Sunday, August 28, 2016

AUG 28 2016
one week to go    BRICKS  SOLD  AAAAAUUUUGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH.
THE BRICK GUY GAVE ME A SPREADSHEET OF ALL THE DONORS SINCE JAN 2016-- VERY INTERESTING--ONE SPECTACULAR THING IS NO ONE BOUGHT A BRICK ON THE 10 DAYS BEFORE 4/15..( INCOME TAX DAY)  ALL THOSE $10 ARE SO CRITICAL... SO FOR THOSE WHO CAN SPARE IT... DON'T FORGET IT... IT IS KEEPING US ALIVE !!!
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AND TOMORROW THEY POUR CONCRETE.. SO I AM  TOLD...
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YESTERDAY----. 2 THANK YOUS...... WE HAD A NICE LETTER FROM A  LOCAL POLICE STATION- THEY WERE SO PLEASED TO GET THE LIFE SAVERS A VOLUNTEER  HAD GIVEN THEM-- AND AT MAIL CALL A CP INCLUDED  A LETTER SHE HAD REDCIEVED FROM HER POLICE DEPARTMENT.
SCREWY IDEA-- BUT LIFE SAVERS ARE NOT EXPENSIVE... AND EASY TO CARRY IN YOUR CAR TO STICK OUT THE WINDOW AND GIVE  TO SOME POLICE PERSON STANDING ON SOME STREET CORNER..
BRAVE THE STORM -- BUY A FEW ROLLS AND KEEP THEM READY--
LIKE THE CAKE TO FIRE DEPRTMENTS ON THE 19TH... WHY NOT???

I SUPPOSE I SHOULD DO SOMETHING FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN AROUND SDP... THAT IS THE TRASH COLLECTOR--  WELL MAYBE HE IS TE 2ND MOST IMPORTANT-- I WOULD HAVE TO PUT THE PERSON WHO MAKES SURE OUR WATER RUNS IS TEH MOST CRITICAL...  BUT TRASH IS SECOND !!

WATER-- ONE OF THOSE THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED
EXCEPT FOR THOSE IN FLINT MICH....

I AM TOLD IPSWICH HAS 20 DAYS OF WATER LEFT- THEY DON'T SAY WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT... AND NO SIGNIFICANT RAIN IS DUE FOR MONTHS... I GUESS WE DRAW WATER FROM BOSTON SOURCES..
NOT LOOKING GOOD.  WE USE AN AWFUL LOT OF WATER, I HOPE THEY DON'T THREATEN TO SHUT US OFF...  BUT IT MIGHT COME TO THAT... YOU CAN'T MAKE THE STUFF.  WE ARE DOING LESS LAUNDRY AND GIVING KENNELS JUST A QUICK SPRAY OFF-- I WAS ABOUT TO SAY   "THAT IS THE BEST WE CAN DO"   BUT IT CLEARLY IS NOT.  THE BEST WOULD BE TO HANG ALL DIRTY LAUNDRY OUT AND LET THE BREEZES  HELP.. WE WOULDN'T SMELL AS GOOD....

THE BIG FARM UP THE STREET  HAS A HUGE WATERING /FIRE POND  WHICH IS NEARLY DOWN TO MUD ONLY.-- WE MAY NOT HAVE ANY CORN ON  THE COB THIS YEAR...
 AND WE ARE ABOUT TO SHUT OFF OUR FOUNTAINS BECAUSE THEY MAY BE DRAWING MUD SOON...

I WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR BOSTON'S  CHARLES RIVER IS CLEAN ENOUGH FOR SWIMMING  -- I HAD HEARD OF A GROUP OF   "CLEAN UP THE CHARLES"  BUT I ASSUMED THEY WOULDN'T GET ANYTHING DONE.. BUT APPARENTLY THEY HAD CLOUT SOMEWHERE. I CAN REMEMBER 70 YEARS AGO MY MOTHER WAS TRYING TO CLEAN UP THE HUDSON... 
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ANNIE WAS HERE ALL YESTERDAY ... LOOKING AND ACTING BETTER ALL THE TIME...
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NOT SLEEPING  MUCH I GOT TO WATCHING TEH 1980'S ON CNN- AND IT DID MAKE ME WONDER.. HOW MANY OF THE PRESIDENTS WERE LEFT HANDED....?


A DULL NIGHT... 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

aug 27 2016

n.b. the beef jerky  which was went last week has been moved off my desk.... could have been a nasty accident-  it was  not for steve, but rather bentley.. .
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i have decided i know what is hurting american society-- it is the permissive method of child rearing..too many parents were given books on how to raise a child... if you had time to read a book like that ,, you had a real problem in the first place.. i can not count the number of times a total stranger will come up and say " i  wish my kids ( GRANDKIDS) BEHAVED AS WELL AS YOUR DOG" ---- IT IS BEYOND BEING FUNNY.... i watch kids and parents... most any kid with  a normal IQ has found out that  there exists a system that can be manipulated to their liking.  
.i see so many kids manipulating thier parents-- and hear horror stories of problems teachers have  in school trying to discipline a bunch of hoodlums who can threaten to sue their parents....i bet to this day my kids knew that if they came home with a note about not behaving in class  they would have some real problems-- 50 years ago i did not have to worry about whether my kids were abused because i made them get up at 7am every day to care for a bunch of horses... and furthermore, my kids would never have thought of going to school and compalining how abused they were because i made them get up even sat and sunday  at 7 am.. i have got old eniough  to see the results of   a few kids who were allowed to be "in charge"...instinctly they land on some welfare/workmans comp/ disability  still looking for what they had as a child.. a free ride.  we have a whole society of these people.
we also have too many people.. 
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i can remember-- maybe 10 years ago  -  janine and my grandson - colby-  were living here in the guest house while she sold/bought a house... colby's other grandparents learned that i had strung an electric wire aqcross the door to the guest house  and reported teh danger to DSS.. up the driveway came a man and woman to investigate this "dangerous environment" for the child...only to be confrunted by a 12" high very annoyed white bird "rufus" who was attacking their hubcaps and 750 pound donkey "mary"  with her head in the  car window trying to open their glove compartment... poor things... they were city folk and there  was nothing in their manual to  tell them what to do...  it took a while to  get them to see the necessity of the wire across the door.. it was an electric fence wire  to keep mary  from going in a rummagining around the cereal boxes leavign a mess of cardboard and sugary cereal in the kitchen.  they finally decided altho it was unusual, there was nothing basically wrong.  '
i would be willing to bet that 10 years later they would report it differently because they would fear some  liability.
99% of our laws are made by lawyers, rather than people of logical  scientific training...
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 three people hae sent me this-- and i smile every time i red it... so i share......
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AN OLD WOMAN WALKED UP AND TIED HER OLD MULE TO THE HITCHING POST.
AS SHE STOOD THERE, BRUSHING SOME OF THE DUST FROM HER FACE AND CLOTHES, A YOUNG GUNSLINGER STEPPED OUT OF THE SALOON WITH A GUN IN ONE HAND AND A BOTTLE OF WHISKEY IN THE OTHER. THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER LOOKED AT THE OLD WOMAN AND LAUGHED, "HEY OLD WOMAN, HAVE YOU EVER DANCED?"

THE OLD WOMAN LOOKED UP AT THE GUNSLINGER AND SAID, "NO,... I NEVER DID DANCE... NEVER REALLY WANTED TO."

A CROWD HAD GATHERED AS THE GUNSLINGER GRINNED AND SAID "WELL, YOU OLD BAG, YOU'RE GONNA DANCE NOW," AND STARTED SHOOTING AT THE OLD WOMAN'S FEET.

THE OLD WOMAN PROSPECTOR -- NOT WANTING TO GET HER TOE BLOWN OFF --STARTED HOPPING AROUND. EVERYBODY WAS LAUGHING. WHEN HIS LAST BULLET HAD BEEN FIRED, THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER, STILL LAUGHING, HOLSTERED HIS GUN AND TURNED AROUND TO GO BACK INTO THE SALOON.

THE OLD WOMAN TURNED TO HER PACK MULE, PULLED OUT A DOUBLE-BARRELED SHOTGUN, AND COCKED BOTH HAMMERS.
THE LOUD CLICKS CARRIED CLEARLY THROUGH THE DESERT AIR, AND THE CROWD STOPPED LAUGHING IMMEDIATELY.

THE YOUNG GUNSLINGER HEARD THE SOUNDS, TOO, AND HE TURNED AROUND VERY SLOWLY. THE SILENCE WAS ALMOST DEAFENING. THE CROWD WATCHED AS THE YOUNG GUNMAN STARED AT THE OLD WOMAN AND THE LARGE GAPING HOLES OF THOSE TWIN BARRELS.

THE BARRELS OF THE SHOTGUN NEVER WAVERED IN THE OLD WOMAN'S HANDS, AS SHE QUIETLY SAID, "SON, HAVE YOU EVER KISSED A MULE'S ASS?"

THE GUNSLINGER SWALLOWED HARD AND SAID, "NO M'AM... BUT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO.

THERE ARE FIVE LESSONS HERE FOR ALL OF US:

1 - Never be arrogant.
2 - Don't waste ammunition.
3 - Whiskey makes you think you're smarter than you are.
4 - Always make sure you know who has the power.
5 - Don't mess with old people; they didn't get old by being stupid.

Friday, August 26, 2016

aug 26 2016
i forgot to ask steve to do a "cookie off" at 7pm when he left, and the dogs were up earlier again..  with horses, there is often a  stable routine of "watering off" at 9pm..  we need to have the last person out at 7pm run thru witha handfull of cookies per dog  so they go another hour  in the morning...before they are all starving...
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report of the eye surgery-- really no problem  --- with whatever they gave  me i was awake  but i just didn't care what they did.. now with one eye fixed, the difference in colors as a cp mentioned, is alarming..out of my undone eye the blankets were tan colored.. but withthe fixed eye, the same were bright white...
this morning with using both eyes my brain is making the adjustment so the difference in color is no longer quite so 
distinctive.

since i was quite young i wondered if what i see as green, passed thru another persons eyes and brain , i might see as red.  it is a very hard concept to describe, and my question usually got tossed ..leaving me to wonder how perfectly sane and sober "intellectuals" could make very strange statements about whether a dog is color blind.
.... i  once sat and listened to a person give a "scientific study" on how her dog could read.... when i saw all kinds of loopholes in the thought process.  dogs can do alot of things far better than humans- reading is not one of them.  she would hold up  signs that said "bark"   and "down" but  even i could tell from her body language what she wanted the dog to do.  you can design all sorts of tests that seem logical to humans, but you are forgettingsome basic problems... like   , ??how can we tell that the signs don't smell differently? the dog could be thinking ' that cardboard  with ink on it....came from a box that held parmesian cheese and when they  hold it up i am to bark.

carrying that one further... i have never been convinced that if i say "down"  and another person  days "down" that the many subtle differences in tone and pitch the words might not sound anything the same to  a dog.  they don't know the word is spelled the same...it doesn't sound the same....so when handled by a different person an adjustment has to be made...  .. the first sd i put out  in 2004  "annie"  went with a person  who is profoundly deaf.. and does not speak... after she had the dog for a  week  she made a slight noise of air blowing thru her teeth and annie  went down, just as she did when i said "down."
now apply that concept to all the people who tell me they have a german shephard from germany and they  have to use only german words.....   i have trouble  with that....  and  some are serious...

when either megan or i  pick up a whiffle bat and  say "knock it off"  any dog has no doubt about what eiterh of us mean..... it is all body language...the  choice of expletives before or after do not matter.

this may be desk moving day...-- hopefully getting dogs in one end and linda and shipping dept in the other end...  so prepare for that...

when i watch  people sweep the floor behind me- i think of dog fest, and the details that have to be swept in a pile...
my basic responsibilities are done   clambake and portapotties  ordered..
i am told linda as notw ordered teh shirts-- and we will have a few extra-- not many--- mostly  to accomodate  any errors in our screwy accounting/ordering methods...
and the posters... we have a new toy to play with... i bought 1000 foot roll of plaxtic tubing and a sealer--mostly for the posters, but we could bag keychains just to play with it.--

actually , i think this is what mark has to make bubble wrap with the big bubbles he uses shipping his dart boards...
i worry about that idea   ---  thinking if  the stuff shipped from china was sealed in plastic,  , then that  is chinese polution we are breathing when we open it...


and so it goes...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

aug 25 2016



i am up and dressed in my best nurses scrubbs...and minus any coffeeeeeeee... NPO AFTER MIDNIGHT  usually the sign is on the dogs kennels  for thier pre surgery... now it is on my. door
i am due at the hospital at 6:30 so donna is coming here at 6..
 for just my left eye----  they both need it but i didn't want to risk both eyes at once... i have a PHD  in  murphy's law you know....
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short doggie...

shannon 47(trainer)  made a very astute observation about  yesterdays dog  training comments......
"If I were about to swing a shovel at someone's head, would he learn most from hearing "Duck!" before, during, or after I swung the shovel? Obviously, before...
SPOT. ON. regarding the timing of "no" THEN the foot stomp! I hope other trainers read that too, that is such critical information. "NO" and foot stomp at the same time is not as effective at all, and foot stomp followed by "NO" is a waste of a good "no".
--shannon

she is good.....execellent comment  to get across a training lesson.... and  darn it, she and her husband have bought a house in denver---moving in october.. %$^&*()_+

big discussion yesterday with ann  about the fact that soooo mnay people who know one little piece about us, don.t realize the rest....
like....   THE cameras..
the comments under the cameras
the daily doggie
and heaven forbid  MAILCALL !!
so we talked about pulling a list off the chicken brick list and  send them a  brief 'just in case you didn't know......"   

yesterdays dd was sort of generic-- i.e. didn't require much previous knowledge if you wipe out the building  paragraph...so ann is writing an introduction to dd.... and we plan to send it out to teh brickers....memsaoic will sort the initial   duplicates and   the constant contact will sort out duplicates with those who alsready get it... so i am told...
so be prepared for strange things in the next week... and there is an unsubscribe note.. which once you have unsubscribed, i can not put you back on -- per constant contact......

we have a very constant readership with those who get it in their  mail-- it is right around 904 individual openings every day..  ann says it is quite addictive-- and goes well with a cuppa coffee  in the morning.-- then shared with over 1700.. +  add in the ones who read it off the web page...another 3-400
it is frighteining.....especially when my head is filled with dribble..
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a cp sent 3 rolls of lifesavers -- i will put them to good use...by putting them in somebody's car...we had such a good laugh over handing them out the window to a stonefaced policeman who was totally bored directing traffic around   construction-- he laughed when he saw the lifesavers we had handed him...
how do we get that  concept on the national news?
have at it-- good project for the day....
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AND I HAVE HAD NO COFFEEEEEEEEE

there was another comment yesterday  worth a chuckle..

george myers had an extra water cooler he said we could have--- i said i would go to his house and pick it up from his porch...
his comment...."good, i will put your name on it  just in case you get here and can't remember what  you were here to pick up "   
he is no spring chicken either.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

aug 24 2016
this building department  has caused  is the most  absurd waste of money i have ever been a part of..... they are having to dig up all thouse huge tree stumps we burried in 1978... all the time being worried that the "insoector" will not approve of what type soil is where....  we dug a hole and burried stumps--we are lucky it is only stumps they are digging up... useless fact of the day... a 1000 pound horse down 6 feet does not 100%  go away in 10 years. this mamouth "foundation"   they are preping for is down only 4 feet... let us pray...

i can only think of auntie mame brush with the restrictions of a gated community   ,..."i'm  going to offer this place as  a home for homeless pregnant  unwed mothers" .......and ... "exclusive of what and restricted to whom?"
that broadway show  was back when the words pregnant and unwed just did not go together  at all.
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puppy lesson of the day..
the 4 were chewing on each othr in the kitchen-- problem = bored.. so we let them out  behind me for new areas to explore.. and they are being good... sort of... but they went toward the sunroom door and the overnighter tried pushing them away one after another and as quickly as she pushed another took his place..  wrong concept...

i asked her to stamp her feet... hard... and the 2 pups looked at those feet and decided to go somewhere else.
case closed... do not use your muscles to physically move our dogs around... let them figure it out for themselves...  eventually they will be too big anyway...  if she  could add an emphatic "no" to the routine  she would be training .... now get the timing right of "no" a split second before the foot stamp, and you have become a dog trainer big time-- that will last thru their careers..  cause them to think..... shoving them backwards is a lost cause...that  just  makes them think,  "i should have pushed harder"---  and since they will weigh over 150 pounds, that is  going to label them as uncontrolled hopeless dog.
it is not too young-- that is an excuse i find appalling  -- i have heard people with much smaller dogs tell me in great authority "he's only  a year old, you can't expect him to behave perfectly" BS...
i hate to see what that person's kids are like .
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people offer me their children -- or more often-- their grand children  with comic regularity.

there was a time  when i told one of my children not to touch the electric  fence wire...  that is in janine's  book....
then as they got older, there was a time when, if i wanted someone to touch the wire to see if  it was working, i had to pay them 25 cents.
( now that they are 50 or more, i am in trouble... inflation being what it has been.) 
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we had a lovely time driving to EBSCO yesterday... we came to a road block  with a policeman at either end...  i had  in my car the  carton of life savers a CP had given us...-- so i smiled and handed one to each of the policemen  they laughed and thanked me.. everyone in my car giggled and we all had a lovely time..  all for the passing of 2 rolls of life savers...
that is one good part of aging... you get to be a nutty old person who has possibly abandoned all "normal" sense.
we all laughed at that one.   
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tomoorow  i have eye surgery-- so i may not get to a DD ----  tho i don't know why not...
that is another facet of aging... rushing to the " why make the effort" too quickly..  and inertia sets in...big time.

i am guilty.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

aug 23 2016.
big doings... mostly because i am told there is a big tractor by the tipi--so my to do list would be very long if i could remember everything all at once..    my head goes something like this...
tractor--= dig =extra dirt=?parking area= hole=concrete =floor drains=  ?cranney= electrical=inspections =potential trouble...
"they" ( building inspectore) insisted i have a surveyer "Pin" the corners of the building for considerable cost...- and i am sure if this was new york city , every quarter of an inch makes a difference- but this is 12 acres with this building well away from any property line.....
i submit for town reference my money would have been much better spent  by having me stand out there with jeff and pointing  HERE. whata crock !!
in case you are new and don't know about my life with building inspectors-- look over the past 20 years of the daily doggies.
actually-- my history goes back even further....  about 1970   when i lived in lynnfield  --- again small house- big barn kind of life   style.......i had 2 problems--- one was the magazine that i worked for was growing to the point that  the number of books delivered weekly was outgrowing  the space in the barn.... and ..  rather than involve the spca on a case of animal abuse with a pony tied to a fence in hot weather with no water for 2 days, i simply bought the pony who was skin and bones-- i was afraid to put it in the barn with the other 14  kids 4h horses-so i decided- very quickly to put up a one car size building right on the driveway--  
you won't believe this--- but i went to the town to get a permit !!!  and they asked who was going to build it..  i said  "i was"  and got the usual  "ever built anything like this before?".... no... so that SOB   said "well if you are building it it won't stand up long enough to need a permit"  
janine went  to  "the old place" yesterday and reports that  one car shed is still standing and looks good.  if my math is correct-- that is 46 years later.-- it was the beginning of a great career in building...  then... . i sat in the dirt with a stick and tried to figure out  how "pointy to make th eroof... and how to keep those rafters from pushing sidewasy .. and designed  the A type support--  with zero knowledge... thus proving dumb luck will prove building inspectors have no use on a farm...--.
i  rethought that pony many times .  the kids named him  "bones"  and because he was in a small pasture where the public could see him, they reported to the spca that i had not taken care of him... so teh "inspectors" came and looked over the rest of the fat and healthy beasts we already had...and i realized... that if he was not healthy he would have been dead--so i probably did not have to build that building anyway.

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so today....
we have to take the 4 pups and a few other dogs to ebsco-- a company in ipswich  who has been very kind in donating all their extra conference food to us for a few months...--
the job smacks of all my  old animal episodes jobs.. which got planned by establishing a DD (down the driveway)  time and working toward that.   apparently an ourside lunch area where we can turn the pups loose and let people enjoy them with out fencing them in-- we will take smiley with us with the run-able legs  - tho i don't expect them to wander at all... most people with a bunch of pups would take fencing... lets see how we do... i am willing stick my neck out and say tapping the can for the "megan march" routine will keep them going the same direction..... let us pray...  bentley- as teh trained dog will get told to lie down and stay somewhere...  and megan and  xxxxx will have 2 dogs in  training...-- 
it is a very delicate maneuver between trying to get on the front page... and staying off it...
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i had a lovely nap in the tipi yesterday there are only a couple chairs and a fan there-- so it is without all the modern tech, thus reducing life to its basics. i had an aunt who used to  say "blessed be nothing" -   she is the one who did the needlepoint in the guest house   " happy to share with you such as we've go.. the leaks in the roof, the soup in the pot".....bright lady...
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so at 2am when i wqs  watching  "how it is made"  they showed a ghillie kettle--   bless the british-- it looks so well thought out   that i had to come to ebay and immediatey bought one...
it is a way of boiling water using only minimal fuel.. like a couple sheets of newsprint.. similar in theory to the charchol brick starter .... so the british could have  their cuppa tea anywhere, anytime.   it shoulde arrive  in a week...  the whole concept makes the keurig coffee maker look like an unnecessary evil contraption to fill  land fills with little plastic tubs.... 

it is worth a  google search...

Monday, August 22, 2016

AUG 22 2016

AH.. THE SIMPLE JOYS OF LIFE...
LIKE MY BIG.SCRAPBASKET MADE OF A PURINA  DOG FOOD BAG..... ONE OF THE ANNOYING THINGS I HAVE GOT RID OF IS MY  NORMAL SCRAPBASKET. ----A CUTE LITTLE THING  OF A DEVIOUS NATURE...FIRSTLY IT WAS SHORTER THAN MY DESK-- GRAVITY BEING WHAT IT IS, I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I HAD TO RUMMAGE THRU THE NASTY THING LOOKING FOR AN OBJECT GRAVITY HAD SNATCHED FROM MY DESKTOP--"THE BAG"  IS TALLER THAN MY DESK...SO UNLESS GOLDIE GETS IN THE LEVITATION ACT, I HAVE ELIMINATED AN ANNOYING FACET OF SDP.... A SHORT SNEAKY  SCRAPBASKET.
IT DOES NARROW THE PASSAGE FROM SUN ROOM TO FRONT DOOR...WHICH  TODAY MUST BE  IMPROVED UPON.
FIRSTLY WE HAVE HAD NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS  "YOU COULD DO BETTER"  FROM THE PRUDENCE COMMITTEE-NAMELY  BAILEY.
SHE REALLY DOES NEED A FEW MOFRE STRIPS OF  THAT WONDERFUL FLOORING STUFF SENT BY BARBARA HIESS FROM PIG INDUSTRIES????? BOY I HOPE I HAVE THAT RIGHT...ANYWAY SHE SENT A 40 POUND  ROLL OF STICK DOWN STUFF  MAYBE ⅛  INCH THICK...I AM NOT SURE WHAT INDUSTRY DOES WITHT IT, BUT AT CRAZY ACRES, IT IMPROVES TRACTION FOR THE OLD WOMEN IN THE  CROWD  NAMELY BAILEY AND ME.  THE EDGES STAY STUCK DOWN AMID HOURLY SWEEPINGS AND DAILY WASHINGS FOR A MONTH-- THE STUFF STAYS ON THE FLOOR !  WHEN SHE SENT IT TO US  SHE ASKED US TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ELSE  WAS GOOD OR BAD..
WELLLLLLL.... I BET SHE NEVER EXPEDCTED THIS... BUT -- THE DOGS DO NOT SEEM TO LIKE TO PEE PR POOP ON IT.... PREFERRING THE NAKED FLOOR.
QUICKLY REMIND YOURSELF   WHY  DO YOU READ THIS THING????
MOVING ON....BAILEY STOPS AT THE DOORWAY -- VERY CLEARLY REQUESTING ANOTHER STRIP OR TWO SO SHE CAN MAKE  IT TO THE FRONT DOOR -  BEING JOSTLED BY OTHER RUDE YOUNGSTERS IS VERY HARD ON THE OLD LADY....  WHO OTHERWISE IS DOING WELL AT 13+ YEARS OLD..

I DON'T THINK SHE COULD SUPPORT ANY MORE SKIN APPENDAGES THAN SHE ALREADY HAS...  BUT THEY ALL SEEM HEALTHY POLYP SORT OF THINGS----  JUST DO NOT ASSUME ANY ARE TICKS,  THEY CAN'T BE PULLED OFF.
OTHER THAN THAT , AND A BIG BOX OF BABY WIPES TO TIDY UP AFTER A WALK AROUND HER LIFE SEEMS STILL A VERY HAPPY ONE OF CHASING BENTLEY OR CHAOS OFF ONE SOFA OR ANOTHER AS SHE STANDS AND STARES TIL ONE OF US  CHASES THE OFFENDING  DOG OFF WHATEVER SOFA IS IN QUESTION. LUCKILY WITH ENOUGH VOLUNETTERS AND CP'S   THERE IS HELP AROUND...
WELL THAT AND A SLING ON HER REAR FOR THE 2 STEPS UP TO THE PORCH JUST TO STEADY HER IN CASE.. SHE DOES SEEMM TO NAVAGATE THEM BUT IS IN FEAR OF FALLING... SO WITH THE SLING IN PLACE SHE WILL TROT RIGHT UP THE STEPS.  THE MANUEVER TAKES TWO PEOPLE-- ONE ON THE GROUND  TO "PASS THE TORCH" TO  ANOTHER ON THE POORCH.  SHE WILL WAIT FOR ALL TO BE IN PLACE...
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GOING BACK TO NARROWING THE PASSAGEWAY, A HUGE FACTORF IS THE YUPPY PUPPY- CAUSING ME  NEARLY EXTREME  AGRIVATION... HISTORICALLTY- BEFORE WE  WENT THRU ALL THIS BUSINESS "STUFF "  AND GOT  ACCREDITED, ALL MY PUPS COUODL USE THE THING. NOW WITH ALL THE PAPERWORK IN PLACE  ONLY A VERY FEW DOGS KNOW HOW TO USE IT-- YET IT HAS A PLACE OF HONOR- RIGHT BEHIND ME CONSTANTLY REMINDING ME THE DAMAGING EFFECTS OF INSISTING ALL SLIPS OF PAPER BE FILED IN A BUSINESSLIKE MANNER... AND "THE DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST"
 WELL THERE ARE ONLY 4 PUPS IN THIS LITTER  AND I T BOTHERS ME I HAVE NOT SHOWWN ENOUGH POEOP LE HOW TO TRAIN A PUP TO USE IT

WHICH BRINGS UP--- I CAN SHOW POEPLE HOW TO TRAIN PUPS, BUT IF YOU  DON;T HAVE THE CONCENTRATION AND  SPLIT SECOND TIMEING, YOU  WILL DO MORE UN-TRAINING THAN TRAINING 

THE BIG  TRAINING LESSON OF THE DAY-- EVERYTIME YOU ARE HANDLING A DOG HERE, YOU ARE TRAINING IT.  LOOK AT THE HEAD OF THE DOG YOU ARE TRAINING/HANDLING  ...   A  BIG-- NO HUGE--- HUGE ANNOYANCE IS FOR ME TO SEE SOMEONE  STOP TO TALK TO ANOTHER PERSON AND BE MORE CONCERNED WITH MAKING POLITE  EYE CONTACT RWITH THE PERSON  THAN WITH THE WITH A DOG ON A LEASH.-- ESPECIALLY WHEN THE LEASH IS ANYTHING LIKE TIGHT... I REALLY BOIL INSIDE...   THAT INCLUES WHEN I RIDE BY ON MY GOLF CART -- YOU ALL KNOW WHAT I LOOK LIKE-- DON'T LOOK AT ME--- PAY ATTENTION TO THE DOG  YOU HAVE ON A LEASH.... IT JUST GIVES ME GREAT ANGER.. 

 YOU CAN TALK WITHOUT EYE CONTACT !!!

AND HEAVEN FORBID--- DO NOT RUN THESE 4 PUPS DOWN THE DRIBEWAY  AND LOOK AT ANYTHING EXCEPT YOUR FEET IN RELATION TO THOSE PUPS.... THEY DART AND RUN IN FRONT SO QUICKELY, YOU COULD DO TERRIBLE DAMAGE-- ALL SO YOU COULD MAKE EYE CONTACT AND TALK TO SOMEONE???/ FORGET THAT... 

WHEN IT IS THE WORST?  "SMILE FOR THE CAMERA?" THE PERSON DOES AND SNATCHES UP ON THE LEASH TO POSITION THE DOG....THEN FOR POSTERITY WE HAVE A DOCUMENTATION OF NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO THE DOG... BUT SMILING  !  


THUS ENDETH THE LESSON FOR THE DAY.