THE EXPLORE.ORG DISCUSSION GROUP IS NOT ACCEPTING COMMENTS SO HERE IS ALL THAT--- CUT AND PASTED...
GOOD MORNING CAMERA WORLD..FROM THE LOOK OF PERRY'S SLEEPING POSITION IT IS NO WONDRE HE COULD HAVE NECK TROUBLE,,,, IT IS HANGING AT A RIGHT ANGLE TO HIS BODY--OVER THE EDGE..***
HOW BAD WAS WILLOW?" BAD-- AS CLOSE AS THEY GET TO ASKING TO GO TO SLEEP PERMANTLY- SHE WAS IN BAD PAIN- LYING VERY STILL-- AND WINCING WHEN WE TRIED TO mAKE HER STAND OR MOVE-- CARRYING HER OUTSIDE ON A BEACH TOWEL.. -THERE IS SOME RESIDUAL-- IN MY OPINION.... SHE SLEPT FOR ABOUT A WEEK/10 DAYS IN ONE POSITION.. WITH HER LEFT HID LEG BENT-- AND SHE WOULD NOT LET US STRAIGHTEN IT... SO THAT NOW SHE DOES HAVE A VERY WIERD BEND AT THE HOCK--IT IS SO BENT IN A "c" SHAPE THAT I WORRIED ABOUT IT BREAKING... BUT SHE IS NOW BOUNCING AROUND--- AND IT SEEMS TO FUNCTION -- THO I WILL NOT ASK HER TO GO BADCK TO PUPPY HILL UNTIL I LIKE TH ELOOKS OF THAT BACK LEG BETTER..IT IS FINE CROOKED-- THEY CARRY 70% OF THIER WEIGHT ON THEIR FEGS-- AND SHE IS ALMOST THIN.. ON PURPOSE...LET ME REDEFING THIN... BEFORE SOMEONE ACCUSES ME OF STARVING THE DOGS..... THIN IS WHEN THE 2 BONES ABOVE HER HIPS STICK UP-- RIBS SHOWING IS FINE... BUT THOSE 2 HIP BONES SHOULD NOT SHOW.
her other residual is that she is becoming a spoiled brat--- she goes outside to pee--and doesn't,--- then comes in and pee's in the hall
which brings up another point "HE IS TRAINED TO GO ON THE NEWSPAPER" ---- IN MY OPINION... IF YOU PLAN IT RIGHT YOU CAN LEARN TO PUT THE NEWSPAPER UNDER WHERE HE IS GOING TO PEE ANYWAY- I THINK-- THEY ARE PREPROGRAMMED TO GO AWAY FROM WHERE THEY SLEEP TO PEE ETC... SO FIGURE THAT OUT AND PPUT THE PAPERS THERE.. CASE IN POINT--- IF YOU PUT THIER FLUFFIES IN A CORNER AND THE NEWSPAPERS NEXT TO THE FENCE WHERE YOU CAN REACH THEM EASILY, THEY WILL RUN TO THE FENCE TO GREET YOU WITH POO ON THIER PAWS.....
THE INTERNET IS A VEHICLE FOR MISINFORMATION... MAY AS WELL HAVE SOME OF MY VARIETY.
SOMEONE DID SAY THAT THE PUPS ATE POOP BECAUSE THEY WERE STARVING...OURS ARE THE FATTEST STARVING DOGS I HAVE EVER SEEN..
WHICH BRINGS UP A PROBLEM I HAVE WITH THE "CAMERA" DISCUSSION GROUP..MIND YOU-- I LOVE 99.4% OF THEM DEARLY-- THEY ARE KEEPING US AFLOAT...
I WISH SOME OF THEM WOULD SAY "IN MY OPINION" AND NOT PUT OUT ANSWERS AS IF THEY ARE SPEAKING FOR SDP. I LOVE A GOOD ARGUEMENT AS MOST OF YOU KNOW.... BUT I AM VERY PROTECTIVE OF .. OUR HARD WORK.......FOR INSTANCE.... SOMEONE WANTED TO MAKE MUGS WITH OUR LOGO / NAME AND STORY --AND ALL WE HAD TO DO WAS CASH THE CHECK.... ABSOLUTELY NOT.-
AND WE HAVE A VOLUNTEER GROUP THAT FUNCTIONS BEAUTIFULLY-- WITHOUT MICROMANAGING--------AND I AM VERY DEPENDENT ON EVERY ONE OF THEM. ---------- IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO WALTZ ONTO THIS FARM AND LEAP INTO THE MIDDLE OF ANY DECISSION MAKING WHEN YOU JUST DO NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE . THAT EXPERIENCE COMES AFTER ABOUT 2 OR 3 YEARS OF VOLUNTEERING.... HANGING LAUNDRY... PICKING UP ROCKS.. AND POO...AND OBSERVING .
KEEPING OUR EYE ON THE PRIZE... I WINCED AT THIS EMAIL TIL I GOT TO THE END... TALK ABOUT DISASTERS WAITING TO HAPPEN....
lest you forget.....
I want to tell you about our weekend experience. We went to Skaneateles, NY...
"At the Charles Dickens Christmas, you can enjoy carriage rides and sample roasted chestnuts. You can experience the realism of proffessional actors playing Charles Dickens characters who wander the streets, mingling with visitors. The cast also perform scenes from classic Charles Dickens stories complete with Christmas caroling, 'Father Christmas',hot chocolate or apple cider and snacking on donuts...!
Anyway, they have many shops chock full of glass decorations of every type, lots of shoppers, and all in very tight spaces in these shops- very much like walking in very small china shops. So walking through these many shops with DiDi had me a bit nervous, as one tail wag or hip shift and we would be buying a plethora of broken glass decorations. However, she walked like a pro; confidant, calm, and listening for my direction at every step. She ignored the oohs and has of fellow shoppers and occasional rudness of those who could not accept "please don't pet her, she is a working service dog". I don't know if any other large dog could have impressed people more. She is an amazing 2 1/2 year old young lady; as beautiful as she is level headed.
You have all truly blessed my life. God bless you all, and have a wonderful Christmas season.
Karen and DiDi
it is tough to go from the well educated graduate dogs to the foolish teenagers who are terrified of a dog in a mirror...
yESTTERDAY megan spent 1/2 hour in shaws at north shore shopping center--- it is there that i got stuck with a pup once-- there is a mirror angled over the meat counter and he would not put a foot under himself.. that is called spaghetti legs-- and there is not much you can do about it with a 130 pound pup who is on his back and will not roll over..
thank heavens for cell phones-- i called megan who was in the car in the parking lot--- and--- to the amusement of the employees of shaws... we dragged him into the spagetti aisle and stood him up. he is now a well loved very proficient working service dog--- but as a youngster.... whoa !
what do the simple folk do???
SCHEDULE? I AM SURE THERE OUGHT TO BE ONE SOMEWHERE...
WE HAVE TO THINK OF GETING THESE PUPS OUT SOMEWHERE-- SOME HOW--
IT IS TO THAT END I WANT TO FIND A NEW METAL RED GAS CAN-- BECAUSE FILLED WITH HOT WATER IT COULD BE A HOT WATER BOTTLE FOR A BUNCH OF PUPS WHO ARE JUST LEARNING TO GO OUT ON THE DECK.. FOR THE FIRST WEEK WE NEEED TO HAVE THERRI BED RIGHT AT THE DOOR-- SO THEY CAN NOT PEE RIGHT THERE-- THE MINUTE THEY STEP OFF THEIR FLUFFY- THEY ARE OUT THE DOOR ONTO TH EDECK... THIS IS A CRITICAL STEP IN THEIR UP-BRINGING. AS THEY PROGRESS WE CAN MOVE TH EBED BACK FROM THE DOOR... BUT AT TH E MOMENT THEY NEED A HOT WATER BOTTLE.. AND ONE OF THOSE GAS CANS WOULD BE GOOD.. SHORT ROUND- I CAN NOT THINK OF A BETTER ONE AT THE MOMENT...
HAS TO BE NEW... FUMES ARE STILL FUMES...