Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Sunday Interview – Human in every Sense of the Word -Ignoring VS. Acknowledging and Obeying My 6th Sense by Patty Fletcher


Welcome to the Sunday Interview- Human in every sense of the word.

As humans there are five main senses that we rely on to navigate through this world.  And there is one that we all possess but do not necessarily use all the time…

Sight, Hearing, Touch, Taste, Smell….Sixth Sense.

You can choose to write about one sense or all of them, including that elusive sixth sense we have clung on to from the early days of man. 

If you would like to participate then here are the details along with my take on senses: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/23/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-new-sunday-interview-series-human-in-every-sense-of-the-word-starting-sunday-june-30th-2019/

This week my guest is Patty Fletcher, who combines blogging with assisting sight impaired bloggers and authors to navigate the online world and book marketing. She and her Seeing Eye dog King Campbell are popular supportive members our community… Campbell is the subject of Patty’s post today, as she shares the bond they have and how her 6th sense kicked in with regard to his health.

Ignoring VS. Acknowledging and Obeying My 6th Sense by Patty Fletcher

Today I’m stepping out of my comfort zone as I so very often encourage others to do and I’m writing about a topic many scoff at and I’m doing so for a whole new audience.

Campbell and I have been getting out either in the early morning or late evening at sundown to have our walk. I’m trying once again to build up his strength. As you might or might not know, Campbell was to have had surgery last week, but due to not being able to get a good I.V. line in, and his being 10-years-old, the vet and I decided that the reason for surgery did not outweigh the risk, and so surgery was stopped.

In fact, when the vet called me to tell me he said, “I feel it was the good Lord telling me not to do it. Don’t know why but that’s how it felt.”

I must say I agreed with him as I’d had a very bad feeling nagging at me during the days leading up to the surgery date, and then, the next day, my vet and I found what we’d been feeling were not just feelings but truth.

When Campbell returned home on that Monday afternoon after his scheduled surgery had been canceled, he was very sedated due to having been given pre-op drugs. He wondered around aimlessly, and at times got lost in the house, howling mournfully when he did.

Finally, due to my fear of his hurting himself in some way, I closed him into his crate, and let him sleep it off.

Over the next few hours though I began to see other symptoms presenting themselves, and after about 12-hours had passed, I realized the symptoms I was seeing were not related to his sedation, but rather it appeared to me that he had a UTI.

Now, how we missed this in the pre-op labs, we don’t know, but Mother, Father, God were watching out for my boy, because doing surgery on him of any kind with infection pumping through his blood could’ve been quite dangerous indeed.

This taught me a lesson in a huge way. It taught me that when we ask for protection for ourselves or loved ones, which I did, it is always granted. It also taught me to follow my intuition. I’d considered several times during those few days leading up to Campbell’s surgery, right up to that very morning asking the vet if he were sure we should be doing this and asking if we were sure Campbell were healthy enough for it. But rather than go with what I felt inside, I chose to ignore it and go forth.

Never again! Time and time again, I’ve ignored my voice of intuition and time and time again in the end I’ve learned what I felt was quite right after all.

So, the moral of the story is…

Acknowledge the power within. Learn to listen to, and understand your inner voice, and do as it instructs. We’re given this 6th sense for a reason. It is not a fable or fairy tale. It is no scientific theory. It is part of our instinct. It was given to us to help us survive, and to ignore it can and sometimes does lead to danger.

Campbell and I are now going into our 9th year together. He’s been a faithful friend and Seeing Eye Guide Dog for me all these years. He has seen me through thick and thin. Now, he’s semi-retired, and we’re going through yet another phase of our lives together. I’d have been destroyed had something happened due to a missed UTI had he had his surgery.

From here on out, I will no longer ignore my inner voice. I will no longer care if people think me a bit daft for speaking up when something feels wrong.

This morning, when we went out for our daily walk, I saw once again that Campbell had pep in his step, and his nose was happily sniffing out the news from the Daily Doggy.
For now, all is well in our world, and I pray it will remain so for a long time to come.

We bid you a good day and thank you for reading our post.

May harmony find you and blessed be.

©Patty Fletcher 2019

About Patty Fletcher

Patty Lyne Fletcher in her own words (October 2017

I’m a 49-year-old single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom I am very proud. I have a great son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren. Three girls, and two boys. I hope to be able to write more about them later on.

I own and handle a Black Labrador from The Seeing Eye™ named Campbell Lee—a.k.a. Bubba Lee or King Campbell, to give just a couple of his nicknames.

I was born on November 9, 1967 in Kingsport, Tenn., where I also grew up.

I was born one and a half months premature. My blindness was caused by my being given too much oxygen in the incubator. I was partially sighted until 1991, at which time I lost my sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. I used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.

Read more about Patty Fletcher

Books by Patty Fletcher

One of the recent reviews for Campbell’s Rambles

Certain books come to you at just the right time. I have been meaning to read Patty Fletcher’s memoir entitled Campbell’s Rambles for quite some time, but life events have prevented me from doing so. I regret not reading the book sooner. This book is one of my favorite reads this year. Campbell’s Rambles is a story of the beautiful love that exists between a dog handler and her first guide dog. But, more than that, the book reaffirms that life is a gift, that though many hardships exist, love always manages to find a way into your heart.

I was so touched by Patty’s gradual realization that the relationship between a handler and their dog is based upon mutual love and trust. Her first meeting with Campbell made me both laugh and cry. I love sloppy dog kisses, too, and could totally relate to the moment she realized that she and Campbell belonged together. A particularly favorite scene for me occurs at a time when Patty is threatened and Campbell illustrates his unfailing loyalty to her. Campbell’s Rambles affirms something I have known for some time: that animals love those who show them love in return and will defend those for whom they care with every fiber of their being.

Perhaps the best aspect of Patty’s book is the growth she experiences through the gentle caring and steadfast support of Mr. Drew Gibbon, her instructor at The Seeing Eye. I loved certain scenes where Patty learns to accept the kind offers of assistance from others. One of my favorite scenes occurs in a creamery. I will not provide spoilers. I will just say that a simple act of kindness means so very much. I related most to her feelings of self-doubt as it is a problem that has always plagued me as well. Campbell’s Rambles is a candid and fast-paced memoir that I simply could not put down. Acquiring a seeing eye dog is a momentous decision, and I enjoyed learning about Patty’s experiences and the enriching rewards Campbell has brought into her life. I also loved learning of the independence Patty has found through her time with Campbell.

The book has given me a desire to consider the possibility of training to acquire a guide dog more seriously. At the very least, it has given me insight into the joys (and challenges) that await when life-changing decisions are made. As my favorite person in the book says, “Take a chance. You have a 50 percent chance of being right”.

Campbell’s Rambles is thoroughly recommended. I urge anyone who is considering acquiring a guide dog or who would like to learn more about the process and the experiences of one particular handler to give the book a chance. A prospective sequel entitled The Raw Truth was mentioned in the Afterword of Campbell’s Rambles. I hope that one day it will be written. I will definitely read it. Happy reading to you all.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B00Q9I7RWG/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patty-L.-Fletcher/e/B00Q9I7RWG/

Patty has also contrituted to two anthologies

December Awethology Light  https://www.books2read.com/u/3yPZvB

A Treasure Chest of Children’s Tales  https://www.books2read.com/u/bzaAML

Connect to Patty

Books: http://www.dldbooks.com/pattyfletcher/
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher
Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bubbalee04
Facebook: https://twitter.com/bubbalee04

Smorgasbord Pet Health – Hip Dysplasia – A good reason to meet your puppy’s relatives.


Smorgasbord Pet Health

Hip dysplasia is a skeletal defect in dogs and cats.  It is far more common in dogs and it is usually an inherited problem.

Dogs have played an important part in our lives for thousands of years and certain breeds that were developed for specific tasks such as herding, guarding, hunting and pulling were inbred to strengthen certain positive traits.  Unfortunately this also strengthened certain negative traits and hip dysplasia is one of these characteristics.

Larger dogs tend to suffer the most from this condition including Boxers, Huskies, Great Danes and German Shepherds.  The more active breeds also tend to be at risk such as sheep and police dogs.

HOW DOES THE DYSPLASIA OCCUR?

At the top of the leg or femur is the femoral head and this normally rests in the socket of the joint called the acetabulum.  We normally refer to this as a ball and socket joint.

Although usually inherited, it is not often evident at birth and you might only discover that your puppy has the problem at 6 or 8 months depending on the severity of the condition.

In a puppy with the potential for dysplasia, bones will mature faster than the surrounding muscles that normally keep the two components of the joint in contact.  Additionally, the ligaments that assist the muscles in this role are stretched, as the puppy becomes more active.  The ball and socket pull further and further apart and the socket is unable to develop fully, resulting in a shallower cup than normal.  The cartilage attached to the femoral head now receives more wear and tear as it moves freely in the socket, which leads to degenerative joint disease such as Osteoarthritis.  Finally the joint parts as the femoral head disconnects completely from the joint.

Some of the symptoms that you will notice in your dog include:

  • Lameness after exercise
  • A swaying walk or waddle
  • Morning stiffness
  • Difficulty when standing up.
  • Reluctance to move.
  • Irritable temperament
  • Does not like being groomed or brushed around the hip area.
  • Symptoms worse in wet or damp weather.

You might find this video helpful courtesy of Bug and his owner.

ARE THERE ANY PREVENTATIVE MEASURES YOU CAN TAKE?

Do your research on susceptible types of dog before you buy your puppy.  It is important to always see a puppy with its mother and to buy from a registered breeder.  If your chosen breed of dog is susceptible to hip dysplasia then seeing the mother and finding out about the father will be of help.  Your breeder should also be able to show you other dogs, possibly related to your puppy that are healthy and without the condition.

You could insist on a Vet’s examination, as there are certain techniques available for determining the risk of the puppy developing the problem as it matures.

Watch your puppy very carefully as it becomes more active and pay attention to any stiffness or lameness in play. With larger dogs it is a good idea to avoid agility training or mountain walking that are likely to put additional strain on their back ends.  After 18 months old, when their joints and bone growth is mature enough you can introduce them to a higher level of activity.  Obviously some breeds are adapted for mountain work but the majority of dogs are not.

Do not try and train a large dog to sit up and beg or to stand on their hind legs for extended periods of time.

Exercise is important however as it is crucial that you develop the muscles surrounding the joints.  Walking and running for a ball is healthy, just avoid anything that requires the dog to twist and turn.  Swimming is often used as a therapy – if your dog enjoys the water then there are a few dog pools around.  It is a gentle exercise that strengthens the muscles around the joints.

If your dog is still young when the problem becomes apparent then you need to explore the various options available with your vet.  This might include surgery and even hip replacement.

If you suspect that you puppy has this problem then seek veterinary attention straight away.

Diet and a healthy weight is vital to reduce the strain on the joints as in humans and as dogs with this condition invariably suffer from arthritis they may need to be on anti-inflammatory and pain relieving drugs.

THE ALTERNATIVES.

As our pets get older, dogs and cats alike, they are going to suffer as we do from age related degenerative joint disease.  Feeding the appropriate food is essential but you can also add certain supplements into their diet. To be honest although it is convenient and allegedly a complete ‘food’, dry dog food is not a natural diet.

I have had a number of canine clients and as a preventative you can add cod liver oil, Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulphate to their diet. Because many dog foods do have these already added to consult your vet before supplementing your dog and also make sure that the brand that you are using is pet friendly.

Chondroitin helps develop the synovial fluid in the joint and the Glucosamine encourages cartilage renewal, both of these improve flexibility and improve pain levels.

Cod liver oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and may relieve pain and inflammation. It also contains Vitamin D which helps keep bones healthy.

NOTE. While these may help prevent the onset of joint disease they will not be able to reverse any substantial damage. Always consult your doctor for other pain relief alternatives and never, every give your pet human painkillers.

Grooming your pet not only keeps their skin in good condition and strengthens the bond between you but also offers you an opportunity to check their entire body out for soreness or unwanted lumps.  Their reaction to you touching certain parts of their bodies will enable you to catch certain conditions early and to deal with them as quickly as possible.

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