Hi Friends –
Today is a strange day, usually on a weekend we’re on the move but today I’m taking it easy while Dad does some chores around the house and Mom is working hard on her Etsy store and getting some assignments completed for school so I thought I’d write to you.
I have a couple of topics today, so lets get work out of the way first. I’ve been working with Dad more this week on the stairs at his office. It’s something that we both know we needed to get done but something we’ve put off making a real focus on until now. I guess sometimes the elevator seems easier and the easy way out is alright. We do work on the 14th floor after all. The way it seems to work out best is when we work the two elevator banks to our advantage, so here’s how I like to do it. The first bank that gets comes up from the ground floor only goes to the 13th floor, so rather than taking it up one floor and switching over to the one that does 14-22, we take it to the 13th floor and walk up the single flight. We do the same thing on the way down. So if we do that 2-3 times a day for potty breaks it’s a good way to work in some training. (There are times, like when Dad has coffee in his hand, we take elevators all the way for safety.) The stairs actually work to save time too. I can get Dad up or down a flight faster than waiting for a car to take us. Dad’s really been happy with my progress this week. I’m in much less of a hurry than I’ve been in the past and we work much better together when making those small adjustments like a single step forward or back. Dad told me his goal is to be able to use me to brace instead of a hand rail. I think I’m up for that challenge as long as we take it slow.
Let’s get on to what’s been happening at home, other than chores I mean. The basement monsters have mounted a total invasion. Lucy has been getting lap-sits from Dad EVERY night. She always yells at me to get away from her when all I want to do is be friends. I have even tried ignoring her but if I get too close she flips out those short razors and takes a swipe at my nose. I do get is some good sniffs when she’s asleep though. I asked Winkie (the Maine coon who is starting to be friendly) what I’ve been doing wrong and he insists that this is just the way Lucy is and I just have to be patient and she’ll at least allow us to coexist without getting my snout scratched up. I really look forward to that day.
The other great thing that I’ve gotten away with a couple times now is that I’ve been able to lay on Mom and Dad’s bed. Dad doesn’t like it but I only do it when Mom invites me so he really can’t get mad at me. He really has a hard time being upset with either of us so we can get away just about anything. The other day, invited of course, I got to cuddle with Mom and be the little spoon. I’m kinda glad the puparazzi didn’t get a picture. Who knows if some day it could be used against me by the secret service dog agency or something? I really like cuddle time with Mom; she tells me what a good boy I am and I know she really loves me.
Dad doesn’t really like me up on the human bed so Mom invites me up when he is not in the room. I love being the little spoon and getting Mom’s hugs. When Dad comes in I try to pretend I don’t notice him, but usually he doesn’t fall for it and tell me to get off. I always am a good boy and do what he says. (I love getting to use his pillow too!!! It smells just like him.)
I even hopped up once with Mom while he was in the room. I did my circles and fussed with the fluffies. I don’t know why they laughed. I am trying to teach them how to make a proper bed! Then after all that effort I had to go sleep on my own bed anyway. My life is terrible.
The other thing I got to do this week was to go to the oldest human puppy’s last field hockey home game. I really liked it, but it surely must have been the coldest day of the autumn so far; that wind was blowing directly at us and I couldn’t stop shivering. Dad said he would have put a blanket on me but I wouldn’t stop moving so it would have just been on the ground anyway. I was busy trying to figure out why the game was so hard. I mean, I know that humans like to stay bipedal so they used those sticks to make up for it but haven’t they seen ice hockey? I mean really…give the stick a blade already, and make the ball bigger so it can go more than 3 feet before you have to hit it again. Of course the better option would be to let me play; I’m fast. I sat on Dad’s lap often so he could put his arms around me and pet me to keep us warm.
I asked him if we could find a coat that would fit me for when we go for walks in the cold. He and Mom looked on-line as soon as they got home. They said they didn’t buy anything yet but I’m sure they will find something that will make us all happy. Dad says it’ll be interesting to see how I work in a coat being that my planet dog harness is what he uses as a handle. I’m not worried we’re all a pretty creative pack if given the time.
Tagged: balance and stability, big dog, cerebral palsy, dane, disability, disability awareness, dog, great dane, human puppies, mobility, mobility dogs, service dane, service dog, service dog training, service dog vest
Kurgo makes a wonderful travel blanket called the Wander Bed that we bought for our two boxer mixes. The cool thing is that it rolls up and has a handle for carrying. We love ours. Here’s the link:
Hey Casper! You sure did have a busy weekend, so far. Are you going out for Halloween?? I can’t wait to see you in your new coat; you have to keep warm when it’s cold outside. It’s great that you’re practicing the stairs with your dad, especially if one day you may have to go down all 14 floors (in case they have a fire drill.) But, you can use the elevator to get back up again. It’s a busy time of the year, with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner. You’ll probably be out and about a lot….shopping and all. Have fun; thanks for your blog; love hearing from you….love you, big guy. ❤
I got a very nice, heavy duty coat for my large golden retriever mix dog at http://www.doversaddlery.com. You would have to modify it for a harness or perhaps they could. I liked it because once it was adjusted I could quickly pop it over her head and buckle the belly straps. Casper, you are the best! Hope you get a warm and snuggly coat soon!
Casper I really enjoyed your post and happy to hear that you are being such a good boy and helping Dad. Mom’s always like to snuggle with their pups and it just makes everything so nice. I buy my danes coats from BaxterBoo and their prices are good and they love their coats. I get them the ruffwear (I think) that the two front legs go in and then zips up the side. Fits well in the XXL and both danes are very warm when they have them on. Keep up the good work. Also those cats, my danes don’t like my Maine Coons much either and I think it is because they want to play but the kitties are afraid of the big pups. Don’t worry it will get better. Keep up the good work………and stay warm
It sounds like you have had a busy week, Casper. This is a very busy time of year. A little rest and snuggling with your mom is well deserved!:) It is good to hear the basement monsters are getting used to you. It takes a while. Casper you are one lucky guy to be so loved by so many people. Keep working hard. 🙂 🙂
Hi. I found some really good dog coats at horse.com, and some come in XXL. Maybe that would be big enough for you Casper. PS Casper, I love your blog.
Thanks. I will take a look. Janine also suggested ebay.
So glad to hear from you, Casper! Been missing you the last few days, but I know you must be very busy getting ready for the holidays. I saw that your mom has some very pretty Christmas-tree baubles available on etsy–can you ask her if they’re Dane-proof? I was really hoping to find one with your handsome face on it, but lacking that, I am quite taken by the blue globe “glow-in-the-dark” ornament. So I think I might be looking into one of those. Keep working hard with your dad, Casper, together you’re making a great life for one another.
I wish I was talented enough to put a dane face on it! Not there yet. Maybe next year? They are “shatter proof.” I have dropped a few and they were fine. BUT I dropped one on the basement floor (concrete) and it broke, just not in a million pieces so that was good.
Last year I made them for ourselves and the cats knocked a lot down and they didn’t break.