Sunday, January 25, 2015

jan 25 2015
I USE THE WEATHER CHANNEL WITHOUT SOUND AS MY NIGHT LIGHT-- SO THIS MORNING I WOKE UP TO A BUNCH OF RED ON IT...THAT MEANS TROUBLE.... AND BY THE TIME I FOUND MY GLASSES IT WAS USING THE ZZZZZ WORD WITH 18 TO 24 INCHES OF SNOW...  WHICH WE CAN MANAGE--  THE PART THAT BECOMES A REAL CHALLANGE IS  THE WORD "BLOWING"  NOW THAT IS A DIFFERENT STORY--- THAT CAN BE 6' DRIFTS EXACTLY WHERE WE DON'T NEED THEM-- AND WHERE THE TRACTOR CAN NOT REACH-- 6 FOOT DRIFT IN FRONT OF THE DOOR ISW NO PROBLEM-- I WILL GET THERE EVENTUALLY WITH THE BUCKET... NOW PILE THAT 6 FOOT IN AMONG THE CHAIN LINK AND WE HAVE A WHOLE NEW PROBLEM.

STEVE HAD THE SNOW BLOWER GOING GREAT GUNS YESTERDAY WITH OUR MEASLY 6"--- IT IS A BIG SNOWBLOWER- BUT IS NO MATCH FOR MOMMY NATURES ABILITY TOP BLOW SNOW .... I Have SEEN DRIFTS SO TALL THAT THE SNOWBLOWER  COULD CARVE A TUNNEL THRU AND OUT THE OTHER SIDE.... IF ONLY  YOU COULD DIRECT THE BLOWING PART.

SOOOOOO... I AM ENCOURAGING THE  PP's (PHYSICALLY PHIT) TO CONSIDER HAVING A SLUMBER PARTY OVERNIGHT MONDAY NIGHT..  MY USUAL PLAN IS TO GET OUT AND PLOW EVERY 4-6 INCHES AND TRTY AND KEEP US OPEN FROM STREET TO BARN--- BUT THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE PARKING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM---  IT WORKS BETTER IF PEOPLE AR PARKED AHEAD OF TIME-- AND WE GET THRU THE EMERGENCY PART--  THEN I CAN DIG OUT ANY CAR THAT NEEDS TO BE DUG-- ESPECIALLY IF YOU BACK IN....   THAT WILL AVOID 3 POINT TURNING IN PILES OF SNOW.

AND I HAVE TO CONFESS-- THE TRACTOR  CAB IS SO  HEATED I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO REMOVE AN OUTER LAYER...-- AND WITH THE BACKHOE STILL ON IT, IT IS TOUGH TO GET IT STUCK... I COULD.... BUT USUALLY I CAN  PICK UP THE WHOLE TRACTOR WITH THE BACKHOE-- AND MOVE IT AROUND ENOUGH TO GET OUT OF  THE MESSES I CAN GET INTO..

I REALLY NEED SOMEONE HERE TO KEEP THEIR EYE ON ME IN CASE  I HAVE ANY TRACTOR PROBLEMS... IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO WALK TO THE  HOUSE / BARN  IN A FOOT OF SNOW-- I AM SO USED TO OLD MACHINERY BREAKING DOWN THAT I AM SCARED... THIS TRACOTR IS NEW LAST YEAR - AND SHOULD BE FINE... BUT MURPHY'S LAW IS MURPHY'S LAW... AND I NEED PEOPLE HERE BEFORE I EVEN GO OUT..  

AND THEN THERE IS TRACI (ADAMS)  DUE TO FLY OUT TUESDAY NOON---   THAT JUST AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN UNLES THE FORCASTERS ARE ALL WRONG.-- BESIDES -- WE CAN'T PART WITH HER JUST NOW. SO I DON'T KNOW THE RESOLUTOIN OF THAT.

THEN... THE BELLA/GEORGE  PROJECT.... MEGAN IS PLANNING TO GO TO SCHOOL WITH THEM ON MONDAY-- AND IT LOOKS LIKE SHE CAN GET THERE AND COME HERE BEFORE IT GETS TOO BAD.. YOU ONLY NEED ONE TRACTOR TRAILER SLIDING AROUND 128 TO REALLY GUM UP THE WORKS...  I WAS DELIGHTED TO SEE THE VIDEO OF GEORGE AND BELLA OUT PLAYING IN THE SNOW...  I STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO HAVE TH E PRINCIPAL ASK BELLA'S MOTHER TO COME GET GEORGE.  NOT BEHAVING?  HE DOESN'T SIT - NONE OF THE BALANCE DOGS DO--- AND IF YOU ASK HIM TO LIE DOWN ON A COLD FLOOR-- HE MIGHT SAY NO AND JUST STAND THERE.. NOW START PUTTING PRESSURE ON BELLA AND ANYTHING COULD  HAVE HAPPENED.  

I CAN SEE IN GEORGE'S HEAD  " IF YOU ARE MISERABLE GOING TO THAT BUILDING, THEN JUST SIMPLY  LETS GO TO ANOTHER"  

THE WORDS "HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT" COME TO MIND.    I FELT IT- AND I AM OLD ENOUGH TO DEAL... A KID WOULD NOT  BE SO HARDENED. 
I WAS VERY GLAD TO SEE THE VIDEO OF GEORGE AND BELLA PLAYING IN THE SNOW...
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FACT #1  SHEILA IS RELATED TO EVERYONE IN DANVERS AND SALEM...
FACT #2  EARLY SANDY IS RELATED TO EVERYONE IN WOBURN..
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BELLA'S SCHOOL IS IN WOBURN
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SO BACK TO THE BLIZZARD-- PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO RESPOND TO PAM'S REQUEST FOR HELP ON MONDAY NIGHT .. WHICH WILL PROBABLY BE TUESDAY NIGHT ALSO-- DEPENDING  ON TIMING..
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 WE CAN  USE UP ALL THE FOOD IN THE FREEZER.
WHICH INVOLVES 2 BIG THINGS OF ICE CREAM FROM BEN AND JERRY'S ( AFTER 2 HOURS  OF PRE-THAWING TIME)
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NEW TOY IDEA
WE ARE WONDERING HOW LONG MAIL TAKES- AND IF IT TAKES 7 DAYS  CROSS COUNTRY,, WHAT DOES THE  POST OFFICE DO WITH THE BACKUP AND WOULDN'T IT BE CHEAPER TO MOVE IT OUT QUICKER??
SO IF YOU ARE MAILING STUFF HERE, WOULD YOU PLEASE PUT YOUT MAILING DATE ON THE BACK OF THE ENVELOPE..
JUST FOR FUN.
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IN CLEANING OUT THE CELLAR OF UNWANTED PAPER, I CAME TO THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE TRIAL IN BENNINGTON WASHINGTON WHERE A CHILD WAS KILLED BY WRAPPING HIS HAND IN A PIECE OF CLOTHESLINE AND THE DONKEY WALKED OFF BANGING HIS HEAD ON A CURB...   
I KNOW WE HAVE SOME CP'S IN BENNINGTON... ANYONE REMEMBER THAT CASE?? LIKE ? 2003 MAYBE???
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AND THEN ARIOT BEATING KIARA--- I DON'T THINK SO-- SOMEONE TAPED 2 EPISODES... AND I WATCHED THEM

THank YOU-- MAKES IT EASY FOR ME TO CHECK--DOGS HAVE A CODE-- YOU DON'T MAKE THE OTHER DOG YELP WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING BECAUSE WHENB THEY YELP THEY QUIT OLAYING AND THE GAMNE IS OVER...-- AND THE BITTEEE HOVERS AND SNAPS AT THE  BITTOR..  KIARA IS STILL IN  NORMAL ATTACK MODE-- I SEE NO  SCARED HOVER... SO I PASS ON THIS ONE...  LOOKS NORMAL.

 I HAVE HEARD ABOUT ONE SERIOUS SNAP OVER A KONG... SO WE TOOK THEM OUT... YOU CAN NOT GIVE ONE TO EACH-- THE DOMINANT GETS BOTH.
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priya
Priya has changed my life! Once I put her vest on, she's all business and does not waiver.  She immediatly senses when I might need her and has stopped me from falling so many times.  Recently I started to slide down a gravel hill and she threw herself right in front of me to stop me.  She is unbelievable.  Even at home, when she is not in Service Dog mode, she comes running if she ever sees me stumble or fall.
Priya is so well behaved and quiet.  When we go out to dinner, she sits under the table and doesn't move or make a sound.  Often, when we get up to leave, people are shocked to see her becuase they had no idea she was there.  It's a big surprise because she is just so good, and so quiEt.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

jan 24 2015
i am not happy about the meeting with the school principal --  and there are so many rules and regulations that i am nearly afraid to say anything..  i said nearly---- maybe an opinion.....

  in my opinion, if enough pressure is put on a person with any  service dog, and they get nervous, these danes are so sensitive that the  relationship will suffer- and when that does the behavior will suffer.... and we all know if a service dog is not behaving they can be thrown out.
i would be inclined to call that forcing a failure.
snide remarks are bullying in my book-- but... our concern is the dog--- and we want the best for the dogs we put in service.  with that in mind i do not know what the solution is....   actually i have not heard the latest report either.
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other disaster of the day--- kati clipped teh very end of bentleys tail in the car door..   the last 1/2 inch-- but there  is blood in that 1/2 inch.. it looked so innocent-- until i went to the hospital for a mamogram-- bentley was happy to go with me-- so he wagged his tail--- and the hospital walls are white---  i didn't notice it going in-- but when i got in the waiting room where we all sat with nothing to entertain us... we noticed it.-- there behind me  was a little red smudge about every 3 feet.  in days gone by a little blood in a hospital coud be seen as normal--- well it is not now...  before i clould get out my slobber towel, an attendent arrived in everything but a hazmatt suit---gloves and all...- she cleaned up the waiting room smudges... but i knew..... th ehalls and elevator were going to have a problem--- so as i left,  i got some of those hand sanitizers that are all over a hospital- and very casually swipped the smudges ever 3 feet back to the elevator and in it...  as i looked back-- it left a tell tail white smudge every 3 feet-- but that they can wonder about on their own...

a tiny bleeding hole on a tail can eventually mean cropping the tail--- you can not bandage it-- and tehy keep banging it...
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and then there is.....de tales and planning
i had a very delightful conversation with an applicant yesterday -- she had a speech impediment- and i am nearly deaf-- so we decided to resort to emails.   she may be coming here next week sometime...  i couldn't really hear what she said.
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my  project with teh mitch miller sing along and the altzeimer group  had a setback yesterday--- i have the cd's   and bought an inexpensive player-- and before i got them in my car- the player is gone... it happens around here--- someone put it away-------
  i dunno where...

in the process of buying that player- i am using the gift visa card  a cp gave me  a while ago.....for fun fund projects-- like the question -- if an altzeimer patient  can not remember much, can they  remember words to songs they heard in their youth. so i wanted to set it up in the nursing home and see what happens...
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kati has come up with a friend in iowa ( kati is from there) who bred her harl dane to a merle  stud  they got from europe- and got all black and merle pups-- which in the normal great dane world have little value---  so i have asked for photo's of the parents- and see if maybe  some  of those pups might fill the gap we are going to have--- i am afraid opal is -- again -- a lost cause.
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and -- heaven forbid--- i forgot to go to costco for lambchops for steve's lunch--- must do that  today as soon as they open...
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megan has a wedding to go to in miami about the first of march-- so she can be the  one to take a dog to florida-- 
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in the process of cellar cleaning, and burning all tom's old medical records, we discovered a file  of many years of animal episode jobs... those have been sealed and  await  orgainzaton... i did see one job for the vermont lottery  3 donkeys s llama  and some sheep  -- in a studio in boston--- $2000.  there are some really good ones.... the emerson theater  ---a 2000 pound draft horse waiting back stage deciding to pee and the only thing  big enough to begin to hold  the gallons he produced  was my new llbean down jacket.---   the $90 parking ticket for parking in 3 parking places with my big 53'  horse trailer. there are alot of stories there.
--- that could be fun.  hardly any animal jobs were either simple or perfect...

Friday, January 23, 2015

jan 23 2015
short doggie

megan is picking me up in 1/2 hour to go to bella's school--she is having a problem with her attendent.   who does not seem to "get it" that t the dog is to replace her crutches and walker... .. she still needs help wioth doors and carrying trays etc..   this " you are supposed to be independent now so do it yourself" has caused several near miss accidents  where bella - TRYING TO be independent  is getting set up..

"i'm alergic- i hate dogs--"  "i used a whole box of kleenex today"
donna is going with megan and me-- she knows alot about 504 plans and parent approval stuff... there are sooo many  exact quotes from hunters situation   including a complaint that a process used to take a minute - and now takes 3 minutes..... so who's counting?????.
 i will try very hard to behave--- it will be a struggle....

it is most pequiliar for sure-- except bella is walking-- and things like muscle developement etc are on the improvement side... i heard she had some surgery postponed like hunter becuse of her activity with the dog... hunter has had 2 surgeries put off now- because he is walking with the dog-- in a more normal fashion than  "lift and place" with a walker.

and things like that

Thursday, January 22, 2015

JAN 22 2015
I AM NOT HAVING MUCH HOPE FOR OPAL AND WALTER-- BOTH SEEM BORED WITH THE PROJECT SO EITHER THEY HAD A VERY QUICK TRYST OR THEY HAVE GIVEN UP[-- BUT MEGAN HAD TEHM TOGETHER IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM ALL YESTERDAY AND BOTH WERE ONLY SEEN TO BE SLEEPING ON THE  COUCHES....

THIS IS ANOTHER LESSON FOR YOU  NEWCOMMERS.. "BEST LAID PLANS  OF MICE AND MEN GANG AFT ASUNDER"  ( OR MAYBE  THAT'S ASS -UNDER )
THIS IS WHY IT IS ANIMAL MANAGEMENT -- AND NOT ANIMAL PLANNING..  YOU CAN MAKE ALL THE PLANS YOU WANT  BUT.....ALL WE CAN DO IS MANAGE WHATEVER HAPPENS.. WITH ALL PROBABILITY... THE NEXT PUPS WILL BE FROM THE LITTER IN THE NETHERLANDS... THEN SCARLOTT  WHO SHOULD BE BRED... I THINK OPAL IS A LOST CAUSE.. THAT BEING THE CASE THEN NOEL SHOULD BE BRED TO WALTER TO GIVE US PUPS WHO COULD BE BRED TO BENTLEY - ASSUMING HE WILL STILL BE "WORKING".   REMEMBER THAT TOO CAN CHANGE... BOBBY HAD A RAPIDLY MOVING TESTICULAR PROBLEM  THAT ELIMINATED HIM WITHIN ABOUT A MONTH.--- 
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NOW ON THE TOPIC OF THE PUPPY HILL CAMERA... TEH SMELLY TRANSFORMER WAS REPLACDE BY A VER FANCY THING WHICH BUD SAID WAS TEH SAME THING-- EXCEPT IT HAD FUSE PROTECTION.. SO HE P-LUDGGED IT  IN AND BLEW A FUSE IMMEDIATELY--  TIM MUST HAVE THOUGTH THAT WOULD HAPPEN BECDAUSE HE SENT 3 MORE  FUSES-- SOOOOO.... BUD UNPLUGGED TEH PH CAMERA AND BLEW ANOTEHR FUSE--- SO HE UNPLUGGED THE WIRE THAT RUNS THRU A CONDUIT PIPE  UNDER THE GATE TO THE CAMERA...AND IT DID NOT BLOW...
 IF I WAS A BETTING WOMAN  I WOULD BET MICE...
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WHATEVER THE CAUSE-- SOMEHOW  WE NEED TO PULL THAT WIRE-- WHILE PULLING IN ANOTHER??  BUD SAID HE WOULD BE HERE FOR A FEW MINUTES TODAY--( HE IS ABOUT TO GO SKIMOBILING  IN UPPER VERMONT)  ANBD   JOYCE SAID SHE WOULD STOP BY TO THINK ABOUT THE PROBLEM ON HER WAY TO AND FROM BOSTON-- SH EWORKS FOR A COMPANY THAT USES WORDS I DO NOT UNDERSTAND-- PULLING WIRES UNDERGROUND MAY BE NEW TO HER-- UNDERGROUND PIPES  IS MORE MY TYPE JOB---BUT IF WE GET THEM LANDED SHE MIGHT KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM.
I DID THAT BIT ONCE BEFORE WITH 8 TEENY TINY WIRES AND A OVERSIZED PHONE PLUG THING...  BETWEEN SHAKEY HANDS AND FAILING EYESIGHT, THERE IS NOT ENOUGH MONEY AROUND TO FEED THE SWEAR BEAR FOR ME TO ATTEMPT IT..  BESIDES... ISN'T ONE OF OUR DOGS WITH A "VERIZON MAN"?  WHO HAS THE CRIMPING TOOL NEEDED TO PUT AN END TO A WIRE LIKE THAT. 

BEFORE I ADDRESS THE WIRE PULLING   I  NEED TO GO FIND MORE FUSES IN THE CONTRACTOR'S ELECTRICAL STORE...I HAVE THE BLOWN  FUSE TAPED TO A CARDBOARD...   THEY LOVE ME THERE... THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO KNOWS WHAT SHE NEEDS BUT NEVER KNOWS THE NAME OF IT.-- AND WHO HAS A REALLLLLLY BIG DOG WHO KEEPS EVERYONE SERIOUS. 

SO THAT IS TODAY
ALONG WITH JESSE--  WHO SHOULD ARRIVE BEFORE NOON...A VETERAN APPLICANT WHO HAS BEEN ON THE BOOKS FOR A LONG TIME- AND WE NEED TO LOOK HIM OVER AGAIN AND SEE  WHO MIGHT  BE IN OUR "STABLE" OF  DOG  CHARACTERS.

AND... BIG EXCITEMETN-- THE CRANEY COMPANY HAS LANDED WITH THE INTENTION OF INSTALLING THE UPSTAIRS BATHROOM IN THE TRAINNING ROOM..

HE CALLED ME OVER TO SEE WHAT THE PLANS WERE FOR WHAT WENT WHERE..  PLANS???? I CAN  NOT IMAGINE WHO WOULD  BE CONCERNED ABOUT  WHAT WENT WHERE-- HE WAS RELIEVED TO HAVE ME SAY GET THEM WORKING  ANYWAY  THAT IS EASIEST -- THE ONLY COMMENT  I HAD WAS-- DON'T HOOK THE  UPSTAIRS SHOWER TO THE PLUMBING OF THE DOWNSTAIRS SHOWER- BECAUSE WE SEEM TO HAVE DISCONNECTED THE DOWNSTAIRS SHOWER WITH  ANYTHING THAT WOUEL RESEMBLE EVEN A DRYWELL ..  
I WONDER IF NOW IS THE TIME TO GET THAT SHOWER HOOKED UP TOO... IT WOULD BE A PERFECT PLACE TO SHAMPOO DOGS IN THE WINTER...  I THINK WE  ALREADY CORRECTED THE PROBLEM WITH WATER SHOOTING OUT OF THE WALL WHEN WE TURNED IT ON.....  IT HAS BEEN SUBJECT TO CREATIVE PLUMBING... 

30 YEARS AGO WHEN WE BUILT THIS HOUSE, THE ELECTRITIAN GUY WAS A DRINKER  SO WE HAVE  SWITCHES INTHE UPSTAIRS BATHROOM THAT CONTROL TH E OUTSIDE FLOODLIGHTS--- AND HE HOOKED 220 TO THE 110 CIRCUIT AND WE BLEW UP A DISHWASHER AND BLAMED THE DISHWASHER UNTIL WE BLEW UP THE DISPOSAL TOO.
LIFE HAS ALWAYS BEEN EXCITING AT CRAZY ACRES...

LET ME REPHRASE THAT--- I HAVE BEEN TRAINED NOT TO EXPECT THE NORMAL... WHATEVER THAT IS.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

jan 21 2015
i reaqlly meant to figure out the font stuff ---maybe today-- and not everybody has this problem of each sentence is a straight line..

typical day-
 somebody in nigeria wants to give us $250,000,
publisshers clearing house will give me $5000 
and everyone else wants money from me...
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the only thing i heard about bella/george waqs that everything went perfectly.... i hope she writes me afterschool today
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david 1  tackled the problem with the puppy hill camera-- the 24 volt transformer smelled funny.. now that is my type  of electrical analysis  ... how does it smell?
turns out  apparently that is exactly what tim has coming to  us from calif by overnight fedex-- he said to simply connect it to the wires and we shoujld be ok...

tim uses that "simply "  far too freely... he assumes i have an electrrical engineers education  when my skills are  very good when it is "connect the red  wire to the red wire"  ----problem here is there is  black  white  red  green-- and heaven forbid---- a second black

something about permutations and combinations of 5 things--- it was a while... but (n-1)factorial ?  maybe?
and then all the british jokes about changing your combinations-- because combinations  means long underwear in britain...... love those british....and  their language... (ENGLISH you know)

during all the bombing in the war  the british did not have much-- so i think they all sat around and found out how to entertain each other with language.  because when i got there in 1957 i wass faced with going to college parties where people sat around and talked-- no drinking, no tv, no games....they just talked-- and it was very amusing...- and they did things like decide to have a party on "arthur's  seat"  which is a sizeable  hill outside edinburgh that looks like a crouched lion in many photo's.  arthur's seat is  big enough to involve heavy duty uphill walking  if not climbing-- from several different angles. i remember one night someone said there was to be a party on arthurs seat at 2am-- and about 20 people showed up-- there was no artificial means of amusement.. just conversation...  and it was really funny.    in this country??? never !  at least at colby college , never !

it is not surprizing to me that  the author of all the harry potter  books was so successful writing those books in a coffee shop in edinburgh.  the creativity of  her books had a similarity to the daily conversations i had when there..  many times just plain off  the  beat.  you listened to every word and took it all apart if possible..my american english provided them with alot of fodder.

it sounds impressive to say i was a member of the edinburgh university physics society-- when in actual fact i was more or less the mascott.. no way could i keep up with them intelectually-- they got out of highschool with the equivalent of our college education-- and then they went to college.
any one of them could have told me how and why that puppy hill transformer went bad... my capabilities are "it smells bad".. ]

i may have this slightly screwed but one of the members of the phys soc named tony-- was made sir tony because of his work designing  the scheduling of trains, engineers, timetables,airplanes, pilots, equipment.. the  basic program for which was still being used fairly reciently.
another tony story--- he had a car which - for as long as i knew it never had a working engine-- we pushed it all over edinburgh---  met alot of interesting people who would stop by to help on the uphills..
  i am going to hear about that because  gwen-- my digmate in edinburgh- reads this thing...

so stand by for corrections..
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luckily there is cut and paste..

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Dear Carlene,

I wanted to share with you an experience that Stanley and I recently had that highlights the stellar training that you and Megan and others at the farm perform that brings the gift of stability to so many of us that suffer from mobility issues. I really feel that I cannot begin to thank you enough for providing for these amazing animals and us, the recipients.

I recently went for a walk through my neighborhood with Stanley. We crested a hill and had started down when I heard someone yell a name sharply. I immediately started looking for where the threat would be coming from hoping to evade whatever would be coming at us. A man was in his front yard with a dog a few hundred feet ahead and to the the right of us. The man did not have his dog on leash and it was running for us Stanley and I. I had nothing with which to protect Stanley and myself with and attempted blocking the oncoming dog by stepping in front of Stanley. This did not work. The other dog darted around me and I realized I wouldn't be able to continue shielding Stanley with my body before the owner of the other dog would get to us. I literally had a split second to make a decision andI let go of Stanley's leash and yelled for him to go. Stanley ran, not a hard decision since the other dog was now jumping at his throat. Stanley was able to keep ahead of the other dog but was slowed down by his desire not to look at the dog chasing him, but back to me to make sure I was okay. Every time he did this the dog was snarling on his backside. I kept yelling for him to, "GO, RUN STANLEY, GOOOO!!!" I could tell when he was going to look back at me because the muscles in his neck would start to move before his head came around (no different than knowing which direction your opponent on a field is going by watching his hips), this I could see from a distance. By calling out for him to go and run before he turned he was able to stay ahead of the other dog. I couldn't run but I moved as quickly a I could in the direction they were headed. It was agonizing. The man was running and calling for his dog. Finally the dog reached a point where he seemed uncomfortable to pass and hesitated long enough that the owner was able to grab his caller. The man kept repeating how sorry he was as I continued limping down the road towards Stanley. With the dog no longer chasing him Stanley stood still and I called for him to come. He was shaking and looking behind me at the other dog and didn't move. It was dusk, I live in a residential neighborhood and was concerned about the traffic that picks up as people come home at this time of the evening. Stanley could be startled by a car and run or be hurt. I had another split second decision to make and I realized Stanley's concern for me would trump everything else so I did the only thing I could think of. I fell. The second I started falling over, fear left his face and it was replaced by concern. You know those eyebrows, how they pucker into a worried frown. He dashed towards me and slip sideways into a brace position. He turned his head to look at me as if to say, "here I am, get up, you're okay!" I pulled myself up the way you taught me, laughing and crying with relief. We walked home as a pair. My heart is full every time I think of this. Thank you. Thank you for your inspiration, your dedication to animal and human alike. Please extend my thanks to everyone else who helps out on the farm. 

Warmest Regards,

Becky and Stanley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JAN 20 2015
big prayer of the day-----  BELL AND GEORGE GO TO SCHOOL ALONE TODAY---  MEGAN GOT  THEM ALL CHIPPED ( GEORGE NOT BELL) AND CERTIFICATED ( THAT'S A WORD?)  BELLA'S MOM SIGNED THE OWNER'S AGREEMENT SAYING THEY WOULD BEHAVE-- AND AFTER EVERYONE TOLD GEORGE TO BEHAVE AS TEHY WENT OUT THE DOOR, I TOLD BELLA TO BEHAVE TOO.
THEY ARE DOING BETTER THAN I WOULD I AM AFRAID... SOME OF THE ADULT 'S COMMENTS  NEED TO BE SHOVED APPROPRIATELY.. I WROTE  A VERY POLITE INFORMATIVE LETTER TO THE PRINCIPAL AND NEVER HEARD BACK--  WHICH IS OK  UNLESS SHE FIGURES SHE CAN GET RID OF  ALL OF US..... MEGAN SAID THE VICE PRINCIPAL SEEMED ON BOARD....  MEGAN IS DONG A GREAT JOB HANDLING IT... IT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL TO HAVE DONNA BACK ADVISING US .. DONNA SPEAKS  OFFICIAL EDUCATIONAL  LANGUAGE REALLY WELL.  SHE KNOWS THINGS LIKE A  504 PLAN. WHICH IS SOMETHIGN ABOUT WHAT THE SYSTEM IS OBLIGED TO PROVIDE.  WHICH IN BELLA'S CASE IS AN ATTENDENT TO HELP CARRY TRAYS AND MOVE CHAIRS ETC... 
 GRANTED IF I WAS DESIGNING THE SYSTEM I MIGHT  DO IT DIFFERENTLY----  IT MIGHT BE NICE IF THE STUDENTS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR  MOVING FURNATURE   OR HELPING WITH HER LUNCH TRAY..  YOU KNOW   THE HELPFUL TYPE STUFF THEY SHOULD LEARN-- AND SAVE TAX MONEY....I CAN HEAR THE PARENTS "WHY SHOULD MY CHILD CARRY A TRAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE?"  I WOULD TELL THEM "SO THE KID DOESN'T TURN OUT  TO BE AN SOB LIKE YOU"
THIS IS WHY IT IS BETTER FOR  MEGAN TO HANDLE  THE SITUATION.  I GET MAD.... I WAS TOLD  AS A CHILD ONLY DOGS GO MAD ,PEOPLE GET ANGRY.  I HAVE BEEN AROUND DOGS A LONG TIME... I GET MAD.
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AND THEN THERE IS THIS FORMAT OF THEIS EMAIL-- I AM TOLD-- AND HAVE SEEN IT -- WHERE THE SENTANCES CONTINUE STRAIGHT FOR A BLOCK AND A HALF WITHOUT FLIPPING TO ANOTHER LINE..I DON'T  KNOW WHY-- THAT WOUDL BE A GOOD PROJECT FOR THE DAY..
YESTERDAY'S EXCITEMENT WAS A NEIGHBOR'S 9 YEAR OLD KID SHOWED ME HOW TO MAKE MY  PHONE TELL ME THE NUMBER OF THE PERSON I WAS CALLING..  FOR A VERY LONG TIME I HAVE BEEN MISSING THE LAST 4 DIGITS-- MAKING FOR SOME SURP[RIZING CONVERSATIONS.
PLUS I SUFFER FROM THE "LATER" SYNDROME- 
 XXX HAS A NEW NUMBER?  I WILL DELETE THE OLD ONE LATER... CONSEQUENTLY  I HAVE MANY NUMBERS FOR LOTS OF PEOPLE-- INCLUDING MY SISTER
WHY WHEN I CALL TIM TO FIX THE CAMERAS, HE IS LOOKING AT ME THRIU THE PHONE... I DO NOT KNOW.  IT IS LIKE MY PHONE IS A PEEPING TOM---I NEVER KNOW WHEN IT IS BEING A CAMERA TOO. MY PHONE WITH THE ROTARY DIAL WOULD NEVER DO THAT.
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AND THEN THERE IS THE PUPPY HILL CAMERA-- BEEN DOWN -- WE HAVE PUSHED AND PLUGGED TIL TIM DECIDED  HE WAS 99% SURE IT WAS BLACK BOX  #437  AND IS FEDEXING A NEW ONE TO US FOR TIDAY.
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FEDEXING FROM CALIF TO  MASS, THE OVERNIGHT IS 3 HOURS SHORTER THAN A NORMAL 24 HOUR OVERNIGHT-- AMAZING--
****I WILL NOW GO AND PLAY WITH MY MENTAL BLOCKS... 
ENJOY THE KAREN/BECKY CONVERSATION AS KAREN TRIED TO GET AN UPDATE ON BECKY'S DOG STANLEY
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Becky was very hesitant to speak with me since she had not been notified that someone would be calling.  She was very pleasant about it but suggested a group email would be an easy way to communicate such things.  I told her SDP does not have a consolidated email list but that it was a good idea. I told her I would be happy to have someone email or call her to confirm I was who I said I was or she could quiz me about things around the farm.  What color is the barn was her question and both laughing, she let me proceed.
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denim
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but after last night’s wonderful celebration, I feel I need to mention it again.  Because I regularly volunteer at Service Dog Project (SDP) where Denim is from, I was invited to last night’s celebration and met many other people that give so much to this wonderful organization.
In the summer of 1998, I was diagnosed with Ataxia.  Being a progressive condition, it has got more invasive over the years. In June of 2013, our family pet dog of 12 years passed away.  I (along with the rest of the family)was devastated and could not bear to not have a dog around.  I was lost.  Who would be my side when the kids were at school and my husband at work?  Per the suggestion of my husband and the encouragement of my neurologist, I looked into service dogs.  In my search for a mobility dog, all fingers kept pointing to SDP. “But they only deal with Great Danes and I’m only 5’2”!”  Well, in January of 2014, I called Carlene White, the founder of SDP.  She insisted the size was not an issue and had me visit the farm in Ipswich.  Well by April I was home with my Denim by my side.  She is absolutely wonderful and has made such a change in my life.  Up to now, I’ve been able to avoid the wheelchair and hopefully I will be able to continue walking with Denim by my side for several more years. This video shows me learning how to do stairs with her.
https://ataxiama.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/my-life-with-service-dog-project/
Well, after last night’s party, I realized that this whole experience has benefited me even more than I had thought.  Because Denim worked so well for me, I wanted to give back to her too.  So we started visiting the farm on a fairly regular basis so that Denim could run free and be a dog.  Because I visited the farm regularly, I started noticing how it worked and because I wanted to give back to an organization that had given me so much, I started volunteering there.   Another benefit of my Ataxia?
For more information about the organization, check out their website:http://www.servicedogproject.org/ or come visit on a Sunday afternoon for open house.

Monday, January 19, 2015

jan 19 2015
WELLLLL....I HAVE JUST PROVEN THE M&M DISPENSER IS HAZZARDOUS TO MY DIET PLAN-
IF MATTER MAY NEITHER BE CREATED OR DESTROYED HOW CAN 1/2 CU P OF M&M MAKE ME GAIN A POUND.  FORTUNATELY IT IS NOW EMPTY--- NOT THAT WE SHOULD FILL IT... BUT MAYBE MOVE IT TO THE LAUNDRY ROOM.

CHAOS.....YESTERDAY  EARLENE CALLED AND SAID SHE WOULD BE HERE IN 5 MINUTES-- GIVING ME A  A CHANCE TO PUT CHAOS ON CAMERA FROM SOUND ASLEEP, BORED  ---TO TELLING HER "PAUL'S COMING"( PAUL IS CHAOS NAME FOR EARLENE)  AND SEEING HER JUMP UP AND GO TO THE WINDOW TO WAQTCH FOR HER CAR-- GET ALL EXCITED WHEN SHE ARRIVED AND RUN TO TH E FRONT DOOR...  I HOPE SOMNE ONE TAped it-- IT IS QUITE SPECTACULAR.
THEY WENT FOR A LONG WALK- AND THEN TOOK HER HOME FOR OVERNIGHT.  SHOULD BE BACK TODAY.

THERE ARE SOOOO MANY REPORTS OF CARS AND TRUCKS SLIDING AROUND, I MAY NOT GO TO WALMART IN SEARCH OF HAIR CURLERS...
YOU WOULDN'T THINK........  START WITH FACT 1... I HAD 8  CURLERS AND NOW HAVE 4.
EVEN IF "THERE IS MANY A SLIP TWIXT CUP AND LIP...."
THEY GO FROM MY DRAWER TO MY HEAD TO MY DRAWER- SO IT IS A SHORT CIRCLE-- ALL 8  AT ONCE... WHY AM I  MISSING 4?
I CAN NOT IMAGINE THAT THEY  WOULD TASTE GOOD TO A DOG-- AND I CAN NOT IMAGINE ANYONE AROUND HERE SO HARD PRESSED FOR A HAIR CURLER THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO STEAL 4 OF MINE,.--  SO IT MUST  BE GOLDIE ( GHOST OF THE LEFTHAND DRAWER)
-- SINCE I WASHED THE DRAWER OUT WITH ANNESETTE LIQUOR, WE HAVE NOT HEARD MUCH FROM HER.
I THOUGFHT FOR SURE SHE WAS BACK WHEN WE NOTICED A VERY WIERD SMELL EVERY NIGHT AT MAIL CALL-- TIL WE DISCOVERED THE  DRY EARASE MARKERS WER THAT SOURCE OF THAT STRANGE SMELL.

ON THE TOPIC OF ODORS.... I HAVE SEEN -- ON THE INTERNET-- SO IT MUST BE TRUE-- THAT THE GAS PRODUCED BY DOGS WILL PREVENT CANCER.

SO WE ARE ALL SET AROUND HERE.
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BUD---DID A WONDERFUL THING YESTERDAY  HE TRIED TO USE THE COMPRESSOR AND IT DIED-- SO BUD, BEING BUD AND ELECTRICALLY INCLINED,  TOOK IT APART IN THE ALLEY OF THE DOG KENNEL ( HEATED AREA) AND PICKED... AND PICKED... AND PICKED   ENOUGH "STUFFING " OUT OF IT TO 1/2 FILL A 5 GAL BUCKET--- PROBABLY MICE BECAUSE OF THE SIZE HOLE THEY CHEWED TO GET INTO THE COMPRESSOR.  THE PROBLEM WAS CLEARLY WELL BELOW  BUD'S  LEVEL OF ELECTRICAL EDUCATION...  WHAT HIS EDUCATION DID WAS TO GIVE HIM THE COURAGE TO START. 

THAT WAS  ONE OF THE INTELLECTUAL CONVERSATIONS THAT GOT GOING AROUND THE COFFEE POT YESTERDAY..  IS COLLEGE WORTH THE COST?  I AM NOT SURE... FOR A COUPLE REASONS.
I  WAS WELL PAID BY A COMPANY FOR 19 YEARS BEFORE THEY FOUND OUT I HAD A COLLEGE DEGREE.  THEN I AM AFRAID HAVING A COLLEGE DEGREE IS INCLINED TO  ENCOURAGE  A PERSON TO THINK CERTAIN JOBS ARE BENEATH THEM.  

THAT IS ONE THING THAT MAKES OUR GROUP SO UNIQ1UE AND ENJOYABLE-- PICKING POO IS NOT BENEATH ANYONE.  I TAKE GREAT DELIGHT  IN TELLING  THE KIDS WHO COME TO DO  COMMUNITY SERVICE THAT POO PICKING IS EVERYONE'S  FIRST JOB.. AND  THERE ARE QUITE A FEW-- BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS WHO  GET SQUEAMISH AND  RUN FOR THE DOOR - WITH A "I AM NOT DOING THAT" ---ATTITUDE..   MAKES ME WONDER..... 

IT HAS NOT BEEN SAID ON THE INTERNET OFTEN ENOUGH- THAT "A VERY EFFICIENT MOTHER  OFTEN MAKES FOR A KID WHO IS INCAPABLE OF MUCH. "

FOR A WHILE AROUND HERE I HAD  JUGGLING BALLS- AND WOULD SAY TO KIDS  IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO  TRY LEARNING TO JUGGLE.  SOME DID-- SOME DID NOT EVEN TRY...  TRYING WAS  THE CRITICAL PART.

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"Bella and George want to say thank you to everyone at SDP and all the CPs. They are officially a team! We are so excited to have George in our family and to see how he helps Bella grow. We thank all of you for your support because if it wasn't for all of you this would have never happened. We can't thank you all enough for your love and support to SDP and to Bella and George. We will never forget all our great CP and SDP family for all they have done. We love you all and thank you sooo much. If you haven't had a chance to get your chicken bricks please do so for Bella and George! We can't thank you all enough. Love The Burtons!"
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Carlene,

Hi, It's Brenda and Dolly stopping by to let you know how things are going. 

The last 6 weeks have been a difficult time for our family. My Mom became very ill and in three short weeks passed away. During that time Dolly was a champ, she was amazing!! It was quite a distance to walk from the parking lot to her room. I would not have been able to do it without Dolly's help. A year ago i had an aunt that was in the same area of the hospital and had to use a wheel chair to visit with her. Now that I have Dolly I was able to do it dependently! That is a great feeling.

Dolly had her own spot in Mom's room where the nurses had a very nice makeshift bed for Dolly, with many many layers of nice blankets. She even had her own wash basin for fresh water and several things to occupy her time. She was such a good girl. She became a celebrity with people stopping by just to see her. Sometimes as we were walking down the hallways we would overhear the nurses and sometimes doctors saying," There's the dog !!" They loved having her there, they said it changed the atmosphere and they enjoyed it.

Thanks again for "Everything" that "Everyone" does to make it possible for me and others to have the freedom and independence to be able to do the things we want and like to do, but also for the things that we "Need" to do. Like help take care of an ailing parent in their final journey in life. Without Dolly i would never have been able to spend the time with her that I did. It was because of the independence that Dolly has given to me that I can feel at peace that we (Dolly and I ) did all that was possible for Mom. I am forever grateful for that, so thank you so much!!

Brenda