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Rescue Rant

While I’m not studying for finals, I thought I would finally clear something up. Many people have commented “You should have adopted a dog, not bought one.” I have avoided discussing this until now because I want this blog to be a positive place. However, I will now finally address this topic and endeavor to keep this from becoming a full-blown rant. 

Warning: anger, discrimination, and stupidity ahead!

Yes, I looked at breeders. But I also kept an eye on dogs in shelters and rescues for about a year.

I tried to adopt a dog. I contacted 6 rescues about 6 dogs in 3 states. All 6 told me I wasn’t a fit home for a dog.

Why? I’m a student. I’m under 22. I live in an apartment. I don’t have a securely fenced in yard. I have never owned a dog before. I live alone. I don’t live in X state. I’m mentally ill.

One of the rescues couldn’t even be bothered to return my calls.

I’m sure you can all see why this “unfit” dog owner gets a little angry every time someone criticizes me for buying my dog.

For those of you who hate me for buying a dog and try to make me feel guilty I will happily give you the names and numbers of those 6 rescues. Go criticize them for passing up a wonderful home and leave me alone.

I think I was rejected from all those rescues for a reason–so that I would end up with Lucy. She was the best decision of my life.

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Hello, this is Lucy. How may I be of service?

Today, I would like to happily announce that, under federal law, Lucy is a service dog. To be a service dog under the law two things are required.

(1) The handler be disabled.

I got that part down

(2) The dog perform specific tasks or work to mitigate that disability.

Lucy is successfully task-trained to do the following

Remind me to take my meds

Remind me to eat (since on my meds I never get hungry)

Force me to get out of bed

Alert to mania

Alert to depression

Deep Pressure Therapy

For now I am going to continue to identify her generally as a service dog in training because her public access manners are not as nice as I would like (they’re still pretty good though). Since in North Carolina and Indiana service dogs in training have all the same protections as full fledged service dogs there is no reason for me to identify her as a service dog yet.

Mostly, I just wanted to brag to all of you and to tell you, my dear friends, first that Lucy is both legit and official.

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TODO? Try TODONE!

Hi all!

First, a quick update about Lucy. Her surgery went well and she is fully recovered (although her hair still isn’t all grown back). She also saw snow for the first time ever today. A video of this historic moment will be posted at a later date.

Second, I would like to take this opportunity to list some of the things I have been able to do since Lucy came into my life. These are things that I hadn’t done for years prior getting her.

Ride on a bus

Drive to the mall

Deal with groups of more than 10 people

Shop in Brick and Mortar stores (I’ve been shopping almost exclusively online)

Stand up to my father

Go out for dinner (My friends took me out for my Birthday a few years ago. I had such a bad panic attack during it that I threw up.)

Go to drive-through

The following are things that I could do, but they caused me panic attacks every time. With Lucy, no more panic!

Go to work

Drive

Make eye contact with strangers (ex. waitresses or when checking out at the grocery store)

Talk about myself

Talk on the phone

The following are things that I HAVEN’T done since I got Lucy

Cry for more than 10 minutes

Have a panic attack in class

 

So, Thank You Lucy!

 

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