Wednesday, January 23, 2019

jan 23 2019

teh TUFTS exhibit went very well  judy is a super organizer and loquacious -- big time....- we were in a semi confined area-  so we could remove all harness aND COLLARS SO BENTLEY AND SIZZLE COULD REALLY WORK THE CROWD... WHICH THEY DID BEAUTIFULLY-- FROM  SLOWLY GOING FROM TABLE TO TABLE- TO BENTLEY FALLING ASLEEP IN THE VERY MIDDLE- THEY WERE A HUGE HIT- AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL GET SOME  FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THEIR PROGRAM-- IF ONE OF THEIR PEOPLE VOLUNTEERS FOR X HOURS, TUFTS WILL DONATE $250-- PLUS IF THEY DONATE MONEY TUFTS WILL ADD TO THAT...
I HAVE TO COMMENT ON THE TERRIFFIC GUY WE MET AS WE PARKED RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE DOOR- ONE OF THE  SNOW CREW WORKING ON THE ICE PROBLEM CAME RIGHT OVER AND OFFERED TO HELP US WITH THE WHEELCHAIR/DOGS/ AND EQUIPMENT- IT WAS NOT ONLY THE HELP, BUT THE GUY WAS SOOOO PLEASENT AND CHEERFUL AS WE SLID AROUND TEH CHUNKS OF WHAT WAS ONCE SNOW AND WAS NOW SOLID ICE.  I WAS IMPRESSED-- I DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS A PHD STUDENT WORKNG OFF HIS TUITION BILL, OR ONE OF THE MIKE ROWE DIRTY JOBBERS DOING A MISERABLE JOB CHEERFULLY.   I WAS IMPRESSED WITH HIS UNEXPECTED ATTITUDE.  I DON'T KNOW WHO AT TUFTS TO WRITE TO- BUT THAT GUY IS A WINNER.
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 THAT MAKES TODAYS JOB A LOT EASIER-- WE ARE DUE AT BELLA'S SCHOOL IN READING AT 11:00.  I DO NOT HAve a clue what is the gist of the event-  i go with 2 --hopefully perfect-- dogs and see what developes.
probably they expect a lecture on  service dgos -- what they do- and there will be some who want to know how to train  a service dog.  if that is the case----- they will get a surprise-- because there is sooooo maNY DETAILS THAT GO INTO THIS SDP WHICH HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ACTUAL DOGS.
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LIKE   A WASCOMATT WASHER REGULATES THE AMT OF WATER INTHE DRUM WITH A TINY SPRING THE SIZE OF THE ONE IN YOUR BALL POINT PEN-- AND WHEN IT BREAKS IT IS $450 TO REPLACE.
MY POINT BEING  YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT PART OF YOUR EDUCATION YOU WILL BE CALLED ON TO USE..
BUT WHATEVER YOU DO-- ALGEBRA - WILL BE PART OF IT- LIKE IT OR LUMP IT- MONEY IS IN NUMBERS.
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AN ALGEBRA TEST IN DOG RAISING
IN THAT RANDOM CALL FROM PURINA WHERE THEY SIMPLY SAID " CALL US BACK IN AN HOUR AND TELL US  HOW MUCH FOOD WOULD YOU NEED FOR YOUR 50 DANES  MONTHLY."  SOUNDS INNOCENT ENOUGH.
I HAD AN HOUR.. WE WERE TALKING OVER $50,000 A YEAR IN FOOD.  I HAD TO BE CLOSE- BECAUSE PURINA IS A HUGE COMPANY-- THIS GUY ON THE PHONE KNEW EXACTLY HOW MUCH FOOD 50 DANES WOULD EAT A MONTH.  I THINK HE WANTED TO SEE WHAT KIND OF OUTFIT  HE WAS DEALING WITH. I  WAS NOT GOING TO GUESS...   
50 DOGS  AVG 4 SCOOPS 2+2 A DAY= 200 SCOOPS---30 DAYS  6000 SCOOPS---   BUT HE WAS DEALING IN BAGS OF 37 POUNDS- SO I STOPPED EVERYTHIGN AT THE FARM AND HAD 2 PEOPLE SCOOPING DRY DOG FOOD FROM ONE BAG TO ANOTHER-- COUNTING AND SPILLING  THE OFFICE WAS ANKLE DEEP IN DOG FOOD...TEHY GAVE ME THE NUMBER OF SCOOPS PER BAG-- I TOLD HIM HOW MANY BAGS-- AND PURINA HAS SENT 5 PALLETS OF DOG FOOD EVERY MONTH SINCE   5 YEARS AND COUNTING. 

 MY LECTURE ON RAISING SERVICE DOGS CAN EASILY  GO  next TO  DEALING WITH THE  POO.  LIKE IN ANY JOB-- INSTEAD OF SKIPPING OVER THE MOST DISAGREEEABLE ASPECT OF THE JOB, STUDY IT AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO  DO IT MOST EFFICIENTLY- I CAN RELATE TEH STORY ABOUT THE DEBATE WITH TEH BRITISH WOMAN ABOUT CHUNKY VOMIT PICKER SHE HAD INVENTED.

UNFORTUNATELY  HIGHSCHOOL IS A COLLECTION OF ALL THOSE BITS OF KNOWLEDGE - 99% OF WHICH WILL BE TOTALLY USELESS- UNFORTUNATELY YOU CAN'T FIGURE OUT THE USELESS BITs FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS.  BUT HOPEFULLY IT TEAches you to think about it.

then i can get into the training  vs  educate part.. 

or some other entirely different lecture.. it all depends .....

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

jan 22 2019


JAEGAr is  tail- less-  well at least 4 inches left--- he had a  "happy tail"- bang it on the kennel/doors/gates/ whatever and produce enough blood to replicate a murder scene.
so......minus donna( recovering from putting her arm back together)  meant i had to go sit  with the patient at DAH... ... 
there is a reason for that--- years ago - i had a perfect service dog .."brownie"  which i sent to someone in penna-. he developed a happy tail and  needed to have it docked- which the  vet there did-  normally vets put dogs into the cages to recover from anesthesia- which they do by thrashing--BIG  TIME---  ever since brownie had the experience of banging metal noise he didn;'t understand, he would react to even a metal garbage can lid- rendering him useless as a service dog.   i remember that...  so ours will wake up with an attendant--

 usually  we check in  early at danvers animal hospital ( dah)  and they operate on our dog as  early as possible , just to get us out of their way.   i went there with him at 8:30 and teh surgeon put on her mask at 11:15-  and by  12:30 he was  on the floor with another attendent thrashing away-- all 143 pounds of him.  no way could  i hold him... until he got slightly out of the fog.  when he got 4 feet on the ground, megan picked us up and got him home- all was well til  he said he needed to pee...  pam took him out-- in the dark ---  and - to be kind to him, she let him out on the end of a 6 foot lead rope.  thAT EMPOWERED HIM-  HE HAD 4 FEET  POWER AND PAM ONLY HAD 2 ON THIS ICE-- SO SHE LOST THE ARGUEMENT AND HE ROARED AROUND THE PROPERTY.
 GOLDIE WAS WATCHING--- I REALIZED  PAM SHOULD BE BACK WITH HIM AND WENT  OUT THE DOOR TO CALL HER....- PAM SAID SHE DID NOT HEAR ME, BUT 2 SECONDS LATER THE PHONE RANG- PAM WAS OUT BEHIND THE ARENA- AND HAD CAUGHT JAEGAR AND HAD HIM ON A LEASH  AGAIN...
  FYI---- THERE IS A LESSON HERE...-
A DOG ON  A LEASH THAT IS ONE FOOT LONG KEEPS HIS HEAD RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR  KNEE AND IS  HOPEFULLY UNDER CONTROL - A DOG THAT IS ON THE END OF A 6' LEAD IS IN TOTAL CONTROL AND CAN DRAG YOU ROUND THE BLOCK.
MARY--- MY OLD/ FAVORITE DONKEY-- USED TO KEEP US ON OUR TOES WITH THAT LESSON.. 

 NOW PAy ATTENTION..... IF YOU WERE WALKING HER --HER HEAD RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR  RIGHT SHOULDER AND HAND UNDER HER CHIN.... LIFE WAS GOOD... BUT GET THE SLIGHTEST DISTRACTion SHE WOULD MOVE HER HEAD EVEN 1 INCH  TO THE RIGHT-AND SHE WOULD HAve the leverage/ advantage and could spin to the right dragging you along....  by keeping her head sllightly bent to the left- you had teh advantage to spin her in a left circle- otherwise you were useless..
applying that to dogs  -- dog by your left knee-- you can controll by turning a circle to the right but if the dog's head goes to the left you become the spinnee and the dog  is the spinner. 
short leash--- never tight leash-- but short.
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i had alot of positive comments on the doggie day care concept- i don't have any luck dealing  with the va--- but if any one else wants to write them  or the wall street journal....-- have at it..  it could work.
here is a variation....  but with a day care, people come round and take them all home at night  wooowowoooo 
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Dear Carlene, read your DD this morning. When I worked at VA we would take a group of Vets to the dog shelter to volunteer. This was a win win. Some vets went on to adopt a dog so they could have a fulltime companion.
sincerely, CP Kathy Cable
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I just would like to let you know that Ella is unbelievable and a fast learner, she now helps me with my PTSD all so. And can help me up from sitting down in a chair she walks with me and helps to walk a straight line and keeps me from falling. I owe her my life for what she can do for me thank for this beautiful young lady that she is well thank you znd god bless you all.
John C.Michael and Ella Michael

Monday, January 21, 2019

JAN 21 2019

COFFEE WILL BECOME   EXTINCT????  TALK ABOUT BAD NEWS---NOW THAT IS REALLY GONG TO BE A PROBLEM. 
 I WATCH VERY LITTLE ACTUAL TV---  I MEAN---- IF DR POL IS NOT ON , I GRAVITATE TO THE SCIENCE CAHNNEL IN HOPES OF THE MYTHBUSTERS WHICH IS SOMETIMES REPLACED BY  EXTREME ENGINEERING DISASTERS.. WHICH I DO FIND ENTERTAINING....  LAST NIGHT DR POL WAS REPLACED WITH A "WHICH ANIMAL EATS WHICH ANIMAL" -so that was out...  AND I WENT TO THE  SCIENCE /ENGINEERING  CHANNEL -

 I SWEAR I WAS SOBER - THEY TALKED OF CREATING ENERGY WITH A VERY LIGHT REFLECTIVE FILM  THE SIZE  OF THE STATE OF TEXAS  WHICH WOULD ENABLE US TO GET TO SOME GALEXY 74 BILLION LIGHT YEARS AWAY-- GIVE OR TAKE A BILLION..

WHO IS PAYING THESE PEOPLE? ----SOMEBODY PHOTOGRAPHED  A PRETTY BIG- BY MY STANDARDS-  FLIMSY FLOPPY TENT SHAPED THING IN SOME AIRPORT  HANGER WHILE SOME RAtional looking man explained about the texas size FILM and aliens. I TRIED  TO RELATE THE COST OF VIDEOGRAPHERS TO PUT TOGETHER THAT 60 MINUTE AS WERE OUR  COST AT THE 20 MINUTE ON OUR WEB.  I AM 100 % BEHIND THE LECTURE ON CREATIVITY BY KEN ROPBERTSON( TED LECTURE) 

IF I HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE CHANGES  THEY USE IN THE WEATHER CHANNEL MAPS TO ILLUSTRATE RAIN  VS SLEET  VS  SNOW- YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW I RESIST CHANGES PERTAINING TO COFFEE AND ALIENS.
I CAN REMEMBER......
IN COLLEGE-- A FRIEND ( JACKIE-- NOW DARWIN'S WIFE) TOLD  ME OF A REALLY FUTURISTIC PLAN OF CARRYING AROUND A PIECE OF PLASTIC TO BUY GROCERIES.  I FIGURED SHE WAS 100% NUTS...  I TOTALLY LACKED THE ABILITY  TO CONNECT TEH PLASTIC WITH THE WORD INTERNET -  WHICH WAS ANOTEHER INTANGABLE CONCEPT I WAS   UNWILLING TO   ACCEPT.
SO HERE I AM- WATCHING SOME  GUY EARN  HIS LIVING BY TELLING ME IN ALL  SINCERITY THAT ALIENS that got here with the energy from a flim the size of texas   that..  MIGHT OPT  TO STUDY OUR SOCIETY BY  EATING PORTIONS OF OUR FEET.... and i watched it  !!

I SUPPOSE THAT MAKES AS MUCH SENSE AS  OUR SOCIETY DESERVES IN THe FIRST PLACE.
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if that  concept earned someone a buck-- then i have every reason to tell you what i really think about the idea that the  va has for animal assisted therapy.
 the basic concept is a wonderful one animals-- particularly dogs- really help to undo what people do to themselves. 

the va  wanted our input on  having therapy  dogs come  to their  group sessions on fridays- the concept is valid but the result they are esxpecting comes from a better relationship with the dog than a few pats on the head. the "approved therapy dog"  on a leash ( with a gentle leader) for an hour on a friday just will not cut the mustard...  the best idea is one dane to one veteran    like scot and dash ( making a message out of a mess video)    but that is beyond the capabilities of the va- at least at the moment. and there are  all sorts of steps along the way  -- like a facility dog which is owned/managed and taken home  by  one of the people who work there...  possible but complicated...

let me start with the fact that - all i have to do is walk into that complex of 80  attached buildings and i am surrounded by veterans patting my dogs smiling away like they have not smiled in years ( according to the "professionals " there) 

so what would  i do???  given a few bucks and a small space in  the sprawling  military compound... hold your hat...
i would start a doggie day care- ..which would mean that  people in the surounding towns would come and drop off theii  relatively well behaved- and interesting--  family pets  to be entertained for the day -  managed by  the veterans --- oh you would have some sorting to do ..just like they do in all doggie day cares..  so make provision for that -  exercise?  there are inner courtyards already  plus  those 80 building are all attached by  tubes and hallways-- a joggers loop-- 
 try and tell me that  something like these 11 pups in a- nearly- spotless clean room- like our kitchen- would not attract someone who needs to be attracted, instead of being assigned to a group therapy session.

if i can cause a traffic jam of people with just bentley and sizzle imagine what i could do with a megan's march of teh 11-- make that-- what megan could do marching teh 11...

i could run such a doggie day care--- not that i want  the job...... but i sure could plant the seed. - and i know of a person who runs a huge an effective doggie day care center-- so there is an experienced  population to draw  from.
get away from the  "approved  inspected" therapy dog concept and go with someone who runs a commercially successful out fit already- someone who copes with  the odd dog problem and does not get bent out of shape easily.
teh sight of 11 pups running down those horribly sterlle  hallways would do wonders for the place.
an "animalepisodes"  like crew ( bu college kids)   would have no problem in pulling  that one off.

i rest my case..

Sunday, January 20, 2019

JAN 20 2019

  
NOW I AM ANNOYED...I USUALLY GLANCE AT TEH GLOBS OF WEATHERE ON THE INTELLICAST MAP-- BUT A COuPLE WEEKS AGO  THE MAP CHANGED... IT IS NOT NEARLY AS EAsy to read--  i was given this by some pilot saying  he uses  that web. couple weeks ago??? 
 APPARENTLY   PER TEH   "CP NETWORK"   INTELICAST GOT MERGED WITH   XXXXXWUNDABAR - AND I AM NOT HAPPY--  CHANGE IS SOOOOO PAINFUL-- THE COLORS ARE ALL DIFFERENT-
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THE ONLY DOG REPORT I HAVE IS WILLIE--  WITH JOYCE AT  HOME DEPOT-- HE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER...  FIRSTLY SHE LET ALL TEH MEN THERE PAT THE DOG--- WHICH IS ABOUT EH SCENERIO THAT WOULD BE IN PLACE AS A "PEASE GREETER"  AT PEASE AIRBASE....(?PORTSMITH?) - FOR THE TROOPS COMING AND GOING AS THE PLANES GET REFUELED.... AND THEN.... THERE WAS A PUPPY--- FUZZY JACK RUSSEL ABOUT 6 INCHES LONG -- AND WITH WANDA'S ATTITUDE-- RUSHING AT HIM JUMPING ALL OVER HIS FACE. THE PHOTO OP WAS PRICELESS... AND I HOPE EVENTALLY WE GET A PICTURE FROM TEH CROWD TAKEING PICTURES-- I WAS TOO BUSY WATCHING HIS EXACT REACTION  THAT I COULD \NT COPE WITH EVE N GETTING MY PHONE OUT OF MY POCKET...  BUT HE WAS PERFECT .   THIS WILL BE HIS FUTURE JOB AS PEASE GREETER WITH JOYCE..   HIS WILD COLOR AND BOUNDLESS ENERGY WILL BE "SOMETHIGN DIFFERENT "ON THE LINE" -- JUST TO SEE HIM IS TO SMILE....
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THERE IS JUST ABOUT ENOUGH SNOW FOR ME TO TRY PLOWING- 
 --- QUICK---- BEFORE IT RAINS------ I HOPE I WILL BE  SNOW PLOWING AND NOT PLOWING UP ALL OUR NEW HOT TOP- THIS PLOW DOES NOT HAVE SKIDDING FEET ON THE BOTTOM- JUST A STRAIGHT SCRAPER BLADE... IT IS ON SPRINGS FOR A LITTLE RELIEF
I WILL KNOW ALOT MORE ABOUT THIS  BY  THE IDES OF MARCH.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

JAN 19 2019

i had a request for ideas  with training a deaf dane in an obedience class- so here is teh copy paste....
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glad to help with a few ideas... -- our "ariot" is deaf and nearly blind- but does really well.  
security is the big deal-  the dog will want to be in constant contact if totally blind...
 in a class situation....  i have found that lightly holding the dog's ear is very reassuring and  a very easy way to communicate..being a dane and tall enough the ear is usually available  at hand level.. 
with the usual collar/leash drooping for emergency use only.

you want  the 4 basics    walk on-- stop( whoa) - down-- up...  and teh most tricky... stay-- which has to be  "wait, i will be right back"

those commands make the dog very comfortable  to live with-- and no different than a beagle that doesn't listen anyway.
another way.. in a class situation for down stay  might be to put down your jacket- or such and have them stay on it...

you must not let them loose to be confused-- a confused dane is terrified...  even a small enclosed yard is all they need to learn wherre peeing is done..  ---  as they will prefer to be right with you  for security.
and remember -- there is nothing wrong with their sense of smell- and at home, stomping twice on the floor is a good way to call them.

if they can see at all, waving a white kleenex or such--- can work--kleenex  taped  on a fly swatter can help to get that messGE ACROSS...  COME TO THE WAVING WHITE.....

 and have a try with  a few of teh "silent dog whistles" we had one deaf dog that could hear those.
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WATER WATER EVERYWHERE AND NOT A DROP TO DRINK--  WILL PROBABLY BE TEH NEXT FEW DAYS -- 
WE HAVE FOOD-- COSTCO FOOD-- SO NEXT CRITICAL IS UPDATE TEH WAGTER SITUATION IN THE BARN... IT IS A HODGEPODGE OF BUCKETS AND HOSES...

SOMEBODY SENT ME 4 INSULATED COVERS FOR A THE 5 GAL BUCKETS-- WHICH I REALLY NEED TO GO BUY-- WHAT WE HAVE IS PATHETIC...  WE NEED WHITE ONES ONLY TO E SURE THEY ARE KEPT CLEAN...
AND WE COULD HAVE A FEW HANGING IN THE DONKEY STALL - ALL AAT KNEE HIGH BECAUDSE  IF YOUPUT IN A FEW KLOWER ONES, I GUARENTEE MO WILL DRINK OUT OF THOSE AND THE LITTLE GUYS WOULD GO THIRSTY-- SO ALL HAVE TO BE LOW...-- WITH HOOKS THAT DO NOT FREEZE-- LIKE "S" HOOKS-- WHICH WE CAN USE BECAUSE E NEVER LEAVE  HALTERS ON THE DONKEYS TO GET CAUGHT IN THEM-- YOU CAN'T DO THAT IN A HORSE STALL WHEN THE HORSE WEARS A HALTER.

JUST TO MAKE FARMER OUT OF YOU'ALL-- I ALSO WILL GO GET MATCHING 5 GAL BUCKETS- AND TEHN ONE THAT HOPEFULL DOES NOT MATCH--....BECAUSE.... 
TO GET THE ICE OUT OF THE WATER BUCKETS--- EVEN IF SOLID ICE TO THE BOTTOM, ALL YOU NEED FOR 6 OR 8 SOLID  ICE BUCKETS IS 1/2 BUCKET OF WARM WATER--
YOU LINE UP TEH SOLID ONES OUTSIDE THENC GET  ONLY  1/2 BUCKET OF WARM WATER AND DIP THE FROZEN ONE INTO THE WARM-  3 SECONDS... BY ACTUAL COUNT.....  AND TIP IT UPSIDE DOWN AND TH E WHOLE BLOCK SLIDES OUT -- AND TEH BUCKET IS STRIPPED CLEAN AT THE SAME TIME -- HANG  UP THE EMPTIES AND DIP AND FILL THEM UP- OR USE HOSE-- WHATEVER...
AND... THE RED 3 GAL BUCKETS ARE FOR THE DPPING AND FILLING AND NEVER SITTING DOW ON THE FLOOR (TO KEEP THE DIPPING PLACE CLEAN.)

ENOUGH HORSES AND A BAD WINTER  I HAVE OFTEN CONSIDERED BUILDING AN IGLOO AS TEH CHUNKS COLLECT.
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SNOW ( FUN I CAN USE MY NEW PLOW)  BUT THEN TURNS TO ICE-- IS WHAT IS  PREDICTED---A SIGNIFICANT AMMOUNT OF ICE-- LIKE INCHES  OF ICE THEY ARE TALKING.--
AND I KNOW SOMETHING IS COMING... TEH RAODS AND SHOPPING CENTERS ARE  COVERED  WITH SOMETHING... IF NOT SALT, THEN SOMETHING.

I BOUGHT 2 CUTE LITTEL BAGS OF PAW SAFE SWTUFF-- BUT IF WE HAVE INCHES, WE WILL NEED A TRUCKLOAD...
SO BEFORE I PUT MY NEW PLOW ON.......... I NEED TO GO WITH THE DUMP TRAILER AND GET A LOAD OF SAND AT THE ROCK, PEBBLE , SAND STORE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER...( GRAVEL PIT?????)
THEY KNOW ME WELL THERE- FOR ALOT OF  REASONS.

Friday, January 18, 2019

jan 18 2019

THIRD AMBULANCE CALL YESTERDAY-- THINGS GO IN 3'S -- HOPEFULLY NOT IN MULTIPLES OF THREES...  GROMMET AND OAKLY  WERE  both IN THE PARKING AREA YESTERDAY--  AN ERROR IN ARITHMETIC-- I HAVE A RULE OF ONLY 2 OF THOSE ROUND MANLY APPENDAGES ON THE SAME SIDE OF ANY FENCE... BUT WITH GROMMET ANE OAKLEY -- THAT MADE 4-  AND OAKLEY BEING YOUNG HE WAS NOT REALLY INTO A BIG FIGHT-- GROMMET WAS HINDERED BY LINDA WHO NEVER LET GO OF HIS COLLAR-- SO AT ONE POINT SHE WAS DOWN WITH 2 SNARLING SNAPPING  DOGS OVER AND ON HER- WHICH LOOKED DREADFUL FROM TEH PUPPY HILL CAMERA VIEWERS-

ONE "CP" rightly  CALLED ME AT TEH HOUSE -  ALL I HEARD WAS-- PERSON DOWN-- DOGS FIGHT, --BLOOD ALL OVER- SO I FLEW OUT THE DOOR AND TOLD LINDA TO CALL 911-- IT TOOK ME AN EXTRA 30 SECONDS TO GET THERE BECAUSE SOMEONE HAD PARKED A GOLF CART BLOCKING MY CAR-  ONCE I SAW LINDA WAS OK AND THE BLOOD WAS NOT SQUIRTING ANYWHERE, I TRIED TO TURN OFF THE AMBU.
  YOU CAn not do that... once called, they come and have to check out the problem..
 linda by now was in her car-- with grommet , ready to go home- but she had to get out and have her blood pressure taken.

so in the shakedown  analysis-- 2 things--- linda should have let go - i have a rule-- once a dog fight gets started - go have coffee- they will make a mess of each other-- but other than some gaping holes, they survive.---  teh second thing is---- per all our adi accreditation, my car is teh designated emergency vehicle which should be 100% available and full of gas.  we need to redo the golf cart  proceedures.
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todays fyi---this  may be wonderful- it also might be  like the day we had 600 people at mail call trying to touch thier nose with their toe-- ( remember that one?..i can do that !!)---- this is a video by a chiropractor suggesting you  can  improve teh drainage of your sinus by massaging pathways  across your head to  beneath and  in front of your ear  then down your neck and tapping that pocket where your neck hits your shoulder.
both grace and i have been doing that for 1/2 hour now.   to be continued.... 
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today-----teh VA at  Hanscom field ( bedford) has asked us ( judy and i ) to come and talk to them about dogs n general-- they ( apparently the VA) are beginning to take animal assisted therapy seriously ( AAT)- i think it sounds like tehy are wantign therapy dogs- on  every friday - which is not the kind of thing we could do  mostly because bedford is  an hour each way  and it is not a quick run thru  as it is with  teh senior living places...   whatever they need, i am sure we could do-- except it would detract from our origional mission... and ..per usual... t hey- at the moment do not offer any pay-  so to maximise our benefit for veterans, we will probably be offering advice only--

first problem-- we are to go to building 72--  i know this place---   they have an information building--- it is way far as possible from the only entrance to the complex.- and all the parking bears little relationship to accessing  any of teh many buildings.  i looked at teh satelite image ---take route 4  off 128 and it is out there-- with a golf course that is easily identified.  just think of judy and i wandering around those 80 odd governmental  buildings with dogs...  i suggested we go very early.
it should be interesting.  somehow i don't expect it to be  financially profitable... but what the heck.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

jan 17 2019

HOW  DID WE GET TO 2019?  I AM STILL CARRYING THE DRAFT OF 2017'S  IRS 990 FORM ON MY "TO DO LIST."   DESK.... REASON BEING .. I HAVE NOT HAD A SUFFICIENT ANSWER TO HOW  " THE  ACCOUNTANT"  GOT SOME OF THE NUMBERS.
SEEEEE... I UNDERSTOOD IT WHEN I DID IT.. IT WAS SIMPLE--- YOU GOT MONEY IN AND PUT IT IN THE BANK AND WROTE CHECKS ON IT...-- THEN OUR INCOME GOT OVER 500K-- WHICH IS HELPFUL FOR RUNNING THIS PLAQCE*******  EXCEPT******* PER THE IRS WE NOW NEED AN OFFICIAL CPA-- NOT ONLY A SIMPLE CPA-- BUT ONE WITH AN EXTRA KICK - SORT OF SUPER CPA...
THE TRANSITION FROM ME AND A SPREAD SHEET TO LIFE IN THEIR WORLD -- WAS PAINFUL---  I WAS ALWAYS AWAre that if i bought a mower for $2000- that normal people would say that had an expected life of 12 years  and would deduct  blah blah blah  - but aROUND HERE- EXPECTED LIFE IS  CALCULATED IN HOURS- SO I JUST IGNORED THE deductinle  TOPIC--IF I SPENT THE MONEY IT WAS SPENT.  HOW-- OR WHY-- THE IRS SAYS IF YOU SPEND MONEY, YOU REALLY ON LY CAN DEDUCT 1/12 OF IT --when it falls apart can i get tho other 11/12THS AS A CASH REFUND? NO... ONLY THEN DO  YOU GET TO DEDUCT THE 11/12 THS gets complicated 
 THAT CONCEPT IS BAD ENOUGH

 BUT LETS TRY- HOW DO YOU  TREAT  GRANT MONEY?--- how do i????? GIVE ME A CHECK.... I WILL PUT IT IN THE  BANk  AND SPEND IT.  CASE CLOSED.
 NOT WITH THESE FANCY CPA'S methods.....-- BOTH EXPLORE.ORG AND CUMMINGS HAVE GIVEN US 2 YEAR GRANTS    EXPLORE.ORG IS $150 PER YEAR ($300K FOR TTHOSE MATHMATICALLY CHALLANGED) AND CUMMINGS $$50 ( $100)  THESE "NEW" ACCOUNTANTS HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE TOTAL $300  - OF WHICH YOU GET TO SPEND $150 AND CARRY THE OTHER   $150 AS A "RECIEVEABLE" .
MY PROBLEM IS... IN 2017  TEH ACCOUNTANT SAYS OUR INCOME WAS 815K-   we never had 815   I JUST CAN NOT JUGGLE THE 2 X 150 + 2 X 50 AND THROW IN THE 220 SHATUPON IS THAT  donaton or a fundraiser  and i can not get 815- so i have not  got it out of my head....T his has held up all transactionS  with teh irs-- aND TEH IRS AIN'T GONNA LIKE IT

i think now-- with alot of teh gov't shut down it might be a good chance to =see if i can sneak in all teh paperwork-- one thing i did do was send " estimate" money-- so they can not get upset about that...  i have had several run in's with the irs- and always found them to be reasonable--- which does not mean it always goes in my favor-- but i do not fear them as teh advewrtisemsnts would have you believe...
 there is alot  to un roll.
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Carlene,

I just wanted to send  a note to let you know how Dolly and I are doing.

We have been doing great. She is amazing, I know I always say that but it is because it is so true. Her dedication to me is astounding. 

We have been paired for a little over 4 years now and many days, are just our normal days. Get up, go to work, run errands, ect. We have just gotten into what I would call Life. Then there will be days like the other day... We had gone to work even though the weather was not good, cold, some ice and blowing and drifting snow. Before Dolly I would NEVER have even considered stepping outside, let alone go to work. But my life is different now, and to work I went. By the time we left work the snow had drifted outside the door and to where we had parked. The snow was about 1/3- 1/2 way up to my knee. In the past I would have literally froze with fear. I physically would not have been able to walk through that, but this day was different. I held tightly to Dolly's harness and told her to walk slow as she very gently walked me to the car. I could not have been more proud of myself or of her! 

She has this sense about her that knows when I am more confident because I am having a good day and she can step a little faster and there are other times when she can sense that I am struggling or unsure and she adjusts, to accommodate me. Often it doesn't even need to be a spoken word. I believe she can tell by the way I am griping her harness. She can feel my energy and because of the bond we have together she knows just what I need and adjusts herself to help me. 

She has changed my life, SDP has changed my life and for that I am so grateful. Thank you a million times over...

Brenda & Dolly