Thankful My Dogs Have A Better Relationship!

by Chelsey Zumpano

So my little dog Lucy did not get along with my Husky Hazel. She growled, barked, and showed her teeth. Hazel just jumped around her and wanted to play. It wasnt that big of deal when my Ginger was still alive because Lucy had her Mom to hang out with, so we just kept them seperated. We did try to introduce the three of them, but Ginger would growl at her and all that stuff. I don’t blame her because if I was a Chihuahua, (who was old and not feeling well), then I wouldn’t want a puppy to be bugging me either.

Then when Ginger past away; Lucy didn’t, (and still doesn’t), want to be alone! She cries and won’t stop scratching at the door, if we put her outside to run around, (we can’t even let her out to go potty. I’m not going to lie, but it was extreamly stressful, (especially because Lucy only wanted/wants to only be with me or my Mom), so it meant that it was harder to split my time between the two dogs.

So how did I get them to get along? By using calming signals! You might be wondering what that is? Calming signals are how dogs communicate with each other and us humans can use some of them too. Dogs will use calming signals to to calm dogs down and to let them know, “Hey, it’s okay.” Dogs will also use calming signals at us if they are being yelled at and want us to calm down. Some examples are licking their lips, yawning , sighing, and slow blinking. You can learn more about calming signals by reading the book, “On Talking Terms with Dogs,” linked at the bottom of this post.

The other thing that helped was to be relaxed and not panic when the dogs were together because they can sense that and sometimes feed off it. Now Lucy and Hazel can be in the same room together. Lucy will still get agitated by Hazel, but it’s getting better. I think the reason why it worked for my dogs is because Hazel just wants to play and wasn’t trying to fight Lucy. So please talk to a trainer if your dogs are full on fighting. It’s one of thoughs things that will take time and won’t work for all dogs, but I’m extreamly thankful it has helped my dogs.

Let me know what things have helped your dogs have a better relationship in the comments!

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My Adventure In Kitten Sitting! #BrakingStereotypes #BrakingMissConceptions

by Chelsey Zumpano

As you might have seen in my most recent vlog, (which will be linked at the bottom), I pet sat a little kitten. Her name is Amaya, (i realize now I never called her by name in the vlog), and she was so tiny that she fit in both of my hands. She was so soft and extremely vocal. As Amaya slept I watched videos from “Kitten Lady” and she taught me lots.

1 Kittens should be fed laying on their bellies’ because if you feed them like a human they could aspirate, (get the formula in their lungs).

2 You have to stimulate the kitten to go potty by using a tissue.

3 When they are first born, (and for a few weeks or so after), kittens can’t regulate their own body temperature so you should provide a heat source.

4 Kittens open their eyes around 9 or so days old.

5 Kittens can not retracked their claws right away.

You have no idea how much I’ve wanted to foster a baby kitten her size and be able to bottle feed and with Amaya; I was able to do that. She was like having a little baby. Watching her reminded me of when I use to pet sit. It was one of the most amazing things and I’d love to foster or at least babysit again.

The Vlog!

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How my Dog Has Effected My mental Health!

by Chelsey Zumpano

A close-up picture of a black and white husky with blue eyes. The picture is taken from the side and her nose is pointed to the right and her ears are up.(Picture of Hazel and picture credit goes to Chelsey Zumpano).

If you’d been following me on YouTube; you’d know that I got a puppy back in December and I’m training her to hopefully be my service dog. She does take up a lot or all my time somedays. She gives me something to do and that keeps my mind busy. She’s helped me to realize that I want to be a dog trainer.

She can be really hyper and have to find ways to keep her busy. I let her run around in the back yard, play fetch, tug of war, I take her on walks, give her bones, and puzzle toys. It took me awhile to figure those were the things that helped her. But before then she was kind of overwhelming and now she’s better. Giving Hazel a job has helped.

Some ways Hazel has helped me with my anxiety!

1 She will lay on my legs at night and that helps if I’m having a bad anxiety day.

2 She’s helped me to learn more about dogs.

3 She gives me more of a reason to go on a walk.

4 She’s helped me to not be so anxious about going to the vet.

If you want to see some more of my new coping skills; please go watch the video below.

If you have a dog tell me a funny story about him/her in the coments. If you would like to be interviewed by me or otherwise contribute to my Blog and YouTube; please send me an email to the following address. viblindresources@gmail.com

My Vision Impairment Does Not Make Me Lazy! #BrakingStereotypes #BrakingMissConceptions

by Chelsey Zumpano

This is a first in my series that will help stop stereotypes and misconceptions about having a vision impairment. This series will also be on my YouTube channel.

Today’s topic comes from my friend Amanda, (her blog and YouTube will be linked below”, and she requested to write about, “How having a vision impairment does not make us lazy!”

For me being lazy means procrastinating to do something and procrastinating so much you don’t do the thing, but that has nothing to do with my vision! It has more to do with my personality, then anything else. Farther more; there are many reasons why someone could be procrastinating about something!

1 Anxiety: for me this is the biggest facter on why I don’t do something.

2 Fear of what can be and what might not be.

3 Not having the financial means!

I also want to note that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT AND DEALS WITH THINGS DIFFERENTLY! Please try not to compare yourself to other people and I know I’ve been guilty of doing it before, but that’s why I say try! Comparing yourself with other people will just make you feel like shit! So try to focus on you and what you can do and not on what you can’t! Don’t worry about what others are doing or how they are handling a situation! Just focus on you!

Having a vision impairment means I have to adapt how I do things!

1 Being very tactile when I train my dogs.

2 Using tide pods to do laundry.

3 Getting rides from family and friends.

4 Using my BrailleNote to type out this post.

5 Learning different techniques to do my makeup with out having to look in a mirror.

6 Having bright lights, so I can draw!

7 Using my cane when I’m walking around.

8 Watching movies with audio description or having others explain them to me.

9 Using a screan reader on my Ipad, Iphone, and computer.

10 Wearing my reading glasses when I draw.

I could go on, but I think that’s a good stopping point.

Amanda’s info.

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt7ecLXRimvYFUZJ9WYYXXw

Blog:

https://amandagene.com

Please request things you would like to see in the series down in the comments!

If you’d like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this Blog or YouTube send an email to:

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Let’s Talk About Independence!

by Chelsey Zumpano

Hey there, I’m back! I was sick last week and so I had no energy, ( or voice and I sounded like a smocker) to post anything! Now on to today’s post!

People thingk to be independent you have to be living on your own by 18 and then some people in the blind community think you have to be traveling completely on your own and taking public transportation. Well you know what? Being independent is different for everyone.

For me I don’t feel comfortable enough to take the bus by myself because there are to many creeps in this world. Instead I can take Dial-A-Ride, (a bus service for people who have a disability), and they pick me up at the door. I can also get rides from family. Part of being an adult, (for me), and being independent is to know what I am or am not comfortable with.

Ways I’m Independent!

1 I take care of my puppy, (Hazel).

2 I do my own laundry.

3 I edit and upload my YouTube videos.

4 I write and edit my Blog posts.

5 I’ve learned coping skills for my anxiety.

6 I know how to make meatloaf and mash potatoes.

7 I can bake cookies and brownies.

Ways I Can Become More Independent!

1 Taking Hazel for a walk by myself.

2 Taking Dial-a-Ride to the pet store.

3 Making, (my cat), Audrey an appointment to get spade.

Let me know some ways you are independent in the comments below.

Also if you haven’t already, please go vote by liking my YouTube video to help increase employability for us who are blind.

https://youtu.be/33856OamJhU

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Review of Computer Glasses!

by Chelsey Zumpano

I recently got some new glasses to protect my eye from the harsh light of my Ipad and over the past week I’ve been wearing them.

The glasses have a yellow tent that dols the harsh light from my eye. I’ve been getting less headaches with them on. They don’t change the color of pictures or anything like that, but it does make everything a little yellow and a little less bright when I first put the glasses on. My eye feels a little less straind.

I still do a day with out looking at my screen, but sometimes that turns into more because My new puppy keeps me busy. I even just use them when I’m only watching videos.

Over all they work great for me and I wear them all the time, (even when I’m not on my Ipad). I do think more people need to wear glasses like these because how much everyone spends looking at a screen. If you want to try them for yourself go to the following link. https://www.amazon.com/TIJN-Blocking-Glasses-Eyeglasses-Computer/dp/B07G2CLMJN

If you’d like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this Blog or YouTube send an email to:

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Guide To Colors When Your Blind!

by Chelsey Zumpano

There are hundreds and hundreds of colors with various different shades, but how do you describe color to someone who is blind?

The answer is simple try to relate it to other things. I got this idea from a video by ‘six Blind Kids’ and wanted to share my take on it.

I have enough vision to see colors, but some are harder for me to tell apart. When colors are really light they some times look white and when they are really dark they can look black and I’m going to list some of my favorite colors and the things they remind me of.

1 blue:

There’s the obvious like the sky and the taste of blueberries, and swimming on a hot summer’s day. The main thing it reminds me of is the ‘Percy Jackson series’ by Rick Riordan because Percy eats blue food. Oddly enough that’s why my favorite cocolor is blue because of Percy.

2 Green:

My first thoughts are of the feeling of grass tickling my feet and the fact that it’s one of my Mom’s favorite colors. The secon is Alex Fierro, (I couldn’t go with out mentioning her). Also green M and M’s.

3 Gray:

The softness of my cat (Audrey’s), fur, and rainy and overcast days.

4 Orange:

The sun set and ‘The Hunger Games Trilogy’ by Suzanne Collins because it’s Peeta’s favorite color. (A lot of my favorite things come from books).

5 Pink:

Cotton candy and Alex Fierro.

Tell me your favorite colors and the things that remind you of them. If you’d like to be interviewed or otherwise contribute to this Blog or YouTube send an email to:

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Learning What It’s Like to be a Mom!

by Chelsey Zumpano

If you watched my most recent vlog, (https://youtu.be/uuxluBohc5M), you’d know I got a new puppy. Her name is Hazel and She’s a husky/pit mix. She’s a sweetheart, she wants to play with all the cats and my other two dogs. She’s great with little kids and babies. The only thing is she cries when I leave the room and when I put her in the cage.

Having a puppy is a lot like having a baby. I have to get up with her in the midle of the night, potty train her, wake up when she does, feed her on schedule, and right now I have to watch her 24/7. I don’t have any free time to myself unless she’s sleeping or chewing on her bone. I love training and playing with her. She’s great and has taught me to be responsible.

I haven’t had a baby animal in my room sense Katniss and Audrey were kittens and they lived in my room for the first few months. Having a puppy is a lot different because cats are more independent and could be left alone for short amounts of time. I can’t leave Hazel alone at all. At the moment I have someone watch her when I go places or take her with me.

But It’s all worth it! She gives me something to do every day and she brings more joy to my life.

Hazel has taught me a lot about what it’s like being a mom; it’s hard work, but I know I can do it!

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Teaching Braille

by Chelsey Zumpano

I have now taught two people braille: my sister’s friend, (which you can watch on this video: Teaching Unified English Braille), and my brother’s girlfriend, (Dana). She’s a very fast learner and with in one night she could recognize all the letters. I taught her by using my copy of ‘Unified English Braille for everyone’ and showed her the alphabet,I told her what dots were for what, then I had her tell me the dots as I typed them on my BrailleNote. First I had her type on my BrailleNote, but that was hard for her, so I switched to my Braille Writer, and she did much better. I can’t wait to teach her more!

I love that Dana just simply wanted to learn because she likes learning. I think more people need to learn braille because it’s a great skill to have. If anyone else I know wants to learn braille just ask or leave a comment below.

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