How our dog has changed my Autistic/Aspergers son’s life

We used to have cats. Persian Purebred cats to be exact. My son never really connected to them and in the end we found out he was very allergic to them. But we had made a commitment when we got the two of them so we kept them for their full life time.

Fluffy lived to the age of 19.

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This is Fluffy

Princess to never be out done by Fluffy of course lived to the age of 21 years and 11 1/2 months.

Princess and fluffy

Princess is the white cat

 

They were awesome companions for my family. When the children were little Fluffy got rides in their play shopping cart, swaddled up in a blankee like a baby and carried every where. Princess was the protector. She parked herself outside their doors at night and watched them. She would when they were babies lay on their blanket and watch them.  We got them both when they were 8 weeks old. After the cats passed our family missed them terribly. They were after all part of the family.

 

Fast forward now to August 2011. We have a child with life threatening allergies, so no idea can be decided without allergy testing. This child also happens to by my oldest, he is on the spectrum. Aspergers is not what defines him. Its just what helps others to be compassionate and try to understand where he is coming from. He is an awesome child.

We started allergy testing in September 2011 to see if we could have a dog in the house. After many tests and tears from blood draws and scratch tests we found out we have to have an hypoallergenic breed. So then we looked at sizes. We decided small is best as my son was scared of large dogs at that point. And we traveled alot in our RV at that point.

We started frequenting the pound/shelter. We decided we wanted a dog as young as possible. And we wanted to rescue one. We decided on a Yorkshire Terrier or a small Poodle. It caused many sad feeling every time we left with empty arms. So I told the kids I would just put us on the interest list and quit visiting the shelter.

January 1 2012 we got the call!! They had a Yorkie/Poo (Yorkshire Terrier/Poodle) The perfect mix! So I cancelled all our plans that day and off we went! She was dropped off at the shelter in November 2011 at a mere 8 weeks old and ounces of weight by a breeder. She was housed in an outside concrete cage for the winter. We were unsure of her. She looked too timid, wouldn’t make eye contact, Wouldn’t let us pick her up. And then the most beautiful thing happened. My son with Aspergers sat on the cold damp concrete and this little bundle of fluff walked out of the back corner of his cage right into his lap and set her head down and looked into his eyes. At that point my son said I think shes like me Mom. It was a done deal!
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Love at first sight
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A boy and his best friend

Now people say We’ve “Rescued” Her. I Beg to differ. I feel she rescued us. She is my sons best friend, confidant, protector, at a mere 9 pounds. She is now 2 years old, full grown. She has allergies just like my son. Some of the same items actually! Corn, food coloring, fish, peanut oil. This dog is a perfect addition to our hectic family.

When my son used to come home from school he would be stressed. I had a rice bin with objects in it to comfort him. It worked! Now he comes home you can see the stress dissappear as his pup jumps up at him to be picked up. He bends over picks her up and she buries her head in his neck. Then the kisses start!
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How could you not melt looking into those eyes he has asked me.

Now mind you this is a child that until we got this wonderful pup wouldn’t let you hug him without pulling back against your hug. If you don’t have an Autistic child you will never feel the heart break of that or the missed kisses, being told I love you Mom. He is not my only child. So I know both sides of the coin so to speak.

Well within 6 months of getting this little fur ball he so lovingly called Waffles due to the way she flattens out on the ground this child was 100% different. At first he’d pull away from her kisses. Now he gets upset if she doesn’t have any for him. She is always on him. He takes her everywhere. We have a trailer for the bikes. He straps her in there and off they go.
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Here is his brother and our dog.

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Inland Empire fun

We had a great time on our trip this last week. We stayed at La Quinta Inn and Suites. Doggy friendly, clean, nice staff and breakfast daily.
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And warm cookies in the evening.
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We went to Old Town Temecula and enjoyed a root beer, pickle and a nice walk down the center of town.
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We visited the museum in Temecula about its history. It was pretty cool.
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We drove around Menifee, Murrieta and Temecula and came to the conclusion we don’t want to live in the Inland Empire. And with that we look seriously to Arizona. Woot!

While on our trip we dropped into Petco to get some supplies for the pup and found a toy she loves.
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Fuel was more expensive in Temecula than it is here. :-0 which is quite surprising.

We had a wonderful relaxing get away.

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Proud of my boys

With much hard work. And patience we have progress on the boys adventure to get to Eagle Scouts in Boy Scouts.

It has been a long hard journey that will have a sweet ending. They can both see the light at the end of the tunnel now.

My oldest had a meeting last week to check his Eagle Application. It was accepted and is being turned in to the district. We should have a date for his Eagle Board Of Review in a couple weeks.
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My youngest had a meeting last week to get his project plan approved so he can start work on his Eagle Project. This was try 2 on this part of his paperwork. It was approved!! Now he can start to fund raise and get a date for his project.
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Both boys started this adventure in 1st grade as Tiger Cub Scouts. They earned every rank badge Cub Scouts has.   They ended Cub Scouts with the Arrow Of Light.

And now they are inching up on the highest rank of Boy Scouts also earning every Rank Badge Boy Scout offers.

 

Update! Both boys received the rank of Eagle Scout in 2013.

So proud!

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Part of the next chapter of our RVing lives

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We sold the trailer last month. The truck is now for sale. We are going to buy a used motorhome when we have cash saved up.

We are excited to be loan free for the first time in 7 years. That is why the next RV will be paid for in full. No loan!

Our camping adventure is far from over. We really love it. And are looking forward to getting a new toy to work on and fix up.
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Their all packed!

For their backpacking trip that is. The boys are going with their Boy Scout troop this weekend on a backpacking trip.

They will hike into camp, set up tents, cook etc. And hike out the next afternoon.

They had their weigh in last night. Their only allowed to carry 25% of their weight in their packs. Their excited. And ready to go!
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Its to be another hot weekend. Please pray for safety for the group of boys and adults going.
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And So The 2013 California Wildfire Season Begins

This afternoon I turned on the TV to see this.
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And this was my expression :-0 Dang fire season. 3years ago my hubby’s work was affected by the Ca wild fires. The fire was in the Santa Ana river bed and caught onto his work.

Fortunately it didn’t burn it too bad. People did lose their homes though. 😦 I dislike the fire season a lot.

5-6 years ago half the state was on fire and I had to keep the kids home and tape the house shut and have masks on the kids and the nebulizer running pretty much non stop for my aspie/asthmatic.

We have an average of 7-10 days a year minimum the schools won’t allow the children outside due to Air Quality and particulate matter.

Many years ago there was a horrible fire in Laguna Beach. We lived there at that time. We got evacuated. Hundreds of homes were destroyed.

Anyway, fires are part of living in California like earthquakes and landslides.

I’m not sure why I’m rambling. LoL Make sure you have a safe fire perimeter around your property!

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Aren’t neighbors great?!

My neighbor is a rude, noisy, jerk. Welcome to Coastal  California! Beach cities neighbors are the worst.  Out in some areas of  the inland empire you get not desirable neighbors. But not crazy, arrogant, fools like here at the coast.

And don’t even think of calling the PD on crappy neighbors. They will tell person exactly who called! And don’t bother talking to neighbor. It doesn’t help, it actually makes it worse.

Like I’ve offended him by asking at midnight to turn down his boom boom sterio, or to not blow off M80’s in the back yard right outside my garage door, or to please try and quiet your 5 dogs you pen right against the wall on side of my house. All day and night.

See I could call PD your only allowed 2 dogs here. But I don’t. Been there done that with my other neighbor. Cops tell them exactly who called.

So instead I sit here and bide my time waiting to leave this place in next 2 years. Next house will have a HOA I can send complaints to! That much I can guarantee.

Today he had people come out and remove palm trees he planted 5 years ago. I’m glad their gone. Should have never been where he planted. Against the wall tugging on our power lines to our place.
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But he should have told us. I could have moved my plants. I could have moved everything out of way. But that would take a nice person. And you won’t find that here.

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