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*Supposedly* a Libra new moon ritual will bring you love and good fortune. 😍 Well look-ey there—last night just happened to be a Libra new moon! Jasmine and I burned another one of her tug toys as a sacrifice, and I’m hoping it will bring good fortune especially since that freaking toy is the reason she tore her ACL two weeks ago.

The vet says she could have hurt herself doing anything (which isn’t reassuring at all) and channeling all blame and negative energy into a single object and then burning it just makes me feel better. I don’t know what other people do to feel empowered, but I like to burn things. That tug toy was filled with bad juju, and I had no regrets watching it shrivel into dust.

Jasmine, on the other hand, had no idea what I was doing last night. This was the second tug toy burning ritual she’s watched me do, and both times she’s gawked at me as if I’m some sort of witch.

At least that morning she didn’t look at me like I was nuts. We had our final evaluation, and we passed! Guys. GUYS! Jasmine is officially a certified personal protection dog!

We started out with obedience, and there was an on-leash and off-leash portion. Most handlers chose to do the entire routine off leash (and in practice that’s what I had been doing), but this time, I chose to play it safe and latched Jasmine to me like a tetherball.

We walked/jogged/and trudged, did a down in motion, a down from a distance, and strolled around some more. 🥰 I’ve never walked in a straighter line than yesterday.

 

 

We started the second half of the morning with handler protection, and I think I blacked out halfway through because I can’t remember any of this. The DW is so good at acting, and I know this is going to surprise you…but I’m not. I just remember my girl coming to protect me from being molested, and pride flooding my every cell.

 

 

For this drill, you’ll see that she was laying down a distance from me, and she had to respond to my reaction when I was attacked. She also had to let go when I told her to.

And lastly…the recall drill. 😳 This drill was twofold: 1) I was supposed to send Jazz out to bite and then call her back before reaching the target; and 2) once she returned to me, I was to send her out for a bite again, let her latch on, and then call her off the bite without touching her whatsoever, AND once she lets go, she can’t rebite.

I know, it’s a lot. That’s why I just let my head tip over for my brains to fall out and listened to whatever the DW told me to do.

Best to just show you.

 

 

With Jasmine’s bum knee, I wasn’t sure how she’d do during the recall. Usually she whips around quickly and comes back, but at this point, she’d been moving around and she was probably getting sore. You’ll see she does a big loop here which she’s never done.

I was nervous/anxious/stressed because I didn’t want her to do anything that made her knee uncomfortable, and I promised myself that if she started limping at any point, I was going to pull her out and we’d retest after she recovered from surgery. But the vet had said Jasmine would be able to complete the examination, and she did! My girl freaking did it, and she slayed like a boss with a torn ACL!!

I’m so proud of her and what we’ve been able to accomplish in 4 months. From her not knowing her name to being my protector, I feel like I’m living in that parallel universe where everything seems to go as planned. I used to just reference that world to make myself feel better…and now my reality is better than any fictional scenario I could imagine.

It’s only the beginning for me and Jasmine, and with her surgery next Wednesday, that will be another hurdle to overcome. But I know that we’ll be able to do it with the help of our K9 family and the Dog Whisperer.

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Hi! I’m India Caedmon, a proud introvert just living this awesome life with my dogs. I like to write stuff. Let me share your story!

indiacaedmon@gmail.com

Comments:

  • Jenny Carr

    September 29, 2019

    Beautiful picture of you and Jasmine! Congratulations!

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  • Ami

    September 29, 2019

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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  • K_RomReader

    September 29, 2019

    I love the DW and I love you! So happy for you both!

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  • Kelly Robert

    September 29, 2019

    Yay! You did it! Nt a doubt in my mind. Awesome videos! Brr it looks cold in Idaho.

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  • Jamie

    October 1, 2019

    So proud of you!

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  • Lana

    October 1, 2019

    This is an incredible accomplishment 😘 I’m so proud of you girls!

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  • MountainGirl

    October 1, 2019

    Love your blog! Good luck with Jazz’s surgery on Wednesday 😖

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  • Sandra Parkins

    October 1, 2019

    I always thought these dogs were aggressive. Jaz is the sweetest looking thing. Look at her goooo!

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  • Hannah

    October 1, 2019

    I’m so proud of you both! What an accomplishment!

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  • Julie

    October 1, 2019

    I am so happy to be able to share this moment with you

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  • Kenny

    October 1, 2019

    Congratulations Jasmine and India!

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  • Barb

    October 1, 2019

    Sending lots of love from up north! We’re rooting for you Jazz! Recover quickly!

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  • Johnny

    October 1, 2019

    Congrats to you all!

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  • Daren Mathis

    October 1, 2019

    Congratulations to two kickass girls! My kids love watching these videos and want to be the next DW.

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  • Jess

    October 1, 2019

    You did it!

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  • Connie Tucker

    October 1, 2019

    I’m so happy for you 😍 I knew you two would do it!

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  • Justine

    October 1, 2019

    Hi India! I’ve been following your blog for a while and I am so proud of you and Jasmine! Thank you for writing me back on Instagram, it made my day!

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  • Tasha Klein

    October 1, 2019

    We’d love to collaborate with you on the launch of our new canine products. We’ll send you an email.

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  • Manning Carpenter

    October 1, 2019

    Congratulations to you both! This is the best news of the week!

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  • Harlow

    October 1, 2019

    Such a cool accomplishment! Congratulations! I feel so lucky to witness Jasmine’s growth. The DW is such an amazing trainer!

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  • Briana

    October 1, 2019

    Idaho looks cold!

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  • Nancy J

    October 1, 2019

    Congratulations jazz! You kicked major butt!

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  • Patty Hauncy

    October 1, 2019

    CONGRATS INDY!!!!!

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  • Chance O

    October 1, 2019

    Congratulations, ladies! Looking forward to seeing Jasmine recover. It’ll be interesting to read about her progress after surgery. Good luck from Kentucky!

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  • Tina

    October 1, 2019

    Jasmine we love you here in Wyoming! Good luck with the surgery and we hope you get better soon!

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  • Georiga

    October 1, 2019

    I am so sad that’s jasmine is hurt but I am also so proud she did THIS WELL with a busted knee I am just in shock! And she didn’t look in pain either. I thought people would make a big deal out of that but India you are the best dog parent ever and Jasmine is so lucky to have found you 😘

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  • Amelia

    October 1, 2019

    I thought people would harass India for continuing with the evaluation too. But the vet said to keep her moving and she can do it as long as she’s comfortable and Jazz looks effing fine to me!

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    • Ami

      October 1, 2019

      She really does look super healthy. India wouldn’t make jasmine do anything she didn’t want to or couldn’t. Indy is paranoid and anxious and cares too much! She would put jasmine before herself any day.

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  • Amelia

    October 1, 2019

    We love you Jasmine!!!!! Good luck on Wednesday! We’ll send you lots of DMs and virtual snuggles!

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  • Bianca Jones

    October 1, 2019

    Congratulations Jazz!

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  • Romcom_Lover

    October 1, 2019

    God that DW 😍

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    • Amelia

      October 1, 2019

      At least his name isn’t Brad 🤣

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      • ROMCOM_Lover

        October 1, 2019

        ???

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        • Amelia

          October 1, 2019

          Inside joke I guess hahahahahaha

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  • Jen

    October 1, 2019

    I love you India and Jasmine! I bet the DW is very proud of you!

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  • Abigail H

    October 1, 2019

    I’m so proud of you both! Congratulations 🎉🎊

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