Sunday, July 5, 2015

july 5 2015
megan has laryngitis -- i need to talk to pam-- and find out who is doing what today... i am feeling deserted ...neither steve was here yesterday--    and i can not remember if mark is coming to cook....  i need some massive help..  if we get a huge crowd even the  parking could get complicated--- 

so enjoy teh latest bella and george escapade-- and i need to get organized..... 
and get some coffee...
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We had a nice day. We went to the Misery Islands in Salem. George did great on the boat and everything. Even wore his life vest. When it was time to leave Bella was on the beach and we had to have George jump back onto the boat and we weren't sure how it was going to work. So I tried to bribe George with a hot dog and he wouldn't go eat the water. So Gabi brought Bella over and put her on the boat as she was helping me load and once Bella was on the boat George jumped right on. D figures he wasn't getting on the pat with the chance of leaving Bella behind. But it was a fun relaxing family day! Much needed day for us all. Love Bella and George \uD83D\uDC78\uD83D\uDC36\uD83D\uDC9C\uD83D\uDC99

got to remember -- that is what the  struggle is all about.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

glitch #547-- apparently   between my aging memory and twitching fingers hittin g the wrong keys...., i must not have sent a thank you email to someone.  i could have sworn i did...  but that happens..i usually send something like that to  ann or theresa  just so they remember..
but there is  a huge chunk of  poor logic there....    if they don't get it  how were they to know they should have.. 

when you have a poor memory, it does not pay to put on some critical email "please confirm you got this"   because if you then forget to look for the response it is a useless exercise..
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we are looking good...- that is a corporate "we" --- 
nearly all the impending preventable disasters have been dealt with... like the aging steps to the guest house annex ( aka  training room)   i had put that off  because the woman coming to do teh accreditation probably weighs less than 100 pounds--- but then i realized  if i went up the stairs ahead of her, that coudl be a problem..
so david and ryan put in new stairs and i had them run up and down  just to prove their work...

tables in th g-tent  seem to hold teh various weights necessary... i have tried all the tables....
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the daily fyi.....
i dont  think i shared teh  processing of the  needles and "sharpes"   we get accredited every 5 years- and i think we had 4.9 years of needles stored... they are supposed to be stored in red "sharp" containers... we ran ougt of those  long ago  so a milk jug with red duct tape had become our "containers" .  in this area?  several towns around here.... the police stations  have receptacles in the lobby for dropping off used needles--  short on time and long on  bottles of needles, i went to the nearby  topsfield police station..

40 years ago if i had wandered into that police station with  an odd request  the person on the desk would have tossed it around and kept me waiting- then refused to take my collection  because it was not in an official  red "sharps" container.  this time... the guy said "aren't you the one with all those dogs?"  -- i was terrified something was coming down on my head. then  he said            " your outfit donated a dog to a friend of mine and i can't thank you enough- let me help you with those needles..."  he made a quick phone call and told me to go to the fire dept.. where that guy welcomed my collection with " we are supposed to have these in  sharp containers, but  we can manage.. keep up the good work...". so one told the other.... wow !!!!

sometimes there are people in places ( like local government) of decision making  who can really make you r life very complicated...like  building inspectors-- or ones who can just smile away teh confusion .

that is similar to my comcept of  the one of the most improtant people around sdp is the trash collector.   he coud put me out out of business faster than the building inspector... ( for those of you ne3wcommers... when  i decided to  use clearspan to put up that arena instead of the contractor  referred by the building inspector he said  "you are out of your league.. you are only a woman"  ) 

sometimes i have the memory of an elephant-- not often... but sometimes...

have a happy.... let us pray

Friday, July 3, 2015

july 3 2015
we have new steps to the guest annex.... just before someone fell thru the oold ones...
slowly we are getting  things done... i don't know why grace decided to attack the rain gutters of the house-- there were small oak trees - must have been 3 years old growoing out of them.  i never saw the need for gutters anyway except just over a door...  the barn even had gutters qt one point before i tore them off...

breif dd today


OPAL IS IN HEAT  AND JASPER HAS BEEN ALERTED.

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Hello again!

Another Bing update: the 5.5 hours spent in the hotel went better than expected! Bing was more than happy to sprawl out in the bed with me (Brutus in the bed with Josh and Jackson, and Tony on the floor - always his place of choice). He slept all night...always touching some part of my body :) He was so much better in the car today! More content with treats, toys, and especially naps - basically slept the entire way. The best part of the trip today was him mastering the leash. He is one smart dog...didn't take long! Oh, and he's now best friends with a chunky bulldog. We arrived at my parents house after 13 hours and were greeted by Tizzy and Boo - I was personally so thrilled to see them (oh, and my parents too! Ha!). There are a couple videos out there of the greeting - all the dogs were so happy. Especially Bing, who was thrilled to run around their pool. After a few hours of play, he's finally asleep. Cindy comes tomorrow with her husband and their Great Dane Charlie to get Bing. He will have such a wonderful life with them. It was a pleasure to bring him down! 

Kati 
Carlene White
ServiceDogProject.org

Thursday, July 2, 2015

JULY 2 2015
I HAVE NOT OPENED THE NEW CHICKEN   BOARD 
YES-- I AM BEHIND SCHEDULE---- BUT I HAVE STARTED PLANNING FOR THE NEW WASHER... 
WHIHC I WILL BUY(ABOUT 7000).. AND THE DRYER MAY HAVE TO COME OUT OF THE FUN FUND.....( ABOUT 3000)

I WAS ALL SET FOR ...VENTING  TODAY... BECAUSE YESTERDAY I WAS VERY UPSET ON SEVERAL SCORES...
BUT FRANKLY I DON'T HAVE TIME-- AND I KNOW BY THE TIME I HAVE TIME I WILL HAVE FORGOTTEN  WHATEVER IT WAS.

IT BASICALLY HAD TO DO WITH 2 PEOPLE MAKING DECISION WELL BEYOND  THEIR "JOB DESCRIPTIONS".

THIS  SDP    IS A HUGE PUZZLE-- LIKE THE PUZZLE OF BAILEY IN THE TREE... AND IF YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN PIECES OF THE WHITE CAT, YOU CAN NOT BE MESSING ABOUT TRYING TO ARRAINGE THEM IN THE TOP OF THE  TREE.

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I QUICKLY NEED TO ADDRESS THE E-COLLAR TOPIC I MENTIONED IN AN DD   ....-- I GOT THIS EMAIL FROM A CONCERNED CP.

IF "E-COLLAR" MEANS "ELECTRONIC COLLAR," PLEASE DON'T GET ONE FOR ANDREW OR ANYONE ELSE.  THEY ARE HORRIBLE THINGS AND VERY CRUEL.  WOULD YOU LIKE PRONGS POKING IN YOUR THROAT?  TRY WEARING ONE AND SEE HOW YOU FEEL.

I DEFER TO YOUR JUDGEMENT IN MOST THINGS RELATING TO ANIMALS, BUT NOT THIS.  THERE HAS TO BE ANOTHER SOLUTION TO DOGS AND HENS. 

 THANK YOU FOR READING THIS.  AND BY THE WAY, I LOVE SDP. ❤️

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 THEY CERTAINLY COULD BE HORRIBLE THINGS... AND YES,, I HAVE TRIED IT ON ME- SO I KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE- IT IS NOT NICE.-- ( REMEMBER I LET MY DAUGHTER TOUCH AN ELECTREC FENCE AFTER I HAD TOLD HER NOT TO--IT IS IN HER BOOK DOGS AND DONKEYS)

 BUT INTHE HANDS OF A RESPONSIBLE TRAINER... WHICH I THINK I AM... THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE.  PERSONALLY- ALTHO I HAVE 3 OR 4 ACQUIRED OVER THE AGES... I HAVE USED IT ONLY  ONCE-- ON A DOBERMAN BELONGING TO SOMEONE ELSE WHO WAS KILLING ALL THE NEIGHBORHOOD CATS...  I HAD HIM HERE FOR A FEW DAYS - WEARING A "DUMMY COLLAR" TO GET USED TO IT.. THEN I PUT ON THE REAL ONE--TURNED IT UP TO MEDIUM HIGH- AND LET THE CAT OUT... HE  WENT FOR THE CAT.. AND JUST AS HE OPENED HIS MOUTH OVER TH CAT, I PUSHED THE BUTTON... HE FLIPPED OVER BACKWARDS WITH THE ONE JOLT. THEN STOOD UP AND WONDERED WHY THAT HAPPENED---LEAVING HIM WITH THE CONCLUSION THT THE CAT DID  IT... AND NEVER WENT NEAR A CAT AGAIN.. HIS OWNER SAID HE WOULD NOT EVEN STAY IN THE ROOM WITH A CAT.

THE OTHER TIME I HAVE SEEN IT USED- WAS CESAR-- FACED WITH A DOG WHO CHASED CARS AND HAD THE ANNOYING HABIT OF PUTTING HIMSELF SLIGHTLY IN FRONT OF THE CAR...AND WAS GOING TO GET KILLED-   HE WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT TO USE IT... AND HE MUST HAVE DONE IT RIGHT BECASUE THEY THEN SHOWED  THE DOG QUIETLY SITTING WATCHING CARS GO BY.

THE ONE I HAVE CAN BE TURNED UP OR DOWN AND TURNED DOWN IT IS MORE OF A VIBRATION-- WHICH I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT I WOULD USE WITHA DEAF DOG.. BUT NEVER GOT ROUND TO TEACHING THE DOG WHAT THE VIBRATION MEANT.  LIKE LOOKK FOR ME....  AND I HAVE ONE SPECIFICALLY VIBRATION ONLY... I THINK IT IS STILL IN THE WRAPER..  BUT I SHOULD TEACH ARIOT WHAT IT MEANS... 

 FOR THE DOBERMAN AND THE CAT... AND THE CAR CHASING DOG-- THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE. I CAN NOT IMAGING EVER PUSHING THE BUTTON TWICE....IF YOU DID-- THAT WOULD BE  CRUEL-- BUT ONE SMACK IS EDUCATIONAL  . IF THERE IS A BETTER TRAINING DEVICE  ... YOU BETTER INVENT IT.

I AM ONE THAT BELIEVES "TIME OUT" FOR KIDS  IS FAR MORE INJURIOUS THAN ONE QUICK SHORT PUNISNMENT.-- OH I CAN NOT WAIT TO BE TOLD ABOUT THAT ONE...
BUT I WATCH MOMMY ANIMALS..  THIER CORRECTIOS ARE QUICK AND SHORT...  AND EFFECTIVE.

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you know this ghost thing we have going here... how things just fall into place with no special planning...
lauren needs a hand as a freshman at college-- and we have a volunteer with a best friend at that school !!!
hopefully a good start...  ..
SINCE I WROTE THAT WE HAVE HAD  AN MD AND FAMILY  IN BURLINGTON PLUS SOME MORE KIDS IN THAT SCHOOL... SO I THINK WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO HELPING HER...  KIDS HER OWN AGE ARE A GENERIC SUGGESTION--- ANYONE ELSE WOULD HAVE TO HAVE SOME SERIOUS CREDENTIALS... 

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RICHARD HAS LANDED IN BOSTON.. ON HIS WAY TO VOLUNTEERING HERE... FROM LA....
 GOTTA LOVE IT 
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i Carlene! 
We wanted to send a quick message to keep you updated on Harry's world. He is as sweet as can be(of course). We have been working on basics that we got a bit to comfortable with and I am  so thankful for not only the gift you have given me but also for the help that Megan gives and how wonderful it is that she is such a great trainer but also resource and support after you leave. Like Renee and Lynne said there is always training going on and we are so thankful for the community and family that comes along with Sdp. We learn from each other and every day we grow together as a team. Every day I wake up with my Harry means it is a day we will get through. He met a woman with MS who could not believe how well behaved and trained he is and she is hopefully going to start following the cams too. I am proud if he brings more support and fans to sdp because it really is such an amazing program. I am sending a picture of Harry doing what he does best!   
             All the best- Harry and Beth 
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Hey Carlene!

Just wanted to give you an update on Bing and today's leg of our trip to Georgia. We anticipated Bing to crash when we got in the car after his puddle romp and bath, but he was not having it. He was quite vocal and upset about being in the soft kennel. It took about 45 minutes or so before his boisterous disgust subsided. Then it was like and switch and he was out! We forgot to grab dog food, so we made a pit stop to get some. I figured Bing would wake up, so he, Tony, and Brutus all got a busy bone...a hit for all. The next couple hours were better, and he was great at a potty pit stop, although he didn't go. But, he was awesome with the figure 8 rope and walked well. He slept most of the way thereafter...9 hours total, and pooped and peed upon arrival to the hotel. I'm praying no one barks and everyone sleeps. We have the remaining 10 hours to go tomorrow...

PS my boy Tony was absolutely perfect as always :) 
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THERE DOES EXIST A GREAT VIDEO SOMEWHERE OF BING AND THE MUD PUDDLE.... WORTH LOOKING FOR

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

july 1 2015
the camera is down out of the tree--so now i need to try and get it up... i think the corner of the t tent is as good as anywhere...... if we trim a few of the scraggly limbs from  a couple small trees, it would see the deck of the main house,driveway a bit of honeymoon hill, and with a little twist , th entire pond path ...
which should be gettin much more use... as i have decreed the gate to the pond will be left open---- so i can dash around it in the golf cart with a dog or two much more often thtan i have in the past.

.. then the attached letter..   we need to find her an extra hand-- lauren is exremely capable- and my guess is she just needs a hand to get into the swing of things and a back up for emergencies...  there  must be someone who can  lend a hand without getting in her way...
---and just in the door came today's  volunteer who's best friend goes to that college--- so --great lead--- still might need a surrogate family type support group. so keep thinking..
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Hi Carlene,

I'm sorry it has been so long since I updated about Boris. Between my unexpected medical relapse and the ever-nearing end to my senior year of high school, things have been wild. Starting in February, my ability to walk became more and more difficult. One day Boris and I were whipping through the halls, side-by-side, and the next I couldn't make it more than twenty feet without stopping before my legs gave out. My deterioration was scary, and before I knew it, Boris had to learn the trade of wheelchair pulling. He was a natural from the beginning, and he became the only glimmer of hope for me as I lost the capacity to walk. He is a speed demon when he pulls my chair, making turns with ease, weaving in and out of obstacles, and even zipping past people with such a powerful pace that people had to take a second glance to assure themselves we were not a figment of their imaginations. Boris is unafraid of the wheelchair, allowing us to squeeze into the tightest spaces without issue. 

The next few months were spent in the neurosurgeon's office, inside MRI machines, and getting second opinions. Just two weeks before graduation, a major spinal operation lay in my future, giving me only days to finish up finals and say goodbye to my teachers and friends. Boris was there in the hospital, glued to the spot beside my bed in the Intensive Care Unit. He was very protective, choosing which people he liked and which people he didn't. As soon as someone entered, he moved himself in front of the bed, as if to shield me. That became his duty as I laid there in pain. He understood that his job as my cane or my chariot puller was on hiatus, and so he fixed his mind on simply waiting for me to heal. I'm sure he was confused when they moved me into the wheelchair to go home. He stood beside me, expecting me to hold onto his harness, but I was in too much pain to even think. Instead, my mother walked with him through the halls, my baby looking back at me again and again waiting for a command and making sure I too was going home.
In the almost hour and a half ride home, I threw up in a basin, the spinal headaches making me miserable. His head rested on the headrest of my seat. He did not move, nor cause a peep. He knew I was in pain. It broke his heart, but he stayed with me at all times. I laid in my bed for days, and there he was on his bed curled up just as I was. He stayed there for hours, only moving to be fed and to go outside. As I became more mobile, switching between the bed and the living room sofa, a big black dog would always be steps behind like a shadow. If the door was shut, he'd lie in the doorway of the room across from it for however long it took for me to emerge. The loyalty of Boris is something you hear about in movies, but here he is, the epitome of fidelity, following wherever I may find myself. 

Right up until graduation, I practiced my valedictory speech again and again, always heavily medicated before attempting it. I was going to be there for that, somehow, in whatever form I could be. So I was. I stood up at that podium for 11 minutes and rambled off all the words I had waited to say. People cheered on the girl with the Great Dane, not out of pity, but rather amazement. No one expected the valedictorian to be in a wheelchair or to have a service dog, and I am happy to prove them wrong. Society should not assume that because I am physically handicapped that I am also mentally handicapped. 

Now, it's summer vacation and soon it will be time to go off to Saint Michael's College. And to be honest, I am so fearful. Never have I lived alone, by myself, far from my family, and surely not with Boris under my wing. Over and over, I have considered my options, my plan about how to handle being alone in Burlington with him. Some nights I even considered not taking him, but I know we were meant to be together. With my physicality still in the early stages of regrowth, I'm not sure I could completely isolate myself with a dog. So, I am asking for your help. Do you know of anyone in the Burlington, Vermont area who would be willing to assist me with Boris? I am still trying to figure out how to take care of his needs in a dormitory situation (food, nails, bathing, exercise, etc.). These are all things I am used to my family assisting me in, and now I am unsure if I could do them all by myself with them being three and a half hours away. Any guidance or assistance on these matters would be greatly appreciated. While I am normally quite independent, this is seemingly overwhelming. Thank you again for Boris.  

~Boris and Lauren 
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i love thqat line....Society should not assume that because I am physically handicapped that I am also mentally handicapped. 


boy ain't that the truth !!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015



JUNE 30 2015
I AM THRILLED TO FIND THAT  THE ENTIRE CAMERA COMMUNITY HAS COME SO FAR AS TO  NOT CALL ME BECAUSE A MOUSE WAS RUNNING AROUND THE KITCHEN...  CAMERAS 24/7  PICK UP EVERYTHING-- INCLUDING UN ANNOUNCED GUESTS...

ONE REASON WE ARE INCLINED TO HAVE THEM IS ....... IN AN EFFORT TO HAVE KITCHEN COUNTERS   HIGHER THAN THOSE REQUIRED BY MY 4'10" GRANDPARENTS, I TOOK A 2X 6" BOARD AND STOOD IT ON EDGE... COVERED IT WITH A PIECE OF PLYWOOD.. AN DDECIDED I WAS VERY CLEVER TO HAVE HIGHER COUNTERS..  WHAT I WAS NOT SO CLEVER ABOUT IS , I HAD JUST INSTALLED   RODENT CONDOS  WHICH SEVERAL YEARS AGO WERE INHABITED BY GISELLE AND HER FAMILY-- 

GISELLE WAS TEH BREADWINNER-- I HEARD NIGHTLY RUMBLINGS IN THE MILKBONE BOXES   AND  FINALLY SET HER UP  ...FOR SEVERAL NIGHTS  I WATCHED HER  LUG 4 LARGE MILKBONES FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE LIVING ROOM TO THE CONDO...... 
 THEY WERE ACCUSTOMED TO  GOING OUT TO DINNER IN THE FILE CABINETS... GISELLE HERSELF MAKING A MAD DASH HOME ONE DAY RIGHT ACROSS MY LAP.
THIS CAUSED ME TO DRILL THE 2"  HOLE YOU CAN SEE IN THE  6" RISER UNDER THE COFFEE COUNTER SO I COULD SHOVE THE SHOP VAC IN THERE TO CLEAN UP.. AND ENCOURAGE THE FAMILY TO MOVE BACK INTO THE FOREST-- WHICH THEY DID--- FOR ?2 YEARS?   

NOW THEY MAY HAVE SENT GISELLE'S SECOND COUSIN--- MICHAEL THE MOUSE... SCOUTING FOR AN AVAILABLE CONDO  SO THAT NEXT FALL THEY CAN MOVE BACK IN FOR THE WINTER...

NEXT TIME JANINE LEAVES WANDA ( THE JACK RUSSEL)  HERE, WE CAN PUT ON HER  YELLOW  SECURITY GUARD VEST AND LET HER INVESTIGATE, AND DISCOURAGE ANY MIGRATION.
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NEW HORSE -- AN D LINCOLN-- GO T NEW SHOES YESTERDAY-- FRONT SHOES ONLY -- FOR 3 REASONS... CHEAPER..  70%  THEIR WEIGHT IS ON THE FRONT FEET... AND IN CASE THEY KICK AT EACH OTHER.
 "41"   HAS BEEN SUGGESTED FOR A  NAME-- HAVEN'T GOT A BETTER ONE YET...
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THE BABY GGUINNEA HENS MADE IT THRU YETERDAY ... MOSTLY.. APPARENTLY WE HAD A CLOSE CALL WITH ANDREW... WHO NEEDS  HIS CLOCK CLEANED TODAY ON THE TOPIC OF BIRDS... 
  IT IS A CASE WHERE THAT E-COLLAR   WOULD WORK...  AND BE TEH KINDEST IN THE LONG RUN...

SEE JANINE'S BOOK.... ( DOGS DONKEYS AND CIRCUS)--- AS A YOUNG CHILD, I TOLD HER NOT TO TOUCH THE  ELECTRIC  FENCE.. AND SHE DID... AFTER THAT SHE PAID ATTENTION OT INSTRUCTIONS BETTER.
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NOW AB0UT THE ACCOUNTANTS WHO WERE HERE ALL DAY YESTERDAY... IT WAS A CHORE... ESPECIALLY 2014-- WHICH IS WHAT WE ARE PAYING THEM TO DO....  WHEN THE QUICKEN PROGRAM WE USED CHANGES A PAYMENT OF $822  TO A DEPOSIT OF $11,432-- AND  THEN HIDES IT FROM NORMAL PRINTOUTS. .. IT MAKES FOR INCORRECT TOTALS IN ABOUT EVERY CATAGORIE... IT DID TOTALLLY  REARRAINGE "SPLIT" TRANSACTIONS DOZENS OF TIMES IN 2014-- 
 I AM  HAPPY WITH THE BANK TOTALS AND THEN SPLIT THE CATAGORIES TO SUIT THAT NUMBER. AND I DON'T SEE WHY THE IRS- OR ANYONE ELSE ( 501 C 3  DEPT)  WOULD THINK THAT UNREASONABLE.

KEYPUNCHING THE ENTIRE YEAR INTO A DIFFERENT SYSTEM... OR SPREADSHEET.. WOULD TAKE A DAY OR TWO
BU T   HTE BANK STATEMENTS HAVE ALREADY DONE THAT.... SO USE THOSE NUMBERS.
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I  MUST WORK ON AUDRY-- BOTH DONNA AND SMILEY ARE AHEAD OF ME IN WELL BEHAVED WHITE DOG...

I THINK I WON THE LAST SIMILAR CONTEST BETWEEN THE LITTERMATES MORIAH, MEGAN AND MARIA'S DOGS... BAD AS SHE IS , I THINK MORIAH IS THE BEST OF THE 3.
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I HAVE
 HEARD FROM JASPER'S OWNER IN PORTSMOUTH--- HE IS READY WILLING AND ABLE TO  COURT ANY FEMALE  WE PRESENT TO HIM..... LIKE MISCHA... WHO IS DUE IN HEAT SOON.
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 WE ARE GOING TO TRY OPAL  TOO LIVE WITH BETSYS RELATIVES IN WALHAM???? ON THE SAME BASIS AS SCARLOTT... WE NEED HER AVAILABLE FOR PUPPIES-- SHE IS BENTLEYS SISTER... AND I HOPE WE CCAN GET PUPS FROM HER TOO..
THEY WILL BE HERE TODAY IN THE GUEST HOUSE TO TALK WITH OPAL AND SEE HOW SHE FEELS ABOUT IT.

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BRICKS NEARLY SOLD OUT... IGUESS I BETTER CALL THE  GARMENT   COMPANY THAT INSTALLED THE 2 WASCOMATTS IN THE LAUNDRY AND FEED ROOM.  THE MAJORITY OF THE L;AUNDRY IS BEING PRODUCED  IN AND NEAR THE HOUSE...
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TONIGHT RENEE AND LYNN WILL BE LIVE ON EXPLORE...6 PM AFTER MAIL CALL... 
Hi Carlene! I wanted to give you a heads up that we're going to do a live Q&A with Lynne Emerson and Renee LeVerrier tomorrow after mail call, on the Service Dog Project page: http://blog.explore.org/live-chat-with-service-dog-recipients-and-their-danes/

Monday, June 29, 2015

june 29 2015
for those of you coming up and down the driveway, don't look up at the trees... it would make you very nervous...-- the forest has it's own survival plans for trees... and several of ours need to be creamated.   i saw one get executed by a bolt of lightning...and immediately the bark pealed off a  ?80 foot tall tree... spiraled right down to the ground pealing most of the bark.. at any rate i have a tree company coming to give me an estimate to clear back the forest  of dead trees.. there is a good size   "widow maker" -- stuck and prevented from falling. must have a professional because the gravatational forces around where you might think you could cut it.. are very pequiliar....i mean be careful to let someone else do it.  sometimes they fall UP.
 
did i hear somewhere that the indians used to cut a strip around a tree  and leave it standing for a year to dry out - so they would have dry firewood???? i do know if you use a tree to hold up a fence, you have to be careful...  or you have done just that...
i guess that is the  fyi of the day...

well-- the only other tree related story i can think of .. when we first moved in-- i noticed a regular old forest type rat going into the base of the tree in front of  what is now the guest house.....  i figureed i would get that one... and bsacked up my car sticking  a hose from my exhaust  into the hole and let it run.... after a few minutes of waiting... i happened to look up -- there  up 30 feet in the air was the rat.. and teh smoke was coming out of the hole way up there...  i had alot to learn about  wildlife...
mostly it is wild.
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we had a heavy rainfall--i am anxious to see if/how the guinnea chicks survived... last seen a fluffed up mom and dad were sitting next to each other... my guess is the chicks were under her-- probably very dry covered by  their "down comforter".
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carol called (  service dog hawkeye-- in maine)  apparently tufts is doing a bloat study... hawk is fine-- but they wanted information on his family history-- which of course we can give him... it took a while but it was rraining yesterday---  in my master list of dogs i have 260 dogs -- there are very few i do not know about...and am happy to pass on the information...  we have had a few bloats that i know about......maybe 5 or 6 since 1990. 

 the part i found most interesting.... we have not entered all the 2014 and 2015 graduate information,  and we have on the list  donated 99 service dogs plus my sd... bentley...   ... so for real numbers   260 minus  25 kept for breeding  minus 31 still too young...4 on the  list as doa... and we have not cleaned up the 2014 and 2015 donations....gives us a solid 50%---- when last i heard other adi members were in the 20% range.. so we aren't doing badly at all.

as you may have heaard me spout..... i don't approve of the puppy raising done by most of the adi training facilities...  they place a dog with puppy raisers and bring them back at 18 months for training... it may work as far as training goes.... but from the dog's standpoint they bond to their puppy raisers and then get taken away...  that was never more evident to me than pistol-- who just spend a couple weeks with alice and her family-- before she came back  here as a potential breeder-  we then gave her  to jade in an emergency-- worked ok.. but pistol/bristol  was not happy -- or  no longer perfectly behaved... came back here- and one day she ran into her "old friend " alice... and she came apart at the seams.. like chaos welcoming earlene-- only more so...  so i gave her to alice-- and they have been very happy ever since...
i think that from the dog's perspective the puppy raising concept is wrong... and therefore-- the prison concept also... our concept is  pleasent living --- mostly kennel-- some overnights-- but leave the  bonding to the new partner...

they all love megan-- but will turn and go with their partners  when things quiet down.
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in going thru the bloodlines..... i think we can breed jasper to scarlots x bentley daughter misha   hopefully july...
he is in portsmouth with stacy-- and i sent her an email last nigh inquiring on jasper's availability for july...
 in thqt gene pool we would have  for  grand parents---- mr Adams  from canada---- deagle , belgium ----  scarlot, denmark and one gereration further  bobby  ferom hungary.  and only one "inbred " situation where thumper jumped the fence and  bred his daughter giving us   bumpy-- who is bentley's father.

got all that??
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getting close to mariah's 30 days and possiblee  ultrasound...
i hope...
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Each summer I leave Yuma, AZ for my main home in Sandpoint, ID. This year along with the horses and dogs, I returned with 17 of my 18 chickens. One had gone AWOL when the van was leaving. She showed up a few days later and was fed by a neighbor. So this week I returned to AZ to pick up my Toyota truck and I put her in a dog kennel and traveled her back to ID.
 
I don’t see what’s so funny about that but it seems to put a smile on each listener’s face when they think of me traveling home with a chicken.
jennifer