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We Got A New DogToday/Service Dog Training...
The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 8:00 AM
Joined: 7/24/2015
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She does be good girl...she an Alz+ be ones encourage me try be get dog, an I be eve so grateful them that.  <3
BillBRNC
Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:38 PM
Joined: 12/2/2015
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Sun, I love your dog. Hope he brings you peace and keeps watch over you. I've got a service dog coming my way in a few months, at least I hope so. Glad you are back too. Bill.
The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 5:45 PM
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Oh Bill, I be soooo glad, you going love it!  I was hoping you would go ahead with dog. 
The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2016 6:34 PM
Joined: 7/24/2015
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Update...

We now be take Bodhi eve where with me.  This be real helpful as my brain now be get worse more gain...an it be harder me be go places...an dog just help me have constant in eve change world. 

While he had be stress nervous be fore places....he now more relaxed more oft places.  More he work more he seem know what he be doing. 

He be get nervous now only real shiny floors...which be look like water me.  My workers be think he so in tune me, that he sense I see water floors an worried for me.  Interestingly...my work with horses be fore help me be comfort him when he unsure this...an I have re-work my brain in diff way be calm in water floor.  Words no good this...ugg. 

Like be fore, I have look up...try no see water floor...have work brain re-assemble floor solid from memory purpose.  Now, I have boldly walk through water floor....so dog can be see ok.  It kind funny this...but real glad my horse skills hard-wired an automatic function like drive had been. 

We be nearly finish application service dog train company...we be hope they finish him out with getting him alert when med alarm go off.  He alert me now...just for no reas...we want him be do for reas. 

In man ways I wished he had been finished already an I no had stretch brain this...but in other ways, it was all in its perfect timing this.  It bett with him than without him.  I still overwhelm with heart-feels as he do thing for me that no other human could be do for me...an help me fill in where we have gaps services.  I am so gratitude that I will now always be able find my way back car, thanks him...an there just no words how I feel this him.  It be best decision I be eve make...him. <3

 <3


BillBRNC
Posted: Friday, March 4, 2016 8:43 AM
Joined: 12/2/2015
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The way I look at it is that there is nothing to lose by trying, other than a little time and money. I know a dog will help with the psychological stuff and companionship and all that. But the real question is whether a service dog can really slow the day that I can no longer live an somewhat independent life, as in stay at home alone without a sitter and get out and about without the world coming to an end. I'm just not sure about the second thing. I know the psychological stuff will benefit, but the other not so much. I feeling down today. I guess we all have these days. I have them before, so it should come as no surprise. Things will get better, at least that's what I'm telling myself. Sun, I'm glad your dog brings you comfort and joy.
The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Friday, March 4, 2016 5:50 PM
Joined: 7/24/2015
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Dog do for me in way that allow us get by with less support staff me.  How say this...?  I can only get so man workers here...no round clock (yet).  But I need med reminders round clock.  So he can function like pers here me, remind me meds, an keep us from need hire pers...or from be go without meds. 

At this point I would no longer be able go my appointments without lose ability cope world...it just be too much me.  But dog provide a constant...allow me still go out my doctor's appointments...an keep my ability navigate world.  He navigate it for me. 

Stairs may take worker me 10 minutes go up few them figure out my legs do an balance...with dog, he guide me up stairs. 

He make what would be very intensive one on one pers task...so much eas pers with me, because he do all work.  I still have pers with me...drive me, talk for me...help tell me things...but dog be do most work. 

It depends on dog an you bond...an on what dog be do you. You have think long hard what tasks you be need help with...that you would have have pers assist you with.  Dog can carry my meds, an water bottle, an come when my alarm be go off...get him self treat.  This be same as pers bring me my meds tell me be take them.  He demand my attention too bout whole thing...they no ignoring him...where I could put a pers off, tell them I no interested meds now...he no going take no when he know he be due treat. So it work very well us.

Part was me adapt him.  Part was me be willing trust him.  Part was time...see him be do...so I know can count him. 

But in answer you question...I would no be able be in my home now, without round clock help without him...an I would be home bound without him.  So YES...there comes a day. 

An it no instantaneous...it be some thing you start now, when you no need AS much...and it be build...dog do more as you need more him do.  They sort of sense you need...they just want help you...like they whole life is help you these needs you can no do. It make them so proud happ be do you.  It would have been very hard me adapt it now. 

He also add a schedule routine me...I have do certain things him certain times...which become helpful day me.  No logical it...but when you have it...you be start see, it be big help be have structure.  These days, I very much could be get lost in my day...an he keep me focused what I be have do. 

Beyond his work me...he no real like play.  He no play ball, no care stick...he no eve care much pet most times (some times)...he just want be there help me.  If I get up, he be follow me.  Now that he be work me, go me places...he no lets me leave out door without him...which will help keep me from get lost (since I be wanderer), and HUGE comfort me...be cause very stressful my agitation I may leave out door an go off...get lost.  I so grateful have dog no let me out his sight, as he be have GPS him.  Eve if I were get out without him...chances are he would be find me.  I can no say nough that comfort there...worth all his cares and keep. 

An peop be like pet him when we out.  It makes new workers warm with me.  It helps be set stage good service workers me.  These things just be side effects him.  Eve thing I was unsure bout beginning him...I am glad I went with get him, go forward this...very grateful help he provide me.  Where peop an services fail me...he be there, filling in...an it way bett than just me alone fighting symptoms disease.  <3


llee08032
Posted: Saturday, March 5, 2016 9:10 AM
Joined: 5/20/2014
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((((((Bodhi)))))). I'm so glad you have him. You're in good paws!
The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016 5:30 PM
Joined: 7/24/2015
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Bodhi now be comes with me eve where.  It onl be on rare occasions we no take him.  The more we go out more comfortable he be got.  This be him now.  This was his first time grocery store...totally calm cool collected him.  I real be like how he be get in front me, brace me, when I need be get stuff off shelf.  I need work on get him bit closer shelf...but he be do real good job what we asked of him. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?vhILz16BOY&feature=youtu.be

<3


llee08032
Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016 8:16 PM
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Sun you and he look so synchronized and  great together! That was really good for his first time in grocery store.
Kathy Marie
Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 6:12 AM
Joined: 3/19/2016
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My husband has Posterior Cortical Atrophy-as soon as we knew he had a dementia-even before we knew what type I knew it was time for another dog.  Eva is his service dog (German Shepherd), and the levity and sweetness in our life when we most need it.  She is now 4 and because of her he can go independently (with her) to our local little post office and for walks in our country neighborhood even though he is very nearly cortically blind now and his "GPS" is completely broken.  She also orients him if he has episodes of "cap gras" (thinking the house has been duplicated)-when he touches her he knows this is the real house-and can ignore the delusion.  Great decision on your part  While we did go through professional training when she was young-basic obedience, and even boarding school when we went on a road trip without her-it turns out that service dogs, other than whatever special service the dog will perform for you-need only be trained individually by you or anyone-as long as individually trained for you, and well behaved-sit on command, down stay on command, and 6 foot recall, all on leash, and of course no hackles or teeth (much more simple than we were led to believe by the trainers we were paying).   As long as you have the diagnosis, the dog performs a service, can do the sit down stay and recall "most of the time" and has been individually trained for you she is qualified-wish we had known that sooner!
Kathy Marie
Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 6:28 AM
Joined: 3/19/2016
Posts: 2


Oh Gosh! Eva does not do all that-because Rafe has me-sorry-but she does do a lot of it without anywhere near thousands of dollars of training-for example-the behavior in restaurants and public including airports, post office, stores, she just did that right from learning how to walk right (you know how to walk without pulling-loose leash and close heel) and I think with the right harness vest yours will provide your balance support-again-almost instinctively.  Eva stops at our house when Rafe tries to walk right by...but the more complicated things-because dementia is progressive, irreversible etc. it seems like engaging a caregiver (two legged) in addition to the dog would be good.  Nursing schools often are great resources-nursing students make great live in part time caregivers often looking for a situation where they can get some experience as well as reasonable accommodations and some pay-also veterinary tech programs have some great students that would be good candidates to help both you and the dog-just thinking ahead about ways to keep you at home-but with more help than just the dog? Sorry if I am too chatty. I am a nurse practitioner and professor of nursing too-or was until I retired to care for my husband-so I have a different perspective on things.  As far as all the training promises-generally my understanding from our trainers was that dogs really need to be older to learn well (we got Eva when she was 3 months old) so she has just mellowed out the last couple years....
Mimi S.
Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2016 8:21 AM
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Welcome to our world, Cathy. Can hubby join us here?
The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2016 9:16 AM
Joined: 7/24/2015
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That be so amazing Kathy, Eva sounds like great addition you family care team!  My heart just so be filled warmth love when hear stories like yours...thanks you sharing.  <3

We have be great news.

Took Bodhi private lesson pound.  For those who be following, we had previously tried lessons there, but he was too stressed by them...our pass qualified us 3 private lessons.  Well now, I want be work with org, Can Do Canines, help finish out some tasks him...but for application that, I need letter his trainer say he at level 2...so we be went back pound.  They kept reschedule me...so this took foreve be do. 

Well, he no onl be pass level 2...they be ask me what my goal be.  I say, well ultimately my goal was be pass level 4 an AKC Canine Good Citizen Test...get his certification.  Well...one of ladies be certifier...so we be did it...an Bodhi PASSED with flying colors!!!!!

He now AKC Canine Good Citizen!  I be so amazed proud him.  So we be graduates. 

He work fantastic me where eve we go...he know the deal now...an he much more comfortable things...though he always little stressed. 

I have no words for how grateful feel him...the ways he be help me things a pers could no help me...it be priceless me.  He like angel be came my life. 

<3


The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 10:38 AM
Joined: 7/24/2015
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Well Bodhi did no do well 4th July.  I think next year we will medicate him.  Seems our neighbors have kids and they get them fireworks shoot off all week long.  By the 4th, my dog had bout had all he could take...an was a shaking drooling mess.  Thankfully, it is over.

On the good note, Can Do Canines, has sent me the approval letter that they will come help me train Bodhi.  I had all but given up on them...thinking I am going die before they get round it.  And, after all, Master Bodhi is pretty great as is already. 

They going train him alert me when my alarm goes off take my meds.  This way, he can carry my meds...an be like a PCA helper...that I happen have 24/7/365...which the county no going give me. 

He is already at point of trying very hard go with me wherever I go.  I want him do this, but often I have go places that we don't take him...he does no understand this.  I keep tell him, soon, soon it will be always. 

As he get be go with me always...this is good, so I can no slip out door unaccompanied.  An, we can have him wear a GPS tag...so in case I refuse take my phone, or forget...he have GPS. 

He has been a great comfort me as well.  Feeding an watering him real keeps me on track.  Needing let him out, likewise, keeps me exposed nature. 

He also tends get concerned if we do "unusual" things...which is GREAT cuing for me...so if I do something weird, he is right there looking at me like wtf...letting me know that this is probably no the way I usually do things. 

I am having very hard time this day saying how far he has come from last posting here, but it is leaps and bounds far from last time.  He quite comfortable stores me now.  More comfortable car.  We even took him beach other day an he walked into water. 

I so glad I got this dog...an took chance on train him as a dementia dog me an a balance dog me...it has had such huge benefits more than my words can ever say this.  Sometimes a lot work, tire me, but it a good tire me...like the kind of tire you want be at end of long good day.  Satisfied. 

I hope everyone who wants a dog like this will give it a chance.

<3


The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 10:42 AM
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PS...the beach had long wooded trail it, that I would no have been able walk self get beach.  I am ever so grateful for Bodhi help me balance walk this trail get best beach round here for kids.  That depth of gratitude is what I have such hard time express in words...I have no eve felt anything like that.  When he can do something for me, that I can no do self...it means world me.  He opens up my world. 

Also, he a looker...so peop always coming up us talk us...want pet him.  I am no sure what it is bout service dog vs reg dog on leash...but everyone comes out their house, talk us...stops cars talk us.  Usually, in dementia, peop go way from us...no want talk us.  Bodhi turn that round also. 

Love this dog!

<3


BillBRNC
Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 10:58 AM
Joined: 12/2/2015
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Sun, I had not seen this topic before, or I don't recall. But I have a service dog from a program for service dogs coming to be my dog this coming Sunday. They will stay 2 or 3 days to make sure I can do the stuff I need to know. Because I live in a no pet condo resort, I had to get a fully trained dog that had been certified by the NC Department of Human Resources. While this is against federal law to require it, I didn't want to do battle over getting a dog, so I decided to get one that they can't complain about at all. Plus the dog is a fully trained mobility dog for the Lewy Body thing I've got, which is like Parkinson's. I've got mixed Alzheimer's and Lewy Body, so it is just a mess. Anyway, the dog can take me places, bring me home, always leave with me, if I go without him he will push an emergency button to notify my wife to take action, and lots of other good stuff. I can't wait. I watched you video, and I am really impressed by what you've been able to do on your own. I would have like to try doing it, but I couldn't do it without a big fight at this resort. Plus I want to take the dog into restaurants and stuff too. It is good that you have shown that people don't need to pay huge amounts to get a fully trained service dog, but can do it themselves if they have patience and a reasonably smart dog. Good for you. I'm looking forward to joining your club.
llee08032
Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2016 7:45 AM
Joined: 5/20/2014
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Hi Sun!

So appreciate your sharing exp with the wonderful Bohdi! I am considering a service dog and this thread has been so helpful. Bill, looking forward to hearing about your new best friend also!


The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 2:48 PM
Joined: 7/24/2015
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Omg, this day is Sunday...I hope it going amazing with you new dog...an I also can no wait hear bout it!!!!  I have been waiting this day forever for you.  <3

For what it worth, I credit my dog with his ease in training (an I take him everywhere me now)...an maybe some my previous life with train horses because it instinctive me how be with dogs get them do what need them do. 

Oh that is such great news, Bill...do tell?

I was never able get a pinpoint on which type dementia I have, an I am no longer interested trying figure it out.  But I share some the symptoms Lewy Bodies, an some FTD symptoms...so I get it.  I have Myasthenia Gravis as well, which is an autoimunne muscle weakening disease...it where, if I do too much, my immune system attack an destroy the muscle recptors.  The medicine for it pretty much the same mechanically as for the brain...so it does no treat the disease, but only gives me more muscle neurotransmitter work with.  Since most peop no familiar MG...it leave me often tipsy, an off balance.  I fall a lot, bump into things a lot as well.  So the med that allows be cast my walker in the trash an have energy walk around block, also leave me too fall-y be able safely walk around block...hence the dog who make it possible me. 

Take some time learn you dog.  Do no fully trust.  It a good time now, let the dog show you what can do...earn you trust it.  You will be amazed...the gratitude for what dog LOVE do for you.  An they know when they are help you, they live for it...it makes their soul sing. 

It can also be weird at first.  It like when you first get cane...when you start use it?  No one say.  So you just sort of have brave it do it.  Takes a while get used doing.  While you brain good...it can seem like more work take dog with you.  That wears off after a while...like once the dog starts proving self you. 

 Be willing be willing give it that time is all I can say.  After a while, it will become second nature take dog with you.  The adjustment time us disease seem take us longer get used things than we used...so hang in there. 

I am just so excited know it is THIS day you get you dog.  YEA YOU!!!! 

<3


BillBRNC
Posted: Sunday, July 10, 2016 7:23 PM
Joined: 12/2/2015
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Sun, total and complete bummer. I have to wait until next Sunday to get Doc. His Vet says he needs more time to heal from his neutering. Well, I can wait, as I can't wait, but I will wait, and then it will be great. I read somewhere that a huge percentage of dementias were mixed dementias, as opposed to just one flavor. So my mix of Alz and Lewy Body is not unusual. It is weird, because things change from day to day and week to week, but  I guess that's ok. I don't care for the Parkinson side of Lewy Body, but my dog is trained mobility, but I saw from your video that you did that all by yourself. You are an amazing person. I'm glad to know you and call you friend. Bill.
The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 5:26 PM
Joined: 7/24/2015
Posts: 3020


Ok, we will wait out the week with you...gether.

Well, the dog real did it himself...I just showed him why...like he understands as I wobble, I need help...and he so happy provide that help. 

Indeed, that is how dogs do herding...they see us try bring sheep in, no be able do self...as soon as they catch on what needed, they more happy do it. 

Caregivers often complain they no be thanked enough.  My mom no real thank me, though deep down I know she appreciate...but I do what I do simply because I know it help her...and that has been thanks nough me.  I see same in dogs...and horses by way.  <3


alz+
Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2016 9:22 AM
Joined: 9/12/2013
Posts: 3608


I missed 80% of this post!

SUN - so proud of you and Bodhi and qualifying for certificates! your stories of life with him and the video in grocery store made me cry!

I am checking in today in part because I wanted to know what was happening with Bill's new dog, like becoming a grandparent from afar! ha!

My dog also hates gun shots and fireworks but she suddenly stopped being afraid of thunder a few weeks ago.

By the way, a tornado came through our town a few days ago, power out, lines down, giant trees 100 years old broken like matchstick. It took the roof off an iconic old storage building made of rocks quanset hut style. We live outside the town and had the big winds and rain, lightening and thunder and the dog slept through it.

BILL might as well start new thread for the dog, photos, all that. Nothing gets the blood up like promise of a new critter in the mix.


The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Friday, July 15, 2016 6:11 PM
Joined: 7/24/2015
Posts: 3020


We got a second dog this day.  She is a Belguim Sheepdog Mix, same age as Bodhi...and strikingly similar personality an temperament.  Her name (unless we change it) is Lotus Flower.  I don't have any pictures yet.  They dogs get along real well for their first meeting.  She is still healing from her neuter and anticipate a calm happy home as she heals an becomes acclimated here. 

<3


The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Sunday, July 17, 2016 4:22 PM
Joined: 7/24/2015
Posts: 3020


Update...I think her name going a be, Rosie Satva...
The_Sun_Still_Rises
Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2016 6:22 PM
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Although we put in our application in January (I think), and were approved late spring early summer, the lady only just came out from the service dog org the other week...in order again test Bodhi and approve him.  He past (yea!).  They are going help guide me (for free) in training him do some more tasks for me.  I might have already posted this. 

Well, this week Bodhi and I have been working on changing "target" with "touch"...which was easy for him.  I have been working on getting him "touch" my body rather than just my hand...which seems no issue for him. That is all we were suppose work on...but he and I have stayed working on things, since Bodhi doing so well, and I have been increasing his distance in the "touch" command, and he happily will walk across the room do it.  If I tap my chest, saying "touch" he will jump up on my lap...which is the ultimate Alert behavior we were going for. 

In addition, the other day...the baby found a ball in the yard...Bodhi seemed want it (he generally doesn't play with toys or want things in his mouth), so I said, "pick up" and he did...I said "give it" and he did.  He seemed intuitively know that he needed bring it and put it in my lap.  So the baby would take the ball and eventually throw it or drop it or lose interest in it...and I would tell Bodhi go get it...he would, and he'd bring it and drop it in my lap. 

We moved inside, and for the last few days, I have asked him pick up random objects...and he will. 

It seems he is so ready work and itching for something more do for us...gotta love working breeds for that.  His quickness is reminding me of a boarder collie for some reason.  I guess he has the autumn bug in that he want do things in the same way I want be go cook soup...and start making lots of food. 

I can no wait for the trainers come back...they going be amazed at what I got Bodhi do (I'm amazed at myself...and him).  I can no tell you my gratitude this dog...as I now know he really will be able carry my meds and alert me take them (since I will never be able get a human be here 24/7 do this for me)...I will get stay alive longer because this fur baby.  I just have no words for him.

<3