Friday, May 27, 2016

may 27 2016


bugs---someone said the world would be taken over by insects-- and i don't doubt it one bit.  we had a dead tree30 inches in diameter  and when we cut it down ... the middle was totally hollow of tree stuff,    and full of ants-- to the delight of the guinnea hens..

which brings me to what i concieve as my worst purchase influenced by advertising...-- the Mosquito Magnet  graurenteed to clear ¼ acre---and one of my better inventions..ME vs FLYING BUGS 
i placed the MM  about 6 feet  outside the old deagle house because poor deagle ( dog)  was covered as was his ceiling......  first night i caught 4  in the MM   - so i had to do something..
.i got one of those 24"window  fans and put it in his door to blow the mosquitos out-- which worked pretty well-- not as many stuck to his ceiling-- then i figured why blow them away when i could catch them in a fine net?- so i made a cone shape net and tye wrapped it to the fan to catch whatever went thru the fan...  next morning , i had thousands --- about a fluffy cup full-- all still alive- so i quickly got my trusty Raid and soaked them with spray. and set them on the roof of the deagle house.  i checked the Mosquito magnet-- and there maybe 7 individual bugs-- i reloaded the "attractant" thinking maybe .... and set it working again.. i checked my Raid soaked thousands -- and they were still all alive and crawling-- so i put it on the ground and stepped on them -- dead.

i reattached the net to the fan-  i had noticed how some bugs fly to the light.. so i put a lightbulb about a foot from teh outblowing fan...
the mm was loaded and my fan was set-- for the next night-- i got virtually nothing with the MM and even more mosquitos with a higher collection of moths.. i twisted teh net---another quick spray of  Raid and l left them on the roof -- they enjoyed the sunbath for many hours- not dying til a well placed foot ended thier vacation.  
how bad was teh MM?   i tried to give away my $500 MM  TWICE   and they gave it back to me......Q.E.D. ( latin for something like  THUS IT IS PROVEN... somebody told me)

then i went to the bugg zapper for  electricuting bugs  and it certainly is fun to sit inside and listen to the zap every once in a while-- but seeing as that thing cost $400 and it would zap maybe 8 times a night as it fried the big bugs-- the mosquitos thought it was a sexy addition to their  environment..ther wer so few zaps  i figured they ran into t by accident

as my friendly DR BOB (phd bug nut) told me-- probably the co2 of the dog's breathing related to the size of his house had alot to do with  so many mosquitos in the dog house. which is why i caught so many...  but i certainly did not catch any with  my $900 investment

i do know... keeping the air moving is as good a determent  to flying bugs as about anything else..which is why i now am tryng to figure out  air flow around the donkey stall- and getting the   air moving in th ekennels

and i bet my nets have been thrown away by fall they get pretty messy.-- i will try  mosquito netting on line... they must have it.
and i will revisit the fan situation- those  20 inch   work pretty well in small areas..for $19.  but the barn needs  bigger volume
that is today..

there is a second invention i have not exploited yet  
mosquitos in the grass

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I HAD AN OVERLOAD OF NEGATIVE FEEDBACK ABOUT THE DOG LAWYER.. HE HAD AN IMPRESSIVE BUSINESS CARD..
NOW I THINK OF MY SON IN LAW'S STATEMENT
 " A PIECE OF PAPER WILL HOLD STILL AND YOU CAN PUT ANYTHING ON IT."


I STLL THINK TOWNS OUGHT TO HAVE A DOG PARK  BUT APPARENTLY HE IS NOT THE ONE TO TANGO WITH.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

MAY 26 2016
WOW---  FINANCE REPORT--------WITH THE EXPLORE GRANT YESTERDAY  LIFE IS LOOKING UP..  WITH THE CHICKEN BRICKS FROM THE CAMERA PEOPLE WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO MANAGE WHAT  WE HAVE GOING.......-- PAYROLL IS ( WITH INSURANCE) OVER $33K PER M ONTH-- AND OUR BIGGEST EXPENSE BY FAR.... EVEN WITH ALL THE VOLUNTEERS ON WHOM WE AARE ALSO DEPENDENT....33K/MONTH ...IF MY MATH IS CORRECT, IS PRETTY CLOSE TO 400K PER YEAR-- CUMMINGS 50,000 PLUS EXPLORE 150,000 IS ABOUT HALF WHAT WE NEED TO MEET THE PAYOLL  SO WE HAVE SOME SCRAMBLING TO DO  ADDING THE CHICKEN BRICKS $20K PER MONTH IS WHAT IS KEEPING US GOING  -- SO DON'T FIGURE WE ARE ALL SET...... 
THIS DEPENDENCY BIT IS NEW TO ME-- WELL---- AS OPPOSED TO 10 YEARS AGO.. REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPEED 10 YEARS AGO I KNEW I COUOD GET EVERYONE FED,  COMFORTABLE AND REALTIVELY CLEAN  ALL BY MYSELF..  DEFINITELY NOT TRUE ANYMORE.  WE GREW UP !!
AND WITH THE UP-GROWING-- CAME THE IRS, ADI,ADA,PTSD AND THE REST OF THE ALPHABET SOUP NOW CALLED NECESSARY AND I AM DEPENDENT ON Y'ALL TO KEEP ME FED, COMFORTABLE.....  ( I CAN STILL MANAGE THE CLEAN PART)

I AM WORKING ON A MORE SERIOUS APPROACH TO GRANTS-- SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE READING THEM AND IF THEY SOUND PROMISING THEY SEND THEM TO ME  AND I SORT THRU BEFORE GOING TO ANNE WITH THEM.....  NOT ALL ARE FOR OUR SDP ORGANIZATION... IT TKES READING BETWEEN ALL THOSE LINES.  IF YOU KNOW OF ANYTHING TO NOMINATE US FOR.. SQUEEK UP.....
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BENTLEY  JUST UPCHUCKED---  YELLOW GLOB..( HEY THIS IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE...) -- EMPTY TUMMY NEEDED A COOKIE- HE DOES NOT USUALLY HAVE A PROBLEMS WITH SUCH MINOR THINGS...
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I AM DELIGHTED TO HEAR THAT PARIS IS HELPING WITH  THE LAUNDRY  MAYBE YOU COULD GIVE HER MY CONGRADUALTIONS ( AND ASK HER TO CHECK THE DRYER VENT  FOR A NEW RESPONSIBILITY)
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YESTERDAY I  GOT AN AD IN THE MAIL FOR "BOSTON DOG LAWYERS"----  NEW ON ON ME--  THEY ADVERTISE ABOUT MANY THINGS ONCE DEEMED  AKWARD  AND DOG OWNERS JUST TOOK THE BACK SEAT-- LIFE IS CHANGING .. AND I DO HAVE ONE THING I  WILL DISCUSS WITH THEM...  WHEN A TOWN PASSES A LEASH LAW- I THINK IT SHOULD BE MANDATORY THAT THEY  HAVE AND MAINTAIN A DOG PARK FOR EVERY XXXXX NUMBER OF DOGS IN THE TOWN.  OTHERWISE YOU ARE CONDEMNING ALL THE DOGS TO LIFE ON A LEASH AND NO  PLACE TO RUN EVEN FOR A FEW MINUTES.  LET ME  REMIND EVERYONE THAT DOG OWNERS PAY TAXES TOO.  LET ME ALSO REMIND THEM THAT  A POO PICKER IN THEIR BACK POCKET WOULD CURE  A LOT OF THE ARGUEMENTS  NON DOG OWNERS HAVE.  MUST ELIMINATE THE "SOFT STEP" OF DOG OWNERSHIP.

THE TOWNS ALWAYS MAINTAIN SOME PLAYGROUNDS FOR KIDS--- WELL---- KIDS CAUSE MORE TROUBLE FOR THE TOWN THAN ANY DOG EVER DID.
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THERE IS ONE OTHER ISSUE I DISCUSSED LATELY - I FORGET WITH WHOM....IF 2 DOGS GET IN A FIGHT, REGARDLESS OF WHO STARTED IT....IT IS ALWAYS THE BIGGER DOG THAT WAS WRONG. I KNOW THAT AROUND HERE...  WANDA STARTS A FENCE FIGHT, AND WE YELL AT THE DANES. WHILE SHE RUNS OFF AND SNICKERS.
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HELPPPPPP.... THIS IS A TOUGH WEEKEND FOR HELP  COMING UP--APPARENTLY WE  COULD USE HELP SAT/SUN/MON--
2 FUNERALS , ONE VACATION AND ONE PREGNANCY MEANS   WE WILL BE A LITTLE SHORT STAFFED... SO DON'T STAY HOME WONDERING WHAT TO DO !!!
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MAY BE WORTHY OF PASSING ON....
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HI CARLENE
JUST WANTED TO RUN BY YOU AN ALTERNATIVE TO A SWIFFER FOR DOING FLOORS. I JUST SWITCHED TO THE PROMIST BY O-CEDAR. I LOVE IT. IT USES A REFILLABLE BOTTLE, THAT YOU CAN PUT YOUR OWN SOLUTION IN - I USE WATER AND 2 TSPS. OF A CONCENTRATED FLOOR CLEANER. THAN IT HAS A WASHABLE MICROFIBRE PAD - BUT APPARENTLY YOU CAN ALSO GET THROW-AWAY PADS FOR IT AS WELL. AND NO BATTERIES NEEDED FOR THE SPRAYER!  IT CERTAINLY IS MORE ECONOMICAL, AND ALSO HAS THE BENEFITS OF USING A  BLEACH SOLUTION IF NEEDED, ETC. PLUS THE WHOLE MOP IS MORE STURDY.
 I AM IN CANADA, AND HERE THE COMPANY IS CALLED VILEDA. HAD TO SEARCH FOR THE SAME PRODUCT IN THE STATES!
 DEBBIE 
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I AM PRETTY ANNOYED THAT SWIFTER DOES NOT LET YOU REFIL-- SOMEONE PASSED ON THE WAY TO  DO SOMETHING LIKE BOILING WATER ON THE TOPS--???  I GAVE THE DIRECTIONS TO DONNA...
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 THERE IS A WOMAN HERE ON THE CAPE THAT HAS A SMALL WIG BUSINESS.   I HAD AN APPOINTMENT WITH HER TODAY AND I CAN SAY THAT HER SHOP WAS REALLY, REALLY SMALL.  NOT REALLY MUCH ROOM TO PUT IVY IN A DOWN STAY.  I LET IVY STAY BY MY SIDE.  HER TAIL WAS GOING A MILE A MINUTE AND ALL DREW AND I COULD THINK OF WAS THAT ALL OF THE STYROFOAM HEADS WITH WIGS AND HEADPIECES WERE GOING TO GO FLYING OFF OF ALL THE SHELVES.  I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT NOTHING BAD HAPPENED AND THE OWNER JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH IVY.  

I THEN TOLD HER ABOUT SDP AND EVENTUALLY GOT HER TO LOG ONTO THE EXPLORE WEBSITE.  MAYBE A NEW CHICKEN BRICK CONTRIBUTOR.  ONE CAN ONLY HOPE.
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KEEP THE FAITH

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

may 25 2016
i saw an interview on cnn-- i forget the author...  but i immediately went and bought his book  "tribe" -- i think his assumption is absolutely correct.. i copied the  blurb from the book flap here..... he is intent on explaining ptsd... but i think it goes way beyond war situations.
Tribe---We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding - "tribes". This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.
Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.
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 that is my profound thought for the day... 
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now----- about setting our SDP army to work.......since i mentioned the 100k  cummings grant, 2 people have started reading grant proposals  and sending me possibilities of grants for which we might apply... this is a marvelous concept--  and anne is due back from ?spain?..anne writes in  perfect english-- why shouldn't she-- she learned it in denmark.  there are soooo many possibilities- and sooo much reading...
it is  "free money"  but alot of suffering over split infinitives  goes into it.  anne and i are a great  pair...  she undangles the participles i dangle.
with great enthusiasm i clicked to the costco foundation grant proposal.. many $100,000 grants.. and a list of what they do NOT  give money to/for.  having read that, it is a challange to figure out exactly what  they do donate to.  i am sure ... with work we can figure out something...  we do have a heck of a story, we are doing great things for people, and the "we" is nearly world wide.  part of any grant is always  "who else is supporting you" - and explore.org is right up there looking good....... but do i dare then say we are totally dependent on a bunch of people world wide for $10  donations for chicken bricks -to become a shatupon member????  i am afraid they would toss us in the looney bin...
so that leaves anne and i trying to describe the support of crazy acres  in  more business like terms..  it ain't easy.  we have to eat alot of lunches in the process.
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things for noticing
noel's ultrasound showed 2 heartbeats in one frame-- so we know she has -- at the moment --- 2 live pups in her.  he thought he saw a third-- but an ultrasound is not all that easy to read..   there could be 13 more or the 3rd was one of the first 2 at a different angle.
i believe george told me that at 25 days the fetus is about the size of a walnut-- and that is a big dog- so they can hide.
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katherine goforth--- i washed that wonderful bedspread you made---- it survived beautifully-- 
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now about dryer sheets and mosquitos.  that may work i have  not experimented with it yet-- i have heard bad things about dryer sheets that i can't remember... and then i got this email...
i send this unfortune results in the hopes that other dog parents don't make the same mistake that we did. We had heard the same thing, "use a dryer sheet tucked in your pocket to repel mosquitoes", from several people. While sitting outisde one summer evening several years ago, we slipped  a dryer sheet under the collar of our Golden Retriever, Abby,  as the mosquitoes seemed to "like" her. After about 15 minutes she began panting more than normal so we removed the dryer sheet & took her into the house. Then her eyes rolled back and she collapsed. We made an emergency trip to the vet and he determined that she was in anaphylactic shock. He was able to treat her and together we determined that the dryer sheet was the cause. We had used the dryer sheets ourselves with mediocre success as a bug repellant.  We naively thought that the dryer sheet would work for Abby. Needless to say, fabric softener dryer sheets are no longer allowed in our home.
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i did google it an d there is some discussion about dogs alergic reaction- we do use dryer sheets... and don't seem to have a major problem... but we do have unexplained minor  events around here-- so with that in mind.. i went out to amaozon wish list and put the unscented non alergic dryer sheets out there.  course they are talking abou human alergies..could be a different story about dogs alergies.-- i am sorry to doo that... because the dryer venting into the arena is like a giant air freshner as it is under the deck of the house.. ---- both places are in dire need of freshening.....we can try  for a while and see what happens. or just add some fabreese to the dryer.
when the internet was new....... there was a rumor tossed around that fabreeze killed dogs- and  that friend  in new york  was always convinced that  EARL was killed by fabreeze ---( EARL is related  to nearly all  SDP....back 8 generations siring my second ltter of dane pups)
SO... if you watch the ads for fabreeze today, they always have a dog in them.
THAT STORY WAS KIND OF MY INTRODUCTION TO The  capabilities of the internet/facebook. 
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the 25th of the month--  30 days hath  september  so  may has 31.. luckily so.. i always begin to panic about selling out the chicken bricks- but so far you all seem to do that !!!  thank you.




Tuesday, May 24, 2016

may 24 2016

the problem with the world is political correctness...
well it certainly is one of them.. i am totally enjoying the crazy old lady  image  when i can say and do a lot of things i never would have 30 years ago.

i have had 2 emails lately-- unfortunately they are of a delicat nature and can not copy and paste...
both are time when i just threw caution to the wind  and vented directly.. 
 and both complemented me on straightening out a delicate problem...

rachael ( bella's mom) was one of the people to pass me the loaded gun to go after one lazy kid.......
she said one thing the doctors told her when bella was dx with morquio was to not cater to her and 
make her do her own thing... from dishes in the sink to dirty laundry
and bella is a gem...bright - capable -- funny-- good kid.
she falls down and we all stand around and watch her get up on her own... and she does... mentally and physically.

most of the folk who come here are recovering from being told they have a progressive problem.
some realize life is a progressive problem-- and get on with it.
 others latch onto the  latin label some doctor has given them ... like it is a fancy earned degree.

i try----sometimes not too hard..----but when i ask someone if they work and they say- with authority   'i can't work i am disabled"- i always go on with  "do you volunteer anywhere?" and if that is no also i go  on with "why not ?"   because no one has been here yet that i can't figure out some way to contribute something to someone..  i have not  been confronted with helen keller yet... but there is always something-  you are not entitled to a dog just because you are disabled.

well there was one guy-- a veteran--who did not work or volunteer because  the VA had him on 140 pills a day and he spent all his time keeping that straight so he had no tine for anything else... plus he was slightly "mulled"
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then there is grant writing---   early sandy and anne are to thnak for the 100,000 from cummings ---- ok everybody... go find  us more...jaffee award is what we are doing next---at the moment.
i will tell you how lucrative the grant business is...
someone has a 2 million grant to try and figure out if the  servvice dog cures ptsd-- or just covers it up...  and i di d see somewhere that they were studying 50 dogs and partners.-- small sample !!

wonderful !  we could have given them a bunch of useless stats for $1,999,999.. which just goes to show we need to pay more attention to free money...  we are squeeky clean- do a great job- and are amusing..  so eerybody keep your eyes open fo theings to nominat us for-- and i will try and get people to deal with the paperwork..
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have at it..
another day  another dollar...( my father's line)

Monday, May 23, 2016

MAY 23 2016
VENTING TIME.... EXCEPT I BETTER NOT.
MAYBE CONDENSE IT  --W E HAVE HAD SOME TERRIFFIC CAMERA PEOPLE HERE LATELY..-IT WAS A FEW OF THE REGULAR LOCALS WHO  BLEW MY DOORS YESTERDAY- THEY COME AND SIT AND EAT-
THAT IS MY JOB !!  IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL IF THEY COULD GET  SOMEOFF BEAT DISCUSSION GOING....BUT IT WAS ONLY A "BLUE TOWELS WERE ON SALE YESTERDAY AT ALMY'S" TYPE DISCUSSION.
THIS IS MY WAY OF DESCRIBING A TOTALLY DEAD END CONVERSATION. MAYBE I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND-- BUT WHAT IS THE  VALUE  OF  INFORMATION ON YESTERDAY'S SALE FOR BLUE TOWELS WHICH I DON'T NEED??

I FEEL THAT WAY ABOUT ALOT OF THE HISTORY  WE HAD TO STUDY IN SCHOOL...  SO.... TWO GUYS   LEWIS AND CLARK WENT SOMEWHERE AND DID SOMETHING..  WHAT I WOUL D HAV LIKED TO KNOW IN SOME DETAIL  IS WHAT DID THEY DO-- ON HORSEBACK- RIDING THRU THE WOODS- WHEN THEY CAME UPON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER?  PERSONALLY   I WOULD HAVE JUST TURNED LEFT AND SETTLED ON BATON ROUGE..  AND IT IS NOT JUST THE BIG RIVER... I GOOGLED IT THE OTHER DAY, AND   THERE IS MORE TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER THAN RIVER..  THERE ARE A BUNCH OF CURLEY QUES THAT LOOK LIKE SWAMP TO ME... THAT COULD BE DISCOURAGING ON HORSEBACK
MAYBE I WONDER ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I GREW UP IN NEWBURGH NEW YORK.. ON THE HUDSON RIVER----  BEACON N.Y.  WAS  1 MILE AWAY BUT ANOTHER WORLD BECAUSE THERE WAS NO BRIDGE.. ONLY THE FERRY.... AND ALL THE PASSENGER TRAINS THAT CONNECTED YOU TO THE REST OF THE WORLD WERE ON THE BEACON SIDE...

THE FIRST WORLD TRAVELING  I CAN REMEMBER  WITHOUT PARENTAL APPROVAL I WAS  10 YEARS OLD...,.. I HAD 50 CENTS  SO I TOOK THE  THIRD STREET BUS TO THE RIVER (10 CENTS) AND GOT ON THAT FERRY ( ANOTHER 10 CENTS) AND WENT TO BEACON ALL BY MYSELF.. I CAME HOME WITH 10 CENTS LEFT AND FELT VERY PLEASED WITH MYSELF AND DIDN'T  SAY A WORD FOR YEARS !!!
A PICTURE OF THE NEWBURGH- BEACON FERRY IS OVER MY FIREPLACE...

NOW KIDS CAN'T EVEN GO 2 BLOCKS TO THE PARK WITHOUT THE SUPERVISION OF A BODYGUARD WITH A GUN.. SO THEY GO VIRTUALLY ON THEIR IPADS.. AND WE,OLD PEOPLE, WONDER WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THEY GROW UP TO NEED TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB.. THERE IS A REALITY MISSING.
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I AM TOLD BY MY DAUGHTER THAT HER HORSES WILL BE GOING TO HER HOUSE... AND WE WILL BE HAVING A TINY HORSE MOMMY AND HER BABY  WHICH GOT TOSSED IN THE SLAUGHTER PEN IN TEXAS... BECAUSE IT WAS THE SECOND FOAL SHE HAD WITH DEFORMED LEGS.... I DO NOT HAVE A CLUE HOW DEFORMED.. THE PICTURE I HAVE SEEN IS A CUTE LITTLE THING BUT  THE LEGS DON'T SHOW.  IT SEEMS TO BE STANDING ALL RIGHT.. HERE WE GO ON ANOTHER CRAZY JOURNEY..  
AS LONG AS THE FOAL CAN MANAGE - DEFORMED LEGS WILL NOT BOTHER US-- HOW COULD THAY WHEN I CONSIDER THESE TINY HORSES FAR FROM BEING NORMALLY FORMED.
WHAT I ANTICIPATE  DOING IS TO  PUT THE FENCE BACK MID STALL-- WHERE LINCOLN ONCE WAS AND THE TINY HORSE CAN GO ONTHAT SIDE... I DID HEAR RUMORS ABOUT A PREGO SOMETHIGN WITH IT."BUT THEY ALL GET ALONG  AND HAVE BEEN THRU QUARENTINE."  I AM TOLD BY JANINE

WHAT DO I KNOW?   NOT MUCH.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

MAY 22 2016



HOW DO I THANK  YOU-- LET ME COUNT THE WAYS.... ( SOMEBODY SAID THAT----MAYBE A LEFTOVER FROM A HIGH SCHOOL LATIN CLASS)
ANN'S PERFECT ENGLISH ( FROM HER SCHOOLING IN DENMARK) HELPED US GET THE $100,000  GRANT FROM THE CUMMINGS FOUNDATION..-  OVER 2 YEARS...

THE  CUMMINGS   CENTER IS  THAT HUGE "COMPLEX" THAT USED TO BE ?UNITED SHOE MFG?  I MEAN HUGE--- WITH LLLLLOOONNGGG  CORREDORS---MIGHT BE FUN TO HAVE A MEGAN MARCH  WITH A  LITTER OF PUPS DOWN ONE AS A FUNDRAISER THANK YOU...  WE COULD DO THAT.... AS SOON AS WE HAVE SOME PUPS.
BY ALL OBSERVATIONS.... NOEL LOOKS PREGNANT...- WE CAN PLAY WITH THAT ULTRASOUND THAT SOMEONE GAVE US... TIL GEORGE CAN GIVE US AN OPINION-- HE DOESN'T CHARGE FOR A FEELIE--- BUT THE  BUSINESS OFF ICE WOULD CHARGE FOR AN ULTRASOUND...  WE DO HAVE MONEY IN THE FUN FUND... SO THIS WEEK...

THESE "PUPS" WE NOW HAVE ARE PUSHING 100 POUNDS EACH- AND ARE ALL DOING WELL-- I HAVE HAD NO REPORTS OF A FABULOUS FAILURE IN THE GROUP.--
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WE HAVE AN APPLICANT HERE NOW-- PARKINSONS--- CAME IN WITH A VERY IMPRESSIVE YELLOW WALKER, AND HAPPILY YESTERDAY I SAW IT LEFT BEHIND AS SHE WALKED AROUND WITH ONE HAND IN HER HUSBANDS BACK POCKET --  THAT CONCEPT IS PERHAPS MY BRILLIANT IDEA FOR THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY--- DOCTORS  GET INTO THE  CANE/WALKER/WHEELCHAIR PROGRESSION MUCH SOONER THAN NECESSARY IF THE PERSON HAS ANY KIND OF PARTNER WITH  STURDY BLUE JEANS.
MIND YOU-- IF THEIR ONLY OPTION IS A TEEN AGE SON WHO'S PANTS  ARE BARELY HANGING ON  HIS HIP JOINTS- OR WHATEVER -  THAT COULD BE A PROBLEM-
IT DOES ALLOW SOMEONE TO STAND UP STRAIGHTER AND WALK NORMALLY-- WITHOUT THE STOP AND GO OF A WLAKER OR CANE...IT  IS ALOT MORE SECURE THAN "THE ARM" ROUTINE...  AND IT LOOKS FAIRLY NORMAL.. MUCH EASIER TO GO OUT OT DINNER WITHOUT THE HARDWARE...
PLUS IT APPROXIMATES THE FEEL OF A SERVICE DOG.
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I AM HAVING TROUBLE ABOUT THE DOWNED AIRLINER--EVERYBODY IS JUMPING TO THE TERROREST IDEA,----- IT HAD JUST ENTERED EGYPTIAN AIRSPACE- I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING-- EXCEPT THERE IS ALOT OF MILITARY ACTION AND EXPERIMENTATION GOING ON AROUND THERE, I HOPE THEY DIDN'T SHOOT  IT DOWN  THEMSELVES WITH SOME HEAT SEEKING MISSLE STILL WANDERING AOUND UP THERE. OR SOME MUNDANE PROBLEM  LIKE A FAULTY VALVE ON AN OXYGEN  TANK
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IN MY EXPERIENCE  I HAVE FACED SO MANY MUNDANE  INCAPACITATING  EVENTS THA I MARVEL AT ANYONE WHO CAN PULL OFF ANYTHING FLAWLESLY- LIKE THE GUY IN NORHT KOREA TO HAVE ALL THOSE MEN MARCHING SO PERFECTLY- WITHOUT ONE FAINTING...TWISTING AN ANKLE...OR VOMITING.
---THINGS LIKE  A PERFECTLY PERFORMING 747  WITH A PIGEON STUCK IN AN ENGINE AT TAKE OFF.
I ALWAYS WONDER IF THE MILITARY HAS CONSIDERED ALL THE MUNDANE THINGS THAT CAN SCREW UP 
A HUGE EFFORT.   CAN'T WE COME UP WITH  A GOVT  GRANT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO ELIMINATE EVERY OTHER DECIMAL POINT IN KOREAN CALCULATIONS SO THAT ANY BOMB DEVICE THEY WANT TO TEST, BLOWS UP ON THE LAUNCH PAD????
WE GET SO MANY THINGS DONE  "PERFECTLY"   BUT I KNOW  MR MURPHY IS JUST LURKING ON THE SIDELINES-- COULD WE NOT  EMPLOY  HIS ASSISTANCE IN SOME OF THESE INTERNATIONAL PROBLEMS?
WHAT I AM DANCING AROUND IS... AN ENTIRE ARMY WITH A GROSSLY  IRRITATED BOWEL IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE.
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Just some thoughts that I wanted to share:

This morning I commented to my mom that sometimes I forget that Clark is a dog.  She asked what else he would be, and I said "I don't know...Clark."  Carlene, I know you say that Danes are different than other dogs, and maybe that's it.  Maybe it's the difference between having a service dog vs. a pet dog.  My mom jokingly asked if I expected him to talk sometimes...a little, yes...is that weird?  :)  

I think this is because Clark is way more helpful and reliable than most people are.  For example, when I am opening a door slowly, I can't tell you the number of times people try to "help" me by grabbing the door and swinging it open quickly.  Now, I am holding on to the door, so that throws me off balance and twists my hand...not helpful at all.  But Clark waits patiently and helps brace me, going at my speed.  Much more thoughtful and helpful.  He watches, thinks, and learns, which is more than a lot of people do!  And ultimately, he wants nothing more than a belly rub at the end of the day! 

Caroline
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I just returned “home” from my adventures. 

The Antigo Police Department thanked you on Facebook and posted a picture of their cake and your flyer! I tried to share it to your fb page so you could acknowledge it, but I was unsuccessful. (The cake has some “typos”-should have been Langlade County Sheriff’s Office and Service Dog Project-but you get the idea.)

I’ll follow up with info about the Wisconsin State Patrol.

It was really, really fun and they were both great groups, very appreciative. Met some K-9s, too!

 WRITTEN ON THE BACK OF A POO  PICKER..
STUPIDIDTY  IF  LEFT UNTREATED WIL BE SELF CORRECTING.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

MAY 21 2016


HELP.... I CAN'T FIND STACI AND MERLE'S EMAIL ADDRESS -- HOPEFULLY SHE READS THIS AND  CONTACTS ME 

I am looking for Staci Woodruff and her companion dog Merle. We flew from Denver to Ct together. She asked me to look her up, but I am having a hard time. Can you pass along my contact info to her.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX. She is a wonderful person that I would love to keep in contact with.

Thank you in advance for any assistance you can offer.
Tara
I KNOW I HAVE IT HERE SOMEWHERE--- BUT.....I AM ALSO AFRAID I WILL FORGET   TO EVEN LOOK.
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FORGETTING 
THAT COMERDCIAL COMES ON TOO OFTEN ABOUT "A PLACE FOR MOM" WHERE THEY HIT THE BUZZ WORDS "I REMEMBER WHEN MOM STARTED FORGETTING HER WORDS"-- POOR MOM  NICE AS COULD BE THAT CAN'T REMEMBER  HER WORDS...I AM DREADFUL-- I  STARTED MAYBE 60 YEARS AGO---AND IT DOESN'T GET ANY  BETTER !!--
 IT IS GETTING SO BAD  THAT THE ONLY WORDS I REMEMBER  QUICKLY  HAVE 4 LETTERS.. NO PROBLEM THERE.  I HAVE TAKEN TO USING THE SIGN LANGUAGE HAND MOVEMENTS FOR "SH1T !"  - AND I SEEM TO REMEMBER THAT.
 AND MY LOGIC SEEMS OK AS I DID DO 2 CHALLANGE RATED SUDUKO IN THE  MIDDLE OF LAST NIGHT.  ............IF I REMEMBER CORECTLEY
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IT IS ALL VERY CLOSELY RELATED TO NOT REMEMBERING IN THE FIRST PLACE.... LIKE NAMES-- WE HAVE ALL THESE INTERNS  RUNNING AROUND HERE - AND 2 LOOK VERY ALIKE  SO I GET IN BINDS ABOUT "I JUST TOLD THAT INTERN XXXXXXX..."   AND  IT TURNS  OUT IT IS THE OTHER ONE...
SO WE NEED NAME TAGS.... SORRY--- YOU MAY HAVE TO WEAR THEM ALL SUMMER.
I MET ONE NICE GAL YESTERDAY  FROM NEW YORK...  I WILL REMEMBER FOREVER THAT SHE IS FROM MANHATTAN  BUT DON'T HAVE A CLUE ABOUT HER NAME--THEN THERE IS THE VERY QUIET ONE--AND THE SHARP ONE WHO ALWAYS ASKS IF ANYONE WANTS A CUPPA COFFEE..ONE THAT GRETCHEN LOVES
AND THE 2 WHO LOOK ALIKE.. SO I DO KNOW THEM-- BUT NAMES???? MAYBE I WOULD DO BETTER IF I NUMBERED THEM.. IN THE MEANTIME .... IT IS "HEY YOU"
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THE CONCEPT IS A BIT FRIGHTENING... 
I REMEMBER.......... I DID A COMMERCIAL WITH RONALD REGAN WHEN HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT--  HE HAD AN AWFUL TIME REMEMBERING THE ONE  LINE HE WAS TO SAY- COULD  HAVE BEEN A SIGN ON THE ON COMING ALZHEIMERS.  LUCKILY EVERYONE KEPT HIM GOING STRAIGHT...
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I THINK THE KEY IS  TO REMAIN IMPERTURBABLE...AND DON'T EVER NAME TWO OF  YOUR DOGS NAMES THAT SOUND ALIKE....... LIKE  BAILEY AND BENTLEY
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I was just in the yard with Emmett, he was laying on the lawn, he looked quite comfy, so I sat down next to him. When I decided to get up I asked him to help and like a good boy he stood up and swung into position so I could stand. I haven't been able to sit on a lawn for a couple of years, but with Emmett I can enjoy sitting in the grass with him.
Jack
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SIMPLE THINGS-- WE FORGET....
LIKE THE RECIPIENT WHO WAS IN TEARS BECASUE SHE COULD FINALLY STEP UP TH E CURB TO GET  OUT OF THE PARKING LOT AND INTO THE STORE.