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Bella the SDiT & Emily  Isabella Jane β€’ Bichon β€’ 6 β€’ Owner Trained Psychiatric SDIT Emily β€’ Human β€’ 17 β€’ Future Botanist Living in Lexington, KY

So, I know I haven't posted much recently. We are actually coming home from Disney right now, so I was pretty busy with that. Bella didn't come, but we saw fifteen other dogs- three police dogs, three pets, two fakes, and the rest were, from what I could tell, SDs. Just a little update from yours truly πŸ’š

Reunited πŸ’š

Bella did phenomenally her first walk with the leader! She didn't even try to pull and only tried to get it off a little at first! We saw some pretty Christmas lights and she was so sweet to let me take a cute photo!
I do have some bad news, though. Bella will not be with us for Christmas. My parents decided to board her and my sister's dog for a few days over Christmas. I'm so stressed about it because she came home sick last time and I'm not feeling well myself either. I need her but she's going to be boarded anyway πŸ˜”
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So this is the gentle leader I got for Bella yesterday. I'm hoping it'll help with pulling so she doesn't have to wear a harness. This is her first time wearing it and I'd say she did well! We obviously have to work on "quiet" but other than that I'm pleased! She tried to get it off for awhile but forgot about it when we did a short training session. .
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I wanted to expose her to other animals, so I took her to a drive through nativity and back to the pet store. She barked once at some donkeys but stopped when I told her to, ignored the goats, and had better things to explore than the cats. I'm so very proud of her! And yes, she was a little nervous at the pet store, but we're working on it. .
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Pawrtners πŸ’šπŸ•
@4_helping_paws
@service_dog_charlie
@service_unicorn_nakita
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#dog #puppy #servicedog #servicedogintraining #bichonfrise #bichon #frise #dogsofinstagram #bichonsofinstagram #sd #sdit #psychiatric #psychiatricservicedog #psychiatricservicedogintraining #bella #isabella #isabellajane #ocd #actuallyocd #mentallyill #mentalillness #generalizedanxiety #anxiety #gad #generalizedanxietydisorder #depression #mentalhealth

Today sucked. Bella barked at the TJ Maxx manager while she was trying to pet her and I ended up having a panic attack over it. It was like I was frozen. I couldn't say anything to the manager so she pet Bella and Bella barked. Not even an unfriendly bark, more like a "play with me" bark. It still was enough, though, and like an idiot I started crying. I haven't gotten anything done today that's due tomorrow, and I'm so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open. We're taking a break from PA for awhile, for the sake of my mental health. .
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Pawrtners πŸ’šπŸ•
@4_helping_paws
@service_dog_charlie
@service_unicorn_nakita
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#dog #puppy #servicedog #servicedogintraining #bichonfrise #bichon #frise #dogsofinstagram #bichonsofinstagram #sd #sdit #psychiatric #psychiatricservicedog #psychiatricservicedogintraining #bella #isabella #isabellajane #ocd #actuallyocd #mentallyill #mentalillness #generalizedanxiety #anxiety #gad #generalizedanxietydisorder #depression #mentalhealth

Let's talk about OCD
OCD is not a quirky little thing, despite what you may have heard. You are not "soooo OCD!" just because you like even numbers or have a clean desk. OCD is a life altering illness with a lot of misconceptions attached. While people crack jokes about washing their hands or "obsessive coffee disorder", I'm having violent intrusive thoughts and trying not to cry as I perform yet another compulsion to keep those thoughts as at bay as I can.
OCD is a series of unwanted obsessions, often called intrusive thoughts, which cause anxiety, followed by compulsions, which can cause relief. Some people have one without the other, or perform those compulsions in their head, but at the end of the day it's all OCD. An intrusive thought is an unwanted, sometimes violent thought that usually goes against the nature of the person experiencing said thought completely. They can take the form of religious intrusive thoughts, e.g. I'm unclean because I saw the number six three times, God doesn't love me because I lied, etc.; sexual intrusive thoughts, e.g. what if I'm secretly attracted to children or someone of the same gender; violent intrusive thoughts, e.g. take that knife and stab your mother, throw your baby cousin out the window. REMEMBER THAT THESE THOUGHTS GO AGAINST THE NATURE OF THE PERSON EXPERIENCING THEM AND CAUSE GREAT DISTRESS. That's what makes OCD so devastating; these thoughts can convince you that you'll actually do these things, or that these things are true. Also remember, everyone experiences these thoughts from time to time, but they are able to dismiss them. People with OCD cannot. Often, they are forced to perform compulsions, or rituals that "negate" the intrusive thought. For instance, the person who saw the number six three times might have to wash their hands three times to feel "sinless" again, or the person who is terrified of being gay might imagine themselves kissing someone of another gender to get rid of the thought.
There you go. A short essay explaining a bit about OCD. Obsessions and compulsions. If you have any questions about OCD, my OCD, or what my service dog does to help me with my disability, always feel free to DM me!

Cuddle buddies!

I might take Bella to the mall today, since she's been doing so well. I just have to go back to @jcpenny, which shouldn't be crowded at all, so I'm not worried. After that we'll take a small break from PA before going to the pet store a few times to work on her issues with other dogs. She's doing well with that, too. At home, she barks a lot out the window, but out and about she focuses really well despite other dogs!
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Pawrtners πŸ’šπŸ•
@4_helping_paws
@service_dog_charlie
@service_unicorn_nakita
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#dog #puppy #servicedog #servicedogintraining #bichonfrise #bichon #frise #dogsofinstagram #bichonsofinstagram #sd #sdit #psychiatric #psychiatricservicedog #psychiatricservicedogintraining #bella #isabella #isabellajane #ocd #actuallyocd #mentallyill #mentalillness #generalizedanxiety #anxiety #gad #generalizedanxietydisorder #depression #mentalhealth

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