Friday, June 22, 2018

june 22 2018
the dangers  BC  ( before coffee)- i have 2 bags of treats on my desk... one is teh addictive honey/mustard bagel bites- the other is teh "tender strips" with lamb as  teh 1st ingredient.   with both bags open facing me, there was nearly a nasty mistake... fortunately teh tender strips have an alarming shape for human consumption...
these  strips were  A SAMPLE  in the bottom of the box containing chaos special diet food--- purina pro plan savor for  weight management ( whaT I NEED IS HONEY MUSTARD BAGEL BITES FOR WEIGHT MANAGEMENT)--  CHAOS IS DOING WELL ON TEH REDUCED CALORIES OF  WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE SAME  FLAVOR/BRAND  FOOD  WE FEED EVERYONE ELSE...

THE SAMPLE  OF  "TENDER STRIPS" IS GOOD.   THEY GET MY STAMP OF APPROVAL  BASED ON TEH SHAPE--  THE SHAPE OF THE  TREAT YOU FEED PUPPIES  CAN BE DETRIMENTAL TO THEIR TRAINING....  THESE STRIPS ARE 4.25 INCHES...( I MEASURED) THIS MEANS I CAN  HOLD TEH TREAT PERPENDICULAR TO THE PUP'S MOUTH-  THEREBY ENCOURAGING THEM TO CLEARLY SEE THE TREAT AND ALLOW THEM TIME TO CAREFULLY  TAKE JUST THE E TREAT AND NOT MY FINGERS ... DOESNT SOUND LIKE MUCH--- BUT LETS STUDY THE OTHER OPTION-- GIVEN A 1" SQUARE TREAT-- YOU HOLD THAT BETWEEN 2 FINGERS-  AS THE PUP APPROACHES THE TREAT WITH  ENTHUSIASM AND MOUTH WIDE OPEN , YOU INSTINCTLY   MOVE YOUR HAND BACK SLIGHTLY HOPING TO  CLEAR THE CANINE'S CANINES.-- THIS SETS UP THE DOG TO THINK-- I BETTER GRAB QUICKER NEXT TIME.. YOU HAVE SET INTO MOTION A PERSONIFICATION OF TEH VICIOUS  CIRCLE.
YOU HAVE TAUGHT THE DOG TO JUMP AT THE TREAT IN YOUR HAND-- WITH HAPPY PUPPIES, IT CAN BE FRIGHTENING.
BEING ABLE TO HOLD THIS RECTANGULAR SHAPE ACROSS THE LINE OF ATTACK, MEANS YOU CAN EVENTUALLY SLOW THE DOG DOWN TO BEING MORE CIVIL ABOUT  GRABBING TREATS..

TREat grabbing is a concern at the barn too-  i am dead serious about feeing the donkeys with your hands-- i can't tell you how many people stick their hands out at the donkeys with a carrot  and boldly explain to me how they know how to feed a horse.. at which point i explain not around here-- we use frying pans-  they don't hear that and continue to tell me about how to hold thier hand flat - at which point  i explain-- often loudly - that i know all about  flat hands.... but  around here you will use a fry pan  because i want the donekys to expect treats from fry pans- not kids hands-- as parts of kids hands are often the shape of carrots-  ocassionally someone will listen to that logic and  use teh fry pans which  are  hanging  aroudn the donkey pasture.  but the kind of person who is so intent on explaing  to me  how they know it is ok to feed with a flat hand, i guarentee i will see the sneak treats by hand, because they just assume i am nuts. and when i catch  that happening i wil tell them  in no uncertain terms not to go near the donkeys at all-- and in 2 cases asked people  to leave the property.  it is a rare case, but you might see me feed tehm by hand.   it is a rarity-- i carry a fry pan on my cgolf cart.

let me explain where this started......   i started driving the donkeys ---2 of them to a cart--- then 4, then 6, then 8- and by the time i got to 8, i found there was no money in saying "8 like teh budweisers"  -- there was a lot of money in buying antlers and saying "like Santa's reindeer" --  by the time you have 8,  those front 2 are so far away from you that you have very little supervision over  the crowds of kids that will pack in around them-  i always had at least 2 sidewalkers- and one to "head tehm up"   but even so...
now to complete the picture   Santa... means   Christmas... and candy canes. donkeys ( and horses) are addictied to pepermint..
so we worked, not only on stearing those donkeys, but at taking pieces of pepermint and touching them between the eyes and  rubbing quickly down and slipping it into  their mouth ( with a flat hand) -- this was so the donkeys did not expect  every flat hand that came at them to have  a pepermint in it.  this was critical to our succdess at christmas because 66% of all children in december  have hands that smell like pepermint.
to have 438,000 kids pat  those donkeys in harness and have no one get bitten is proof that  my technique worked.
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I KNOW IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SINCE OUR LAST UPDATE, UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE NOT BEEN VERY WELL AND HAVE MAINLY JUST BEEN GOING TO HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS!
ON TUESDAY I MET WITH MY GI TEAM. WE DISCUSSED HOW BEST TO MANAGE SOME OF MY SYMPTOMS WHILE WE WAIT ON A DATE FOR SURGERY TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON BEFORE DECIDING ON A FOLLOWING SURGERY AS WELL AS HOW BEST TO FIT EVERYTHING AROUND MY LEG SURGERY AT THE END OF JULY! 
WE HAVE ALSO BEEN WORKING ON A BETTER FORMULA PLAN TO TRY AND GIVE MY BODY THE BEST CHANCE OF RECEIVING NUTRITION AS I RECEIVE MOST OF MY NUTRITION THROUGH MY TUBE! ELVIS HAS REALLY LOOKED AFTER ME THIS WEEK AS I HAVE BEEN MORE TIRED THEN USUAL AFTER BATTLING A FEVER LAST WEEK AND MY BODY ALREADY REALLY STRUGGLES TO RECEIVE THE NUTRIENTS IT NEEDS! I HAVE HAD TO REMAIN CONNECTED TO MY TUBE FOR LONGER PERIODS OF THE DAY TO RECEIVE MORE MEDICATION AND NUTRITION. ELVIS HAS BEEN AMAZING AT MAKING SURE THAT IF I GET TANGLED IN TUBING, HE STOPS STILL UNTIL I CAN UNTANGLE US!  
TODAY WE SPENT THE MORNING AT SDP WHICH WAS DEFINITELY THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK! DESPITE NOT FEELING THE GREATEST I HAD A LOVELY TIME. SEEING EVERYONE AND SPENDING TIME WITH DOGS ALWAYS BRINGS A SMILE TO MY FACE. I KNOW ELVIS HAS A GREAT TIME AS WELL! AS SOON AS WE GOT BACK IT WAS OFF TO THE HOSPITAL AGAIN FOR ANOTHER APPOINTMENT AND ALSO TO GET BLOOD WORK DONE BECAUSE I HAVE NOT BEEN VERY WELL. ELVIS WAS A CHAMP AND STAYED RIGHT BY MY SIDE. HE ALWAYS LOOKS AT ME WHENEVER DOCTORS/NURSES ARE DOING TESTS OR IV'S UNTIL I SAY ITS OK AND THEN HE PUTS HIS HEAD DOWN AND RELAXES! ALL MY DOCTORS AND NURSES HAVE COMMENTED ON HOW SPECIAL HE IS AND ALWAYS WANTS TO MAKE SURE I AM OK!
TOMORROW IT IS BACK TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A FEW MORE APPOINTMENTS AND THEN HOPEFULLY I WILL BE FEELING BETTER FOR THE WEEKEND SO WE CAN GET UP TO SOME MORE ADVENTURES! THAT IS ALL FOR NOW AND AS ALWAYS THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON OUR JOURNEY!

LOVE FIONA AND ELVIS 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

june 21 2018
Snyders  honey mustard and onion flavored bagel pieces say- rightly so - that they are bursting with flavor- they -- however-- are also bursting with calories especially if i sit here and eat one little piece at a time til the whole bag is gone.
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there is a huge difference between the german raised pups, aND  OURS WHO START THE SPOON FEEDING AT 3 OR 4 WEEKS OF AGE..-PENNY AND PAULA-- AND MAYHEM-- DO NOT HAVE TH E ABILITY TO CONCENTRATE ... YET....I AM WORKING ON IT- BUT IT IS AN UPHILL BATTLE AT THE MOMENT.  MAY IS AS SWEET AS SHE CAN BE- UNLESS DISTRACTED  BY CHEWING ON HER  YOUNGR FRIENDS... PAULA IS MORE PENSIVE THAN PENNY WHO IS MORE TEH ACT AND REACT ALL AT THE SAME TIME... THEN THINK ABOUT IT.  I DID MAKE TEHM LEASHES- AND DYED THE LEASHES PURPLE SO NO ONE WOULD STEAL  MINE..... AND I MUST GET THEM OUTSIDE AND UNDER CONTROL THEY WOULD BE ALOT BETTER IF I JOGGED 1/2 MILE A DAY WITH THEM--
ACTUALLY I'D BE A LOT BETTER IF I JOGGED 1/2 MILE A DAY TOO- BUT THE CHANCES OF THAT HAPPENING ARE SLIM TO NONE.
TEH COMPLICATONS OF TRYING TO TRAIN 3 AT ONCE ARE SIGNIFICANT.  EVEN YUPPY PUPPY TRAINING IS VERY TOUGH ONE DOG AT A TIME- WITH 2 OBSERVERS... THROWING HANDFULLS OF TREATS ACROSS TEH FLOOR FOR THE EXTRA TWO "OBSERVERS" DOES NOT REALLY HELP.  THE TOTAL CONCENTRATION IS GONE...   I AM LOOKING FOR THAT "WATER" MOMENT OF HELEN KELLER IN THE MIRACLE WORKER MOVIE...    WE JEST AINT THERE YET.
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the wierd project of th daqay is to rip out the training room carpet and get ready to replace it with sweeepable flooring-  the carpet 20 x 10 will be good for dog's sleeping lofts-- if we can get it cleaned up-- sooooo.... plan is to unroll it in the yard and pick up the middle with the fork lift-- so if you see carpet dangling  from the fork lift... that is why.
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from "cousin roberta " who wrote teh book- literally- on life in a commune  " huerfano"
in the meantime, if any of you happen to be passing through New Haven this fall, the Beinecke Library at Yale is having a show of the photographers whose work it collects (including me) --- Eye on the West.  Just a thought..  at any rate please give my love to all.     roberta price
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and then-- finally-------
The Great Dane Club of America along with the 2018 Midwest Division is pleased to announce a unique educational and competitive event to showcase the addition of the Merle to our members as well as the fancy at large. On Thursday October 25th, 2018 one half hour after judging the GDCA will host the first competition for the Merle. Entries will be taken on Thursday from the beginning of judging until the end of judging of the regular classes that day. It is the wish of the GDCA that this showcase competition will serve a great tool to educate its members and prospective judges on our newest recognized color. We invite everyone to participate whether by showing or just observing these beautiful dogs.
Classes will be 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, and Open (18mo and up). All classes will be divided by sex.
Additionally, the GDCA intends to ask that some of the Merles participating in the Meet the Merle Event be utilized for the judges’ education program the following day as we all know education is paramount to the success and understanding of the implementation of the standard changes. Participation in the event is key to the GDCA helping educate both breeder judges and upcoming judges alike.
We look forward to a great celebration of the Merle and invite everyone to participate and learn from this once in a lifetime event!!!!

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granted breeding merle to merle can produce white deaf - but it is about the same ratio as breeding harl to harl-- so why was the harl worht thousands and the merle worthless?    i dunno-- my first three service dogs were the "merle girls"   bella, annie and maude  all wonderful service dogs. 
i don't know what the problem is withthe font..... it is doing it's own thing today..

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

june 20 2018

flys---- as related to what smells bad enough to attract them--- personally i don't think horses smell too bad,  so the object is to find something that smells worse-- so flys would think it smells better and would prefer that to horse blood.---  i went this road ?20 years ago- you take milk gallon jug, cut and invert the top put a slurry of chicken liver and specific dog poop-- a little bit of water-- duct tape teh pieces togethere leaving the center  hole... and hang it--  that rig will catch 4" of dead flys pretty quickly...  i put one in the  t tent  and it worked wonders for 2 days in the hot sun...  it continued to work well for a week-  we were not bothered by flys at all -- mostly because we could not get near  tht t tent because of the stench--  a bit of hot sun on that "slurry"  and it  smelled so bad we couldn't enjoy th  t tent either...... it seemed to attract flys from 47 miles away-- beacuse that is how far away the stench drifted.... it wasn't even a "smell"  or  "odor"-- it was a stench.  but we caught flys..
so now   ----cp steve tailspin sent me an ad for rescue fly catchers-- i bet these will work.. -  these are the same concept---- i ordered 2 to try and if they work we can hang some more...--  in the fine print , id does refer to an "odor"  --   i am so proud of the cleanliness of this place ... and often note  even  with 55 dogs, the place does not smell at all.  so now i am going to hang up smell producing devices?  
might be interesting to hang one in front of the donkey camera which is almost outside?  if thease smell as bad as my chicken liver slurry  there is no amount of fabreese that will help...  
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now for the intellectual part of my study of dogs..... i mentioned specific dog poop in my fly catching instructions.... it is a fact-- there is some dog poo piles that are more attractive to flys than other piles- i have studied this- for a while i theorized the dog was not fully digesting the protien- and  thaerefore it was more attractive to flys- i tried to relate this to the tendency of dogs to recycle the pile of used food- but i got sidetract 
and forgot the project  til now. 
 as for flys related to other kinds of poo,,  - another fact---- there will be a pile of nhorse manure that is "alive"   with  tiny flys-- these have not been attracted to the pile, but  in my opinion... just hatched when they hit fresh air... because of this-- someone invented something  to feed horses that did something to that cycle-- i tried that stuff once- and maybe it was a  coincidence, but i ended up with birds walking all over the barnyard, so i gave that up...and never dide a "scientific blind study"  to verify that  happening
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a new barn fan is due to arrive -- sent by   cp- marjorie-- and the breeze does help in fly/ mosquito  control
 becasue all this  smelly fly control does not deal with mosquitos at all.  there were not many last year, but there have been seasons when i could capture a cup of dead mosquitos in a  net as they got blown thru a fan.
in keeping with the  insect study-- boxford road was closed yesteerday while they cut down a huge  30 inch diameter tree-- and as i watched them load teh carcass, the entire center was hollow/ black-- ants had eaten the tree...  i am sure we have several trees like that here...i have seen sawdust at one by the pond.

one other  million ant story--- when we were building this house, ( 1979)   after we had poured teh concret i saw a 4 inch wide  column of ants coming out of the flat field- across teh drivewaqy  and going into a hole next to the new concrete-  i put a pile of dirt in the column and tehy kept going straight ahead up and over--- i tried chemicals-- and a blowtorch, i killed a few but they kept coming i don't know when they quit, but the next morning  there was no column-  they were small ants-- and i have not seen any extraordinary amt of those ants in the house-- we ahve  a small supply of large black-- but not  teh smaller ones.
for whatever that means..

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bless the shoe fairy !!  last night at mail call i recieved a matching pair of shoes- so this morning  my feet match... i wll put the old RWT and LNT in the bottom of my closet bedcause somewhere in it's depth must be a  RNT and LWT for possibel future rescue operations.
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Hi, Linda!
I just wanted to let you folks know that I dropped off my first "19th of the month" cake today.  I work in the downtown area of Knoxville, TN.  So I ordered the cake from a bakery nearby and took it to our Downtown Fire Station.  I also gave them a flyer explaining the "19th of the month" concept.  Hopefully, they'll enjoy the cake and find the explore.org website!
Thanks!
Jenifer Huey
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for any new commers-- we decided the 19th of the month was teh day to take a cake to your local fire department-- it is a very strange thing to do  but they sure get a smile and it is so easy to do.  last count we had  cake delivery in 42 states???? 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

june 19 2018
cake day!!  i think i survived the month on cookies and pie  , but there is nothing like a good piece of cake... with buttercream icing....
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i was counting on the report  that we ere supposed to have downpours overnight-- my poor grass project-  there may be only one explination for my lawn problem... and i would settle for green weeds  it doesn't have to be grass........ that huge loader that filled my trailer with  black dirt stuff... must have had some stuff stuck in the bucket from a different load..-- thei marvelous "brick ends recycling composting " place... produces 2 kinds of  lovely looking black dirt stuff...  one is terriffic for grass-- the other is great for gardens because it naturally discourages weed growth--- so i am told...-- because when i got that big load and  picked it up and spread itw ith  my tractor, there are places where  the grass is growing beautifully all around a 3 foot shape of no grass,,, no weeds,,, nothing.-- that is true in the flat field and the guest house-- must be  some of teh"no weed"  product got in my pile of grass growing stuff-- i have suffered... watering and fertalizing, liming and seeding all parts equally-- yet we have bald patches... too large to be dog induced... so i went back and inspected the loader before he scooped-- and i have re seeded alot-- which now needs attention...while some other areas are growing wildly- and needed cutting by the mower which bud got going again.
any green will do--- when i moved in... it was 100% forest-- and if i don't pay attention the forest wants to claim it back again...
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 you have often seen me say "get 'em  young, train 'em early"   and heaven knows my mother tried  but i did escape part of it-- can you imagine me spending sunday morning looking for spotless white gloves to wear for church??  ... there were 3 of us... and often there were only 5  white gloves-- on a really bad day only  3 or 4 gloves and we would have to wear one and carry one of fathers ironed hankerchiefs  just so we looked "right " .  that worked for a while when i was young-- but when i got to babysitting age- i found people were very happy to have me skip the hour long church service by offering to babysit teh young kids so teh parents didn't have to deal with wiggling kids  for that hour...  i did..  on nice days  i had them hold on to a stick... or a string... and we would walk around teh block...  there were usually 8 to 10 of them- and i considerred them a lump of kids... not individuals- which for my purposes worked well... until one day one got a bloody nose- not a really gushing blood but enough  so   the bright red blood all over her shirt made matters look dreadful...-- she was scared-- i knew i had to find her parents. so i asked her what her mothers name was... all i could get was  MOMMY.
proving that keeping track of even 10 kids was a logistic nightmare.
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TODAY EVE HAD SWIM LESSONS AND HER INSTRUCTOR COMPLEMENTED HER ON HER VERY IMPROVED FREESTYLE STROKE! SHE ALSO THINKS EVE WILL BE A “BUTTERFLIER” IF SHE STICKS WITH SWIMMING! SO WE WILL SEE! I GUESS IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT EVE LOVES THE DOLPHIN / MERMAID KICK (PART OF THE BUTTERFLY STROKE)!!
I KNOW THE FASHION SHOW IS OLD NEWS BUT WE JUST GOT THE PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW TAKEN BY THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS!
track of even 10 kids was a logistic nightmare.
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TODAY EVE HAD SWIM LESSONS AND HER INSTRUCTOR COMPLEMENTED HER ON HER VERY IMPROVED FREESTYLE STROKE! SHE ALSO THINKS EVE WILL BE A “BUTTERFLIER” IF SHE STICKS WITH SWIMMING! SO WE WILL SEE! I GUESS IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT EVE LOVES THE DOLPHIN / MERMAID KICK (PART OF THE BUTTERFLY STROKE)!!
I KNOW THE FASHION SHOW IS OLD NEWS BUT WE JUST GOT THE PHOTOS FROM THE SHOW TAKEN BY THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS!


hopefully it copies...

Monday, June 18, 2018

JUNE 18 2018
our nutty donkey feedbag/backpack/tote  things are selling well--my only way of counting is that  a CP  sent us some tiny sewing kits packaged in 100 lumps.. aND I HAD TO GET A SECOND LUMP-- THE IFIRST 100 ARE GONE...  I GAVE AWAY ABOUT 100 TO VARIOUS DONKEY RESCUE GROUPS--( WITHOUT THE  INNER PEN AND ASPRIN USEFUL BAG)  BUT I HAVE NOT GIVEN ANY TO JANINE YET..I CAN ALMOST SEE ANOTHER MR MOON IN MY FUTURE BEFORE DOG FEST... AND CHRISTMAS???...  I NEVER THOUGHT.....
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RE:   THE WOMAN WITH HER 84 DANES AND RAW CHICKEN DIET IN TEH MANSON  THOSE DOGS ARE AVAILABLE FOR  ADOPTION- I DID DOWN LOAD TEH APPLICATION FOR ADOPTION- AND  I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD GET INVOLVED NOW... 
WE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A HELP AT TEH BEGINNING, BUT THIER ADOPTION PROCESS PAPERWORK IS 4 PAGES LONG.  I DON'T THINK THEY WOULD HAVE ANY INTEREST IN OUR BREEDING PROGRAM-  TH E DOGS ARE TOO OLD  FOR TRAINING AS SERVICE DOGS.
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BLOOD.... THE OVERNIGHT PERSON REPORTED THERE ARE A VERY FEW  DRIPS OF BLOOD ON THE  FLOOR.. AND SHE COULD NOT FIND WHERE THEY ARE COMING FROM...  WELL.... I KNOW.... YESTERDAY BENTLEY  WAS SHOWING MORE INTEREST THAN NORMAL IN SIZZLE'S REAR END.  GET OUT THE JOCKEY SHORTS-- ACTUALLY, I AM SHORT ON JOCKEY SHORTS...

HERE WE GO... MEGAN RELAX...... WE HAVE ONE PROBABLY BRED  A WEEK AGO... NORMAL TIES -- FEMALE SEEMED NORMAL  -- TEH NEXT IS GUSSIE-- WHO IS IN HEAT NOW  AND COMING HERE TODAY PROBABLY DAY 3 FOR HER..--  IF SHE CONTINUSES TO CYCLE NORMALLY AND GET BRED WITHIN THE NEXT 10 DAYS, -- ? TO WATSON?--- THEN WE CAN SKIP SIZZLE... FOR ANOTHER 6 MONTHS/??   IF EACH MOM HAS 6 PUPS WE ARE FINE FOR A BIT... IF THE TWO OF TEHM HAVE ONLY ONE OR TWO PUPS, WE WILL WISH WE HAD BRED SIZZLE--- BUT IF THEY EACH HAVE 13   WE WILL BE SWAMPED ( BUT IT'LL BE FUN !)
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IT IS SUPPOSEDE TO BE 95 TODAY ... AND I REALLY OUGHT TO GET THE GRASS CUT NOW

 SO .... SHORT DOGGIE....

HERE'S TEH KIDS INTERVIEWING ME
ipswich kids network........


Sunday, June 17, 2018

june 17 2018
hot asphalt awareness..
also=---   when entering or exiting a car with your  dog... open drivers door AND  teh back door-- load dog in th  back.. close that door....  if at this point you faint... the front door will still be open so if they carry you  away in an ambulance you r dog would let thmne know to take him too... YOU NEVER WANT THE DOG  BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IN A PARKIN G LOT...--IT  ALMOST HAPPENED TO ONE OF OUR DOGS... LONG AGO-- SHE PUT THE DOG IN THE CAR AND THEN FELL--- LUCKILY SHE WAS COHERENT ENOUGH TO TELL THEM ABOUT THE DOG.  SO WE HAVE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY -- AND I SEE NO REASON NOT TO DO IT HERE IN LOADING AND UNLOADING
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BONDING...... MY LATEST KICK.... WE ARE VERY NICE TO OUR DOGS-- OF COURSE, BUT WE  WANT THE DOGS TO  DECIDE THAT THEIR NEW OWNERS ARE THEIR REAL PARTNERS....  I KNOW ALL THE DOGS LOVE MEGAN  AND WHEN TEHY COME BACK THEY ARE HAPPY TO SEE HER---  BUT THEY ALL TURN AROUND AND GO BACK TO THEIR PARTNER--  THIS IS SUCH A CRITICAL THING... IN MY OPINION.... AND IT IS WHY I COULD NOT GO IN FOR PUPPY RAISING  WHERE ONE PUP "HAS A FAMILY"  FOR  A LONG   ?18 MONTHS? TIME----THEN IS TAKEN AWAY FOR TRAINING AND THEN WORKING--- I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION IS... EXCEPT TO KEEP THE PUPS HERE ROTATING Amid interns and trainers...  there is some kind of lesson in watching chaos-- who basically sleeps unless earlene or linda is here... she gets special attention from them and doesn't really care too much about the rest of us.
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i have given teh interns teh dane color charts to study---   the way they note colors  black  and blackh- made me think maybe i could  illistrate my shoe problem like that...

i was wearing  one  Right  and one  Left-  both  WT  ( really worn tread)   aka RWT  and LWT-- which -- because of puppies became  RWT and L/slipper for 4 hrs---- until --- there appeared... GOLDIE style     just one shoe---- LNT (new tread) to replace the Lslipper--the day was spent slightly on the bias with RWT and LNT  as the difference between  the NT and WT was 3/4 inch.- but my feet had coverings...maybe 3/4 an inch is significant to a person selling lifts for shoes, but hardly noticable in my world...i was pretty well set...until  after mail call when the  missing LWT appeared under a sofa- i was all excited -- except teh LWT never made it to the bedroom nor has teh missing RNT been located... some might say  they were  unfortunate to have to wear mismatching shoes, but with puppies in the house i think i am lucky to have 2--  one R and one L-- matters coudl be worse.

you laugh?---- well maybe you didn't... but i can tell you where 1/2 inch on the shoes nearl,y got me killed...  i have for years bought 3 pairs of shoes at a time--- ustabe --- new ballance sneakers -- all look vaguely the same... except......... one day... the transition from an old pair to a new pair, i did not notice the difference in the  "footprint"-- for some reason this pair was designed to stick out behind my heel another 1/2 inch-- that didn't make any difference until i started down the cellar stairs per usual, but  caught that 1/2 inch on the  step - i grabbed for  teh handrail and did not go far --- luckily falling  into the laundry chute which takes up  alot of the space there---i threw those away that day--  they were dangerous.
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SOFA's--- megan has me trained to pick up sofa's that i see along the road-- this can get out of hand-- for a while there we weere throwing out one sofa a week in the trash ( we are allowed one piece of furnature a week...)-- yesterdeay i came to a very nice love seat and sofa in an expensive  high rent  neighborhood..  -- i knew jessica was moving into t a new house-- steve and i had already found her a dining room table and chairs---- i came roaring home to go get it... and   no truck ( janine has swapped her nice car for the blue truck) and she had teh horse trailer....- all i had was teh dump trailer which was 1/4 full to go to the dump--

but that was a nice sofa--- someone said "lets unload teh trailerl and get it"   -- i could do that at the push of a button  so i pulled to the middle of the area and dumoped the load..  we wnet back and tom and haley tehn loaded teh sofas-- so it is now covered- still on the trailer  waiting for jjessica to come tell us where to put it... in the meantime there is a strange pile of trash in front of teh ice house  which looks pretty strange... but is very logical;.
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HELLO CARLENE AND SDP. I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT ENJOY SEEING HOW SDP HAS FORGED SOME SERIOUS FRIENDSHIPS. THIS IS DEBI CANNON (GA), PAM SAROSY (GA), SHEREE ANSLEY (SC), NANCY KNUVEN (OH) WHO ALL MET AT DOGFEST 2014, GATHERING FOR A TRIP IN ALASKA. WE ARE IN THE 30% THAT ACTUALLY GET TO SEE DENALI, FORMERLY MT. MCKINLEY. 

SO SDP NOT ONLY AFFECTS THE LIVES OF THE RECIPIENTS BUT ALSO THE SUPPORTERS/CPS.

DEBI


Saturday, June 16, 2018

june 16 2018
typical morning ....    i have 2 feet and one shoe-- with pups around all i ask is  one right and one left--- hopefully teh same type shoe.  i am not that fussy about matching -- as people have noted in my past....  with one shoe and one slipper it is going to be a rough day.
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BEING BLESSED WITH SO MANY DONKEY FEEDBAGS   -- REMEMBER I HAD TO BUY 500 FROM MR MOON IN CHINA.... I HEARD OF SEVERAL DONKEY RESCUE OUTFITS,( one in germany) SO I PACKAGED SOME UP AND SENT THEM--- KNOWING DONKEY FEEDBAGS MIGHT BE SOMETHING TO STOP TEHM AT THE GERMAN BORDER, I SENT HER A $25  CK OF MINE  JUST IN CASE.... AND HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED.....

Dear Carlene,
it is done, I’ve got the package! Whoa, that was a story, worth to write down in a book of fairytales. I sent my hubby to fetch the parcel at the customs office. I have given him an authority and the mail which you have sent me, to check the value of the product and the donation. They made him so mad, that I had to take a day off from my work and went personally to the customs office. And I was prepared, oh Lord I was!
Officer: “You would like to fetch the parcel, can you identify yourself?”
Me: “Yes, of course I can.”
I showed him my passport.
Officer: “Do you have a calculation about the product? How much is it worth?”
I gave him the note you wrote for me.
Officer: “Can you open the parcel?”
I opened the parcel.
Officer: “So many nosebags? Nevertheless, you want to sell them. You have to pay duty and import sales tax.”
Me: “No, at the moment we have more than 35 donkeys in care and we need the nosebags for these animals. And this is a donation.”
Officer: “Can you prove that the Noteselhilfe is a charity association?”
Me: “Naturally, here is the original-exemption answer of the tax office.”
I showed him the paper.
Officer: “Are you authorized to sign for the association?”
Me: “Yes, I am authorized to sign as the manager of the association.”
Officer: “Can you prove this?”
Me: “Yes, of course I can.”
I gave him an extract of the charity association register. (In Germany the board of directors of a charity association must be registered in the association register.)
Officer: “Then I need one more signature and a stamp of you.”
(Thank God I took the stamp of the Noteselhilfe with me.)
Me: “Here you are.”
Officer: “Okay, so you have only to pay the import sales tax.”
I had to pay 20,60 €, which are nearly these 25 USD, you had sent me per PayPal. And he gave me the parcel. 

You see: 100% pure Germany. This is not always funny, but if you know how Germans tick, you get further.
Thank you so much again for your donation. Including the shipping the value of your donation is more than 200 USD. That means a lot for us, because there is a person, thousands of miles is away and supports our work. That makes us so proud and we will ask all people we meet to buy Chicken Bricks.

In Germany you have to prove that you have a checked official service dog if you want to buy a harness with the official label for a dog.  Now I see you at the computer, I’ll quickly sending my letter.
Dog Bless. I’ll pray for you, the staff and volunteers at SDP.
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GOD BLESS THE GERMANS !  THEY INSIST ON DOING EVERYTHING CORRECTLY- SOMETHING TOTALLY FOREIGN TO ME...  I BET THEY EVEN OUTLAW DUCT TAPE !!
but if you waant something engineered properly, germany would be a good bet
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that reminds me--- gettiong away from teh normal news- and i could not find dr pol amid all the lions eating things in africa.... i turned to eht science channel-- which ustabe mythbusters...  it was engineering gone wrong-- and i did find that aMUSING--  EVEN IF THEY WERE EXPENSIVE.....there were some biggies... namely
1. teh building in london which is curved very artistically, no one realized that all that curved glass was going to reflect the sun onto focal points-- like the floor  mat just inside a barbershop doorway  that started to smolder and burn---  one other store set up a fry pan outside thier window where the focal point allowed people to fry eggs.
2. a prefaB WALKWAY BRIDGE THAT WAS 4 INCHES TOO SHORT
3. teh german airport- huge place lovely runways and treminals  all  unused because of a problem with the fire prevention/detection--- somehow teh smoke eliminators are in the floor, drawing smoke down into the crowd...and teh fire brigade is withholding permission to use teh huge facility... they implied it  has been over a year  empty.
in the usa someone  would be out there with tin pipes and duct tape and have the problem "covered " in 4 days or less.
  the sci channel  had many films of buildings which did not collapse on command-- or went the wrong way....
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i feel like i should start a society  of jerry rigging souls  which could have the leaning tower of pisa  as a logo.
does anyone know the story..... that there is a second bend in the leaning tower, because it had already started to lean when they were building it.... i am told....
i was in italy once-- during college--- and took a picture of the tower-- problem  was i instinctly leaned  making teh tower straight in my pictures.
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from eva and finn..... and their lemonaid project-- a note from facebook....
 TWINKLE TOES BUTTONS AN D BOWS--- MUST BE EVE AND FINN AN DTHE LEMONAIDE STAND   $344

way to go !!