Sunday, September 27, 2009

Raw Food Diet, Day 605- Lessons in Prozac

Hi guys! Guess what? Yesterday I hit the 3-week mark since starting my medicine, and now my folks are allowed to really focus on my training and re-conditioning. It is SO FUN!! And I think that this is the first time I have ever really enjoyed it.
Today mom and I went on a super long, super awesome walk to the bark park. I got kind of distracted a few times heading out there, but I always brought my attention back. That's big news! There were a few extreme stressors that unfortunately we were not able to avoid - like the above-ground train that comes roaring about my head. I HATE IT!! It makes me tuck my tail, twitch, try to run and scream as loudly as I can. But on this walk I was able to do Sit Like Good Boy and Shake while feasting hard on beefy jerky treats. I also tried really hard to nibble a big treat from mom's hand while the train passed, and I think I was a little rough on her with my feasting teeth because I was so nervous. Sorry mom!

We made it to the park and I played the entire time. I was also picked on by this big dog whose human kept saying "He doesn't bite, don't worry" and mom got really mad because ALL dogs can bite! And wouldn't you know... this dog got himself a mouth full of Stanislaw - TWICE!! That human had to do the walk of shame from the park with his meany pup, but being the party animal that I am I didn't let it get to me (I wasn't actually injured). I continued to romp and play like a wild beast. I did absolutely no screaming whatsoever, and although I'd go through the motions that start me off on my running/screaming patterns, I never actually completed a single one. More big news!!

On the walk home I was tired and enjoying a decently wet belly (thanks sprinkler!) so I did Heel Like Good Boy almost the entire way. I kept making eye contact with mom ON MY OWN and feasting on treats like crazy! Again, there was no screaming during our walkies and barely any whining either. I'm NEVER EVER quiet when I'm outside!!

So, with our first day of training done I'm thinking that I made my folks pretty proud. I still suffer from many of my symptoms, but they seem to have significantly released their grip on me. I definitely need to work through the habit portion of my behaviors, but the fact that things like reflections and lights now rarely send me into a frenzy shows us that my little blue pill is doing its job. I still twitch on the rare occasion and I still cave, but I'm more "conscious" when doing it. The portion of my loonies that would make me manic has toned down a lot and now I can do something my people really seem to enjoy. It's called "Focus." And I don't even have to try that hard!

Now, don't get me wrong - I'm still my hyperactive, party-lovin', stink-breathin', Gumby-esque self, and all that is Stanislaw is very much present. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm still totally crazy...


Prozac-ed and ready for action,


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a khool post to read!

I'm so glad woo are doing well!

As fur the khrazy part!

Hey, nothing wrong with that! My khousin Merdie's little bi-peds khall me Khrazy Khyra!

Keep up the good work!


Life With Dogs said...

This is progress worthy of a celebration Stan. Seriously, HOORAY! :)

Lorenza said...

Hi, Stan!
Yes! I am very happy to know those meds are working for you!
I know your parents must be happy too!
Kisses and hugs

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

It's great to hear that you're doing well on your meds, Stan! It'll be a matter of time before the symptoms are gone...*grins*


parlance said...

What a great day you had. Reading this post makes me feel so good for you, Stanislaw, and for your humans.

I loved the part about the silly other human having to make "the walk of shame". Fancy thinking his dog wouldn't bite under any circumstances. It's like saying a child will never misbehave, or a human adult will never lose her temper.

Of course a dog might bite, in some circumstances.

Ludo van Doggy said...

I so glad to hear about your great progress Stan! I bet it feels sooo good!
~lickies, Ludo

Asta said...

This is gweat news!
It's weally gweat that youw cwazy essence can wemain while othew things that bothew you awe toned down..It sounds like the little pill is twooly doing it's job.
Youw twaining sounds pawfect!
That howwible hooman should be benned fwom the pawk..I hope you'w injoowies awe not bad
I'm sending healing smoochie kisses
and love

Maggie and Mitch said...

What wonderful news, Stan! We are so happy that you're making such awesome progress! Keep up the great work!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Auntie LuLu said...

the power of a little blue pill....and some patient humans !!!

way to go Stan, keep plugging away and the demons will back off forever!!!


Agatha and Archie said...

Ohhhhh we are so happy!!! Now you will find that with your training all the little leftovers will decrease and decrease!! YIPPEEE!!!!! (but of course you will still be the little crazy boy,I mean that is the essence of you!!!) Love and a million kisses A+A

Mack said...

It's a good thing Paris didn't see that monster dog get a hold of you!
He would regret the day he was ever born!
And congrats on the wonderful progress you are making with your meds!

Fenway said...

I'm seriously thinkin' of sponsoring you in The Zen Dog club. That Little Blue Pill is you ticket, your yellow brick road, your key to the castle.

I'm thrilled you're gettin' in touch with the Inner Stan. Don't lose the music, dude, just strum to a different beat.

Your proud pal,

Eric said...

Stan.I was wagging my wig like CRAZZZZY reading your post!! I'm so wicked pleased for you I could do a little square jig. You want to join me? It's good to know things are going great for you cos you desrve it to you crazy beast. And Stan that's meant in a REALLY nice way ;)

Wiry wags n kisses Eric xxx

Niamh said...

I am so glad the meds are working for you Stan!!! Of course you will still be your beastly self but able to do more fun stuff without getting freaked out. Yay! Good for you and for your people for helping you so much. Have fun.

Your friend,

Euri said...

I'm sorry you're afraid of train noises. Surprisingly, noises don't bother me but I can see how scary they could be for other doggies.

I can't believe a doggy bit you at the dog park. Bad doggy! Mommy doesn't like to take me to dog parks because the big dogs like to roughhouse and I don't like to play like that. Plus you never know which dogs have their vaccinations and flea meds. Some people are very irresponsible owners.

I'm glad that bad dog and his owner were kicked out. Glad to hear it didn't affect you. You're awesome!

Joe Stains said...

woohoo! what great news buddy. We are so glad things are getting better and there is nothing wrong with being a little bit nutty, we all are.

Mitten said...

Hey Stanislaw - this BARF thing looks pretty interesting - but my mom is too nervous to give it a go (not massively popular in the UK I gather)... Sorry you got bitten - happens to me all the time! Eddie and Ruby x

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Hi Stan,

It's been a have you been? Missed reading updates from you and your big bro!


Anonymous said...

We're with Scottie! We've missed you guys!!
Hope you are out having a feasting good time!

Murphy, Lucy, & Oreo

Fenway said...

Hey! I want to know what's new in your world!

I miss ya, Stannie. Let BP know that I miss him, too.

Things are good in Mr. Fenway's world. I am feeling lusty, bold and brawny these days. Know any nice girls you think I'd like? I'm up for any kind of blind date you care to arrange.

Your pal,

Coco - The Princess said...

Where have you dudes been? My sisters andI miss you!

Tail Wiggles & Puppy Kisses,

Coco The Princess

Maggie and Mitch said...

We miss you guys! Are you busy making out your lists to Santa Claus?

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch