Monday, December 31, 2012


Wow what a year! Stressful is all I can say. 2012 started okay then went down hill and is climbing back up. The highlights of this year were going to Tuscaloosa in a seconds notice to see James, a close friend, and his band, Judd Hall, play. It was a long, short trip but fun.

After this trip my relationship with my roommate/caregiver/friend went downhill fast. Within two months we weren't speaking to each other and I didn't feel comfortable left alone with her. It all started with me finding an apartment on my own because our lease was up and she wasn't looking. I also had decided that there was too much tension between us that I didn't want her being my roommate anymore either. I also decided to change hours caregivers were gonna work and she didn't like that because it gave her less hours. I understand that but in reality it would be better and economical on her part because of gas prices & her not living with me. She then started slacking as my caregiver so I then had to fire her, which was hard but had to be done, and she through a huge fit! Thank god my other caregiver was there because I was afraid she was gonna do something to me but she didn't.

Once I moved my stress level went way down. I know Watkins was feeling stressed out to because he started acting out of character for him. Even though we moved away from that situation he was still acting out of character.  He was attacked last October by the manager's dog, all the stress of my old roommate and going from only dog to living with 3 other dogs(that he knows really well) just was too much for him. He started not wanting to go places with me. when he did go with me he acted out. Twice he took a toy out of a child's hand and that's not service dog behavior. I had to finally decide he'd be better off  being retired. I had to figure out if I wanted to see if a family member would take care of him or if I wanted to give him back to his puppy raiser. I have always believed that the puppy raiser should be able to have the dog back the last years once they are retired. Watty's puppy raiser would keep me updated if I had decided that but my parents said they wanted him. I was all for it then my parents decided he was too much for their age and physical abilities (he is a strong dog!) so they said they had talked to my cousin and uncle and they wanted him to stay in the family. My cousin, Katie, who went with me to get Watty said she'd take him. Lisa and I took him in August to live with Katie and her family. He is so happy with them.
In March my baby brother got married! Ian is officially off the market. He married his girlfriend of 10 years...I think. I was in the wedding as well as my older brother Justin. Justin was the best man and they had me read something. It was actually a cute wedding. for the recessional the music was Star Wars music. The wedding "cake" had Princess Leia and Han Solo as bride & groom. I also found out Katie was soon to be engaged! She asked me to be her maid of honor! Of course I accepted and I feel honored that she asked me.

This upcoming year is going to be a busy one with helping Katie with her wedding, hosting a shower(or 2), co-host bachelorette party, being in her wedding, and also getting another service dog. Hope everyone has a Happy New Year and a great 2013!

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