Monday, April 23, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Monday, April 16, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
It's very cold, a little wet and has been snow flurries all day (but not sticking). Very pretty. We spent the rest of the day hanging at her home, watching WGI shows and catching up. Perfect down day with a great friend.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
This is probably the only person that I would so enthusiastically agree to meet for breakfast at 7:00am on WGI weekend (after having only gone to sleep the night before at 3:30). Sal is one of my life mentors, my soul-sister, my dear friend. Thank you for seeing a small light in me so many years ago and for giving me the self confidence to shine. I love you. xo
(Now it's time for a disco nap before going to finals later on today!)
Friday, April 13, 2018
I arrived to the airport around 3:30, before the airlines open the check in counters. Pro tip, TSA doesn't open until 4:00am. No need to come much earlier.
I'm on a fairly empty plane. So far, I have the Exit Row to myself!!! Hoping it stays that way. That would be nice!
Thursday, April 12, 2018
here's the email that I received:
Thank you for your email, and I’m so sorry you had a negative experience at class on Tuesday. We have of course processed a full refund to your credit card for this class, and hope that you and Wallace will continue to join us for other classes at the SF SPCA in the future. It’s true that our wording on our website doesn’t specifically recommend against tripods joining class, and I will be remedying that today, because it is indeed a serious safety concern. Our instructors are contractors, and ultimately they have complete discretion over which dogs they allow to remain in class. If they feel like a dog’s well-being is at risk, they may ask a client and dog to withdraw, such as in this case, and we’ll provide a refund. Because this class involves so much balance, climbing, jumping, etc, and because MANY competitive agility dogs (with four legs) have suffered terrible injuries doing agility (including our own instructors dogs), it is actually considered a fairly high-risk class. I think Stacey was just wanting to make sure that there was not going to be any chance of Wallace injuring one of his other three legs. I’m really sorry if her delivery of this information was less than compassionate, I do apologize for that. You were not specifically targeted or discriminated against in any way, it was simply a safety concern, and would have happened to any other three-legged dog who showed up to class – amazingly, you’re the first one we’ve had in all the years I’ve been working here!
Again, we’ve refunded your money, and please let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you. Thank you for your support of the SF SPCA training program and SPCA in general, and I hope we will see you in some other classes again soon.
Also, they did update the description of the course on their website:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
I had a bit of a disappointing experience this morning: I had signed Wallace up a two months ago for an Intro to Agility Class. Today was the first of 6 sessions. When we arrived, the instructor pulled us aside and asked me if I understood what an Agility Class entails. I do, of course, and thought it would be something Wallace would enjoy and would be good at. I thought maybe for high jumps, or things that may not work great for him, that they could modify it, or have us just sit out of a few things. Anyhow, we were told that because of Wallace's 3-leggedness, he could not be in the class, but they did let us stay and participate in the first session. (Wallace did great!) It's the first time that we've been told that he couldn't do something because of my amputation. I think that was a little bit of a shock to hear, and I felt bad.
I'll find another class for us to take, because Wallace really loves the stimulation of learning new things.
I'll have to request a refund for this class, and will insist that they change the description and requirements of this class to explain that dog's with any disabilities (amputation, deaf, or blend) are not allowed in. I get it, by the way, for liability issues, etc. I would never want Wallace to be in an activity that may pose any danger of injury. But still, it's disappointing.
If you've seen Wallace run around, you know that he's very agile and very fast. He's also pretty young and energetic, so we were really hoping this class would be a good fit for him. Too bad
Sent from my iPhone- please ignore any inadvertent autocorrect typos. :)
Monday, April 09, 2018
Jackie gave him a bath, blow dry and a good brushing this afternoon before we picked him up. He looks extra fluffy and handsome!