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.


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!

Love at first sight

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!

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.

Here is his brother and our dog.

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Busy times- A post from February.. That was misplaced

Well since our move to our home in November we have been very busy.

We celebrated Thanksgiving in our new home. Unpacked till middle of December then put boxes away so we could enjoy Christmas without clutter.

My Mother in law spent Christmas with us. She was here for 3 days. So we had a chance to show her the town also.

January found us celebrating our boys Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Wonderful ceremony. Great reception we put on. We hired a taco guy for the food. He comes and cooks tacos at your event. It was a huge hit.

February found us trying to unpack again. We don’t have much left to unpack. Its just tiedius at this point.

My Mom came out to visit for 2 days. We showed her around. She really enjoyed herself. It was fun having her here. The boys had a great time showing her around.

Home sweet Home!

We made it. The move was successful. Havent found anything damaged yet. There is still much to unpack..

Wedsnesday we had A/c vents and ducting cleaned and sterilized for our asthma sufferers, dryer vent cleaned, chimney sweep out.

Yesterday we celebrated our first holiday in our new HOME. The beginning of new memories, and traditions. This is an exciting time.

The kitchen far exceeded my expectations. They said it was state of art. Well let me tell you. I LOVED my experience in it yesterday. Everything cooked to perfection, tons of counter space. Next Thanksgiving it will have double ovens. That will make it even better!

The family is very happy and comfortable here. We made the right choice when we put in an offer on this home. More to come later.. I must get back to unpacking. The boys start school in 3 days.

Today we are enjoying the first rain since we have lived here.

And with that we will listen- Relocation update

This whole relocating thing has been very trying. Many hurdles have turned into doors closing in our face. At every turn just when you think you’ve got it figured out another door closes.

Many trips to Arizona and only one problem solved. Arizona won’t take our CA license to get an Arizona license. They also won’t take our abstract birth certs CA gave out. And you need a Arizona address to get a license in Arizona.

Hubby’s new possible employer  (Inter Dealer transfer)  won’t make an offer in writing till hubby gets Arizona license and is living In Arizona. We can’t buy a home in Arizona till we can prove he’s employed in the state. Starting to see our problem??

We were starting to get very discouraged. But kept moving through the hurdles. With the help of our awesome friends that live in Arizona. (You know who you are!)

Well this week a HUGE door opened. My hubby was called into his bosses office and offered  to be the Shop Foreman to stay in Ca. This puts us in a different financial group. And allows us to buy a home in the state.

I want to say to God we are sorry we weren’t listening to all the signs. We can be slow and stubborn at times. But I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR NOW GOD!

I will follow the path you have set before us. Thank you God for making it very clear for us. #Blessed

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Some things in life you can pick and choose

Fortunately if you were lucky.. or unfortunately if your luck wasnt so great.. Your family isn’t one if those things.

Your friends though are hand picked! Pick great ones! They will be your support, your guidance, a ear to listen to you, a shoulder comfort you. Through thick and thin if you pick the right friends they will remain by your side. Unlike family.

I have many blessings. I’m very greatful for the life I’ve been given. My family has taught me a lot about life. About how a family should and should not behave.

And I have awesome friends I can count on.

And with what I’ve learned from my family I know what is important to me. What’s important to teach my children. So the same mistakes don’t replay.

The buck stops here!

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.

And warm cookies in the evening.

We went to Old Town Temecula and enjoyed a root beer, pickle and a nice walk down the center of town.

We visited the museum in Temecula about its history. It was pretty cool.

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.

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.

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.

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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