Life has all sorts of journeys bunched into one giant journey. This site is about my journey in getting a service dog and the difficulties and joys that arise from that. About The Journey page will explain the Who, What, Where,When and How… if you have any other questions or comments about me, feel free to leave a comment, also, if there is something you’d like me to post on this site please feel free to let me know. I want this page to be just as informative for other people as it is for myself!
Who am I?
My name is Darby, and I live in south western Ontario, Canada. I am energetic, love animals, love to lead people, but can have a hard time doing so due to Asperger’s Syndrome. (If you’d like to know more about A.S, click here. My goal in life is to help other people in any way I can, and if something is hindering that, I want to work through that to be able to help others more efficiently. I love music, animals, recreation and leisure, people and I generally love life. (at least when my depression and anxieties aren’t taking over.) I am me, and I sometimes find it hard to describe myself, although most of the time I am quite articulate. I am open minded and when feeling alright I am up for a challenge.
What am I Doing?
In essence I am creating a blog to help myself prepare for a service dog. I love planning, and I also love sharing with people my life and what I am learning. For many years I have struggled to stay independent and I find myself depending far too much on other people and services, and my hopes is that a well trained service dog can help me in this dilemma.
I have taken a few years off of school and work because my anxiety levels have been so high, and I have been fighting with the mental health system for so long. I have found my social anxieties getting much worse, and I would love more than anything to work with people and for people.
I am hoping to share bits of my life here so others might learn from my mistakes and also learn from the things I am doing well. I am venturing into the unknown, learning about myself, about service dogs and how to self-train a service dog.
Where am I Going?
I am on a journey of life, not entirely sure the exact path I am on, but I know the goal I have. I want to have a successfully trained service dog. My hopes of where I am going, I believe can only grow and become more encouraging with a service dog. I am on a path of independence, not sure exactly what that looks like, but as this unfolds I may share more about where I am headed.
I am not entirely sure of when I will be getting a service dog. I wish I could have the dog as of yesterday, but I am in the process of acquiring a service dog as you read this. My goal is to be ready for a service dog in 2011, however, I would really like a service dog before then if I have everything prepared before then. The earliest I can see myself having a dog is 9 months from now (March 2010) but that might even be a bit early.
How am I Preparing?
There are several things I am doing to prepare. And as you read through the site, you will get a better understanding of what I am doing and how I am preparing for this dog. It is a long and somewhat complicated process, however, I am doing a lot of volunteering and talking on different forums about what it’s like to have a service dog as well as training your own. I was also directed to a very helpful site which helps anyone prepare for a service dog, regardless of what kind of service dog it is. I am also reading through How to Get a Service Dog blog. (which also gave me the idea to do this site. A lot of the resources on that site are for the USA, and I live in Canada, so i’ve had to do a bit extra research, but that is something I love doing.
Why am I Doing This?
I am getting a service dog for a variety of reasons, and it’s far to lengthy to place it here. In a nutshell, my life would become much more manageable, and my anxiety won’t be limiting me as much as it is now. I love working with people and being around people, but my anxieties and fears are keeping me from doing what I enjoy doing. As I mentioned earlier, I enjoy helping other people, and my hopes is that this blog will help people understand the use of service dogs, specifically psychiatric service dogs helping with anxiety and Asperger’s Syndrome. If you would like to know more, please feel free to leave a comment or two!