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on the waiting list for a service dog at CCI (Canine Companions for Independence).  

Next step (after waiting for up to 2 years) is Team Training for two weeks at their site.  It should be good for me since I need to learn how to handle a dog without hurting my wrists.  And we all need to learn how to take care of a dog.

Both C and I were nervous about getting accepted.  Well especially me.  We had only some idea of what their criteria was.  I wanted a service dog so badly and I didn't have a good Plan B since the other organizations I looked at didn't seem as a good match for me and my family.   It's hard to describe how I feel honored and relieved - not a dream come true since the dream hasn't arrived yet and the dream has no start date but knowing I can gaze into the window and someday have the precious gift inside.

Ironically Mori has stopped hiding so much just this past week.  I hadn't realised how much it was a source of stress for me.  I miss so much how my cats used to follow me around.  I understand why they don't.  This life I lead with a kid with lots of medical and physical needs is a far cry from my much calmer salad days.  And my wrists are so bad now.  But petting a cat or a dog is incredibly soothing.   Now It's once a day.  Better than none.

Little T really benefited from the CCI interview experience too.  He figured out that in fact size is not the criteria to determine whether an animal will knock him down.  Last week he walked up to a horse that was over 16 hands high (a large horse) and asked to pet him.  The horse is very gentle.  And I had just ridden him for my therapeutic riding.

Special K has been telling everyone we're getting a service dog even before we heard we got accepted.  I guess she knew something we didn't. Then she told me her friend from preschool is getting a "service cat."  According to the Internet (source of all truth) they do exist but I have no way of determining if this story is true or not.

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goldenlily
Mar. 24th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
Such good news! :) I look forward to hearing more and seeing photos when you get your new addition! :)
waterowl
Mar. 24th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
Pics you bet! :) Thanks for reminding me to add a camera to the list of things we need to bring to Team Training. I have too many things to keep track of.
poets_hand
Mar. 24th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
Oh, that's awesome! I'm happy for you and the whole family! :.)

waterowl
Mar. 25th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! We're all really excited!
gconnor
Mar. 24th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Good for you! Be well...
yes_justice
Mar. 24th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
Yay!

Four Legs Good. I trust it will be a mutually beneficial situation.
waterowl
Mar. 25th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
I hope so!
cubes
Mar. 24th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)
That is WONDERUFL news! I hope you'll share your experiences with the dog once it arrives.

(Y'know, they told us it could be up to a 2 year wait to be matched for adoption, so here's hoping you share our good fortune in that regard!)
waterowl
Mar. 25th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
I really hope so too! I'm so excited that you already have a match.
haddayr
Mar. 24th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's wonderful.

I imagine they will introduce you to the wonders of the Gentle Leader. Or perhaps service dogs are so well-trained you will control yours with mere words?
waterowl
Mar. 25th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
I know they use a gentle leader for the puppies. In my interview I used a slip collar and was supposed to jerk it if the dog disobeyed. I said "I can't really do this a lot." It made me nervous to think that was how I supposed to control the dog. C teased me about how uncommanding I sounded and I do have a commanding voice. Needed by many moms. ;) The CCI trainer said they'd work with me and the dog could be trained to work with just voice commands. Fortunately despite my relative lack of commanding voice the dog I had only "disobeyed" once and that was because the trainer was actively preventing the dog from "Down." I was totally excited when the dog obeyed me so I think that was enough for this dog.

The assistance dogs I see around have just regular collars. I don't think any dog obeys from mere words. But in theory if a dog is well-trained and you establish yourself as the the dog's leader then the dog will want to please you and do what you command most of the time.

I have little experience with dogs but I hope my experience with stubborn toddlers will help. :)
batshua
Mar. 25th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Yay service dog! Mazel tov!
waterowl
May. 5th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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