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Bella the SDiT & Emily  Isabella Jane • Bichon • 6 • Owner Trained Psychiatric SDIT Emily • Human • 18 • Future Botanist Living in Lexington, KY

Finally got ahold of the disabilities office and I'm upset. The woman on the other end was a bit condescending, had me repeat a bunch of stuff like she couldn't believe what I said, etc. At the end she said it's difficult to have puppies on campus due to a variety of reasons but I know that's absolute crap. I've seen a lot of dogs and young puppies on campus, and the girl in the dorm next to me has a very small kitten. I've even seen a fake service dog, and guess what. It's in my building. She also said to look into an esa, and maybe I could bring a puppy onto campus as an esa. Which??? What help will that be? So- I can have a puppy as an esa and not a sdit? The heck? Does she think, like, I don't need a service dog? That an esa would be of any help? And for those wondering if she maybe meant paperwork wise as a way to get a dog on campus, she specifically stated that "maybe an esa will help you better. Just, like, knowing it's waiting for you in your dorm." Yeah, cause when I'm in math class having a psychotic episode an esa will totally be able to lead me away. When my heart rate gets too high while hiking an esa will be able to alert in time so I can avoid passing out. Which, there's nothing wrong with an esa, Bella's an esa as well as a retired task-trained service dog, but the way she said it. Like I didn't know what I was talking about and/or just wanted attention or to sneak a pet on campus. She's calling me back soon, and I'm going to set up a face-to-face appointment soon too. Here's hoping.

I have an announcement to make, now that I am somewhat settled in to college. As a few of you know, Bella did not accompany me. There were a variety of factors that kept me from bringing her, with her level of training and the schools policies on that, her comfort with staying overnight in a place that's not her house, and my family's lack of support being the biggest reasons. I weighed the pros and cons of bringing her, and her comfort comes first. I am debating getting another dog, but again, my family is opposed to the idea and I have the housing office to deal with. I'm calling tomorrow to see what can be done. I know it'll be hard to train a dog during my first year of college, but my parents left me no choice if I want a service dog. I cannot afford a program dog and I don't want to ask strangers for the money to get one. I will however ask for whomever is reading this to think about me tomorrow as I call the housing office and disabilities office and scope out breeders and shelters nearby. If I do get a dog, it will likely be next semester. Thanks for reading; it means a lot to me

When Bella was a puppy, we would play with stuffed animals until she tired out, (which took forever 😂) and then I'd scoop her up and we'd cuddle and read on the sofa until she decided it was time to play again. It was my favorite thing to do. Now we're training in bookstores and adventuring in libraries. She still likes to curl up beside me and silently judge me as I reread Harry Potter for the zillionth time. I'm feeing nostalgic so y'all are gonna have to put up with it for a little while 😉

Oliver saw me taking photos of Bella and decided to join in 📷

So, I dissociated HARD for like an hour and when I came to I had apparently. Shaved? Bella's fur off. I was covered in dog hair and she looked like a rat. It's growing back now and idk I think she's cute.

The photo had nothing to do with this but I had to pick something. I'm in Florida for the next week but when I come back I have something to announce. I should have all the info I need by then.

Bella's first movie! We saw the second Jurassic World. I brought a blanket so she could sit on my lap (I was worried about her getting stepped on) and while she was nervous during the previews, she calmed down and slept through almost the entire movie!
On a slightly related note, the woman next to me asked "how did you sneak her in? In your bag?" And when I said they just let her in because she was a service dog I don't think she believed me. The struggles of having a small dog. 🙄 Besides that though it went well!
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We went to Walmart when we first got home and Bella was (expectedly) a butt. I had to constantly correct her heeling and sniffing. Near the end she got better but not by much. Hopefully we will be back to where we were in a few days as I want to take her to see Incredibles 2 soon. However, there was another dog there (the woman claimed it was a service dog too but it obviously wasn't) and while Bella did get distracted and try to investigate, she stopped on her own and came back to me!
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