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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Your Dying Spouse 114 - The Service Dog Blues

We're linked to Messy Marriage's Wedded Wednesday...please visit Beth's wonderful website for faith, love, and wisdom.

This post is a change of pace. I...we...hope you'll enjoy it.

I have two service dogs. The one you see in the right'hand sidebar is Sylvia, a large and very warm-hearted Pit Bull.

The one pictured below is a Red Heeler named Ladron. She is not quite as fast as Syl, and thereby hangs a tail...uh, tale.

Ladron is very attentive, and very alert. She sleeps right next to my shoulder, and if I stop breathing, she calls in The Muscle...Sylvia...who will jump up and down on my chest in a field-expedient canine version of CPR.

They have brought me back a couple of times...and yes, you can stop breathing and be conscious. It sucks.

Ladron is at my side 24/7; she helps me feed other dogs, for instance. She is perfectly capable of carrying a dish full of food to someone else, opening a feeding crate, and putting the dish inside. She does not steal food - ever - and no one is brave enough  to mess with her.

Especially since she doesn't sleep much. When I sleep - and I don't sleep much, either instead lying awake trying to biofeedback the pain into something manageable - she's awake, watching.

Unfortunately, her diligence can cause her problems...since I have a real problem with nausea...

I throw up a couple of times a day...often quite a bit of blood comes up as well.

When I go down, I go down hard, and the girls move to keep me from hitting my head on the floor, but when Syl realizes that something is about to happen, she scuttles backward (and she can back up faster than most dogs can go forward).

Ladron hasn't mastered that art, and by the time she spins around it's usually too late.

And it's bath time.

Ladron does not like baths.

And thus, so you can get an idea of The Service Dog Blues, and for your viewing pleasure...

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  1. Your pups are amazing! This post is a true testimony to the fact that dogs are a blessing from Heaven. So glad you have your pups to help you. And the video - hilarious! Thanks for sharing, Andrew!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! They are indeed a blessing, and I would not be able to cope without them. They also serve as PTSD support...Ladron learned at the age of six weeks that she needed to wake me from nightmares. She would do so by biting my nose or ear...and puppy teeth are sharp!

      I'm so glad you stopped by!

  2. ;-}

    I wouldn't say I'm a dog lover, but this was much fun! Thanks for giving the inside scoop on your lovely ladies ...

    1. Linda, I am so glad you enjoyed this....and Syl and Ladron would win you over in a heartbeat. Five minutes with them and you'd be a Dog Person Forever.

      Thank you so much for being here!

  3. Thank you for introducing us to your side-kicks! You are fortunate to have them at your side!! Praying for them as well as you and Barb!

    1. They are indeed a blessing, Barbara...and we all appreciate your prayers!