Friday, August 29, 2014

aug 29 2014


CARLENE,
 I LOOKED UP ON THE INTERNET ABOUT THE HUM IN THE CAMERA AND IT SAID THAT WITH THE PANASONIC GH4 CAMERA, THE HUM IS EVER PRESENT EVEN WITH THE MIC TURNED OFF. IT COULD HOLD TRUE WITH OTHER CAMERAS AS WELL, SO IT IS NOT FROM ANYTHING IN THE HOUSE. IT WILL ALWAYS BE THERE AND NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. WE'LL JUST HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT. IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL FOR ME.............JOHN

wow-- that is the best news in ages...  i am really tired of  "to hum or not to hum-- that is the question..."  conversations.  we all lived for a very long time with no sound.... if it is as earth shattering as some find it-- shut the sound off--- 

 you are  listening to  just us--- a cacophony -- not a symphony.. 



HI, CARLENE,
 
I SAW IN TODAY'S DOGGIE DAILY THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE.  I AM A VOLUNTEER WITH A CONSERVATION GROUP IN THE MIDWEST.  YOUR MOTHER WAS RIGHT; THE NON-NATIVE PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE (WHICH IS LIKELY WHAT YOU HAVE) IS NOT EASY TO GET RID OF  (SEEhttp://www.invasiveplants.net/plants/purpleloosestrife.htm).  YOUR COMMUNITY SHOULD HAVE ACTED WHEN SHE SOUNDED THE ALARM (BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW AS MUCH BACK THEN ABOUT INVASIVE PLANTS).
 
IT WON'T WORK TO PULL OUT THE PLANTS AND SOW A FEW WILDFLOWER SEEDS.  IF YOU HAVE A FIELD OF IT, THEY WILL OUTCOMPETE ANY WILDFLOWERS IN NO TIME FLAT.  SAVE YOUR TIME AND BACK.  RESIGN YOURSELF TO ENJOYING A FIELD OF LOOSESTRIFE. . .IT IS YOUR COLOR, AFTER ALL.
 
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK WITH THE DANES.
 
DONNA (AKA BOBOLINK-IL)  
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FROM THE WEB
  • The plant was introduced both as a contaminant of European ship ballast and as medicinal herb for treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, bleeding, wounds, ulcers and sores.
oh really??  i thought it was no good for anything--- there certainly are fields of it
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yesterdays discussion ith anne resulted in our building a shade shelter in the puppy pen.. apparently the reason there are no dogs on camera there is the heat/sun... they are in the shade of the hill on the other side... so we are trying to put up a shade "umbrella" mostly out of available materials--- like 3 good posts and one very bent one.

people carrying levels and right angles are not welcome near it.

keep in mind-- one of the biggest concerns is that it not be eatable... otherwise i would put up a rendition of th e old teepee.
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so that is the project of the day
along with bank statements... yuck

Thursday, August 28, 2014

AUG 28 2014
WONDERFUL DAY... LOTSA CUT AND PASTE SO MY BRAIN CAN DEAL WITH THE NORMAL STRESSES OF DAILY LIFE...
 LIKE THE PRINTER AND IT'S %*&^(*((*& INK..
I HAVE AN INSTINCTUAL HATRED OF PRINTERS BECAUSE THEY SELL THESE MARVELOUSLY COMPLICATED MACHINES THAT SCAN AND FAX AND COPY   FOR SUCH A BARGAIN  $9.99  AND THEN THE INK CARTRIDGES ARE $432.00 EACH.. THAT LAST 4 DAYS.

BESIDES THAT ... I AM SO BUSY TRYING TO GET IT TO PRINT AND COPY -- ON PAPER-- WITH INK---THAT I NEVER HAVE LEARNED TO FAX...  A HUMILIATING SITUATION AS I HAVE TO LISTEN DAILY TO  SOME PERSON ON THE OTHER END OF THE  PHONE SAY  INCREDULOUSLY    "YOU DON'T HAVE A FAX?" AND I HAVE TO ADMIT I DON'T KNOW HOUS TO USE THE  ^^&*()*)(& THING-- AND THEN PUT A DOLLAR IN THE SWEAR BEAR.

 SCANNING IS MARGINAL-- IT WILL SCAN... BUT THEN IT HIDES THE FILE SOMEWHERE TAKING ME HOURS TO FIND IT.
I HATE PRINTERS--- PERIOD.
THANK HEAVEN S FOR THE CUT AND PASTE TODAY.. I DO NOT HAVE A CLUE WHY THIS  HAS DECIDED TO PRINT IN BLUE...  JUST MORE OF THE SAME....A VERY WILLFUL COMPUTER....
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AND EXPLORE'S TECH GUY IS DUE HERE TO SEE IF THE MIC IS AFFECTED BY THE UPSTAIRS TOILET ...

I HAVE HEARD OF SINGING INTHE SHOWER-- WE ARE ONE BETTER -- WE HAVE A TOILET THAT SINGS ON I'S OWN.... 
THERESA MAY HAVE FIXED IT... SHE STUCK SOME GUM IN IT'S BLOW HOLE..  I HAVE NOT CLIMBED THE STAIRS TO ATTACK THAT PROBLEM-- BESIDES-- I CAN'T HEAR IT.

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Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

Because you signed up on my website and asked to be notified, I'm sending you this special recall alert.
On August 26, 2014, Mars Petcare US announced it is recalling specific lots of its Pedigree Dry Dog Food due to the possible presence of small metal fragments.
To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link: 
Please be sure to share the news of this alert with other pet owners.


Mike Sagman, Editor

The Dog Food Advisor


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Ellen & Bruce Pittluck WIN THE BRASS RING OF THE DAY-- I BOUGHT A BENCH FOR GRACE ON EBAY  -- A SADDLERS BENCH THAT YOU SIT ON AND IT GRABS WHATEVER YOU ARE WORKING ON TRYING TO SEW... I HAVE WATCHED HER STRUGGLE WITH THAT--- SO I BOUGHT ONE ON EBAY AND DID NOT BELIEVE WHEN EBAY SAID THE POSTAGE WAS $300... SO I ASKED FOR HELP FROM THE CP NETWORK AND ELLEN REPLIED, PICKED IT UP --- BRUCE SPENT THE DAY DEALING WITH IT- TAKING IT APART TO REDUCE THE  SIZE/SHIPPING COST -- AND UPS'ING IT.
IT USED TO BE THE POWER OF THE PEN... NOW IT IS THE POWER OF THE FINGERTIP....
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TINA ---  ASKED WHAT CHORES NEED TO BE DONE...
 YARD WORK -- HAND PULLING SOME OF THESE HUGE WEEDS/ WE CAN NOT GET TO WITH THE TRACTOR-- LIEK THE CHICKNES OR DONKEY PASTURE

THEREBY LAYS A TALE--- 
WE ARE GETTIN G MORE OF THE  PURPLE LOOSTRIFE (?SP?)-- THAT BEAUTFUL PURPLE WILDFLOWER---- THAT MY MOTHER IN 1945 VIOLENTLY OPPOSED LETTING IT BE IMPPROTED BECAUSE IT WOULD TAKE OVER ALL THE MEADOWS AN WIPE OUT THE BLUE AND YELLOW TYPE WILD FLOWERS.---  SHE WAS A GARDEN PARTY TYPE-- BUT WROTE LETTERS TO THE --- HERALD TRIBUNE (  OLD NEW YORK PAPER) TRYING TO BAN THE IMPORTATION...
SHE LOST THE ARGUEMENT -- AND NOW WE HAVE MEADOWS WITH ACRES AND ACRES OF PURPLE...

SO I NOW-- HERE--- PULL IT UP AND SPRINKLE WILDFLOWER SEEDS...  -- THERE ARE PROBABLY 10 PLANTS I SEE HERE TODAY... GOTTA GO.

PAIINT   THE CHALANGE WOULD BE-- THE LAUNDRY--SO WE ARE NOW ARGUING WHAT COLOR??   AND WE WILL NEE SOME LONG HANDLES--- BUT WITH ENOUGH PEOPLE......
  THE SHOP--- NOW RED--- NEEDS TO BE CHANGED...TO SOMETHING...

AND THE FUN ONE....I REALLY NEED TO HAVE  BUDS WOODSHED CLEANED OUT AND REPACKED-- THERE IS AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF  STUFF  FROM OLD PARADES-- I KNOW THERE ARE 4 TRAILERS WHICH I BUILT TO FOLLOW INTHE TRACKS OF THE TOWING VEHICLE--   BOTH FRONT AND BACK WHEELS ANGLE ON TURNS SO WE DID NOT WIPE OUT THE CROWD WHEN WE TOWED   3X6 CARRACTURES OF BUSH - CLINTON - AND  PEROT  WITH THE 8 DONKEYS.  THERE WAS A 4TH SMALL TRAILER WITH BUCKET AND SHOVEL AND A SIGN THAT SAID "THEY ARE ALL FULL OF IT"

AND HANG THOSE  PICTURES OF BUSH CLINTON AND  PEROT  IN THE ARENA...  THE CHALLENGE THERE??? LEVELING THEM.

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Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

Because you signed up on my website and asked to be notified, I'm sending you this special recall alert.
On August 26, 2014, Mars Petcare US announced it is recalling specific lots of its Pedigree Dry Dog Food due to the possible presence of small metal fragments.
To learn which products are affected, please visit the following link: 
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HI CARLENE,

AS THE HUSBAND OF A RECIPIENT, BETTY, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE SOMETHING THAT I WITNESSED ON TUESDAY MORNING THAT ABSOLUTELY BLEW MY MIND.  I WOKE BETTY UP AT 5:30 A.M., LIKE I DO EVERY MORNING, SO WE CAN FEED THE ANIMALS BEFORE I LEAVE FOR WORK.

AS USUAL, BETTY NEEDED IVY TO GIVE HER A BRACE TO HELP HER OUT OF BED.  UNFORTUNATELY, BETTY WAS EXTREMELY SORE AND THE BRACE WAS NOR WORKING FOR HER.  WHAT I SAW NEXT, WAS NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING.  

IVY, SENSING THAT THE BRACE WOULD NOT WORK, PUT HER TWO FRONT PAWS ON THE BED SO THAT BETTY COULD WRAP HER ARMS AROUND HER SHOULDERS TO GET HERSELF UP.   I COULD NOT BELIEVE WHAT I HAD JUST SEEN.  IF I HAD NOT SEEN IT WITH MY OWN EYES, I WOULD NOT HAVE BELIEVED IT.

WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR BETTY IS AMAZING.  SHE IS SMILING ALL THE TIME, DOING THINGS SHE HASN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO AND GOING OUT.

THE LOVE, DEVOTION AND DEDICATION IVY HAS FOR BETTY AND VICE VERSA IS IMMESUABLE.  

WHEN I SEE THEM TOGETHER, MY HEART IS FILLED WITH SUCH EMOTIONS IT IS HARD TO EXPLAIN.  SEEING THEM WORK TOGETHER IS PRICELESS.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE TRAINING THAT IVY WAS GIVEN TO HELP BETTY.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AUG 27 2014

HOLE DIGGING  FOR THE SIGN WAS DONE YESTERDAY-- THE SOIL IS SOOOOO ROCKY THAT THE HOLES GOT BIGGER THAN I LIKE... WE HAD BEEN TOLD 6"SONNA TUBE DOWN 30"  -- WE HAD 8" TUBES-- WHICH WOLD BE FINE IF THERE WAS NOT A RECTANGLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POSTS WHICH IS 11" DIAGIONAL...  SO WE QUIT--- EITHER HE HAS TO CUT OFF THAT RECTANGLE OR HE IS ON HIS OWN GETTING IT LEVEL AND SQUARE--- BUT THE HOLES ARE DONE.
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I WISH I HAD MY CAMERA, AS THE WALL COLLAPSED AND SHEILA WENT INTO TH E HOLE...
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WE SAT , HOT TIRED AND DIRTY WONDERING WHAT WE COULD  DO FOR MAIL CALL WHEN LARRY AND NANCY ARRIVED WITH RUKUS-- THEY AE FLYING ACROSS COUNTRY AND THOUGHT IS A BIT EARLY INTHE PARTNERSHIP[  TO TRY FLYING SO WE GET RUKUS...... THEY BECAME OUR DISTRACTION  FOR LACK OF ANY  OTHER BRILLIANT IDEAS....-- 
IT IS TOUGH TO BE BRILLIANT WHEN YOU ARE TIRED.

SOMETIMES IT IS TOUGH TO BE BRILLIANT  UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES..

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AS I TRY AND PUT TOGETHER A FEW WORDS FOR THIS VETERNARIAN THING IN OCTOBER. I DECIDED ANY TIME YOU HAVE A TIGHT LEASH YOU ARE NOT TRAINING---- YOU ARE BULLYING.
A QUICK SNAP TO REMIND THEM TO THINK SHOULD BE ALL THAT IS REQUIRED.

THE  TIGHT "HANG ON " THEORY OF DANE MANAGEMENT  MOST FREQUENTLY SEEN IN THE REAL WORLD...- IS AN INSULT TO THIER IQ-- AND THE HANDLERS TOO.  I HAVE A FEELING THAT IS WHY  THERE IS NOT ANOTHER DANE SERVICE DOG FACILITY ---  THEY JUST DON'T KNOW-- OR WON'T BELIEVE-- DANES ARE MUCH EASIER TO HANDLE THAN MOST ANY LAB I KNOW---  ALOT OF LABS HAVE A "RUN DEAD AHEAD RIGHT THRU THE PRICKER BUSH" MENTALITY  BRED INTO THEM THAT IS HARD TO OVERCOME .
I THINK THEY CALL THEM FIELD LABS...  WHATEVER... THEY ARE TOUGH.

THERE IS ALSO AN ELEMENT OF MICROMANAGEMENT  IN MOST TRAINING PROGRAMS--   SNAPPING TO ATTENTION WHEN YOU ARE ON CALL 24 HOURS A DAY IS A BIT MUCH--

AND SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN HERE LATELLY COMMENTED ON HOW OUR  VOLUNTEER OPERATION JUST SWINGS INTO MOTION WITHOUT ALOT OF  MICROMANAGEMENT...
 I WISH I KNEW WHO  THAT WAS-- BECAUSE WHEN THIS ACCREDITATION BUNCH ARRIVE--- THEY ARE STUCK ON LISTS, DIRECTIONS , JOB DESCRIPTIONS ETC...  BECAUSE  JUST "GOING WITH THE FLOW"  IS NOT SOMETHING THEY  ARE USED TO.

IF I HAD TO MAKE A LIST OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS I WONDER UNDER WHICH COLUMN I WOULD HAVE TO PUT "SPERM WARMER"

I KNOW THIS ACCREDITATION BUNCH HAVE A DIFFICULT JOB---  BUT..... EVEN LISTING ALL THE
HAZARDS HERE WOULD TAKE YEARS.  


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I THINK TODAY A NEW TECH GUY WILL APPEAR---TO TRY AND DEAL WITH OUR MIC NOISE.. I HAVE HEARD SOMETHING ABOUT " BETTER PLACING THE CAMERA"... AS THEY MAY FEEL OUR COLLECTION OF DOUBLE ENDED SNAPS AND DOG CHAINS IS NOT SUITABLE...  I HOPE HE IS PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE COMPLICATIONS OF  DOORS... GATES... AND OTHER BARRIERS THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH BECAUSE OF THE DOGS..... AND PEOPLE...

IT CAN NOT BE THAT THE NOISE IS ACTUALLY THE WHISTLING TOILET UPSTAIRS THAT I HAVE YET TO INVESTIGATE
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THANK HEAVENS WE HAVE CUT AND PASTE TODAY

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Roo and I have been going about non stop.  We went up to Maine for a few days last week and he did wonderful.  We did uncover a new quirk , he was extremely uncomfortable around any live music. On our second night we found a venue with some outdoor music and a grassy patch a ways away and sat for a while he got comfortable enough after a bit.

He has lots of fun playing with my other dog when we are at home. We will be up for Saturday of dog fest at the very least...  BUD 2
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Hi Carlene just wanted to share more about my amazing girl..

Lydia CONQUERS the Moose!! :~)

As Lydia settles in with Me, her new Mom, and new town, she has met some unusual challenges.. Service Dog Project does and incredible job exposing these amazing service dogs to many every day scenarios, and even some not so everyday stuff..
So now she is with me, in Vermont. Vermont is known for their Moose, My town has Life size Moose statues in various locations as well as Catamount statues..It just so happens at the end of my street, there is a Moose that is painted the color of a real moose. 
My dear Lydia wanted Nothing to do with that huge beast living at the end of her street, so she really would really push me away from that beast toward the road..I had been chatting with Kati Sarosy Whitney about this moose issue, and she told to keep exposing her to the moose until she gets over it. 
Well Today we did it!! She Conquered her fear of that beast! I took the time to get a pic with her laying next to it. Not such a good pic but I was so proud of her! I will get a better picture another day..
We also visited an art gallery this morning as well as a corner convenience store to stop and visit. She was wonderful!!
It feels so good to feel confident to walk around town without fear of falling, and feeling like an old woman with a cane. She is doing so wonderfully helping me up and down the stairs to get to my apartment, she has learned my speed and stride going up and down..I don't have to give her commands anymore! SUCH a SMART girl! 
Today we have a physical therapy appt. to go to. I will let you know how that goes...
Oh, and I took her to a vet yesterday to get established and she weighed in at 118 lbs.. :~)

Annette :~)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

aug 26 2014
i never should have started--- but --- i need a house phone in the t tent-  and i got to reading about  this wireless home phone number-- 

i have outgrown my ability to understand tech things... i have asked veriazon to get my house phone in the t tent and it has not happened--- so i read this ad.. got on live chat-- and the first thing he/she/it asked  was why can't verizon do it??  how on earth do i know?   but they dont.
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so to add to that ........it is about our upstairs toilet---- i had no idea it was the problem that  i am now told it is...  apparently ... it  whistles-- constantly  like a fire alarm...... is this the problem tim is having with the microphone???... but being more than slightly deaf... who knew???

since sheila was here for the discussiion, it became a study in logic... she says the flap.....-- i do not see how  it can be the lower flap thing  because that is underwater, and to make a whistle sound, air has to be involved..  that w/c is the highest plumbing on the property, so my assumption is any air in the line is tooting out that little pipe...... my solution is to change the shape of the  end of that pipe-- and it should at least change the pitch of the noise...  hand a paperclip over the end... something...

if sheila thinks she can make a noise underwater,, it is going to be an interesting day with buckets of water.......

the rest of the story is that i have thought for years i have tintinitis-- now i find it maybe only a plumbing problem outside my head????
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Today's message from Dana:
I will have the sign ready for installation the end of the week. The two 6" wide holes need to be 58” apart center to center and 30 inches deep.
See you later in the week.
Dana
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other than that.......
we are off and running...

Monday, August 25, 2014

aug 25,2014
MONDAY AND NO EARLENE---   SHE HAS GOnE TO HELP HER SISTER MOVE  from nc...AND THEN NEXT WEEK SHE STARTS BABY SITTING HER  ?GREAT? GRANDCHILD...
MY WEEK IS DISRUPTED-- BIG TIME...  
MON IS EARLENE - TUESDAY SHELIA-+ WED AMY/JACKY ....THURS MEAT CUTTIN STEVE ....  FRIDAY PAULA /LAURA... and we make it thru to another weekend...cp linda sat pups ---cp dumble did well as an earlene "greeter" sub on sunday..

MY DEPENDENCY ON ALL OF YOU IS OVERWHELMING...   IT MAKES ME NERVOUS NOT TO BE ABLE TO DO IT ALL MYSELF--  BUT I CAN'T. ALL I CAN DO IS PRAY ALOT...
SINCE I HAVE A PHD IN MURPHY'S LAW, I WORRY ABOUT  THE IMPROBABLES  THAT SEEM TO HAPPEN..

LIKE EARTHQUAKES IN CALIFORNIA--  DID ANYONE BUT ME WORRY ABOUT THE  COURTNEY AND CHARLIE IN THE EXPLORE.ORG OFF ICE GETTING WASHED OUT TO SEA?  OR OUR TECH HELP  TIM ?? WHO IS OUT THERE SOMEWHERE TOO.  

PREPARING FOR  PROBLEMS - LIKE NO ELECTRICITY- IS NORMAL-- AND WE ARE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE WITH OUR INSTANT START GENERATOR IN THE BARN... LAST TIME WE LOST POWER ( ?3 DAYS AGO?) OUR BARN WAS THE ONLY THING WITH LIGHTS FOR THE 7 MILES INTO IPSWICH CENTER..
I WENT OUT TO LOOK, BECAUSE  I REMEMBER THE NIGHT WE LOST POWER- AND I HAD NOTHING TO DO -- SO I CALLED MY PARENTS IN NEW YORK ONLY TO FIND THEY HAD NO POWER EITHER..  IT WAS THE BIG NORTH EAST BLACKOUT.....
SO WHEN POWER STAYS OFF FOR MORE THAN 1/2 HOUR  I TRY AND FIGURE OUT WHAT IS GOING ON.. BE PREPARED...

WHICH BRINGS TO MIND... TOM LEHER... I WAS LOOKING FOR MORE MUSIC AND RAN INTO HIS RECORD ON ITUNES..
BE PREPARED- THAT'S THE BOYSCOUT MARCHING SONG
BE PREPARED AS THRU LIFE YOU MARCH ALONG
BE PREPARED TO HOLD YOU R LIQUOR PRETTY WELL
DON'T WRITE NAUGHTY WORDS ON WALLS IF YOU CAN'T SPELL.

HE HAS SOME GOOD ONES--- ANTICIPATING THE LEGNTH OF WORLD WAR 3 TO BE ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF...

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ALL IS WELL ON THE DOG FRONT...  EXCEPT I FORGOT TO GIVE OPAL HER  PILLS-- IT NEVER MADE IT TO THE CHART SO IT DID NOT GET DONE--  IT IS THERE NOW  2 AMOX TWICE A DAY
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god bless the cut and paste's

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This mornings adventure with Lydia took me to my favorite place. Beautiful "Vermont" fields and views..She seemed to really enjoy all the new smells. We practiced our down stays and she tolerated my stopping to get some pics along the way.
I took her out of her vest and put her on a longer lead to see if she had to potty, but she didn't, so back in to her vest and back to work she went..
As we were headed back out, we encountered 4 other people in a group with 4 dogs OFF LEASH! I told Lydia she was such a good girl, and once the people seen Lydia and I from a distance, they began calling their dogs..3 of them were able to get their dogs back on leashes..As we stayed where we were and waited..I just kept telling her how good she was.
The 4th persons dog kept running toward us, then turning around toward them as they were really trying to catch the dog. The owner finally said, "OH, He's harmless"...I said "She is a SERVICE DOG", they all then started calling the dog and finally after probably 5 minutes they caught him and had him on leash.
Lydia stood tall and proud, and so good! As we walked by them I thanked them for doing that. They kept apologizing, I told them we were a new "partnership" and I wasn't sure how she would react, and I appreciated them gathering their dogs..They of course were amazed at how beautiful and well behaved she was.. 
Once a gain a testament to just how AMAZING Service Dog Project is, and how well trained their service dogs are! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

AUG 24 2014

OPAL HAS HAD 2 SHOTS  7 STRAWS EACH   ONE SURGICALLY ON FRIDAY -- YESTERDAY'S WITH A 17 FOOT LONG ( IT SEEMED LIKE)  CAMERA  SO DR TRUESDALE COULD SEE WHERE  HE WA PUTTING IT.

IT SHOWED HER EXZCT ANATOMY ON SCREEN  WHILE SHE STOOD ON A TABLE----

AND BUD KEPT THE SPERM WARM.

VOLUNTEERING HERE YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHAT TALENTS YOU MAY BE CALLED ON TO DEVELOPE
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FROM A CP SO I CAN GO CUT THE GRASS
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AND FROM A CAMERA PERSON  ROB BENNET
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I was bored Friday night and wrote this and some suggested i send it to you. 

HOW DID I GET HERE???  The story of gussie (that’s me on the left)
Do you remember when you were in your mom’s belly?  I sorta do. I think it was real dark and crowded cause I had three brothers with me in there.  We couldn’t see or hear anything cause our little eyes weren’t open yet and we couldn’t hear but we could smell and oh boy. . 

Well anyway the next thing we knew we were outside lying on a real soft blanket and our mom was feeding us.  We still couldn’t see or hear but we could smell, especially our mom and each other so for the next two weeks, we just mostly laid around and ate and slept. 

Pretty cool except we started getting kinda bored. Then one day the funniest thing happened. At first we started to see just a little bit of light and could hear some things. As we started to see better I noticed certain things. For one, my mom was huge. It took me awhile just to get from one end of her to the other. Of course I was still having trouble walking but still.  For another, my three brothers’ aren’t as good looking as I am.  Their cute, but I’m beautiful, I think.

Beside my mom being there all the time, there was a human person too and it was real nice to curl up in their lap and go to sleep. One day I was lying on the person’s lap cause she liked me the best and my brother Ziggy waddled over and started biting my ear.  So I crawled over and started biting his tail. Then pretty soon our other brother’s were biting each other. Not hard cause we really didn’t have any teeth but just playing.

Life went on like this for the next couple of weeks.  We explored where we were living and played with each other and mostly ate and slept without a care in the world

. Then one day, I was picked-up and put on this little table. There was a person holding me to make sure I didn’t fall off and a bowl of something in front of me so I tried it.  At first, I didn’t like it but pretty soon after that we were eating all of it. We kinda lost interest in our mom feeding us after that, and she was spending more and more time away from us anyhow.  It’s really funny.  I thought I would really miss my mom but we were growing and playing with each other so much I didn’t. 

Soon they brought in these metal bowls with this crunchy food in it and that was real good. Now we were playing more and trying to escape from this kinda pen they had us in. My brother, Hugo actually got out one day but was soon caught and returned. Life was good and fun.

One day this girl we came to know as Megan came and put us in a buggy thingy and took us outside. Boy what a difference.  She put us down on this stuff called grass next. My brother Emmitt took a few steps and then started running so we all did.  Wow. What a new world with all the new smells and things to see.

So time passed and we started getting bigger and bigger. Soon we were eating outside at the tables with holes in them.  Megan was being mean and wouldn’t let us eat until we all learned this new word WAIT. Boy I hate that word.  We were now eating twice a day and loved our meal time.  We moved to this new house and were able to go outside anytime we wanted through a little hole in the wall.  Not outside, outside but a little pen. A whole bunch of other dogs were living there too.

  Sometimes when we were let out to play, the big dogs would come and play with us.  They were always very nice.

Speaking of big dogs let me tell you about Bailey. She lives in the house with her mom Carlene and after we got bigger we moved from the puppy room to the kitchen.  It was real neat there. There were persons all around and a big bed. We got on the bed by climbing on this thing the persons called a taco bed. 

 Sometimes they let us into this other room where bailey and his mom live.  They open boxes and stuff in there and it’s a lot of fun.  One day this man person was there and picked me up and asked how little Gus was doing.  Everyone started laughing, even my brothers and I didn’t know why. Gus is a boys name and I’m a girl so why would he call me Gus??  I got real mad and stopped wagging my tail. 

This person named Tracy told me that because my mom couldn’t have us the regular way (whatever that is) the doctor had to help us come out.  When he came to me he told Megan that I was a little boy so she named me Gus. Well when Megan took a closer look and saw that I had much longer eye lashes and was so much prettier than the others they realized I was a girl and became Gussie.

 Anyway Bailey who is a giant would go and get this basket in his mouth and take it to his mom.  I sure hope I can learn tricks like that someday.
 Anyway, on some days when there were allot of people there and they would put us in a pen where the kids could come see us and talk to us.  I wish we could have played with them but some were to rough and they were afraid one of my brother’s might get hurt.  

The first time (I think) we were down there and all the people had left this person named Katie walked us back to the house. We got to go on our own and it was allot of fun.  She even took a movie of us and of course I was the star.  Hugo thinks he was but it was me.

Well we kept growing and eating and playing together the four of us, kinda like the four musketeers and then one day they put us in separate pens.  I was very sad.  I didn’t understand why until I was out one day playing and this giant dog with a shirt on his back sat me down and asked me why I was so sad.  I told him I missed being with my brothers and he explained that someday I was going to grow up to be a service dog.

Well I had no idea what he was taking about so he explained it to me.  He said that when puppies are born they grow up travelling many different paths. Some are fierce guard dogs some sniff out bombs or bad things. Some puppies grow up to find people and some just to keep a person company. He told me that some pups are what they call trained to help people who can’t see and others to help those who can’t hear.  I said that I just wanted to grow up and play with my brother’s all my life and he said that was very selfish of me.  He said I was selected to be a very special doggy who was going to be trained to help someone to walk and stand. He said that the person I was going to help would love me very much and I would grow to love him or her. I still didn’t understand but then Megan and Katie did start to train my brothers and I.

I’m a little older now and my training is going well. I’m proud of what I’ve learned and am looking forward to meeting my forever person. I realize now that service to others, dedicating your life to that is the most satisfying thing in the world. I still see my brothers but also know that someday we’ll part.  They’ll go on to be wonderful helpers to their forever humans.  They say that we four had the wiggliest tails ever at this place.  Knowing the life I’m about to embark on will keep my tail wagging forever.  Well bye for now. Maybe someday I’ll have my own puppies (I am a Gussie and not a Gus) and I can tell you all about them.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

AUG 23 2014

THE REPORT WAS 60%SWIMMERS. 
WHICH IS GREAT...
 NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE ANOTHER 7 STRAWS ( 7 PER USED ) THAT I REALLY AM NOT THRILLED TO TRY AND KEEP, WE ARE GOING BACK THIS MORNING-- BUD 1 OFFERED TO DRIVE- AND DR T  WILL DO AN CERVICAL IMPLANT JUST FOR GOOD LUCK..
  SHE IS FINE...

NOW I HAVE AN INTELLECTUAL QUESTION OF A DELICATE NATURE-
DOES TH E NORMAL PROCESS OF BREEDING DOGS STRETCH THE FEMALE ANATOMY TO PREPARE FOR DELIVERY--- IT IS A MOST PEQUILIAR PROCESS...  BUT I WILL KEEP THAT IN MIND AND IF IT LOOKS LIKE A C SECTON IS  POSSIBLE , I WILL GO THAT ROAD MAYBE QUICKER THAN I USUALLY WOULD.
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SHIELA WAS SUFFERING FROM A NASTY FIGHT WITH SOME ELDERLY SHRIMP-  BUT WE MADE IT
EVEN GOT SOME WORK DONE-- SITTING IN HER CAR---TOSSING IDEAS AROUND...
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WHEN WE WENT IN  TO GET OPAL, A WOMAN CAME IN THE DOOR WITH A 2 YEAR OLD DANE - BROWN-  AND SAID LOUDLY "CARLENE!"
I WAS SHOCKED---BUT IT HAPPENS.    SHE EVEN READS THE DAILY DOGGIE--
 FRIGHTENING THAT IS !

I THEN COMMENTED ON HOW WELL FED HER DANE WAS ONE SECOND BEFORE OUR WELL FED OPAL APPEARED... 

WELL FED ( AKA  CURVEY/FAT...)  IS NOT A GOOD THING WITH DANES...  OR PEOPLE MY HUSBAND USED TO SAY.. 

 HIS CONSTANT "IF YOU 'D LOOSE 20 POUNDS YOU WOULDN'T HAVE THAT PROBLEM" REGARDLESS OF WHAT MY PROBLEM OF THE MOMENT WAS-- LIKE ATHLETES FOOT !!  


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LAST NIGHT HERE WAS BUSY 
 DORRY WAS IN THE KITCHEN  ICU FROM BEING SPAYED YESTERDAY 
 LADYA STILL HERE RESTING QUIETLY WITH HER SPAY/TUMMY TUCK...
 OPAL WITH A MAJOR  INCISION-- IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE 
PLUS MOM AND THE 4 BABIES.  IT REALLY TOOK TWO PEOPLE-- TRACY AS ON --- GWEN STAYED FOR A LONG TIME ( THEY APPARENTLY PUT ON MIDNIGHT MAILCALL) AND KATI CAME IN EARLY AND WILL STAY FOR A WHILE..
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THANK HEAVENS FOR THE  2 CUT AND PASTE-- I STARTED LATE AND HAVE FISH TO FRY
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KEEP 'EM COMING....I DIDN'T ASK HER HOW MANY... BUT THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH---- SO KEEP THOSE COLORED ENVELOPES COMING...
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-----Original Message-----
From: Nancy Hardaway <nancy@Listening2Leaders.com>
To: carlene white <animalep@aol.com>
Sent: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 7:00 pm
Subject: Staying in the cottage

Hi Carlene,  
The cards keep coming and Oh what a difference they are making.  It's amazing to see the beautiful cards and colorful envelopes from all over the country.  We've gone from feeling vulnerable and sort of outcast, to being protected by this huge community of good-hearted people.  Thanks to everyone for reaching out to us and for advocating on behalf of all who have different needs.  Larry gets emotional each day reading them, but is so gratified!  


We planned a trip to Seattle since long before Larry got Ruckus to visit our son for the first time since he moved out there last year. Larry feels his work with Ruckus is too new and unfamiliar for such a long trip to be his first travel experience so he's decided to take Kati up on her offer to take Ruckus to her house.  She had offered last week when we were up there and Larry expressed his concern.  Is there any possibility that we could stay in the cottage next Tuesday evening if it is available before we fly out on Wednesday AM?  You mentioned we should always contact you before we assume.

Again, thanks for mounting this campaign on our behalf.  It is truly amazing.  

-- 
Nancy S. Hardaway, MEd, PCC
ICF,Professional Certified Coach
GISC, Certified Coach
Listening 2 Leaders
OSD Certified Business


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Good morning Carlene Just wanted to share about our ride home last night with Lydia..

"What a LONG ride home we had..ugh..Traffic, rain on and off, took over 4 hours..should have been a little over 3, but Lydia did fantastic.

She did get a bit panicked at one point, so I thought she needed to go out..It was dark and raining, miserable..I only had the short lead with the choke collar, but we had to try..So we pulled over and I took her out..SHe had diareeah!! She was so good..went potty, and back in the car, and was fantastic the rest of the ride home..
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We got home and who would think almost 10pm at night the damn neighbors who have the dog (live down stairs) were OUTSIDE..that little ankle biter barking like and SOB..Lydia was so nervous..we had JUST gotten here...but she stood by me and I walked away from the idiot hanging on to the ankle biter.. Lydia did so good..The guy who ws holding her is BRAIN DEAD..stood out side saying Oh he just needs to get it out of his system..
I wanted Lydia to eat it..but..LOL Anyway..we came upstairs..she was a little standoffish to the boys..but I gave them treats to give her..
"She took them..we did that again..and all was good..
She slept on the couch(I sleep in the recliner end of the couch anyway) with me all night..She got up stretched this morning.all good..She is so AWESOME!!

Thanks Again so very much!! :~)

Annette (from Vermont) :~)
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 GOOD DOG... !!