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Dec 22 2012

@PetSmart and @Banfield respond to my post


I wanted to let everyone know that I received a phone call to from Banfield Pet Hospital today. This was in response to my article from December 16th titled, Why we will never return to pet smart.

Earlier this week, PetSmart left a comment on this post letting me know how sorry they we’re for our loss and that I should contact Banfield directly because they are not actually part of PetSmart. The message seemed nice enough but, in my personal opinion, if Banfield operates inside the PetSmart location than one directly affects the other.

Having said that, I really appreciated PetSmart reaching out to let me know who I should be in contact with. This afternoon I received a phone call from Amber.  She is the practice manager for a couple Banfield locations.

She wanted to reach out to me personally and apologize for not only how we we’re treated but also for having to put Rogue down as well. She explained that Becky was newer and she may not have been comfortable with the whole situation and wasn’t sure what to do.

She also explained that Becky started off doing the right thing by trying to collect payment before Rogue had even been put down.  However, she went about it entirely wrong. That will be addressed. I was told that the policy is to offer to collect payment first.  This way the pet owner can spend as much time as needed with there beloved pet and simply leave when they are ready. Amber explained that the policy is to offer and certainly not demand or threaten to not continue with the procedure.

I was assured that this is not how they run things and that we should have been treated with kindness and compassion. She also said that they will be having some sensitivity training so that something like this doesn’t happen again. I was very impressed and felt the apology was very sincere and heartfelt.

To be really honest, I feel much better about the situation now and I feel good knowing that this shouldn’t happen to anyone else in the future. To take things one step further, I want to share just how far she went to make sure everything was okay. While I had Amber on the phone, I thought I would ask her if she knows anyone looking for 2 Siamese kittens. I’ll explain why in a later post.

I explained what was going on and why they needed a new home and she is going to make some calls. This is where I became very impressed. image Amber told me that Banfield will donate an entire year of well visits to whoever adopts the kittens.

This will not cover getting fixed but it does cover shots and that kind of thing, for an entire year. All I have to do is get her the person or persons information and she will take care of the rest. I thought that was really nice of her and well beyond anything that I had expected. She explained that Banfield has funds that they use for outreach and to give back to the community.

While this certainly doesn’t undo what happened that day, it certainly goes a long way towards making things right. I’m honestly very satisfied with the response I received and In truly believe that Amber was sincere in everything she said. As far as I’m concerned, this issue is over and I’m at peace with things now.

Thank you Amber for reaching out and making things right.  Thank you to everyone else for helping get the word out.  I really appreciate it. Thanks again…… RIP Rogue August 2000 – December 16th, 2012

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Jun 01 2012

#Autism Spotlight: Miche Mozaix puzzle piece jewelry


I would like to introduce you to Miche Mozaix. This is a company that makes handmade jewelry ,home decor and art from Mosaic Tile. They are a local business, based out of Cleveland, Ohio. They make some pretty incredible stuff. They also make some amazing #Autism Awareness pieces as well. See some examples in the picture below.

What’s even cooler about this company and something that you don’t see very often, is that 100% of all puzzle piece jewelry sales benefit #Autism causes. One of those causes is Lost and Tired. Basically, anytime puzzle piece jewelry is purchased and the buyer adds “lost and tired” to the notes to seller, 20% of that sale goes to help the Lost and Tired family and Lost and Tired blog, including the Autism Help Forums. 

Now I want to share with you the absolute coolest part of this company, at least for me. I would like to introduce you to the Clay Sculpting Aficionado behind Miche Mozaix. 

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If you are looking for any type of handmade jewelry, home decor and art, created from Mosaic Tile, look no further. If you are looking for something to help spread #Autism Awareness, their puzzle piece jewelry is absolutely perfect. Not only will people stop and ask you about what your wearing, but you are also helping to support #Autism causes at the same time.

Miche Mozaix contact information:

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May 09 2012

Tech4Autism: Tech Reviews by Lost and Tired



Before I get into any of these reviews, I want to say a few things first. Typically, if I review a piece of technology, I focus on the specs and hardware. I’m a hardcore techy at heart and so I like to be on the bleeding edge of technology. I have experience developing on Android devices and I’m a recognized developer over at xda-developers. Having said that, while I’m a techy, I’m also a special needs father to 3 boys on the Autism Spectrum.

Being a special needs parent myself, I realize how very limited time and money can be. I also know just how much the right technology can help a child with Autism not only learn, but also communicate and navigate their world. My intention is to provide a unique approach to reviewing tech products that can benefit the special needs community. I will be providing information on how a particular device can benefit a child with Autism. My goal is to introduce families to the devices that they can afford and that can help their child, while at the same time helping the manufactures or companies behind this tech to reach a new consumer base. That consumer base being special needs families, like mine, that need more choices in devices and some that are actually affordable to more people.

I want the public to realize that despite past trends and insane levels of fanboyism, you don’t need to spend $500-$800+ on an iPad in order to help your child with Autism. There are better, more affordable options available in a multitude of designs, colors, sizes and price ranges. There are more and more educational apps hitting the Google Play Store everyday. I’m not suggesting that the iPad is a bad device or doesn’t work well. However, in my opinion, until Apple opens up it’s OS, allows for customization and reduces the cost of entry level devices, android based devices will continue to be the best and most cost effective solution for tablet based tech. Of course, this is just my opinion, however, this opinion is shared by many hardcore tech and development sites.

I want you to know that you have a choice when it comes to the tech you need to help your child with Autism. When you realize you have a choice, you can find a device that not only fits your budget but also is better suited for you child’s particular needs. I aim to provide you with information that will help you to make these decisions.

With that said, I hope you find this useful.

If you are a manufacturer and would like to have your tech reviewed by Lost and Tired please contact me and I would be happy to speak with you about it.  [contact-form subject=”Lost and Tired Contact” to=”[email protected]“] [contact-field label=”Name” type=”name” required=”true” /] [contact-field label=”Email” type=”email” required=”true” /] [contact-field label=”Website” type=”url” /] [contact-field label=”Comment” type=”textarea” required=”true” /] [/contact-form]

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Apr 11 2012

Looking for guest bloggers


#Autism Awareness month is upon us and I would like to help you share your personal story.  I truly believe that the best way to spread effective #Autism Awareness is to share how #Autism has touched your life or the life of someone you know or love.

I would like to provide a platform for you to do just that,  share your story.

I’m looking for people to write a short or long essay about how #Autism has touched their life.  The whole point is honesty.  So if your experience is less than positive tell me about it.  Likewise, if your story or experience is positive, I would love to hear that as well.

The whole point is to show the world just how profoundly different #Autism can be from person to person or family to family.  #Autism is not a cookie cutter disorder.

Everyone is affected in a unique way and families are affected differently as well.
By sharing your story,  you can help them world to see just how unique each person touched by #Autism is.

If your interested, please contact me via my contact me page at the top of this page.  I look forward to helping you show the world what #Autism looks like through your eyes.  

**Thanks for reading**

       -Lost and Tired

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Posted from WordPress for Android so please forgive any typos as auto-correct and I don’t see eye to eye. 🙂

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Apr 04 2012

#Autism: The challenge of eye contact


While I was out walking yesterday,  something occurred to me.  There is something to be said about the difficulties of making eye contact,  even for the neurotypical person.

For whatever reason,  I never made the connection until yesterday,  but it’s really not that easy to make eye contact,  especially with strangers.

I know that as a parent to three boys on the spectrum,  I always encourage my boys to look me in the eyes when talking to me.  I only encourage but never require.  I also know that there seems to be a push to make people with Autism make eye contact. 

Making eye contact is an important part of the diagnostic process as well. 

However,  I have to say again, from a neurotypical perspective,  eye contact isn’t as easy as it sounds.

I realized this while walking at the part for Fit4Autism yesterday afternoon.  There are so many people at the park we I’m walking.  I literally pass countless people on the walking track.

I noticed that as I’m approaching someone going the opposite direction on the track,  they rarely make eye contact with me. I always make it a point to try and at least smile at them.  However,  to be perfectly honest,  even I have a hard time looking people in the eye,  especially of I don’t know them.

More often than not,  I find myself looking at the ground in front of me,  while I’m walking past someone.  I make a concerted effort to remember to look people in the eyes and smile,  nut it isn’t as easy as it sounds. 

So I decided to do a pseudo social experiment.  Nothing high quality and this would never hold up in court but here is what I found.

I started forcing myself to look people in the eyes and smile as I walked by them.  Not in a creepy way either.  Basically,  it was just acknowledging their presence and smiling to sorta say hello. More often than not,  the smile and eye contact were not returned.  Most people focused either straight ahead,  straight down or off to the side.

Only a few people would return the eye contact and smile back to me. I was really surprised by that.. Is I realize that I would be considered a stranger but still…..

I guess my whole point is that I wonder if we should be pushing eye contact so hard with our kids on the spectrum. 

I’m not Autistic and I don’t really lack confidence but eye contact is still difficult and often times uncomfortable for me.  I can’t even imagine what it must be like for a child or adult on the spectrum.

I have heard people with Autism,  describe eye contact as even being painful.  I can honestly understand where they are coming from and I don’t face the same sensory processing issues as many of those with Autism do.

I just wanted to share this with all of you.  Realizing this has really changed my perspective on the eye contact thing,  at least as far as my kids go. 

I think eye contact is important but in some cases,  maybe we push a little to hard. 

Do your own little social experiment.  Next time you are out and about,  see how many people will actually make eye contact with you. You might be surprised by what you find. 

I was a real eye opener for me.  🙂

**Thanks for reading**

       -Lost and Tired

Please join our Community Autism Support Forum Registered & Protected

Posted from WordPress for Android so please forgive any typos as auto-correct and I don’t see eye to eye. 🙂

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Mar 19 2012

#Autism: Seize the moment and teach something cool


Something that I think is really important to do is teach my kids to overcome their fears.  Today,  I found a baby snake outside, in Ohio and in the month of March. Actually,  Bella and I both found it.

I wanted to use this opportunity to teach my kids about snakes.

Everyone was afraid of it at first.  I know Gavin has had contact with a snake in the past but he was the only one.

This was a really tiny snake and couldn’t bite if it wanted to. It was perfectly safe for all involved.  I thought it would be a good opportunity for them to explore,  learn and gain respect for our new leggless friend.

I shared some basic information with them about snakes,  how they move and what they eat.  I also explained that it was unusual to find them in March,  in Ohio because they should be hibernation.

Emmett really took to it,  as he has a natural curiosity.  Elliott was a bit nervous but eventually warmed up and touched it.

Gavin on the other hand,  poked it with a stick.

Overall it was a positive experience.  When we were done,  we let the snake go back in the in the yard. 

Take a few minutes and teach your kids something cool today.  The time and experience is so worth it.



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Mar 14 2012

My “contact me” is down


Update: All fixed. You can reach me at my Contact Me page once again.


If you need to contact me,  please email me at [email protected]

My contact page is down for now.  Thank you all,  ever so much.  🙂

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