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D Irene R.

"To live my life the best I can."

San Diego, CA, USA
female, age 67
single, 1 child
Speaks: English
Joined Jun 28, 2002
What I Want to Do: Be a service dog trainer
Activities: photography


 
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I'm a survivor, a strong person. I became a career woman,and a single Mom despite alcoholism, and drug addition, I am now clean and sober since July 3, 1998. Everything I did in my earlier years I did despite the weight of my problems. At present I am medicated for my mental health problems of depression and anxiety. Life is better now although I am disabled, and ride an electric wheelchair to get around. Soon I will be training a boxer puppy to succeed my service dog Donovan. The puppy is a white boxer named Gordon.




















 
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Joined Jun 28, 2002 Activist Aspirations Casual 
Here for Meeting Friends, Dating, Support a Cause, Other 
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Groups Animals Helping Humans, Boxer Buddies, Boxer Dog Lovers, Chocolate Labs, Dog Lovers, FRIENDS OF BILL W., Judaism, Rescued Dogs/Service Dogs/Therapy Dogs/Austism/Psychiatric, Union of Concerned Scientists
Hometown Davenport, IA 
Homepage http://my.care2.com/imtinydragon  
Birthday June 28, 1947  
Languages English  
About Me I'm a survivor, I became a career woman,and a single Mom, despite alcoholism, and drug addition, I am now clean and sober since July 3rd, 1998. Everything I did in my earlier years I did despite the weight of my problems. At present I am medicated for my mental health issues of depression and anxiety. Life is better now although I am disabled due to fibromyalgia, and ride an electric wheelchair to get around. I also have a wonderful companion. His name is Donovan, he's a boxer, a dog, that is! I wouldn't trade him for anything. Donovan had to be euthanized 4-4-13.
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Pets One cat  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Very Liberal
Religions Spiritualist  
Eating Habits vegetarian and aspiring vegan  
Wild Fact About Me I totaled a car and walked away from it.
My Philosophy Live the best life you can.
What Gives Me Hope Seeing people do wonderful things.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Solar energy would be number one. There would be no oil or natural gas dependency.
What/who changed my life and why The Color Purple. Because I saw how the most downtrodden did have power if they chose to use it.
What Bugs Me Destroying the planet !!!, False friendship, Anyone that hurts any living creature, People's carelessness  
Passions writing, trees, Boxer Dogs  
Inspirations the sun going down - twilight, People who refuse to give up, Kindness in the face of hate, Kindness in any form  
What Scares Me uneducated people, Global Warming! My biggest Scare  
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Role Models Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, Nelson Mandela  
Quotation I pledge allegiance to the dream, and to the struggle which it demands one world indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Helen Baldwin
Interests Animals, Pets, service dogs, solar energy, earth-sheltered housing, healthy eating  
Books Almost anything worth reading  
Music soul like marvin gaye, blues, Jazz  
Movies True Lies, The Color Purple  
TV Shows Law and Order SVU, NCIS-love Gibbs and Abby, House M.D  
Favorite Foods whole foods - organic vegan, pizza, ice cream, fruit  
Favorite Places My bed, Home  
Can't Live Without Alcoholics Anonymous, My Power Chair, My service dog, my meds, food, shelter  
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    Apr 9, 2013 9:18 AM

    D Irene R. (11)
    I am grieving.  My service dog, Donovan, had to be euthanized 4-4-13.  I still can't take it in.  The entire event seems surreal.  I keep expecting to see him, to have him come wagging up to me.  Never again.
    Sep 22, 2009 3:12 AM

    D Irene R. (11)

    After the eleven month old boxer went his way, I got a chocolate lab puppy.  She was three months old when I got her, and in the month I've had her I've pretty much housebroken her.  She is a wonderful dog.  The exact opposite of the aforementioned boxer.  Her name is Ziva, which means "splendid."  She is splendid.


    Jun 30, 2009 2:37 AM

    D Irene R. (11)

    The eleven-month-old boxer went back to the breeder because he was to aggressive to be a service dog.  I got back exactly half what I spent for him, and am still paying on his healthcare plan.  I had him neutered and that is expensive, so the healthcare plan won't be paid off until a year after I started it.


    Am I turned off on getting a new puppy for training to be my service dog?  No.  I will be getting a labradoodle puppy in September.  A labradoodle is almost a sure bet as a service dog, so this should be a much better experience.

    Jun 30, 2009 2:37 AM

    D Irene R. (11)

    The eleven-month-old boxer went back to the breeder because he was to aggressive to be a service dog.  I got back exactly half what I spent for him, and am still paying on his healthcare plan.  I had him neutered and that is expensive, so the healthcare plan won't be paid off until a year after I started it.


    Am I turned off on getting a new puppy for training to be my service dog?  No.  I will be getting a labradoodle puppy in September.  A labradoodle is almost a sure bet as a service dog, so this should be a much better experience.

    Feb 17, 2009 3:04 AM

    D Irene R. (11)

    I have a new dog.  An eleven month old boxer, male.  His name is Dazzler.  He's a great dog but he has pretty big paws to follow.  He's supposed to replace my service dog, Donovan.  Donovan is eight years old right now.  By the time I train Dazzler, Donovan will be ten.  Boxers are supposed to live eight to ten years, but many  have lived to be twelve.  Time will tell. 


    Jul 12, 2008 10:10 PM

    D Irene R. (11)
    aa, Alcoholics Anonymous July 3rd. This is number ten.
    Jun 28, 2008 5:51 PM

    Dee C. (23)
    hb
    Wishing you a wonderful
    birthday..Hope you enjoy it
    all day through..
    Big hugs..
    D~


    May 12, 2008 8:32 PM

    Dee C. (23)
    fr
    Hope today is a good
    one for you..
    Hugs..
    D~


    May 10, 2008 11:45 PM

    Dee C. (23)
    md
    Have a happy one..
    Hugs..
    D~


    May 1, 2008 10:43 AM

    Dee C. (23)
    tbu
    Haven't heard from you..and I'm hoping all is well
    your way..
    Hugs..
    D~


    Jan 24, 2008 10:50 PM

    D Irene R. (11)
    With the holidays over, winter begins.  Winter for California means Rain.  Some of which is real rain, but mostly, this far south, it's showers.  This is the wettest winter since the first one I was here for.  That winter the sidewalks of the apartment complex I lived in flooded.  We had to put stepping stones along so we could get to the public sidewalk.

    It's not that bad here and now.  Of course if I were still in El Cajon, it might be.  It rained pretty good  last night.  Showered earlier today, and has now not rained in nearly four hours.  There are a multitude of dark clouds out there, though.  I expect another night like last night.

    Dec 29, 2007 4:15 AM

    D Irene R. (11)
    Christmas has come and gone.  I'm neither sad nor happy that it has.  Unless of course you count my just being happy because of Christmas.  LOL!  Does that make much sense?  I had a good Christmas.  A genuinely good Christmas, with presents and everything.  There's nothing else to say.

    Oh, I went to the doctor and we managed my medications so that I wouldn't sleep my life away.  As  much as I enjoy sleeping in my new bed, and as much as I enjoy my occasional naps, I want to be awake for my day.  This way I am. 

    Dec 29, 2007 4:15 AM

    D Irene R. (11)
    Christmas has come and gone.  I'm neither sad nor happy that it has.  Unless of course you count my just being happy because of Christmas.  LOL!  Does that make much sense?  I had a good Christmas.  A genuinely good Christmas, with presents and everything.  There's nothing else to say.

    Oh, I went to the doctor and we managed my medications so that I wouldn't sleep my life away.  As  much as I enjoy sleeping in my new bed, and as much as I enjoy my occasional naps, I want to be awake for my day.  This way I am. 

    Nov 19, 2007 1:47 AM

    D Irene R. (11)
    Last night I slept on my "new" bed, in my new bedroom.  The bed is a double (or full) mattress atop some planks set on the framework of a queen bed. 

    I slept very well.  Woke up an hour early, and did nothing special.

    Nov 18, 2007 7:03 AM

    Dee C. (23)
    sd
    And Sweet Dreams To you..with loving
    Hugs..
    D~

    Nov 18, 2007 6:43 AM

    D Irene R. (11)
    This is it.  Tonight I sleep in my new bedroom for the first time.
    Nov 12, 2007 1:20 AM

    D Irene R. (11)

    I am hanging in there.  My bedroom has been painted.  The carpets have been shampooed.  The dressers have been moved in  I have the frame for the queen size mattress.

    Now I need lumber, specifically one by twelve planks, to make the foundation for a queen size mattress to be put on.  I also need the queen size mattress.

    I can't afford either of these things.  So it will be a while before my bedroom is complete.  I keep the dream of it fresh in my head by imagining different bed linens on the bed, and imagining sleeping in the bed.

    For the first while, I will be sleeping on my double bed mattress on the floor.  I hope the  mattress is soft enough for me to stand lying on the floor.  I'm sure it is.  After all I'm lying on wood now.


    Oct 18, 2007 1:03 PM

    Dee C. (23)
    gd
    Hope it finds you well..and happy..
    Big hugs..
    D~

    Sep 25, 2007 9:33 PM

    D Irene R. (11)
    The caregiver I fired came and got the last of her stuff.  Actually, she sent her boyfriend to get it.

    The caregiver I thought quit on me didn't.  But it's too late to keep her working for me because her feelings are hurt.  (Poor thing) 

    The remaining caregiver is waiting for the papers telling her how much she can work, before starting to work for me.

    My apartment is getting messy.  The cat litter stinks.  I'll have to throw it out and put in new.  Such fun.  If only I didn't hurt so much all the time.  The lycra works only if I take it easy.  How do you do that?

    I will just be glad to get Maria working for me.  Maria is the last caregiver.  She does a really good job, and she always shows up.  We'll see how driving with Donovan goes.

    Sep 9, 2007 3:41 AM

    D Irene R. (11)
    My caregiver got all her things out of my room.  She still has part of it on my patio, so I called her today to come get it.  She says she will tomorrow or the next day.

    I hired a different caregiver.  She quit on me.  I guess I didn't realize how different she was.

    Now I have a bid in on another caregiver.  She is reliable, and has a car.  On the minus side, she's afraid of my dog.  I will have to sit and hold my dog on his leash the entire time she's here cleaning.  Or tie him outside.  That'll work except for the day she does laundry.  That day I'll have to sit with him on his leash.  There's always a trade-off.

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