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Needing to Vent

I am posting this today because I simply need to vent. I am not looking for advice or suggestions because trust me, I have probably thought of them all.

Living in an extremely rural part of the northern part of the country, this year we have had almost record snowfall. Roofs collapsing, snow up to your windows, with the report that an elderly lady called 911 because she was snowed in, in her house. You get the picture.

My constant companion is an 8 pound maltese/shi tzu mix. I truly feel sorry for her sometimes because she got stuck with me. There are times when I can’t do anything with her outside…there is no place to safely walk. So we stay indoors… A Lot! On top of the m.s. I was also recently dxd with “adhesive capsulitis” or frozen shoulder. My primary arm no less. It’ a very painful condition that drastically limits your range of motion. I’m still waiting for a call from the drs. office so I can get to the next step in getting this thing fixed.

So anyway, on my way in to town yesterday, (20 minutes away) I bundled my dog up and thought we will stop in at the “center”. An old middle school that with the taxpayers money is used for different classes such as yoga, zoomba, etc. There are very few people that you will run into as you use the steps and walk the tiny halls and needless to say, Emma my dog was having a great time. The couple people we did see made a fuss over her, even picking her up. I was feeling exhuberant thinking “at last, a place we can come to for even a few minutes to have something to do and somewhere to go with safe walking!”

I had gotten online to see if they had any policies about pets. They didn’t.

Even as we entered the building a lady brought in her feisty, growling dog carrying it in her arms and I thought she must be one of the ones that rents a room to try to sell her merchandise?

Well Emma and I made the mistake of walking past the building manager’s room. ” Are you walking your dog? How much longer will you be here? Don’t make it a habit,” and so on.

Now I realize that they don’t need a building full of dogs peeing everywhere,
tripping people up in their leashes, etc.

The truth is I felt crushed. Without even coming out to talk to us, we were kicked out of the building. So much for trying to find a safe place to walk.

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Comments

  • Janus author
    2 months ago

    Thanks so much for your post Heitz. I really appreciate it. There is a hardware store 30 minutes from here (an hour when the roads are bad.) where my pup actually did part of her puppy training classes 3 years ago. They are wonderful people and all of their employees are always thrilled when someone brings their dog in. I really wish there was an indoor area close by where well behaved, socialized dogs and their people could go to walk safely.

  • Heitz
    2 months ago

    I haved lived in the “northern” environment until just a couple of months ago.
    When it was freezing and icy in the winter and also other seasons when it was raining or really hot my dog and I would go to Lowes or Home Depot and sometimes the Mall (which was dying and mostly empty) and walk.
    People and staff became happy to see us. Nice break in everyones day. Life saving. For the dog and me. I have a Shiloh Shepherd who, bless her little heart, weighs 110 pounds. She is well behaved and a sweetheart but needs her exercise. She keeps me getting out. If I didn’t have her I would no doubt sit here most of the time. You sound like me Janus. Not looking for advice. Just needing to vent. So….this is actually a positive vent for me. I don’t get those much! Take care of yourself.

  • Janus author
    3 months ago

    Thank you so much Donna,
    you’re right, there was actually a lot more to it that I didn’t string together. All the time, I’m looking for ways to “do more” activity wise to strengthen and improve balance and everything else that goes with this awful disease. It seemed that once I found something that appeared to be harmless and might work, it proved otherwise. Thanks for being here for all of us…I love our moderators!

  • Donna Steigleder moderator
    3 months ago

    @Janus, I can understand your need to vent. Glad you let it out. I expect you could have said more and showed great restraint in holding back.

  • Bones18
    2 months ago

    It is refreshing to hear someone talk of their concerns for their animal(s) who have to adjust to our limitations. I think I have a lot of “Mommy” guilt when I just cannot go far enough for them. On the other hand, they are both rescues who are very tuned into me so I have to remember I gave them a home and they are happy and comfortable. NOT always that positive but today is today.

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