Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MAY 26 2015
THINGS GO IN THREES... HOPEFULLY THAT IS THE THREE..  EXCEPT THAT PUP WAS NEVER ALIVE.. IT HAD ABSOLUTELY NO MUSCLE TONE EVEN AT PARTIAL BIRTH-- 
THE  GOOD PART IS... IT DID PROVE THAT YELLOW WORKS... BEEN UP ALL NIGHT-- NEARLY...

IT WAS STILLBORN AT ABOUT 4AM  WE WAITED 2 HOURS-- NOTHING-- SO WE TEXTED GEORGE ( WHO IS ON VACATION) -- HE SAID 1 PIT SHOT -- WAIT  30 MIN THEN THE SECOND-- IF STILL NOTHING STRT FOR THE HOSPITAL AND AN ULTRASOUND TO SEE IF THERE ARE MORE..

NOWW...  AN ULTRASOUND  IS EITER YES OR NO-- IF YES, TEN BELIEVEABLE ( THO NOT THE COUNT... JUST A PUP IN THERE)  AN ULTRASOUND --"NO"--- IS INCONCLUSIVE.
AN XRAY IS YES OR NO ( AGAIN NUMBER OFTER NOT CORRECT) 
PROBLEM BEING THE ULTEASOND MIGHT SEE A HEARTBEAT OR NOT.. AND XRAY JUST SHOWS THE PUP.

SO WHICH IS BETTER AND WHICH DO YOU DO FIRST..
THE VET THERE OPTED FOR XRAY WHICH WE DID-- AND NO PUPS WERE SEEN.

NOEL LOOKS FINE .. PERFECTLY HEALTHY-- DRIPPING NORMALLY.. 
SO ON WE GO.

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Hi Carlene,

Just stopping by to say hello and share some photos that we had taken on our outing yesterday.
We went to the Lighthouse Pier on Ontario Lake, in Sodus Bay, NY.

 It was a beautiful day. Dolly was wonderful as usual. There were many dog there on leash, which several of them were Yippy Little Dogs that did a lot of barking at Dolly. She was wonderful staying in her down stay or continuing to walk on with little distraction.  
It was wonderful being able to walk across the lawns and uneven ground with the support of Dolly. This would have been Very difficult to do last year (unable to do without assistance). I love the independence and it frees Dale up to also be independent. Which pleases me, it is like we both get freedom with Dolly. All though my husband has never complained and never would complain, I feel better being more independent.

It was such a nice day that we brought the camera and had a little fun. Enclosed are the pictures we took. Some are scenery some are just goofy fun. Hope you enjoy seeing them as we did taking them.

Hope you also had a great weekend,
Brenda 

Monday, May 25, 2015

may 25 2015
  bailey is still  thankfully growling at the pups per usual this morning...
i was worried.. yesterday she got very tired and walked uphill very slowly after stew... ...  still very pink gums...   so it wasn't  that...  but she is not getting any younger-- i think she needs better stew accomodations  .she stood around too long and got overtired.

joyce too k the nursery camera off to hook it up at megans... today and tomorrow... megan just might get home for the event !!
the entire camera thing is a mystery to me..  she and jon speak the same language..

me?   well, i got a package yesterday----- and my half-fast tech knowlidge figured... if it got delivered on a sunday it was probably comething critical..  a 2'  square black cube with numbers  on it...and it has 2 wires  ( do i need to describe the difference between male and female ends?-- maybe some of you   you just never thought about it but it is self explanitory..)..  th emale end has 3 sections so my guess is it belongs in line with the mic/ camera wire because those are the same kind of ends...
i really don't think it is the tractor part bud ordered..... could be tho---  computer connections  are everywhere 

i remember.........
i had a car  long ago which i used to pull a horse trailer-- and a small utility tralier for magazines... the horse trailer had  what was a typical 2"ball and round  electrical connection... and my car was set up for a  utility trailer wiht  smaller  ball and a  typical 4 plaace... flat uhaul electrical connection.   this car that i have NOW  is the first time i have ever had a properly wired trailer episode- i[ to now it has been rewire for whichever trailer or find the  connection that goes from flat to round plug... and i had several ...round to flat and flat to round-- a terrible mess... always missing.
i needed to pull the horse trailer and couldngt't find the  adapter plug... - i just needed stop and turn signals-- so i figured how  complicated can that be... find the wire that works the stop light   and hook it to the trailer stop light wire... one goes on , the other should.
 simple...  the trailer ball would make the trailer grounded like the car... should be simple--  complete circuit. 
WRONG .... once i spliced into the  car's wire not  only did the trailer not work, but none of the car lights worked either. 
turns out... hidden under the mat was a little square black box--  that would not even let me hook back up to what i had to start with..  i did not understand then.. and i still don't  understand what the logic was... excpet that it cost me  $250 to have the dealer set it right.

i don't know how people survive without access to a horse trailer-  in my career i have moved many large items no one wanted to trust to a moving company.. like a  doctor's personal library ( danm heavy)  and a grand piano ....

i can think of one example.... megan's mom showed me thier grand piano-- it is in her bedroom covered with the usual collection of laundry and clipboards..  she said it was there because   they couldn't get it out... making me wonder how they got it in there.. was it there when they bought the house?  or was the house buit around it??  megan's dad is..  maybe .. worse than i  am at collecting  stuff... just plain stuff.. i would love to see thier cellar... i hear rumors....
but that piano is an exceedingly  strange lump takijng up  a significant part of the room.

i was shocked to find that  they have a monster closet  that is empty !!!    that will be a perfect whelping area to start noel's pups.. so if joyce gets the camera set up, she can aim it  there so it is not too invasive..

holiday today?  for some... for us.. it is another  of the usual 365 days.. it does often take the shape of a sunday of sitting around..  and we have a bunch of food from uyeserday...  we should survive.
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 I guess I qualify as a Dane recipient and should keep you updated.  Olive is wonderful , well and happy.  Beloved member of my Thursday morning church group,  However the rest of the family not so good.  Bill in rehab after falling a fractured his hip.  Im hobbling around with back and hip pain. Injections helping,  
Still think of you often and hope to be able come by and visit.  My very best to all.  I am blessed to have met you and found Olive.  .... Priscilla 


We hope all is going well with you. I just want to send a quick Harry update. Things here are going well. We have just been doing that whole figure out life and live it, thing. Harry is one happy, healthy, handsome boy and I am thankful every moment of the day for having him. His favorite thing to do is watch his fish in the pond. He is not a big swimmer but he loves to watch his fish! We continue to tell everyone we meet about sdp and encourage people to check out the cams. I attached some pictures and I hope you enjoy them. He really is just so handsome! - Beth and Harry

Sunday, May 24, 2015

may 24 2015
what is a sunday without left over lamb chops for breakfast, and an arguement with the printer...
luckily it is not a shatupon sunday  so i don't really need the graph i was so anxious about...

it was one showing how many minutes we are watched... wow !  
i better comb my hair more often-- people are watching.
i won't mention the fact that i only have 1/2 a comb
which is fine.. since i grew up, i only have 1/2 a head of hair.

i used to have a 2' long braid down my back-  it became impossible to deal with 
so i sent it to locks of love.. to this day, when i put on  a jacket, i swipe to get my  non existant braid out of the way.

 we had to rewrite the rules because i cut my braid... they were....


RULES WHILE AT
THE SERVICE DOG PROJECT:

IF IT’S BROKEN, FIX IT
IF IT’S DIRTY, CLEAN IT
IF IT’S SMELLY, PICK IT UP
IF IT’S EMPTY, FILL IT
IF YOU TRIP OVER IT, MOVE IT
IF IT’S GOT FOUR LEGS AND A TAIL, LOVE IT
IF IT’S GOT TWO LEGS AND 
 A LONG BRAID DOWN ITS BACK,
 LISTEN CLOSELY TO IT   
             
 written long ago  ..BC  ( before cameras)----those  are still wonderful rules... 
lets face it... you certainly do not need to ask permission to pick poop.
with about 40 dogs-- 2 movements a day is over 100 piles..
don't question this math... several  are purebred "walkinpoopers"
bentley being one of them.... he does 3 per emitting

the daily poo report..
all systems are "going"  nicely..

we are picked up as promptly as possible....however.... i did see a dog in the flat field  eating  on something--- and i could not figure out what he might be  eating except for some "used food"  starting me with the  worrying/wondering about  the timing of  shedding  virus etc.  if anyone gets sick in 5 days... remind me...
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i don't know how long it took me to type this and pour myself a cuppa coffee.. whatever... as i sat down, the printer coughed up the report i had asked for before i started this  dd...... 
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 it is wireless-- and on occasion ... very rude.
it can refuse to print something while at the same time breaking into this screen with  notices about  how i am using unapproved ink,  and if i  expect perfect copies, i better change to their ink...  they sell these printers for $ 2.49 cents  and the ink is $73.89  per cartridge.

what they can program machines to do is alarming..  and i don't know who "they" are-- but i would like to have a few words with them.\
how bad is it...??  i was frightened when the adjustable bed came with on ly  one remote-- i knew it would get a mind of it's own nd fold itself double--  and it has done that once so far... luckily i was not in it.
my next concern is these hearing aids which george told me to buy...  they come with a remote... 
dogs love remotes-- can't you see me in the t tent  ripping the screeching out of my ears while a dog lies on a sofa in the house knawing on  the remote???

problem is somebody --THEY---gets an idea about an "improvement"  and they don't stop to think the colatteral effects.. sort of like breeding close relative dogs to get the desireable harlequin color- and not realizing  then  the kidneys don't work right.

no word on noel... she just might deliver after megan returns on tuesday...  we are ready...
earlene and i  are really the only 2 with --- extemnsive--- delivery experience... earlene was here yesterday--  she and paul took chaos for the afternoon-- 2 very long walks up near thier house--- chaos loved it !!

earlene lives closer to megan than i do--- and we have the added complication that  aroynd nap time- i would need a driver.
well... the only way i can stay awake at  nap time  is to eat icecream while driving...
and that would be  a 2 pints drive-- gaining me 4  pounds
(? a pint's a pound the world around?-- also .... matter may neither be created nor distroyed...)--- except for icecream.

marvelous cutting and pasting....

re...Hester and Stella (Abia). It is wonderful having Hester and Abia live at Rivercourt. They bring a joy that only comes with a home with a dog. When Hester and Abia walk through the building, eyes light up and faces strain with smiles so big it hurts. Thank you Hester for choosing Rivercourt and thank you SDP for providing Abia. In a residence, filled with canes, walkers, and wheelchairs, Hester and Abia are an inspiration. 
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Frenzy has been a very busy guy, lately. 
He traveled very well from Fl to Ma, sharing his back seat space with Honey, 6 yr old retriever mix rescue. 
Dr.s appts this week, including a 6 hour infusion date at St. Elizabeth's. 
His behavior was fabulous, and he achieved boredom to the "nth" degree! 
Jim couldn't get by one person in St. E's without a positive comment on Frenzy's appearance & behavior. 
Even the valet guys look forward to their visit. 
One helps Jim into the driver's seat, while another takes Frenzy's leash to lead him into the back seat of the truck. 
All around, Frenzy is a smile maker, none of it possible without his excellent behavior, all thanks to SDP! 
Big thanks to all, Jim & Ann 
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After reading this morning's DD, I realized how rude I've been.  
I'm so sorry. I have posted not only silly stories about Denim's antics but also
her extreme helpfulness on facebook. However, you have not been privy to this
info.  Being the biggest reason I have Denim beside me, I vow to do better
keeping you informed.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

may 23 2015
the squeeky wheel gets the oil...    i am not going to say i have too many replies from recipients... there is no such thing...  but i did get a more than a  few-- which  i  will include along the way...
tempest figits-- ......neighbor jil came to cut my hair-- i was looking quite shaggy- and  that little   kid.. her son.. that helped with the 23 great dane pups we had when our stud jumped that USDA approved fencing , is now some kind of ranger in colorado..
 he was the " connor " of about 15 years ago-- and  then he grew up   and up and uppppp.
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there is another "friend's son " story -----  i saw  him reciently  about 80 feet in the air , trimming a tree limb.... he was the kid who was given a cup of horse food for breakfast on his way to the school bus...  let me tell you first hand-- that horse food did a great job growing him !!!--
 now mom would be arrested...i can remember "but it's the same stuff !!"
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no pups yet from noel--- could be with our loose translation of "gestation period of 63 days"  she could go til megan gets back tuesday... by the time she was "covered" over 5 days-- and sperm can live for3 days ( by actual microscope  count storing it warm  in someone's armpit)  --- it couodl be a few more days yet... i have not heard..  i go by the action of teh new mom... when she grabs her bedding and tears it upward, i will; start paying  attention.  i have not heard of that yet...
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and then there is the building... now in a truck-- enroute from iowa......  possibly wednesday -- but more like thursday..
we have a crew---30 people from the GE coming to work on wednesday and saturday.-- it would be nice... but it is sure to be here by saturday.
i had planned 2 jobs for them  -- de-mudding the available running room...  i.e pounding  posts in around the pond  and stream in "A"   and i have ordered.... same truckload... poly netting that is not invisable... but not bad... it is around the pups and chickens now.
other job... construct that building on saturday......   should be fun   there is 2300 pounds of stuff coming in 5 pallets
somewhere  after the truck arrives we need  to set the anchors in those sona tubes which involves ordering a quantity of concrete
concrete lesson??? what you order you must take--  they do not take any left overs back-- hence the several "freeform lumps" of concrete around ehere as i  have miscalculated in the past....
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other "poundage"  educational story... i ordered a six aheeler of  5" stone.  it was  $196.43 delivered. and now is around the sign given to crazy acres at last years dogfest. 
there is a stone store/ factory  right up the street-  tehy crush rocks there-- and run the crushed up a series of grids which gets you   "stone dust" ( which is all over ourt parking area) then 1", 3" and  5-8"  broken , jagged rocks.   it gets ordered byt he size of teh trtuck... in this case a 6 wheel.    on another machine...they also sift out  sand and  round stones  pea size then  bigger... a friend of mine has a peastone driveway and a contractor told her it would be $8000 to  re surface and  refresh the peastone..  she is not the type to wander around stores that sell stones as i do   ( well maybe rocks like diamonds)  but i told her about  this place and she got  her driveway done for $1200.
fyi......

items Shipped:Quantity
PB00680R4W – ClearSpan™ Freestanding Building - 30'W x 15'H x 40'L 1
105587 – Ground Anchor Assembly 1/2"x30"Lx4" Small to 34'W Buildings 22
TC2638A – Heavyweight Polyethylene Game Bird Netting - 6.25' x 150' x 1" 2
CC5310 – Black Polypropylene Rope - 3/16" x 1,000' Spool 
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 i am delighted to have some cutandpastes   especially stella-- when i last saw her she was lying next to  hester's bed at shaunessy  hospital in boston.. hester was to be admitted and left stella ( abadiah)  with me-- which did not work out at all.. she basically quit eating-- so after a day or two of boiling liver and chicken thighs i took her into the hospital and left her there.  the hospityal had a grand time dealing-- and seemed to enjoy the chore of a perfectly behaved huge dog.
also nice to publish ---still working at 9 1/2 ----for all those people who say they love danes but what a shame they don't live past 6.
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Hi Carlene; I expect you probably don't hear from Hester Newbury on a regular basis at all, but I am going to see her soon and will take a picture and send it along with an update. She has moved from her house into Rivercourt assisted living and Abiah (aka Stella) has successfully moved in with her. Abiah has to be around 9 1/2 by now, so is slowing down but still doing well. I will send an update when I go visit her, and write a nice little note. :)  Debbie
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The Gifts of the Not-So-Little Old Farm Lady
Once upon a time there lived a little old farm lady who dressed in purple, cursed at her computer, and rarely refused a Klondike bar. Not really so little or so old, she was a grandmother many times over.
If an apple pie set cooling on her windowsill, a volunteer had baked it.  If a rocking chair decorated a corner of the farm, there was no little old lady knitting there.  Not really grandmotherly, she preferred cooking up ideas and knotting monkey fists from the cab of a front loader (which she’d have used to heave the creaky rocking chair out of her way).blog letter.jpg
One day, the grandmother-farm-lady who dressed in purple cursed at the grandchildren’s parents for not writing to her. True, the not really grandmotherly farm lady didn’t dole out kisses and cookies and boo-boo band-aids like other grandmothers.
Instead, she replaced immobility with mobility, fear-of-falling with confident strides, canes with Danes. The little old farm lady was big enough and young enough at heart to give gifts that changed people’s lives and restored their independence.
Like most grandmothers, the farm lady didn’t expect much in return: Treat the gifts well and write to her now and then. That’s right: to her. In a letter. In an email. And include pictures. Little old farm ladies love to look at pictures while enjoying their daily ice cream.
STBlog20“You do not really understand something unless you can
explain it to your grandmother.” – Proverb







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GOOD MORNING CARLENE, 

SORRY I HAVEN'T MESSAGED YOU FOR A COUPLE MONTHS. LYDIA IS DOING FANTASTIC! WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF MOVING, JUST 2 MINUTES FROM WHERE WE CURRENTLY LIVE, BUT TO A DOWN STAIRS HANDICAP APARTMENT. THIS WILL MAKE MY LIFE AS WELL AS LYDIA'S LIFE EASIER AS WE CURRENTLY LIVE ON THE SECOND FLOOR AND THERE IS NO ELEVATOR HERE. ALTHOUGH WERE NOT MOVING FAR FROM HERE, EVERYTHING STILL NEEDS TO BE PACKED. THE OFFICIAL MOVE IS THE LAST DAY OF THE MONTH WHICH I WILL BE GLAD TO HAVE THAT DAY COME AND GO.

WITH ALL THE PACKING, "NEW" BOXES, AND BAGS, MOVING OF LYDIA'S BED FROM ONE POSITION TO ANOTHER , MOVING THE LOVE SEAT FROM SOMETIMES I THINK SHE IS THINKING "WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING, YOU JUST MOVED MY BED AND I GET USED TO THAT AND YOU GO AND MOVE IT AGAIN"!!. 
SO I SUPPOSE THIS IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR HER AS TO ASSURE HER THAT ALTHOUGH THINGS CHANGE, SHE WILL STILL BE TAKEN FOR HER WALKS, GET FED, LOVED, AND IS SAFE. 
SO ALL IN ALL, I THINK SHE WILL BE FINE WITH THIS MOVE..I THINK THE ONLY CHALLENGE WILL BE, GETTING HER TO FIND HER "GOLDEN POTTY SPOT" OVER THERE :~)

WE TAKE OUR MORNING WALKS EVERY DAY. ON A WALK LAST WEEK A LOCAL BARBER WAS OUTSIDE HIS SHOP WASHING THE SIDE WALK. FOR SOME REASON I THINK LYDIA FEELS SHE KNOWS THIS MAN, AND WHEN EVER WE'D WALK BY HIS SHOP, IF THE DOOR WAS OPEN, SHE WOULD SORT OF PUSH ME IN THAT DIRECTION, TRYING TO GET ME TO GO IN I GUESS. I WOULD LAUGH AND JUST TELL HER TO WALK ON. 
SO ON THIS DAY HE WAS OUTSIDE WITH THE HOSE WASHING THE SIDE WALK SHE DID HER TAIL WAGGING PRANCE TOWARDS HIM TRYING TO GREET HIM. I TOLD HIM FOR WHATEVER REASON SHE THINKS SHE KNOWS YOU! :~) AND TOLD HIM THE STORY OF HER TRYING TO PUSH ME TOWARD HIS SHOP ETC..HE TOLD ME HOW BEAUTIFUL SHE WAS AND TOLD "LYDIA" SHE WAS WELCOME TO COME IN HIS SHOP ANY TIME!.. SO TWO DAYS LATER, WE DID STOP IN WHILE HE WAS CUTTING A CUSTOMERS HAIR.. THE BARBER CAME RIGHT OVER WITH A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE EXCITED I BROUGHT HER IN. WHICH THEN GOT THE CUSTOMER INVOLVED IN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE AMAZING ORGANIZATION LYDIA HAD COME FROM ETC.. 

THE WORDS THANK YOU SEEM MUCH TOO SMALL FOR ALL THE "GIFTS" I HAVE BEEN GIVEN. MORE INDEPENDENCE, MORE CONFIDENCE, A LOYAL PARTNER, A SMILE, A PERSONAL TRAINER :~),  A COUCH SNUGGLER, AND LOVE OF THE GOOFY EXPRESSIONS THAT MAKE ME LAUGH ON A TOUGH DAY. OH HOW I LOVE MY GIRL LYDIA!! 

SO THANKS SO VERY MUCH TO SDP, ALL THE AMAZING STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS, EVERY CP WHO HELP MAKE ALL OF THIS POSSIBLE! I AM FOREVER GRATFUL!

ANNETTE & LYDIA 

Friday, May 22, 2015

may 22, 2015
today is not starting well---i am very upset with all the people to whom we have donated dogs who just don't have the time to stay in touch with me with stories for the dd and therefor all the volunteers and donors who were responsible for the fact that you got a dog.

so this venting is for the recipients of our dogs....
somebody sent me this from julia-- with a nice picture of julia standing up. supported by ethyl
 and it really has made me angry
a
t physical therapy. This is for Noel- thank you for your puppies so that one
can be the other four legs a paraplegic like me needs to stand.
Little miss Ethel is my hero in purple.
and i am just about as angry at brian who has crimson-
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he came here to have me sign his certification and tells me he and crimson met michelle obama at the white house.... 
 which was apparently on facebook 

i am sure many of you ( recipients) have just not thought.. well now is the time..
i don't do faceook---- i do not understand how to find any specific information 
without spending hours flipping thru stuff of no interest.
i don't have time to do that
 --and ... i don't think it unreasonable for me to ask that however/whenever you post 
a nice story about OUR dog---- that you push one extra button to send it to my email 
so i can put it in the DD for the volunteers --( and donors who keep us alive with chicken bricks.)
after all we/i 
donated the dog to you,
 and to be able to do that , have you ever thought 
deleteddeleteddeletedand not just me..... but all our volunteers have struggled to raise and train them and they deserve to be kept up to date with a little more effort on your part.
these dogs are not a pair of shoes you take off a shelf and walk away with.-
  
i know there are 2 recipients who do not have a computer---   but... don't all libraries have computers now???

once a month???  
just a couple short sentances-- some of you write much better than i...a cheerfull story about the diference??? something???  

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i quit.
also noel is not overdue .. yet.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

may21.2015
no pups yet from megan...
i am to pick up the  pit shots- and then be in contacyt with george about giving them
if i remember correctly.. once you give the pit shots, if nothing happens you are married to a c section.
megan's mom is there-- ( and she is a very competent mom --- 40 years with the airlines---- who makes great bean salad)
 so we wait... concern is the size difference in the 3 pups seen in the ultrasound...
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luckily we have a cut and paste for you to  mull over---

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hi all....
Hope this finds everyone on the mend.  I am having a hard time starting this
email.  So many emotions going through my mind !  Last year when I visited SDP
for the first time, I felt I was ready by watching on cameras and remarks that
were made prior to arriving.  Boy was I wrong.  It takes SO  much more than you
can ever imagine to get everything done in a day.  I was so impressed with all
the volunteers and staff working in all different areas to keep it running
smooth.
I had no idea when Susan, Clare, and myself decided in Jan on May 2nd
as our arriving date, that we would face such a difficult week.  It was a very
up and down week.  The normal chores plus helping with very sick dogs would
sometimes take more hours than a day had.  I would see Susan and Clare in
passing most days.  We  went in different directions everyday that worked out
perfectly. Documentation of  dogs activity  was so important and charted
everytime there was like simply eating to a poop report.  I remember their would
be a cheer when someone would have a half normal poop. Keeping up with who did
what was a chore in itself.  I was caught off guard the day we got the news that
little Mae didn't make it. It was hard to believe. A very gray day with lots of
tears shed and sadness. I know losing Lumin was ever bit as sad. Losing two was
two too many but thankful.... could of been so much worse.  Everyone  that I
worked with and came across while there gave all they had with love, compassion
and determination to fight this virus !!!!! Everyone was very helpful and
pleasant to work with.  I only had 50 questions a day compared to 100 questions
a day last year !!! I felt very appreciated being there. These dogs are treated
with the upmost respect and care.  They are loved beyond. I hope all that has
dreams of visiting SDP will get their chance.  There is no place like it !!!! I
do warn people that you will leave in tears!  Don't forget your work clothes
!!!!!! 
Thank you for allowing me  to come and be a part of crazy acres for a
week. I look forward to next year.

Kari - Nashville
Sent from my iPad

Carlene White
ServiceDogProject.org

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

may 20 2015
todays rampage is on how to talk to a pup.. at least a dane pup..i.e. one of our dane pups...

there exists a video of my conversaation with  audry-- one of the white pups...
someone taped it and told me to watch" how i taught her a trick,"
WRONG !!... she taught me how she wanted to have a conversation with me.
it is interesting...  and on video somewhere..

she came in play mode and sat in front of me and offered me her right  paw- i didn't take hold of it but just shook it twice and let go.. she immediately offered me the other paw  and i very briefly tried to say -- no , we humans use right paw shaking only... with a little hop she flipped up ht  left paw-- so i gave it 2 shakes and dropped it.  i swear she said "you got it !"  and offered me her right then left back and forth many times  really pleased withherself.. as i was with myself.. 
later  when she sat in front of megan i quickly warned megan and she offered alternating paws -- and she did that !!.

this whole bit of talking with your  dog needs more thought.- and key to it all is not using your muscles to control  a pup-- or later a big dog  because eventually you will not be able to do it--( sort of like having a cute little baby boy that you dress up in nice trousers and keep his shirt tucked in...... 20 minutes later he is 6'2"  and his pants have no obvious means of support and if you have not managed to  verbally convince him his plumbers butt is politically incorrect,  there is not a darn thing you can do about it.)
so back to the cute little dane pup......and why i prefer dogs to teenagers with drooping drawers....

dane pups may wrestle and bang each other around unmercifully, but  i don't think   any  rough behavior like that on our part is understood by the pups... i know there is a  program for puppy testing which i have seen used alot with golden trainers..( and i do not approve)_.-- where you roll a pup onto his back and see how long he struggles,   i forget why the trainers pinch  between the pups's toes to make them flinch-- but that is part of this test.. and rolling a ball and see if the pup goes after it -- i forget if that is a good thing for retreiving work -- or a bad thing indicating prey drive... whatever... a very long time someone came to test a litter i had-- before i started sdp-- 
i was particularly  fascinated to watch the tennis ball routine-  they rolled the ball and teh dane pup never moved but  looked at them  with a "and then what are you going  to do next? "  then there is the very delicate bit about offering them  a toy in their mouth- and then yanking it away.. so many times i  have seen 2 or 3 pups tug and yank at some toy.. but if a human is on the other end- they don't participate-- and that may be as it should be...  "if you want it.... as leader.. you should have it  and i'll let go" 
if you offer them a toy and they take it, LET GO !!   THE LAST THING  I WANT  is for a 160 pound dane to think it is fun to drag around anything with me at the other \end.. it could be my pantleg  -- later we can deal with teaching "tug" if we have to ... 

i think this concept has alot to do with my association with donkeys-- if you want them to go somewhere... you ask politely . period... if you demand by pulling on their lead rope-- their head goes up and rear end down and feet dig in. 

downsize that 1000% to using your muscles to do anything with a dog/dane/pup. if you ask a pup to walk with youand they don;t right away--  you tug a bit to insist--- YOU MUST RELAX THE LEASH IMMEDIATELY  before the pup has a chance to "stiffen" .. once the leash is loose you are then dealing with their mind and not their back legs.

there is a 4 million dollar lesson there...

the other very closely rrelated is  HUGGING.  this is not affection in thier eyes - at least to begin with--  especially with pups .. you are grabbin g their head and pulling them..   and they pull back.  

so that is todays assignment-- watch every singlel interaction with the pups-- i don't want to see any "stifffening-- " regardless of how slight...
maybe that is how i decide who is a trainer-- and who lugs dogs around into submission.
did i say that?????/

audry had a conversation with me--- and thankfully i had nothing better to do than sit and think with her.-- i am looking forward to  continuing  that conversation today---

now it is about all those concerte swquares--- i  must now go to play with my mental blocks.