🐾Great Pyrenees mix 🐾 🎄 12/25/15 🎄 📺 Macgyver 📺 ⚠️ In Training ⚠️ Handler: 💕KATE 💕
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•Why is he wearing a muzzle? Bc I enjoy muzzle training.
•Was he born pink? Yes. Totally. •Would you recommend a Great Pyrenees as a SD(it)? Only if you have expirience with them or have a trainer for it. •What's Mac's biggest struggle? Focus. Tbh. Its all great until someone pulls out a chuckit ball. •What's your biggest regret with Mac? I didn't protect him more. I didn't allow him to be a puppy when he had the chance. •How do you handle PA issues? I say "*the laws* now if you'd like I can call the police and they can inform you of my rights as well?" And that usually does the trick. I'm stubborn. •What's the weirdest encounter youce dealth with? I can't think of a weird one atm but a bad encounter is: when a man asked to pet mac and I said no and explained why he cant, he hit Mac, bc I told him no.... [I am going to make a more detailed post about Mac and everything about our journey as a team.]
**TW: trash (me lol)**
Get to know me: handler edition
My name is Kate. At the moment I am 20 yrs old ('97). I am biracial. I am adopted, that all in itself is a longgg story, basically birth mom was a druggie whore who kidnapped me and said I was a twin but no ones ever seen my supposed twin so? lol? Uhm. I have a chihuahua named taquito (rita) and she's my real og dog I got mac on a spontaneous manic day of mine. I love GOT, TWD, memes, and mac and cheese I am obsessed with watching youtubers: shane dawson, markiplier/pewds/jacksepticeye, buzzfeed unsolved, etc. I am not vegan but do eat dairy free I was put in a mental hospital at the age of 3 bc I was "crazy" and overly aggressive, whilst there I pushed another child off of the playground and he busted his face up ♀️ I was supposed to graduate college in 2020 but have yet to even start bc of procrastination and stress. As of rn I am diagnosed with ASD, BPD2, GERD, SPD, H.O.H., Asthma, Allergies, Anorexia nervosa, chronic pain, chronic ear issues, and lactose intolerance. I can't drive. I don't like seafood. I named Mac after an old tv show called Macgyver I grew up watching, total badass, mac will never be such lol. I lived in South Africa and plan to move back with Mac . There's probably more I could say about myself but I think thats enough for now
It's NOT okay to bash tasks people train their SDs to do. It's fine if you have an opinion and you may not like the task but to openly bash it is not okay nor will it ever be okay to me.
1. It's not your disability it's helping
2. It's not your service dog preforming said task(s)
3. It's really none of your concern or business either. •Tasks are trained to help someone with a disability. Tasks are trained in a way to keep both dog and handler safe, no one teaches a dog a task with the mindset of "lets see if we can deliberately hurt this dog". With anything task (or thing in life) there are risks, but 9/10 things usually go as planned and have no problems, of course there are always unpreventable accidents that COULD happen but thankfully they aren't common because the dogs and people are trained to do them correctly. It's fine to not care for or agree with stuff in life but openly talking down about it in such an unkind way seems ridiculous, especially when coming from another SD handler. Is there no shame? Just because you dont understand a task or see how it helps doesnt make it wrong. Rather than not know just be kind and open minded and ask. Maybe instead of tearing each other down, maybe support one another, especially in the SD community. 《《It makes me question if these people have even bothered to talk to an autistic handler or the parents/care takers of the child/person? No, probably not. TETHERING isn't "baby sitting", maybe you should ask the parents of an autistic kid "why dont you tie your kid to you 24/7?" Maybe you'd learn something new instead of making judgemental comments about something you clearly don't understand. Imagine me going up to a mobility SD handler and saying "your just too lazy to walk so you make your dog carry your weight around, just get a wheelchair so you don't hurt the dog" Do you maybe understand now that ignorance isn't bliss. It's quite frustrating really. 》》
•Be open minded
•Remember it's okay to disgree with something but it's not necessary to bash it.
•Most importantly have a happy day
It finally snowed! Where I live it's either a sahara desert or it's a snow blizzard
-Tomorrow is a busy day. Meeting with human's normal doctor, she's gonna talk about these crazy pains she's having, and she's getting a pneumonia shot (for immunodeficiency testing purposes)....so she's not looking forward to that really but oh well pressing on
-But more importantly I is loving the snow while it's here, now just to figure out where human threw my chuckit ball
Storytime (weird "access issue")
So, yesterday my mom, myself, and Mac went to a store. [A store we've frequented several times] We see the sign and kind of laugh about it not taking it seriously at all.
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Me and mom: *looking at towels*
Woman: "pets have to be in a cart or carrier."
Me: "he's a service dog."
Woman: "he still has to be in a cart."
Mom: "Service dogs do not go in carts. Would you like to see the laws?" (Or something along those lines)
Woman: *stands there baffled* (ig)
Me: "That is against health code violations too." Woman: *walks away*
Me: (to my mom) I should've said "if you can lift him in and out of that cart then sure!"
*we both laugh at how silly that encounter was*
Expectations vs Reality
Service Dog in training edition ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ •1st video- Mac opens the freezer door at kroger like a good boy
•2nd video- Mac was a smart ass. He picked up the keys like I told him to..but he sassily dropped them back to the ground. Thanks bud.
***TW*** Loud volume on all videos***
(These are just random videos)
•1st video: Mac was fearful of the stuffed Arthur when he saw it previously, I tossed it down with the expectation for him to have a startled reaction. ♀️
•2nd video: Church •3rd video: Cuddle session
•4th video: HEAD TILT •5th video: Mac sleeping wrapped in his star wars/spiderman blanket
•6th video: School choir concert for my sister •7th video: Bath and Body works scent training
***TW*** Loud music***
Normally I'd tell the person to stop touching my service dog. But I didn't in this moment, because this is a moment you can just tell. There was a girl who you could tell had a fear of dogs. You could tell she was bravely walking past mac trying not to get too close. You could tell she was brave when she sat down beside him. You could tell she was scared when he looked up at her with his big puppy eyes. You could tell she'd never gotten this close to a dog before. You could tell she slowly let her wall down as she slowly reached her hand over to gently lay it on top of mac. You could tell Mac knew that she was scared and Mac knew he needed to be gentle to her too. You could tell she began to no longer fear Mac but start to love him. You could tell by her continuously gentle rubs and pats that she had overcome a fear. I could tell that this was a much needed moment for both Mac and this little girl.
•I am a crapachino
•If my service dog isn't invited than neither am I. To some that may seem like a stupid or selfish thought but if the dog that saves my life everyday isn't wlecomed then I want nothing to do with it. Sure, I could leave him at home for a few hours and do stuff. But why should I suffer for someone else? Why should I sacrifice my sanity just to please you. Granted, Mac doesnt save my life in the sense that I might blindly run into traffic, have a seizure, or heart attack, but he's the reason I don't kill myself. Because if I killed myself, what would happen to him? And that's not something I could ever know nor do I want to find out. So yeah, maybe that's selfish or whatever people want to think it is, but to me he's everything. I'm not good with feelings or thoughts especially other peoples, I lack sympathy and everything else a decent human has, but if you relate in my thoughts or feelings then I am truly sorry, because nobody wants or should have to feel this way. I'm gonna say it. I'd rather cut ties with people than cut my wrists. That's not a joke, that's a very real struggle and statement. Because even though my brain is telling me everything wrong with my life, I have an amazing dog who stands by me everyday through everything. The good and bad, he wags his tail, never leaves, and continues with his life. So, for him, I will too.
~~~Day in the life~~~
•Service Dog Edition •
-1st video: Library time
-2nd video: Hospital trip
-3rd video: Lunch
-4th video: social event turned indirect training w/other working dogs
-5th video: Post nap training session @ drs appointment ⚕
This is definitely not what any one day looks like but clips of several days put together. Side note, the dogs in video 4 are program dogs, we dont train together but it was an indirect training thing when the dogs were right beside each other. There were 8 in total not including Mac. (He turned his head suddenly because 2 more walked right beside us to meet with the others.) Also, Mac didnt rush to reteieve my keys because he's a sassy piece of crap, but I love him anyways
I found the song funny but ♀️
Task: Opening a door
•To teach this I just had Mac play a game of tug. Right before he'd pull the toy I'd give him a "pull command". He slowly associated the word will the pull action. I just slowly transitioned him from his toy to a door tug. Then I gave him a command specifically for pulling open a door, because the 'pull' command isn't just for doors so I didnt want mac to think it was, so 'pull' and 'door' work for us
Tis the season to get sick, like really sick
•It's basically, the human body's form of protection doesnt work properly or at all. Your immune system protects your body against sickness and other things such as cancers.
•A person with an immunodeficiency (primary or secondary) has an increased risk of getting sick, kind of like old people. But not just do they get sick but they can stay really sick because their body can't fight of infections or bacteria. So a viral infection for a "normal" person might last a few days could make someone with immunodeficiency last a few weeks if not longer
•Please don't touch me or my dog. Your germs spread easily and can make me end up in the hospital. Mac gets a rinse every other day (a hardcore bath every 3 days) [depending on the situation] to ensure that he is the most clean he can be.
•Look up immune deficiency if you want because there's alot of information that I don't even know amd cover your coughs and take your meds (if you have them?)
DON'T HIT MY DOG!
DON'T KICK MY DOG!
DON'T HURT MY DOG!
•Don't touch me or my dog without permission.
•Don't hurt my dog because I told you NO. •Don't tempt me to hurt you because I promise I will slay that orange jumpsuit
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