Wednesday, July 26, 2017

JULY 26 2017
WATSON   (PUP FROM DENMARK MONTHS AGO)....)WILL BE HERE SATURDAY MORNING FOR A LOOK OVER  TO SEE HOW HE IS DEVELOPING ...  WE REALLY NEED HIM...   WITH BENTLEY BEING COMPRIMISED BY THE ELECTRICAL ACCIDENT -- HE HAS NOT FATHERED A PUP SINCE THE ACCIDENT...  STAMINA SEEMS TO BE HIS ISSUE...  WE MIGHT-- WE WILL-- TRY AGAIN WITH HIM-- I WONDER IF WE COULD  RIG SOME OXYGEN TO HIS NOSE WITHOUT UPSETTING THE REST OF HIS FUNCTION...  GENERALLY DOGS DO NOT LIKE ANY "ASSISTANCE"   --SO WE ARE LEFT TRYIHG TO VERBALLY SUGGEST CHANGES--  .... NOT HELPFUL...
WE NEED MORE HARLS AND MERLES.....
ALL THESE BLACK PUPPIES ARE STRETCHING OUR ABILITY TO REMEMBER NAMES...  THIS LATEST BUG GROUP IT IS ALMOST DOWN TO INDIVIDUAL  WHITE HAIRS...
BREEDING  BLACK TO BLACK IS NOT CONDUCIVE TO SPOTS..
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I DID HEAR FROM  THE  HUMAINE SOCIETY -
Hi Carlene,

Thank you so much for reaching out about The Humane Society of the United States' rescue of 84 Great Danes and your interest in helping.  The dogs who were rescued from this situation are considered evidence in a criminal case and they are being cared for in a temporary emergency animal shelter until the final disposition of the case is reached which we expect to take until at least the end of October.  We can't legally place the animals into adoptive or foster homes at this time and the decision to do so is in the hands of the court.  Once the case reaches its conclusion, we will update everyone on our Facebook page.  If the animals are legally surrendered to our care, we will then utilize our network of Emergency Placement Partners which are reputable animal shelters and rescues throughout the country to place them into loving homes. At this time, we are able to handle, work with, and walk all of the animals safely. If you'd like to help with the care of the animals, please go to www.humanesociety.org/rescueteam. Let me know if you have further questions,
SO I CLICKED ON RESCUE TEAM  AND ALL THEY WANT IS $$ DONATIONS..  I WILL KEEP HER NAME...I AM PRETTY CONFIDENT THERE AREN'T MORE THAN A COUPLE DOZEN PEOPLE IN THE US WHO  MANAGE OVER 50 DANES-- AND NONE AS WELL AS WE DO !! OUR POO PICKING PROCESS IS  UNEXCELLED...
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SPEAKING OF EXCELLED....  I CAN NOW DOWNLOAD THE CHICKEN BRICK DONATIONS   TO EXCELL AND SORT  BY THE DOG/PERSON/TEAM COMMENT COLUMN..  VERY INTERESTING.... CHAOS IS A FAVORITE---  MANY PEOPLE JUST TELL US WE ARE LOVELY... WHICH WE AGREE WITH ...  BUT IT IS INTERESTING TO SEE WHO GETS THE ENTIRE CHURCH GROUP TO DONATE IN THEIR DOGS NAME...  ONE GOAL IS TO GET THE ENTIRE  CORPORATE VOLUNTEER GROUPS   INVOLVED??????
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THE RAIN YESTERDAY PROVED ONCE AGAIN   WATER RUNS DOWN HILL- NOT THAT I DOUBTED IT...  BUT WE  ( TANNER) PUT IN SOME LEFT OVER IRON PIPE -- ONLY ABOUT 4" DIAMETER   TO ASK THE  ARENA RUNN OFF PAST THE DONKEY VIEWING AREA... AND IT SEEMS TO COPE--   WE HAD MANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING SLOPE ---WE HAD ALOT OF RAIN-- AND IT RAN WHILE COVERED WITH STONE DUST--  IF THAT STAYS TRUE I WILL GET MORE STONE DUST AND LEVEL THE AREA SO WE HAVE A "VIEWING AREA"  FOR SITTING.... AS THE SIGNS SAY....
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THIS IS TANNEER'S SUMMER OF LEARNING ABOUT LEVEL- THE BUILDING, SLOPE- THE SLIDING OF THE BUCKETS OF SAND DOWN THE ROLLERS,  TO  WATER RUNNING DOWN A PIPE.... TO  SLOPE  OF  SNOW SLIDING OFF  A ROOF.---  HE IS LEARNING...  IT IS ALL GEOMETRY-- AND NOT   A CASE OF DO IT WRONG AND GET A FAILING GRADE...IT IS A CASE OF DO IT WRONG AND IT WON'T WORK  SO YOU DO IT AGAIN...
MOST MODERN "EDUCATION IS SORELY LACKING IN THE  DIDACTIC ( IS THAT A WORD?... OR EVEN THE WRONG WORD??) I WAS TRRYING FOR HANDS  ON...
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LAINES TEMP IS DOWN-- 100.4  .. THANKFULLY-- I WAS BEGINNING TO WORRY ABOUT THE SUPPLY OF GOATS MILK... ( REMEMBER THE DISCUSSION ABOUT  "KIDS MILK REPLACEMENT"  IS TERRIBLY DEPENDENT ON WHERE YOU PUT THE COMMA  THE STUFF IN THE FEED SORE IS MADE OF SEAWEED ( OR SOMETHIGN)  WE HAVE ALSWAY USED MYENBERG PEOPLE QUALITY GOATS MILK.-

 YOU WONDER WHERE THEY KEEP ALL THOSE GOATS... UNTIL YOU SEE THE  AWARD WINNING GOAT MILKING CARROUSEL WHERE THYE MILK 1800 GOATS  DAILY  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5swQObgpD8   WORTH A LOOK...   THEY ALSO HAVE COW CARROUSELS OO...
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AT THE AQUARIUM  --ALL THE STAFF AND EVERYONE THAT WAS THERE EXTREMELY CARING TO OUR NEEDS. THEY WHERE ALL IMPRESSED ON HOW PIXIE ENJOYED HERSELF AS MUCH AS WE DID. THIS IS WHAT MAKES ARE OUTINGS SO MUCH MORE EXCITING WHEN MY SWEET GIRL WORKS BUT ALSO GETS TO ENJOY HER DAY TO AT THE SAME TIME. 
I HAD A LADY COME UP TO ME CAUSE HER DAUGHTER WORKED THERE AND HER DAUGHTER CALLED HER TO TELL HER A GREAT DANE SD WAS AT THE AQUARIUM SHE SAID SHE HAD TO GET THERE AND FIND ME, LOL. SHE SURE DID HUNT US DOWN. WE TALKED SHE KNEW JUST WHERE PIXIE CAME FROM SHE WAS SUCH A SWEET WOMAN WHO HAS A MOBILITY ISSUE AND I TOLD HER MY STORY AND NOT TO GIVE UP NOR TO EVER QUIT. SHE KNEW ALL ABOUT THE SDP WHICH MADE ME PROUD TO MEET SOMEONE IN MY STATE WHO FOLLOWS SUCH AN AMAZING PLACE. 
PIXIE WAS A ROCKSTAR TODAY ON OUR FUN ADVENTURE I ALMOST TOOK TWO GOOD TRIPS CAUSE I JUST LOVE TO STUMBLE ON MY FEET. SHE SAVED ME FROM MY FALLS. 
WHERE HOME NOW AND GOING TO ENJOY A NICE LAZY SUNDAY EVENING. I'M GETTING READY TO GO BACK ON CHEMO SO IT WAS SUCH A GREAT DAY TO HAVE NOTHING BUT SMILES ON MY SONS FACE, BEFORE I GET MY DOSE NEXT WEEK. THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME IN LIFE. TIME TO START THE BATTLE AGAIN. 
I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED YOUR WEEKEND AS MUCH AS WE DID. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

JULY 25 2017
THE CHICKEN BRICK WALL HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO SHOW  IF THE DONATION WAS MADE BECAUSE OF ANY SPECIFIC DOG....
SO FAR ASHER IS AHEAD--- WITH CHAOS CLOSE BEHIND.. THERE IS A LINE OF "WE MADE THIS DONATION BECAUSE OF .....XXXXX"
AND IF YOU PUT THE DOGS NAME FIRST, IT MAKES IT EASIER TO SORT... BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE  SO DO NOT PANIC... LINDA WILL FIND IT.
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BETWEEN THE 8 PUPS,  YESTERDAY'S SURGICAL CASE  SET UP AS AN ICU, AND THE ARRIVAL OF MY FAVORITE  "SERVICE PERSON" .. THE TRASH MAN ( WHICH MEANT I HAD TO RUSH DOWN AND MOVE MANY TONS OF SAND LEFT OVER FROM THE STALL PROJECT SO HE COULD GET TO THE DUMPSTER...) THE ARRIVAL OF THE PURINA TRUCK WITH 7 PALLETS OF DOG FOOD... IN THE  POURING RAIN.....IT WAS A HECTIC DAY.

I WOULD NOT BELIEVE THIS IF I HAD NOT SEEN IT...  GETTING A 53 FOOT TRAILER UP OUR DRIVEWAY HAS ALSWAYS BEEN TIGHT-
 ( REMEMBER THE STORY OF  "IF YOU CAN'T GET IT UP THE DRIVEWAY, THERE IS A 79 YEAR OLD WOMAN SITTIN UP THERE  IN FRONT OF  HER TIPI WHO WILL  DRIVE IT  FOR YOU...")  WELL THIS GUY BEGAN TO HAVE TROUBLE BECAUSE HIS REAR END WAS  NOT AS FAR TO THE LEFT AS HE COULD HAVE BEEN FO R TH E RIGHT HAND TURN-- SO HE DID BRUSH AGAINST THE STONE WALL (WHICH HAS BEEN HIT BEFORE)-- I BUILT THAT WALL... AND HAVE REBUILT IT SEVERAL TIMES SINCE SO THAT WAS NO REAL PROBLEM....  THE REAL PROBLME WAS TEH 4" OF NEW SURFACE OF THE HOT TOP DRIVEWAY MEANT THE TRACTOR TRAILER TOP JUST BRUSHED THE OVERHANGING TREE- FORCING THE  TRAILE TO THE RIGHT ENOUGH TO TAKE SOWN MORE WALL...
TANNER IS ABOUT TO LEARN TO APPRECIATE STONE WALL BUILDING.... TROUBLE IT IS  MADE OF ALL THOES FLAT STONES-- SO WE NOW NEED TO BUY SOME MORE OF THOSE - AS EH ORIGIONAL ONES HAVE BEEN GROUND INTO  TINY PIECES...
I SAID TO THE DRIVER... " GO AHEAD.. WE NEED THE FOOD YOU HAVE ON THERE MORE THAN WE NEED THAT WALL- HE GOT OUT OK... OTHERE DAMAGE WAS THE MAILBOX AND THE BUTTON FOR THE ELECTRIC GATE...
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PLUS OUR OVEN IS NOT WORKING.... AGAIN... IT'S NOT THAT IT IS OVERWORKED EITHER... AS WE ALL KNOW...- IT IS A RESTAURANT OVEN-- WE  HAVE ONE ALMOST LIKE IT IN THE T TENT-- PLUS  A REEAL OVEN IB THE GUEST HOUSE-- BUT WE NEED TO INVESTIGATE WHY IT IS DEAD... AGAIN... LAST TIME  A $13 SWITCH...
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THE CP ' "PENGUIN PERSON" TURNED HER TRIVIA PRIZE SHIRT OVER TO  THE "LOST CP"  CAROLINE  FOR ALL HER HARD WORK WHILE SHE WAS HERE-- AND SHE REALLY DID... NOT ONLY TH E  STONES... BUT A VERY GOOD LIMA BEAN/CORN SOUP SHE MADE DURING THE RAIN... IT WAS VERY WELCOME...
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LAINEY TEMP IS DOWN TO 102.2 LAST NIGHT AND 100 THIS MORNING--  AND THEY ARE NURSIN G OFF THE 2 BACK BOOOOOOBS WHIDH HAD A TENDENCY TO BE HARD AND NON PRODUCTIVE...-- NOW WORKING FINE I AM TOLD.  PLUS MOM IS PEEING AND POOPING ON SCHEDULE-- WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO KNOW?/ 
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SO MUCH FOR MY REPORTS OF THE DAY...
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HELLO ALL AT SDP,
I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT IT HAS ALMOST BEEN 3 YEARS SINCE SIENNA AND I HAVE BEEN A TEAM. WE'VE BEEN TRAVELING ON THIS ROLLERCOASTER CALLED LIFE AND SHE HAS HANDLED EVERY SITUATION PERFECTLY. WE HAVE GROWN TOGETHER AND KNOW ONE ANOTHER'S MANNERISMS TO A TEE. SHE STILL WAITS BY THE BATHROOM DOOR FOR ME WITH THE UTMOST ANXIETY AND ACTS LIKE SHE HASN'T SEEN ME IN YEARS WHEN I POP OUT. IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY I WAS NERVOUS TO LET HER OFF LEASH, NOW SHE MAKES HER MOVES FOLLOWING MY GESTURES AND MOVEMENTS, I DON'T EVEN NEED TO USE VOICE COMMANDS. IT'S LIKE WE SHARE A MIND AND ARE SYNCED AS ONE. WE CONTINUE GOING ON DAILY ADVENTURES SHOPPING AND KEEPING AS ACTIVE AS WE CAN. SHE LOVES TO GO TO PETCO AND PICK OUT HER FAVORITE COOKIES ( TREATS ). WE WENT TO SDP YESTERDAY AND SIENNA WAS ABLE TO RUN AND GET SOME EXERCISE WITH GROMMET. SHE ALSO GOT HER NAILS TRIMMED. THANKS AGAIN TO CARLENE , STAFF , VOLUNTEERS , CPS, CP ANGELS , EXPLORE. AND EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS LIFELONG PARTNERSHIP POSSIBLE.
LOVE MARIAROSE AND SIENNA
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Dear Carlene,

I wanted to email you today and tell you about how Asher took it upon himself to get me out of a sticky (or rather, slippery) situation last night. He is truly looking out for me!


Around midnight last night I went to take a shower and he had his usual routine – he’d poke his head into the shower, take a look at me, and step back out. I finished and stepped out of the shower, joking that I had survived this mysterious shower contraption but I appreciated his concern (it’s just Asher and I in my apartment, so we have conversations like these often). All of a sudden I had lost my balance and fell backward, and wasn’t quick enough to grab the bar on the wall. That happens sometimes – nothing has to touch me and I don’t have to trip over anything to fall, I just lose my balance.
I’ve been fortunate over the years and I’ve never been seriously injured in a fall, just some bumps and bruises and a little shaken up. Last night I had fallen backward into the bath tub and hit my head (though not anything serious) against the back wall so my lower back was touching the bottom of the tub and my legs were folded over the side, not touching the ground. I knew I wasn’t badly hurt, just in a predicament and not sure how I was going to get back up. I was still wet, so everything was slippery, and I didn’t have anything in reach to grab on to.
Asher had this concerned look on his face and he had jumped up as soon as I fell. I thought if I could just put my arm up and brace on him, I could get myself into a sitting position and brace on him again to stand up. But Asher had a better idea. I grabbed his harness and was about to ask him to brace, when I felt him pull back. Hard. I saw him lean back on his haunches and step backwards toward the door, using his body weight to pull me all the way out of the bath tub so I could get back on my feet. Once I let go and he was sure I was okay, he moved a few steps away so I could get to the bathroom counter.
That wasn’t something we had ever practiced. I don’t know of a command for “pull”. He had done that by himself to get me out of the situation I was in, and that just blows my mind because Asher and I have known each other just a day over two weeks. But he thinks nothing of it – we’re a team. I thanked him profusely with hugs and kisses and rubs, but I have a feeling that if he could he would just shrug his shoulders and get us into bed. All in a day’s work for this Great Dane service dog. 

Erica & Asher
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ED:  AN EDUCATED DOG....

Monday, July 24, 2017

july 24 2017
8 black pups-- all still with us and doing what looks like fine...  the first 24 hours are critical  and once we got thru that we can relax a little... very critical to the operation is that laine be relaxed into aksing to go out to pee.. and keeping the  routine exactly what she is used to ... which is  she looks uncomfortable and sits up-- pups gp in the laundry basket-- she goes outside ( gates up no leash- ) and in those 180 seconds her bed has been changed and provision made for her to lie down any where -- because she will normally change sides she is lying on-- when she lies down we take the smallest  and let her lick  him clean and put him at the milk bar all by himself... then slowly take the next 2 which might be problems - they have a tiny dot on their back-- one was the slowest to nurse... and leave thise 3 alone nursing before putting the rest bac in the pile... unless lainie  absolutelu stares at the basket... in which case we take the next- probaably one maiking a noise and put them in place.  etc.. she will tell you -- if you just watch her...
we have  greased their bums  with a bit of olive oil - so when the first bm's begin to come , they don't get stuck all over their rear ends.. and a roll of toilet paper is within easy reach for that operation....
so it starts...
very little, if any deviation  if any from that process for the next few days..
we may get them weighed
maybe... but please don't push us.. we know weighing is critical to be sure they e gainining-- believe me we know that ... but there could be a case of the process of weighing not worth the disruption of the routine... 
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i never  worry about the comment that says "looks like she tipped over her water" sometimes we need all the help from camera people we can get...HOWEVER...
what we don't need is "don't you think someone should have noticed she has no water. don't they realize how water is so critical. there are so many people there someone should have noticed."  which then gets off and running  with all the people who  think they know how to run this outfit " they put the wrong person in the nursery-  xxx would be so much better "  and a group of 20- 20 hindsighters  digs in for the long haul.  ending with "well, i can no longer donate to an outfit like that"
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it is amazing we have got to  our 5th year with out a major battle-- i really appreciate when you all squelch one of those things when they start..
certianly we do have our failings ---
however----- if your opinion of the rest of humanity is that they are self serving money grubbling  lazy fools, please don't apply that to our group...  we have a great bunch who are working very hard - and enjoying the challange of helping others who have challanges of their own.
 i am trying to prepare you for our biggest challange right  now.... 8 jet black pups-- if we have 8 jet black pups in 3 weeks...  we will count our blessings... you can not see them against mom-- or each other-- and they move... even watching very closely,  we couold lose a pup, if mom gets too tired and sleeps on one.-- or someone puts down a dark/black fluffy and one gets undeerneath the fluffy..
 things can happen-- a bunch of harlequin pups is sooooo much easier to raise and train...
but when i try for more harls i might get a deaf one or two.. and a whole new bunch of people will tell me  how bad i am to produce white pups.-- like ariot?????? who lives the life of riley around here??????
i don't know how we have survived this long.... it aint easy...
moving on... maybe this is why.....
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TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY IN FOREVER THAT WENDY WAS UP BEFORE HUNTER. WE WANTED TO SHARE THEIR HIKE OF MOUNT AGAMENTICUS THEY DID, THE DAY AFTER SURFING. LOTS OF WATER FOR BOTH AND THEY MADE IT TO THE TOP! ( ed... wow  what a video.. sorry i don't know how to share)
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Hi Carlene, 

Recently a friend came to stay with us for the weekend. My husband and I have known him for almost 15 years, so he has witnessed my ups and downs over time. Our friend was impressed by how much Seagram has changed my life, especially now that we are 10 months into our partnership. He said that seeing me now, as compared to last summer, is "like day and night." He commented that I am walking so much better, and additionally, that I am much happier and much more positive. He observed that Seagram helps me not only with balance, but also that her companionship is invaluable.

Our friend was also impressed by Seagram's training and good behavior. We went to the Farmer's Market together and she was unflappable, despite the mix of many people, including children running around, and dogs. We also stopped at the grocery store, and although her nose was inches away from the meat, she stayed focused on helping me. 
 And he was amazed at how Seagram helps me with stairs, with no commands necessary for a few steps because she knows the routine -- so that Seagram & I now seamlessly climb the steps into the house (as compared to last summer, when I went up slowly with a cane). And when we did "step/whoa/brace," because I am still shaky on stairs sometimes, our friend also commented in amazement at how she helps me with this. 

Sometimes when progress is measured in tiny improvements day-by-day, even if only taking a few extra steps, it takes an outside observer to notice just how much has changed over time. Seagram and I have become quite a team. I am so grateful for her -- she truly is my Super Seagram!!

Thank you,
Amy
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TODAY WAS CHURCH THEN A BIRTHDAY PARTY! EVE AND FINN GOT TO PLAY WITH FRIENDS & SWAM IN THE LAKE THEN EVE GOT TO RIDE ON A WAVE RUNNER! YES I MIGHT BE CRAZY! BUT SHE DIDN'T GET HURT AND HAD SOOOOO MUCH FUN! 

THEN WE CAME HOME TO CHILL BECAUSE EVE AND FINN GO TO CAMP THIS WEEK AND THEY WILL BOTH NEED THEIR REST TO TACKLE ALL THE FUN THIS WEEK WILL HOLD!! TEAM UP CAMP IS A CAMP DESIGNED FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR SIBLINGS. LAST YEAR CAMERON ERIN AND MYSELF VOLUNTEERED. THIS YEAR JUST ME AND ONLY 2 DAYS . JUST A BUNCH OF HOOPS TO JUMP THROUGH THIS YEAR BUT WE HAVE GREAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY HELPING EVE GET TO CAMP!! 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

july 23 2017
i wore my purple shirt today....pam has been rightly telling people who volunteer here, if they have any questions ask a person with a ourple shirt and they should be able to help you..... soooo.... yesterday was a wild and wooly day around here  between puppies 3 days early and 20 tons of sand with the corporate group to  deal with the sand   unexpected ly not coming... i was up all night between dealing with the puppies and then how to most easily handle  the 20 tons--  i was  watching the sand project and someone came along and asked a purple shirter  who was sitting in the golf cartt with me a complicated question about SDP.... which she answereed very carefully-- 
 i then asked why the person had not asked me and was told....... " because you are not wearing a purple shirt"

OK.... so i have on a purple shirt today.... whatever shirt i wear, does not change any rules around here-- yesterday's biggies "do not stand or drive behind a tractor about to back up"  -- "don't drive the tractopr forward if there are people in front of the bucket."  tanner was good at driving...  but had anything malfunctioned, the first thing  anyone would question  "who decided to let a 13 year old drive that back hoe.."  i would say he did a great job.. but i don't want to give him a big head..."
i was very glad to get thru the day with no major injuries-- and there could have been some.   lainie did not bite anyone-- and she could have....  she adores liv and is comfortted by liv's presence and touch... -- she barely tolerates anyone else so i have said don't touch her unless absolutely necessary-  things not seen by everyone-- like tossing a leash to another person in the room over a basket of pups  could have caused lainie to snap...  she didn't--   but easily could have objected to the fast movement...   i had-- and am reinforcing-  the 3 people rule in that room... one is linda-- one might be me in that chair...  but the great hordes of puppy peekers  must look from the door. or stay on the cameras--- much better idea.
"they are so cute, i just couldn't help myself"????? 
GREAT ! -- well let me help you whether you like it or not.----   just figure  keeping the animals happy  is my job.
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which gets to  this telling your kid at an early age... "just stick your hand out and let the dog sniff it and they won't bite" ... well they might not...  but that is not the part of you they would prefer to sniff...plus they  could probably  smell anyone who  was still in t he parking lot...i watch bentley loke a hawk ever since the accident-- and when people pat him in teh head- i get a clear message "i wish people would not bang on  my head" 
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now for chicken bricks-- i go thru this everuy month-- and every month you all bail us out with a sell out... thankfully enableing us to donate the dogs free of charge... ok.... we have donated over 150 dogs   and  many of those recipients  do buy a brick or two...  but there are some  who need reminding ... if at all possible... you should help pay it forward and get a friend or two to buy a brick in your dog's name..--  there is a place  to put the dog's name in the brick buying process...
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jim and cindy were here yestrday-- interesting ... cindy can;t talk an d i can't hear  but jim lugged sand for a while---he did tell me what a wonderful reception they had from all the great cp's they met on their way to and from florida--- all up and down the east coast...
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 i think the sand lugging unit is still "up"   this is particularly hard on any compulsive types who really believe you have to go til you drop. like grace... . because there is no way we can do it all.. i plan to put the rest in the puppy hill area- to redo teh feeding area and clean it upa a bit...
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 thanks to george (DVM)  for staying in touch thru the lainie birthing --- i forgot to tell him we have the frozen placentas in the freezer if scott still needs them for tufts study...
washers nose is much much better-- amazing what a medical education will do for a dog... 
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i have heard from will and ward-- my relatives with whom we had such a good time last time they were here.. twin boys who  during their stay here learned  to assemble manequins and put up tipi's.  they will be here around aug 6-9  i wonder if they ever get sick of "twin boys"  because by now they must be individual boys????  i know there is a song about  triplets
 "we do every thing alike
we look alike
we walk alike
we talk alike
and what i more we hate each other very much
we hate our folks
we'er sick of jokes  about how hard it is to tell us apart" 
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could be it is like  "got a saddle for that horse..."
if the general public  only knew

but they don't. 
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CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BIRTH OF 'BUG' BLACK PUPS #1 THROUGH #8.  EVERYONE DID SUCH A GREAT JOB!  HAVING SOUND WAS A WONDERFUL BONUS, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.  
NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF DAY IT IS I KNOW I CAN ALWAYS FIND SMILES AND LOVE AT SDP.  ONCE UPON A TIME I COULD CONTRIBUTE IN MANY WAYS ON A REGULAR BASIS.  DUE TO UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES I CAN NO LONGER DO THAT SO I TRY TO SPREAD THE WORD AS MUCH AS I CAN.  I DO STILL HAVE SOME POKER CHIPS TO HAND OUT.  IT WILL SOON BE 5 YEARS THAT THE CAMS WENT LIVE AND THE CP COMMUNITY BEGAN.  I HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE THE START AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING US INTO YOUR HOME AND YOUR WORLD.
AND OF COURSE THANK YOU FOR CHANGING LIVES.  SO MANY, IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.  
OH...AND THANKS FOR THE SUDOKU LESSON THE OTHER DAY.  i DON'T LIKE NUMBERS BUT NOW I MAY TRY ONE ON MY OWN.  
WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE,
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Fiona, Karen and I got back from the blueberry festival a bit ago. Fiona was a big hit. People just gush over her. She was a perfect lady while we ate our blueberry pancakes and very patient while we visited the vendors. Karen had never been out with us before and was very impressed with Fiona's attention to me. When we got back Fiona and I took a nap. I am so fortunate to have her and I love everyone at SDP that made it possible and continue to make it possible for others.
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good one

Saturday, July 22, 2017

july 22 2017
LAINE STARTED HAVING PUPS... VERY LACKADASICAL CONTRACTIONS  BUT SHE HAS HAD 2-- I THINK WE ARE LOOKING AT A C- SECTION...  AS SHE HAS HAD NOTHING IN 4 HOURS.--llatest  6 pups

OTHER LARGE PROBLEM...
 WE WWERE TO HAVE A LARGE GROUP OF ADULTS HERE TO DO A CHARITY STINT.. SO I GOT READY AND BOUGHT A HUGE PILE OF SAND TO PUT IN THE STALLS.. AND I SEE THIS MORNING THAT THEY HAVE CANCELED?????
I MEAN BIG PILE OF SAND...  $600 WORTH... TRACTOIR TRAILER DUMP..
I WAS NOT READY FFOR PLAN "B" ON THAT ONE...

 NOW I AM HALF AWAKE - HAVING BEEN UP  MUCH OF THE NIGHT... SO I AM NOT REALLY INTO CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING.
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Hi Carlene, Wendy and I are doing well! We have been busy this week. When I went surfing Wendy did a great job with the ocean (she doesn't like water) on Tuesday. Next we went hiking Wednesday to the summit of Mount Agamenticus. We wanted to let you know we had the kick off to Team Hunter & Wendy's Totes for Teamwork fundraiser last night. Profits are being split between SDP and Boston Children's Hospital. When they are ready we are hoping we can use SDP as a pickup spot for people around there, and at dogfest. We are hoping people like the bags and support them. We will be in touch! Hunter & Wendy

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Dear Carlene,

Asher and I have just reached the end of our hectic first week together. Asher didn't have a lot of time to adjust to his new home before he was thrown into work with me, but he handled each new experience perfectly. He and I commute on the bus to work in the morning, and he's now a celebrity on our route. We love the opportunity to educate other passengers on service dogs and SDP, and Asher keeps a stash of poker chips in his vest pocket for when we need them! I tell people all about the cameras and chicken bricks whenever I get an opportunity - Asher has improved my life so much already and I want to keep doing my part to help SDP keep up the wonderful work you all do!

I'm so grateful for the time that Megan and Steve spent with us during our training to make sure that we'd be such a perfect team - I had a chance to ask them every question I could think of while I was training, and I have such peace of mind knowing that all the trainers are just a quick text or call away should I have any more. I've been so surprised and delighted every time Asher performs above my expectations for him, whether that's staying still on our 35-minute bus ride to work on some of the bumpiest roads, contentedly snoozing through a long dinner at a nice restaurant while I catch up with friends, behaving so nicely at work that people forget he's in the office, or keeping me balanced during our long walks downtown through noisy construction areas without reacting to the strange and loud noises around us, and I know that's the product of all the work put into him by everyone at SDP. He has proven this week to be just about unflappable, and somehow the trainers knew that that was exactly what I needed. 

Asher has already changed my life in several ways. I get out and do things more now that I'm not by myself in this new town of ours, even if it's just a quiet walk in the evening. I can walk farther with his assistance, and we can take a stroll through the neighborhood without worrying about curbs, steps, and uneven ground. And on those few occasions when I do fall, Asher's right there to give me a wet kiss on the nose and help me back up. I've never known what it feels like to be sure-footed, but I am now with an extra four (huge) legs next to mine!

Thank you and all the other staff and volunteers for all you do. Through Asher you have given me confidence, stability, and also, a best friend. I'm incredibly thankful for such a gift, and I can't wait to see what else Asher and I accomplish together in the coming weeks!


Friday, July 21, 2017

july 21 2017
it is gonna be my kind of a good day....  because sugary sticky  icing keeps appearing on my fingers-- goldie has it stored somewhere and it keeps  coming  back to remind me to eat candy...  ( like i needed reminding??)
well there is an article out that says  reduced eating behaviors  can bring on dementia-- OK>>>> sounds good to me....i can go along with that....  especially with cheese cake in the fridge... i prefer that even to lima beans...  please don't send me any---- you have no idea how difficult it was to eat my way thru the 3 cheesecakes some CP  from tenn left in the fridge-  to make matters worse   one was even nutella..
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today will also be a left headed day... i wear only one hearing aid... knowing  tht at some point i will lose or ruin the ones i am wearing... i usually wear only one-- the right one... --sure enough-- it died and needs to go to  the costco hearing aid hospital.
--- well--------my left ear  is complaining  because it has not been accustomed to  sticking that thing in the ear canal- even tho my right ear has no problem with it... how often does one run into a statement made in your youth that eventually  comes back to haunt you?     my ear situation  is reminiscintant of  trying to teach a horse to paw with one foot..... i have often been critical of a horse's intelligence  becaue if it takes you 17 days to teach a horse to paw with  his right foot, it will take 17 days to teach it to paw with his left..  indicated to me a lack of basic right-left intelligence... and here i am-- i do  not see why my right ear can not tell the left "forget it-- do not play teh itch factor" 
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big challange of the day.... about 18 tons of stone dust is  to be dumped in front of the barn door   with the hopes that the brave souls from  timber land who will be here sat morning to do community service... can schlep it into the stalls-- bucket by bucket... the constant problem is that the stall floor keeps dropping- and right now mo's stall is down about 15 inches--- you can see the problem under the bottom board of teh donkey stalll-  thru the years we hafee  tried all kinds of "how to get the stone dust ibn the stall " puzzles--  this time will be no different..-- we hae a bunch of people coming from  TIMBERLAND ( WHO GAVE US THOSE WONDERFUL BOOTS) ---  so i am thinking the least stressful would be a bucket brigade of not quite full buckets
and then----- I REMEMBERED  all those roller laddery kind of things to move  merchandise around factories...  camera mark gave us 5 sections-- tanner yesterday perfected the slope and amt of stone dust to get along the alleyway of the barn  to be dumped in stalls...  it could work.... it could also turn into a  i love lucy in the candy factory show.     
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i have done this before.... it is documented in janine's book "dogs donkeys and the circus" ( on amazon)   when my kids were young  ?8-10 years old?  we had a horse get into a building and fall thru the floor into a 12 ' round cistern with about 6 inches of water in it... immediately  i had  fire dept, police,  and every neighbor standing around looking at me with a bewildered " what are you going to do now?"   it was nearly 5pm-- the horse was fine-- and by now  the little  4H kid who owned the horse was in the hole with the horse...- i called the local  gravelpit and had them deliver a huge truck of sand..  and a dozen neighbors with buckets scooped and passed buckets to be poured into the hole as the horse circled -by then we had boston news / tv trucks/ lights etc... and by 11 pm he stepped out the last 36 inches... i distinctly remember a very young child asleep on the sand, in the dark... she had been filling buckets and fell sleep while everyone worked around her... 
so it can be done ... hopefully tomorrow..
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bella geoge 
THEY MAY HAVE A CHANCE TO GO SWIMMING. I AM SURE THEY WILL LOVE THAT. BELLA IS STILL PLAYING HER GUITAR AND LOVES LEARNING. THANKS TO OUR FRIEND BRIAN WHO HELPS HER AND GIVES HER DIFFERENT CORDS TO PRACTICE. SHE IS HAVING FUN DOING IT! IT IS GREAT OT! TOMORROW IS THE MIX CARES FOR KIDS RADIOTHON AT BOSTON CHILDRENS HOSPITAL. TEAM BELLA AND GEORGE WILL BE ANSWERING THE PHONE FROM 3-7. WE HAVE EVERY SPOT COVERED FOR THE 2ND YEAR IN A ROW. I'LL TRY TO POST THE NUMBER TOMORROW AND A LINK TO LISTEN! LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE

stacy pixie
WHAT A BUSY PAST 2 DAYS WITH APPOINTMENTS. YESTERDAY WAS TREATMENT DAY AND TODAY WE SPENT THE DAY AT DMV. PIXIE ALWAYS DOES GREAT ON LONG DAYS AND EVEN WHEN THEY ARE OH SO BORING. 
PEOPLE WHERE SO IMPRESSED ON HER BEHAVIOR AT DMV AS WE SAT AND WAIT FOR 3 LONG HOURS. HER BIG BROTHER GOT HIS LICENSE SO SHE WAS SUPER EXCITED TO BE THERE TO SUPPORT HIM ON HIS NEXT JOURNEY.

WE SPENT THE REST OF OUR DAYS JUST HAVING FUN GOING TO DINNER AND AND ENJOYING FAMILY TIME. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

july 20 2017
thank heavens for a  bunch of cut and pastes
 i have a dr apt this morning and will have to do it without my friend bentley... someone must have given him a ham sandwich--- he is producing pancakes-- normally he is very regular 8am-9am  and he is done for most of the day-- i don't know what happens after 2pm--- with his bowels-- or much of anything beyond nap time.
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we have a lot of interns helping out fort the summer--they work-- and learn stuff only work can teach you.
for instance.... last night at mail call.. i had a request to do a suduko puzzle online so people coudl see how it is done... an intern was here and could not contain himself to tell me how to do it, missing the point that the object was to show the camera people how to think about a suduko puzzle--- finishing it was not the goal.. alto i did.... i might not have - i could have screwed it up-- but it would have been an educational screw up. the intern is a bright kid,  but has to learn that the process of learning is more critical than the  completion of some task...  you know the fish bit about teaching a person to fish....
 take  tthe introduction  to the new math --- it  concentrates so much on the method, that no one gets the right answer-- it is simple to understand if you stop everything and  think about---- if we had beeen born with 8 fingers, our system would have evolved in " the base 8" instead of "the base 10"---- just to be different -- for years the british 12 pennies to a shilling   so the whole time i was there i figured money in feet and inches- which worked.  we are used to  "other bases"

schools seem  soooo test oriented... a b c d  with zero understanding of how that answer was detrived.  i think geometry did it for me... 3 points define a plane and pnly one plane.. a dull fact... til you realize you can put a 3 legged tripod or milking   stool on the side of a cliff and it will not wobble. add the 4th leg and you are less than stable.-- much of the  physical world can be defined by a  compass and straight edge-- geometry is something to understand.. not memorize...  having very little memory - even at a young age- i was in my glory.... well it was better than latin-- or history--- or many other courses someone decided i should take.
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well i took them--- and they took up a great deal of my time... i can not think of what  2 years of latin did for me-- it was supposed to help with spelling- and we all know what a farce that is.
i am an advocate  of tech schools-- producing a work force that speaks latin gets us no where- when i think of the things i could have invented if i knew how to weld way back before i had to do anything practical like have a job and raise kids... oh but i can sew and iron a men's white shirt !!
my lessons in latin were complicated by the fact that the highschool teacher often slept during class-- i was much older when i realized the poor man was teaching us what alcoholism was.... after all who doesn't slurrrr  in latin? 
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the place is coming alive...  i am pretty sure there were 2  camera people upstairs  with somehow ajay and jody coming today. one upstairs person's husband is arrivng and they'll   move  to the guest house... making way for dumpsterkitty arriven tomorrow for the  "open bed" upstairs..all guests manage the entire thing... there are washer dryers all over the place-- leave it spotless-- preferably in  even  better shape than you found it  would be a spiral upawrd....    
 this is no spa--- it is  6:42 and all visitors are up drinking coffee -- jobs start at 7am...
people often say .. "you have some deilghtful volunteers at sdp" -- true--- it is self eliminating-- anyone  expecting to sleep late and be lazy  just won't be able to... and they generally leave...
survival of the fittest... inactivity  th e biggest handicapp of all---  i can find jobs for everyone regardless of what their doctors say they have.
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cutting and pasting  for concept only....  i forgot to include names... sorry
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We have been together about five and a half months now. My life has improved so much with her help. I really did need her to pull me out of the nasty hole that depression has put me in because of MS and PTSD. I found that in taking great care of Kaydet, I am also taking care of myself and I cannot imagine what in the world i did before she came into my life. I am forever grateful for everyone at SDP and I will spend the rest of my days supporting this godsend of an organization. My family and close friends will, too.
 We really are in sync. So much that I firmly believe that Kaydet is fluent in English, although she can't talk. Lol! She listens to everything I say, until she decides to be a bratty teenager. You know what I mean? But she's a dog, not a machine. I tell that to people all the time. 

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We are super proud of Hunter & Wendy! Last night was the first time after surfing that Hunter could walk with Wendy! We usually have to carry him, and he's pushing the scale at 65 pounds! He was completely exhausted but made his legs work and Wendy, as always, was up for the challenge! Hunter continues to gain strength because of their partnership!
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MY JOB AS A LAW CLERK FOR A PROVIDENCE LAW FIRM INVOLVES TELECOMMUTING FOR PART OF THE WEEK AND GOING INTO THE OFFICE FOR THE REST. TODAY I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE A QUIET DAY AT HOME AFTER ASHER'S BUSY WEEKEND OF GETTING SETTLED IN AND TRYING NEW THINGS. HE WAS PERFECTLY CONTENT TO LAY IN HIS COMFY BED NEXT TO ME WHILE I WORKED, ALTHOUGH I THINK HE HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR AND ENJOYED PLAYING WITH HIS SQUEAKY TOY WHILE I WAS ON A FEW CALLS THIS AFTERNOON! IN MY SHORT FEW DAYS OF HAVING A SERVICE DOG, I'VE KEPT IN MIND THAT THESE DANES ARE HAPPIEST IF THEY GET OUT FOR SEVERAL HOURS A DAY. BEFORE BEING MATCHED, MOST OF MY DAYS WORKING AT HOME WOULD BE JUST THAT, AND I OFTEN WOULDN'T LEAVE THE HOUSE. I GET A LOT DONE, BUT I MISS INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE. THIS AFTERNOON I GRABBED MY REQUIRED SUMMER READING FOR MY FIRST YEAR OF LAW SCHOOL, GOT ASHER DRESSED AND WE HEADED TO OUR LIBRARY DOWN THE STREET TO GET SOME READING DONE WHILE DOING SOME POSITIONING AND DOWN-STAY PRACTICE. I WAS GLAD I DID - THE LIBRARIANS LOVED hIM AND ASHER GOT SEVERAL COMPLIMENTS AS USUAL. I THINK IT'S GOOD FOR ME TO NOW HAVE A REASON TO GET OUT FROM BEHIND MY COMPUTER SCREEN! :) JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT SERVICE DOGS DO MORE THAN HELP WITH BALANCE AND MOBILITY - THEY'RE OFTEN A PERFECT SOCIAL CONNECTION!
WE'LL BE HEADED TO BED AT A GOOD TIME TONIGHT AFTER I GET OUR BAGS AND LUNCHES PACKED - IT'S ASHER'S FIRST DAY AT THE OFFICE TOMORROW!
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PHEW I THINK WE ARE RECOVERED FROM ALL THE CRAZINESS! 
SOMEHOW EVE'S SLEEP PATTERN HAS GOTTEN OUT OF WHACK. NOT FALLING ASLEEP, WAKING UP AND NOT BEING ABLE TO GO BACK TO SLEEP, WAKING UP THEN FALLING BACK TO SLEEP EARLY IN THE DAY.... ??? I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON BUT IF YOU SEE MR SANDMAN TELL HIM WE NEED HIM TO HEAD OVER HERE TO STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT! 
YESTERDAY WE FINALLY GOT THOSE X-RAYS TAKEN OF EVE'S LEGS. I LOOK AT THEM AND THINK 'OH GEEZ, I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE IS WEIGHT BEARING AT ALL!' SO JUST WAITING TO SEE WHAT THE SURGEON THINKS ABOUT THEM.
THANKS FOR CHECKING IN ALL!