Handicapped But Happy

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happens in a dementia ill patient, who cannot remember what he ate for
supper two hours ago? But what happens in him if he suddenly recognizes
the three Cattle dogs and Bonnie, entering the room? There is no doubt
that dogs can activate and stimulate brains which have already sunk into
forgetfulness. They do not only bring back joy into their life but also
the remembrance to their own dogs in olden times. They are talking and
enjoying themselves.

Every afternoon
BEAMER (14), ROWDY (9) and DOLLY (4) are entertaining the residents with
obedience, tricks and socializing with them. People are just happy with
this sort of entertainment. My own mom, who lives there after a stroke,
tends to stay in her room but when the dogs come, she comes out in her
wheelchair. She loves to show them off.

Its so difficult
to leave and normally I visit for an hour or two but usually its end up
being longer because the residents just thrive on seeing the dogs. Its
quite rewarding and my dogs are very much at home there and tend to watch
everyone that moves or that comes in or out. On one occasion, one of the
residents was sleeping in her wheelchair and snoring really loud and Rowdy
was quite concerned. He went over, just sat there and stared up at her.
After, few minutes he slightly touched her knee with his nose, while he
was lying down next to her. She woke up and she had a smile on her face.
A physician, while visiting his family there, watched and he said: most
likely Rowdy was concerned with her breathing.

I find that
the residents do speak between themselves and talk about how well behaved
and how trained my dogs are and how they do everything that I tell them
to do. Many tell me how they had dogs or cats before they became residents
here.
I find most of the patients like to pet them and a few want to literally
mug them. Dolly is the one that likes to be cuddled. Rowdy and Beamer
are the typical ACD’s petting but not cuddle type.
Physicians think, that dogs around elderly patients are a valuable therapy.

   
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Mit 20 Jahren war ich verheiratet und mit 28 Jahren hatte ich drei Töchter. Ih war eine gute Hausfrau und Mutter. Kochen, Waschen, Hausaufgaben mit den Kindern, kutschierte alle zu den Freizeitaktivitäten und, und und. Abends dann Befriedigung des Ehemanns. Mit 37 Jahren war ich am Ende. Drei Selbstmordversuche zeigten meine Verzweiflung. Geändert haben sie an meiner ehelichen Einöde nichts. Ich rettete mich durch Scheidung, lernte mit Feuereifer und fand einen interessanten, mich fordernden Beruf.Unterstuetzung gab mir eine neue Freundin. Die Rechnung fuer 17 Jahre ehelicher Vergewaltigung kam in Form eines Koma in dem eine meiner drei Töchter neben meinem Bett sass. Das folgende Jahr verbrachte ich im Krankenhaus und erholte mich langsam von einer fast ganzseitigen Lähmung, Verlust meiner Muttersprache und meiner Erinnerung. Halbwegs wieder intakt, bekam ich Multiple Sklerose. Nach einem langjährigen Versuch Kindern in einem Kuenstlerdorf Sport beizubringen, habe ich einen idyllischen Restbauernhof gekauft und ein Hotel fuer Hunde aufgemacht. Das wurde der grösste und erfolgreichste Spass in meinem Leben. Inzwischen fand ich in Finnland ein traumhaftes Zuhause. Auf 50 000 qm konnen wir und unsere Hunde so frei leben, wie wir es uns erträumt hatten. Mir hat die MS inzwischen einen elektrischen Rollstuhl beschert, was der Mobilität ganz neue Dimensionen gibt. Meine Gedanken habe ich hier teils in Reimen, teils in Prosa aufgeschrieben. Viel Spass beim Lesen.
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