Monday, January 22, 2018

JAN 22 2018
FINALLY someone ASKED ME--- to save and send some of those purina  dog food dishes for an artist paints....wow !! -- those are the containers tat  pains me to throw out....they are sooooo perfect for soooo many thing... from diet size snacks to nuts and bolts--- I started insisting feeder  people save these things..  we use 15-20 a day-- plus we run a not quite full dishwasher every day---the project of saving them  started out well, then staff began to  throw them out... hiding the fact from me... becasue we had many garbage bags full of them in the hay loft an dit was getting crowded... so .. un annnounced i tood like 5 big bags full down to th elocal grade school... where at least the office people know me.... and plunked them down --  they said the kindergarden teacher would. be thrilled and dragged them off.- they acted pleased- and at least humored me.

-i have persuaded staff to keep a supply of washed ones on the counter for leftovers... but i know  they are throwing them out again....
i have to admit... if i insist they put them in th e dishwasher and tehn a garbage bag for storage.... it won't be long before the hay loft won't have room for hay..... so ... i have an offer.... if you send me a sticky label  i  will struff the nearest box ( of varying size)  with these wonderful containers
( with lids)  probably we will leave the labels on-- which come off easily... but i know io am gioing to get  "feedback" about having to set them in the dishwasher instead of the trash....  teh bottom0s do make doggie toys, but the tops are destroyabole and therfore eatable.
please....help me prove to these folk that we can get organized. .  it is a struggle....
the only hitch is ...i can not stack them  until totally dry but i will figure that one out somehow... ? this house has some  rafters. left.....:)
as i sit here ... i have one dish full of those  thumb drives-- perfect
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i am very excited to hear it will be raining  maybe tomorrow--- because..... i have been using one of the hotel guest hair conditioner tubes... and it iwas nearly empty... ..as i sat in the tub with my rubber ducky,  i wondered if the slipery bit on the hair resembled teh rainx tehy sell on tv... so i gave teh remainder to tanner who dumped it in my windscreen washer resevoiir.  
stay tuned... (and remind me to test it.)
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tomorrow we are having a staff meeting--- whatever we are doing we are turning out fantastic dogs... i have absolutely no complaint about  the quality of our graduates...  it is the thin ice on which we tread daily... hopefully teh rules around here have some basis in fact and are not just blowing smoke...  perfect example... which i will bring up tomorrow.... i insist thagt all water buckets be next to the door... i am not just blowing smoke... but my phd in murphy's law makes me an expert in what can go wrong--  the heat is now functioning well in the ICE house --( since we insulated)  so we now keep dogs in there.  it is "different"  than the normal barn kennels--- and  i did not put a double ended snap next to the door for the wagter bucket--not having that  "anchor"    some well meaning staff or volunteer figured  the water bucket was in the way by the door so moved it way back out of the way...-- steve went in to tend to theose dogs on sat moring and came out and said the water in teh  buckets looked 3 days old..  when i went in to see what he meant,  theer were the buckets way in the back where no one could see as they walk around.  i will put those brass 4" double ended snaps to hold those where i want them kept so it is not as easy to change...now...... if young pups are put in one of those kennels the buckets must be unsnapped  to tip over...so a pup does not get heads down in a bucket whicch is snaled to the wall.
that is  a critical life set of directions....
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and then ther is the fact that i must get over being annoyed at how someoen sweeps the barn floor.  barn floor sweeping does not rise to the level of lack of water,  so it should be in the suggestion box.... not the compalint box... 
how should one sweep the barn floor???? every time you stroke with one of thse "corn brooms" , you should spin the broom  around... this wears the broom off evenly and not at an angle--- it is one of the things i noticed  when i was a 4h leader doing barn inspectons...  it is stupid... you are right... i shold be happy to get the floor swept at all...  but there is part of me that says  i wish they knew better..
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those are the 2 type things we have to address tomorrow...  life threatening  vs. generalized bltching-- both can have a  disasterous effect on SDP in general.

teri-can is doing a great job reading up on availalbel grants-- gave me 3 to do today... they look like good ones... 2000-3000 eadh if we get them... there are soooo many people asking... it is a "crap shoot'  but we try.
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WE HAD A LOVELY WEEKEND! STARTING WITH A RELAXING FRIDAY NIGHT! FINN GOT A NICE PACKAGE FROM FROMM FAMILY FOODS! HERE HE IS NAPPING AND SPORTING HIS NEW BANDANA AFTER SOME PLAY AND A COUPLE LAMB CRANBERRY TREATS! 
SATURDAY EVE AND I RAN SOME ERRANDS IN TOWN.  AND HAD DINNNER AT RAINFOREST CAFE. DEFINITELY NOT FINN’S FAVORITE RESTAURANT BUT SO PROUD TO SAY HIS BEHAVIOR WAS PERFECT DESPITE LAYING RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE MECHANICAL APE THAT WAS STARING RIGHT AT HIM AT TIMES. FINN WAS CERTAINLY UNSURE OF IT BUT SETTLED IN ANYWAY! 
EVE DID ALOT OF WALKING YESTERDAY!! VIDEOS IN COMMENTS! WE ALSO GOT AN UNUSUALLY LARGE AMOUNT OF ATTENTION AT THE MALL. WE HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO THE ATTENTION EVE AND FINN RECEIVE EVERYWHERE BUT YESTERDAY WAS FAR FAR BEYOND TYPICAL AT ONE POINT IN ADDITION TO THE EXTRA STARES AND CHATTERS WE ACTUALLY TURNED AROUND AND FOUND WE HAD LITERALLY GATHERED A CROWD OF 25-30 PEOPLE JUST STARING AT US WHILE WE BROWSED A KIOSK. IT WAS STRANGE BUT WE JUST SMILED AND WENT ON OUR WAY. 
TODAY WAS CHURCH AND A POT LUCK LUNCH! THEN MORE RELAXING & WATCHING FOOTBALL
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good boy finnegannn

Sunday, January 21, 2018

JAN 21 2018
THINGS DO HAPPEN IN THREE'S....    AWESOM ANNIE GOT TANGLED UP WITH  10 POUND WANDA  IN THE BAN AND NEARLY WENT DOWN--- THEN GRACE LANDED  ON THE ICE... AND STEVE SLID DOWN AN EMBANKMENTM WHERE HE SAT FOR A FEW MINUTES WHILE I  THOUGHT  " GET UP STEVE, I CAN NEVER GET THE TRACTOR IN THERE TO PULL YOU OUT OF WHERE YOU ARE..." 
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.STEVE'S PROBLEM HAPPEND BECAUSE PUPPIES ARE SOOOOOO QUICK WHEN PROPERLY INSPIRED...  THEY WERE ON " THE FLAT"  HOT TOP AREA IN FRONT OF TH HOUSE --- THERE ARE 2 GATEES BETWEEN THAT FLAT AND THE "A" FIELD... WOTH THE  4 ACRES  AND STREAM AND ---  THIN ICE AND SWAMP.. NO .. MAKE THAT ...."SOFT FOOTING" -- GE PUT A NICE FENCE AROUND THE "SOFT FOOTING"  BUT A HUGE TREE " 20"DIAMETER FELL ACROSS THE FENCE-- SO ALTHO THE TREE IS STACKED AND SPLIT FOR NEXT YEARS FIREPLACE.... THE FENCE IS DOWN... *** THERE IS A SMALL PENNED AREA ON THE HILL BETWEEN THE FLAT HOT TOP AREA AND "A"---  THE GATE OUT OF THE PEN ONTO A WAS OPEN... SO STEVE THOUGHT RIGHTLY HE BETTER GO SHTU IT...... PUPS WERE PLAYING ON THE FLAT HOT TOP AREA  "THEY'RE ENTERTAINED   AND I CAN GUST GET TO THAT SECOND GATE BEFORE THEY NOTICE...  WRONG...... THEY SPOTTED THE OPENING AND BARRELLED THRU BEFORE STEVE WAS HALF WAY THERE...  BIG AS THEY ARE, THEY LOOKED TINY WAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF "A"--- AND VERY MOBILE RUNNING MUCH FASTER THAN  GRACE OR STEVE EVEN THOUGHNT OF...
THERE IS A LESSON HERE---- SOMEWHERE.....   WE NOW HAD STEVE, GRACE AND SUE IN THE AREA.. ALL SHAKKING  COOKIE BOXES TO NO AVAIL....  PROBLEM BEING...  6 PUPS LOOSE... AND ONE WOULD  APPROACH A COOKIE BOX SHAKER  AND TEH SHAKER WOULD THINK... THAT IS ONLY ONE... I WILL WALK TOWARD THE OTHER 5 WHILE SHAKING...-- SO THE ONE NEARLY CAPTURED TURNS AND REJOINS THE OTHER 5 RUNNING AWAY FURTHER.-- GRANTED 6 LOOSE PUPS IS A PROBLEM... BUT  IF YOU RETHINK..... DOGS ARE FOLLOWERS--- IF THE ONE COMES TO YOU  AND YOU TURN TO GO BACK TO TH E HOUSE, THE OTHERS ARE INCLINED TO JOIN THE ONE FOLLOWING YOU......  THEN ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS STAY IN FRONT OF THE PARADE...
LOOSE DOG  LESSON #1  YOU SHOULD BE PRETTY DARN SURE OF YOU R DOG BEFORE YOU LET THEM LOOSE.... BUT-- FACED WITH A LOOSE DOG- I FIND IF I CAN GET THEIR ATTENTION AND THEN WALK AWAY, THEY ARE INCLINED TO FALL IN BESIDE ME AND THEN YOU MIGHT GET HOLD OF A COLLAR OR WHATEVER...  I AM PRETTY SURE I HAVE NEVER CAUGHT A LOOSE DOG BY GOING TOWARD THE DOG.
 I HAVE CHASED ALOT OF ANIMALS IN MY CAREER... WELLLL ... MOSLY JANINE HAS DONE THE RUNNING AFTER PART...... WORST ONE WAS AN AFGAHN HOUND-- THOSE ARE "SIGHT HOUNDS"   CHASE ANYTHING THAT MOVES... UNFORTUNATELY I WS UNLOADING  TO GO INTO A STUDIO IN BOSTON  AND -- IT MUST HAVE BEEN EARLY IN MY CAREER BECAUSE THE DOG SLIPPED HER COLLAR OFF.  AND THEN SAW AN AIRPLANE TAKING OFF FROM LOGAN AIRPORT  AND STARTED TO RUN RIGHT TOWARD THE PLANE AND BOSTON TRAFFIC... I DON'T KNOW HOW I /WE  MANAGED TO CARCH HER... BUT I DID... AND IMMEDIATELY  INVENTED THE ROPE ANED THE RING WHICH WE NOW USE ALL THE TIME.-- ON ALL KINDS OF ANIMNALES.. FROM HORSES TO COW TO  PIGS LAMMAS AND CATS... I CALL IT MY "ANIMAL HANDLER... AND ONE IS SUPPOSED TO HANG ON MY GOLF CART FOR EMERGENCIES..
*** TANNER IS HERE TODAY--- I SPENT YESTERDAY  ON THE FLOOR IN FRONT OF THE FIREPALCE MEASURING AND MARKING 2 SHEETS OF THAT POLYMAX STUFF  (4 X 10... BEAUTIFUL STUFF)  TO REDO TEH  40 ODD DOGGIE DOORS-- OUR 2 SAMPLE DOORS HAVE LASTED LONGER THAN ANY PIECE OF RUG--- THERE IS ONLY ONE TOOTHMARK SO FAR...- MEASURING AND MARKING WAS  A BIT OF A CHALLANGE... BECAUSE I THINK I PUT IN MOST OF THE DOGGIE DOORS MYSELF-- AND MY METHOND WS TO TAKE A CHAIN  SAW AND CUT A HOLE THAT LOOKED ABOUT RIGHT... SO NO TWO ARE THE SAME SIZE.-- MAXIMIZING THE 4 X 10 SHEET WAS AN INTERESTIN PUZZLE. 
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 SITTING ON THE FLOOR CROSSLEGGED AND WITH NOTHING MORE TO DO... I WONDERED JUST HOW FLEXABLE I WAS.. AND FOUND I COULD TOUCH MY NOSE WITH MY LEFT FOOT---- I SHOWED  THIS TO STEVE AT MAIL CALL-- HE TRIED TI ( ON CAMERA OF COURSE) AND TANNER TRIED-- WHEN WE GOT BACK TOTHE MAIL CALL SCREEN WE FOUND OTHER CAMERA PEOPLE WERE TRYING IT TOO....
IT IS FRIGHTENING TO THINK OF THE NEW PERSON JUST TUNING IN TO EXPLORE ONLY TO HAVE 581 PEOPLE FROM ALL OER TEH STATES ...TRYING TO  TOUCH THIER NOSES WITH THIER FOOT.  
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 SO---BACK TO TANNER BEING HERE ------- THE REASON I WAS JUST SITTING--- WS MY HAND WAS SORE FROM TEH SCISSORS  CUTTING THIS 1/16TH INCH THICK STUFF...  THEY CUT... BUT BETWEEN BENDING AND MOVING I WAS TIRED... TANNER ARRIVEDD  --- I HANDED HIM TH ESCISORS AND 14 SECONDS LATER HE HAD ALL 40 CUT AND STACKED AND THE FLOOR WAS ONCE AGAIN CLEARED....
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 I HAVE EXPLAINED TO TANNER, THAT BYT HE TIME I COUOD AFFORD ALL THE  TOOLS THAT I KNEW WERE SUCH FUN, I DIDN'T HAVE TH EPHYSICAL PERSONA TO BE ABLE TO USE THEM AS I WOULD HAVE 40 YEARS AGO... SO I HAVE FUN TEACHING TANNER SOME OF THE THINGS..... YESTERDAY I DECIDED IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO LEARN ABOUT GROMMETS AND RIVETS. I WISH I HAD KNOWN WHEN I WAS YOUNGER....... FOR UNDER $5 YOU CAN GET THE BASID GROMMET SETTER THAT YOU POUND WITHA HAMMER-- WORKS PERFECTLY--- AND FOR ABOTU $20 YOU CAN GET A HAND PLIER THING TO  SET RIVETS--   2 SIMPLE  CURES NOT USUALLY TAUGHT IN HIGH SCHOOL  "HOME EC" CLASSES....
TANNER IS THRILLED TO BE ABLE TO DO THINGS... HE MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO GET BORED. SO TODAY.... RIVETS...
THER IS METHO D IN MY MADNESS... HE  AND TOM...JUST PUT UP ALOT OF SMOKE DETECTORS.
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THIS GIRL IS SO STRONG! LAST NIGHT WE HAD A GREAT NIGHT AT HOME. BELLA TOOK MEDS AND WENT TO BED AT 10. I FIGURED I WOULD LET HER SLEEP UNTIL SHE NEEDED MEDS. SHE SLEPT UNTIL 6 AM! AT 6 SHE ASKED IF I WOULD CHANGE HER POSITION BECAUSE WITH THE HALO SHE CAN’T REALLY ROLL OVER ON HER OWN. SHE CAN SHIFT HER LEGS BUT CAN’T ROLL OVER FROM SIDE TO SIDE. SHE DOES MANAGE TO GET ONTO HER BACK. SO I ASKED IF SHE WANTED MEDS AT 6 AND SHE SAID YES THEN WAS BACK TO SLEEP UNTIL 9! I CALL HER FIRST NIGHT BACK AT HOME A SUCCESS! LET’S HOPE SHE SLEEPS JUST AS GOOD ON DAY 2. TODAY GABI AND BELLA SPENT TIME SNUGGLED UP WATCHING MOVIES TOGETHER. THEY WERE SO CUTE. GABI WANTED TO TAKE BELLA FOR A DRIVE IN HER NEW TRUCK SO WE WENT FOR A QUICK DRIVE AROUND THE BLOCK. BELLA DID GOOD IN THE TRUCK. SHE DOES MUCH BETTER BEING DECLINED SLIGHTLY THAN SITTING STRAIGHT UP. TONIGHT OUR FRIENDS ALY AND BAYLEIGH CAME OVER AND WE PLAYED CATAN WITH THEM. BELLA WON TONIGHT’S GAME! SHE DID REALLY GOOD SITTING AT THE TABLE. SHE DID HAVE TO TURN AND LEAN UP ON ME BECAUSE IT’S HARD FOR HER TO SIT WITHOUT LEANING STILL. BUT HER PAIN AT HOME SO FAR HAS BEEN MANAGED. WE ARE LETTING HER TELL US WHEN SHE NEEDS MEDS INSTEAD OF JUST GIVING THEM TO HER. SO FAR SO GOOD I MUST SAY. BUT IT WAS A NICE RELAXING DAY FOR ALL WHICH WAS NICE TO BE TOGETHER. OFF TO TUCK HER IN. LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE
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 BELLA MIGHT NEED  ONE OF MY 3/4" ROPES OVER HER BED.... I WILL MAKE ONE. TODAY

Saturday, January 20, 2018

jan 20,2018
the 500 word spelling test- was a huge part of my college education. and i have very often told of how it  took over every thing else i was supposed to learn while there.  however there was one thing that i did learn at Colby College...-- the life lesson was.... a specific   tuesday afternoon at 4:00 pm-- happens only once in a lifetime----- i ran across campus one day witha papeer and got there at 4:01- and the professor would' nt accept my paper-  was i mad at that stupid professor....  yet that was perhaps the most valuable thing a 4 year college degree got me.  seems like there could be a cheaper way to teach children that-- however...looking back...when i worked for teh want ad magazine-- i went to the actual office once or twice a year--- and evry time-- i was appalled-- for a 9 to 5  job... staff showed up at 9:10 with coffee in one hand and a breakfast platter from mcdonald in the other..  they woud punc in and go to th elounge and eat breakfast.. getting to their desks maybe by 10am..i used to put forth the opinion that  staff was being paid to  do whatever they were hired to do  betweeen the hours of 9 and 5.  the concept of actually working at 9am  made me not too popular-----  it was noteable that the president of th e company was there at 8:30 for 9:00 opening... interesting...---and  then   to  AE....animal episodes... providing animals for the media... i did have the reputation  of  showing up  1/2 hour early-- mosty because i was driving vehicles with questionable relability...-- i certainly didn't want any photographer to worry about  whethere i was going to get there...-- ther were enough problems to worry about animals on the set--   the options as i saw them were to.... waste time at home - then leave with just enoug time to get there-- and hold up the rest of the production while i got animals settled... -- or i could use that 1/2 hour wasted at home to sit around  in a far more entertaining  place than my office and shoot the reeze with some really strange people...(.i had the added advantage of..  since i was not a movie go-er.... i didn;t know who anyone was- so i got into normal conversaton without the shock of  hanging our with some really big names.)
along the way someone told me... if yo really want the job, get there a few minutes early---  bosses do notice that - and those few mminutes prove your respect for your responsibilities.. the other thing .... the very least  and easiest you can do to be promoted , is to get there on time.

ok... so  for the past few weeks--- i have been studying SDP  time cards... and keeping the results on my trusty spread sheet... teh volunteers are terriffic !!!! not a complaint in the wolrdl-----the  staff winners are...generally .the younger staff...but....... - could be that is my fault  caused by lack of leadership.... ok.... get ready..  here's one solution......
when i had to pick up my grandson at day care ... it was  very clear... $5 per minute-- paid to the staff  that you held up-- cash on the barrel head or don't bring the kid the next day.   parents complained --- but i knew better   i had many thousands of $$$ of a college education... which taught me 5pm  was  5pm...
does anyone want to apply all that to congress....  in their education , they missed the words "homework must be turned in  at xxx"- didn't anyone explain to any of them that one minute late for a train means the train has left the station?????
i guess education is where you find it.
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big excitement--  judy ( with pilot husband)  has been working on this  and  i just found out that Peter...( of janine's  contingency... you know  mo's  "rider") works for the FAA-- he apparently will still be working today... however.... i have been looking for a place where the security people learn to screen tht public..  -- you know ... the shoes off and walk thru routine... because i would like to film how they should insist any service animal be screened.. remove all harness/vests in the tub... have them stay then you walk thru then ask thme to walk thru the screening alone.  -- we need to film that and have it go round... it would solve 99.4% of all wierd animal stories.  it would define what is not a service animal...  ADA says ( i think) service animals must be under control and unobtrusive.  and one of the public access tests of ADI    is to drop the leash in a parking lot and have th e dog get back with you..  i thought of using wanda as  what coudl happen i the dog was not trained...b tu then i thoght maybe a dane and wantda would demo that a tiny dog could be a hearing ear dog... and should behave.... i am sure  i could get wanda to obey long enough for a film....
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DAY 33 INPATIENT AND DAY 11 POST OP

OUR STREAK HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED!!!!!
DECEMBER 18- JAN 19 AND WE ARE HOME. NOW FOR THE HEALING TO BEGIN AT OUR OWN HOUSE. EVERYONE AT THE HOSPITAL WAS AMAZING OVER THE LAST 33 DAYS. BELLA CAME TO LOVE THE NURSES SHE HAD. WELL WE ALL DID. THEY WERE ALL AMAZING AND TOOK SUCH GOOD CARE OF HER. WHEN WE WALKED OUT OF HER ROOM TODAY THEY HAD A BUBBLE PARADE. ALL BLOWING BUBBLES IN THE HALL. THEY ALSO MADE HER A BOOK WITH NOTES FROM ALL THE STAFF. NURSES WHO SHE HAD AND NURSES WHO SHE JUST MET PLAYING IN THE HALLS. WE CAME HOME TO HOT DINNER ON OUR TABLE FROM SOME GREAT FRIENDS. THEY ACTUALLY BROUGHT US DINNER MORE THAN 10 YEARS AGO THE NIGHT WE CAME HOME FROM HER FIRST HALO. THEN SOME FRIENDS CAME TO WELCOME HER HOME. THE KIDS ALL PLAYED NINTENDO SWITCH GAMES AND BELLA SAID AS I TUCKED HER IN THAT HER BACK HURT FROM LAUGHING SO MUCH. SHE EVEN SKIPPED A DOSE OF MEDS BECAUSE SHE WASN’T NEEDING THEM. SHE HAD MEDS BEFORE BED AND ASKED ME NOT TO WAKE HER FOR THEM. SHE JUST WANTS TO SLEEP WITHOUT SOMEONE WAKING FOR VITALS OR MEDS IF SHE CAN. WE SHALL SEE HOW LONG SHE LASTS. BUT THERE IS CERTAINLY NO PLACE LIKE HOME, NOTHING LIKE FAMILY AND FRIENDS BY YOUR SIDE. THE SUPPORT FROM EVERYONE HAS BEEN EXTREMELY GENEROUS AND WE CAN’T THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG ROAD THAT WAS MADE MUCH EASIER BY ALL OF YOU. WE CAN’T THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH FOR THE CARDS, GIFTS, DONATIONS, MEALS, LOVING COMMENTS, AND JUST BEING HERE. SO THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS.
LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE
AND ALSO ED RACHEL AND GABI! 

Friday, January 19, 2018

jan 19 2018
cake day----
maybe what i should do today is buy one of those big flat cakes at costco... and cut off a lump for us and give eht rest to georgetown fire.. it wodl be different ...
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lots warnings about th edoggie flu--- i don't think it is any worse.. i talked with geroge about it  6 months agog...  we are as ready as we can be...
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i think we had a doggie flu coupld years ago...  an entire litter.... here's the record of one of them////
teh progress was significant... wheezing coughing to  green snot-- gotta love our records..

pup #2
103.8
WHEEZING COUGHING
5/8/AM
103.7
ATE WELL harsh  cough- breathing puffy cheeks
5/8/PM

fine muscle tremors.  START DOXY 100mg/22#
5/9AM
102.1
ate bkfst nutt house


CONGESTED-PUFFY CHEEK BREATHING
5/10pm
101.4
green snot puffy breqths



bless doxy....
we have been thru the wars !!- and we still have alot of the fluids which were sent to us during our parvo episode years ago...  all carefully dated.
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i am hoping-- with a little praying.... that the 2 doggie doors tom put up last night did not get eaten.-- rugs function well until they are eaten-- this poly max stuff is fantastic.... extremely slippery on one side-- and nearly so on the other, i don't think it would be as much fun to chew.  my latest is.... with walls in a normal building 16" apart....on center... and the studs 1.5 inches wide one wold expect the distance between to be 14.5 inches...-- except i built some of the deagel house and most o the nutt house.. so each as to be measured-- the barn is worse...  studs there are ont 24" centers- so anything is possible... and a t'square is just not in my usual tool deprtmetn.  tom did test the 2 tht are up to be sure the dogs would push thru... they do.  to plug even 90% of those holes would be a big thing in the heat department
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the "stuff" is 4 x 10  slid behid the sofa ( on camera at mail call)   and i am wonderign if 2 or 3 of thse might be our next chicken board--- that piece flooring is getting tired... but still shatable.
 we could have some fun as a huge "white board" and purple duct tape?????  hangign on our gate???***/WHOA???
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i was doing well with my diet  but this morning i got up with the old  "it's a beautiful morning--  time to think about 3 more meals to have today" 
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meanwhile--- the buckeyes are making great progress... wiht more outside nutthouse time  and  in out.. responding to being called... things like that... next is an actual leash... and some car rides.. then maybe we can get one out of here parked with  friends for future breeeding if necessary... to gt ready for the next litter.... i forgetwhen... but i bet all the cp's kept track !!  the family that comes in here during mail call  with the 2 kids is where vance will be going.. ( all things being equal) 
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it is nice to have sizzle back in the house.... she is definitely "out of heat " now-- she nailed bently pretty good with a "get your cold nose out of there " bite...  i dunno -- there is a human lesson to be learned there....  she did not say "yes"-- and because of that he  now has a few holes in his  nose... and bentley.....if you  keep questioning  her  "no"    you will be minus more than some skin off your nose. 

100 years ago---  somebody wrote a book once "my dog, my teacher"  so i went to amazon to see if they had it... they showed me 15  related books  14 about dogs and the 11th one...a book on  ... What Your Fifth Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a Good Fifth-Grade Education (Core Knowledge Series)-- what is that telling    me???
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pray for our doggie doors  ---( and bella too)
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DAY 32 INPATIENT DAY 10 POST OP
WELL IN CASE YOU DIDN’T FIGURE IT OUT BY IT BEING DAY 32 WE ARE STILL HERE. WE DIDN’T MAKE IT HOME BUT TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY. BELLA IS ONLY WAITING ON HER INFUSION. IT GOT DELAYED BECAUSE OF SNOW IN TENNESSEE THEY TELL US. SO WE WAIT. IF IT ISN’T HERE TOMORROW WE MAY JUST GO HOME AND FIGURE IT OUT. SO HOPEFULLY TONIGHT IS OUR LAST SLEEP OVER AT THE HOSPITAL FOR A WHILE. BELLA DID SOME GOOD WALKING TODAY. SHE MADE IT OUT TO THE COMFY CHAIRS TO CHILL WITH GEORGE. HER TUTOR CAME AGAIN TODAY TO WORK WITH HER. BELLA’S SCHOOL CALLED TODAY AND WE HAVE HER TUTOR SET UP TO COME TO THE HOUSE ON MONDAY AFTERNOON. FOR NOW SHE IS APPROVED FOR 5 HOURS A WEEK. IF THE TUTOR THINKS SHE NEEDS MORE SHE WILL REQUEST IT. WE JUST HAVE TO BE HOME FOR THE PATRIOTS GAME ON SUNDAY! 

OFF TO TUCK BELLA IN HOPEFULLY FOR THE LAST NIGHT AT THE HOSPITAL. THANK YOU MY FRIENDS FOR ALL YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT IN EVERY WAY! LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE

Thursday, January 18, 2018

jan 18 2018
head tipping....will be teh topic  of the day-- i have been studying the news- but seeing as the content is sometimes sorely lacking in new material,  it is the head position of the news casters that interests me... mostly .men... only because the  stats for women is colored by the fact that most have hair over one eye.   .if a "news" man is in a discussion situation his head tips into what i consider a thinking position-- sort of like a dog does when they hear a sound they don't understand.... but it snaps to a vertical position when he has to say some pre determined words.. like "commercial break".. once teh norm has been established, and any possible spinal  caus of a tip//like -scoliosis or  kyphosis ----the head tip seems to indicate which combination of words  he has been told are teh buzz words of the day and to use them.
When in a group conversation, a slight head tip seems to indicate a friendiler  participatory attitude.. while the straght up and down is a  more confrontational.. bullying attitude..--sometimes you can tell who wants to talk next in these news groups...and if they are thinking or programmed... 
                
 if you don't notice it... certanily the dogs do-- they study body language much more than we  give them credit for.. especially these 6 pups i sit here with daily...if a strainger comes in and  approches a pup-- - head straight  eyes forward-- teh pup is intimidated and scoots off.   now  approach with head tipped-- eyes somewhere else- and the pup will  wait to assess  the situation  to see if there is a cookie in the vacinity before scooting.
in the animal world---- dogs-- people--  or other animals---just before a fight breaks out, there is a slit second when a dog  stands shock still heead striaght  and  looks eye to eye -before "the action"  starts-- another pequiliar example???  we have to spend time  in the mall with those 25 cent horsey rides... every new pup sees that and figures the beast is about to attack because it is stand ing so still.-- it can take quite a while of even sniffing the butt of the horsey  before the new servicee dog relaxes...  it is also why we have the manequins around-- a manequin in a store window can be freeeeeeky..we used to have a full sized cardboard john kerry in th e training room  but he got bent.

now i have advanced my study to marketing and  advertising... head up or tipped????
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while i await  the order from farmtek and address teh doggie door problem... an dit is a big one...  i have to have  an exit door for every aninlam on the place -- i had a house fire which was out of control i n very few minutes--getting locked out in th e cold si just about as bad... so we will have an open door policy..  that is an expensive policy... and   rugs nailed  from teh top have worked for years until we had more dogs who are in their kennels maybe 2 more hours a day than before-- and they chew/tear down  the rugs...  
we have been thry the vinyl strips-- which last slightly longer... but i am waiting for some polymax stuff to see if it is chewable.  yet safe for pups to get in and out...  there is a collection of metal doors magnetically fastened, but   i have seen them "fail"   
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the parkinsons law discussion  produced many business observstions  - donna who has been in  administration of school systems was very familiar with  teh  peter principle-- where  someone who is good at their job gets promoted to advancing positions  until they are incapable of doing the job.

somewhere in my googling  i saw a list of a bunch of those... however i lost it in the dizy  swirring misery  of google.
most are totally a corredct observation..
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 HI CARLENE,
JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN FYI THAT THERE'S A NASTY CANINE FLU THAT'S MAKING ITS ROUNDS IN THE U.S. CANADA HAS SEEN ITS FIRST CASES WHEN WE SHIPPED A COUPLE DOGS HERE FROM THE U.S.

IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE IT'S HIT MASSACHUSETTS YET, BUT IT'S HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS, SO YOU MAY WANT TO BE ON ALERT FOR SYMPTOMS, WITH AN ACTION PLAN IN PLACE.

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we do know it is around.... not too sure what we are to do about it.. except get grace and her "drip' ready.... keeping dogs or people hydrated is the big  deal...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

jan 17 2018
panic of the day----  pictures of geroge trying to sit on bella's lap when she has so much 'halo'  hardware attached to her head.... i quick wrote a note to rachael-  i am sure bella can manage george with a piece of thread around his neck i hoope she takes off all that harness and collar etc..  -- bella hardy ever uses the leash anyway... that is why her leash is so short - so when she drops it, it does not get on the floor --- paint Service dog on the side of george with barium if anyone thinks he needs a label... hospitals have barium... i know that !!!
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more than a few problems to deala with today...  it is only mid january... and we have a few weather related  down hill problems already-- the flu being one of them.... pam has it big time--- we need to meet and redesign some  proceedures...
the very best day around here is  a shatting sunday---- everybody knows what needs doing- and just does it. without any body overseeing much of anything. perfect !  and enjoyable !!

experience has taught us all to  adhere to murphy's law...... so  next lesson is parkinson's law   

Parkinson's law is the adage that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion". It is also sometimes applied to the growth of the bureaucratic apparatus in an organization.
 (1) "An official wants to multiply subordinates, not rivals" and
 (2) "Officials make work for each other." He notes that the number employed in a bureaucracy rose by 5–7% per year "irrespective of any variation in the amount of work (if any) to be done".
Parkinson also proposed a rule about the efficiency of administrative councils. He defined a "coefficient of inefficiency" with the number of members as the main determining variable. This is a semi-humorous attempt to define the size at which a committee or other decision-making body becomes completely inefficient.
  
parkinson's law-- the book---teh study--- was taken from the British-- it is a super  "read"  even  if a bit technical... the bullets are priceless
Other topics relate to what time to arrive at a cocktail party, how best to select applicants, what is the best age to retire 
it  was in london... but now perhaps our congress in washington.... the concept of "injelitance": the disastrous rise to authority of individuals with an unusually high combination of incompetence and jealousy expressed in the chemical formula I3J5.

oh how i wish i knew how to send that  on twitter to cnn and fox news
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 before i do, i would have to learn how ... on this keyboard--- to make subscripts-- that  woul d kill the next week... but the thought is there....  I3J5  will have to work for now....
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in the meantime -- i think all staff here must  read up on th e perils of parkinson's law--  we have it here and i plan to try and figure out how to undo the tangled webs..  we are sooooo dependent on everyone-- staff and volunteers  -- pulling very hard to put out these fantastic dogs....
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and on top of it... we have ADI   assistance dogs international---
if they had their way we would only  have papers in every building  and not bother with the dogs...
i find it annoying that   none of the rules and reguations they keep handing down have nothing
 to do with training -- or producing a better trained dog...
***lately*** if anyone complains about anything i am to type it all out and send it to all the board who must 
sign off that they are aware of it.--  does this ADI have any idea the  bunch of whacko complaints we have daily?
the only complaint we have- it is not the first nor the last-- when we tell someone we don't have the type dog they need...
 they don't like it-- and there is not a darn thing we can do about it. the danes are wonderful when they work...
 but they are not good at everything.... so we  have to say "no"... ADI has made alot of rules about saying  "no" 

notifying  the world...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

JAN 16 2018

the rest of the walmart story-- well, at least some of it....
Wallmart gave everyone a raise... wonderful...
and they closed many stores... including our "local" SAM's
tMY  RELATED  problem-----for some  tech reason, i could not order the dickenson's cranberry relish from smuckers online  as i have for years...
but Walmart said they had it..12 jars-- fine..

next  i got a notice i am geting  a package from gourmet shopping ---big tracking number--- tht would nottell me what i forgot i had ordered from any gourmet shope- i had to wait-- and a perfectly inferior cardboard box arrived-- and you know i am getting to be a connoisseur of cardboard boxes....  terrible box--   with many  green plastic  bubble things- because the box was far too big for the 12 jars of relish--
totally lacing in the pinosh of amaon shipments
strikes me... that walmart isgrasping at straws trying to stay afloat against amazon-- 
however the package from walmart made me think that ordering from them caused som guy in walmart central to say "i have an uncle in omaha who has some relish in his pantry that he doesn like sooo let me call him and  have him wrap it and send it ."

not that amazzon doesn't hve tehir problems, but  teh differeence was monumental...
which also caused me to wonder how... when i had googled smuckers store, did my computer not allow me to ordrso i ended up at walmart'S SITE ...
shopping at walmart is something i do only when i need large plastic objects-- like trash cans  or the like..  relish is not one of their best known sale items...
that happened electronically  i did not plan "if not smuckers, then  walmart"  .... how did that happen..????
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thiws is  very related to my distrust of the gizmo in my car that tells a mechnic  to replace  my solinoid - whatever thatiws....because i have visions of toyota supply central having a meeting  and deciding " we have that huge supply of solinoids so lets send them out to all th etoyota dealers in ip codes  that start with 019-- and then trigger the gizmos sold in that area  with vin numbers  ending in an odd number- and have the gimos self destruct....teh drivers will all rush in and be very happy that  the dealer is ready with the part." 
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there is more to this bar code/ computer  stuff than meets the eye-   there is another area of marketing almost related 
back when....... i was in tth magazine delivry business--- it was.is well known that  having something right at the register will increase sales because of impusle buying..   that counter stuf is a rough business... i would try and get the want ad rack on th ecounter right nes=xt to the register, and be told "you can't have it there these other companies PAY to be there."
ok, flip forward 30 years--- and home depot  manager told me we could not take picktures of the dogs in the store...because they were afraid who might see those picctures.. and we got into a discussion of  "i will sell xxx to home depot for 86 cents only if you guarentee me 18 inches of shelf space at eye level."  
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that certainly changed how i look at supermarkets -- I AM WAITING FOR MY SHOPPING CAR TO TELL ME TO.... "MAKE A LEGAL U-TURN AND RETURN TO THE MAYONAISE DISPLAY  ON   YOUR LEFT...BISCAUSE YOUR REFRIGERATOR AT HOME SAYS TEH JAR IS VERY LIGHT...... AND SPEAKING OF THAT ... MAKE IT LIGHT MAYONASIE BECAUS YOU ARE PUTTIN ON WEIGHT AGAIN" 
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speaking of wierdness... i have that odd relative in houston tex who is, maybe corectly, afraid some german company is buying up all our supermarkets. behind the scenes... i forget the names... but i did 2 minutes research and saw he had a point...
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enough dizzy stuff for the day?? 
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CARLENE,
       I’VE ATTACHED A PDF COPY OF AN ARTICLE IN THE WHIDBEY NEWS TIMES ON RENEE LEVERRIER AND SIR THOMAS. I’VE ALSO ATTACHED A LINK TO THE ARTICLE. IF YOU NEED IT IN ANY OTHER FORM, LET ME KNOW.
       ANNE SULLIVAN AKA absully

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the FARMTEK ORDER TO PLAY WITH-- 
Click on the order number to view the details of a specific order.
Order
Order Date
Shipping Information
01/14/18
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re deaf danes..... we have a couple people on fiile....
I would take a deaf Dane in a heartbeat.  I’ll pay for trans to calif.  I’ve had 5 in my life.