Saturday, December 20, 2014

DEC 20 2014

GREAT ILLNESS IS WITH ME-  I HAD BREAKFAST YESTERDAY AT A TRUCK STOP WHICH IS USUALLY EXCELLENT..  
THE ONLY GOOD PART IS I HAVE LOST 3 POUNDS THE HARD WAY.
THE BARKER BED  ON THE  FLOOR IN FRONT OF THE HEATER HAS GREAT APPEAL

AND STEVE CAN HAVE ALL THE LAMBCHOPS FOR BREAKFAST--- I DON'T EVEN WANT TO SEE FOOD..... YET

Friday, December 19, 2014

dec 19 2014
HAPPY 19TH..THERE ! ALL DECEMBER BITYHDAYS, ANIVERSARIES, HOLIDAYS  WHATEVER-- ALL "HAPPY' IED"   ON THE 19th- THAT IS MY EFFORT AT BEING EFFICIENT.

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I DON'T EVER GET TO WORRYING ABOUT WORLD AFFAIRS LIKE THE ECONOMY OF RUSSIA, CUBA' OR THE LATEST FASHION IN  RIFLES, BECAUSE I GET HUNG UP ON DETAILS THAT NEED TO BE SOLVED....

 LIKE  A TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE TAKES UP FAR TOO MUCH ROOM IN THE MEDICINE CABINET-   I CAN'T DO MUCH ABOUT  CONGRESS AND THE NATIONAL DEBT..  BUT I SHOULD  AT LEAST WORK ON PROBLEMS I AM /SHOULD BE CAPABLE OF SOLVING...

COULD BE I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT TO DO-- NOW THAT THE TUBES  ARE PLASTIC YOU CAN'T EVEN WIND THE END AND SHORTEN THEM.
MY MOTHER NEVER TOLD ME HOW TO DEAL WITH TOOTHPASTE TUBES . I THINK SHE MISSED OUT ON ALOT OF THINGS... 

 BUT I DO REMEMBER HER STANDING OVER ME ( I WAS YOUNG/SHORTER) STICKING HER FINGER OUT AT ME AND SAYING
'IF EVER A POLICEMAN TELLS YOU TO STOP- YOU STOP--- IMMEDIATELY"
 I REMEMBER I WAS MUCH  SHORTER THAN SHE- SO I MUST HAVE BEEN YOUNGER- I CAN NOT IMAGINE WHAT I HAD DONE  AT THAT AGE FOR HER TO GIVE ME THAT LECTURE,. BUT IT  STUCK WITH ME TO THIS DAY.

NOW THAT LECTURE HAS ALL KINDS OF IMPLIED RACIAL CONNOTATIONS-- AND I WOULD LIKE TO TELL THE WORLD--- I WAS A LITTLE RED HAIRED GIRL- WHICH SHOULD BE WAY DOWN THE PROBABILITY IN PROFILING-- APPARENTLY MY MOTHER THOUGHT I NEEDED TO KNOW THAT.

MAYBE IT SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOL--EARLY---
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NOW FOR THE MEDICAL PROBLEMS OF THE DAY

MOST NOTABY... BRUCE WAS NEUTERED-  HE HAD A QUICKER RECOVERY BECAUSE THE 2 OBJECTS OF THE SURGICAL PROCEEDURE WERE  RIGHT THERE....READILY AVAILABLE..  AND HE RECOVERED QUICKER THAN SARGE..
HE WAS VERY COMFORTABLE -- AND STOOD UP ON THE FENCE BETWEEN THE 2 ROOMS ---UNDER THE CAMERA--- I HAD A VERY QUICK "MAYBE HE SHOULD  BE LYING DOWN..." BUT I DID NOTHING-
 SO TODAY-- WHERE HE ONCE HAD 2 LARGE MARBLES, HE NOW HAS A COUPLE BASEBALLS.  
I HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE... SOMETHING IS OOOZING---  BUT IT DOES GO AWAY --- NOT QUICKLY, BUT IT DOES RESORB.
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YELLOW PEE REPORT -- KIARA  SEEMS BETTER
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W/R/T THE SHATUPON CERTIFICATES-- 
EACH MONTH THERE IS ONE "WINNER" WHO GETS A CERTIFICATE AND A  MONETARY GIFT FROM ME- PERSONALLY-- A GIFT--- JUST TO KEEP THE PAPERWORK STRAIGHT--  IT IS A GIFT.

WE DECIDED TO GIVE THE OTHER 3 NUMBERS IN THE WINNING SQUARE RUNNER UP CERTIFICATES ( NO GIFT).  
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IHEART AND CHRISTINA SENT US A COMPLETE DINNER  WHICH IS ALL PACKAGED FOR TRANSPORT ETC...  THERE WAS ONLY GRACE AND ME LAST NIGHT -- SO WE PUT IT  UN OPENED  ON THE PORCH AND WILL SERVE IT TONIGHT = WHEN THERE SHOULD BE MORE POEPLE AROUND.. THEY DID THIS LAST YEAR- AND IT IS A GREAT DINNER-
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THE APPLICANT WHO WAS TO COME HERE TODAY -- HAD SOME SURGERY THAT TOOK LONGER THAN EXPECTED-- SO HE SHOUJLD BE ALONG NEXT WEEK??? MAYBE???  TO BE FIGURED OUT LATER...
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IN TH E PROCESS OF CALLING HIM, ONE NUMBER WE HAVE FOR HIS HOME PHONE IS WRONG-- AND  TURNED OUT TO BE A LOCAL WOMAN- SHE OF COURSE WOULD NOT TELL ME WHO SHE WAS-- BUT IN ONE OF THOSE WRONG NUMBER LONG CONVERSATIONS-- SHE SAID SHE WAS GLAD I CALLED BECAUSE SHE WAS LONELY..  I SHOULD HAVE TOLD HER  ABOUT THE  CAMERA PEOPLE WHO I AM SURE WOULD WELCOME HER--  I MAY EVEN CALL HER BACK TODAY.  SHE DID NOT SOUND YOUNG--  SO MAYBE SHE DOES NOT HAVE A COMPUTER..   BUT THAT IS NO REASON TO  NOT CALL HER.   I DON'T KNOW.... I AM THINKING...  I ALSO SOUND LIKE A MAN ON THE PHONE- WHICH DOESN'T HELP IN THIS SITUATION...
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OTHER THAN THAT...... oN WE GO TO CUT AND PASTE
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A bit of a "Proud of my Lydia" moment yesterday and some great parenting to report..
When entering the Doctors office building in the morning on my way for a test we had to first go into the elevator..Of course Lydia had a lot of exposure with that experience through SDP so she is a pro at that..
When getting off the elevator while exiting there was a mom with one child in a stroller and another maybe 2-3 years old...It was tight quarters to pass by them..The little girl was very excited when she seen Lydia..The mom spoke up and said, remember what I told you hunny, you have to ASK before you touch..So the little girl asked me if she could pet the doggie..I said I'm sorry sweetie but she is working, but thank you for asking..as I was passing as I was in a hurry..I could then hear the mom explaining "the doggies red vest" she was wearing and that it says you cannot pet the doggie because it was working..I really wished I had some time to have stopped and thanked the Mom for doing that..It just makes me love my little town so much more!! That is the second time I have had parents of young children take the time to explain that the dog was working and they couldn't touch it.. :)
Then I get to my appt..The dreaded Mammogram (Sorry TMI) ..Well, I laid Lydia's blanket on the far wall near where the technician stands when snapping the pic and had her down stay..She laid down on her blanket like a good girl, but watching intently at what was happening to me..I SWEAR she thought she was NEXT..lol..She left a big puddle of drool behind as she was nervous, but stayed where she was told..
The tech was very impressed with her..She just kept saying how amazing she was...>She makes me PROUD.. :)  Thanks to SDP!! :)

Annette & Lydia

Thursday, December 18, 2014

YOU HAVE TO WONDER HOW THEY THINK..  JANINE BROUGHT HER CHRISTMAS TREE IN THE HOUSE-- THEN OPENED THE DOOR AGAIN FOR HER DANE TO GO OUT-- IT WAS RAINING-- SO HE TURNED AROUND AND PEE'D ON THE CHRISTMAS TREE..
"GEE MOM THANKS FOR BRINGING MY POTTY INDOORS SO I DON'T HAVE TO GO IN THE RAIN???
THE LOGIC IS THERE....
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NOW---- SINCE YOU ARE ALL  SUPPOSED TO BE IN A LEARNING MODE......
SARGE WAS NEUTERED YESTERDAY--THE VET SAID IT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT NEUTER  JOB SHE HAD EVER DONE  ---4 HOURS---  HE HAD AN UNDESCENDED TESTICLE AND SHE HAD TO GO FIND IT... OK-- NOW THE INTERESTING PART... MAYBE...   
SARGE IS  A BIG DOG---  PAM SAID HE WAS THE RUNT of  his litter- UNDERWEIGHT-- 
THEN pam SAID   HER WHITE DOG "WHIT"--- WAS THE RUNT OF HIS LITTER TOO- AND HE HAD A 2 HOUR NEUTERING BECAUSE OF AN UNDESCENDED TESTICLE-- DO WE HAVE ANY OTHERS undescended????  YES-- PERRY--  who was born at "horse tracy's "so we don't know for  absolute sure except  we made note that he was one of the smaller pups when we got him.  could be....
keeping in  mind i have  ZERO medical knowledge on which to build.....  but a bit of curiosity led me to wonder--- if the sperm lives for another 48-72 hours ( i know that---- we have done the warm pocket bit under our microscope)--- if one of those sperm is just a slow swimmer and was 3 days late in finding an egg to fertilize  -   could that explain the difference in size  within one litter?  2 or 3 days is a long time in a 63 day gestation period...
could that explain a runt- and is there some relationship between runt and undescended??
could we get a government grant to study this???
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my fishing vest is working well-- now when the phone rings, it still takes me a while to find it. but at least it saves walking around because i know it is on me somewhere in one of those pockets.
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dinner last night with gwen and janine- always fun-- they both have an abiity to analyze the impossible-- like how to get on a commuter subway with a rolling briefcase.... or when to have coffee relating to the time it takes  the train to arrive at the next ladies room..
gwen and husband are leaving for north carolina--  she is going to continue her job here  which has something to do with boston hospitals and computers-- but since she never has to sit eyeball to eyeball with anyone,  she can do it from north carolina.  it is a new world.
colby ( grandson ) was with us also-- he wondered why teachers make him write long papers which they then have  to read.  gwen chimed in saying she gets reports from well paid individuals and then as to correct the spelling and grammer.
  with my spelling abilities, that hit a bit close to home.. she also said she passes this dd on to a judge friend who actually reads the thing.
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FYI from someone who sounds like they know what they are talking about
Your problem with brandy and Benadryl is that Nyquil actually has a different antihistamine: doxylamine. According to Wikipedia, it's not as strong an anti-allergy medication as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), but it's an even more powerful sedative than phenobarbital. In other words, there's really no (non-prescription) substitute for Nyquil for that "so you can rest" knock-out! 
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the next cut and paste has some very astute observations-- i always try an have people aware of the responsibilities of having a service dog--  you don't jus shut a door and leave them home-- they will eat the sofa-- at least--
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A GOOD VENTING ----FROM LYNNE --
Would I part with Wilamena M. Pants? Never! She is my lifeline. But, all of the BELOW  is true. Having a Service Dog is a tremendous commitment. However, the return is beyond words for someone like myself who relies on their dog. That's why Service Dog Fraud is such a thorn in my side and the reason for the post.
To anyone who wants to slap a Service Dog vest on your dog to fly for free or in the cabin versus in a crate or to take your dog somewhere with you for "fun" I have couple things to say to you:
1: You want my access? Do you also want my disability?
2: Do not just take "Fluffy" on that flight or to that hospital or that fun excursion. No! Take Fluffy EVERYWHERE! 24x7, 365 days a year. Rain or shine. Snow, Nor'easter, hurricane. Load and unload Fluffy in your car during a blizzard. Take fluffy out during that nor'easter. Stand with Fluffy in the pouring rain while Fluffy decides she really doesn't want to pee just there. Oh, that's right, you're also doing this during dinner that you're dressed rather nicely for. 
Take the car that used to be yours and devote it to her because you'll need to carry enough supplies to care for Fluffy in an emergency. Remember, Fluffy is with you 24x7, 365. Food, water, first aid, bedding, extra vest, harness, leashes, etc. Oh, do you have a date tonight? Better get Fluffy brushed! Because Fluffy doesn't stay home. She'll be joining you. Oh, and you'll need to bring something for her to lay on during your date. Hope it goes with your outfit.
 Long day? Better figure out food and bathroom breaks. Oh, and Fluffy doesn't stay in the car either. She is by your side. So the next time you think you're going to be clever and slap a service dog vest on your dog to skirt some rule, think about all of this. Those of us who actually rely on our dogs don't get to,pick and choose when we take our dogs with us. When its convenient and when it's not. If your Dog is NOT a Service Dog and you are NOT disabled, Please don't be part of the problem. Please don't put a service dog vest on your dog. Please don't commit fraud. Please think of all of the above and if you would want to do it including having my disability.
~ Willow's mom
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Good morning!
I just wanted to thank you for sending the Daily Doggie out to us via email!! I visit "my pups" every day but didn't always take the time to go to the Daily Doggie.  I always enjoyed it when I read it, just no consistency on my part. I work in an operating room and some of my coworkers now follow on explore, one has her own Great Dane so she appreciates my stories. Others have absolutely no idea WHY I would be so interested and converse about the pups like they are mine.....your dogs are so amazing with the people they are paired with giving them their lives back...but they also serve to lower my blood pressure just watching them, make me laugh at their antics and I am filled with awe at how you all interact with them!! The Service Dog Project creates peace in my head and heart when there is soo much evil and heartache becoming the norm in our world. THANK YOU!!!

Merry Christmas to everyone at Crazy Acres and Best Wishes for 2015!

With love
Lucy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

i was told to remind you --- if you woul d like this in your email box then  let sheila know buy sending info to gettheDD@gmail.com

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rough morning 
once i lose an entire night's sleep-- which i did monday night- i have trouble catching up----- soooooo
 i tried to replicate nyquil  as a sleeping aid---(which is alcohol and benedryl)--- with a shot of brandy and benedryl.  didn't work so now i am groggy-  i have only one piece of waterford crystal-- it is a shot glass-- problem is, it is a very generous size   shotglass to put it mildly.  
i don't know why nyquil works so well- and my  ingredients are not as good-- the brandy  certainly tastes better.  
i need to study it more..
i can tell the effect it has by doing sudoko puzzles-- i can usually do the hard ones at the back of the.book--- this morning i couldn't  even find the book

add coffee and stir....

i announced at mail call last night ---, that we need to modify our activity around kiara-- she does not need stimulation of shaking toys in front of her-- just don't-- quiet patting-- present toys-- but don't bang her in the head with them..  she is trying to understand things-- mostly the noise the food makes in the tin dish of the yuppy puppy.. at mail call she had a HS ( holy shlt) moment with the shake of the box of milk bones....  we need those things-- but not a bunch at once..
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the other mail cali item of note..
bailey did not want to get the basket-- and i thought-- oh dear--- that day will come-- but she looked at me in a certain way and i realized the room was full of dogs .. we have been feeding the extra dogs with a second spoon  which has encouraged dogs to accumulate-- so as i opened the mail- i chased the extra dogs out perry chaos opal and the pup-- and bailey got off the sofa and played with the boxes....

it was a perfect example of " if you insist a dog pays attention to what you say-- then you have to pay attention to what they say"

tonight  there will be no extra dogs  in the room- and we will test the theory.
the day will come where she does not want to  "get the basket " . but i don't think  last night was the time.. we will see...
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i love my fishermans vest--- thank you !! ----now finding my phone is easier-- at least it is attached to me somewhere...
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re:  shatupon society---  along with the gift check from me to the winner.....we decided to give out  just certificates to all 4 of teh nearest  numbers-- so there would be more society members  around in case we can think of something to do at dog fest with them...
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i am delighted at the fun fund donations-- we now have the pup and twans airfare  paid for--
cp's have been great to include a few extra $$ for the extra postage caused by the extra calendars we could send..
seems a shame not to use them all  because of 18 typos--- but the company ran the calendar off again with  corrections-- and i could  not throw them out-- or let him  do that-- so we added them to the orders... for you to share...  the pictures were perfect.  
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one other small detail  which i thought was interesting----i went to the bank to do th e money transfer-- and i had 3 dogs in the car--  no way could i put a vest on and say serv ice dog-- but it was just the bank- so i let bentley and opal  loose and put my one leash on mariah--  we  walked across tthe parking lo with great dignity-- thru the double doors and all was perfect--  i had tehm lie down in a row and dropped the one leash....-- this is 3 generrous size  harlequins -  perfect-- and the few people in the bank began to take pictures-- no problem
 the manager said "carlene come over here and we can do the paperwork at my desk"
i said "ok"--- to her----
wrong !!!!  the dogs heard the ok and immediately got up and ran for the door.

got to be careful what you say-- but it shows how much they pay attention ... i i had told tehm to stay-- and they were expecting me to give the "ok" release...
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moving quickly to the cut and paste---- and get a second cuppa
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jake is a great Fabulous Failure  --- huge pup--  nice pup ---but his legs just don't move in the proper sequence-- more like perry and his pacing... so dumble has him...
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Good morning, Carlene.
 Jake is doing well. We had our first successful pee outside this morning. We haven't pooped outside yet, only in the house. He seems to know that the floors are slippery for him and walks accordingly. I will get some rubber-baked throw rugs today. He's not overly impressed with my lab, Darby, but she seems to adore him! When we went to bed last night, Jake just couldn't summon the courage to go up the stairs, so he slept on the couch in the living room. I heard a little bit of whimpering, but then his tiredness took over and he was out like a light.

That's all the news from the wilds of Maine. Have a great day!!!
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Hi Carlene,
This is a long overdue update from Linda and Priya (formerly known as Pumpkin).
Though Priya was a remarkable service dog from the start, she has become so in tune with Linda now that they are really amazing to see together. Priya can sense when Linda's legs get wobbly and steps across in front of her to brace her before she falls. She paces herself to Linda's speed however slow that may become. Priya is also Linda's cheerleader. When Linda is blue or frustrated Priya will give her a couple of "bump kisses" and then start talking to her. She doesn't stop talking until Linda laughs and talks back. They have become real partners!
When Linda was having surgery Priya waited in the waiting room. She laid on the floor with her nose pointed at the door for hours. Every time the door would open she would pick up her head in anticipation, then sigh and put it back down on her paws when it was not Linda. When those doors finally opened to show Linda being wheeled into recovery, Priya flew down the hall! Everyone in the waiting room clapped!
Priya gained a lot of weight last spring which turned out to be a thyroid deficiency. She is on daily medication now, her levels are back to normal, and the extra weight is starting to come off.  Hopefully, she will be back to her sleek, svelte self soon!
We are forever grateful to everyone at Service Dog Project, and we hope to be able to visit soon!

Marion
For Linda and Priya

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DEC 16,2014
 KIARA MADE HER FIRST
 #1.TRIP TO TH EBARN AND BACK WITHOUT A LEASH... 
and even more exciting......
#2.  whined at me and the door so i let her out ( no leash) and she made  1 big and 2 little piles of cylindars-- then marched back to the door to get  in the house again.

she does understand "cold" and  "comfortable barker bed" and is learning fast  the language of the spoon fed  canned food.
tis is progress  on which we can build.

NOW INTELLECTUALLY.........  think--- the "invisable leash" of the canned food.----how much would she learn--- if i had dragged her out on a leash... SHE IS MAKING PROGRESS IF SHE HAS FIGURED THAT THE TAPPING OF THE CAN OF FOOD IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A  DASHING ..CHIPMONK
BETTER THAT SHE CHOOSES TO FOLLOW GRACE (WITH THE CAN)

THIS CONCEPT IS  POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A PERIMETER FENCE--- SO SHE COULD NOT GET FAR... BUT IF SHE DID RUN.... MY INSTINCT IS TO BACK AWAY AND KEEP MY EYE ON HER  BUT LET HER DISCOVER THAT SHE GOT LOST


that... several months from now  should be--- turning toward us immediately  if we say her name.  obvious lesson here-- which sooooo many people forget... when they do come to you you must never do anything unpleasent-- like  scold them for not coming faster. as maddening  as it can be---- that is th e biggest no no of dog training--- closely followed by a tight leash...
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bentley -- at 4 years old  responds differently to  
    BENT !!! 
      LY !!!      OR    BEEEEENNNNT   LEEEEE
HE SHOULD BE FACING ME BY TH E TIME I GET THE BENT !!!! PART SAID. SOMETIMES  I DON'T EVEN HAVE TO SAY THE  LY !!!   PART.
BEEEEEENNNNT LEEEE  MEANS--- I AM WATCHING YOU....  THINK...  AND ..DON'T GO ANY FURTHER
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NOW IN THE GENERAL "VENTING " DEPARTMENT.......
WE DONATE THESE DOGS-- THEY COST US $14,000 EACH--- AND  THEY ARE THE "CHILDREN" OF THE VOLUNTEERS-- WE DO NOT MAKE THEM ALL INTERCHANGEABLE  LIKE WASHING MACHINE PARTS.  
I DO NOT THINK IT IS TOO MUCH TO ASK THAT RECIPIENTS STAY IN TOUCH WITH AN EMAIL EVERY  COUPLE WEEKS  OR SO.. LETTING US KNOW HOW THEY ARE DOING ETC... BESIDES-- ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS LIKE TO GET THOSE REPORTS--- AND THEN KEEP VOLUNTEERING SO WE CAN PRODUCE MORE  SERVICE DOGS....( ALSO HELPS ME FILL THE DAILY DOGGIE  ON DAYS WHEN MY HEAD IS STILL IN BED)-

I AM GOING SOMEWHERE WITH THIS CONCEPT.......

WE WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A DOG READY FOR JIM WHEN KARMA PASSED-- ANN AND JIM STAY INVOLVED-- THAT EMAIL ANN WROTE ABOUT  KARMA/FRENZY WAS A BIT OF A CLASSIC-- 
AND WE SHOULD KEEP IT AS A REFERENCE--- ANN IS GOOD AT  WRITING- SO IF I NEED A LETTER WITH ALL THE WORDS SPELLED RIGHT, SHE HAS OFTEN DONE IT FOR ME..... EVEN IF THEY ARE IN FLORIDA-- THEY ARE AROUND.  I CAN CALL ON THEM FOR H ELP WITH  "STUFF" .

PROBLEM IS--- WE HAVE A REQUEST FROM A PERSON WHO GOT ONE OF MY FIRST SERVICE DOGS--- HAD A WONDERFUL 9 YEARS WITH THE DOG.....  IN THAT 9 YEARS I HAD  MAYBE 6 EMAILS - AND THEY DID STOP IN ONCE- EVEN THO THEY WERE OFTEN LESS THAN 3 MILES AWAY ON ROUTE 95... NOW THAT WE HAVE SOOOO  MANY VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS, 
THEY ARE  NOT THRILLED WITH  OUR  GIVING ANOTHER DOG TO SOMEONE WHO WILL JUST DISAPPEAR WITH  IT---

SOOOOO --- HEADS UP----IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP THE  COMMUNICATION LINES OPEN,  SCOOTER KAREN HAS BEEN GIVEN THE EMAILS AND PHONES OF THE RECIPIENTS OF OUR DOGS- AND WILL BE KEEPING TRACK OF "REPORTS"  AND WILL BE CONTACTING PEOPLE FROM WHOM WE HAVE NOT HEARD IN A WHILE.  I AM SURE SHE WILL NOT OVER DO WITH HARRASSING PHONE CALLS-- IF THAT HAPPENS BY ALL MEANS LET ME KNOW... HOWEVER ... I HOPE SHE WILL  BE THE CAMP COUNSELOR WHO WILL  HELP REMIND YOU TO "WRITE A LETTER HOME"

WHICH REMINDS ME.... FACEBOOK---NOT MY FAVORTIE TOPIC--- I DON'T DO FACEBOOK--- SO DO NOT ASSUME THAT A FACEBOOK ENTRY IS THIS "LETTER HOME"  THAT WE NEED......
AND EVEN WORSE.... IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH YOUR DOG, SEND MEGAN OR ME AN EMAIL.. I REALLY DO NOT LIKE HEARING FROM A TOTAL STRANGER THAT SERVICE DOG "XXXX" IS HAVING TROUBLE WITH SLIPPERY FLOORS BECAUSE THEY READ IT ON FACEBOOK.

THAT'S --- UNACCEPTABLE--- I AM SUPPOSED TO SIGN THOSE RE-CERTIFICATIONS-- AND IF I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU IN A YEAR......... 

SO SCOOTER KAREN WILL HELP WITH THAT....
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NEXT------ IT IS ABOUT INDIGESTION... FYI..
FOR YEARS I HAVE TAKEN JUST A SMALL BIT OF BRIOSCHI WITH MEDS-- BRIGHT BLUE BOTTLE-- LASTED A LONG TIME-- MAYBE 2-3  YEARS?
BUT I AM DOWN TO THE DREGS--AND LAST NIGHT ENDED UP SMASHING AN ALKA SELTZER WITH A HAMMER   TO GET THE SMALL PIECES  LIKE TEH BRIOSCHI..

FOR  MY MIDNIGHT INSOMNIA TRIP , I CAME OUT TO AMAZON.COM AND TRIED TO BUY A BOTTLE-  I WAS FLABBERGASTED TO SEE A BOTTLE IS NOW $79== PROBLEM IS  IT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED AND THESE ARE THE LAST AROUND...  I SPLURGED AND DID BUY A BOTTLE-- WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL LAST ANOTHER 2-3 YEARS BEFORE  I HAVE TO GO BACK TO HAMMERING   ON ALKASELTZERS.  THE ARE MAKING AN ITALIAN SUBSTITUTE FOR BRIOSCHI-- BUT I DIDN'T TRY THAT YET....
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PROGRESS?
GWEN ( DAUGHTER) AND HUSBAND  RON ARE MOVING TO NORTH CAROLINA -- BOUGHT A MOTOR HOME TO LIVE IN TIL THEY FIND/BUILD A HOUSE....( ?SOUND FAMILIAR?  SHEILA WITH A HUSBAND AND 5 DOGS  SPENT A MONTH IN A SMALLER  MOTOR HOME WHILE THEY LOOKED FOR A HOUSE WHERE THE SNOW NEVER FALLS)

WE HAVE INHERITED RON'S MOWER, 2 DOG HOUSES AND SOME CHAIN LINK FENCE....  RON IS AN ACCOMPLISHED BUILDER-- AND  THE DOG HOUSE HAS EVERYTHING BUT RUNNING WATER...  I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE WILL PUT IT... BUT IT IS HERE...  MAYBE "V" PEN?

WHICH MADE ME THINK... TROUBLE THERE.....
IF WE HAD A FENCE AROUND THE  LOW PART OF THE  "STREAM" IN THE "A" PASTURE  WE COUDL GET SOME SERIOUS USE OUT OF ANOTHER 4 ACRES---  THIS STREAM WHICH IS ONE OF THE MAIN FEEDS TO HOOD POND ACROSS THE STREET-- DOES NOT HAVE A NICE  PATH-- OR BOTTOM  -- BUT RATHER   BLACK MUD-- THAT, IN COMBINATION WITH AN EXCESSIVE  LAUNDRY PROJECT LEAD TO A HUGE WATER BILL AS EVERYONE WASHED ALL THE WHITE DOGS DAILY  AFTER THIER MUD BATHS LAST SUMMER.

IT HAS A NICELY DEFINED GOLF CART PATH AROUND IT..  WE COULD USE IT WHEN WE CAN NOT USE THE POND AREA BECAUSE OF THIN ICE...

I THINK CLEARSPAN ( FARMTEK)  WILL GIVE US A DISCOUNT  ON THE FENCING FOR PUTTING   THE SIGN ONTHE ARENA-- THAT IS A NEXT SPRING JOB....MAYBE FOR THE GE VOLUNTEERS????

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AND SO IT GOES

Monday, December 15, 2014

dec 15 2014

megans 1% milk on cereal isn't too bad if you put 

a big dollop of whipped cream on it.

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big excitement of the day ... kiara has been a 
virtual water processing unit..  but today

kiara's Pee  is more yellow.. aren't you thrilled???

i certainly am-- the alternative was not  great.
a minor uti could explain  the frequency and quantity

she has been on antibiotic(clamox) for 2 days and hopefully  it will clear up...
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we had her out on puppy hill yesterday---with just one pup== got to be very careful that they don't pick on her--- and she must not be left with 2 against one.. her  casual companions will have to be the older gals for starters... with supervision...

megan will be back today i am told--- and she can start her puppy march bit with her.. so far to get her to the t tent yesterday they had to put a leash on her.... got to get away from that  as soon as possible.. she has got to be encouraged  to think for herself... and on a leash is not  conducive to that.

hey---- this is supposed to be a learning episode
actuaally everything is a learning episode
it's just that   ---some lessons are better than others.
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as for the rest of the medical report...  bailey's butt

we did finally shave bailey's butt.. she has had   an open sore there for too long- and i finally got the correct clippers to clip all the hair away to give it a chance to heal....  i remember some preperation we had for a horse once  "elayse"?  got to look it up-- it --  i think-- reduced proud flesh...  and then some other horse person said to try  preparation H...  ???? george?????? (dvm george) 
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keep in mind some of the things  yo u hear on the daily doggie are hogwash  with no basis in fact...  that is certainly a "yet to be determined" 
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anyway her butt looks a lot better---  on top right where her tail hits - she has a black spot-- which has hidden this spot for too long-- now about the size of a dime... doesn't seem to bother her, but it was a goopy mess..

goop held in place with hair makes for a great culture media so even uncovering it may help..
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i like listening to the TED lectures when i get  20 minutes... and someone sent me this 

Dear Carlene,

I really think you might enjoy this TED talk.  I immediately saw the parallel between the Norwegian TV show concept called SLOW TV and how we CPs are enjoying the way you share SDP with us.  Both involve no alteration of the time line of the action.  

Most particularly, I enjoyed the presenter's final statement.  


I hope you enjoy!
Lin McCormick

i certainly did--  there are alot of paralells

for newcommers  my favorite is a TED lecture by ken robertson on creativity...  but  most are worth 20 minutes...  mike rowe also  a good one.... different....
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and the  copy paste dept----

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from mail call- an interesting letter...

The old fisherman saying “ a perpetual series of occasions for hope” fits here perfectly. SDP in all it’s forms feeds the hearts and  minds and especially the bodies of so many.  A young tiny girl gets big old George to provide her freedom to  move and grow.  A veteran gets to leave the house and join the world, no mater how scary that is.  Most of us take our feet and legs for granted and can only marvel at the miracles we see.
 
I had lost a husband  and a son when I came  upon SDP and EXPLORE.ORG and in desperate need of those “occasions for hope”… and I found them.  People who walk  their talk.. the folks now picking up poo is just as important as anything else on the list… the ones who pull together 10 bucks a month for a brick to help run SDP… and those marvelous Danes who win our hearts every single day.
 
We can all apply these lessons from Crazy Acres to our own lives and even better, sit back and everyday at 5pm( Carlene time) and laugh so  much our dogs think we are the crazy ones  ,.  Thank you for all you do/  the stones  you have thrown are providing ripples you will never know about.  We are so grateful.
 k.b. linden TN  (beepipes-tn)

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and then some sad news....

Frenzy & Karma were supposed to be a dynamic duo.
Frenzy arrived in Florida Friday, Dec 5, to join our family.
He's 1 year old, lots of fun, and a service dog, born & trained at Service Dog Project, Ipswich, Ma., same as Karma.
Since Karma's service dog abilities were compromised by a car accident 2 yrs ago, Frenzy could fill in where needed.
However, Saturday ( yesterday) morning, around 3 am, Karma passed away when her lungs collapsed.
She went quickly & peacefully, in her familiar hospital, the Critical Care Animal Hospital of Melbourne, Fl.
I was able to be with her in her final moments, a privilege, although extremely painful, as many know.
We had no notice of her illness until it was at the last stage.
Fortunately, we were able to let her pass on & not interfere with what was meant to be.
So, we grieve, as we remember our wonderful party girl Karma.
She never met a cookie jar she couldn't open, or a person she didn't love instantly.
She caused many smiles every day, and there will never be another Karma.
At the same time, we delight in the antics of Frenzy, as we get to know each other.
His service dog skills are instilled in him, yet he's still a pup, & full of potential mischief.

And that's life, the happy & the sad,
Jim & Ann
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i am so glad we got  frenzy there when we did.
i tell everyone the reality...

"you give them a happy life and when it is over it is over"

frenzy is there to take over where karma left off...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

dec 14 2014
-- to continue the jelley bean discussion
.....i bought a toothbrush at costco  and it came with a 17 page booklet on how to use it...-- well .. it was an electric toothbrush which was somewhere between  a toy and medically useful--  but  i was relieved to see for a small fee they would extend my warrantee  to 2.5 years  even loss  due to theft ( in the small print)
being a student of probability.....if you could  call me a student of anything.....  i had not heard that theft of toothbrushes was on the rise..  but there is that insurance company ready to help....
i wonder who bought that... and are they allowed to vote?
my other toothbrush problem was the amt of trash produced by that one purchase-- namely 3 heavy formed   10 x 15"  plastic that  would not fit in the trashbasket.
you know mommy nature is gonna have a problem when trash produced does not fit in a normal trash container and is made of stuff garenteed to last 1307 years.
all for one toothbrush. 
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on to the DD educational section   the question of the post office  extra charge on a square letter.
I’m a CP but do not post.  I watched Saturday’s mail call when you mentioned your story about the lady at the post office saying if the envelope had been square, there would have been an extra charge.  My husband is a postal employee and I asked him why that would have been the case.  He said a normal letter is rectangular and the automated equipment is designed to handle rectangular letters.  If the letter is in a square envelope, the automated equipment can’t handle it…thus the extra charge.  Hope that helps.
? who knew?  doesn't matter for a letter or two--- but  a mass mailing could be  alarming

i just bought a nearly square envelope to mail out all the  "gift bricks" announcement people are telling me  to send  -- these $10 numbered bricks are a very popular gift for those who don't need anything anyway-- and such fun at possibly becoming a member of the Shatupon Society of Ipswich !!!  buy a brick- email me the address and number and i will send a card announcing your gift.   strange?  yes but fun...
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somebody said  "you can forget people who make you sad- but you never will forget someone who makes you laugh" 
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kiara is having a few lessons in the perils of group living-- and the legality of "possession is 9/10ths the law"    chewing the other end of someone's bone can be dangerous--- as is biting bailey's feet whilel she is sleeping.

she willingly eats from a spoon-- but we must make can noises  as her first lesson in paying attention to specific noises... she has no  "puppy puppy puppy" that is the megan march routine.  i thinnki we can start it easier with spoon on can noises..

and she is on medication..  i was very relieved to have  the vet tech say there was no sign of diabetic problem in the sample we took--  just looked like a minor uti-- and if it does not clear- then we can go for a sterile sample ( not an easy thing.)

cute pup
.. lively pup... 
... will be fun to bring along... we have a few things to get rid of... slowing her down for openers...  she is learning -- thanks to the "old girls"  bailey and chaos.

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 i dont think i seent this next out yesterday
Hi Carlene,

Pandora is doing great.  We just had over 6 feet of snow and she took it like a champ.  She will even go out now when it rains.   She wasn't that keen on playing in that much snow but liked going out to be nosy once in a while.  We have been visiting nursing homes and she is doing really well.   The residents all love her and smile when they see her coming.   She is doing well with leave it when there are things on the floor.  The last picture shows Pandora with her antlers on ... everyone one loves that she doesn't mind and keeps them on.   We are getting ready for the holidays and it must be exciting at crazy acres.  Pandora does so much good here at work, I have people coming into my office all day long just to see her.
Merry Christmas,
Debbie and Pandora