Tuesday, February 12, 2013

February 12, 2013

another day- another argument with technology
 
you all know i do not let a dog come out of anesthesia without sitting on the floor with them -- reason being "brownie"  an absolutely wonderful dog hurt his tail while in penna -( and i was not there) so he had to have it  amputated.. whoever that vet was  put him in a cage after surgery  to come out of anesthesia. in the process    dogs  pick up their head and bang it to th efloor trying to figure out why life is not normal.. so after that brownie would "alert" at any metal noise-- lie a garbage can lid.  - an otherwise perfect dog..
 
this has caused me to spend many hours sitting on the floor in the vets' office  with vet tech's stepping over me...
 
that was the case yesterday waiting for perry to wake up.. so i played with my cell phone- i had several hours with nothing to do and decided to tackle that thing
the basic problem is jade-- one of our recipients- set it up for me when it was new--  and put in a password known only to whatever gods there are.  so there is a lot  of it i can not use.
but the GPS has been known to function- so i started in  - with gusto-
 
try as i might- i could not convince the darn thing i was not in Cincinnati, ohio  ..  it insisted on giving me directions to drive 1324 miles back to Boston.
 
if i had believed the thing- and driven east- as it suggested-- i would have drowned in the atlantic ocean
 
so much for believing a computer
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there are details-- like--- is this the daily doggie or doggie daily or even worse to put a  period after the title--
doesn't matter until out  ask the computer to sort it out and you get results that are wrong.
and the excell spreadsheet program  has a mind of it's own at times..
 
so back to dogs...
 
to define new people and their jobs-- none of which are 40 hours per week...
 
maria  has a spreadsheet mind  and is going to keep track of names and numbers and distemper shots- along with  taking a puppy home with  her every few days-- to be bomb proofed by her 5 kids.
 
tracy and paula are doing kennel management so that megan has nothing to do in that department.
 
ron and paul are part time doing whatever to maintain the property
 
jamie is filling in here and there
 
and shelia's daughter is a megan look alike ( tall) who speaks dog very well- we hope to work her in  in spite of the fact that she is a licensed tuggboat driver.
 
she ought to fit in really well with our engineer who is a pastry chef.
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everything else will have to be accomplished by the volunteer crew..
 
given enough people.. amazing things can be......
 
i remember when ( here we go) i had an older barn in  lynnfield  ( not antique-- just older)- had been a milking barn at one point.. - i jerry rigged it into the neighborhood  4h barn.  and there was a  wooden shed attached...   we stored loose shavings  there (shavings  is a whole nother story)
we ended up with 15 or so kids  horses. - the kids pretty much took care of them as any good 4h kid would. 
 
 one night at suppertime  they came in and told me  carol's horse had fallen  in a hole  .  blondie( 1200 pounds) had gone into that shed- which we did not know was a cistern to collect rainwater for milk cows in case the well went dry.. the floor had been light wood-- not capable of 1200 pounds.  --  about 12 feet around- the horse was un injured and  quite content walking in a circle- problem was - he was down  a good 10  feet.-
 
a crowd was beginning to gather  and all look at me-
 
 one of those big cranes could have lifted him  but he would get  scared and scraped up in the process-- plus that would have been awfully expensive  -  so i called the local gravel pit and had them deliver a huge load of stone-- we were going to shute it into the cistern..  except the sliding noise scared blondie- who's owner was now in th e hole with him.   the driver told me... "it is 4:30 and i quit at 5".. so i said  "dump it".  which he did.
 
by then we had a real crowd-- i handed out buckets and we started a bucket brigaide    a tv truck arrived  with it's floodlights- taking pictures of the 3 year old kid  sitting on that pile of stones filling a bucket with a cup-  i wish i had a picture of that  neighborhood kid-- well past her bedtime-- doing what she could to help.
 
it was about 11pm when the crowd cheered a s the horse jumped out the last 3'
 
i never forgot that kid with her cup- making a difference.

4 comments:

  1. I LOVE THE 5 KID PROOFING IDEA WITH MARIA AND HER KIDS. WHERE OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS, EH? SOUNDS LIKE OTHER OPPROTUNITIES ARE KNOCKING AND PLANS ARE WELL UNDER WAY.

    YOUR HORSE STORY IS GREAT. REMINDS ME OF AN OLD STORY ABOUT A DONKEY IN A WELL THAT THE LOCALS COULDN'T FIGURE OUT HOW THEY WERE GOING TO GET OUT. SO THEY TOLD THE OWNER THEY HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO BURY IT. SHOVELS OF DIRT WERE THROWN DOWN THE WELL AND THEY HEARD THE BRAYING OF THE DONKEY. WHEN THE OWNER LOOKED OVER THE EDGE, HE WAS ASTONISHED TO SEE THE DONKEY STEPPING UP ONTO THE DIRT THAT WAS INTENDED TO BURY HIM. HMMM...JUST KEEP STEPPING UP.

    YOUR STORY'S ENDING OF ONE SMALL KID MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY ONE SMALL ACT OF DETERMINATION AND PATIENCE IS A GREAT REMINDER FOR US ALL.

    I KNOW YOUR MISSION IS THE RAISING AND TRAINING OF MORE GREAT ANIMALS FOR THOSE IN NEED. YOUR FOCUS IS WHAT MAKES IT HAPPEN. BUT ONE DAY, I HOPE SOMEONE COMES ALONG YOUR PATH WHO CAN GLEAN FROM YOUR BLOGS AND INTERACTION A GREAT BOOK OF WIT AND WISDOM. MORE OF YOUR KIND OF THINKING IS SO NEEDED IN SO MANY AVENUES OF LIFE.

    THANKS, CARLENE.

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  2. How is Perry doing? Is he still staying at SDP? He's one of my favorites :)

    Sandy

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  3. I couldn't agree more with comment above from The Halters. Your blog is the most wonderful thing to read. Your views are so full of just good plain common sense and lots of good clean humor - full of what I wish the rest of the world could return to. Thank you for all you do!

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  4. I enjoy reading this every day. I wish I lived closer, I would love helping with the Danes. I lived for the greater part of my life in Missouri, so know the weather and challenges with animals (we lived in the country and had horses dogs plus. I am 80 now and live in north Florida and have a thriving pet sitting business. Keep up the great work, it's very heartening. Sara

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