SDIT Meets the Last Frontier – Part 1
Many people who follow us know that I work as an emergency veterinary technician. Usually this job
doesn’t include traveling, but in January I received an email from my clinic manager that included a
unique opportunity. They were looking for volunteers to travel up to Anchorage Alaska to help out
an emergency clinic there that was short staffed and looking for additional assistance during their
computer software transition. Alaska has always been a place that I have wanted to see and visit so I
jumped on the chance to go, even if I was going to be working during the visit.
The response from all my coworkers was huge, so many people wanted to go and I feel extremely
lucky that I was one of the two employees selected to go. The dates for the trip were picked out that
worked for everyone involved and all the arrangements were made. I then had a decision to make.
Do I take my service dog in training (SDIT) named Pixie with me? Or do I leave her home with Matt?
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If you read my last blog I announced that Pixie would be staying with me and training to help me will
my new changes in my health. So most would say, absolutely she should go with me, and I do agree,
but there are a lot of factors that I have to consider in my decisions when I take her.
My first concern was that I would be working three days in a row; ten hour shifts. I have been
working 8 hour shifts and the extra 2 hours can somedays be really hard on me without a break. I
had no idea how busy this clinic was or how long I would be on my feet without a break. Also would
there be areas for me to sit? Opportunities for me to sit? I can make adjustments at the clinic I work
at if needed depending on my level of fatigue most days. I can do work at th