to PetSmart... not such a smart place to shop. I think for outings for the puppy and for getting small treats, yes. For buying all the stuff I need? No. Lots cheaper on Amazon! Okay, not lots, but most are noticeably cheaper for the exact same thing.
Did get a treat or three for our current dog. DH had a great idea, when Hope (my puppy) is getting her treats, I'll have a new treat to give him too, so he won't feel left out. We are going to be doing a lot so he won't feel that Hope is taking over his world. Like petting him first, training him first, feeding him first.... Hope won't know any better, but he will. Then he will be going away for three weeks in August sometime for training. Possibly longer if he proves difficult to train. I'm hoping for a more social dog that won't jump up and scare small children when he comes back. Then maybe I can take them both to the park at the same time.
I'll be glad to have my future service dog with me. Once she is fully potty trained I can start taking her places that are dog friendly, can't wait for that! It's going to be a long training process, especially since I will be training two dogs. I'm going to train our family dog right along with her except for certain things that I don't want him doing or only bigger dogs can do. My main focus of course, will be Hope, my dog. But to keep him from feeling left out I will train them together and teach him as much as he is willing to learn.
Lots going on around the house too! DH and I are switching sides of the bed because his side has more room. The plan is to buy recliners to go on the larger side, so that we can have either morning or evening time together to talk or do Bible study. With the added bonus that if I start coughing I can move to the recliner and still use my cpap. Hope's kennel will be over there as well, we should have enough room for all of it as long as we don't get overstuffed anything, lol. So I switched sides and got out an xtra large box of stuff to donate. After moving and filling that room to the brim with boxes I have it down to 3 small boxes, I'm thrilled. I don't know what to do with those boxes of stuff, but I'm glad that is all I have left in that room! So tonight I'm dusting and putting on fresh linens and vacuuming.... trying to get that room finished!
And, thanks to the many donors on my gofundme account on "PTSD Service Dog For Karri", I've already put down the downpayment for Hope, I have enough to finish paying for her when it's time to pick her up (July 13th!) and buy her kennel and all the first time stuff that you need for a puppy that is going to be in constant training and is a power chewer. Which is more than you would think! And I'll have enough to pay for Pickles to go to doggie boot camp. I'm still a long way from having enough to pay for all the training, but I have faith that somehow we will make it. This has been my dream for 5-6 years now, to have my own service dog. Now that it is finally coming true, I'm afraid I won't be able to train her right or something will go wrong. I'm so nervous!! But, I can only do my best and pray that things will work out well.
I think I've been wordy enough, LOL, If you've read this far, thank you for sticking around!!
I hope you have a blessed day
PS I don't have the updated picture of the dog that is mine yet, but the decision on which one is mine has been made!!