Amie wrote:I wrote up the quiz here. The leader of our seminar (Doug Fakkema) said we could share it with proper attribution, and mentioned the name of the originator (which I think, but am not positive, was Carrie LaJeuness) but I don't see it in my paperwork, so the attribution I have is what he gave us.
wow- you had a negative experience with doug? i think my seminar with him was one of the reasons i'm still doing this- it must be 4 years, 5 years ago. i can't really imagine him saying some of the things you've written, either. i took his euth certification- one day of euthanasia training then a full day of compassion fatigue workshop.
here's a couple things that have worked for me (we'll talk later)
- have a hobby. heartbullies mentioned this, but it's so important to have a hobby that is not animal related. i never forget when fakkema went around the room and had everyone raise their hands if they had a hobby. almost everyone raised their hands. then he had everyone who had a non-dog related hobby keep their hands up. i think 2 people (not me!) kept their hands up. this is what has saved me- i went out and found a hobby. i haven't put my camera down since then. it's been crucial to do something that is NOT my dog (or anyone else's dog) and NOT with shelter/dog/training people. this is not to say that dog/shelter/training people aren't great- they are, and they understand, it's great to have that, but it's so important to Do Something Else.
- don't volunteer and work in the same field. this was advice i got from a friend/boss when i first started working in shelters in 2003. i dismissed it because teh group i volunteered with was about dogs, but wasn't related. well, yeah, it's related. the politics, the headspace, the fundamental wear and tear- they're all related. i miss doing the "fun" part that i got out of the volunteer stuff, but i like having the time to myself, now that i can see it that way. (i might add stay off the interwebs, because getting too into dog boards was kinda the same thing. i pulled way away once i realized that she was right.)
of course, there's a million other things, but those are the only two that i actually DO. eat right, exercise regularly (when i do this, i feel a million times better), go outside (i do this when it's not winter), take vacations, etc. go to therapy. all of these are so important. but these are the two things i tell new friends at the shelter. i'm working really hard right now on the vacation thing, because i'm having burnout big time. it tends to come in waves for me, like every ktiten season is the worst, so i always plan ahead and schedule time off. but it's not kitten season, so i'm trying to wok out things to look forward to.
and on that note, i have to go to work.