Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The week after the week that sucked...

So i refused to get on and blog last week, mostly becuase i like to put positive things out there and not use my blog as a platform for sadness. However I will sy that because of the last week I have decided to intensely persue registering Molle as my Service dog. We are working to train her to alert to the start of my migranes so that I may take medicine before it is to late. Also, the dog will be trained to get my medicine, turn off the lights and to get help if a migrane strikes and I am unable to walk or stand alone. Because of molle's small size she can not be a stability dog. However she is very intelligent and can help with tasks that are daunting with my headaches.


I am going to start her formal training process, working closely with amber and sara at petsmart, the two 6 month courses that are required will teach them basic leash manners and hand signaling even when distactions are present. Molle has to be able to maintain complete control when in public places with me. She must be able to walk slack leashed and at my side. Her attention must always be on me. I have already gotten approval from my doctor, and will get a written note to keep in a file. Once she is ready and passes her canine good citizen test ill gete her harness and register her.


I am fully aware that there is no test that can say molle is a Service Dog, (SD) her behavior will be proof enough. Thus i am very dedicated to her training, however their are very benifical test out there that can help build molles working dog portofilo.

Im very excited.

Sara Gooch

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Long Live Winter, Welcome Spring.

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Thinking of yard work and getting excited about planting flowers, It dawns on me that I am about to turn another year older in April, the start of april non the less. It seems more prudent of me to think about repairing the bald spots in my lawn then it does to think about turning yet another year older. Flower arrangments and southern homes and gardens magazine is more tempting then planing a party.   

I have already moved out my spring decor, the pots are out and Ive already started added compost and turning over the soil. It's far to early to plant anything, but I am excited to have some really beautiful plants this year. John brought up a great idea of turning out little privacy fence into a tomato trelles. The neighbors, (Our buddies) have bought into the idea of installing a in ground garden that will yeild vegi's and fruit, and we are currently working on an idea of putting up a little chain link fence to close off the two yards. (Ein and Molle approve of this idea). I am back to the drawing board on making a guinea pig run, I know this summer they will enjoy being outside and enjoy eating the grass.
As far as events that have taken place, or are about to take place, I have recently come back from the Kennel Club Dog Show in Louisville last weekend, Me, Molle, Amber (our dog trainer) and Murphy (her dog) all went and met some area trainers in KY that are force free, (positive renforcement only) and discussed all kinds of cool things, We watched some confirmations with all differnet kinds of breeds, Saw a herd of really well groomed tiny corgis, and even did well with molle's big dog fear. Ein got his first agility harness, and they both got in training patches. I look forward to learning more about the force free community from amber, and furthering my dogs training this year!

I do get to look forward to seeing my sister at the end of May, till then Ill have to be a little work-aholic to save up overtime and some extra cash to have some fun out there and possibly lay some new ink.

Molle and Ein have started a trend in going to the park with me and our dog trainer and her dog murphy to do agility. We have had so much fun with that and molle takes to it so well. Ein still has a weight problem, but hell so do I. We both start our healty lifestyle change ( not a diet) in April. All and all its been a great year so far, the cat is settling with john well and the guinea pigs are healthy and full of vigor. Looks like john is moving forward in his job hunt and i should be able to safely report some changes soon.

;) Long live winter, But welcome spring.

Sarah Gooch--

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Self Help vs. Vet Help



Okay, so we all know i work at a pet store. Most of you also know that I am a guinea pig enthusist, i have a small herd of pigs, (5 in total) and I moonlight for a guinea pig rescue in Indiana by doing transport for some local shelters. Here is my lil pig family.
Mr. Pibb and John. <3
Tabb, being an ass. <3



Fanta being a goob.
Spite loving her tunnel.
Coke in her Summer run.






Okay, so now that you see my babies, understand that each and every single one, except of one is an adopted pig through the petsore I work at. They where returns, or they where written out because they would never be healthy enough to be vet assured. All except one is healthly as hell and requires no extra vet care.
 
Mr. Pibb is a sick pig, he has reoccuring upper resp issues not limitted to infections and fluid build up in his lungs. He needs a draft free warm house, and close watchful eye to get him on anti-biotics when he has his flair ups.
 
I have 3 males, and 2 females. They live in seperate cages and in separate worlds. The only time they see each other or make contact is when they get yard time in the Summer and communicate while eating grass through slotted cage bars.
 
I will not, EVER nueter them to save me time...or cage space. It is an extremely elective procedure that is costly and very dangerous. So begins my rant.
 
 
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A person adopts 2 pigs from a shelter. We will call this person Ira Sponsible (see what I did there). She takes the pigs home happy as can be and soon discovers that one of her pigs is pregnant. (bummer)
 
So she gets on an Facebook Web group to ask about neutering her baby boy pig.



 
Many people posted helpful comments about doing your research and finding the best possible vet, some even suggested avoided in the process completly... Then.. One person decided to open the trash can that is their mouth... and posted this.
 

 Is anyone else screaming? Because I was. How dare you adopt something, take responsibilty for its life and well being and then expect the very place that entrusted you with this animal to pay for its upkeep and fund a completly elective surgury? .... You ass. So I spoke up.... and posted.

 
At this point, I am fed up with the internet pissing match. Oh yes, we know your the savior of those pigs mam. You adopted them to neglect them and you whine to the shelter for money for the pigs they had you adopt. Next time my suggestion is to say no. Animals of any shape or kind are expensive, just as expensive as children. The solution to saving money with animals is to get them preventative care, Not to hit up your nearest pet forum with rash pictures or help my guinea pig cant walk post.
 
I mean goddamnit people. Take your fucking pets to the vet. They went to college for 6 damn years to help you take care of your pets medical issues and care. If you think an internet forum can replace that, well then I fear for your pet.
 
I have since left this internet group, i wanted to be a part of a board where i could look a cute pig pictures and read happy stories or maybe even provide someone with support when they lost a loved one. Not troubleshoot pig alements or tech support for your piggie problems. I get this shit at work all day too. PEOPLE ACTUALLY CALL THE PET STORE FOR MEDICAL QUESTIONS.
Ugh my rat is peeing blood, do you know what would cause that? Ugh no, why dont you TAKE IT TO THE FUCKIN VET.
 
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Sigh. There really is no cute for stupid, I just wish people would leave pets out of the equation.
 
 
-Sarah Gooch

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

...Overlooked?

So, I can defintly say that i couold not show up to this job and the only thing that would be impacted would be that I would not be paid. ; / Hmm.... Well every now and then they acknowledge me. And sometimes I am dragged into meetings, but that is only if i am here when they start... I am never included in memos about big events, they just randomly let me know if i have to run a camera.




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 So it's one thing to feel overlooked at work, but overlooked at home is another story completly. You could walk into my house and look around and tell I live there, and tell when i havent been there in a while. You can also tell when i have had a day off, and when i have be working 13 hour days. But can you tell when john has been home all day or when he has worked an 8 hour day? No. The reason? I do quiet a bit around the house to make it look presentable, John does a great job with the guinea pigs but has to be begged to clean to the kitchen and vaccuming is out of the question for him.
 
With 2 Dogs, A cat, and 5 guinea pigs Cleaning has to be done. Im at the point where I am about to have to throw away my futon mattress because my cat has peed on it so many times. I just can't clean it. There is no reason for her to do it, other then the fact that she is an asshole. He litter box is clean, she gets attention, she gets fed...Its very frustrating.
 
So Yeah, I am fine with cleaning, I actually like it. But if what I did was acknowledged I think i would like it even more. As far as work goes with the petstore, I need to too a reboot. My attitude there has gotten rediculous. I need to go back to hard working sarah, and move away from.... Just fuck it...Sarah.
 
 
I am gearing up for the grand opening of the convention center, and trying to think positive for the future, but working 65 hours a week for the rest of my life seems like more of a curse then a blessing. I know i should just count my blessings though, at least I have the hours and at least I can make the money. I have insurance through work and through the fed (until my mom drops me). I have rent paid by my boyfriend (mostly) and I have enough money to pay utilies, and the options to repay my student loans. Its a good thing. I just need to drop the negativity.
 
 
--Sarah Gooch


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Holiday Rush, A New Year

Parents have come and gone, just like the 2013 Holiday Season! I can say that it was by far the least stressful holiday season I have ever had, even with two job and mom staying with us for a couple weeks I really enjoyed my self.

So nice to be "grown up" and established finally. This was my first holiday with John that we spent together, I'm not gonna say that it was perfect or smooth, but i still would not have changed who I spent it with. <3

Now that I am back to my normal grind 60-67 hours per week my income has leveled out again and we are back ontop of bills. Started paying back my college loans this month too. Wowzers. I could have taken another defurment but I have decided that I will save my last one for when I need it, those rainy days always sneak up on you.

Derby is in full swing this month, I have found my self on the Events Board and can't wait to spend somemore time with my new friends. One of my buddys moved into the house next to me (literally the other side of the townhouse/duplex) and is going to start freshmeat on Jan 12th! I'm very excited to take her to aspalt beach and see her face when she gets her new skates.

Already have plans for my tax return, Gonna pay off my credit card and ditch this high monthly payment! John and I are going to start looking at houses to buy again, I think after this year we have a better idea of what we want, its still a project house but I know now that i do not want to live within the city limits.

And last but not least, please welcome a new member to our family. Einstien a 5 year old corgi!

Throw It! Throw It!
Ein is a touch overweight but other than that he has a clean bill of health and was a rehome situation from a client of the pet store I work for. We are currently working on getting his weight down and within the next month I will be transtitioning both dogs to a Raw-Food Diet. ;)


                                                    Dogs Playing (Facebook Vid Link)


Thats it for now!

-Sarah Gooch

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Disney World!!

The Great Disney World Wrap UP!


First off, I took over 500 pictures, of things that I can not even begin to discribe. They are off the charts on a magical level. Id like to say secondly that I am no longer considered a disney novice, and have now 2 weeks of disney under my belt during two seperate seasons. I can honestly make the observation that even though i got nailed with at least 29 strollers, and got my foot run over by a couple fat asses on their "meat carts" or motorized scooters this place is truely the happiest place on earth.

I digress, and we shall start with the first magical element.

Characters
 
 
Everyone, and I mean everyone loves the characters at disney. I would venture to say that I love all of them, but their are few I will wait to take a picture with.  Hints character breakfast. You eat, characters rotate to you, you stop eatting and capture your happyness! Over the course of breakfast I got 3 more pictures with 3 more characters. Donald, Mickey and Minnie. Happyness.
 
 
Parades
 
Now I never really considered my self a fan of parades, however, disney parades are a work of art. They are very detailed and have some of the most amazing floats you will ever see. And as mentioned above, they have characters. They play the same song for baout 35-40 mins and roll down mainstreet USA in magic kingdom singing and dancing and throwing fake snow at each other.
 
Que Chip and Dale.
 
Yes, that is the castle lit up... But hold on, thats another catagory.
While we were at disney I saw over 5 different parades, It is fair to point out the the best one was during the Very Merry Mickey Christmas Party, in which the park was closed down to normall vistors and only those with Very Merry Mickey Bands (65$ a pop) could stay. The parade alone that night was amazing and I doubt anything will ever top it. That brings me to the next topic.
 
 
Fireworks
 
The fire works displays happen twice a night in the magic kingdom. There is the first, Wishes Spectacualar where a projection onto the castle makes the castle come to life and dance with differnet disney characters and movies and themes. (its amazing, and contains Mine, and my best Buddies Disney World Song)
 
 
The second display is the fireworks show, they turn down all the lights in the park and lay down some serious blackpowder! My favorite display happened during the Very merry Mickey party.  Here is a snap shot from this show.
 

 
The little lights at the bottom of the shot are mickey mouse led hats that actually sencronised with all the magic kingdom nightime shows. Its pretty epic.
 
Friendship
 
There is not enough to be said about going to disney with your best friend. Katie B is that buddy. I can say that we had a blast, and basicly chewed through all our fingernails in anticipation of this trip! While there we did everything together! Katie, being the trooper she is even caught a cold or had some crazy allergy attack and still kept up with all of us!
 
 



 
 
Hollywood Studios Light Display
 
Katie and her mom Linda swore my jaw hit the ground when I walked into the streets to see the Osborn Family Light Display in Hollywood Studios. I believe them. It was definatly the most amazing thing I have ever seen. You could stand in the middle of the street and literally not know what to look at during the sencronized light show. It blew my little mind right out the back of head and for a moment it was as if I was a little child...just in awe of christmas and all the magic around me.
 


 
It was just incredable. There is really no way to discribe it. Walking into it with all the hype that katie and boone momma gave it, I was like, "Oh yeah...sure". Leaving the light display...I was like.."......OMG, how did they do it! So many lights, so many extention cords! "
 
This brings me to my final point.
 
Christmas
 
In all honestly, what is more magical then christmas? Really? People revert from their normal asshole, selfish behavior and think of others. People give to the poor, work in soup kitchens, love people who are undeserving and in need. In all honestly it makes people kind, childlike and giving.
Disney at Christmas is a magic overload. Its that feeling you got as a child when you held put up your first christmas tree, when you gave your first present, then you held your first stocking and sang your first silent night with thoughts of  God and Jesus in your heart. That mixed with disney is an overload of childhood happyness that as an Adult...i appreciate so much.
 


 
 
 
 
In conclusion. Take your Kids, go with your signigant other or best friend. Share that magical moment with someone who means something to you. Even with the crowds, rude people, and screaming infants.. Its the most magical thing you will ever experance.
 
--Ps. If you want to make it ever cooler. Be like us and tag on a visit to Universal too!
 
 
 
 
--Sarah Gooch


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Interestingly enough....


Interestingly enough… I am typing this on a word document because there is absolutely nothing to do at work. Why? You ask? Because our super reliable server system is down….again. That’s totally fine though, because Identity Thief is on HBO Go…and I have unlimited data. Bam. Pay me to watch funny movies.

 


Finished Treeeeeee (random pic)


What’s on the agenda for this week? Well I shall tell you nosey-rosy. This week I am blessed enough to work my ass off until Thur at 5. After thur at 5 I will be Louisville bound, and on Sat morning I will be Disney World bound. I am so excited I could explode. Ironically enough I really don’t want time to rush by, seeing as I have a shit-ton of stuff to complete before I leave. However, as my best friends says…. “ 2 DAYS TILL DISNEY WORLD BITCHES”. I am very….very…very Disney hungry. As if that wasn’t cool enough, Ill be a universal studios for an entire day as well, what does that mean? Come on Harry Potter nerds, we all know what that means. Harry potter world of course!

 

I have done most of my laundry and need to pack and put away the rest of my laundry. Cleaned the living room and John is supposedly going to finish the countertops in the kitchen so I can sweep and mop. Secondly I have to come up with a storage solution for Molle’s Dog Trolley that I haul behind my bike,. ..It has just been sitting in my kitchen, taking up space and being a tripping hazard.  I think I am going to rig it up on the ceiling the garage. I’d hang it off the wall like the bike….but john’s car (boat) takes up the majority of that garage. The only storage space is up.

Adding the star to the tree! I shall wear Dersh like a backpack! (random Pic)
 

Secondly, I have 5 guinea pigs, 1 (medically challenged) cat on a prescription diet and a dog to make sure are geared up for john to feed the entire week I am gone. That means, the cat has a fresh bag and a couple cans of wet food, and the dog has more than half a storage bin full of kibbies (kibble) and some treats. The guineas need at least 105 oz. of Hay and a fresh bag of pellets. I’ve got the cat and dog covered but I still need to go shopping for the piggies and get them some fresh veggies as well. I can only hope that john will clean the cats litter box while I am gone…. But that is just a desperate hope.

 

LASTLY, it is important to note that my father’s birthday is on the 15th. Just one day after I get back, and on a Sunday, So I have to preplan and get a package together for john to mail next Wed for my Dad’s birthday.  My mom’s birthday is this Thursday. I am very excited to call her and wish her happy birthday. The big sha-bang is the idea that my mother will arrive in KY on the 18th. Only 3 days after I return from Disney.  (AHHHHHHH THE CLEANING).

Today I have prioritized to pay the bills that I have to pay before I leave, the rest I will worry about after Disney (money sucker) is over. Rent wrecked my bank account but thankfully I will get paid the day of departure.

Well, I feel like I have talked your ears off. I haven’t updated in a while and I thought I should share why. Thanksgiving is down, dad visited. It was super fucking stressful. I can add that to a list of things I will never do again. EVER.  Disney and Mom are next on the list. Mom will be here until the 28th of DEC. I know it will go more smoothly, me and my mom are just much cooler these days.  I can’t wait for her to get here. I miss my mommy.

 

Yall take care, Ill post when I get back and hopefully Ill have some great pictures.

DERBY BOOT CAMP STARTS NEXT YEAR. GET PUMPED.

 

-Sarah Gooch