Saturday, May 25, 2013

MAY 25, 2013

MANAGEMENT OF SERVICE DOGS WAS YESTERDAY'S LESSON FOR ME... KAREN WAS HERE WITH DIDI--( KAREN IS A TEACHER) -- . AFTER 18 MONTHS WATCHING THE 2 WORK TOGETHER WAS LIKE A BALLET.

KAREN SAYS SHE IS AN ABSOLUTELY PERFECT SERVICE DOG... AND SHE LOOKS LIKE IT... TOTALLY ORGANIZED AND WORKS IN SCHOOL WITH KAREN DAILY.

 FOR ONE THING.......IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE MUCH... BUT WE SDP MUST PAY MORE ATTENTION TO WHO DOES WHAT WITH WHICH WHEN IT COMES TO GOING THRU A DOOR....A . DOG WITH UNCROPPED TAIL IS 6 FEET LONG.

I THINK TO APPRECIATE THE PROBLEM, TRY CARRYING A 6' LADDER OUT OF A STORE DOOR- WHICH IS ON A SPRING..

DIDI JUST CASUALLY SWINGS SIDEWAYS WHILE KAREN DEALS WITH THE DOOR.

 
WE NEED TO WORK ON THIS....

AND THEN IN THE RESTAURANT----- IT LOOKED LIKE DIDI DECIDED WHERE SHE BELONGED AND SWUNG AROUND AND BACKED HERSELF IN.

I WAS IMPRESSED..

WE NEED TO DO BETTER BEFORE THESE DOGS LEAVE HERE..

IT IS NOT REALLY NEGATIVE... BUT A TYPICAL DANE THING.... DIDI DID NOT LIKE BUSSES WHEN SHE LEFT HERE.... AND KAREN SAYS SHE IS NOT MUCH DIFFERENT. SHE VOICES HER DISLIKE ABOUT ALL THOSE SCHOOL BUSSES. THEY WORK AROUND IT.

TYPICAL DANE-- THEY ALL HAVE SOME KINK.

 I HAD OLIVER OUT YESTERDAY-- I HAD BEEN TOLD HE HAS SOME PROBLEM-- WE WENT TO COSTCO-- HE WAS NEARLY PERFECT UNTIL WE GOT TO THE AREA WIITH AN OVERHEAD FAN-- YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT WAS SHOOTING AT HIM,, HE JUST DOES NOT UNDERSTAND OVERHEAD FANS..


SO THAT LEAVES US WITH... WE CAN SPEND ANOTHER 6 MONTHS GETTIN G HIM USED TO OVERHEAD FANS-- OR FIND THE RIGHT PERSON WHO CAN DEAL WITH AVOIDING OVERHEAD FANS...


IT IS A VERY UNUSUAL DANE THAT DOES NOT HAVE SOME WIERD IDEA-- ALL OF WHICH ARE RELATIVELY TROUBLE FREE.. IN COSTCO I GAVE THE OFFICIAL COMMAND " WHAT THE HECK- WILL YOU KNOCK IT OFF" AND HE MOVED ON.

 IF I WAS A BALANCE PATIENT I WOULD HAVE HAD TO SPOT THAT FAN COMING AND MAKE P[REPARATIONS TO DEAL.

IF I ASKED ALL OUR RECIPIENTS I WOULD GET A SCREWY LIST OF DANIACS-- ONE OF THE MOST NOTEABLE WAS HOMER-- WHO LOVED JIM-- AND WORKED WELL FOR HIM BUT WOULD GRUMBLE/GROWL AT JIMS WIFE-- UNTIL YOU TOOK OFF HIS HARNESS-- THEN HE WOULD GRUMBLE AT JIM AND WAS HIS WIFE'S BEST FRIEND.. "CAN'T YOU SEE IT IS QUITTING TIME... I AM OFF THE CLOCK"

I THINK TO WORK WITH A DNE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR... LET ME REPHRASE THAT

 
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR YOU ARE GOING TO BE UNHAPPY WITH A DANE.

WINSTON REPORT..

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND AT ALL - WINSTON SLEPT IN THE CHAIR WITH PRISCILLA-- AT ALL ANGLES ND NEVER YELPED -- HE JUMPS AROUND PLAYING WITH TOYS FLIPPING HIS HEAD AROUND... NOT ONE YELP... IF I HAD NOT SEEN THT XRAY-- WHICH LOOKED WIERD TO ME-- I WOULD NOT BELIEVE HE HAD A THING WRONG WITH HIM...

 JACKY AND TOM ARE IN THE GUEST HOUSE FOR THE WEEKEND-- AND LAURI IS STAYING AT THE KNIGHT'S INN?? IN DANVERS.

ND WE HAVE SEVERAL APPLICANTS COMING TO STEW TOMORROW AS WE TRY AND FIGURE OUT WHO WE HAVE FOR DOGS- AND WHO MIGHT MANAGE TO DEAL WITH WHAT FROM BOTH SIDES-- WHAT DOG COULD HANDLE A FAMILY OF 5 KIDS AND WHICH DOG WOULD JUST RATHER NOT.

 IT IS A PROCESS...

 AND MEGAN WILL BE BCK TOMORROW-- SHE HAS COME UP ACROSS THE MASON DIXON LINE... AND IS HOME TODAY.

2 comments:

  1. ABOUT WINSTON'S "FEELING FINE" PLAY... I HAD TO TAKE PAIN MEDICATION FOR CERVICAL PAIN... ONLY PROBLEM WITH PAIN MEDS IS THERE IS NO PAIN TO TELL ME I WAS DOING TOO MUCH! MAYBE WINSTON IS THE SAME... I THINK YOU ARE DOING RIGHT BY HIM; RESTRICTING HIS PLAY AN NO COLLAR :) YOU ARE SO AWESOME, I JUST ADORE YOUR WORK!

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  2. CARLENE...I HAD A BEAGLE SHIH-TZU WHO USED TO HAVE A SIMILAR PROBLEM AS WINSTON. MY OTHER DOG, A SHIH-TZU, USED TO PLAY TOO ROUGH WITH HER. THE VET PRESCRIBED THE SAME THING...R & R BUT SHE ALSO GAVE ME PREDNISONE FOR HER INFLAMMATION. MY DOG SEEMED FINE AFTER A DAY OR TWO ON THE MEDS. I JUST HAD TO WATCH HER AROUND THE LITTLE ONE FOR AWHILE. THIS HAPPENED AT LEAST ONCE EVERY ONE OR TWO YEARS. HOPE WINSTON HEALS SOON...KATHY

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