Thursday, August 17, 2017

aug 17 2017


 short doggie... quickly
re donkeys... janine could not load them last night by herself-- and she had to work today-- is already on her way (6am) that leaves me...with mayge tanner and anyone else to go get 3 donkeys... she wants me to take th e second prego because she knows i will be asking brian to come vet them...and "she wasn't looking great last night..." so i will be doing that as soon as i get myself together...

plan now is as soon as tanner gets here to go get the trailer at janine's  and hopefully meet brian.. the vet.. who's office is right near groton house where the donkeys are....and  #1 get him to look them over... and then #2 pick them up and put them on the trailer... brian is as strong as a bull...
and be at the dr apt by 11:00 with the pregos in the barn here in front of the camera.

that is wht is supposed to happen--

i ordered a work horse harness for mo....
one CP  person was concerned that i was going to work mo in harness...maybe make her pull the amish buggy that we have in the arena... we might ask her to pull it-- either around here or 2 miles in a parade ( if she behaves) just for fun...  and i think she would enjoy i.. she seems intelligent and enjoys investigating all over here.. i can pull. that amish buggy ,.. it is not anywheres near what she has pulled in her life... like plows...  and being an intelligent animal i can clearly see she likes being around people - here at any rate.. and does poke around...slightly bored..
 i really don't think she wouol dmind... and i think she would enjoy the activity...
  mary used to love this stuff    
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i gave some poo pickers to judy who enjoyed reading the commentw on them and sent me these   

Dear Karma,
I have a list of people you missed

I don’t mean to brag, but I finished my 14 day diet in 3 hours and 20 minutes

My goal was to lose just 10 pounds, only 15 to go.

Follow your dreams, except for the one where you’re naked in church.
- Rev. David Ault

Always remember that you are absolutely unique, just like everyone else.
-Margaret Mead

You can lead a man to Congress, but you can’t make him think.
-Milton Berle

How to prepare tofu
1. Throw it in the trash
2. Grill some meat!

Kids don’t know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpeting to change the TV channel.
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and then the  "me and steve" 

 boy did i get emails on that one... here's only a few....
Sheep 1 has left a new comment on your post 

I think "with Steve and me" is the correct form. Usually one mentions the other person before oneself in a situation like that. 

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Hi Carlene,

You need to use "me" because it is the object form of "I", and in this situation it is the object of the preposition "with".
Grammatical convention is that all other objects are listed before the one representing yourself, namely "me".
Therefore the form should be "with Steve and me".
hope this helps! :)
Carolyn
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IN THE STATEMENT THE DOGS ARE FINE WITH ME AND STEVE, THE PRONOUN "ME" IS AN OBJECT OF THE PREPOSITION "WITH" AND IS CORRECTLY IN THE OBJECTIVE CASE.
THE TEST YOU MENTIONED -- TO READ THE SENTENCE WITH THE PRONOUN ALONE -- IS INDEED VALID.  YOU WOULD SAY THE DOGS ARE FINE WITH ME, NOT THE DOGS ARE FINE WITH I.

WHAT LIKELY CONFUSED YOU IS THAT THE PRONOUN “ME” WAS MENTIONED BEFORE THE NOUN “STEVE”. ALTHOUGH THAT'S NOT THE TYPICAL ORDER, IT DOESN’T CHANGE THE SITUATION.  IN THE MORE TYPICAL ORDER, THE CORRECT STATEMENT WOULD BE THE DOGS ARE FINE WITH STEVE AND ME.
  
WHEN A PRONOUN IS A SUBJECT OF A STATEMENT, THEN THE SUBJECTIVE CASE IS APPROPRIATE.  FOR EXAMPLE, STEVE AND I TRAIN DOGS IS CORRECT.  HERE, THE PRONOUN “I” IS THE SUBJECT OF THE SENTENCE AND IS CORRECTLY IN THE SUBJECTIVE CASE.  AGAIN, THE “PRONOUN ALONE” TEST VERIFIES IT; YOU WOULD SAY I TRAIN DOGS, NOT ME TRAIN DOGS.
 --Judy

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

aug 16 2017
i bit the bullet....i have ordered a harness for mo---slightly foolishly-- i am remindid of dave lettermans "before you retire to spend time with your fqmily, you better ask you r family how they feel about it." well i ordered the harness without consulting mo.... this could be a problem ... as we try and figure out why she was "discarded"  -- she is sound-- no problems wit her feet or legs-- she has been worked- she has the scars of a harness ( and  scars from a bit in the corner of her mouth)  could be she just started to say " to heck with you i am just gong to misbehave so badly  tht i don't have to work anymore"   if that is so,, buying a harness could be a large mistake... about 125 pounds of mistake- however... it is on it's way ... from mossouri.. one mule harness. if all goes well , she should be able to easily pull the amish buggy.. it may take a lot of carrots to make her think kindly about a harness in general..  i hope there are no flashbacks.... she is large.... einstein said something about force , mass, and energy..... or something..  she sure has the mass part....
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 from mail call with megan....i am still confused about  "the pups are ok with me and steve"  i thought it would be "steve and i"  because "me and steve"  just does not sound right...
then several cp's chimed in  with words no self respecting street person would know.. like subjunctive because of the  "with" -- i hope one of you verbiage types can clear it up....  with steve and me   sounds better to me than  me and steve... and i instinctly would have said--- steve and i
leaving out the steve ---i can see where the  "I"  might be wrong... but..........
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next problem---  the eclipse...
creating a problem because janine is going to gwen's to watch it -- gwen in north carloina is in the direct path-- doesn't sound like an issue... except janine had a couple donkeys arrive  that are not ready to be placed in a generic home-- or with the group she has at  anne's groton house... she  swears they do not have a running nose..  but are in need of some intensive care..... i wish tanner's  "closet" was fininshed, but we could squeeze them in here somehow.   i said i would go look at them today...  we could manage as long as we don't inherit her horse.. lincoln..  to boot.
we could swing that gate across the stall and give them mo's outdoor area because mo is so often loose in the yard anyway--   we should split them up.... because   we can not provide intesnsive care type food to the rest of the  bunch or they would get too fat too quickly-- 
janine has had several people come here to "practice" with our donks  for the "donkey race" day at myopia.. 
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pups are on their way... gruel feeding.. and starting with the baby food jars ( of wiich we have  plenty at the moment...)  now that they have "lap gruel" down pat, the concept of  biting down on a spoonfull is a whole new thing..
mom is getting tired of motherhood... i think she will have another week or so and she will want out....  she wanders the house now-- and gets up on the sofa's to get away from the pups...
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upcoming....
carpenter type - howard- is coming bck friday and saturday to work on the "closet"   and tanner said he coudl stay to help... that is a great working pair...  plus he is doing such a good job , i am ashamed to try and put  up any rafters myself.... they would not look as good...also "tree guy" of unknown name will spend 1/2 day climbing trees in the parking pit to get rid of the dead branches...  so no parking there on friday...
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klingers kloset is a good name  for that "wood structure" behind the arena...  johnny carson had a wondrful thing with  klangers bein g kept in  klingers kloset where .. the kleaning lady klara  kept them...before they were stolen by the kleptomaniac claude from cleveland.
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 the EXPLORE.ORG web site is all new...  but all there somehow...
somehow i have heard there are facebook  picture posintgs that are pretty funny by our cp's  and i don't know how to find them

i will now go try and figure out how to navigate it...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

aug 15 2017

let me be perfectly clear.... our concern is to place our dogs in a loving  and working home - and they love the work...i have seen an article lately about how dangerous it is for dogs to be mobility dogs that have to carrry a person's weight... wow...  carry??? you are talking some animal the size of  MO  to carry a person's weight....but a 100 pound dog can easily be a counterweight to help someone balance... 

.i had a problem with a great deal of the article... it went on to say the dog should weigh at least 60 pounds and be 23 inches tall...
 that is talking goldns and labs.  at least for size.... for devoted attention , i don't know a better dog than a  dane.....
 they might have worked for bella at 48 pounds... but our dogs weigh 110 to 150 pounds at age18 months--and we have the rule  on our  web... 
the dog must be at least   45% of height AND 65% of person's  weight----   the article went on to say,....no dog should be
 "forced" to work before   the age of 2 years due to the "growth plate in thier legs...   could be the growth plate idea is  true in dogs... i don't know...
 i do know the terminology is directly out of the horse racing manual.....  if it is true, i have never worried about it in dogs because i see how
our dogs  race  and play around here so that any walking around the mall is far easier on their joints than what they do to themselves...
in the meantime......the youngest dog we ever allowed to go with a partner , is, i think george... who was allowed to go for overnights at age 9 months...
 at which time he was pretty well trained  and definitely bonded to bella ... as life went on... and we were learning.... the only problem she had with
 george was when the school tried to separate george  from vbella in eh cafeteria by making him lie down away from the table wher bella ate.
once we realized he needed to be right next to her, he was perfect.  we were learning too.

the article went on to call these service dogs mobility assist dogs...  i like that -  the abrieviation  would then be MAD
then someone ?ADI? got it into their heads we should do a cory check on every potential recipient....  i had never heard of a cori check...
 ( criminal background check)--we have had 2 "cases" relatted to that...--th e first---  that woman
 who falsely  convinced teh boston marathon that she was injured in th bombing-- got a dog from us... 
 before a month, we realized somethig was fishy about her.... she was agreeable that we took  the dog back- as she had much more to worry about. 

secondly........some woman called me  to tell us we must not give  a dog to a certain vet because he had a criminal 
record was there was a warrent for his arrest... that sounded bad,,, so i spent teh $99 on a cori of him only to find it was an 
old girlfriend who took out the warrant- and he had ignored it... he kept the dog solved his legal problems  and is doing wondeffully

ignoring warrants is not a good thing to do...  most of you  may know my arrest history...it is a good one...
i had a leash law violation and should appear in court - i never got the notice... didn't go --so i was in contempt of court.. that is a very bad thing to be..
 as i got home from work one day and mixed  a southern comofrt manhattan- the phone rang-- the police re this warrant-
 wanted me to come down to the police station- i was tired and didn;t want to go.... i simply said i could not drive, i had been drinking- the police guy said
 they would have to send a car for me.... so i mixed another drink- and by the time the policeman got here , i was "feeling no pain" 
  and he let me finish my drink on the way into town!!  ... as they did my fingerprints and mug shots they had to get a female in to babysit me in my cell...
i found she was not making the minimum wage for this and started in that lecture...--  southern comfort manhattan is a strong  long lasting drink... they really wanted me out of 
there and said i coudl go for $20 bail... i had only $14- and they did not take master card.... BUT  THEY WOULD ALLOW ME ONE PHONE CALL.
. by now it was 11pm- so i called the closest friend i hd to the police dept-- ann getchell-  it went like this....
 "why the heii are you calling me at 11pm"
i need 6 bucks
"why do you need 6 bucks at this hour?
 they want $20 and i only have $14---- for bail....
they drove me to her house and then home--- 
so much for records...

ADI suggests investigating the background of applicants--- and that sounds good, however, other than meeting
 them and talking withtheir associates, i made the decision  it was mentally and financially  healthier  to trust everyone than to spend  $99
 on a minimum cori report on everyone...we are concerned for the dog .. 
 our dogs are chipped, and if need be we could  pull out the agreement about we get the dog back if the dog 
 is getting anything less than perfect care  regardless of about anything else....
*****
Ellen Hopson 
After two days of car travel Ned arrived in the beautiful mountains of East Tennessee.  I was amazed at how well he traveled.  He was perfect!  We arrived home and had a night to ourselves before we picked up his little sister Annie.  To my surprise and relief (as she is very spoiled) they have done well together.  I've no doubt they will get better with each other every day.
In the three days we've been home I've been out more places that I typically go in two weeks.  He's been incredible every where we've been  I was a bit concerned about the grocery but we went yesterday and that nose kept straight ahead the whole time.  You are so right when you say they are perfectly trained and all we need to do is train ourselves to not mess them up!  
The biggest things we're practicing right now are stairs (I'm very slow) and down stay.  He's great at the down but gets antsy and would prefer not to stay too long!  
He is truly a game changer for me.  I was very self conscious when in public and avoided it any way I could.  I always felt like I was perceived as drunk with my staggered walking and frequent falls.  My friend Mary was amazed when she saw me and declared it was the first time she'd seen me walking fully upright in years!  He is so steady and attentive.  I can't begin to adequately thank you for the incredible gift of Ned.  He's got the sweetest soul and has the most loving spirit.  
Mary is coming today to help me set up his Facebook page.  I have difficulty with light sensitivity so computer screens are a bit of a problem so it takes me quite a long time to compose anything on a computer screen.  I'll get the Facebook page to you as soon as we finish it.
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hunter/wendy
WE ARE ON STAYCATION FOR THE NEXT 2 WEEKS! SATURDAY WE SOLD BAGS, THE REST OF THE WEEKEND WAS SPENT WITH FAMILY AND I DID LOTS OF SWIMMING AND WENT OUT IN THE CANOE. TODAY WE HIKED AT VAUGHAN WOODS STATE PARK. WE DID OVER 3.5 MILES, EVEN ON MY FLOPPY LEGS. NOW THAT I'M FLOPPY I NEED TO WORK ON MUSCLES, LIKE QUADS THAT NEED TO GET STRONGER. WENDY DID WELL TODAY AND WE WERE BOTH TIRED, BUT DID IT! 
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we have the tote bags he is talking about...$20 here   +$5 postage 

Monday, August 14, 2017

AUG 14 2017
HOWARD( WITH TANNER)  IS DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB WITH THE ROOF ON THE SHED, I DON'T THINK I CAN GO NEAR IT !!  HE/THEY  HAVE ALMOST 1/3  RAFTERS UP-- AND THEY ALL MATCH !!!  HE CHEATS, HE MEASURES...
I AM VERY HAPPY TO REPORT TO THE TIMBERLAND CREW---THAT THE STRING THEY PUT UP WAS LEVEL AND DARN NEAR CENTERED BETWEEN THE 2 WALLS WHICH WERE ALMOST STRAIGHT.....
IT IS A SHED FOR DONKEYS-- AND IF THeY HAVE TO AVOID A DRIP OR TWO... SO BE IT.  ONE END OF THE SHED IS STILL THE OLD ARENA WHICH WE ARE "REPLACING",  THE OTHER END HAS NOT BEEN DESIGNED YET... IT IS VERY CLOSE TO THE WHITE ARENA.
I WONDER........ GIVEN A SHARP KNIFE AND A FEW PIECES OF STRAPPING, AND THEY WOULD BE CONNECTED...  THAT DID NOT OCCUR TO ME TIL JUST NOW.... BUT IT IS A GOOD THOUGHT????

WITH SPINNING HEAD.......THERE IS A LOT  ON MY WISH LIST THIS WEEK...FENCING BEING ONE ITEM.. ALONG WITH DEAD LIMBS IN TREES, NOT TO MENTION THE REST OF THE DRIVEWAY-- IT WILL EITHER GET DONE OR IT WON'T BEFORE DOG FEST.. THE CONCEPTUAL IDEA SPINNING IS.... WE DO SUCH A GREAT JOB TRAINING OUR DOGS TO BE SERVICE DOGS,  I WONDER HOW SUCCESSFUL WE SOUL D BE AT TRYING OUR WAY ON OUR DANES FOR SEEING EYE...  I HAVE ONLY TO WATCH GEORGE BRING BELLA DOWN THE FLIGHT OF STAIRS TO WONDER IF WE  COULD DO IT... BELLA IS TALKING TO HER SISTER AND NOT PAYING ANY ATTENTION TO GEORGE OR HER OWN FEET....-- GEORGE IS WATCHING THE SPLIT SECOND  MOVEMENT OF HER FEET -- SHE HESITATES, HE HESITATES--- SHE STEPS , HE STEPS.--- YOU DON'T TRAIN THAT...GEORGE FIGURED IT OUT...
SEVERAL ADI TRAINERS HAVE MADE A COMMENT OR TWO THAT MAKE ME WONDER...
HOW DO THEY GeT THEM TO PAY SUCH ATTENTION AS SOON AS THE VEST IS ON?
HOW DO THEY MANAGE TO GET A FULLY TRAINED DOG AT A YEAR OLD.? ( GEORGE STARTED WITH BELLA AT 9 MONTHS..)
 THEN THE BIG ONE...  HOW DO THEY MANAGE TO DONATE THE DOGS FREE OF CHARGE?

THE ANSWER TO THAT LAST ONE IS THE  EXPLORE.ORG's CAMERA COMMUNITY AND THE SHATUPON SOCIETY's  $10 NUMBERS  OFF OUR WEB...THE ANSWER TO HOW TO USE OUR "SYSTEM" TO PRODUCE A SEEING EYE DOG IS FAR MORE COMPLICATED... BUT MIGHT BE WORTH A TRY...IF WE COUDL SPARE A THOUGHT OR TWO...
THE PARTH THAT ALERTS ME FOR THIS.. IS THE COMMENT THAT A SEEING EYE DOG IS NOW COSTING $50,000 TO RAISE..
THEY USE A SYSTEM OF TRAINING PUPPY RAISERS TO GET THE PUPS USED TO  SOCIETY IN GENERAL-- I HAVE NEVER HAD ANY FAITH IN TRAINING A BIG BUNCH OF  PUPPY RAISERS-- THERE ARE TOO MANY PITFALLS.  PLUS  I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THE DOG FEELS ABOUT LEAVING THEIR PUPPY RAISER- TO GO THRU TRAINING ONLY TO GET TO WORK WITH A NOTHER PERSON AS A PARTNER...  TOO MUCH BONDING BEFORE IT REALLY COUNTS.. IS MY PERSON AL OPINION...
WE HAVE A SYSTEM OF LEARNING TO  PAY ATTENTION...  THEN . "ACHIEVING BOREDOM" - THEN BEING USEFUL... AND FINALLY BONDING... I DUNNO...  THE  "SEEING EYE"  HAS BEEN HUGELY SUCCESSFUL FOR MANY YEARS.... WHO AM I TO QUESTION WEIGHS HEAVILY ---- BUT... THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE SHOULD NOT THINK ABOUT IT.
GONNA TALK WITH MEGAN AND STEVE....
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MEANWHILE ... I HAVE ORDERED A HARNESS FOR MO.... I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE WILL FEEL ABOUT THIS... I AM ASSUMING SHE  HAS SPEND HOURS PULLING A PLOW AND HOPEFULLY STEARS--  SHE HAS SCARS TO SHOW HARD WORK...PLUS AT THE SIDE OF HER MOUTH  WHERE SOMEONE PULLED HER HEAD AROUND VERY HARD... ALL THIS IS WELL AND GOOD AND THERE IS A HIGH PERCENT POSSIBILITY SHE WILL  "DRIVE" VERY WELL... HOWEVER ... IF THE LAST TIME SHE WAS  "HOOKED" SHE PANIC'D ANDD RAN AWAY  IT WOULD NOT BE AN EASY SWITCH TO DRIVING...  I AM ASSUMING SHE WAS IN THE  KILLER PEN PURRELY BECAUSE O F HER AGE...
 BUT THERE IS ONE LITTLE THOUGHT... SHE IS VERY SOUND AND I WOULD THINK STILL CAPABLE OF PLOW PULLING... SO THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING ELSE..
WE WILL FIND OUT  IF EVER THE HARNESS GETS HERE ( I ORDERED IT A 8/6) 
*****

KRINGLE AND MY FAMILY STARTED THE DAY IN OLD TOWN ALBUQUERQUE AT SAN FELIPE DE NERI PARISH. MY SON WANTED TO ATTEND THE SPANISH MASS AND ALTHOUGH I DONT SPEAK THE LANGUAGE. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL WITH THE MUSIC AND LOVELY CHURCH. WE THEN WENT TO SANDIA PEAK WHERE KRINGLE RODE A TRAM FOR THE FIRST TIME! SHE ALSO HELPED ME COMPLETE A HIKE TO KIWANIS CABIN WHERE THE VIEWS WERE SPECTACULAR. THIS HIKE WAS A CHALLENGE BUT KRINGLE HELPED ME WHEN I STUMBLED AND BELIEVED IN ME THAT I COULD FINISH.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

aug 13 2017
apparently we have someone coming today who's husband is a contractor--..linda is hoping he can help with the roof...which is more under control than last week... tom put up the scaffolding-- and we were waiting for tall tanner to come deal with it.-- the word contractor does not necessarily  mean they can build things...many contractors i know are people who can dig big holes and then make phone calls to the rest of the "trades"--
 like... the icu building-- one of my texas relatives could not address the way i found the man who put all thise concrete blocks on top of  each other....  i saw a building being built-- and it looked like a nice building... so i talked to the men with the concrete all over thair clothes--  the only word of english they knew was "Cash"  but that worked out very nicely-- and they did ia good job here too. on sat and sundays. i wish more people would realize that being covered in concrete dust might indicate some artificial social status  but  is absolutely no indication of intellectual capability... i enjoy watching people work at building stuff... and having watched those concrete block guys, i thought t would be fun to try and build somethign out of  all teh concrete block left over--it would not make much more than  a  free standing concrete block wall -- which at some point i just might do...

FYI----to improve your  general  knowledge....  there exists a wire ladder sort of thing which lays flat between the layers of concrete blocks-- about 6" wide  8 feet long... probably available from anyone selling concrete blocks---  they  make perfect  plant "holder- uppers"  in the garden  when bent into an artistic arch... thanks to grace... my guess is they are cheaper  than some official trellis...
my mother used to say something abotu   "if you can't be a   xxxxx then be a yyyy"  but i have forgotten which professions she used.... i think it had something to do with being a door stop...  
the point is ... i am in total sympathy with someone who needs financial assistance for whatever reason... however   i keep thinking... if i could have posed for a brain surgeon for at least one day, then  stopped being a brain surgeon, i might be eligible for financial support for the rest of my life, because no one would come along and say "why don't you set broken ankles instead?"  problem is the huge discrepancy between brain and ankle surgeon.. -- .   the arguement that  "you could always flip hambergers"  does not hold because  i don't know where anyone could survive on flipping wages. --
in this area ---ipswich/boxford---  the houses are  huge- to put it mildly..  built that way so they have  "resale value"-- people raise their 2.5 children and think they will sell the house when the kids are out of college... but when the kids get out of college and try and live off flipping wages because they don't have any marketable skills, they move back in to the huge house's   attic, cellar or garage... where they only need to put in their own bathroom to make it liveable, but they can not locate a plumber.

 i could say  "back to the mike rowe mindset...."  except i don't think i ever left that mindset.--   polititians can come and go, but if the guy who picks up our trash  were to take  a 17 day vacation,  in  the august heat...,  the problems would be very obvious by day 8...
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you think i am wrong???
1.  so the donkey fence-- once a perfectly straight lovely 3 split rail fence is now .. just split - and needs massive attention...the "guy" around here who does such a good job with  split rail fences is way overbooked til next fall.  it is worse than getting a doctor's appointment...
2.  my bosche washing machine  that   was deemed to be trash-- "cheaper to get a new one"    ----was fixed by bud for $13.48
3.  the "old"  oven-- replaced by a "new" $800  oven- because  the appliance repair place would not even attempt repair... was fixed for a whopping $48.72- ( bud again-- in his spare time...)
4.   a neighbor gave us a nearly new wall oven... had to get rid of it.. the door hinge was  warped... i took it and it awaits megan's need in our garage...
5.  shelters are full of dogs who were once cute puppies- and now have no social skills and are thrown away..
6.  just as mo  was a throw away for lack of a chance to be an entertaining lawn ornament.... now that is stretching it......

too much--  too soon--- lack of maintenance people to repair things?? logical  curiosity / investigation  is non existent in anyone under 40...... 
bud's tool belt is very battered--
 tanner has a new  one--( we are working on that..).


there is a fortune to be made in home maintanence.. if you can just find the maintainers...

Saturday, August 12, 2017

aug 12 2017
harnessi  ( that is  the plural  of harness)---since no one has asked for my opinion lately on harness, i feel the need to spout on a couple topics..
i just got a lovely ad from some outfit selling  some straps of leather as the ultimate training device... bullroar...the ultimate training device is the handler   and no amount of expensive hardware is going to give you that perfect mutt. plus  i don't have any kind words for the process of sending your dog "to a trainer"-- to have  some problem corrected--  the dog will come back and maybe hesitate for 3 seconds and return to previous behavior unless you... the handler... learn to adjust your handling of the dog.. while the trainer "goes to the bank"    
A well trained dog will behave perfectly with a piece of dental floss for a collar/leash... so spending $100 on something that winds around various parts of your dog is money wasted..( or better yet --- you should donate to service dogs project instead)..
only once--- that i can remember ( now there is a loophole) -- did i ever recommend anything exceptt the normal training collar-- a "slipchain" previously known unfortunately  as a choke chain.. it certainly is not used to choke the dog !! ---- our dogs and handlers are not even allowed to  tighten the thing in my field of vision without being repromanded "don't tighten that leash" -- properly used, eventually  t  ht jiggling  noise of the chain is  part of the  conversation between handler and dog...  granted the leash might be a necessary emergency brake with a young dog, but you would never drive your car with that brake stuck on - the only time i can remember suggesting anything else was to a kid who just went to college with her dog   she was newly in a wheelchair, on campus, where there were squirrels darting all over the place..  it was more than her dog was prepared to deal with... so i did suggest that strap around the nose  for a week or two til the dog got over the thrill of squirrels. dog hate that thing- so it is not in the interest of the partnership  if the first thing you do is put that thing on the dogs nose which he  hates....  it is a shortcut to training in some cases... and it pains me to see  some seeing eye dogs with it on...

speaking of the seeing eye dogs... which do a fantastic job-  and cost o$50,000  to produce--- they have set the stage for all service dogs that follow....  they wear a harness with a handle.. that handle has a purpose in communicating the dog's position  to the person.. it works perfectly and is hinged differently than the ones for balance work......THis  KIND OF HARNESS DOES NOT BELONG ON A DOG USED FOR BALANCE WORK.-- THAT METAL HANDLE CAN HURT THE DOG IN A FALL.. or yanking on it  in the process of getting up out of a chair...  there are places that sell them- at great expense  -- like $600 -- and they look wonderful... but i will not certify any team using that kind of harness....  because all the cloth/web harnesses that are available on the internet will work as well for the person... and be so much more  comfortable for the dog.. i have heard that one of the harness makers told a recipient of ours that  she needed to have the handle for a complicateed reason... the basic reason was  to get her to pay $600 for the harness... my point is the benefit to the dog  far outweighs any percieved benefit to the person.-- if you are interested in how it looks..... you shoujld not have one of our dogs period . 

we have t least 3 of those metal harnessi around here somewhere... they were given to us... and  when i started sdp years ago , i used one to go thru security at the airport so that i would look like a seeing eye dog team. i  was using their reputation , before i had any of my own...   the harness was good for that.. it is impressive.  at one point i wanted to try and train a seeing eye dog... but that idea got away from me.
training a seing eye dog still fascinates me.... i wonder...........hmmmmmmmmm.
******
 from EVE and FINN
Yesterday and last week I had a lemonade and cookies stand to raise money for SDP  i raised $40 dollars !!
finn has done so much for me in my life I couldn't imagine life without him literally'
I really hope this money makes the same kind of impact in someone else's life
Sincerely EVE


wow ... am i impressed !!!!...

Friday, August 11, 2017

AUG 11 2017
lotsa cut and paste...  to remind us why we go thru all this....  after all... alot of the volungteers  here are people who are retired and could easily be basking in the sun of some nursing home eating gruel.

 the interdependency of people and objects  is once again demonstrated by the roof on the  donkey shed we are working on..  i had hoped to hold up the roof with a bunch of "A" shaped wood, but   that just is not happening...  the reason  we are in pause mode... is that  i can not carry 20 foot lumber on the roof of my car... the horse trailer is among the missing (?janine?) and the dump trailer is full.
took me  the week to figure out the roof on the shed was not happening because i  was hesitant to go to the dump without help in case the trailer didn't dump-- it has an electric lift  which usually works... but if it does not  i would have to unload the thing by hand...  something i really no longer want to do... plus my friend at the dump would  not like me  to hold up  his routien of getting cars and trucks in and out  as fast as possible..-- ( the guy who told me he wanted me to stick around and show people how to back up a trailer)
I.E.  TO BACK A TRAILER......
 PUT YOUR HAND AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STEERING WHEEL-- THAT IS THE DIRECTION THE TRAILER WILL GO... SO YOU START IT TURNING.... THEN YOU REVERSE AND  CHASE IT.--- TRY IT... YOU WILL LIKE IT... IT IS EASY THAT WAY.
I HAVE ALOT OF TRAILER STORIES  FOR ANOTHER DAY. LIKE HOW DO YOU DENT 2 TRAILERS AT ONCE?   YOU RUN INTO ONE WITH THE OTHER.   ( IN THE DRIVEWAY)...
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KRINGLE HAS MADE IT SAFELY TO NEWMEXICO. THIS HOW A SERVICE DOG TRAVELS. THANK YOU SOUTHWEST AIRLINES. KRINGLE WAS AN ANGEL. KRINGLE AND MY FAMILY HIKED AT BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT. I CAN'T EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TOWARD KRINGLE. FOUR MONTHS AGO MY WALKER WOULD HAVE NEVER ALLOWED ME TO SEE THIS BEAUTY OF THE PUEBLO SITES, CANYONS, AND DWELLINGS. I EVEN CLIMBED 95 STEPS, BUT NO LADDERS! YES I WAS A SLOW HIKER BUT I DID IT! I LOVE THE NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE AND KRINGLE HELPED ME ENJOY NEW MEXICO WITH MY FAMILY!
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  update  on Dash and scott's adventures . Our speaches will be kicking off next month as we will be traveling all over New York State telling our story as well as bringing awareness to PTSD and suicide prevention for Law Enforcement, corrections , first responders and Veterans alike. All this wouldn't be possible without Dash at my side at all times . We have become quite the team and Dash has become very popular all around New York State. In every speech I give I talk about how Dash chose me and what a great organization the Service Dog Project is . I know of a few people who have visited the farm after meeting Dash and I . 

 Lastly but very importantly I'd like to share something with you that has made me very proud of the work Dash and I have done as a team. US Congressman Brian Higgins of New York State recently flew a flag over the Nations Capital Building in Honor of what Dash and I do. This has made me speechless and again this wouldnt have been possible without Dash being at my side.
 Thank you for all that you do and keep up the great work. We will be seeing you very soon. Take care and Dog bless . 
 Scott and Dash.
P.S. I am enclosing a picture of the certificate that was presented to me along with the flag that was flown. Feel free to share this email to all. 
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interesting prep for law school....
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DAYS ONE AND TWO OF ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW ORIENTATION ARE BEHIND US AND ASHER WANTS TO KNOW, "ARE WE LAW STUDENTS YET?!" 
 WE'VE MET OUR CLASS OF 2020, WE'VE BEEN INTRODUCED TO THE DIFFERENT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES, WE'VE MET OUR PROFESSORS (THE TWO I MET TODAY SHOOK MY HAND AND SAID, "SO I KNOW THIS IS ASHER, BUT WHAT'S YOUR NAME?"), WE'VE RESERVED OUR SEATING IN CLASS, SO WE'RE JUST SO READY TO BE DONE WITH THESE LONG DAYS AND START CLASS FOR REAL!
ASHER'S BEEN EXTREMELY PATIENT AS HE LAYS NEXT TO ME FOR HOURS WHILE I TRY AND ABSORB ALL THIS INFORMATION BEING THROWN AT US. WE DRESSED UP FOR THE OATH OF PROFESSIONALISM AND RECEPTION LAST NIGHT---
 HE'S STARTED A ROUTINE OF RUNNING IN SMALL CIRCLES AROUND ME WHEN I TELL HIM TO GO PLAY. HIS FAVORITE THING THOUGH IS WRESTLING WITH ME IN THE GRASS - I'M SURE I GET A FEW FUNNY LOOKS FROM PEOPLE WALKING BY WHEN I'M ON ALL FOURS IN THE GRASS PLAYING WITH ASHER AFTER A LONG SESSION, BUT I PREFER TO THINK THESE PEOPLE ARE JUST JEALOUS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THEIR OWN PUP TO PLAY WITH ON CAMPUS. :) AFTER FEELING SO MENTALLY DRAINED, A LITTLE PLAYING IS THE PERFECT WAY TO RE-ENERGIZE!

TOMORROW WE'LL HAVE TO SKIP THE PLAY TIME FOR OUR THIRD AND FINAL DAY OF ORIENTATION - WE'LL DON THE BUSINESS ATTIRE (INCLUDING THE TIE, OF COURSE) ONE MORE TIME AS WE SPEND THE MORNING BACK IN THE APPELLATE COURTROOM AND THE AFTERNOON IN PROVIDENCE BEING INTRODUCED TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST LEGAL COMMUNITY UP THERE. FOR NOW, ASHER GETS TO CHILL FOR THE REST OF THE DAY WHILE I WORK ON FIRST ASSIGNMENTS FOR NEXT WEEK'S CLASSES. COME MONDAY, WE'LL BE LAW STUDENTS!