Archive - 2014

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When A Pet Dies
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Canada’s largest disability exhibition – People in Motion
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Rare Chromosome Disorder Awareness Week
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Skipping To The Beat Of Her Heart
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Pets Are Family

When A Pet Dies

Pets die. It’s inevitable, but when it actually happens, it’s heart wrenching. Especially when you have kids.   We have two dogs who are getting on in years and we accept that they won’t be with us forever. But our skinny pig Ernie was only ten months old, so when he died suddenly it was a shock. Though he was merely a guinea pig to some, to us he was a beloved pet and sweet friend to my kids Sebastian and Avery. For reasons unknown, Ernie had a massive seizure and died. My daughter has Epilepsy so I’ve done my fair share of research into seizures. But never did I imagine I’d be Googling “what to do when your guinea pig has a seizure.” I was sitting next to his cage when it happened. He suddenly began convulsing in his cage, and was paralyzed and helpless in a matter of minutes. I knew when I picked held him, his head tilted and nuzzled lifelessly into my neck, that he was leaving us. That’s the hardest part about having a pet—they are completely dependent on us for their survival. So when they get sick or hurt or god forbid die, it’s[…]

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Canada’s largest disability exhibition – People in Motion

  *Post has been updated with info for the 2015 exhibition. This FREE to the public event is designed to educate on the latest and most innovative products and services—from mobility aids to adapted vehicles, rehabilitation services, home healthcare products and more, everything is intended to help enhance independence. We like independence. 🙂 This is a perfect opportunity for us to discover unique services and participate in some fantastic sporting demos and have a chance to meet experts and ask questions. Highlights include:  A Para Archery Range: Find your inner Robin Hood with the Ontario Association of Archers and pick up a bow and give archery a try. Blind Fishing: Join fisherman Laurence Gunther, legally blind since age eight, talk about how he earned his Masters in Environmental Studies and how he created the world’s first fishing boat capable of being operated by the blind.   Appearing Live: Listen to Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Hines perform songs from his album “How We Fly.”   Seminar Stage: Learn at educational seminars featuring speakers from a wide variety of organizations like these.  View full list of 2015 Exhibitors Here Show Dates/Times: May 29-30, 2015 (10 AM to 5 PM) Venue: Exhibition Place, Queen[…]

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Rare Chromosome Disorder Awareness Week

  To say we’re “celebrating” Rare Chromosome Disorder Awareness Week is a bit of a misnomer. However, we are marking it and we are grateful that the first ever RCDAW starts today. Thankfully we found a support in an organization called Chromosome Disorder Outreach  early on. Through their research, education, and efforts to connect families who face similar struggles, we feel much less alone in this unique journey. Individually, chromosome changes like the ones that affect our daughter are still considered rare. But we are now learning that these disorders actually may not be as rare as once believed…

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Skipping To The Beat Of Her Heart

  She rarely walks now. She prefers to skip. Sometimes she even skips in a purple tutu. It took her a long time to learn to walk. Less than two years ago she still wore a helmet on the playground, in case she fell.  Now she’s running, jumping and skipping. And when she skips, her strides are only slightly smaller than the grin on her face. She’s proud of herself and with good reason.  I wish I could take credit for her reaching this physical milestone—one that a child with significant gross motor delays might never achieve. Her EAs at school have been working with her on this for months, and it finally paid off. How amazing are they and how lucky are we? I’m so grateful…I could literally skip. Here are 35 seconds of super skipping stupendousness, LIVE and in technicolour.  Caution: This video skips, but in a good way. 🙂

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Pets Are Family

  People say we’re nuts for having so many pets. Three isn’t “so many” if you ask me, but I’m not one to split hairs—even the ones stuck to my black pants. Is life easier without a small herd of animals to take care of? Sure. Is it as rewarding? Not for us. When our daughter was about two and a half and still not walking, one of her physical therapists suggested we find something highly motivating to her to get Avery up off the floor and walking. Avery has always been obsessed with dogs. THIS would be her motivation. My sister-in-law has her own veterinary practice and she found the perfect dog for us—a mutt, part chihuahua, part terrier and part teeny-tiny wolf. He was about three years old, housebroken, quiet, not too big, and a RESCUE DOG in need of a loving home. We would be that home.   Within three months of adopting Roger, our girl was walking; then running after her canine companion. A few years later we adopted a second dog, Maya. We even hosted a dog wedding. No seriously, you can witness the Bow Wow Vows here. It can take people a lifetime to[…]

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