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Dogs & Depression Update

I have been asked by quite a few people , to write a blog about our dogs .

So I thought I would do a little update .

We have only had Stan the Jug and Oscar the Cavachon for 12 days and already they’re part of the family .
Stan is 8 months old and Oscar is 7 months old .
They’re our babies .
We love them more than anything !!
My parents have become Nan and Dats to them . My brothers are Uncles etc etc .

Stan needed a new harness so I spent a small fortune on a new one and am tempted to get Oscar one as well .
I know it’s a lot of money but they look amazing in them !!
The colour really suits Stan (Red) .

They were definitely a challenge .
Both needing a little house training and still currently going through other training regarding tricks πŸ™‚
But they’re gorgeous and so worth it .

Before them , I would stay in bed until mid-day and then clean and do sod all for the rest of the day . Leaving my depression get the best of me .
With the news about my broken and bulging discs in my back , it really wasn’t helping.  The thought of an operation terrifies me . So I needed something to help me .

The dogs have most certainly done just that .
They keep me on my toes .
But I’m up at 10:30 latest . Although , on weekend the dogs tend to sleep until 11:30 .
I feed them and brush them , let them out etc . All the usual stuff when you have a dog .

I have lost weight too !!
Massive bonus !!
I now have curves . Super happy about that .

I do take them on short walks .
I can’t walk far so we go as far as I can with a few stops here and there .
They’re great on the leads though. 
My parents and Rob help me with that though as I can’t leave the house alone .

I don’t get many depressive spells anymore , although they haven’t completely gone , but I’d say I’m 80% getting there .
My anxiety is up and down but not as bad as it used to be .

The choice to get these dogs was the best choice we ever made πŸ˜€

It helps that they’re cuddly . I get love 24/7 off them .

They do fight , but last Tuesday they had the snip so I am really hoping it helps .
Oscar is feeling rather sorry for himself though and always wants to be picked up and have sympathy πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Bless him though , he is just a baby .
Serious training starts after he has his stitches removed next Tuesday though πŸ™‚
Stan’s are dissolvable and he doesn’t seem to care that he had an op .
He is as bouncy and playful as ever . No matter how hard we try to calm him,  it’s next to impossible haha .
But all is good .

We are super happy and can’t thank our friend enough for giving us this opportunity . 

She is still in touch with the boys and gets to see them .
They love it as they get extra attention haha .
We love it too as it’s a win win for us all .

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Carnival

I made it to the carnival on Saturday πŸ˜€
It was ‘Kidwelly 900’ . So a very special Carnival πŸ™‚

Everyone who took part looked amazing !!
You could tell a lot of time and effort had been put in this year πŸ™‚

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People of all ages joined in .
It was great ! I’m really glad I made it out for it, as it has lifted my spirits .

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My nieces & Brookie really enjoyed themselves too !!

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My fiancΓ© treated me to some lovely jewelery from one of the stalls .

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We won a lot of prizes for the kids .
Spent a fortune & were very tempted to buy a wood carving for the garden , but had no way of getting it home as no one brought a car XD

My brother had his stall there too .
Kidwelly Tyre Centre .
He had a few cars on display , did a FREE kids raffle & an adults raffle .
There were a lot of people who stopped by to say hi too .

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Amongst all of that entertainment there was also an air show ! It was spectacular !
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We spent hours in the park . I did about 5000 steps ! For me that’s like walking 100 miles …. My body was aching like crazy at this point . I couldn’t walk home . So myself , fiancΓ© & sister in law , decided we were going to the pub !
We took the kids with us for food , the rest of us had a pint or two .

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We had a really , really good day !

I needed this weekend . It got me out and kept me going .
The sun was shining for once too πŸ˜† 🌞

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Bring on next year !!
Who knows , we may even be taking part 😊

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