May 29th, 2007

I Believe

pain management during training and other things

Today I woke up grouchy. Grouchiness is not conducive to good work with a new dog, especially when the first challenge of the day is facing the park area with a dog who has not left a gift yet.

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Breakfast this morning was fried eggs, poppy seed muffins, and cold cereal (rice krispies). I usually eat scrambled eggs, but I decided to be bold and try a fried egg. It was all right, but fried eggs are really not my thing. I don't need substitutions at lunch or dinner, and I'm very happy about this. Getting the menu on my voicemail and talking with the cooking staff in the mornings is going to lessen my stress a whole lot. I can just do it very quietly, and they are being very kind about it.

I had some time yesterday to get some Hebrew work in. Hopefully I'll get a bit more in today. I'm having to grab snippets of Hebrew time here and there. Fortunately, I am alert and things are going well. I think I need to make some improvements on my home set-up to study a bit more effectively... There is something about certain study positions that promotes better studying for me, and I don't have a good position at home.

  • Current Music
    the cleaning lady in the hall

nighttime thoughts

Loretta and I took our first trip without the instructor's leash attached this afternoon. We got dive-bombed by one of those stupid birds I detest. She did really well and left the bird with just a voice command. There is a lot of emphasis on using voice commands only now, and that is a good new thing.

I want to write more but am extremely tired. I think that pain and things are catching up with me. I suspect that Loretta has a bladder infection, and I'm having to do a bit of advocacy to get her checked out by the vet. It is very common for dogs to have stress-related relief difficulties in training, and one of the instructors seems to think that she could be licking herself as a cleaning measure. It doesn't make much sense to me, especially when I see low drinking, excessive urination, and licking in combination. Stress can also aggravate any existing potential urinary tract irritants (mycoplasma). I learned with Dori that it is better to be safe and get things checked early and find out that I'm in the clear. It worked out with Meg. So I will make some waves tomorrow and get this nipped in the bud.

I've managed to snag quite a bit of Hebrew time, and I think I'm getting caught up on some things I had a poor understanding of initially. Somehow I need to move a bit faster... I guess that is what weekends are for...

  • Current Music
    someone shutting their door