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Leader Dog Titan

Leader Dog Titan sits proudly at Lions Club meeting.

Leader Dog Titan sits proudly at Lions Club meeting.

On September 14, 2000, breeding stock mom, Whistler, gave birth to her first litter, destined for greatness as Future dog guides.  At six and a half weeks, the puppies were taken to Leader Dogs for the Blind to be issued to puppy raiser families for their first year of life.  Named after the movie, ‘Remember the Titans’, by his raisers, Titan spent this time near Detroit, Michigan.   He was accepted for four months of formal training in October of 2001 beginning an adventure that would last a lifetime.

Titan entered my life on February 13, 2002; just three short weeks after losing my first Leader Dog of more than seven years, Mississippi, suddenly to cancer.  For eleven and a half years Titan was my constant companion.  While working at Family and Children Services, he guided me safely daily on the ten block trek to and from the bus line.  St. Bartholomew’s nursery children shared many stories and tea parties with him.  Titan carried our wedding rings down the aisle in 2003, accompanied me on an Alaska cruise, and was a great ambassador for Leader Dogs and Lionism.  He was the constant in my life through two national moves, a second college degree, and plenty of shopping trips.

On August 30th, I bid a tearful farewell to my Golden angel.  I am in the process of applying for a successor Leader Dog.  Even though both of my Golden Retriever Leader Dogs own my heart, there is room for one more.  I thank the Augusta Lions Club for affording me the opportunity to have such independence and completeness of life that comes from the human dog guide bond.  Adventure number three will be coming soon.

Until next time…

 

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Recharge Me!

How I recharge depends on the type of energy drain.

The first type of energy drain is physical expenditure.  This varies from day to day and can range from knocking around the house to an intense workout at the gym.  My favorite and most fun energy drainers are the Adaptive Motion Trainer at the YMCA, INSANITY, and P90X.  Recharging is as simple as a huge bottle of water or PowerAde, some awesome post-workout food, and a good multivitamin.

The second energy drainer comes in the form of ordinary day to day life stressors.   These can range from household responsibilities and chores to human interactions with cohabiters.  Playing Angry Birds, screwing off on the computer, and a good old nap can re-energize one in a very short time.

The last energy drainer for me is negative people that hover like a mega dark storm cloud that pours its self perpetuating ugliness all over life. I imagine every family has one.  No matter how hard they start out trying to be positive, it always turns to poor me, pitiful situation, and financial desperation, just to name a few.  As much as I love them, it takes major psychological energy to muster up the courage to engage in any interaction.  This is the most difficult drainage to recover from.  For me, a couple of beers, more Angry Birds, and a snack (chocolate related) are a good start.

At the end of the day, crawling into those flannel sheets for a good night’s sleep is the best solution for a full recharge.

Until next time…

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Always Energizing

The daily task that takes up most of my energy is getting out of bed in the morning.  A good friend gave us a set of flannel sheets for Christmas.  I am a flannel sheets virgin; and have basked in their morning warmth since Christmas Eve.  I have never been a morning person; and these sheets reinforce my natural urges to lay around in pre-noon laziness.

In all seriousness, I try not to think of daily tasks as energy drainers.  As a type 2 diabetic, it is imperative that I expel enough energy each day to keep a balanced blood sugar level.  Along with medication and proper nutrition, activity equals energy.  The more active I become; the more energy I generate; and that makes for a good cycle of rejuvenation.

As a Weight Watcher member, I enjoy their newest creation that encourages increased daily activity, the Active Link.  This little device, worn on the body like a pedometer, tracks all daily movement.  It plugs into the PC at night, via USB, to display the day’s movement.  This tiny unit has changed my perspective and attitude about daily activity.  I now think of all movement as motivation and challenge for attaining one hundred percent of my daily goal.  I expend all daily energy with positive expectations of gaining even more energy.

As far as daily tasks are concerned; I am still trying to find some semblance of routine to accomplish then all over the course of a week or month without feelings of being overwhelmed.  I have never been one who lived to perform all of the household daily tasks.  Since I am not rich enough to pay someone else to do them, I will keep my focus on the resulting energy that I gain as well as the health benefits it provides.

Tonight, I will return to the bliss of those flannel sheets and recharge to meet another new day.

Until next time…

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