Today, I fell in love. Hard. With a dog.
Wait! Don’t stop reading here!! This is important! This is not some dumb dog post!
Today, I cried big fat tears.
We met MIXIE. Alexander’s seizure dog. If you don’t know what I’m talking about – you can read HERE about how we fundraised and why we needed this dog. If you didn’t read yesterday’s post… it is a good one, because our introduction to Ohio was less than stellar. But, today… today was magic.
So, I really didn’t know what to expect. I mean… we were getting a dog that was supposed to alert us to seizure activity. But – I had all these unanswered questions:
What else would this dog be able to do for us? Anything? Were we wasting all this money? I knew these dogs could be trained to do many things, but … we didn’t even know what to ask for.
OMG. OMG. OMG. They trained Mixie to do it all. No kidding. I cried.
Mixie can is trained to do the basics, like walk next to us, sit until “released,” lay down until “released” – (think of this potential at school… the dog just lays there – not causing any commotion in the class room), stand, etc. But that is not all… Mixie can also: Turn on and off lights. Open and close doors; from both directions. She can get toys that Alexander drops or are laying on the other side of the room and bring them to Alexander or put them in a box. She is trained to stand for periods of time to help Alexander with stability. She is trained to help Alexander redirect any “tics” he might have or develop into petting. She is trained to provide deep pressure to help calm him (he loves deep pressure.) She is trained to help him to not “wander off” – there are specific things she does – and we’ve seen it in action. So… imagine this – in 2 years, Alexander is walking. Mixie has been a living breathing motivator to help him learn to stand and walk and she is trained to do this, and then …. she is trained on how to keep Alexander from wondering off while I write out a check at the grocery store or into traffic, etc. I plan to hold Alexander’s hand – but you all know that holding a writhing “toddler” for years can be demanding. Imagine it… Not only that – but … let’s say that Alexander doesn’t need some of these things for a few years. We can bring Mixie back and they will do a brush up for the skills she now needs to remember.
Four Paws for Ability – I think I love you. Mixie, I know I love you. I knew this would be “life changing” – but I meant in the scary sort of long term way. I didn’t realize it would be life changing every day. This is only the first day. My brain is taxed from trying to learn all the commands. This is all I can eek out today. But, I do have pictures. Enjoy. We love you – who love us. Thank you again…
Alexander reached up to hug Mixie. … I don’t think we are going to have to worry about bonding.
Thanks, Shell. As Always, for letting me Pour My Heart out – even if it is about my love for our new dog.