Being a good boy, until he saw all the squirrels that is, then he was quite difficult to handle!
Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
I can't believe it's already been another month! Eclipse has now been home for three months and has come leaps and bounds from where he was! His stress in the car is greatly reduced and his behaviour on walks is improving although we still have a long way to go on that before it's ideal. I had a big elaborate post planned but after some disturbing news received today I'm just not up to it (suffice it to say we'll be attending a memorial service this Saturday rather than going on the hike we had planned). Maybe tomorrow we'll look back at the last three months but for now, a couple pictures should do the trick.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
I am sorry to say that my time as a Safari employee has come to an end long, long before it should have. I won't go into too many details but in conversation with the lady that was supposed to be training me the elephant rides were brought up and in my complimenting the elephant dept. supervisor for looking out for the elephants' best interest in stopping the rides completely she thought I was speaking poorly about the supervisor. The Safari fired me for speaking poorly about my previous supervisor. I know the staffing agency is doing everything they can to straighten it out for me but it likely won't change anything, meaning that not only did I lose my job (after a whole 2.5 hours) but I've also lost any chance of returning there in the future. Suffice it to say I'm heartbroken and extremely upset and angry and I hope that my former supervisor knows that I would never speak poorly about her. While I mourn the loss of my dream job it's time to find another job as the added income is necessary.
Oh, Safari, why?
Oh, Safari, why?
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
^Cell phone photo^
I am completely and utterly in love with my new food tubes! I couldn't sleep last night due to nightmares about our wreck 16 months ago so I got up with Alex and the sun at 4:45 a.m. I hung out in bed until 6 then showered and got ready for the day which of course includes checking blogs and e-mail and such. Then I decided it was so gorgeous and I had a few hours until it was time to go work with Copper that I wanted to walk the dogs. I took Eclipse first and using the food tube he quickly got into and maintained a very nice heel position. I was giving him licks of the yumminess inside the tube every 4-5 steps but we're working on desensitizing him to the world around him as he's a bit stressed when on walks. When we came across a house where he knew a dog was present we'd stop, I'd let him check it out and he'd get rewarded for coming back to me. I think that letting him check it out is a very important part of the process as he needs to feel safe for us to ever get past this. Thankfully walking so early in the morning when the world is still sleeping for the most part most of the dogs on our walking route are still inside. I did push him a bit this morning and get overwhelmed when we passed a house with three barking goldens while their neighbor had two little terrier mixes barking at him too. It will take us awhile to be able to walk down that street but the food tube did it's job and he wasn't so stressed out he wouldn't lick it (although he did pull a bit a couple times while "displaying" that he's not a pansy [when really he is] it wasn't too bad and at least he didn't pull me over!).
I think I may have found the ticket to our success. In this case our success will be for Eclipse to be comfortable on his walks and maintain a loose leash, we'll get there, I know it. After a few more walks of licks so very often we'll increase the number of steps between licks until eventually he's only getting licks occassionally and when we're around dogs as that desensitizing will take much longer. Oh, sweet progress!