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4 Things I Learned From My Puppy’s First Few Weeks Home

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Wounded hands? Check. Puppy-proofed/extremely minimalist house? Check. Tears, frustration, and insecurity? Check.

My life has changed dramatically since bringing home my golden retriever puppy Nugget on December 9th, 2018. We’ve only been together for a little over 2 months but I feel like I’ve already learned ten years worth of lessons. Every day is a challenge, but also a learning opportunity!

Here are just 4 things I’ve learned since I became a dog mom:

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Service Dog

Pupdate #1: Visits, Waiting & Stress

Just a little update on my service dog puppy situation… or a “pupdate”, if you will. 😉 The last update I wrote was about the birth of the puppies. Since then, we’ve visited several times and it’s been great…

Service Dog

Birth!

Just a short update in case you haven’t seen it yet: my future service dog’s mom gave birth to 10 beautiful pups! 6 females and 4 males, which gives me a good chance of getting a suitable female. I…

Autism

My One Year Autism Diagnosis Anniversary

Today, it has been one year since I got my diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) at age 21. Before I sought a diagnosis, I had already known for a few months that I was indeed autistic, but I…

Autism Mental Health

Learning to be Okay With Antidepressants

I’ve slowly been lowering the dosage of my antidepressants for over a year now because I no longer wanted to be dependent on medication. I no longer wanted the struggle of making sure I took the right brand of…

Autism Mental Health

My Eating Disorder

I have an eating disorder. No, it’s not anorexia, or bulimia, or binge eating disorder. You’ve probably never heard of it. It’s called avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder. ARFID for short. Also known as Selective Eating Disorder. It was first…

Autism Mental Health Service Dog

Service Dog Update

A simplified version of this post was originally posted on Service Dog Nugget on November 12th, 2017. As most of you know, I’ve been working on getting a service dog. Unfortunately my first attempt didn’t exactly go as I’d…

Autism Books

Book Review: The Reason I Jump

This review was originally posted on my Tumblr blog in September 2017. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind…