I got lost


LostNo worries, nothing bad happened to me.

I think with the tail end of my therapy groups, the very hot weather where I live, my spouse has been away for 7 weeks, plus changing my eating and exercising habits, I suddenly had no desire to write because I felt like I had nothing to contribute to the blogging sphere.

So today is the first time in a long time that I feel down. Hard to say exactly what has brought it on, but I am reminding myself that its ok to feel down, and pamper myself.

My garden has done ok, but my strawberries and sugar peas didn’t do well, the hot weather whithered them. Yet my cherry tomatoes and beef steak tomatoes are flourishing. I also have my very first green pepper growing!

I have started working with a new therapist. I’ve had 3 sessions with her and I’m just not sure about her. She isn’t into “talk therapy” she is more about working on the inside and bringing out the emotions that are trapped deep within me. She explained a lot to me yesterday about how we will go about things, which I understand better.

However, when we were booking my next session, the time she offered I said I couldn’t because I had a psychiatrist appointment. She commented if it was talk therapy and I said no, its more about medication checking, seeing how I am etc. She asked if he is open to me coming off of them, I said ultimately I would like that but I do realize that may not happend and I am truly at peace with that. I told her I am bipolar II and that I have been diagnosed borderline personality. She said she doesn’t work with labels and that they don’t exist. I said of course they do, its genetic in my family. She replied that when a person is in love or is sad, we don’t medicate them do we? I said no, but that is completely different.

I exercise everyday and I know i have an addiction, yet it has also helped me in many ways.  i feel more energetic, I get out of the house and take my dogs to an off leash park three to four times a week weather depending. I’ve joined weight watchers and it has really improved my way of eating and the support group is my favorite activity. I am encouraged when others overcome an obstacle I may be going through or may go through at some point. I’ve started becoming more aware of what my body does when I am overtired, how it craves surgar and how my eating disorder will play into that.

I have an appointment with a counsellor tomorrow to be re-entered into the eating disorder program. This is my second time going into it. I’m ok with that because now I am familiar with some of what is covered so it won’t be so overwheming. Its still for 18 months.

So tell me, what’s new with you?

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November is Adopt a Senior Month


For me, I love having an older dog. Maybe its because they are so often forgotten in the over populated shelters, or perhaps it is because they need love and attention, like I do. Either way you look at it, as much as I love puppies, they are a lot like having a toddler and honestly I don’t have the energy all the time to be watching for every little thing they can and will get into.

Below is a list of reasons why it is an excellent idea to adopt a senior dog.

10 Great Reasons to Open Your Heart to a Senior Pet

  1. Older dogs have manners. Unlike puppies, many grown-up dogs have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans.

    They may have received obedience training and respond to commands like Sit, Stay, and Down.

    Many are house trained and it takes a matter of hours or a day or two to help them learn the potty rules in their new home.

  2. Senior pets are less destructive. Most older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase.

    You don’t need to worry so much about finding your favorite pair of shoes or a table leg chewed beyond recognition. Chances are your senior kitty has no urge to overturn your potted plant or shred the handmade quilt your grandma gave you.

  3. What you see is what you get. A senior pet holds no surprises as to how big he might get, what color his adult coat will be, or whether his hips will be healthy. A senior pet comes to you with his own history, which makes his future much more predictable than that of an 8-week old puppy or kitten.
  4. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Adult dogs can focus on the task at hand (unlike many of their much younger counterparts). If your adopted older pet needs to learn a few things in her new life with you, not to worry. Enroll her in an obedience class, contact a trainer, or go the do-it-yourself route. Older dogs are more attentive than puppies, and more eager to please their humans.
  5. You can custom order your senior pet. If you’re looking for a short-haired cat, for example, or a kitty with no history of dental disease, you can search until you find an older pet with exactly those attributes. If you already have a cat and need your adoptive dog to get along with cats, again, you’ll have a much better chance of finding an older adoptive dog who is a perfect companion for your family.
  6. You can adopt a purebred pet if you want. If you really love a certain breed of dog or cat, chances are there’s a breed rescue club that can point you in the direction of older purebred pets in need of homes.
  7. Senior pets are great company for senior citizens. Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also ‘getting up there’ in age, doesn’t mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed.
  8. Older pets are relaxing to hang out with. Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren’t full of wild energy to burn. Because you’re not constantly chasing around or cleaning up after your older pet, you have a lot more time to spend finding fun things to do or just relaxing together.
  9. Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.
  10. You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!

Article provided by http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/02/15/benefits-of-adopting-an-older-pet.aspx?x_cid=20141101_ranart_benefits-of-adopting-an-older-pet_facebookpets

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Meet our girl Tika, she is our adopted 12 year old Chi/JRT

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Our other adopted sweetheart is Lucy, she is 8 years old

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Our boy Blaze who is 9 years old

Have a great Sunday! Please remember to ADOPT NOT SHOP!!

Birthdays, Christmas and BPD


My birthday is on Monday, the 23rd of December, I don’t have memories of birthday parties or presents from childhood friends. Christmas, when I was a young child, I remember family, playing bingo, laughter and memories. Living with BPD, I can tell you that the last few years, I’ve spent alone, sad and depressed.

My spouse is leaving for the holidays on Sunday, to spend it with his family. I’ve put out a request to my cousin to spend Christmas dinner with her and her family.

This time of year sucks, always has for me more so as an adult, on top of BPD, my mood swings have been really severe. I’ve swung from being super angry, to feeling intense emotions on the verge of tears, yet nothing happens.

The only thing that keeps me grounded is my pets, without them, I would be nothing.

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Daddy Says…..


Daddy has called Mama
“dog whisperer” a few times. We was wonderin’ what he meant by dat so mama asked him. 

Daddy says that mama understands animals deeper than just the surface. Hmmm, so we as a pack barked about dis and we all agreed. Mama does have dis special way of understanding all animals. She always seems to know how to lub us, she always seems to know what we all need. She is one of the bestest people when it comes to doing a rescue. She just knows what we need when we first meet. 

Before you assume that mama runs her pack by the man who is known as the “Dog Whisperer”. She doesn’t, she uses her instincts and common sense. Mama doesn’t believe in using force, she believes in using love and understanding. When we are scared, she uses her soft voice. When we are angry, she uses encouraging words and will wait things out til we aren’t angry anymore. When she is teaching us something, she uses one word commands. She isn’t afraid to come down to our level whether it be on grass or in dirt and  play with us; she sits up with us at night when we aren’t ourselves. She loves to give cuddles and snuggles, never worries if we get dog hair on the bed.

May you all be blessed to have someone who lubs you as much as our mama does. 

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Today I embraced the morning sunshine


Today I woke up like any other day. Broken sleep, cat who bangs the blinds and dogs who wait on my every move. This morning Lucy my precocious JRT/Beagle was in a state about something and when she gets like this, she paces and when she paces her nails click on my floor. She reminds me of myself when I get anxious and I can’t sit still and I wring my hands and rock back and forth.  I realized she had used the potty pad, and it upset her that it was on the floor. So after I cleaned it up, I looked at the clock and saw that it was when we would normally get up. 

I looked outside and I saw a beautiful, crisp, sunshine filled morning! My steps and motions were instant, I wanted outside. I wanted to feel the crisp cool air on my skin, the kind that makes your cheeks rosy :).

It was a gorgeous morning, The snow and frost on the trees, you can see your breath as you walk. My dogs were in a fit of glory, one kept going in and out of the various ditches, reminiscent of his days on the farm. 

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I promised myself that today I would embrace this moment. I can’t promise everyday will be like today, but if my dogs are what get me to embrace the fresh air, seeing them happy and playful. I will take it. 

Happy New Year, everyone. 

Poor Annie! She got spooked on her walk and now she’s missing!


Coquitlam Friends!!! Keep an eye out for this senior girl. Mama helped with a recent rescue of her (last weekend) and she became spooked on her walk. (we aren’t sure what she was spooked over, possibly fireworks in the area) She is new to the area, no ID or name tag are on her. She has a medical condition and is very new to the area. She will be afraid. I can tell you she is a gentle soul, just very scared. If you see her please contact @Susan Patterson 604-722-8550 or your closest animal shelter. Please help us find her. Thank you!

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This is the original posting as of Dec. 10/12

‎***URGENT***

ANNIE WAS SPOOKED TONIGHT WHEN SHE WAS OUT FOR HER WALK.HER FOSTER HOME IS IN COQUITLAM SHE WIGGLED OUT OF HER COLLAR AND TOOK OFF BETWEEN 7:30 & 8:00 PM SHE WAS LAST SEEN AT CHILCO & LOUGHEED ON KEETS DRIVE. 

SHE HAS NO COLLAR OR ID. SHE IS NEW TO THE AREA AND WILL BE VERY AFRAID. 
IF YOU SEE HER PLEASE CALL SUSAN AT 604-722-8550 OR YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER FOR HELP.
 
SHE IS A SENIOR, NEWLY RESCUED FROM A HIGH KILL SHELTER IN CALIFORNIA, SHE HAS A MEDICAL CONDITION AND WE NEED HER BACK SO WE CAN TAKE PROPER CARE OF HER. SHE IS A 53 LB SHEPHERD CROSS.
 
PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR HER AND SHARE HER WITH ALL OF YOUR COQUITLAM FRIENDS.. 
 
THANK YOU ♥

 

 

Image  is on the case to help find Annie as well. They suspect she is running which makes sense. Poor girl is scared, confused and lost. We are all very concerned as she has a medical condition and requires daily medication.