WELL WE NOW HAVE MOR E OF THE SAME WITH THE PUPS--- 5 VOMITS AND 7 VERY LOOSE STOOLS... SO I WILL CONTACT GEORGE AND SEE WHO MIGHT NEED FLUIDS... IT IS DAY 1 FOR MOST... AND BRUCE-- THE FIRST-- AND SICKEST IS MUCH BETTER BUT VERY WATERY STOOL
AND TIM IS IN ALASKA AND MOST AVAILABLE BEFORE 8:30 SO I QAM OFF FOR THE WIRE PART IN THE BARN...
LUCKILY I HAVE THIS BORIS STORY TO ENTERTAIN YOU FROM "THE NY KID"
I thought I would give you an update on Boris! The school year is coming to an end and looking back, he was simply amazing, helping me up the steps of the school, ignoring the stupidity of my classmates, and giving me the confidence to walk through the hallways! Yet, you can't always ignore mass stupidity when you go to a public high school, and so my little baby had to come over some absurd fears that came up over the course of the school year! The most prominent of these fears being the result of the other day when the seniors of the high school decided that their 'senior prank' would consist of dressing up in monkey and banana costumes and running through the school like wild animals. I always leave 5 minutes early from class to get to my next class, but it was the end of the school day and I decided to get Boris dressed and ready to leave. Just as I was about to step out of the door, three students in their obnoxious costumes ran past us and proceeded to climb on the desks and scream wildly.
So, I am now having a panic attack from the initial shock and Boris is freaking out, so much so that he clenches his toes until he was standing on just his nails. I tried to take the opportunity to walk out of the door, but Boris could not walk on his nails alone and he fell down, scraping his claws against the tile as he went down and almost bringing me with him. It was so scary and the screaming in the background didn't help. I remained calm and got us out of there with his tail tightly tucked between his legs. He slipped again a few feet out of the door, but I cheered him on and told him what a good boy he was. Moments later, I wanted to scream at the Principal of the school who stood there in the hallway as if nothing was wrong. I reassured Boris that we were okay, but I was so frustrated that the Principal had not let me know ahead of time or allowed me to leave 10 minutes earlier to avoid it. This is a service dog and he was confused...if Boris had attacked one of them out of defense, I could have done nothing to stop him. He didn't understand that these students in costumes meant no harm, so of course I was angry. It is truly incredible how insensitive people can be, especially since it is physically painful to try to restrain a dog almost double my size and reassure him all at the same time. But, hey, it made for a good story!
Other memorable moments? Dissecting fetal pigs? Yes! Boris was incredibly well behaved. He laid right beside me and only got up a couple times, but laid back down when I needed him to (during some of the more invasive times of the dissection). I was so proud of him. He has transformed into a great listener, I will say! Another interesting time was the one time the library door hit him in the butt and he feared it for the longest time. I spent my lunch periods practicing walking through it because being pulled through it like a rag doll was becoming ridiculous! It didn't take long before we mastered the technique. People always offer to hold the door now, but it's so nice that I can do it by myself if need be! It is a reassuring feeling because you would be surprised how scary it used to be when there was no one around to help!
Oh and how we all love those drills...fire drills, lock downs, etc. The most memorable being the lock down where my entire class had to squash up against the wall next to the door so that an invader could not know if we were in there. Luckily there was a desk that I sat on and I tucked Boris close to me. At first he did not understand why we were all crammed together, but I think he got the idea. It was dead silent and just plain awkward, especially after ten minutes. That's when the police officer knocked on the door to act as the invader. I thought Boris was going to bark or freak out but he just stood there, ears perked. I was so proud of him! The man unlocked the door and he just about had a heart attack when he saw my dog. He laughed and said 'Wow...you hid him so well out of view. What a surprise that invader would have had!" I fake laughed as I always do when people comment on his size...like come on, people...how many times do you need to remind me? That joke was so last year. Anyway, he then asked, "Is he for a school project?" My classmates laughed in a chorus and I limped over to my seat with my horse-sized service dog and an incredulous smile...oh how silly people can be!
I hope you liked my stories...I have so many! But through it all, Boris gets a double thumbs up! He is amazing...now one more year and we'll be off to college and starting a whole new adventure full of unforeseen obstacles for us to overcome together! Thank you for everything, Carlene.
~Boris and Lauren (The girl from NY)