Category Archives: service dogs

I’m Not “Special”

Special. The word warms my heart in many ways. Except when it is used in the context of my disability. Then it kind of drives me crazy. Maybe it’s the label. When I was in school, I was mainstreamed. It … Continue reading

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“I’ll Always Make You Different.”

When I was a senior in high school, I was in a kick ass creative writing class. The woman who taught it had also taught me junior English and I liked her immensely. In fact, thanks to Facebook, we are … Continue reading

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Why My Name is “Ellie”

I’ve always liked the concept behind nicknames.  That certain people call you names different than you were given at birth, out of love and affection.  I’ve had plenty over the years.  Some are embarrassing from when I was small.  Nope, … Continue reading

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Making Changes…

Jim Rohn said, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” It all started with almond milk. I had been to my doctor and told her I was feeling punk. After explaining a few of … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Along with the turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie, there is another reason I like this holiday.  It gives me a chance to reflect on all I have and reminds me to be grateful.  Our day was … Continue reading

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What Leah Sees…

Leah always sees the best in people.  Whoever she encounters she approaches with her tail wagging, as if to say “Hi, I’m Leah.  Can we be friends?”  It is simple, direct, and works like magic.  I have never seen anyone … Continue reading

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All I Need To Know…

When it first happened, I wasn’t very concerned. My service dog Leah lost her breakfast, and because she eats too quickly and sometimes gets into things she shouldn’t in the backyard, this is not an uncommon occurrence. But when it happened … Continue reading

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