I truly do wish that I could make time to comment more often. It's not that I don't " have" the time, it's just that I'm so lazy I suppose that I don't "make" time. For those of you who may actually know me and look forward to what I have to say, I'm sorry and will make a better effort to post more often.
My family came to visit me for a week not long ago. I miss them all so much but spending time with them is a painful reminder of just how much I do miss them. I believe that we all had a great time together. Spending time with my children was just incredible. This was the first time that the children were able to meet Daja face to face. I knew that she would react in a positive way. What I didn't know is just how positive she would be. Daja took to my children with such interest and affection it was almost unbelievable. We took a day trip to Fl. and spent the day at the beach. This was the first time that I'm aware of Daja being at the ocean. Free of leash, she had a great time in the water. She didn't want to go deeper than neck deep but I still believe she enjoyed just standing in the water. If you know me, then you probably realize that I have no reason being too far out in the water. Oops. Couldn't help it. I had a flash back of being my normal self and swam a little too far out. I was having a really difficult time making it back to the beach. I wasn't drowning, but I sure was having a hard time staying above the water. Daja, being a little afraid to go out too deep would just move back and forth watching me with concern. I think maybe she was a little more worried about me than my wife. LOL.
Day to day life never changes much around here. I work with Daja trying to teach her anything that may be interesting. She is a good student and works really hard to learn what I am trying to teach her, however, she is a dog you must remember so after awhile she just gets tired and shuts down and makes it clear that she is more interested in taking a nap than learning new tricks. What a good life a dog must have!
Missy our second dog is really doing well as well. She's such a nut and loves to sing in her own howling way. She still has a little bit of a pee problem which can be extremely aggravating, but once again, I have to just remember that she is a dog and just doing what dogs do. I just wish she could make a mess on the tile and not the carpet. I am a little tired of cleaning my carpet.
Mr. Henery, if you are reading this, I just want to remind you that you were working on a harness to assist us on clipping toe nails. Also, it is my belief that Daja could be your first RAD dog who has come along enough to actually cross over to a full access dog. If you could please send me a copy of the test so that I can work on her and maybe sometime have her tested. It's not me, it's her. She is so well behaved I am confident that with a little push she can make it to become a full service/access dog. Thanks for the consideration.
I've received some disappointing news about some of our dog handlers. For my USMC friend, hold your head up high. I am confident that you can pull yourself out of this small slump. I believe one or two actions do not paint an accurate picture of who a person is. You will be OK my friend and I am always keeping you in my thoughts to get back to the point where I know you would like to be.
For my Army friend "J", I especially have a place for you in my heart. No one said this would be easy and you know more than any of us how difficult this is for you. I just ask that you please make every effort you can. Dig deep, you have it in you I know. Get where you need to be and focus on recovery. You have worked so hard and I have seen some of your ups and downs. It' time to get back to the ups and avoid the downs as much as possible. We all care for you "J". Your not alone and if there is ANYTHING that we or I can do to help let it be know.
I'm now down to just a couple of months before I will have 20 years of active service. I am so excited that I am going to make it. My military goal has always been to complete a 20 year service commitment. Yeah!!! One of my goals will at least be met.
Well folks, I wish everyone the best. I am doing pretty well myself so I ask that every one focus on their own issues and not worry about me. I look forward to seeing everyone again asap.