Some people shout out, “We’re having a baby!” We’re shouting out, “We’re getting a Service Dog!” To us, the anticipation is just as hard to believe. It will be 9 months, just like the gestational period of a human female (40 weeks), to the time Steve starts training with K9’s For Warriors, a wonderful Service [...]
I love that motto. I first heard it from Luis Carlos Montalván, an author from one of my all-time favorite books called, “Until Tuesday.” When I told Steve about it, he then explained to me that it was taken from part of the Army’s Soldier’s Creed. [...]
This is going to sound really off, but you don’t even get a normal sick day when your loved one has PTSD/TBI. No, seriously. We as “normal” people have been trained on how to deal with the normal bouts of colds and flu with “normal” brains, but what do you do when your Warrior is [...]
I’ve had a few people ask me why I decided on the name The Quilted Valkyrie for my quilting. It’s actually quite simple once you get to know me. A Valkyrie is from the Scandinavian mythology (I just so happen to be from a Norwegian family). She was one of [...]
OK let me get a few things off my chest here. I want to make absolutely sure we are all on the same page with rules, guidelines and my/Steve’s/our view of Service Dog Teams (SD).
1. The Department of Justice has made absolutely no ruling on accreditation standards for ANY type of Service Dog [...]
I am the wife of a veteran with PTSD/Social Phobia. Our days are very structured to help keep a since of continuity not because we are inflexible; neither of us like surprises, loud noises, scary movies or an over stimulus of information. I take on all of the household tasks such as paying bills, [...]
I love days like today. No, really, I mean I adore them. We got so sleep in just a few moments longer than normal, the coffee was made and didn’t spill out all over the counter, I woke up to a clean kitchen, the Kat was not using me as his personal trampoline, and the [...]
Today started out with much up-ness, and then promptly fell flat as my beer. Or, as my mother would have said, “Today is a Monday. All day. This should be rich.” After a miss communication with a planned meeting time, we finally got to talk to our Training Group for the Service Dog for the [...]
I can confidently say after the first 3 weeks of school here at Montana State University, that Steve is settling and becoming the incredible student I knew he could be. I should also state that for the first time since he started attending university back in 2009, he’s enjoying it as well! Not only has [...]
Most of my friends know I love autumn. The season holds many wonderful memories as well as the possibility for a brand new beginning in a few months. I love the weather transformations with the big fat cold rain drops and the cooler moist air. I’m consistently inhaling the aromas of wet earth, old leaves, [...]
A little about us….We welcome you to our digital keep! We are currently residing in Montana while Steve completes his B.S. in Earth Sciences at Montana State University. Steve served in the U.S. Army for 10 years in artillery and was stationed in Korea as well as all over the states. Keri has started up her own company, Platypus Pouches, a soft-sided case that holds various different types of electronic gadgets, cell phones, tablets, eReaders and camera equipment. Although we are no longer in Washington State, Keri is still cooking up her Sunday Night Chef's Select Suppers where if you show up, chances are you will get fed something yummy. We are looking forward to get out and go travel into Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks were Keri can snap a few photos and Steve and go lick rocks. Oh and just an FYI, we are both fiercely owned by Edelbrock T. Cat, our six year-old black cat who is the Dominar of our Keep as well as the Cans of Tuna.
All of our mutteringsAdoption application Alpha Dog Application Army Guy Platypus Pouch Auction Balance Burning Question Calculus Classes Cold Crazy Donations Dr. Kreig Dreams Duh Moment Family Friends Fundraising Goals Heeling Allies Heeling Alllies Hot Lunch Date Montana State University Mother Moving Online Auction Operation: Alpha Dog Organic Chem Platypus Pouches Pre-Calc PTSD School Seattle Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate The Bookstore at UMT The Helper Googie The Tutor trust but verify UC Spring Art Fair UMT University of Montana VA Valentine’s Day What is normal? Worrying