|Zach and Twinkie hangin' at|
Dunkin' while Ally's at dance.
The past 7 weeks since I've last blogged have gone by in the blink of an eye. I can't even believe it's already September 10, and we've been home with Twinkie for just about 3 months. It seems like we were just at 4 Paws training with her. Time stands still for nothing, although, sometimes I wish it did so we could hold onto those precious times we don't ever want to see come to an end.....like having the 24 hour support of your trainers at 4 Paws. I, without an ounce of shame, have tried talking Jeremy, Jennifer and Karen into coming to live with us for the next 6 to 12 months of Twinkie's puppy-hood. I've offered to take in their families as well; being a home wrecker is so not my thing. I've offered trips to NYC for Broadway shows and Rockefeller Center to see the magnificent Christmas tree. They all just laughed not realizing just how serious I was. :)
Truthfully, there are times I wish time was standing still between June 5 and 15 while we were training at 4 Paws. I'll always miss our 4 Paws peeps as they will forever hold a special place in our hearts, but training and getting through day-to-day life with your service dog is A LOT easier while you're there despite the fact you're drooling tired at the end of the day. While you're training in Ohio, you're living in a completely unrealistic bubble. Sure, you're dealing with training a brand new service dog and helping your child through the process, but it's just not reality at the end of the day. It's definitely not easy, but it's definitely not reality. Reality is so overrated these days...
|"That's funny how you thought|
you'd have time to read."
Between you and I....leaving that bubble of non-reality and time being uncooperative in that it does not stand still for you makes coming home with your SD exhausting....and frustrating at times....and brings you near tears at times. Anybody who tells you that coming home with your SD is a walk in the park and has not experienced these emotions is still living in a bubble of non-reality! (Although, I am a fan of non-reality at times. I do like the sound of Private Citizen Kristy.) Jeremy and I average a call approximately every 10 days. I meant to call him last week after Twinkie pulled an oven stuffer off of the counter and helped herself to the leftovers (Yes, for real!) and ate a book I borrowed from a friend, but it was the first week of school and time got away from me. I do, however, have a call into him today; I have my list of concerns and questions at the ready. The last time we spoke, Jeremy and I agreed that I have spoken to him more and for longer lengths of time in the past couple of months than I did the entire year we had Aubrey. Talk about the hands of time being a funny thing. Oh, Twinkie...
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love Twinkie...you know I do! Now that she's home with us, I couldn't imagine our life without her. Zachary couldn't imagine leaving the house without her. She's brought Zachary a sense of peace while we're out that you wouldn't necessarily see, but Joe and I know it's there. She's a shoulder to lean on at home that he looks for when he's had a rough go at it. I love her for all of those things and more because I have such high hopes for Twinkie and Zach as they both continue to grow, learn and mature together. I even love every bit of Twinkie's naughtiness although I was ready to sell her to the gypsies a week ago. LOL For as on-the-money as she is in public, she is still a puppy, and I need to constantly remind myself of that....like when she's trying to eat one of my bra's from Victoria's Secret or Joe's Disney Visa Card.
|Our sweet girl, Aubrey. xoxo|
As I take deep breaths and navigate this first year with Twinkie, I have to also remind myself that time truly stands still for nothing, and we could lose this precious, if not chaotic, time with her in the blink of an eye as we did with Aubrey.
On we go...you can never turn back the hands of time.