Jen here. I know my mom originally wrote this post but we decided that I'd take over the duty of writing the blogs because I'm better at it. ;)
Since this is my first post, I thought I should talk about our separate histories. I guess since my mom has more authority, she should go first.
She was born in Youngstown, OH on Feb 15, 1990, via C-section, three months premature with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. She also had a twin sister who was born three minutes after she was, who was unaffected. Doctors thought that she would never walk, or write. They told her parents to get a wheelchair and a laptop so that she could live as normal a life as possible. Little did they know what a fighter she was. Today, she is a college freshman who has the determination and drive to accomplish whatever she sets her mind to. (She's currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree as an Intervention Specialist for Mild to Moderate Disabilities at Muskingum College.) She is confident that with the help of God, her friends, her family, and ME she can succeed in whatever life throws her way.
Now it's MY turn.
I was born in California on Apr 19, 2006. My parents were Larix (sire) and Tiffi (dam) and I and my other six littermates comprised their "J" litter. My puppyhood was unique in that I had not one, but THREE volunteer puppy raisers!! My first volunteer puppy raiser, Miss Jill Goldman, received me from the North Central Regional Center in June of '06 when I was about nine weeks old. She raised me until I was about nine months of age when, due to changes in life circumstances, she returned me to CCI to be finished by another puppy raiser. My second volunteer puppy raiser, Miss Mary Beth Kopechek, received me in January 2007 when I was about nine months old. She raised me until I was fifteen months old in July 2007, and then she turned me over to Randy and Melissa Roberts, who fostered me for my final month before matriculation into Advanced Training at the North Central Regional Center in Delaware, Ohio.
Interesting? I sure hope so! I'm going to go help my mom pack for our upcoming beach vacation; we leave at 3 a.m. tomorrow morning!!!
Until next time,