Hello and woof woof. I am Callum, a 10 month old, very handsome Border Collie and I am writing blog for my human who is autistic and lives alone after her mom and main source of support died from cancer.
These stories are her stories, just from my pup point of view.
Also expect to see lots of pictures of me as I grow up!
My human is going through a tough time so this blog is also to help her not lose her home.
Thank you for reading and bless you for helping.
Hi it's me Callum your friendly doggy blog writing friend. I am back this week with another blog to share with you.
This week I would like to bark about anxiety which affects autistic people a lot as well as non autistic people. It even affects doggies like me as well as other animals.
I can tell when my human is feeling anxious. Normal everyday things can make her feel anxious, like loud music and other loud noises and even some not too loud
When too much information from the outside world is coming at my human that will make her feel anxious too.
My human processes information differently, probably like most autistic people do.
That's why when you're communicating with an autistic person it's best to take it slow and give them time to understand what you're saying.
Autistic people like my human aren't being difficult they're being the only way they know how to be. I always try to be patient with my human and she always tries to be patient with me. Everyone has weaknesses and challenges, you humans need to be more patient with each other.
I never judge other doggies unless I've walked in their paw steps, because I never know what they've been through.
Some doggies have had a hard life, they need me to be their friend and not to judge them. I'm always a happy friendly boy when I meet other doggies and people, I like to show them how excited I am to meet them.
I really have to stop jumping around so much in all my excitement though, my human says that jumping up isn't a good thing to do. What does she know though she's never been a dog.
If you suffer from anxiety there's lots of things you can do to help ease it. My human has started doing deep breathing exercises to help her with her anxiety. She is grateful to her very good friend for recommending them to her.
Animals like me can't do deep breathing exercises but all humans should do them whether they suffer from anxiety or not. Do a search on the benefits of deep breathing and you'll see
it has lots of benefits.
Aroma therapy and Bach flower remedies also help with anxiety. Just do a quick search to find the one that would help you the most. What works for one person might not work for another. I myself am taking a bach flower remedy to help me be calm and not so hyper. It hasn't started working yet but from what my human tells me natural remedies take longer to work but they're better for you.
Other things you can do to help with your anxiety are to listen to relaxing music or watch relaxing videos which you can find on youtube. Getting sunshine and fresh air and exercise helps too.
There's nothing better then going for a walk out in nature and taking in all the beautiful scenery.
Speaking of going for walkies my human is working on getting me to be better behaved on my leash. I have to remember not to pull and to remind myself that I am just out to enjoy a walk and that I'm not in a race to the finish line!
The way I walk now on my leash causes my human anxiety so I really have to work harder at walking nicely on my leash.
Time for me to go play. I hope you all found what I wrote helpful. I'm only a puppy so I am not that knowledgeable about too much stuff yet but I will learn more as
I grow up!
Bye for now. I'll be back next week to bark at you some more. Take care and spend some time patting a kitty or a doggy because that helps with anxiety to.
Your handsome blog writing friend
Callum the border collie
Hi it's me Callum back with another blog. before I start into this week's blog I would like to bark about the gallery page that was added to my blog.
On it you can see pictures of me, no pictures of my autistic human though because she is shy and hates having her picture taken.
I would love to see pictures of your doggies or any other animal family members you have. My human loves animals so she'll be happy to see all the pictures.
Do you love animals as much as my mom does? My human loves animals a whole lot because they don't judge her. It makes me a sad boy when I read about someone staring at an autistic person just because they're different. Doggies like me and other animals are all unique. There is something special about all of us just like all autistic people are unique, there is something special about all of them. I love it that my human loves animals so much. She loves having me around to play with and to look after, I give her a purpose. Her bird and squirrel and chipmunk friends that visit her everyday give her a purpose to. I can see how happy it makes her to feed them and if she doesn't have anything to feed them it makes her feel bad. I would gladly share my food with them but birds and squirrels and chipmunks don't eat doggy food.
Speaking of food I wish my human would eat more of a variety of foods. Like a lot of people with autism she is so fussy when it comes to food. The look of some foods or the smell of some foods bother her, but the biggest problem for her is the texture of foods.
Do you get bothered by the texture of some food? (Are you also Autistic? Maybe leave me a friendly answer in the comment section. I will make sure my Human reads them!
Too bad animals cant leave comments!)
My human always feels comfortable around animals. I think she is like a lot of people with autism out there though, she doesn't feel comfortable around people until she gets to know them.
My human loves it when my Auntie Susan and my Uncle Dave and Auntie Rebecca come to visit. My Uncle Dave is a pawsome photographer, here's the link to his photo gallery if you want to check out his pictures. My Auntie Rebecca is a singer and I think she sounds like an angel. My Auntie Susan is a pawsome photographer too but if my doggy mind serves me correctly I don't think she has a photo gallery. (I guess we just get to keep her pictures to ourselves. )
Now that my human's mom is gone she appreciates their visits even more. They just never seem long enough for my human who has never had to be alone before and I know it is very hard on her.
I know my human's mom's spirit is here with us though. It is a known fact that kitties and doggies like me can see spirits. Sometimes my human will see my eyes following something when there's nothing there.
When I do that she knows I am seeing my grandma, my human will then say hi mom I'm glad you're here and she'll talk to her mom. I know my grandma can hear her because
our loved ones love us too much to totally leave us. I know that because I'm a border collie and border collies are very smart we know about those kind of things.
My paws are getting tired from typing so I'll end for now. I'll be back next week to bark at you some more. Don't forget to check out my gallery. I'll be adding more pictures soon. Me and my human would really appreciate it if you shared it with your friends.
If you want to buy me a pup treat me and my human would be very grateful. Just click on the 'buy me a pup treat' button and it'll take you to my 'buy me a coffee' page where you can make
a donation if you wish to. Me and my human know lots of people are having a hard time financially so if you can't donate please don't worry about it. We love you and appreciate you all the same.
Bye for now. See you next week,
Your handsome blog writing friend,
Callum the Border Collie
Hi it's me Callum!
I've been a busy pup, playing fetch and tug of war but now I'm back on the computer ready to write my next blog!
I have been thinking to my puppy self about the disability benefits my human
gets from the government because of her autism.
When my human's mom was still alive they had enough to get by, just barely.
It is shocking how much my human is expected live on.
She isn't even allowed to get any of the special Covid-19 benefits.
I've heard about something called taxes that governments collect, they probably take in billions of dollars. There's tax on almost everything. There's even tax on my food and my toys.
With all that money they take in can't they could do more to support
people with disabilities who are unable to work through no fault of their own?
It makes me a sad pup knowing there are people out there like my human living in poverty while the people in government can vote themselves a raise whenever they want.
If the government wants more money they just raise the taxes and people pay it.
If a big company is losing money the government will just throw money at them.
If my human asked the government for more money they would tell her she can't have any more.
I would love to see them live on what my mom and other people with disabilities live on!
You know things would be a lot more fair if kitties and doggies like me ran the government. Just look at us with those sad people eyes and lots of rewards (money) will come your way.
That's what I do when I want my mom to give me something; I just give her my sad puppy look. It works every time!
Unfortunately though kitties and doggies aren't allowed to be voted into government office.
It really rubs my fur the wrong way knowing there are people out there who can't enjoy their lives because they are worried about not being able to pay their mortgage or their rent or their bills.
Every year the rent where I live goes up.
They take in a lot of money but it's never enough, they always want more. If the mortgage companies, the rental companies and the utility companies weren't so greedy and were satisfied taking in a little less money it would make life a lot easier for people with disabilities and other low income people.
I guess I'm dreaming to think that people can be more important than greed.
Me and my human aren't greedy at all. My human does not go out at all. Not to the movies, not a restaurant, not even to the amusement park She does not drink or smoke or do any bad things like that. we just want enough money to live on.
Just enough money to pay the rent and bills and to afford groceries.
My human, just does not want to lose her home. Is that greedy?
If the government took care of our needs I wouldn't be here writing this blog asking the generous people out there to help us out.
If you haven't read my first blog please read it.
It tells mine and my mom's story and explains why we're asking for help. Some day when me and my mom are better off we'll pay it forward to someone in a similar situation to ours because we know how hard it is.
Callum Border Collie and his Autistic Human say hello.
My pup butt
is getting sore sitting here on this hard chair so I'm going to say bye for now, I need to go stretch my puppy legs. Blessings and puppy kisses to you all. See you next week.
Hi it's me Callum the adorable Border Collie puppy, back with a new blog about my Autistic human
I was just reminiscing with my human about the time that her brother's friend came to the old house, before the mean developers tore it down.
Her brother and his friend were out in the yard having a great time tossing a ball around. My human's mom even joined in.
My human said that she just stood in the window and watched. She wanted so badly to join in on the fun.
It brought a tear to my doggy eye.
My mom told me she felt like she was watching the world from the outside, a world where she felt like she didn't belong.
My human's story made me realize that what may seem easy for some is not easy for others. You never know what challenges other people or doggies face. That incident inspired my human to write a poem which I will share below (with her permission of course.)I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
The Fence Gets Higher
You paved a path of which I'm to follow, but I am not able
I see what you do
I know what I'm suppose to do
but I can't
I see you laughing and talking
may I join in?
The fence gets higher
I just stand back and watch
I see you having fun
I want to have fun
May I join in?
The fence gets higher
I just stand back and watch
You seem to do these things with such ease
I see no signs of the difficulties I feel
I walk away
then I look again
this time I see
the hate, the hurt and the wars
and I wonder to myself
whose world is really better
mine or yours
the fence gets higher
Hi, I'm Callum a 10 month old border collie puppy.
I am writing this blog to help out my human who loves me very much.
My human is autistic and boy these last few years have been ruff on her.
In 2018 my human, her mom and their senior doggy Beauregard lost their home. Some mean land developers bought the townhouse complex where they lived and demolished it.
That broke my human's heart because she loved that home and finds change horrible and terrifying. They all moved into a new townhouse, not too too far away and everything seemed fine until Beauregard became very sick and went to the Rainbow Bridge in Dec. 2019. My human was devastated at the loss of her special boy. Things did not get better.
In January 2020 my human's mom was diagnosed with cancer.
It was too much for my human to bear, but then at last there was a bit of good news. Me!
I came into the picture in February, all full of fuzziness and energy. I was so happy to be with my new human, and I knew that there was something special about her and that she needed me. Even if I I was just a pup and didn't yet know about things like 'autism'
In the blink of an eye September came and cancer took my human's mom. My human was devastated.
Now she is left on her own with just me after spending her whole life living with her mom. Being autistic makes life hard for my mom. I can see how worried she is because we don't have enough money for rent and bills and food. Now that my grandma is gone there is a lot less money coming into the house. My human can't face losing another home, she's had so much loss in her life already.
I am writing this blog for her, so that maybe people will support us by buying me a pup treat and so people can know how tough it can be living alone and being autistic.