Friday, October 23, 2020

OCT 23 2020 TRAINING "NOT TO"

 


TRAINING 101....    HOW TO EXPLAIN TO A PUPPY THAT CERTAIN BEHAVIORS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE???   

2020 10 23

 

Puppies and children have to know discipline and if this is upsetting to anybody my apologies -----but rather than REstrict or prevent a dog from eating MY  dinner off my table there has to be some communication .. with with pups two or three months old I use couple fingers--- two fingers and I strike the offending part usually the nose .just lightly but significantly and if they repeat the effort to eat my dinner they get another--- THE  IDEA ---you don't have to do that more than about twice before they decide it's not going to work .. if you take your hand and push them away then they resent being pushed away and their mind is still on eating your dinner …   if they attempt to eat your dinner and they find they get banged in the nose not hard but bag they get a chance to think about it and decide they better do something else I explain this in great detail 2 some of the puppy handlers yesterday ---  as one of the puppies was eating her shoe that still had her foot in it she tried to push it away that didn't work it just came back stronger so I said take two fingers and strike the puppy in the nose he can't hit too hard with two fingers that's not a problem and the puppy stopped for a split second and went back to do it again which point I sent him again two fingers and she did which the puppy backed up and looked at the show turned around and walked away .. I told her at that point she trained that puppy and Furthermore I wanted to know if that same puppy ever did that again .. the only report I've had so far is it didn't happen yesterday but that was a learning experience ---two fingers snapped on the nose a little bit and the puppy just decides but that's not a good idea ..

 

that's one of the many basic concepts of training our service dogs ---- you don't push them away and let them wonder why they can't do something you show them that certain behaviors are not acceptable and they decide to do something else ..  that makes for a much more livable puppy dog . . 

 With so many dogs in the house namely my usual 4 plus three puppies in the main part of the house it is crowded at times those puppies are getting big .. and feeding them without any argument over food has to be addressed immediately with great care .. we feed the the young puppies first so they're not starving and the big dogs would not dare get in anybody elses bowls they know better .. but turn around and now feed the big dogs with three lose puppies those puppies have to learn not to try and steal the big dogs food which could have some severe problems .. this is where the AAAAATTTT  AAAATTTT  command with the 2 fingers comes into play …  Along with Bentleys low growl .. these puppies back up and sit down and watch the  dogs eat ..   the big  Lesson they are learning is not to do something . .. which is critical as their  other training progresses.   A critical concept-OF NOT DOING SOMETHING IS  for children too…..

 

however it has been pointed out to me they are getting awfully big .. then it's time they all were leash trained .. which may only take 10 minutes to get them to accept the leash primarily but times 15 that's a practically a full days work….  I started with my 3---- well two of them anyway ---- with a very loosely but I have two today get to the restriction part .. where I actually restrict their movement with the Figure 8 leash .. I'm slightly behind schedule .. it's the restriction that's going to confuse them .. and you have to quietly explain it to him until they accept what's called ---with horses at any rate---   the lesson of the rope .. the rope must always ultimately win .

I suppose the comperable  situation with children is to have to go to school in the first place.. 

 

Now it's about that eight puppy feeder I have to work on today after I get some more lumber .. there is nothing in the world  that says a construction project has to be symmetrical ..  because of the plastic and would and things like that I decided not to put the legs at the end of the feeder .. and with clever use of diagonals hopefully it will stay together .  

before I get the lumber I have to go to the dump because the trailer is filled with the contents of the old chicken coop .. and thanks to COV I don't take people in my car just dogs  ----   so I hope  the hydraulics work to put it way up in the air and dump it without any help with my hands ..   I should be able to push the up button , then drive forward 3 feet and push the down button .. then drive home …   I know these people at the dump .. sorry transfer station ..  I frequent the place regularly .. and have the reputation for being one of the few people male or female . who can a back up a trailer in tight quarters ..   my reputation is also helped by the fact but if my load gets stuck in the trailer I usually give somebody $10 to help me..  This transfer station offers its unique lesson in making assumptions …

while sitting there one day waiting for a slot to back into , I asked this 20 year old kid what he was doing working in the transfer station .. he said it pays very well then he had a huge tuition bill  in Harvard Business School to pay .. 

One must never assume that the person picking strawberries in California is not capable well anything else ..  given  a different situations they might be the ones too salv many medical problems    like cancer and   COV .

I had an extremely bright relative - the kind with total recall of everything he ever read --    An awful lot of the world was beneath him ..  Including me – to try and approximate reality, I   always wanted to take him into Boston in  his usual ragtag outfit ---  drop him off on a corner .. and just to complicate things take his glasses home with me then see how well he did in a week ..    I also thought that concept would be very educational done up in a board game like monopoly ..where  you get cards like “ earn $3 sweeping sidewalk in front of McDonald's “ ,   “ sold place in line at the MV Reg for $5”,   “ lost 2 quarters in hole in pocket”…  

COULD BE DONE.

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Re reading dictated material is almost as much fun as my typos and misspellings if I type it …   there are several things that dictation constantly gets wrong and the combination of  The three different twos   can be fun ..

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A REMINDER    IF YOU CAN... OUR chicken brick  DONATIONS COUDL USE SOME HELP  

Thursday, October 22, 2020

OCT 22 2020

 root cANALS    GOT A FEW STORIES THERE.....  THE WORD MINGY COMES TO MIND ..  I ATTTEMPTED TO HAVE A ROOT CANAL DONE ONCE-- AND IT WAS  #1 PAINFUL...#2 A TOTAL FAILURE RESULTING IN PULLING IT ALL OUT;,, SO THE NEXT TIME I HAD NEED FOR A ROOT CANAL  MY HUSBAND SUGGESTED A MINGY SOLUTION---  THAT  I GO TO AN ORAL SURGEON (MD) AND PULL OUT THE TOOTH TO START WITH..  SAVED ALOT OF GRIEF AND AGGRIVATION... ... AND MONEY...AS THE MD  WAS COVERED BY BLUE CROSS INSURANCE !!  LAST WEEK      LINDA STARTED THE PROCEEDURE.. AND I SUGGESTD IT MIGHT BE CHEAPER TO HAVE IT PULLED IN THE FIRST PLACE...  SHE THOUGHT THAT WAS RIDICULOUS.... SHE WILL BE LATE TODAY BECAUSE IT FELL  APART AND IS GOING BACK TO HAVE IT REPAIRED....  I AM SMILING... A LITTLE TOOTHLESSLY  BUT SMILING.....

MY TEETH ALL STILL WORK FINE.... OBVIOUSLY .

MOVING ON WITH THE TEETH  TOPIC...    MOST OF YOU  CP OLD TIMERS REMEMBER   I WAS ONE OF THE FLUROIDE STUDIES  IN  NEWBURGH NEW YORK  WHERE NEWBURGH HAd tehe floruide in the drinking water    and kingston n.y. did not-- and all those thousnads of grade school children spent an hour a month spitting in tiny little bottles..  it must have been the hour that was sacrificed to spelling lessons...    that may explain any educational questions you might have about my  spelling.

at least i can have a first hand knowledge of  he word  "placebo"   and teh cov question of... did the person who died get the vacine or a placebo????-- we- the general public  may never kniow.

there is news that wanders off with no folllowup... 

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2020 10 22

This gets to be an odd combination of typing and dictating .

 

A COUSIN OF MINE… DICK PRICE FROM MIDDLETOWN NEW YORK. Sent me a letter yesterday  .he included a small screwdriver which I remember my father   AS  E.CARL PRICE, FARM EQUIPMENT CO.    had made to give away to people way back 1940 something ….   I can remember how pleased he was with these small screwdrivers  had his name on them ..   MY FATHER USED TO SAY HE WENT TO CORNELL… AND HE DID.. FOR A 2 MONTH COURSE GIVEN TO “FARM BOYS” DURING THE WINTER  MONTHS  WHEN THEY  WERE NOT AS NEEDED ON THE FARM.  ….      it was nice of DICK to send it to me .   In his letter he also says he reads this daily doggy so forgive me   if I use this to communicate ..   I think I remember that that he and his brother both had polio during the time when there  were iron lungs to being used ..  and both he and his brother then went on to graduate marine training successfully ..  I'm wondering how all that worked out and if you have any information to pass on to people send it to me it  WOULD be interesting .

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THIS TABLE AT WHICH I NOW SI T WAS MADE BY FATHER IN SHOP CLASS… IN 1914—BACK WHEN  YOUNG BOYS WERE INSTRUCTED IN  CONSTRUCTION .. NOT DESTRUCTION… WHILE THE FEMALE PEOPLE   WERE LEARNING TO BOIL WATER AND IRON SHRTS. ---    THIS DESK IS 3’ X 4’   BACK WHEN THE PRICE OF  MATERIALS DID NOT OUTWEIGH THE  INSTRUCTIOAL VALUE.   NOW BOYS ( OR GIRLS)  DON’T EVEN MAKE BIRD HOUSES IN SHOP CLASS.  ..  EVEN THOSE MATERIALS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE..

I WOULD SAY “THEY ONLY TEACH THAT KIND OF SKILL IN CHINA-“ -- EXCEPT.. THERE ARE A FEW HERE… GENERALLY IN AMISH COUNTRY… AND TEHRE IS A LANCASTER BUSINESS BOOK…. LISTING EVERYTHING  FROM MANURE SPREADERS TO BIRD HOUSES… ALL MADE HERE….

Long live mike ROWE   .

 

 

Moving on to the Bailey chair which if you remember correctly was a specialized chair to help with the mega safaga's  puppy ..  she has outgrown the little chair before the next size one has arrived .. I'm told it was mailed yesterday and I certainly hope so because she's outgrown the little one and it has been very successful   I had every hope of getting this medium sized chair to use while I ordered the large size for an adult Dane but the production seems to be a little slower than I anticipated . I hope we get there before we have a problem problem with  megaesophagus it's very often something like the  PNE monia where they aspirate . the megaesophagus it is basically some kind of pouch or bulge in the swallowing Department which retains food and doesn't slide quickly into the stomach .that's a medical lesson for the day.. sort of .

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YESSTERDAY   WAS RABIES SHOOTING DAY…… BRYAN  (DVM) WAS HERE .. AND HE SAID HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH OUR HELP  AT SHUFFLING ?20? DOGS AND PUPS  PAST HIS SYRINGE  DEPARTMENT..    THER ARE SOOOOO MANY BKACK PUPS… HE WAS AMAZWD WITH THE  “ NO THAT IS NOT KARL, KARL HAS 3 WHITEHIRS ON HIS NOSE.” KIND OF THING…  LONG LIVE HARLEQUINS !!  REALLY WHITE WITH LOTS OF BLACK SPOTS… MUCH EASIER TO DECIPHER.

 

SDP HAS  A SUPER CREW.. EVERYBODY GETS EXERCISE SND FINALLY RUNS UP 4 AT A TIME TO THE BACK PORCH FOR SUPPER AND SLEEP.   8. IN THE CONDO … OR 4 IN THE NUTT HOUSE,. 3 IN THE KITCHEN.   THAT WILL WORK TIL THEY GET OVER 50 POUNDS EACH…  THEN KENNEL 10 AND 11 WILL H AVE TO BECOME OVERNIGHT SLEEPING….

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SO TODAY SCHEDULE----.. ONE  MORE  ROAD TO TRAVEL… GOT TO GET  A FEW MORE 2 X 6’S TO PUT LEGS ON THE FEEDER FOR 8  TO GO IN THE ARENA..   MAYBE EVEN GO TO THE DUMP….  TO EMPTY THE TRAILER IN TH MEANTIEM/..



Hi Carlene,

 

Marnie wanted to check in with you, so Mom is typing this message on her behalf.  Marnie wants you to know that things are going swimmingly even though keeping Mom upright can be difficult some days.  Marnie works really hard at it and sometimes she can stop Mom from hitting the ground.  The other times, well she is there to help Mom up—which has become easier for Mom after lots of practice.  Marnie wants you to know that she loves going out with her vest even though she and Mom don’t go out everyday because….well, because there aren’t many safe places to go with an immune suppressed Mom.  But, Marnie says she loves running with her Doodle brother in the front acreage which she does get to do everyday.  Marnie and her Doodle (Hamilton) are best friends.  They play fight and snuggle most of the day.  Marnie says she is even learning to like the little old Sheltie who tries to run the house.  Marnie says she doesn’t have much else to report but she wants to make sure you know that she and her Mom feel blessed to have been paired by your wonderful SDP and they thank you for your vision and work in creating and running SDP all of these years.

 

Best from Marnie & Peggy



Good Morning!
Eve Finn and I flew to Omaha on Sunday For Eve’s surgery which was yesterday. It went very well. It turned out to be an easy straight forward procedure with minimal trauma and pain. Which is nice for a change. Finn has of course been an amazing travel companion impressing everyone who comes across him with his impeccable manners! Not only that but Eve’s doting companion. Pictures included of him giving her a wellness check finalized with this tiny little lick he gives with his giant tongue yet never slobbery. And upon her return a wagging tail & a more extensive wellness check spending a little more time smelling her breath but again giving his approval before backing away. Also the video is what it looks like when I take him out to do his business every time. Leaving her room I lead the way, returning he leads the way. Often I have to remind him to wait for me!! 🤣!
In about a month she can start some therapy and work on weight bearing & walking again assuming all heals well!! Finn will certainly play a vital role in that rehab process!!
So much gratitude &love in our hearts for all SDP & it’s volunteers has done for Eve as well as for the CP family we have gained along the way!

♥️Deb, Eve and Finn

GM
These three books might be of interest, especially to newcomers to SDP:
Amazon.com - "Service Dog Project" - Carlene White
Amazon.com - "Dogs, Donkeys and Circus Performers" - Janine Jacques (Carlene's Daughter)
Amazon.com - "Knot Today" - Scott Aubin (Recipient of SDP dog.)
LAUREL

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

OCT 21 2020

 I HAVE ---- APPARENTLY ---   SENT 3258 OF THESE DAILY DOGGIES..   IT IS GETTING HARD TO FIND NEW  THOUGHT PROVOKING TOPICS OF A NON POLITICAL NATURE... 

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2020 10 21

 WHEN I Get an idea I very often type it in a draft form and carry it forward until I Get stuck for a topic at which point I use it ..

I have been carrying forward the idea that some people talk with you and some people talk to you … 

I remember  A conversation I had with a stranger in a bar which started with “they make shoelaces entirely too long “ … he immediately picked it up and went on about shoelaces .. For about half hour---  VERY SERIOUSLY,  totally ridiculous .. virtually no intellectuelle quality to it .. it was just plain fun .

I think I noticed that way back in 1957 When I was at the University of Edinburgh the group of people students would have parties where there was no drinking no television and all we did was sit around and talk and it was very funny … The British are comical anyway but very often these would not be called parties but meetings .. and all they were was fascinating conversation about nothing ..   AMUSING NOTHING … UNLIKE CONGRESSIONAL NOTHING WHICH IS BORING.

I was telling GWenn this---She talks to me in the morning when she was jogging on her whatever she jogs on .AND APPEARS AT MY ELBOW ON A LITTLE SCREEN SHE SET UP….. . and she said that when she was at Kenyon College they had no television .. she said they all used to sit in the Hall on the floor and talk .. and at one point they noticed they were basically sitting under the  drinking fountain and rather than get up to get a drink someone had something relating to straws so they managed to hook it all together and be able to stay sitting on the floor DRINKING  water out of the fountain and passing the other end of it between people .. I think that's why I like Kenyon College .. there are very bright people who given a time when there's nothing special to do will dream up something ..  ALAN ALDA WENT THERE , I THINK.. AMONG OTHERS….

 

that concept is very closely related to talking with people ..  as opposed to talking to people .. very often the people talking to you  are just thinking about what they're going to tell you  next .. or in my case if I speak too slowly they'll finish the sentence for me wHEN they actually have no idea what I'm going to say …….finishing my sentence  angers me ..  AS  aGE gives me problems with verbiage .. and finding specific words  like “ book “  I HAVE TO ASK THINGS LIKE  “WHAT IS A bunch of papers all glued together in a wad”  OFTEN DONNA CAN COME UP WITH THE WORD FOR ME….    where as—other 4 letter words I have  no problem vocalizing..

 

WORDS ARE N OT MY SPECIALITY, BUT THE NY TIMES HAS A NEW GAME OUT THERE  … AND FOR $3.49   I BOUGHT SPELLING BEE FOR  month.  Had a grewat time making words out of   P  AND A  E  F  T  Y  C  .. I SHUT  IT DOWN… AND HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO CONNECT WITH IT SINCE…. ALL I GET ARE NY TIMES CROSSWORD…  AT WHICH I AM HOPELESS 


Hi SDP  
Pandora is enjoying the fall weather in Buffalo. We went to Allegany State Park and she was able to run around. She barked at a man in a boat in the middle of the lake. She’s 81/2 now and still doing great.  We are all retired so she doesn’t mind not going to school. She was getting tired of the kids at the end. I think she’s the best fabulous failure the farm ever produced.  As long as she’s with us she’s happy. Doesn’t matter where we are going. Thank you again Carlene for your vision. I don’t think you have any idea of the impact your life has had on the world. I’m so proud of your project.  Keep making a difference. Love you all. 
Pandora and Debbie

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

OCT 20 2020 TRAIN 101

 if rudyard kippling couLd astound the world with  the simple word  "IF"

I SHOULD VERY QUICKLY  DO THE SAME THING WITH  "IT"
AS IN LOOSING "IT"   WHATEVER IT IS.. 
 BECAUSE THE PROCESS OF LOOSING  "  IT "   WOULD MAKE  WRITING ABOUT IT MORE CHALLANGING.
epsecially since at least 1/2  the world seems to be loosing their own vaRIETY OF "IT"  ALREADY. 

I DO HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE LAST "IT"   I LOOSE IS HUMOR, BEAUSE I DO ENJOY IT SOO MUCH... 
YESTERDAY  2 PHOTOS MADE ME LAUGH  EACH WAS SOOOOO PERFECT...  SINCE I CAN'T ATTACH,  TRY THIS.
 THE PHOTO OF ME IN  A CHEF HAT SERVING 2 DANES AT A TABLE.. THE PICTURE IN THE CALENDAR 2021 THE 3 DOGS ARE LINED UP PERFECTLY WAITING.... THE BETTER PHOTO SHOWS 2 OF THEM EATING AND THE THIRD LOOKING AT THE SPOON IN MY HAND AND SAYING " I ORDERED FRENCH TOAST"     
THE SECOND MIND BLOWER WAS  ONE PUP  IN THE RAISED LOFT AND 3 ON THE LOWER "BUNK" ---- THE TOP ONE SAYING  "  HELLO???? COULD WE GET SOME ROOM SERVICE UP HERE...PLEASE...?"   I THINK THERE ARE  AT LEAST 2 PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE...   NHTEACH IS ONE.... WE NEED TO TALK... 
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NOW THE MORE SERIOUS "IT"  THAT WE LOST TRACK OF-- WHICH LUCKILY TURNED OUT OK....  Was karl   And his projectile pooping.

2020 10 20 -----THE DICTATED PART  :)
The kind of details that drive me nuts -------we split these puppies up into three groups of four---PLUS 3 --   sounds wonderful and they go into individual kennels down back I mean in the barn kennel 9 and 10    and then walter's old kennel which we call kennel 11 ---each of those let's the puppies run on a Hill puppy Hill and donkey Hill sounds lovely ..
now applied to that situation the fact that Carl had a bloody stool a few days ago---- this whole process of splitting the dogs into groups of four and putting them out to enjoy running on the hillside totally ignored the fact that he had that bloody stool and how were we going to check up on that .. in fact we weren't until I did see a note an overnight note when we had him in the kitchen and would certainly notice anything that his stool was firmer and then actually last night it was cylinders that marvelous word cylinders ..----So there was no problem this time with Carl except it pointed out to me there was a gap in our basic puppy management system which we have to address somehow like on paper .. we do have a notebook .. for notes....    woo woo .  But there are times when things are so obvious people don't see a reason to make note of them on paper which could be devastating  If the poo continued to be projectile AND BLOODY .
 
   however the there is 1 camera person who keeps track all things that I do wrong namely I said I was going to have three puppies in the kitchen and one would be etta.. so I got an email questioning why I hadn't done what I said I was going to do it and put it in the kitchen .. well I only want three in the kitchen so I made Carl one of them to watch his stool ..
there are so many things around here they get so convoluted but if I had to explain every single one of them I'd have to give up eating ice cream and maybe even drinking coffee ..  so there are times when I hate to try and explain why I did something .. but couple that with times when I really need to have my memory JARRED... like you forgot to push the button to have the daily doggy seNT  out ..  and this happens with frightening regularity--- there's one person that reminds me of that ---thank you ..summon substance of that discussion is that you can't really tell when I should be reminded of something and when not----which I suppose makes the  net result of this conversation equal zero.
 
“it” is a zoo....  Trying to manage 15 lively pups--  but it start6s here..  you have to expect perfect behavior in order to achieve it.
 TRAINING 101
It is made up pf tiny steps.  Here are two..
  We have that bank door/iron graTE.. TO Keep the dogs separated into ones allowed in the sunroom and ones not allowed in the sunroom - it is possible to lose your mind trying to shove Jimmy out the door WHILE  CAPRI AND the malarkey aSCOOT along underneath and have to be shoved out also while you TRY AND DELIVER 1 dish of dog food in your hand which is chaos ' s supper ..
at that point --  it is mayhem ..  however foot stamping does stop a dog in a situation like this and Germany knows that full well .. Capri and larky better learn it quick when you get to that threshold you turn around and stamp your foot and that backs THEM  up .. usually they'll back up 6 or 8 inches and stand there and look at the floor at which point if they take one step forward even an inch you stamp your foot again at which point he'll turn around go the other way . and that dog then becomes trained. It took all of 15 seconds of concentration on the part of the person . problem is people usually don't spend the 15 seconds ahead of time they'd rather try and balance dog food on their head and shoVE dogs around .
THIS TRAINING METHOD IS CALLED   .... plan ahead
 
Second thing from dinner last night doggy dinner that is...  is all the puppies got fed including 3 in the kitchen and then they want to feed the house dogs Bentley civil end Gemini ---  chaos was already in the sunroom ---and Cindy bless her soul ask where am I gonna feed these three dogs with three puppies running around their feet .. and I said right HERE   in the living room and I just sat down on the couch with the three in front of me with my two finger reprimand ready as the the three dogs ate their dinner each puppy approached one of their dishes twice both times I gave my two finger correction   and they went 18 inches backwards and lay down on a doggy bed and watched the three big dogs eating .. now if I had allowed the puppies do stick their head in the adult dogs dish it would have allowed the dogs to correct the puppies a lot more severely than my two fingers .. but mission accomplished I don't think we will have to do many more corrections .
 
I have heard it said by trainers in days gone by that if a dog has prey drive you could never correct it . well both Germany and fizzleHAD  A field day chasing any loose chickenS  for about 3 weeks ----it was on camera ... and it was not pretty although I didn't lose any chickens we lost a lot of feathers .. so it was time to have a discussion with each of those dogs ... I took one at a time into the chicken coop and made them lay down amid those chickens while I put out la crack corn to feed 'em .. and every time the dog would even look at one of those chickens I would scold him and explain that was my chicken .  that took a few minutes for each dog ..  but now with maybe 6 chickens loose in the driveway we could walk a run Gemini or sizzle pass those chickens and they don't dare look at them .   I could just hear the mentally saying t”  Those are mommy's chickens and I better not touch them “
The camera people will get a chance to keep track of that becausw the driveway area often contains both chickens and Jimmy and fizzle .. I don't think either dog is going to bother those chickens I don't see any prey drive in that direction at all.. IF THEY DO, LET ME KNOW...

now    that is not true of squirrel chasing .. to address that there's a camera person who told me that Amazon has squirrel scent in bottles .. please don't anybody else go bUy it because I will order something today and if it's anything we don't need it's 75 bottles of squirrel scent .. one ought to do it if it's going to work
so that's the latest
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AN INTERESTIN COMMENT ON ADHD

Hi Carlene,
My Great Great Grandfather, Isaiah Howes, had ADHD. At 16, he was sent to sea and circled the globe several times.
He was a legend in South Yarmouth on Cape Cod.  
My Great Grandmother was also ADHD and an amazing artist.  
Isaiah was bald and had a beard and a fringe at the back. He had my great grandmother paint his face on the back of his head and walked through the the good Quaker South Yarmouth on a Sunday with his clothes on backwards to see if anyone would notice. he was always up to something...his letters are heirlooms to many families.

My great grandmother made life size dolls and stuffed them with sawdust. She went to the lumber yard and asked for enough sawdust to stuff a two year old child. The clerk told her we was not married and had no idea how much she would require. She made man a man sized doll and would change its clothes and position around the house to freakout her husband. she had bad manners parties for her grand children because they 'needed to know bad manners as well as good ones'.  She also had a pet goat who ate half the skirt off the dress of an unwelcome someone who came to tea and and patted it for 1/2 hour.

My mom carried the on ADHD (also ADD) tradition to her 6 daughters and we have passed it to our children...and each of them have used it to advantage in their professions.
We were and are very lucky in our heritage and the quirky minds and untold creative mischief that it has engendered.
The world NEEDS more people like ADHD !
Linda D.

Monday, October 19, 2020

oct 19 2020train 101

 

SPLITTING  PUPPIES UP... WORKING TOWARD OVERNIGHT IN THE BARN AND HOUSE WITH ONLY ONE OVERNIGHT PERSON...  CAMERAS MAKE IT POSSIBLE...   AGREEABLY POSSIBLE....SAVES MY NERVES IF I  CAN WATCH THEM TOO. 

THANKFULLY WE HAVE  BEEN Able  to MAkE  3 KENNELS PUPPY PROOF FOR GROUPS OF 4 -- with 2 of them pretty good overnight cameras.....
2020 10 19
 Our cake day project has Has suffered badly with CLV so I think I'm going to have to consider it on hold at least for us if you can still do it great I'm sure the fireman would appreciate cake .....
 
in the meantime hours puppy splitting up project is in full gear 15 puppies weighing probably over 40 pounds now was getting to be a bit much to transport around and feed all at once they were getting too wide for the width of the bowls they're eating out of .. so we are moving to is not Plan B it was always there .. time to act like big dogs so we have split them into 4 4 4 and three .
the three being ...at least at the moment ... larlarkey  male harl   Eva  black   and see see   black with white... 
that means that during the day four will go in kennel 10 on camera ----four will go in kennel 9 which almost shows on camera -----and four will go in 11 which will show very nicely the arena camera----  as long as it's twisted sideways over overnight or whatever . Those three groups of four could  easily be fed in the arena on camera as we now have the side doors of the arena much more usable ...  And I'm going to try and get their feeding table   for eight puppies done today -------then the plan is to run four at a time loose behind Judy or Stacy or Pam or any of the puppy people who can jog------- then as you bring them up at night you bring up 4 -Cindy feeds them here in the yard  or in b---while they go back for the second group of four when Cindy has them in what's called the car lot hillside for pooping purposes  wHILE   SOMEBOdy goes and gets the third group and jogs up with them to be fed and shuffled into the car lot ..  after the pooping procedure 8 of them come in the front door and are shuffled to the condo which gives them in out access to the deck and quite a bit of sleeping room comfortably heated .. four remained in the nut house  .. which is heated and is "in.. out"   can be checked on hourly  by the overnight   person  and as literally 12 feet from my head ..   The remaining 3 are in the kitchen area with gate up which I'm not sure I like .. but we do feel some logic in separating chaos who really doesn't like puppies all that well .. so sometimes she will end up in the sunroom with my bank gate shUT  at which time the puppies can be loose in the whole Mail call area ..
I have started CC  on the yuppy puppy ..  and it is easier to deal with one  pup at a time ..
hopefully today I could get my act together enough to maybe start the Figure 8 leash training .  somewhere in there I should remind Gemini about carrying a basket but there are days when my outside chores get me pretty tired .
camera wise at night you should have eight in the condo ---three in the kitchen someplace .---. and during the day the puppy camera Kendall 10 and the arena camera on  kennel 11 ..
All of that can change at any minute and sometimes I don't get a chance to explain exactly why but right now that seems to be the best way to go for both us and the dogs-----          It sounds so simple to just run four dogs at once between the barn and the house but just before we start we have to find out what dogs are lose Germany is bad he likes to knock him over .. what cars are where and are there mufflers hot .. is the gate shut to more traffic .. and who is running around in the golf cart driving too fast anyway .
then we have to have one person jogging in front for them to follow and we also have to have one person bringing up the rear for in case there's a straggler ..  and often there seems to be BIANCA   
 
that female with a spot on her back was noticed this week ...  we had a person who said they are a akc  Great Dane judge.  I've been always curious as to how are dogs compare to what's being shown in the show world ..  not that that would influence me much but it would be interesting .. after sitting around watching the puppies on puppy Hill the two dogs they picked out as absolutely perfect was the one the female with a dot on her back BIANE and lthe male merle TURBY   TURBULANCE       ....  that's interesting because those are two dogs I thought of saving as breed dogs..  Particularly that Merle is a lovely dog
but that would give Me 2 merles   chimney  and him  matched pair ..  The female with the dot on her back , I liked but I think she's going to be a very big dog ... and I think for breeding purposes for service dogs these huge honkers are a  bit more than necessary . Besides the only other female Eva is very personable and unfortunately jet black not my favorite ... but we do have several mixed color MALES  to breed with her --------   may and Grommet as  HER parents     means that lyns  harl ' Watson " - Denmark....  or... if he ever gets going  sir richard  the Czech dog  would be available as sires to give us some color... so we can tell them apargt......
 
TRAINING 101
the Figure 8 leash training is critical and in my way of thinking has to be started with the dogs rear end pretty close to the corner of a room because when you first put on the restriction of a leash 99 out of 100 dogs will get all excited and try and jump backwards to get away from it ...now if the dogs rear end is already in the corner of a room it cannot back away from you .. if it's not in the corner of the room you end up getting dragged by the dog as it chokingly gags backwards .. which from the dog standpoint looks like you're chasing it while it's gagging not something you want to impress on the dog ..  so will the rear end in the corner you know it may take 15 minutes to kind of explain to the dog that a little tug and tightening around its neck and belly means to go with the rope not fight it .
 
OK  SO 15 Puppies   times 15 minutes   it is 225 minutes   which is three hourS  45 minutes of sitting cross legged on the floor talking to puppies . if I attempt that too many times a day you'll have to get a crate in here to get me back on my feet so I can only start .   and starting with maze puppies means that they will be one week older then sizzles pops ..  so it looks like I should start with Eva . I will try and stay on camera somewhere and hopefully have no disasters which is always possible .  

 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

OCT 18 2020

 just when you think you have heard it all..... there exists a you tube of a person skipping rope to classical music.. her talent os easily of olympic quality... i willtry and attach it  "how to use a skipping rope...."

with THIS COV  IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE TO TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN TO PLAY A VIOLIN OR TO JUGGLE...   JUGGLEING  WOUUD REQUIRE NO INVESWTMENT AS A ROLLED PAIR OF SOX IS PERFECT TO START 

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I remember I had a pretty good collection of neighborhood kids back in the 70s who started trying to learn to juggle and by the end of the summer were pretty good at it and that developed into our neighborhood circus which Janine wrote about in her book”  dogs donkeys and circus performers .” . mind you the funny book is still on sale at Amazon------ the first day of summer when there was no school we had flag raising ceremony at 7:00 AM or was it 9 ? --  whatever .. where 7 or 8 kids would show up and line up we raised the flag say the Pledge of Allegiance and then go do the barn work and try and get our various animals to do odd things so that by we got by the time we got to August we had a pretty good dog and pony show ----   the highlight of which ,to me,  was 4 kids sitting on one horse when he put his front feet on a box and the slippery clown suits that we had cause the kids to slide off his rear end ..

 

the rest of the story about the clown suits was that  GWEn was in charge of sewing  them and Janine , quite a bit younger,    was a charge of sitting on the floor working the treadle of an old singer sewing Machine ..and gwen yelling  “faster Janine”   ----- being the youngest in the group Janine always inherited peculiar jobs like being the--- on off  ---  person at the business end of the hose while they watered the horses in the barn and there were about 10 horses or so I don't remember IT WAS  a bunch .

We did that circus for a couple years and involved some very strange things like the baby pig I bought for about $7.00 in June which became a permanent 500#  pet who chased my husband  around the yard for years. ------   and my hockey friend Wayne Cashman donated one skate-- his left skate ---  which we auctioned off and I think made about $1000 on it which we donated to project hope the hospital ship .. And you see how that has now developed in the service dog project at Wayne gretzky's  number 99 shirt .. I haven't progressed too far .

These seven or eight kids ended up with talents once thought impossible like stillt  walking --  and things required more creativity than money .  Granted we had a horse or pony to play with ..  but then again I have always   had horse or pony plus a lot of dogs and a few other animals – rescues… nothing fancy…ACTUALLY MY KIDS HORSES WERE PURCHASED BY THE POUND.. FROM A LOCAL  DEALER IN “KILLER HORSES” ( AND NOW JANINE RUNS AN  EQUINE RESCUE NETWORK WITH HORSES BOUGHT BY THE POUND FROM THE SLAUGHTER PENS IN PENNA…  SHE HAS NOT GOT TOO FAR EITHER..)

FROM THE TOP DOWN… WHAT I HAD BEFORE AND NOW… IS LAND.. ---  ROOM…   THEN AND NOW… ABOUT 12 ACRES.. AND A BARN.. WHICH PROVIDED ROOM TO HAVE A FREE ROAMING NASTY ROOSTER WHO CHASED CHILDREN AND TAUGHT THEM RESPECT. ALL THOSE KIDS KNEW IT WAS POINTLESS TO RUN TO ME CRYING BECAUSE THE ROOSTER BIT THEM.   AND THERE WAS NO DEPARTMENT OF CHILDRENS SERVICES TO TELL ME  THAT I SHOULD NOT  ALLOW THE ROOSTER TO BITE KIDS.. NOR WERE THERE  PARENTS WHO WOULD THINK OF SUEING ME.    THAT 7 POUND ROOSTER DID AS MUCH FOR THEIR EDUCATION AS THE $90,000  COLLEGE TUITION BILL .

IN MY OPINION….  IT WAS HAVING THE LAND .. THAT PROVIDED THE POSSIBILITIES..    I LEARNED WHEN BUYING  “A PLACE TO LIVE”  … YOU WERE BUYING THE LAND… BECAUSE THE #$%^&* HOUSE COULD BURN TO THE GROUND- WHICH IT DID….. AND IF YOU  STILL HAD LAND… YOU COULD FIGURE OUT THE REST.

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if the truth be known, I think animals were my parentS way of dealing with a child with  adhd ..all these animals required constant daily attention…causing me to expend more energy than was convenient for4 my parents TO DEAL WITH OTHER WISE….  …  Even the horse or pony I had as a kid was not anything like a fancy show pony because I didn't even have a saddle .. my father thought saddles were too dangerous for kids he also had a very strong opinion about  anyone’ S Sanity  to  try to have a horse jump over anything … I've continued that concept well into  80 years as I watched people, not to mention my daughter,  think it's great fun to go galloping over things like stone walls but I honestly think she's winding down from that .

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TOO MANY PEOPLE WITH OUT  ENOUGH WAYS TO EXPEND ENERGY  NOW PRESENTS A WORLD WIDE DISASTER..  IT EVERYONE  SPENT MORE TIME  CHOPPING THEIR OWN FIREWOOD FOR HEAT, PUMPING THEIR OWN WATER AND GROWING THEIR OWN CORN  THERE WOULD BE FEWER PEOPLE WITH ENOUGH TIME TO RUN AROUND CARRYING RIFLES.

 

PERSONALLY—I THINK THE NEW ENGLAND STONE WALLS WERE THE OLD TIME WAY OF DEALING WITH ADHD BEFORE IT HAD A NAME.

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WOW  ---- That is a random  mess of ideas… 

 


 

I'VE BEEN POSTING VIDEOS ON SDP'S YOUTUBE AS WELL AS SDP'S FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, AND TWITTER. THE VIDEO OF EVE AND FINN EATING POPSICLES HAS A QUARTER OF A MILLION VIEWS WITH COMMENTS IN POLISH, ARABIC, VIETNAMESE, PORTUGUESE...

 

https://youtu.be/1G_qJmhOTF0

 



HI, CARLENE.  JUST WANTED TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO CLAIRE.  SHE IS THE EPITOME OF EFFICIENCY.  I SAW CARL THROW UP AND HAVE DIARRHEA IN THE NIGHT AND THERE WAS A LITTLE DELAY BEFORE CLAIRE WAS ABLE TO CLEAN IT UP.  I'VE BEEN WATCHING SINCE OCT. 2012 AND KNOW THAT, JUST BECAUSE WE CAN'T SEE ANYONE ON CAMERA, IT DOESN'T MEAN NO ONE IS THERE -- MOST LIKELY BUSY WITH SOMETHING ELSE -- AS YOU MENTIONED IN TODAY'S DD.  WHEN CLAIRE CAME IN, SHE ASSESSED THE ROOM AND SWIFTLY CLEANED UP THE MESSES AND PUT DOWN FRESH, CLEAN FLUFFIES SO QUICKLY, I WAS AMAZED.  I WOULD HAVE STOOD THERE FOR AT LEAST TEN MINUTES SAYING, "OH, MY GOD!"  THANK YOU, CLAIRE👍

Saturday, October 17, 2020

oct 17 2020

 

 Apparently My efforts are getting out every morning were very entertaining to about 6 people who then added things that they forgot and had to go back for like their glasses .. because of that I thought maybe I would add what  I go through trying to get in bed at night .. about 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon I do a mental countdown of about 50 animals---   is everybody warm fed  plus  dry if they're lucky-- then I do Mail call .and it starts---- Did I shut off the microphone ,plug in my golf cart, Find and plug in the house phone, reverse the batteries electric drill so I have two in the morning , Check the emergency light in the nut house which should Alert me if the temperature drops to 55 degrees ,  Hop in the shower and get all soapy and shampoo and pray I don't run out of hot water before I get it all rinsed off .   Into bed and I guarantee somewhere within a range of about 25 feet there will be a phone with the orange dots on it which will say “ low battery , low battery “ all night  long unless I get up find it and plug it in somewhere . it doesn't seem to have a kill switch . so the search for a orange dotted charger can take a few minutes .
 
 There are  cp’s who give me a disaster report every morning...  like this morning...” karl has diarrhea “   that is not the kind of thing we could miss noticing... particularly because he not only hhas the usual...  but ( here is an instructive point to remember)   IF YOU CAN HEAR HIM MOVING HIS BOWELS, YOU Have a problem needing atterntion” ..  we knew he had “projectile diarrhea” yesterday afternoon which is why he was isolated from the others in a confined area  with a washable floor.  MOST LIKELY HE ate something odd..in the run from the houst to  and from puppy hill... like bird poo.... chickens or wild... loaded with giardia causing gut problems.. apparently all the ground water in new england is loaded with giardia... so we keep big bottles of flagyl on hand... th4e poo could be loaded with alot of other things too  but giardia is the most common around here. he will need a few more symptoms before we pay too much attention... 
 
We have someone here overnight every night...  with strict priorities...   a pup with diarrheqha
Is given the second highest priority... second only to the police in the driveway because  a neighbor called to compalign about barking;.... Last night was a very active night for staff becausw not only did we have the one diarrhea but chaos apparently did not like her supper and threw that up ..  and then she she joined the crowd with apparently a smaller contribution from last night's dinner . but the place is spotless this morning and everything's under control .. if the vomiting and diarrhea continues or we have more of it then we can begin to worry about it .. many CPS have asked if we have medication and fluids .. Ivy fluids .. and yes we have plenty but they're gonna have to vomit more than once or twice before I even think about it . great Danes do seem to have the ability to reject something they did decide should not be in their stomach
 
There doesn’t seemt to be to much wrong with kaarl... he is screaming at the gate because he is bored  without 14 compqanions to entertaqin  him..
 
Cutting this short, I will go tqlk to him
No-----    I will go talk WITH HIM-TALKING TO OR WITH SOMEONE IS ANOTHER STUDY  FOR ANOTHER TIME.


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Hi Linda,
We have been quite quiet this year as it really has been a pretty rough year regardless of COVID. We have spent a lot of time in the hospital with multiple procedures/surgeries and four ICU admissions. I am still recovering from the recent surgery but I developed an injection and it is not healing like we had hoped. It is just a continuous balance between everything. Elvis has been by my side through everything and every admission he has been allowed. He was not allowed in some ICU admissions due to the risk of me going into cardiac arrest or something and the doctors needing to get to me quickly without any added distractions. He has been solid as a rock in every situation and the doctors/nurses are always impressed with him. They all fall in love with him. 

Elvis didJump to Toolbar gain some more attention through a video I posted on social media that gained 2.6 million views and counting. It always amazes me to see how he has not changed my life but people comment on how much our partnership has changed their lives, made them smile or inspired them which always touches my heart. I could always write pages and pages about how incredible he is but it would never be enough... he is truly one in a million and I could not imagine having any other person or dog by my side through all of this. 

Hope you are doing well,
Fiona