Today’s session with Julian covered many bases and upped the game a bit.
Kirby was back to work so Julian got to see him after his knee surgery. He was fascinated by his shaved leg and thought he looked very tired. He was a bit apprehensive around Kirby, while at the same time wanting to be with him.
He put his hand out for sniffing several times while Kirby stayed in his buggy. He brought his Coco doll over to meet Kirby and I told Julian Kirby knew the real Coco and loved her very much. He then wanted to put his Coco in the buggy next to Kirby and did so. Very gently.
Kirby sat in his stroller most of the day and when we went outside, Julian enjoyed pushing the buggy. We actually walked all around with Bailey being walked by Kelly and Mateo holding the second leash. Julian decided if he wanted Bailey in front of him or behind. Most times Julian wanted Bailey way up front so he could keep an eye on him!
We walked around outside for quite a while, with lots of stimuli all around. Bailey walked and walked until he got very tired and just laid down on the street.
Julian told his therapists all about his visit to RISE for the reading program. He met another new dog, KC, and he was prompted to remember her name and to share something about her. The increase in his language skills I am told is demonstrative.
While Julian was discussing meeting KC, Kirby all of a sudden barked! Julian had never heard Kirby talk before and he said “That was loud.” But he didn’t startle or panic or scream. He just commented on Kirby talking.
I explained that when Kirby barked it meant he needed to go to the bathroom so I lifted him out of the buggy and put him down on the rocky area. What do you know? Kirby lifted his shaved leg and peed! Right in front of Julian – he wanted to show his friend he could do this and was getting stronger every day.
Then we went inside. Again Julian decided if Bailey should go first or after Julian.We sat in the therapy room and I put Kirby up on his blanket on the mat with Julian and Bailey settled in on the floor. Julian was a bit anxious this time having Kirby close by. He moved back into the corner when Kirby came closer. But Kirby seemed to sense Julian needed him so he would inch his way closer on his own anyway! Julian’s therapist gave Kirby a few pieces of carrot and then helped Julian give Kirby a treat.
It was suggested activity go on around Julian while the dogs were there so they started playing a fun game. While Mateo and the therapists played the game, Julian quietly scooted closer and closer to Kirby and touched him!
We then went back outside and Julian said he wanted to carry Kirby. I couldn’t let him carry Kirby on his own but we did an assisted hold and Julian felt like he was carrying Kirby. This was so wonderful for both boy and dog!
Julian helped me lift Kirby into his car seat and then he went to help Bailey up the ramp to his car.
Lots of new activity today – lots of language and talking and making sentences – lots of love and attention and eye contact – lots of progress today.
Kirby knew he did a good job and fell asleep in the car on the way home – a very satisfied little dog.