Archive | October 2012

Elvis the wonder-pup!!!

So I haven’t had the time I need to sit down and really blog.  I have so much going on and so many changes taking place that have been quite time consuming.  I had to write a little about our little life saver Elvis.  Of course we are all smitten by him and how well he is already doing his job.  Sometimes I feel like there is no way we are this lucky he is this spot on right off the bat.  This little guy came into our family at the right moment, with the right abilities knowing just what we needed.

I cannot really describe how I feel about distance alerts.  It is one of those ‘too good to be true’ feelings.  But I have read about so many instances where the dog continues to alert when their ‘person’ is a mile or so away.  These stories has always given me goosebumps just thinking about the possibilities…as I do believe that dogs are amazing creatures with amazing abilities to begin with.

Tonight, Elvis has started making me a believer.  The hubbs had to work late tonight, so I couldn’t take Elvis to dance to watch Kinzie (which we do every dance day).  I had to stay home with the pups and kiddos.  I drop Kinzie off at dance, and all is well; her numbers are great. Elvis was hanging out in the living room with Jared.  About 20 minutes in, Elvis starts alerting to Jared.  He is non-stop alerting to the point where it is annoying and he will not calm down.  So I take Elvis into the kitchen with me while I cook.  I put him in down and continued doing what I was doing. 

Elvis pops up and starts alerting to me persistently.  He is adamantly alerting to me that Kinzie wasn’t okay.  I thought there is no way on earth this could be happening.  I thought something else had to be going on.  I tried giving him a toy, drink, take him potty…nothing! So I ask him “Do we need to check Kinzie?”  He sits right in front of me staring me down and does this great big huge paw to my leg.  He was adamant that we needed to check.  I was in awe, trying to push this out of my mind.  I tried ignoring it for a bit, but it wouldn’t stop.

Against my better judgement I loaded the dog and kids into the car and drove to the dance studio (I couldn’t believe that I was doing this…what was I thinking? people are going to think I am crazy).  The studio is maybe a mile from our home, if that.  As we drove closer, his alerts continue and he becomes even more adamant. 

We go into the studio and I pull Kinzie out of dance class and take her into the waiting room to check.  As soon as Elvis sees her he alerts to her, being as persistent as ever.  So we reluctantly check.  She is in the 260s.  Good High Elvis! Good High!  I was in awe, cried a bit. 

We leave to go home and Elvis is relaxed and calm from that moment on.  He just chills until dance is out and Kinzie comes home.  It is unbelievable.

Coincidence? I have no clue.  Crazy? Absolutely!  I cannot believe what just happened tonight, I cannot wrap my mind around it.  All I know is what I saw.  I can never explain what happened and even do it a splinter of justice…but I am in awe.  Time will tell if this was indeed a miracle, which I think it may be.  All I know is Elvis is amazing in every single way possible.  He is working so hard, and loving his work.  He is a masterpiece in progress. Their bond is undenyable and completely amazing. He is so committed to his girl.   Image

 

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Elvis…has entered the building (or house)

So I haven’t had time to even really sit down and write.  In fact, I have so much to say and not enough time to say it all so much of it must wait for another post.  We got Kinzie’s diabetic alert dog on Saturday, Sept. 29th.  We surprised Kinzie, as she thought she was getting him on Sunday.  It was a big surprise and a very amazing thing to witness when she first met her little life saver.

We had a week of intense training with our amazing trainer, and our first week couldn’t have been more perfect.  We are in complete awe of this little guy, the organization we are pairing with and we absolutely adore our trainer (she has such a pure heart, her passion is her job).  Our training week was crazy, busy, fun, eye-opening, hard work…oh, you name the emotion, I am sure we experienced it.  Kinzie just attached to her trainer right off the bat (which never happens…so we were all taken back by it).  We cannot wait until our next training session.

Elvis has been quite the super star around here…although he is a puppy and he will show us he is every once in a while, he is a true hard-working pup.  He loves to work and lives to please.  He has been spot on with alerts, and his obedience is great.  He is dedicated to his girl like no other, and already bonded to her.  Kinzie is so in love with her little watcher, she snuggles him, loves on him and works with him daily.  She is doing an amazing job.  The kids all love him, and he loves them.  He is already naturally alerting at night which wasn’t expected for months to a year…he has surpassed our expectations, as we knew we would have work to do alongside our trainer.  We couldn’t be more pleased.

To sum up our days since he has been in our home, all I can say is it has been inspiring.  It is a challenge that we are up for.  We are all completely amazed with Elvis’ capabilities and cannot wait to see what our future holds with him as he progresses.  I knew making this choice, it was the right one; but living this choice, it is the perfect one.  Kinzie and Elvis are the perfect match. I will share more on our journey…but for now I must attend to a little puppy alert. oh, how I love him!

Celebrate life. Video in honor of Kinzie’s 2nd ‘diaversary’

Facebook entry on Sept 21, 2012: Whether we signed up for this journey or not…the day has come again.  Tomorrow, September 22, is Kinzie’s anniversary (diaversary= her diagnosis anniversary).  You know what? We have come a long way! As much as I hate this disease, I am thankful for her diagnosis…because had her diagnosis been prolonged by even the smallest amount of time, she would not be here.  Simply put…I am so very thankful f…

or life and the gift of life…and everything that we have been given in this life. I wasn’t sure in the beginning if I could ever feel this way (and some days have been by far worse than others).  But in a sense it is refreshing to feel like we are far beyond where I ever thought we would land.  I wish this was an anniversary for different reasons; but today (well, tomorrow) is a day of celebration on many levels.  I celebrate my little family, our friends, our family and our community.  I celebrate each sun rise and sun set.  I celebrate every single breath we are granted and every single night I am able to wake up and check on Kinzie…I celebrate it all.  Sometimes it takes an act of war to open one’s eyes…and perhaps Type 1 Diabetes is that war for me. So in celebration of life and the simple gifts we forget we have been given and often overlook…celebrate with me.  In honor of Kinzie please share a comment celebrating the journey she and her siblings have been on and the way they have been determined to face it (or any wonderful thing about them). I would love to end our day as a family together reading the comments and remembering to be thankful every single day.  Much love sent to all of our family, friends, supporters and community.  Blessed are we, no matter how tested we may feel. I will be posting a video I made, please watch it and share in honor of Kinzie. ♥
Look here to see the video in honor of our second ‘diaversary’ and celebrate life with us!