Autism Watch: 2007

Of Dogs and Bathroom Visits

Posted on: January 28, 2010

Such an auspicious title!

The service dog is amazing. We’re fine-tuning him listening appropriately to BB, but in the almost four weeks since the guardian angel arrived, BB has only had one incidence of getting up at night with a bad dream, sleepwalk, night terror or anything else bad in the dark. Nothing sort of miraculous. And as a bonus? We’ve become dog people. We take them for walks, buy them cute toys, and carry the Yorkie around as though she’s an infant. The service dog, C, is 89 pounds. He can’t be carried — which is hilarious and definitely a hitch when you try to take him for a car ride or go out to the RV during open houses and house showings. He weighs considerably more than BB, so sometimes walking is entertaining, but we’ve come a long way, and having a service dog is a blessing I can’t put into words.

As for bathroom visits, kids don’t believe you when you tell them that using the restroom will make them feel better. Sure, Mom/Dad, whatever…just stop talking about that. BB was home from school today for an extreme stomachache. Finally, around 3pm, he announced he was making *the* potty trip. He never ceases to amaze us with his vocabulary and conversations, but he still had me laughing and sort of shocked with his story about feeling relieved when he was done. I think that’s one thing he’ll always believe me about now…using the restroom will make him feel better. I think he’ll be going to school tomorrow. And I’ll work, keep the house clean for more house showings, and pray it happens quickly. We need to get this moving show on the road.

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1 Response to "Of Dogs and Bathroom Visits"

I have taken in three rescue dogs that were forsaken by their former owners. They are the most lovable animals I have ever experienced. It is terrible how some people treat animals like property or worse. My hope is that more people will get informed about this topic.

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