I lasted exactly one month without having a dog in my family. All of mine had crossed over the rainbow bridge and I was hurting. I searched the rescue groups and found an older model mixed female miniature Dachshund called a Chiweenie! Part Chihuahua and part Dachshund. Never heard of that? Neither had I. But I did fall in love instantaneously. The adoption went smoothly and I was the proud Mom of a 10+ year old little lady. Grieving as I was I needed a dog that would cuddle and not expected to do anything else. She fit the bill beautifully. Until it was time for me to trim the darling little vixen's nails. I had been diligently playing with all four of her paws in preparation for weeks ahead of time. To my amazement she turned into a 500 pound Sumo wrestler. After one muzzle application and various rounds of quick action wrestling I finally won. It was unbelievable that an 8 pound "precious" miniature older dog could almost beat me. So if you find yourself in the same fix, and both you and your dog are stressing out trimming nails, I would advise that you seek professional help in the form of your veterinarian or groomer. What you don't want to do is injure your dog or worse yet, give the animal a mental problem. Just say "Uncle" and pay to have them done.
P.S. Above is a photo of my "otherwise loving opponent"
I've been receiving some good questions regarding Alzheimer's dog and asking me where you can go for answers. There are two places for information. One is the site that you are now on: my blog...an interactive place that you and I can carry on conversations so that the information you want can also be shared by others. So don't hesitate to ask me your questions. Remember that the only silly question is the one you don't ask.
The second place for Alzheimer's dog information is my book CAREGIVER FOLLOW ME. I wrote the book for just that reason: caregivers like yourself were contacting me for help and the best way to reach out to everyone was to write down the information. In my book I answer questions in a lay persons language. I teach you how to find the correct dog for your family (or factors to consider if you want to use your present dog) and how to teach your dog what it needs to know (in its own home by its special person...yourself) to become an Alzheimer's dog. It may seem crazy to have the caregiver train their own dogs but it is not. There is no doubt that caregivers will be able to complete the task, benefiting from the experience and probability do a better job than a professional trainer. Who knows your home, your patient, and what your caregiver needs are better than yourself? Believe me it is an exciting, rewarding road for you and your dog to travel together.
To purchase the book CAREGIVER FOLLOW ME go to www.authorhouse.com or www.amazon.com. You will need to enter my name, Patti Putnam or the title of the book, CAREGIVER FOLLOW ME. Let me know how you do.