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Katherine’s Day to Day Life

Lexie, Katherine's Service Dog

Meet Lexie, My Service Dog

Meet Lexie, my 7-ish year old sheltie/border collie mix and trained service dog. We rescued Lexie about five years ago from the Gulf Coast Sheltie Rescue in Pensacola. She had been found five months prior running on the interstate with a child's leash attached to her, had heartworms, and knew absolutely NO manners or obedience. Though we did not want a puppy, we basically got one in adult form. She barely even knew her name. Originally, I wanted to get Lexie into competitive dog agility. It turned out that Lexie was p[...]
on the beach

Why I Hate the Beach

What is the first place you think of when you think of taking a summer vacation? I bet more than half of you instantly thought, THE BEACH of course! There's something about that beautiful blue water, the ocean waves, white sand, and sun that just lures people in. Kids love to run in the surf, build sandcastles and maybe throw a ball around while their parents love the relaxing sound of the ocean, a shady canopy, and maybe an adult beverage or two. Even the dog loves to play in the sand and the surf. There is something for ev[...]
wheelchair

Lessons in Wheelchair Etiquette

First and foremost, don't assume someone in a wheelchair has a mental disability. Like me, there are many, MANY people in wheelchairs who are completely aware of what is going on around them and chances are they understand exactly what you are saying about them even if they are physically unable to respond.  Most people in wheelchairs are not deaf. I don't know why, but a lot of strangers have this innate need to speak loudly and slowly to me when they first meet me. It's true that I do have a little hearing loss, bu[...]
tyler hubbard and florida georgia line

Don’t Pet Me!

Here's your laugh for the day. About a year ago, I caught a really nasty cold. When I get sick, I tend to break ribs and collarbones from coughing hard or sneezing repeatedly. Right as I was getting sick, my friend and I went to a Florida Georgia Line concert here in New Orleans. Now, yes, maybe I shouldn't have gone since I was already starting to not feel well, but if you've ever been to one of their shows, you understand why it was worth it! Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard put on one heck of a show[...]
dumb people

15 Dumb Things Strangers Have Said to Me:

"Mommy, it talks!" (six year old after I politely told her hi when I caught her staring at me) "How did you get that way?" (Uhh... Depends on what you believe?) "Does it hurt to break a bone?" (What do you think? How about I run over your toes with this 400 lb wheelchair and we'll see how you feel.) "It's eating chicken wings all by itself!" (Exclaimed by an old lady to an entire food court in a mall.) "What a cute baby!" (Dude, I'm pretty sure I could teach you curse words you never knew existed. Can your[...]
looking up

Looking Up…

So what's with all this "Looking Up" stuff you ask? I graduated with a BA in graphic design from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011. The guidelines for our senior thesis were short and sweet: Create a project that you can display in the class show at the end of the semester that only YOU can create. We had to present three potential ideas, then our professors helped us choose the best direction. My professors encouraged me to create something that visually showed my unique perspective. We toyed with a poster series,[...]

Witnessing a Miracle on America’s Got Talent

About four years ago, I received an email offer from Lakefront Arena for free tickets to a taping of America's Got Talent while it was auditioning in New Orleans. The taping was on a Tuesday afternoon, so I thought it would be a nice change of pace during the work week for my assistant and I to attend. I applied for the tickets and got a couple for the noon show. When we got to the arena, I was impressed that we got decent parking and were let in first because of my wheelchair. While in line with the other wheelchair us[...]