Monday, December 18, 2017

dec 18 2017
 we have jackets  lovely blue winter jackets-- to be distributed to our employees, purple shirted volunteers, recipients  and directors--as needed...  i  i have not counted... but over 100???-- mostly larger  mens sizes--actually they are really double jackets... you zip the inner black and snap the blue..... they hang behind my head... don't take these.... they are for people to try on ... then put thier name on the card attached and i will get  them down from storage... ot tanner or tom will get them down...

tanner is here due to transortaation difficulties--- and  he is sorely bored with school-- i need some informtation on high school classees... particularly geometry- a course  i bet he could take on his own... because it logically builds on one thing after another... starting with 
between 2 points  one and only one line may be drawn.... do any of you know  about that course availability?  i was told someone had an entire k - 12 course online...  so where is it??? 
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flightaware.com is worth a look this morning.. the bare hole around atlanta is not something you will often see...  there are times i wonder about who is in charge of the "what if" department..  from what i am hearing  they had a fire... which involved the automnatic switch to send in the back up electricity...hopefully that was not in the same building as the fire??-- at any rate it was knocked out too..  we are soooo helpless without electricity...  and the only things as bad are malfunctioning  flushing plumbing devices-- and pick up garbage service

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 calendars are flying out of here...   i am told sandy will be in to help with them today...
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i was flabbergasted yesterday to have 2 women arrive from ?syracuse.. a 9 hour drive...  they were here to just look around... being camera people  one's name online is "pinwheel"    they sat around with the puppies and were very happy,  then had to turn around and drive back 9 ours... i offered them a place to stay,  but the delegated driver had to go to work monday -- wow...  i am certainly pleased  to provide teh entertainment.. but that seemed an extreme  situation...
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#1---back to the video
#2---get ready to go see a local accountant..at 11:30 who does the  local  riding for the handicapp books
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watson is still  with us- and had a 10 minute tie yesterday..  his family will pick him up after work today.   
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Clark and I finished our semester and are on “break”, though we haven’t slowed down! He is keeping me going through the busy holiday season. Last weekend, we saw a comedy show featuring Drew Lynch, a comedian who has a video blog about life with his service dog, Stella. We thoroughly enjoyed the show, and even got to meet Drew and Stella afterwards. 

That night was snowy and icy, and I was especially grateful to have Clark keeping me upright and steering me through the safest route!
This week, we have been helping out at my mom’s office and finishing up some projects at school. Last night, we went to see the Nutcracker at Cincinnati’s Music Hall. The 240 year old building had recently been renovated, so it was a special Christmas treat to get to see the beautiful renovations and the ballet. Clark slept through the whole performance, but that is what he is supposed to do. There were lots of children at the performance, and I think seeing Clark was more fascinating than the show to some of them!
Here are a few pictures. Happy holidays to everyone!
Caroline 
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12 HOURS FROM NOW BELLA SHOULD BE COMING OUT OF SURGERY.
BELLA HAD A GREAT DAY. WE PACKED UP THIS MORNING, DID LAUNDRY, DISHES, GROCERY SHOPPING AND TRIED TO GET ORGANIZED FOR THE CRAZINESS COMING UP. THEN WE HAD OUR MEETING AT 1. WE ARE SETTING UP TO DO FACETIME SO THAT BELLA CAN STILL SEE ALL HER FRIENDS AT THE KINGDOM HALL SO THAT IS EXCITING. THEN SHE WILL ALMOST FEEL LIKE SHE IS THERE. THEN WE HAD SOME FRIENDS OVER AND WATCHED THE PATRIOTS GAME. IT WAS SCARY AND CLOSE BUT WE WON. BELLA IS NOW WATCHING MYTHBUSTERS WITH ED AND IT IS ALL ABOUT STAR WARS RIGHT UP HERE ALLEY. WE WILL BE GETTING UP AT 5:30 SO WE CAN LEAVE BY 6:30. WE WILL ARRIVE HOPEFULLY AT THE HOSPITAL BY 7:30 FOR A 9 AM SURGERY START. PUTTING THE HALO ON SHOULD ONLY TAKE ABOUT 30 MINUTES AND THEN SHE WILL GO TO RECOVERY, UP TO A ROOM AND TRACTION WILL START. I️ WILL TRY TO UPDATE QUICKLY WHEN SHE GOES IN AND WHEN SHE COMES OUT. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT! LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE

Sunday, December 17, 2017

dec 17 2017
last night's emali has to have been a record-- as i looked around there was virtually no floor uncovered by dog/human/boxes or furnature..  thank heavens i put the extra lally columns in the cellar-- 6puppies,bentley chaos sizzle, asher,ringo ( in icu  neutered)  = 11  all great danes,--- then me  ,megan#2,kathy erica steve tanner,sharan, grace ,susie , and about "12 boxes... 5 of them huge...  there was not enough sofa.s -so 2 of the dogs wandered looking for treats out of the openiing of the mail .  and we did not have a dog fight as bentley tolorated 2 other male dogs in th egroup.. well.. 2 ex males. this is being the "giving time of year"   tis more blessed to give than to recieve????- thankfully we have many camera people who can donate--- because we certainly can recieve...
as for boxes.....
my record for  number of boxes in one mail call is 59-- and that was during our "bird house" saga...  there is a poicture soewheree????  if i had that photo, i might get it in the video we are doing??? help????? 59 boxes on  my golf cart?????  can't see me????? somebody must have it.??
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the video-- is coming into better form while it drives me nuts...and  erica and  megan#2 went thru it to check the timine-- i am #$%^&*()_sick of watching it... ann is a good speaker and her segment can be broken up to introduce each part...  so the concept is.... to locate each segment with  the time bar... so when i get  together with eric i can say   move anne 12.34-13.07 to before  me at 4.55-- and it will make sense...-- i have it all on spread sheet..  short term memory comes in to play here.. so i needed someone to check it.   i now have 2 files  as recorded...  and then  in a dewey decimal system bit about moving pieces around...  then the next file is a bunch of still shots which can be inserted so that there is lees of my face and more interesting dog shots.
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what i want to do... and this will involve judy's husband-- or else jack to build us a set.... i wanbt to get in the video my bit about  teh airport screening... my contention is that if there was  a sign "all service animals must walk thru the screening  alone..."  that would solve 99% of tehproblems withthe  yappy carried on pets pr the odd "service rooster" 
erica saaid when she first had asher, in the first 2 weeks, she went to get on a plane and was requested to do that...  being so new, it never occurred to her it might be a problem. so she just took off all his harness and called him thru which... being a well trained service dog he had no trouble doing...
now picture wanda in that situation... you would be chasing her thru the magazine section of the airport gift store...
 if judy's husband (  pilot for delta) can get is into the practice scanner i think we could film that  which would be a terriffic addition to the video... 

the additional consideration is.. by splitting this video into ann segments, -- who we are.. what our dogs do( show recipients) .. how they are trained..and the adi public access test with a few secondws of what is not a service dog.. eric ends the video with a very silly   section of me opening the mail while we run teh credit of all the volunteers... so it will be a great thing... on which i am gambling 10K...
eric will be  around about 12/25 to do some more filiming...  and voice over...
so we need to find  a TSA  screening  place.... JUDY???????? 
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some bad news
Long time CP Jackie May from Indiana lost her husband, Tom May yesterday morning.  They both have visited the farm several times, Jackie more frequently than with Tom. Their last visit to the farm together came about 2 1/2 years ago when Tom had just received his diagnosis of lung cancer. Jackie is mostly remembered by Carlene for her "Indiana chili" which she made each time she came.

Here is the link to Tom's obituary. As you can see, the family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to SDP. Jackie requests that she be informed of any donations that might be made so that she can thank the donors.

Her email address is jackie6082@gmail.com
Take care, 

Debbie

Saturday, December 16, 2017

dec 16 2017
morning report----washer is doing well--- per husband barry--apparenty went to walmart and survived...
walmart is a tough place to start--  i have a mental sequence in this training bit....  the hotel ( usually deserted) with it's long corredors..quiet strange smelling elevators -- and long ramp

got to run'''' tree cutting guys just came itn...

Friday, December 15, 2017

DEC 15 2017
ERICA AND ASHER...
AND JUST LIKE THAT, THE FIRST SEMESTER OF LAW SCHOOL IS HISTORY!!!
I'M SO RELIEVED TO BE HALF WAY DONE WITH MY 1L YEAR, AND I KNOW I JUST COULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN THROUGH IT WITHOUT ASHER RIGHT THERE WITH ME. WE'VE MADE SOME REALLY AMAZING FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY THAT MADE THIS SEMESTER BEARABLE TOO, BUT IT WAS THOSE MORNINGS THAT I JUST DIDN'T WANT TO GET OUT OF BED OR WANTED TO GRAB MY BOOKS AND WALK OUT OF CLASS WHEN I'D LOOK INTO ASHER'S BIG BROWN EYES AND HE'D PUT A PAW ON MY KNEE AND I KNEW WE COULD HANDLE WHATEVER THE DAY COULD THROW AT US.
 HE'S MADE SO MANY FRIENDS THIS SEMESTER TOO, AND WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR HOW HE AND I HAVE BEEN EMBRACED BY OUR SCHOOL - 
THAT BEING SAID, WE'RE PRETTY EXCITED TO BE SPENDING THE NEXT THREE WEEKS OUTSIDE OF THE LAW LIBRARY, STARTING TOMORROW WITH A TREK TO SDP! THE FARM IS OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO GO TO UNWIND AND GET AWAY, AND WE'RE SO EXCITED TO SPEND A FEW DAYS WITH OUR CRAZY ACRES FAMILY AND PUT FINAL EXAMS BEHIND US. WE'RE HOPING FOR BETTER WEATHER TOMORROW, AND WE WISH EVERYONE TRAVELING IN THE COMING DAYS A SAFE AND UNEVENTFUL TRIP!
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I THINK ERICA AND ASHER ARE ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTNERSHIPS-- WELL ALOT OF THEM ARE....  I LOVE TO HEAR HOW THE DOGS GET PEOPLE OUT IN THE ROUGH AND TUMBLE OF"NORMAL "  LIVING... I CERTAINLY HOPE THE DOGS DO NOT SHEILD THEM FROM ALL THE CRAZY FOOLS IN SUBWAYS  THE REST OF US HAVE TO ENDURE....
IN TH E PROCESS OF  WRITING THAT  I PENNED ( PUSHED?)  THE  WORDS  "   THE "STREET CORNERS OF THE INTERNET" WHICH MADE ME  GO BACK MENTALLY TO THE TERM  "SOAPBOX" WHERE SOMEONE WOULD LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY  "GET ON A SOAPBOX ON SOME STREET CORNER AND SPOUT FORTH  ANY TWISTED WILDLY IMAGINATIVE CRACK POT NOTION ABOUT MARTIAN INVASIONS NEXT WEEK-- SOMETIMES WITH A COFFEE CAN TO ENCOURAGE DONATIONS.....
HANDS UP FOR WHO DOES NOT SEE A PARALLEL BETWEEN FACEBOOK AND SOAPBOXES????-- PROBLEM IS   SOAPBOXES MADE THE OPINIONS MORE OBVIOUSLY RADICAL- 
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QUICK STORY WHICH I FOUND HYSTERICAL-- A REAL LIFE "WHO'S ON FIRST?" ---BUT KIND OF COMPLICTED FOR EARLY MORNING , HALF AWAKE CONSUMPTION.......AND I DID NOT UNDERSTAND IT TIL I WAS HALF WAY HOME.... 
 BECAUSSE REESE WAS IN HEAT....   I HAD TO GO TO PICK UP WATSON WHERE LYNN WORKS--- WHICH IS EITHER ON PEASE AIRFORCE PROPERTY.. OR DARN CLOSE..--BASIC INFORMATION NEEDED FOR THIS STORY IS THAT    ROUTE 1 AND ROUTE 95 RUN NORTH/SOUTH MAINE TO FLORIDA BUT MEET AT A TRAFFIC CIRCLE  IN PORTSMOUTH TO GO OVER ONE BRIDGE... ROUTE  4 RUNS OFF INTO NEW HAMPSHIRE. --- PEASE IS TUCKED IN THE  ANGLE..
I GOOGLEDD HER ADDRESS-- LOOKED AT THE MAP, PRINTED IT, AND LEFT THAT MAP HOME.  I KNEW THE AREA.... DROVE UP 95-- BEARING LEFT ONTO ROUTE 4 AND GOT OFF AT THE FIRST EXIT----- SAT AT THE ENTRANCE TO PEASE... AND CALLED LYNN.
HERE WE GO..--  LYNN ASKED  "WHERE ARE YOU? ...I SAID I GOT OFF AT 1 ( MEANING EXIT 1)--LYNN SAID "OH NO, YOU WANT 4" SO I GOT BACK ON ROUTE 4 AND WENT TO EXIT 4 ABOUT 10 MILES AWAY...-- NOW I KNEW I WAS RUNNING PARALELL TO THE VERY LONG PEASE AIRPORT RUNWAYS  - BUT I FIGURED GOVERNMENT  BEING OVERLY CAREFUL THEY MST HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR REALLY BIG PLANES..  I GOT OFF RT  4 AT EXIT 4 , TURNED LEFT  AND THERE WAS A TRAFFIC CIRCLE- SO I CALLED LYNN AND SAID..."I AM NOW AT THE TRAFFIC CIRCLE.. WHICH WAY DO I GO? '-- NOW.. THAT TRAFFIC CIRCLE BACK AT THE INTERSECTIOOF RT 1 AND 95 IS A MASS OF CLOVERLEAFS AND  SIGNS.....LYNN SAID "LET ME ASK SOMEONE" AND I SAID .. LET ME TRY GPS..  WHICH I HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE..  WITH DIFFICULTY I GOT HER ADDRESS INTHE  DASH BOARD THING AND SIRI STARTEDD IN -- "MAKE A LEGAL U TURN"--  FOR THE NEXT 1/2 HOUR I THOUGHT  SHE WAS STUCK THAT U-TURN BIT-- I STRUGGLED-- SOMETIMES JUST SITTIN G IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INTERSECTION AND TAKING OUT MY HEARING AID BECAUSE OF ALL TH HORN BLOWING.-- SIRI DID NOT PUT ME BACK ON ROUTE4 AND GO TO THE  #1 EXIT... NO.. WE WENT THRU COW PASTURES-- BUT I HAD A FULL TANK OF GASS.. AND ONLY ERIC'S VIDEO AT HOME TO WORK ON... SO I FIGURED.." ALL THESE KIDS RELY ON SIRI... SO LET ME TRY" -- WE FINALLY GOT BACK TO  THE "ENTRANCE TO PEASE" WHICH LOOKED VERY FAMILIAR WITH IT'S HUGE WHITE WATER TOWER WHICH LYN HAD NEVER NOTICED...I CALLED HER AGAIN.. SAYAING .." I THINK I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE" -- SHE SAID "YOU BETTER FIND SOMEONE"  SO I WENT ONTO PEASE PROPERTY  TO A GUARD HOUSE  AND ASKED WHERE #2 INDEPENDENCE WAY WOULD BE
----HE POINTED TO A BUILDING A BLOCK AWAY-- AND TOLD ME TO MAKE A U TURN.. ETC ETC ETC....
I PICKED UP WATSON-- A  VERY HAPPY PLEASENT  DOG WHO'S ENTHUSIASM FOR LIFE IN GENERALMAKES HIM NEARLY UNCONTROLLABLE AT 180 POUNDS...  BUT WE MADE IT HOME-- AND HE STARTED IN THE PUPPY PRODUCING PROJECT WITH A  13 MINUTE TIE-- WITH VERY LITTLE PRACTICE AHEAD OF TIME.


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MANY OF THE RECIPIENTS, MOSTLY WOMEN, POST A LOT OF COMMENTS ABOUT HOW THEIR DANE PARTNER IS HELPING THEM. ALL THE THINGS THEY NEVER THOUGHT THEY COULD DO AGAIN.  I GET ALL CHOKED UP READING THEIR POSTS.  JUST MAKES ME REALIZE THE THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED.  SOME OF THE RECIPIENTS THAT POST OFTEN, WHICH IS SO NICE OF THEM TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE, ARE AMY WITH SEAGRAM, SHAUNA WITH KRINGLE, STACY WITH PIXIE, EVE WITH FIN (HER MOM POSTS), ERICA WITH ASHER.  WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?  I REALIZED THEY ARE FROM SCARLET'S CALORIE LITTER.  AND NOW REESE CALORIE HAS BEEN BRED TO WATSON.  ALSO POSTING OFTEN ARE BELLA WITH GEORGE (RACHEL POSTS EVERY NIGHT, AND CAROLINE AND CLARK. AN THEY'RE FROM SCARLETS OTHER TWO LITTERS.  
I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW HOW WONDERFUL YOUR "PROJECT" IS.

ELLEN

Thursday, December 14, 2017

dec 14 2017

hopefully between megan and me.... we can get watson here to talk to  reese today... lynn takes him to work in portsmoth.. which is not too far   "up the road" -- the plan then is to put him in the laundry  building so he can talk to reese thru the  wall for 24 hours and hopefully get inspired...  she is still red and needs to be salmon colored to be very attractive.......  there is a microscopic process and a whole bunch of scientific words for that...   but  i gave that up long ago as i found bentleys nose far more accurate-- and cheaper--- than any veterinarian's  microscope.  so we need to develope watson's nose.

problem is...well it is no problem for me...... but i do not muzzle the female - if she is not in the mood, the go ahead and bite the SOB ( which a male dog technically is...)- after a few gashes a male with any brains will ask first "may i?" -- if she says "yes", then no problem...  how simple.
and the obnoxious male dog is easy to  recognize.. because of his scars....
when congressmen try  to resolve this kind of thing....- they put the scars on the general public in terms of tax money
the dog solution is far better......
p.s.  cole is back up....
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this video eric is  doing... i now have ?10 min of what we have going.. recipients etc... and now will do 10 minutes of how we get there with training...  it is alot of work !!!   and i am sooooo sick of looking at all of mark's wonderful shutterfly pictures...  which i didn't know you could see by scrolling down a little on our home page... and to the lower right side...  is pictures and videos... getting yo to shutterfly  where eye level let is pictures and videos.  43,000 is a conservative estimate...
problem is.. if i ask mark for one picture ... he will find it in 6 seconds or less.-- to know someone with that kind of mind is very annoying.  i coldlnt even do that before my memory aged...
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i am having  to rearringe stuff today... you may see it happening onn camera... right now bowie   is in the "nursery camera"  area... also known as sun room, linda's office etc.... which has a nice recliner and tv-- so therfore if it had the long sofa with the nice foam mattrss it would be possibe for anyone visiting with a service dog to overnight there...  because sd' can not climb the stairs to the guest rooms upstairs...   it just means swapping the long sofa in the kithen for the short sofa from the nursery...  then we would be all set up in case we had anoter recipient in the guest house and needed anotehr accessable  sleeping place..  it is a --why not.?? plan..
also i have to get this video stuff into my bedroom and out of the main line of traffic..... so you should see that happen too.

placing dogs and people into warm sleeping places  takes priority around here...  i hate the cold.
these mitsuibisi heaters are terriffic.. and can be turned  uuuupppppp.  with careful planning you can arraiinge chairs to exactly were the warm air blows.....  one is right over my desk !!!  the one in the "nursery " blows right on the recliner-- not a bad choice either...
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chaos aka "the mouthpiece" is better than any doorbell we coudl have on the gate...--
p.s... bud..... the gate buzzer kept buzzing  but would not open the gate  so i  took apart the cotter pin and the gate is open

which means mo can not be turned loose-- even if there is one other gate between the t tent area and street...  i don't want to go there again//..
thisgs are very interconnected around here... so mo stays in the donkey pasture... and 

PLEASE STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHO IS WHERE.... IF SHE IS IN THE STALL NEXT TO  THE PREGNANT PAINTED LADY, IT DOES NOT MEAN THE OTHERS ARE OUTSIDE ( NECESSARILY)  the door to mo's stall is also open  so the rest of the bunch could be in her stall-- unless they decide they like it outside better....  these are wild animals you know...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

DEC 13 2017
ERIC AND HIS DOCUMENTARY  VIDEO IS KEEPING ME BUSY ( INSIDE WHERE IT IS WARM...:)  I NEED A PHOTO OR TWO OF SOME VERY PREGO FEMALE-- I BET ONE OF YO CAN FIND IT BETTER THAN I CAN.. ONE OF THOSDE "BEACHED WHALE' SHOTS...  I THINK ONE  WAS OLIVE...???

I HAD A MENTAL RUN DOWN YESTERDAY  ON TH E TOPIC OF WOBBLES...  HERE  WE GO... MY OPINION.... ... GEORGE MAY ADAMATELY NOT AGREE WITH ME  -- HOWEVER .... I LISTED THE 10 DOGS OUT OF OUR  350 THAT HAVE HAD SOME PROBLEM RELATED TO GAIT..   AND 7 OF THEM  I HAD DOCUMENTED AN INJURY SHORTLY BEFORE THE PROBLEM WITH WHICH FOOT WENT WHERE WHEN..

WHEN YOU HAVE A DANE- YOU CAN  TAKE A DANE  WITH A RUNNING NOSE TO A VET, AND THEY WILL TELL YOU TH EDOG HAS WOBBLES  AND PROBABLY HIP DYSPLASIA...  SLIDING ON ICE AND BANGING  INTO A HARD OBJECT-- LIKE A TREE, CAUSED  3 OF MINE TO WOBBLE WITHIN 20 MINUTES...   THEN----THERE WERE 2 DOGS WHO WERE TAKEN TO THE VET FOR ROUTINE PHYSICAL EXAM ( NOT AT GEORGES) AND THE VET "TESTED THEM FOR WOBBLES BY LIFTING THIER CHIN STRAIGHTU[ AND PRESSING THE BACK OF THIER HEAD FORWARD TIL THEY YELPED...--20 MINUTES LATER-- BOTH DOGS WOBBLED...  I MAY BE ALL WET.... BUT THERE IS NO REASON FOR A VETERNARIAN - OR ANYONE ELSE...TO DO THAT SO --- ALL YOU PEOPLE WITH OUR DOGS  DON'T LET ANYONE DO THAT ... EVER...  WHERE I ALSO HAPPENS IS IF YOU GET INVOLVED WITH BEING A BLOOD DONOR... AS WE ARE OFTEN CALLED ON TO DO.... MANY VET TECHS WILL STRETCH THE DONOR'S HEAD SKYWARD  WHICH IS TOTALLY UNNECESSARY.. SWING IT TO THE SIDE... THE SAME VEIN IS AVAILABE THAT WAY...

MY ASSUMPTION IS THAT DOGS WITH THOSE LONG ARCHED "SHOW"  NECKS ARE MORE PRONE TO SPINAL PROBLEMS --  NECKS IN GENERAL ARE TROUBLE--- THAT IS WHY WE NOW HAVE HEADRESTS ON ALL THE CAR SEATS... ANOTHER ASSUMPTION OF MINE IS ALSO THAT .. OUR PUPS ARE SO ROUGH WITH EACH OTHER-- THAT USUALLY THEY GET WELL MUSCLED AND THIS   IN ONE CASE MIGHT HELP....  BUT ALSO  THERE WILL BE A DOG NOW AND THEN THAT GETS HURT... AND THERFORE HAS AN UNSTEADY GAIT...  USUALLY PACING -- LIKE PERRY COLE...  WHICH I THEN GIVE AWAY
AS A PERFECT PET...  IF THIS WAS A GENETIC THING REQUIRING PRE-BREEDING XRAYS, I WOJD THINK THAT THE 10 DOGS I HAVE WOULD HAVE SOME  LITTERMATES OR RELATIVES WITH THE SAME PROBLEM...  BUT I SEE NO  DIRECT RELATION WITH THE 10.  

DONALD WAS ONE OF MY FIRST WOBBLE CASES...  HE WAS NOT IN PAIN AT ALL.. JUST LOOKED AND RAN IN A MOST PEQILIAR FASHION... I GAVE HIM TO COLLEEN AND HE LIVED HAPPILY FOR 14 YEARS...  
AND THEN THERE WAS GIGI-- WE HAD RUBBER RUGS  ALL OVER TH HOUSE SO SHE DIDN'T FALL ON THE CORNERS...  SHE HAD A LOVELY LITTER OF PERFECT PUPS-AND NOT ONE WOBBLED...
SO IT IS A MIXED BAG..
OTHER THAN STEROIDS/MEDICATION..... I WOULD NEVER SUGGEST SURGERY- I HAVE  SEEN ONE SURGICAL CASE BE SUCCESSFULL

 IT WAS  NICO... NOT MY DOG... BUT HTE #1 AGILITY DANE IN THE COUNTRY-- (AND HE WAS DEAF !!)  I HAVE HEARD OF A HUNDRED OF DISASTERS WHER THE DOG WAS JUST PUT THRU MISERABLE SURGERY AND EVENTHALLY EUTHANIZED..

YOU GIVE THEM A HAPPY LIFE AND WHEN IT IS OVER, IT IS OVER.
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RUSHING...
 THE HURRIER I GO , THE BEHINDER I GET
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FROM A CP....

When I turned 70, my brother told me I was celebrating the 31st anniversary of my 39th birthday. So I have stayed 39 and just have anniversaries now. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

DEC 12, 2017
AGE IS A WONDERFUL THING ---IF YOU ARE PREPARED... THE WAY I LOOK AT IT , I SPENT 79 YEARS GETTING READY TO BE 80.. I AM TOLD THE NEXT 20 YEARS ARE THE HARD PART.

 THIS..#$%^&*() COMPUTER---IT  IS PUTING CURRENT IN SPAM... I JUST GOT A NOTE FROM ANNE--"TODAY,  MONDAY... "    AND IT ISN'T.... PROVING ONCE AGAIN YOU CAN NOT BELIEBE WAT A COMPUTER TELLS YOU... LUCKILY I HAVE ONE OF THOSE WEEKDAY CLOCKS OTHERWISE I MIGHT HAVE  GONE ON ALL DAY DOING MONDAY   THINGS...- ACTUALLY I HAVE 2 OF THOSE WEEKDAY CLOCKS...NEXT TO MY WEEKLY PILL CASE-- AGE......
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LUCKILY WE HAVE  CUT AND PASTE TODAY ( TUESDAY...)

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BELLA/GEORGE
 THERE IS A PICTURE OF BELLA’S BABY SNOW MAN SHE MADE AND MADE ME BRING INTO THE PORCH WHERE HE STILL IS....BELLA DID ASK TO GO UP TO BED AT 6:30 EVEN THOUGH SHE DIDN’T GO SLEEP RIGHT AWAY BUT WANTED TO LAY AND REST. THIS IS HER LAST WEEK AT HOME. AND HER LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL FOR A WHILE. STILL HAVEN’T HEARD ABOUT HER TUTOR YET SO HAVE TO GET THAT ORGANIZED THIS WEEK. BUT OTHERWISE WE WILL KEEP BUSY. WE ARE SEEING STAR WARS THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY SHE IS GETTING A HAIRCUT BEFORE THEY CUT IT IN THE OR. AND WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE WILL HAPPEN THIS WEEK. IT’S ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE! THANK YOU FOR CHECKING IN AND SUPPORTING US! MUCH LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE
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I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE CAN ALL DO EXCEPT TO KEEP THINKING....
I OFFERED TO TUTOR HER  MATH... IF I CAN STILL THINK... AND UNDERSTAND THE  "NEW MATH"
ACTUALLY... TOM LEHER HAS A SONG --- HERE IS HIS "NEW MATH"
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Consider the following subtraction problem, which I will put up here: 342 -173
Now remember how we used to do that. three from two is nine; carry the one, and
if you're under 35 or went to a private school you say seven from three is six,
but if you're over 35 and went to a public school you say eight from four is
six; carry the one so we have 169, but in the new approach, as you know, the
important thing is to understand what you're doing rather than to get the right
answer. Here's how they do it now.

You can't take three from two,
Two is less than three,
So you look at the four in the tens place.
Now that's really four tens,
So you make it three tens,
Regroup, and you change a ten to ten ones,
And you add them to the two and get twelve,
And you take away three, that's nine.
Is that clear?
IT GOOGLES-- HE HAD SOME VERY GOOD SONGS... I THNK HE WAS A HARVARD MATHEMATICIAN????  HE ALSO HAD SOME VERY RAUNCHEY SONGS... AND CONTEMPORARY--- ABOUT WORLD WAR 3.....
SO LONG MOM I'M OFF TO DROP THE BOMB
I'LL LOOK FOR YOU WHEN THE WAR IS OVER, 
AN HOUR AND A HALF FROM NOW

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FINN
 The school that held the competition had many things going on that day so the halls were very busy. At one point Eve and Finn (along with a few cheerleaders from Erin’s squad) got separated from me and there were many cheerleaders between me and them. I knew approximately where they were and that they were with someone so was sure they would get to the right place BUT my eyes were not physically on her! I just realized this morning that in the past that would have sent me in to total panic mode!That is a scenario she could have very easily been knocked over and broken a bone or 2! She just isn’t easily seen and she is not stable enough to stay on her feet alone if bumped. BUT she had Finn and I didn’t panic at all. How can anyone miss Finn? And she has him to hold onto if bumped! What amazing freedom, independence, stability and safety the Service Dog Project and Finn has given to Eve but also to ME!! 
These 2 are always reminding me of my gratitude to the Service Dog Project! What an amazing gift! 
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SEAGRAM
LATELY, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON OUR FINAL FALL GARDENING TASKS TOGETHER. SHE DELIGHTS IN THE SUNLIGHT ON THE CRISP FALL DAYS AND ROMPS IN THE LEAVES WHILE I DO THE TASK AT HAND. 

WELL, ONE DAY I WAS PLANTING A FEW FALL BULBS. SHE AIDED ME TO MY LITTLE GARDENING STOOL (IN VEST). AS USUAL, I THEN REMOVED HER VEST AND LET HER “GO FREE.” ALSO AS USUAL, SHE CAME BACK TO CHECK ON ME A FEW TIMES AND I REASSURED HER THAT I WAS OK, SO SHE HAPPILY TROTTED OFF AGAIN. THEN I SLIPPED OFF MY GARDEN STOOL, FALLING BACKWARD SO THAT I WAS LYING FLAT ON MY BACK. I INSTINCTIVELY CRIED OUT AS I FELL, BECAUSE OF THE SURPRISE. FORTUNATELY, THE STOOL IS LOW TO THE GROUND, SO I DIDN'T FALL FAR AND WAS NOT HURT. ANYWAY, SEAGRAM IMMEDIATELY CAME BACK TO ME WHEN SHE HEARD THIS. SHE LOOKED ME OVER QUICKLY AND GAVE ME A COUPLE KISSES, WHICH IS VERY RARE, TO REASSURE ME. THEN SHE POSITIONED HERSELF TO HELP ME UP OFF THE GROUND WITHOUT ANY INSTRUCTION — ALL OF THIS WHILE SHE WAS OUT OF VEST. I GRASPED HER HARNESS AND WAS SOON UPRIGHT AGAIN. 


WE ARE A TEAM, AND IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER OR NOT SHE IS FORMALLY “DRESSED” IN HER VEST — SINCE SHE IS ALWAYS READY TO HELP ME. SOMETIMES THE LITTLE THINGS REALLY ARE THE BIG THINGS. I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT SHE IS ALWAYS THERE TO WATCH OVER ME AND HELP ME. THIS HAS GIVEN ME THE FREEDOM TO RETURN TO SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT I LOVE, WITH MORE CONFIDENCE. AND MY HUSBAND IS ALSO SO GRATEFUL, SINCE HE WORRIES ABOUT ME FAR LESS WITH SEAGRAM AT MY SIDE. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE AS TO HOW SHE IS MY SUPER SEAGRAM. THANK YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL GIFT.