just to clear up any confusion about who owns what dog ...maybe clear it up
we currently have 26 pups on site.. these are not matching widgets-- no two are alike-
to have their existence and training serve some meaningful purpose- they need a job-- and they love to work-- we have 2 main purposes--
it is a bell shaped curve every time... there will be a couple superdogs that we have to keep around to perpetuate the project-- then the bulk of them trained for service dogs- and a few just don't make it-- usually for some physical reason - most reciently--- patrick who's nose just trickles blood about once a week and we ( including george) can not figure out why-
i just went thru the "probable destiny" with megan- and CAME UP WITH A FEW THat might not be in the bulk of the project. probable--- because the only thing i am absolutely sure of is that - those decisions will change..
once we had given up on willow with HOD--- now george says there is no reason we don't keep her in the project... she was once a crippled dog we carried around on a towel to get her outside...-- now she is over 6 'fencing without difficulty..
those 3 pups of noel and bently are super pups-- karla ( volunteer) is an old akc type friend- and she agrees that those 3 are as good a pup as she has ever seen. square strong..pleasant etc.. and even if we still have the parents--- bentley and noel-- you can not count on ANYTHING.. - so it behoves me to keep that bloodline available-- and making them into facility dogs ( an advanced form of therapy dog) would work-- and i just put a veteran with disabilities on that project..- many of these 100% disabled vets spend their time going from doc to hospital to rehab to meetings etc-- and for them to have a dog with them is a win win.. --- like charlie- with steve.. the entire vet hosp knows charlie and does not even know steve's name... GOOD DOG...
IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TTHE EXACT OFFICIAL DEFINITION OF FACILITY DOGS.. GOTO WWW.ADIONLINE.ORG AND LOOK IT UP. BASICALLY-- THEY HAVE ONE HANDLER AND THEN WORK THE CROWD-- IS THE WAY I WOULD PUT IT. POLLY AND BAILEY FOR EXAMPLE. CHAOS AND EARLENE-- AND A FEW OFF SITE ONES
i always feel that all my dogs are ultimately my responsibility regardless of where they are.-- and ultimately the dogs decide who owns them- chaos lives here but she is clearly earlene's dog and would not dream of obeying me if earlene is around.- i also feel that all the dogs i produce should work -- somehow-- my danes --- being slightly odd ( and well behaved.) - not the usual dog, wherever they go they draw attention--and there are a lot of people in drab jobs that even having the 1 minute distraction of a dog serves a purpose. the staff in some of these nursing homes and hospitals are in need of cheer as much as the patients.. and it is such a simple thing to just walk thru.
then you have pi-- a smart-- slightly too smart pup who could not be owned by the avg joe - swhe would have someont waltzing to her tune too quicky-- and i was gong to keep her and breed her-- then bob came along--an very experienced bloodhound trainer-- who's war injuries have started to give him balance problems-- perfect -- he has her- and can cope with her brain and estrus--
right now-- i would guess rassbery is going to be the same problem-- she is sharp-- and i better start figuring out someplace for her- she is sneaky and clever-- first to scan the wall , gt on the couch, find spilled food. and land sleeping in someone's lap.. etc...
so do not hold me to any of these decisions-- animal husbandry is often best guess.
my mind is clean- i change it often.
now about the bulk cardboard project-- there are 2 types
the people sending 1/2 inch in an envelope - those land on my desk and in my back pockiet daily...
the people sending cartons of beautifully cut ones - those land on my golf cart to be distibuted around the farm in the "mailboxes" which also hold the grocery bags to keep the yard tidy. -- we have enough of those to last most of the spring...
i had prepared a long discertation on filing-- and the problems of mis- filing-
the paperwork kind where you lose things alphabetically-usually one variable dominates-- the alphabet
but the laundry kind where if you file according to type or shape-
for those less observant- in a hurry
long underwear can get mis filed with the long sleeved turtlenecks
and in the shop there are soo many variables in the nuts and bolt department
that any disruption by a foreign organizer can be devastating.
but then linda ( of cloud fame) told me people were confused about my filing of dogs...
same kind of problem.. LOTS OF VARIABLES--
BUT IN THE CASE OF DOGS... THE ^%(*^() VARIABLES CAN CHANGE.
SO THE WORD OF TH E DAY IS CONFUSION-- ENJOY THE RIDE.
*** SCHEDULE TODAY??
JACKY FROM INDIANA - HERE FOR LEARNING PURPOSES-- WILL GO OUT WITH MEGAN IN TH E10-12 RUN
I MAY TOO..
SHELIA HAS A SITTER FOR HER HUSBAND WITH THE 2 NEW KNEES AND WILL GET HER PUPPY FIX THIS AFTERNOON.
I NEED TO TALK TO MANDY -- THE NH TV WANTS A 1/2 HOUR STORY ABOUT SERVICE DOGS IN GENERAL-- AND 57 AND TEAL SPECIALLY.
ALL YOU PEOPLE WHO DONATE MONEY TO THE FOOD AND FUEL MONTHLY "DRIVE" WE FOUND THAT SOME COMPANIES WILL MATCH THAT DONATION BECAUSE AS FAR AS SDP IS CONCERNED IF YOU BECOME THE SHATUPON, YOU GET A CERTIFICATE-- ANYTHING ELSE IS A GIFT FROM ME PERSONALLY WHICH HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SDP..AND I DO NOT DEDUCT IT OFF MY TAXES EITHER--- IT IS A GIFT PURE AND SIMPLE.
THAT BEING SO--- CHECK WITH YOUR PLACES OF BUSINESS TO SEE IF THEY HAVE MATCHING-- AND WE CAN SORT THE CHICKEN Sh#t DONATIONS AND GIVE YOU A TOTAL.-
I BELIEVE WE HAVE REMOVED ALL REFERENCE TO ANY GAME-- BECAUSE IT IS IN FACT A DONATION....
WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THAT BEFORE.
THE PARTING SHOT...
PRISCILLA BROUGHT HER FAMILY UP TO SPEND TIME WITH OLIVE AND THE PUPS... AND HER SON (?AGE? RIPE?) SPENT MAYBE AN HOUR LYING ON THE FLOOR WITH PUPPIES CRAWLING ALL OVER HIM..
THE RESULT? WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL EMAILS ASKING IF HE WAS MARRIED-- AND IF SO ... WAS HE CONSIDERING DIVORCE?
BECAUSE THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF THAT TYPE MAN????????.