writing this thing is getting more difficult as it is now posted on our web to be read by people who do not know me/us-- at least yet--
they have not heard my tiraide about how you can not peal a boiled egg if it is not 3 weeks old and are not used to the fact that there are frozen dead rats in the guest house freezer.
for people who have asked to be put on the daily doggie list, i try and send them an introduction which i will cut and paste at the bottom of this DD
that leaves me explaining how the rats got in the freezer ---
it is a bit of a story---
if you have not thought about it... we use a lot of food.- and this is basically a farm.
we had a food storage room---- IN THE LAUNDRY BUILDING... so if we were fortunate enough to have someone donate a pallet of dog food--- we could handle it.
last fall - we were doing fine til mother nature saw fit to donate a nice young newlywed couple of healthy rats--- who were very prolific. they then invited some of their friends to join them in this bonanza of stored dog food buffet......- to the point that the bottom bag of a stack was empty-
we had to change our system and moved the food storage to an ambulance which was once our main transportation vehicle ( don't knock it-- i could find it in the parking lot at the mall)- so we loaded up the food-- and weekly would move the ambu-- - hopefully to keep the rats from finding it.
looking for new rodent apartments, they moved into the house-
giselle was the first rat tenant... and we could deal with one--- but when one of giselle's friends ran out of the file cabinet and across my lap- i realized we needed to send an eviction notice
great danes consider rat chasing beneath them-- they were bred for wild boar -- they just watched these silly things
so we called in a specialist.. a jack russell named kelly from a rescue outfit in north carolina.
kelly was truly a specialist--the size of 1/2 a great dane head.... she promptly terrified all the danes----, bit all the volunteers-- and caught rats.
these rats were very fat and healthy-- no garbage eating for them !!- getting the trophy rat from kelly was tricky--- but she was anxious for the next chase- so we bagged them -- froze them- and started
the frozen rodent delivery company..... delivering the fresh frozen critters to george--- our veternarian-- who rehabs owls and hawks -- he was delighted-- knowing we have no poisons on the property they were just what he needed.
and to take advantage of every possibility... george preferred that we did not waltz into his waiting room with a bag of dead rats-- we use the back door.. so now if we have a sick dog-- we use the back door.. or better yet .. get george to come out the back door to our van without having to go into his hospital..
so that is why the dead rats in the freezer
i said it was a long story.
p.s. kell;y is now with a jack russel family and we borrow her back if needed on a daily basis...
the santa dress rehersal needs some work--
we need to work the dogs more and better. most notably-- when you are dealing with a dog who is balanced on something-- you must not push them sideways to try and balance them you should not even touch them----- that makes matters worse and they will really push sideways and knock another dog off the ramp.- there are two dogs who may not be recoverable--- so we may have santa's hitch of 6 dogs and 2 photoshopped heads...
also they need collars to hold the harness forward-- having a harness slide off the dogs rear - tangling inhei feet was not conducive to standing still
by far the best dog was lulu-- who was thrilled to run up the ramp and pose for beef----- whether we needed her to or not...
we were using all black dogs--- bailey stood in the rear thinking "idiots i know what is needed."
santa is a great santa-- all natural white hair and beard with jolly belly--- his car license is ST NICK-- i wonder what explore thought of santa with the pups--- we got some good still shots...
chaos was thrilled to have earlene here cutting beef--- and paul- with h is broken arm took a nap with her in the sun -- she is devoted to them in spite of the fact that she lives here because they can not take her where they live..... she is getting round... we will place bets as to how many--
and here we go -- for the newcomers-- that is how many nursing... sometimes........
chaos is now living in the house --- in prep for whelping... not that she needs it-- she has lived in the house before with the last litter... she now gets the priority sofas...
food wise we had a lovely time--- but in respect for our general health-- people should be bringing more salad or casserole type stuff.. we had desert overload--- not that i minded... but...... sugar overload big time.
no polly and bob-- they are away..
i will do the chaos waltz in front of the camera after megan feeds the pups - i am told their breakfast takes 18 seconds.
and i will go and mark th e new deagle house for electrical install-- all the elect will be on one side so we could go ahead and insulate the far 6' x 30' which is where the kennel beds will go.
there will be a 12 x 12 "reading room"
why not. !
HERE IS THE DAILY DOGGIE INTRO WHICH SHOULD GO TO NEWCOMEERS
the daily doggie is supposed to be an email to keep the many volunteers
" on the same page" as far as managing the health and training of the 30 or so great danes currently in residence-
many times it is the 1/2 awake rambling done pre coffee before 8am...-- *****just hit that delete button/
some things need explaining
the cast of characters
Mary --- is not a volunteer--- but a 750 pound donkey who wanders loose on the property looking for treats--- a piece of bagel---lump of carrot-- apple core--- things like that.. you want to stay on the good side of mary- she can carry a grudge for 10 years--- like--- don't give pony rides on her unless you have treats. she understands a paycheck. and keep your fingers away from her white nose--- the black part is usually fine.
ginney the jenny from virginia is a new- spotted smaller donkey of unknown origin and temperament. ( rescued from the kill pens) seems agreeable but worried..
megan-- full time trainer ---also chief cook and bottle washer
( day off is Saturday)
colleen trainer part time tues wed thurs afternoons
hillary- pre med --friend of megan- Saturday chores and sometimes more days ---typical college student--- bright and broke. a good thing.
theresa- office and paper department - she remembers things really well tues -fri 10 to 2
paul the plumber ( with efficient wife earlene)owner of chaos
AND bud the electritian ( also firebuilder) are both chief assistants to the assistant chief.
paula Friday gofer
tracy Monday gofer
Sunday sandy --our resident veggie
anne- speaks Danish did the organizing walter transport from denmark
ann ( without the e) is our resident poop expert
there aRe too many volunteers for me to list--- and they aRE ALL INVALUABLE AND WONDERFUL-- WITHOUT WHOM WE WOULD NOT BE.
in this daily doggie
i cut and paste progress reports from recipients-- along with their tips and ideas.
Sunday Stew-- every Sunday we have "open house" pot luck style from 12 -4--
in even 1/2 nice weather we are outside with a fire pit and covered tent-- really bad weather we go in the "guest house"-- eat whatever food people bring-- organized by earlene and play with dogs/pups (pups who can weigh 75 pounds)
supervised children are welcome--- you must be within 2 feet of a 2 year old and 5 feet of a 5 year old- etc on up-- this is a working farm and is basically a dangerous place--- keys in tractors--golf carts-- stone walls -- plus puppy toenails etc..
happy dogs flattening unsupervised children so they can clean off their faces licking them is not a fun thing.
i have a defective pinky on my left hAND WHICH HITS THE CAaps lock often--- i have stopped correcting thaT-- I AM NOT SCREAMING ---USUAlly it gets reveARSED WITH ADDITIONAl a's-- sorry---
I AM Also 74 with very little memory..
i may have studied math in college, but ...i have a PHD in murphy's law-- and 30 years experience in the movie tv animal world- leaving me with an incredible number of funny stories of
shampooing cows ---chasing loose pigs ---funny now--- maybe not then.
i was well known for my budweiser hitch of 8 mini donkeys with antlers-- which put my kids thru college wandering around freight elevators and ball rooms actually IN the big boston hotels carrying inebriated santas...
ONE OF OUR BIG MEANS OF SUPPORT IS THE LIVELY CHICKEN BINGO-- ONLINE--- ( SEE BELOW OR OUR WEB...) FOR $10 YOU GET A NUMBER.. THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH WE PUT ALL THOSE NUMBERS ON A TABLE ( RANDOMLY) THEN PUT 3 HENS ON THE NUMBERS AND THE FIRST NUMBER TO BE SHAT-UPON WILL BE GIFTED $500.
THIS PAYS FOR OUR DOG FOOD ETC...
so get with that program $10 monthly is great.
everything here is a work in progress
RULES WHILE AT
THE SERVICE DOG PROJECT:
IF IT’S BROKEN, FIX IT
IF IT’S DIRTY, CLEAN IT
IF IT’S SMELLY, PICK IT UP
IF IT’S EMPTY, FILL IT
IF YOU TRIP OVER IT, MOVE IT
IF IT’S GOT FOUR LEGS AND A TAIL, LOVE IT
IF IT’S GOT 2 LEGS & IS ON A GREEN GOLF CART
LISTEN CLOSELY TO IT
help pay for the dog food
with a chicken poo brick the game is the first sunday of the month at the farmthis is for the OCTOBER dropping