Getting a Service Dog.

K and I have had a huge week which started almost two weeks ago with two unexpected deaths in the family necessitating a lot of travel and staying with family. K has been down this road several times before and was almost bored with the idea of me packing and loading stuff into the car for yet another road trip. But she handled it with grace and bounced into my car when it was time to go, allowed me to put her harness on and promptly fell asleep.

When we arrived at our destination she yawned and jumped out and went off to greet the family dogs and re-instate her superiority. They duly fell into line and a zoomie session was begun resulting in a lot of wild barking and chaos. So, all was well on the dog front.

K has accompanied me to lots of different places and we've now added cathedrals and cemetery's to the list. She's not fazed at all by the grandeur, formality and behaved impeccably. She's also met another dozen or so relatives and they have decided one by one as she greeted them that she's gorgeous and her ears are simply the softest and most sublime velvet they've ever felt. My mother who already adores K really seemed to receive a lot of comfort from my little girl snuggling into her. K was at her best and it's just as well she loves being smooched and loved up because she has received a lot.

She's asleep next to my bed right now showing me exactly what relaxing and living in the moment should look like. She's commandeered some of the other dogs beds in other rooms and amazingly there's no fuss.

My little K has been such a steadfast and dedicated support during this time and her serene disposition has been a comfort to all she has met even when she's clowning around not doing much at all.

Late this afternoon after a particularly long day I received a phone call regarding my job application I think I mentioned here over a month ago. I'd sort of given up hope and decided when I returned to my home that I'd start reapplying for jobs again in earnest.

But perhaps I will delay for a few days longer because I was invited to attend for a 'informal chat' with the director of the service. I've never heard of this kind of recruitment process before and I'm not really sure what that means. But in for a penny.... hell yes.. K and I will be heading into town for that chat. I'm fairly certain nobody can resist K's charms even if I completely botch it up lol... And he/she should meet K because she will be going to work with me every day so time to break the ice and let them see her. I did tell them at my interview that I had a service dog and they were more than happy for K to accompany me to work if I was successful.

So I'd better give the little girl a bath and wash her jacket. Running around with these trashy farm dogs - well let's just say she's fitting in well. But when we go home and go to my potential workplace she'll need to be looking and smelling her best.

I'm so excited about this eventuating into my return to the workforce after so many years away that I can barely sleep. And I wanted to let you guys know... It's such a big step for me and having you all with me feels better so I had to tell you. I'm not sure if it will work out or not but I so badly need this to happen. Having K with me is like my secret super power. I'm so fortunate in so many ways.
 
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Potential employer rang again today and fixed an appointment time.. more explanations given - it's to meet the staff, look around the office and have a chat.

Still never been asked to do this before in a gov job. But to be fair I've been with the same employers for many, many years at a time.. so what do I know.

Maybe it's this way now because I've completed all checks, interviews and clearan ces via zoom and online? And now they just have to see me for real irl?

And I guess maybe doing everything online as is the way now, if they've been burned before that asking an applicant to rock in to do a meet n greet makes sense. It's a restricted position so apart from all the usual checks there are a couple of higher grade clearances. There's also the possibility that
it's because they want to offer me a job other than what I've actually applied for. That may be the case but I just don't know. Who cares?! It's gotta be a good sign?

Both of you, really, because it's a team that's achieving all these milestones, not just K:

^Thanks but my mental health has taken a strong vertical curve towards better since she came. For years slogging it out with psych's, hospitals, drugs and working hard on myself really didn't achieve anything much. I think I stayed in a holding pattern for a long, long time and never got worse or not much worse but never made any significant steps forward either. Then along comes K and though she was so reserved and slow to trust and I was too - we now have synchronicity happening and she gets me and how I think. Our communication is getting better and better too as we spend time training, doing silly tricks and playing together. I feel like we both spoke unrelated languages but now we've developed our own language and it's becoming easier and easier to reach an understanding. But mostly she's done the heavy lifting. I guess I had to be open to her input so there's that but still...

I'm apprehensive about taking her into this meet n greet session. I'm concerned that despite all of the lip service etc that they may reject me because of my need of her. Or just because of her. It is a far cry from saying, 'yes we accept service dogs' to actually really doing that. I've got to be brave and just do it and show them that she's a quiet and intelligent girl who will support me to do an excellent job for them and that's all.

Has anyone taken their service dog to a job interview?
 

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Potential employer rang again today and fixed an appointment time.. more explanations given - it's to meet the staff, look around the office and have a chat.

Still never been asked to do this before in a gov job. But to be fair I've been with the same employers for many, many years at a time.. so what do I know.

Maybe it's this way now because I've completed all checks, interviews and clearan ces via zoom and online? And now they just have to see me for real irl?

And I guess maybe doing everything online as is the way now, if they've been burned before that asking an applicant to rock in to do a meet n greet makes sense. It's a restricted position so apart from all the usual checks there are a couple of higher grade clearances. There's also the possibility that
it's because they want to offer me a job other than what I've actually applied for. That may be the case but I just don't know. Who cares?! It's gotta be a good sign?



^Thanks but my mental health has taken a strong vertical curve towards better since she came. For years slogging it out with psych's, hospitals, drugs and working hard on myself really didn't achieve anything much. I think I stayed in a holding pattern for a long, long time and never got worse or not much worse but never made any significant steps forward either. Then along comes K and though she was so reserved and slow to trust and I was too - we now have synchronicity happening and she gets me and how I think. Our communication is getting better and better too as we spend time training, doing silly tricks and playing together. I feel like we both spoke unrelated languages but now we've developed our own language and it's becoming easier and easier to reach an understanding. But mostly she's done the heavy lifting. I guess I had to be open to her input so there's that but still...

I'm apprehensive about taking her into this meet n greet session. I'm concerned that despite all of the lip service etc that they may reject me because of my need of her. Or just because of her. It is a far cry from saying, 'yes we accept service dogs' to actually really doing that. I've got to be brave and just do it and show them that she's a quiet and intelligent girl who will support me to do an excellent job for them and that's all.

Has anyone taken their service dog to a job interview?
Hooray! Hope K likes the place too
 
I gave K her last bath for several months last night because winter is on the doorstep and it'll be too cold.

She stood in the bath and was remarkably tolerant of the indignity I insisted she undergo. I think she's getting used to the idea? We dried off in front of the heater and she did inside zoomies for a few minutes but then tucked up in her basket bed and slept it all off. This morning her coat is like silk and she's no longer smelling like farm dog.

We're off to the vet today to get her annual vaccinations, nails and general check over. I wish I was that easy to deal with health wise.
 
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