TheDistinguishedEnglishBulldog’s Blog

October 24, 2010

Airing the dirty laundry

Filed under: Days in the life — by thedistinguishedenglishbulldog @ 10:41 pm

Gentle reader, I’ve been contemplating sharing a few things about myself that you may not know about me. I’ve gone back and forth about airing the dirty laundry, so to speak, and have finally decided to take the plunge and do hope you’ll stick by me.

I have anxiety. I take Prozac daily (yes, the human kind – I have my own W card at Walgreens with my name on it). I use a DAP diffuser. My humans work with me everyday; routine makes me feel better and helps me understand what’s expected of me. I’ve seen a behaviorist.  The humans NILIF me to pieces. My mom has read enough animal training and behaviorist books to ask questions that even my vet has to think about. All the commands I know (sit, down, stay, etc.), I know through hand commands as well as verbal.

Most of you know I’m a rescue dog; I’d like to make abundantly clear that most rescue dogs aren’t like me. Most have no lingering issues after being adopted and are as normal and grateful to their new humans as can be. No one’s sure if I was born this way or if the various abuse I suffered is to blame, but it is what it is and we’re all dealing it with the best we can. I’ve come a long way in the 2 years I’ve been with my humans and some of the earlier messes we got into when I first came around, we can look back at and laugh about. See: the great basement fiasco of 2008, the red decorative plate that looked just like my frisbee, the container full of Christmas cards, and the dining room table, just to name a few. Ahhh… fun times. Mom is harrumphing at me in the background here, so maybe I should amend that to some of us can look back and laugh.

Anywho, that’s me, laid out for all to see. But no worries – my anxiety has no effect on my adoraBULLness. Exhibit A:



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