Hi Friends –
I know it has been RUFF as of late to get a blog post done, so Dad said I could throw some kibble at the wall and see if it sticks here; no excuses or whining, just a fact. What has been on my mind lately is making sure the family takes care of each other before posting here. It happens to us all I guess, especially during the holidays.
Last week was a short one, as far as having to drag Dad into the office. Relax, I didn’t actually drag him. I only mean to say that I enjoyed my extra days at home with my family. We didn’t do too much, which is odd. As you know we’re usually at a gallop if Dad is not working. I asked him about this sudden down time and he said he’s just at a time where he needs a recharge. I’m sure this is true because I don’t usually get pets when I take night watch and Mom and Dad have been up a lot at night. Dad says not to worry; I huffed and asked him to take his own advice. He assured me everything is fine, they just need to calm their minds and humans can have a tough time with this sometimes. I reminded him the only time that matters is NOW. (The same old theme; nothing new here.)
With the holidays in mind, I had a new experience to share with you all. We came into the office this week and from the outside everything was as it normally is. When we made it past the security check things changed. On a wall, there was what Dad called “a wreath “. I said a WHAT? He said, a wreath, a wreath! I said Geez Dad, speak English or something. I know you have cerebral palsy but when did the lisp start? He went on to try and explain it and said it’s a decorative band of foliage, from evergreen trees to symbolize strength, and in old religions were part of the harvest festivals to protect against plague and crop failure. How does he know this useless information? I gave him a head tilt and shook it off. I can tell you I wasn’t pleased with this and needed to take a few moments and investigate to make sure it wasn’t going to fall and be a hazard. It has been a couple days now, I’ve accepted it and move past it now without pause.
The next day I noticed more holiday changes. There were banners hanging overhead. My guess was someone did laundry and the dryer broke, so they needed to hang it out to dry. Dad corrected me and said they represented holiday traditions from around the world to pay respect to others’ paths. I was satisfied enough to walk-on. As we walked I found something that I had to investigate. Apparently, humans decided that they like trees so much they take them indoors for the winter? I like trees so Dad took me to investigate. I sniffed around people…and I did this for a couple minutes. The trees were NOT REAL; take it from an expert. I looked up to the right with a head tilt, and had to ask! Dad says it is kind of the same as the wreath. It all relates to the winter solstice celebrations and the return to life and the light of spring. The practice of bringing a tree inside started in Germany, but they adopted it from older traditions and fables as far back as the Egyptians that told of new growth from a dead evergreen stump and symbolized new life and rebirth from what was thought to be dead. I stopped him there…this is very likely to get long and interrupt my well laid plans for a nap. Trees in the house, rebirth, offertory gifts, bark, bark, bark, got it…. (You can see the Dane learning here, right?) Then it happened… Wait, I get presents too, right? ‘Cause I can down-stay right here ya know? Dad says “of course buddy” (I really hope that Santa guy is hooked into Kuranda beds, my office space could use one of those).
Here’s looking forward to new adventures and busy weekends full of walks.
written by DFS
Tagged: big dog, cerebral palsy, dane, disability, disability awareness, great dane, holidays, mobility, mobility dogs, new surroundings, service animals, service dane, service dog, service dog training, silly puppy
Just love to hear about your new experiences & Dad’s explanations. Cannot wait to see the tree in your home.
Thank you for all your educational and informative blog entries, Casper. I learn something new with each one. We were away on a vacation but I made sure to come here and catch up now that I am home again. You deserve a medal, Dan and Lori, for your patience with the older woman in the bulk store. Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Christmas.
I enjoyed the blog very much and can see where you get a bit nervous about all the new things being put out by the holidays. I took my dane for a walk and there was a house all lit up with lights and those blow up Santa’s and music and he had to take a step back and looked at me with that look of what’s up. I laughed and tried to explain to him. I don’t know if he got it but it was funny to watch him look and tilt his head. I believe that Santa will be very good to you since you have been a pretty good boy and good boys and girls get lots of presents from Santa. So keep being good and you will have something under the tree. Keep your Dad in line because the holidays can be ruff.
I absolutely love reading your blog, Casper! Hope you enjoy the holidays with your wonderful family.
Casper, you are quite the character! Enjoy your new experiences. 🙂
OMD Casper! Wait until all those twinkling lights go up all around and people start singing Christmas carols. It will send you into a permanent down-stay! Keep up the good work with your Dad and family. Smooches!
Momma is singing in a Christmas concert this year. He did not enjoy practice so who knows how this will go! Yikes.
Great job learning all the new ‘stuff’, my Little Ghost. So glad you figured out the tree was fake and didn’t try to christen it. If Santa doesn’t bring a Kuranda for the office I think something can be worked out, just let me know. Big hugs….
Love you guys! Your blogs are always informative and/or entertaining. I can’t wait to hear about your Christmas. By the way, how are you and the basement monsters getting along?
♥♥♥ – great blog! You are very much adored!