Hi everyone – my name is Pati (that felt like begging of some kind of addiction support group ) and I’m a EBN addict and a forum Pole – oh if something goes wrong blame it on me. I’m not good at all on writing introductions and this bit of “article” will be the biggest piece I ever wrote in English.
I was born in 1985 in Poland and since childhood we had dogs around of various breeds but mostly boxers. When I finally left home I owned a Pitbull and Amstaff –both my first true love, I was also involved in a forum rescue group and often fostered disabled and injured dog from both of the breeds.
I was leading quite a happy life until my brother dragged me to the UK, he was doing some contract work and needed someone to translate (bare in mind that my knowledge of English was next to zero, but still more than my brother’s) … and that is how I met my future husband.
He was homeless at the time, looking for work, and quite stuck up – I hated his attitude but wanted to help him. From him I learned about PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) as he is suffering from it from his time in the army, cut a long story short we married and had our first child Olivia. By the time Olivia was born I was heavily involved with military charities, to give something back to our serving personnel, veterans and their families. I learned first hand that living with someone who has PTSD; besides physical disabilities that came after we got married is not an easy task.
On our first anniversary I received my first Drl camera and I taught myself how to take a picture. I don’t class myself as a professional photographer, as to be one you have to have talent and knowledge, in which both I’m lacking.
Through my pictures I can express myself and they also give me confidence, and I can help others. There are quite a few military charities that are using my photography (gosh that is a big word), few books, magazines, PTSD conventions, and list goes on.
I also help from time to time at the local dog pound. I usually take a few pictures for them, as I got a weak heart for a full time job like this. Hat’s off to all the dog shelter workers, they are doing an outstanding job!
From the same dog pound we adopted our girl Shy, and I did not want a puppy at all, they are hard work. I was informed that she was deaf, and didn’t have much of a chance of being adopted, plus she will most likely be returned later in life. I made myself a personal goal to teach this little bundle of joy as much as I could, to prove to people that deaf doesn’t mean handicapped. That she can be smarter that an average dog, or my neighbor’s for that matter. We finished her training with 46 commands at around 7 months due to the fact that she became something like a circus dog for me. She also was turned town for an assistance dog for the disabled due to the fact “that deaf dogs can’t be trained”, but she does help my husband a lot around the house, she is my hero with a attitude .
After doing some festering, and one of adoption sadly failed, we got Lily. I was doing pictures of the breeder’s dogs and ended up taking this madam home, and the rest of the story?.... that is all unraveling every day for us.
To finish my very short life story I want to add and remind you all, to cherish each day, make the most of it like it would be your last one, you never know what’s around the corner. Get to know people you perhaps find a little odd, they tend to child a lot of emotions inside them, and plastering a false smile every morning for the outside word to see. Sometimes a kind word is all they need to keep them going. If you have a partner, child, or a family member with mental and physical disability, you know how tough it can be at times, yet we take each day as it comes with hope.
My website http://probinsphotography.weebly.com/
Shy deaf dog training blog http://bellas-ears.weebly.com/
youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/patirobins
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