By Mr. William
This is the fourth of the four-part series I call ‘Pushing the Envelope’ due to some weekends back to back to back that could possible have triggers involved that might awake my lung buddy ‘Lenny’.
We’ve already talked about the flare up caused by trying to help put out some weed and feed in the yard, followed by another flare up, though not as defined or aggravated as the first when I spent two hours at an outdoor auto show when varies pollens were flying around in the air – and of course last week spending a three-day weekend with family at my oldest granddaughters graduation which included long stints of time with a three-month old chocolate lab and a seven-year old jack Russell, while I am supposed to have a major allergy to dogs or so at least that is how I was raised.
This ‘Pushing the Envelope #4’ is all about spending nearly 10 hours driving round-trip to pick up a new companion for myself and my wife – an 11-week old Maltese puppy, followed up by his first 48-72 hours in his new, our home.
Can I absolutely say it has gone perfect, no of course not? Can I say I am totally confidant that the puppy will not cause me some issues, no – not yet. Can I say the puppy, Frosty is his name, is totally comfortable yet in his new home in our home, no not yet?
What I can say is – Frosty feels lots of love, willingness to get lots of loving playtime and much patience as he struggles to understand the ropes of house training.
What I can say is – Frosty has already found his sweet spot to plop his little furball body – right on top of my feet, in between my feet or something really close to where ever I may be sitting or working. In other words, he already knows he his Papa’s boy and his enjoying that honor.
They say having a new puppy is like having a toddler around, well maybe just a little bit – I just don’t remember having to train my new baby without diapers and worrying about them messing with my good shoes, jackets and sandals if they are anywhere near available.
As for me and the pushing the envelope thing – so far it is okay, though I do at times feel a bit of an irritation, which I solve by simply not spending an extended period of time with him in my arms or on my lap (which is really hard to do as much as Frosty has smitten my heart).
I am always fully aware of the history I have had with allergies to dogs and cats, knowing full well that things like cats or even birds will never work for me. But I have learned over the last 10-15 years that sometimes my allergies to a dog may depend on the breed and then on how well the owners take care of the dog and the home they live in.
For instance, my daughter had for many years an Alaskan Husky named ‘Nicki’ and due to my daughter keeping ‘Nicki’ groomed, bathed and the house clean of shedding hair as much as possible, I was able to spend as much as three days for a visit within the house for long periods of time. Now, as described in Part 3 of Pushing the Envelope, the chocolate lab and jack Russell do not bother me like everyone seems to think they should. Of course, it helps that these dogs all learned early on the limits of being on Papa.
So, we move forward with a fun, white furball named Frosty, that will keep me companionship since I am home a lot. The hopes that as we get him trained and as he grows to fit into some kind of collar or harness (at the moment he is tiny enough to shimmy out of the ones we bought) will give me a more positive reason to get up, get out and try to get more walking in which will not only help my COPD, but my weight issues as well.
As we move forward with the new addition to the household, I am sure that both ‘Lenny’ and me will have our moments in dealing with Frosty, but due to the love and adventure he supplies – we will do what ever we can do to make it work.
And that my friends, is where ‘Lenny’ and Me are 4 today.
As always, if you or anyone you know have any symptoms involving lung and breathing functionality, and they linger over and over while disrupting a lifestyle – then please ask questions and get it checked out.
ALWAYS REMEMBER > A person without good breathing, is a person with a life of constant caution’, so let’s do what we can, to learn what we can, to improve what we can.
With that, I bid to all – smiles, prayers, blessings and steady breathing – Mr. William.
(Copyright@2018, CrossDove Writer through wheezingaway.com – no part of this write may be used or copied without written permission.)
NOTES: Sometimes we share what may seem like medical information, but we are only giving descriptions and highlights of various aspects of having COPD and/or Asthma and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician for more, clearer medical founded information.