1 day ago
When you’re turning into a regular church ninja!! I’m seriously in love with the new patches from @malyacreations. I know I’m repeating myself, but I just can’t stop looking at it 😍
Louie did great in church today. Our parish (a country side parish) has three different churches and the services move from church to church every Sunday. This means that the core congregation is slightly different each Sunday. This was or first time in the third church and Louie really managed to turn some heads. Several people tried to pet him when we were leaving afterwards, but I was done at that point and just needed to leave before I hit a full fledged flashback. I think joining in the Eucharist is really poking at my anxiety. Not only am I doing something I know can trigger anxiety and flashbacks (going to church is so disarming that I get super vulnerable and any flashbacks I’ve kept a bay will pop up), I’m also standing up in front of the large group of people not taking part in the Eucharist, putting Louie in a down stay, turning my back on him (trusting him to stay), and then walking back through the church with Louie (with people going “awwww”), and getting him back in a down stay under the bench. In many ways it’s like putting yourself on stage and parading your service dog in front of the audience, showing off what he can do. When you just want to attend church. He almost alerted during the Eucharist, because my anxiety was rising like crazy and I started shaking to a degree where I couldn’t really hold on to the tiny individual cup. Fortunately he was laying so far away from me that he didn’t pick up on it before we were walking back to the bench.
Church can be tough
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