Jamie continues to emotionally and intellectually grow as a member of my household. The last few months have seen some changes for him. We lost a dog, Seth, and gained two more permanent ones along with a foster. Jamie gets along with everyone. I have been doing more with him in the community. We visited a nursery school and talked to 4 year olds about being different. We showed them how Jamie knows where he is and where they are. In this day and age, accepting disabilities is a very important part of life. For this group, I hope we made a difference. Jamie and I did a rescue event and spoke to people about the horrors of bad breeding practices. We also spent the day in Woodstock, NY (picture below), sharing rescue information with anyone that would listen. Lastly, since summer, Jamie has joined us in bed. He has earned the right. I hold on to him all night to prevent him from falling off, but it almost isn’t necessary, he just peacefully goes to sleep snuggled up next to me. Could life be more perfect?
May 16th will be Jamie’s birthday. It certainly will be a day to rejoice. He has come a long way from those days of daily baths, barking 24/7 and walking in circles. Jamie is a happy boy. He enjoys his toys and is as excited as a child, seeing the gifts Santa brought, every morning when he finds his toys again. Amazingly, he remembers where they are.
Just recently, Jamie has been allowed in the “big bed.” He loves cuddling and I have a bonus that he will “sleep in” as long as he is next to me. Those days of moon gazing are long gone.Jamie has calmed down a whole lot. He takes new adventures in stride. The above was taken yesterday at a book signing event. Jamie greeted everyone.
Mid summer I did a radio show talking about Jamie and rescue. The every kind, Marilyn Milano, rebroadcast it on New Years Day.
The very knowledgeable, David Kurlander, did a podcast that included Jamie’s story. Please listen as he has information in it that anyone can use training any dog. For David, the cup is half full.
The shelter Jamie is from, North Shore Animal League, on Long Island, NY recently used his picture as a fundraising campaign.