The story of Little Lick!

This three legged dog is something else! I have never seen a dog who shows human emotions as well as this one does. He is Katie’s puppy from her one litter of pups she had before we got her fixed.

When he was about 7 months old he got hit by a car. I had let katie and her 2 puppies out to go pee and katie led them right across the street. Well her and tubby made it across, and little lick did not.

A guy brought him to our door telling me how sorry he was and that he ran right in front of him and he couldn’t stop in Time.

Well we were bad junkies back then and couldn’t take care of ourselves let alone dogs really. But I have always loved animals more than most human beings and so even though we had no money to take him to a vet we didn’t have him put down.

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And I cared for him the best way I could back then. We gave him pain reliever and kept him on a towel that was like a diaper since he couldn’t go outside on his own.

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He slept in my arms every night like a baby and I prayed that he would get better with what we were doing for him. And slowly he did finally get better.

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And it was not long before he was up and running around again. But he was dragging that paw and had no feeling in it. You could tell it was not causing him pain, but the problem was, that eventually, he would drag it down to the bone if it kept up.

So to make a long story shorter, I went to prison for 9 months and Justin was a hot mess still while I was gone.

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So my mother took Katie and her 2 puppies to her home to care for them until I got out. She took him to the vet and got his leg removed and he got fixed at same time.

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So everything was done at once. He went home and recovered completely and it wasn’t long before he was outrunning all the other dogs who had 4 legs.

My mother fell in love with him after the surgery and while I was gone. So when I got out of prison I only had one dog, Katie. Tubby her other puppy passed away shortly after mom got all 3 dogs. Lick became my mothers dog and katie of course came right back to being my baby once I got out.

Little lick had not forgotten me though. It took him a little longer to recognize me than katie when I first walked in the door after 9 months, but he eventually figured it out and was once again my little baby laying right in my arms again.

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So for years my mother has had him and he has lived a very good spoiled life. Until about 2 1/2 years ago when me and Justin were living in Richmond and I was still relearning to walk myself from being paralyzed from the waist down.

She came and asked me if I would take him. She knew I was the only person who would be able to take him in. He definitely has had his issues throughout the years and from what he has been through.

He either had to stay with mom, get put down or come live with me katie and Justin again.

She would have never had him put down, but she had ended up with about 4-5 dogs living at her house thanks to me or one of my kids. And they had begun to run around like a wild pack of dogs when all together.

And they were feeding off each other, getting more brave as they went. And so while none of the dogs were large really “chihuahuas and poodle sizes” they would go after something and you definitely knew they were coming!

You might get little lick come out of nowhere and bite an ankle, or jump in with the other dogs in a fight.

Little lick was not a fair fighter and had no problems with jumping in and helping out 2 on one!

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So I told my mother we would take him and try it out to see how it worked. I was still using my wheelchair at this time so I admit I had my doubts as to whether I could handle 2 dogs and everything else going on in my life.

But this is the end results of all the pain and suffering that me and the three legged dog has been through. He is our baby!

Katie was around him all through the years. Since my mom had kept katie for me when I was gone to prison, plus she ended up with her after they took me to St Vincent hospital.

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So they were never apart all that long through the years. And now katie and lick are as close as any 2 dogs can be.

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And I literally feel for these 2 dogs as if they were my kids. Katie has been there with me through everything from withdrawals to me getting paralyzed.

She slept right in my hospital bed when I first got home. It is amazing how much love an animal can have for their owner and vice versa.

So now we have 2 living in my trailer who are disabled, me and my dog. He definitely took to his disability way better than I did at first.

But one thing I did learn from him is that you have to get up and just do it. You can’t lay around feeling sorry for yourself. If you did that then you may never get back up.

Dogs do not sit around and gripe about what happened to them. They don’t sit around and expect you to feel sorry for them.

They just get back up and do what they can do to the best of their ability. And that is why I am walking again today.

Had I decided to just lay around feeling sorry for myself and letting others do everything for me, then those muscles that were already almost non existent, probably would have went on to actually being non existent.

So I hope that perhaps this true story of 2 junkies and their disabled dog will help someone out there to see the way. And see that anything is possible in life. If you just believe.

I have been off the needle for over 3 years now and Justin is on soboxone and that is amazing considering what a terrible junky he was back in the day.

We have many problems and many issues still, but I would have never dreamed that we would all be back together all these years later.

From Justin going to prison for 4 years, me getting paralyzed from using needles, Little lick losing his leg, and poor Katie getting thrown back and forth from place to place.

Yet here we are!

Lick Katie And Justin Doing What They All Love Best! Sleeping!
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Controlled Substance Scheduling

Well I decided that I just had to share my opinion of this little drug fact that has to do with Xanax. Or you may know them as alprazolam. Same thing basically. One is just a generic form. Now if you are reading any of my blogs here then you probably already know that I used to be a very bad heroin addict. And I have been addicted to almost every type of drug at one point in my life. I was paralyzed about 5 1/2 years ago from the use of needles. I contracted a bad infection that was all on the inside of my body and so no one could tell there was anything wrong with me. Until it was too late. I woke up one day and the paralysis had set in. And I couldn’t move my legs.

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So make long story short I had spinal cord surgery and I was paralyzed from waist down. I now relearning to walk and a lot has changed in my life since that dreadful day. So anyway let’s just say that I know my shit when it comes to drugs!

And yes I was also addicted to Xanax at one point. I got them from my Dr. Along with my Lortab 10’s every month I was prescribed 4 a day for many years before I ended up getting myself cut off from the Dr.

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So while Xanax was never my drug of choice I most definitely would take it to get my buzz on, or to bring myself down from the cocaine stupor I had been on for 5 days or so.

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So enough about me and I will move on to my point of the story here, since you are probably wondering why the title of this article is about scheduling of narcotics, and here I am bellowing on about my life as an addict.

Well it’s all relevant I promise. And things I need to let everyone know before I start spouting out my big Xanax story.

How do you take a drug as dangerous as xanax and give it a scheduled 4 classification when you have drugs such as marijuana in a schedule 1 classification?

I will give you the definition of these classifications so you know exactly what I am talking about here.

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Here is the definition and the drugs that are currently in the schedule one classification:

SCHEDULE 1 DRUGS 

Schedule 1 drugs have no accepted medical use in the United States, and using schedule 1 drugs can put a person at a high risk for developing a substance use disorder. Some familiar drugs assigned a schedule 1 class include: 

Now here is the definition and the list of drugs that are in schedule 4 classification:

SCHEDULE 4 DRUGS 

Drugs that are classified as schedule 4 are often prescribed medications, and when a person uses schedule 4 drugs, they are at a very low risk for developing a substance use disorder. Some familiar drugs in the schedule 4 class include: 

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https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/index.html

Ok so I am blown away by the way they have these drugs scheduled. I will say that I have known many people who have overdosed because of them mixing xanax with another drug.

I also know many people who have went to prison because of mixing alcohol with Xanax and they woke up the next day with no knowledge of what they had done but facing some serious legal charges.

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I know that there are supposed to be only 2 drugs that can actually kill you coming off of them cold turkey. And this would be xanax and alcohol.

When I went to jail in Wayne county years ago I remember the nurse asking if someone could bring me my xanax because they were going to give them to me and ween me down from them. That is how serious this drug is. You don’t have jails hardly ever giving out any type of controlled substance to the offenders unless they absolutely have to. She also told me that when you come off of them cold turkey and have a seizure like I actually had once when I came off of mine, that it does a lot of damage to your heart.

So there it is. I am just dumbfounded by the way our government would classify these drugs. And I realize that it’s been many years ago when these drugs were classified. But I would think that maybe they should be updating some things!

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I mean marijuana to be put in with heroin? When you can’t even overdose on it? They have never even proven that it’s physically addicting. And I have never been a fan of marijuana. I do not smoke it now and I didn’t smoke it back years ago when I was really bad on drugs. But it is what it is. And so I just wanted to share my opinion with whoever chooses to read this. And spread some knowledge with anyone who may not have known this information.

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