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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Don’t eat at RODRIGOS

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They discriminate against people with Life threatening food allergies.

We have been eating there for 15 years. Waaaay back to when they were called Don Jose. And my children were 2 and 4 years old. And have ALWAYS brought in food for kids.

Well tonight we were asked to leave. Oh I did after I gave them a ear full. And my husband vented.

I will NEVER eat there again.

I can’t say what I want to. Because I’m a better person than that. But I will give you a clean version. SCREW YOU RODRIGOS!!

Oh!! And everyone I know will soon know you discriminate against people with special needs/ food allergy children!!

Ok breathe… The children are fed. Now to figure out what my hubby and I will eat.

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The tale of the perculating toilet

Yup this is a bathroom story!

Our spare bathroom toilet is sometimes possessed. We have ghost flushes, we have constant running, we have the chain in the tank falling off the flusher handle.

I’ve become quite a toilet fixer. The last problem was the chain got under the flapper and held it open to run and run and run. So annoying.

I asked the boys to fix it. To which I got a “I’m no it putting my hands in there!” I explained its clean water in top tank. They weren’t believing me so I ended up fixing it again.

Good thing I know how to get my hands dirty and fix things! Sheesh

A few scary moments

We’ve had a few scary moments with WafflesTheWonderDog since she adopted us from the pound at 12 weeks old.

When she was a baby she’d eat to fast or drink to fast and choke. It used to startle us and scare her into shivers. There have also been many a time in the middle of the night in her crate which is in my room we’d hear her choking. We jump up and get her out and rub her back and tell her its ok. All the while she is shivering in fear looking up at us with more love in her eyes than we ever deserve.

People say they “rescued” their dog from the pound. Well I feel she rescued us. She has brought so much to my family and to our friends. So much enjoyment and love. I can never repay her. We are so lucky she found us and chose us as her family.

We went and saw her one day at the pound. Another lady was interested in her. She spent 2 hours with her. And then I guess she left. We returned to the pound when it opened the next day knowing the puppy maybe gone. I told the children if she’s meant to be with us. She will be there. And there she was! Thank God.

She came out of her cold concrete cage that had been her home since she was 8 weeks old at the shelter and right into our arms full of love and trust like we had always had her. She fit in the palm of one hand. She was 3.5 pounds.

We took her from there to our vet and got a healthy check up. Then went to buy her food, toys, a harness and leash.
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Within the first couple weeks we learned she has food allergies. And they are very similar to my aspie sons allergies. She’s allergic to soy, corn, peanut, and tap water.
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Well that delighted my aspie. Made her an even better friend to him. Waffles also does this reverse sneeze thing that kind of mimics what my son does. And she loves to be carried and cuddled.
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She’s really a great companion and has helped my kids a lot. They now have something they like to care for. They like to teach her tricks. Take her for walks. And watch her kiss our 21 year old Persian cat.

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California health facts I’ve researched

Cancer
Women in some California counties are more likely to get breast cancer than women in other counties.

Marin county has the highest rate for both early and late stage tumors.

Imperial county has the lowest rate for early stage tumors.

Lassen, Modoc, Plumas counties are the lowest for later stage tumors.

Differances in population are believed to gave something to do with it.

In California cancer kills more children from birth to age 14 than any other disease.

In 2013 about 144,800 Californians will be diagnosed with cancer.

That’s more than 16 cases of cancer diagnised an hour.

Arthritis
More than 20% of Californian adults have doctor diagnosed arthritis. 5.0 million adults. 3.0 million are women. 2.0 million are men.

6% are 18-44 years old
30% are 45-64 years old
47% are 65-74 years old
53% are age 75+

27% caucasion
29% African american
13% Hispanic

Allergies
Over 5 million Californians have been diagnosed with asthma. Asthma is to blame in atleast 500 deaths a year, 36,000 hospital patients, 145,000 ER or urgent care visits a year.

3.7 million adults 13.7% and 1.7 million children 13.3% in California have asthma.

Among adults 62% have mild asthma, 17% have moderate asthma, 9% have severe asthma.

An asthmatic child misses an average of 2.6 days if school a year due to asthma.

Allergies
Mold, dustmites, cockroaches are very common in most areas of California.

Air quality
More than 146 days a year have unhealthy air conditions. Smog so think you can see it.

We fought to have our aspergers child mainstreamed in California. He received a DX of autism and a suggestion of being put in a special ed class. We fought for him to have the right to be in a class with non autistic children. To learn from them. To mimic them. To better my sons life. And now on passing you can not tell my son has aspergers. If you spend time with him you will see it.

Everything in California you fight for. Everything is a challenge. It is very costly to live here. Air quality is always bad.

After my research I’ve found I’m much more confident in our decision to relocate.

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Montana health facts I’ve researched

 

Cancer

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Montana females. It accounts for 33% of all cancers diagnosed in Montana women. Lung cancer 15% and colorectal cancer 11%

Approximately 730 Montana women are diagnosed with breast cancer yearly.

In 2009 the incidence rate of female breast cancer in Montana 129.6 per 100,000 women  was similar to the incidence rate in the US 130.1 per 100,000 women.

In Montana over 60% of breast cancers were diagnosed at localized stage.

Cervical cancer incidence in Montana is low. It accounts for 1% of all dancers in Montana women.

In 2006-2010 32 Montana women were diagnosed with cervical cancer.

In Montana 53% of cervical cancers were diagnosed at the regional or distant stages.

Arthritis

 
212,000 adults have a diagnosis of arthritis.
26% men
32% women
13% ages 18-44
35% ages 45-64
55% age 65+

Of those diagnosed
29% are Caucasian
22% are hispanic
No % for african americans sample size to small

Asthma and allergies

12.4% of Montana adults age 18 and over and 20.9% of high school students have been diagnosed with asthma.

75,000 people in Montana have been diagnosed with asthma.

Approximately 700 hospitalizations are reported with a primary diagnosis if asthma a year.

Approximately 4200 hospitalizations are reported with a secondary diagnosis of asthma.

Hospitalizations are highest for children 0-4 years of age and adults 65+

Allergies
Dustmites, cockroaches are not a common problem in Montana with the elevation and weather. Mold will thrive outside and inside if given a chance.

Air quality
Montana’s air quality studies show they are 98.4% better than the national average.
With 29 days a year with moderate air quality.
And no days with unhealthy air quality.

Montana is very accepting of special needs children and their families. They support mainstreaming.

A much better, healthier place to live and raise a family than California. That’s the end result of my research. 🙂

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