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Christina Stearns
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A New Chapter
It's strange looking at this blog... It was almost a full year ago that I posted.  However, so much has changed in that time.  As Alec's parents, we needed time to accept the fact that his behavior had spiraled out of control so much, and we had tried so mu...

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Here are some photo highlights of the good moments with Rafi since he's joined our family!  Enjoy!   This is one of the things Alec likes to do with Rafi -- put water on his head while he's in the bath :)   Sweet moment at bedtime   Hangin' on the couch    ...

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I'm playing Freebloks 3D. Can you beat my high score?

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Another Trip to the Hospital Within 10 Days...
This morning at about 2:30 a.m., Bill heard Alec fall out of his bed.  It was another seizure.  Rafi didn't bark alert because we still have some reinforcement training to do, but his crate is pointed right at Alec's bed, and it was good for him to see it. ...

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Photos from Graduation and Trip Home: 4/11 & 4/12
The photo above: Alina Joseph and family - Rafi's foster family :)  They provided socialization when he was a puppy, as well as basic obedience!   Little sister Dayna accepting Alec's medal for certification as a service dog team   Our class logo, created b...

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Preparing for the Public Access Test
Today we brushed up on more obedience and behavior disruption techniques.  After our lunch break, we had the official "going home" talk.  Tomorrow each dog must take and pass a public access test that 4 Paws requires in order for us to take our service dogs...

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4 Paws Training: Days 9 & 10
We are on a steady training diet of classroom obedience, tracking at the park, and public indoor tracking.  All of us in the class, AND the dogs, are EXHAUSTED!  We are hanging in there for graduation, which is Friday, 4/11!  Today, Alec had a very behavior...

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This morning we had more training at the 4 Paws center, followed by an outdoor track (Rafi again did an amazing job finding Alec in the rain!). After tracking we had lunch at McDonald's, where Rafi did a great job avoiding french fries and keeping in his "d...

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No Shortage of News... Days 5 - 7, Training at 4 Paws
Wow.  There is a lot to catch up on.  The biggest news happened yesterday (Saturday) morning, a little after 5:00 am.  Bill and I have been sleeping with Alec between us at the hotel.  We both woke up to Alec shaking and jerking his body, drooling profusely...

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Day #4 - Tracking Practice
Last night before Alec fell asleep, he had snuggle time and pet Rafi :)   Another great photo from Day #3   Rafi hanging out in the passenger seat, waiting for tracking practice!   Treats from Alec in the van!       Day #4 was AMAZING!  I wish we had photos...
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