Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DEC 31,2013
 HERE I GO AGAIN... TRYING TO MAKE AND KEEP NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS WHEN I HAVE NOT YET STARTED ON THE ONES I MADE  2008-2009.

THE USUAL 
 1. LOOSE WEIGHT-- WELL  THE ONLY WAY I GAVE EVER LOST WEIGHT IS TO GET A  TERRIBLE STOMACH BUG THAT LASTS FOR A MONTH...  THAT WORKS.
 2. IF YOU HAVE NOT TOUCHED THAT ITEM IN A YEAR -- THROW IT OUT --RIGHT !      SO THAT 2  MONTHS FROM NOW YOU CAN GO BERSERK LOOKING FOR IT.

BUT AS THIS HOUSE FILLS UP, I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING..
WE ALL LOOK FOR A NEW BEGINNING.... AND AS I SIT ON THE W/C - EVERY MORNING AND LOOK AT THE CORNER CLOSET IN THE BATHROOM- I FIGURE   THAT IS AS GOOD A PLACE TO START AS ANY,,, 
I DID OPEN THAT TODAY- AND RAN SMACK INTO ALL THE HOTEL SIZE SOAP/SHAMPOO  THAT I HAVE LIFTED FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS-- IT IS LIKE AN OLD PHOTO BOOK TO RELIVE THE NAMES ON THE SOAPS.  I ALWAYS MEANT TO GET THEM INTO THE GUEST HOUSE-  AND IT STILL SOUNDS LIKE A BETTER IDEA THAN THROWING THEM OUT.. SO I PUT THEM BACK..

END OF  STORY-- TRY NEXT YEAR.

THE WHOLE PLACE S LIKE THAT-- I MUST ADMIT I NEVER KEEP ANYTHING FOR WHICH THERE IS NO EARTHLY USE... PROBLEM IS I HAVE A GOOD IMAGINATION AND CAN FIND A USE FOR MOST EVERYTHING--  UNFORTUNATELY EVEN ... PIECES OF ROPE TOO SHORT TO USE----  BECAUSE SOMEONE WILL ASK ME TO TEACH THEM TO SPLICE ROPE-- AND I CAN GRAB FOR THAT COLLECTION..

I LIKE HARDWARE- MY FATHER ( BORN IN 1900) TAUGHT ME  IF YOU ALEADY OWN IT... KEEP IT BECAUSE THE HARDWARE STORE WAS 20 MILES AWAY.  THAT WAS BEFORE HOME DEPOT...
--- AND WHAT I HAVE NOT TAKEN OFF BUREAUS DESTINED FOR THE FIREPLACE, I HAVE BOUGHT AT FLEA MARKETS. CONSEQUENTLY I ALREADY OWN 99% OF WHAT HOME DEPOT SELLS.
  FENDER WASHERS BEING MY FAILING-- BECAUSE WHEN YOU DRILL THE HOLE TO BIG,  YOU CAN USE A FENDER WASHER TO COVER THE ERROR...LIKE THOSE LARGE ELECTRICAL OUTLET PLATES  "MISTAKE PLATES"   I HAVE A READY SUPPLY OF THOSE.

I REMEMBER.....MY FATHER TALKING ABOUT THE FIRST CARS-- AND HOW HE HAD 4 TIRES STRAPPED TO THE BACK BECUSE OF THE FLATS YOU WOULD GET GOING ANYWHERE--- AND ALSO STUFFING TIRES WITH HAY....

I THOUGHT OF THAT MANY TIMES WHEN I BOUGHT THAT OLDER KABOTA--  THE TIRES WERE SO THIN I WOULD GET FLATS GOING OVER STIFF GRASS... DOZEN FLATS THE FIRST MONTH-- THE ONLY GOOD THING IS THE TRACTOR COULD LIFT ALL 4 WHEELS OFF THE GROUND BY ITSELF -- SO IT LOOKED FOOLISH PROPED UP WITH NO TIRES WHILE I HAD THEM FILLED WITH GOOP WHICH MEANS NO FLATS. LUCKILY I DID THAT WITH THE NEW TRACTOR TO BECAUSE IT IS SPORTING A SHINY NEW LARGE HEADED NAIL IN ONE TIRE ALREADY.  

IT IS A NAIL I DO NOT RECOGNIZE--  HOPEFULLY IT CAME WITH THE NEW TRACTOR...  I TAKE A VERY DIM VIEW OF  NAILS DROPPED AROUND THE PLACE-- SPECIFICALLY ROOFING NAILS-- WITH THE BIG HEAD....  THAT LAND POINT UP.....  I HAVE SEVERAL 2' LONG MAGNETS--
SOUNDS WONDERFUL-- EXCEPT MANY ARE ALUMINUM... IT IS RARE... BUT I STILL FIND AN OCASIONAL ONE IN THE FLAT FIELD FROM THE DEMOLISHED WOODEN ARENA.

IT'S TUESDAY-- ACCORDING TO THAT  CLOCK ONTHE WAL WITH THE DAYS OF THE WEEK ON IT..-- I CONSULT IT SEVERAL TIMES A DAY ( SHORT TERM MEMORY LOSS  YOU KNOW)   ANYWAY  TUESDAY IS JACKIE AND SHELIA FOR REGULAR VOLUNTEERS

SHELIA AND I USUALLY RUN ERRANDS ( IN HER NICE CAR WHICH I AM TRYING TO WAIT FOR HER TO SELL ME... )  AND WHILE WE DRIVE WE SOLVE THE  DETAILS OF TUESDAY MAIL CALL CONCEPT---  IN THE CAR WE ARE MINUS THE DISTRACTIONS OF FARM LIFE IN GENERAL-  
WHATEVER WE DO  .. ALL ROADS LEAD TO DANVERS DELLI WHERE THE TUESDAY  LUNCH SPECIAL IS BBQ BEEF-- 
HOWEVER I HAVE A NEW ADDICTION -- A BLACK BEAN/CORN RELISH MADE BY MCINNIANS MARKET-- ALSO IN DANVERS...

HOWEVER TODAY  ARIOT IS HAVING SURGERY SO I WILL NEED TO BE THERE- AT LEAST  TO GET HER HAT ON... LET THERE BE A WARNING...A RIOT IS NOT THESAME AS BOO.. THIS IS GOING TO BE A CHALLANGE...  I AM NOT SURE  100% DEAF-- BUT CERTAINLY  THERE IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT.  HAVING EARS UP ON BOO MADE A HEARING DIFFERENCE-- WE ALL THINK SO... SO LET US PRAY SOMETHING  SIMILAR HAPPENS WITH ARIOT...
I CAN SEE GEORGE  WINCING...  WE ARE STILL ARGUING  HEARING WAVE LEGNTHS..  THERE IS SOMETHING THAT CAUSES A REACTION IN ARIOT---  NORMAL CONVERSATION DOES NOT.

IF I WANTED EVERYTHING ORDERLY I WOULD HAVE BEN AN ACCOUNTANT-- BUT I FAIL AT THAT TOO

TRY THIS ONE ON 
QUICKEN--  USED IT FOR YEARS  IS NOW DRIVING ME NUTS--- OLD PC TO NEW MAC-- OLD QUICKEN TO NEW QUICKEN..
YESTERDAY  I DISCOVERED ONE REASON THINGS JUST WERE NOT  WORKING RIGHT.. 
TRY AND EXPLAIN THIS
IF I DEPOSITED  $140 IN MY ACCOUNT, QUICKEN LISTS THAT AS A DEPOSIT OF $285.74  AND A CHECK  OF $145.74  - EVERY MONTH IN 2013 IT ATTACKS  ONE DEPOSIT A MONTH  A DEPOSIT OF 317.50  GETS  ENTERED IN QUICKEN AS  285.74 DEPOSIT  PLUS A CREDIT  31.76.  TO SOME  CATAGORY
COLLEEN SAYS THE BALANCE IS CORRECT-- TRUE... BUT IT RAISES THE DEVIL WITH   TRYING TO FIGURE EXPENSES...

THE OTHER BIG NEWS IS THAT --- THE GENERATOR IS IN  AND WILL BE WOKING ? TODAY?-- ( PASSED INSPECTION)   AND WE BEGAN ON THE HEAT/FURNACE PROJECT. ALL THAT IS THANKS TO THE EXPLORE.ORG GRANT
BECAUSE OF  SOME EXTRA MONEY IN THE FUN FUND  I DECIDED TO GO WITH THE SYSTEM WHICH DOES A/C  ALONG WITH HEAT...  THAT WILL BE  A THRILL TO THE VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE SWELTERED THRU A FEW DAYS  WHEN E ONLY RELIEF WAS TO WET EVERYTHING DOWN WITH "MISTERS" -- THAT DOES WORK A BIT ...... BUT PROPER A/C WILL BE A LUXURY.

 ON WE GO

Monday, December 30, 2013

DEC 30, 2013
WOWOWOWOWOWOWO   CHICKEN BRICKS SOLD OUT --- THANK YOU ALL--- THAT IS ONE PIECE OF THE PUZZLE THAT KEEPS US GOING... AND IT IS SUCH A RELIEF TO WATCH THE NEW NAMES APPEAR AND GET IT SOLD OUT...  WHICH IT HAS BEEN FOR OVER A  YEAR...  

I WONDER... IF I INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BRICKS, I COULD HIRE A SPECIFIC DAYTIME PERSON TO  MANAGE THE CAMERA AND  BE WITH THE YOUNGEST SET OF PUPS  HERE IN  WHAT USED TO BE MY HOUSE  ( NOW OFFICE/KENNEL/CAFETERIA/TV SET AND HOSTEL) LIKE WE HAVE THE OVERNIGHTER .. THERE ARE SOOOO MANY NEW PEOPLE ENJOYING THE DOGS... I THINK I WILL TRY THIS NEXT MONTH  -- WITH  EVERYONES BLESSING INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BRICKS BY 90.. 
IT TAKES A VILLAGE---- AND ALL THE CP'S WHO BUY BRICKS ARE A CRITICAL PART OF THAT VILLAGE.
I DO LOOK THRU THE DAYS PURCHASES AND THERE ARE MANY NEW NAMES..

  EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE I THINK I REALLY OUGHT TO EMAIL THE PEOPLE WHO BAIL US OUT WITH BIG PURCHASES-- THEN I REME3MBER  THE BIG ONES ARE NICE-- BUT ALL THE $10 ONES ARE JUST AS NICE...
 I WOULD HAVE TO HIRE A PERSON JUST TO DO THE EMAILINMG.. SO THAT IS OUT,,
CONSDIDER YOURSELF THANKED.
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NOW IN THE PRAYER DEPARTMENT...
WE REALLY NEED TO HAVE A FEMALE COME IN HEAT  -- SPECIFICALLY NOEL--- IF YOU COULD MANAGE HER...
MOMMY NATURE CALLS THE SHOTS-- REGARDLESS OF MY BEST LAID PLANS  ( THAT GO OFT ASUNDER.....)
IN THEORY... I WANT TO BREED A FEMALE EVERY TIME ONE GIVES BIRTH--- WE ARE ONE PREGNANCY SHORT AT THE MOMENT...
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TODAY  IS SURGERY DAY-- 2 SPAYS-- SO WE NEED SITTERS TO RUN THE ICU HERE-- FORTUYNATEELY TRACEY HAS A MIGRAINE--- AND ALL SHE CAN DO IS SIT ARROUND-- WELL SHE CAN SIT AROUND HERE  AND DISH OUT TENDER LOVING CARE---AS WELL AS  SIT HOME -- 

FOR THE NEW COMMERS--   LONG AGO  IN ANOTHER VET OFFICE....----I HAD A DOG HAVE A BAD EXPERIENCE BANGING HIS HEAD COMING OUT OF ANESTHESIA IN A METAL CRATE-- BROWNIE-- NEVER RECOVERED VFROM TH E METAL NOISE A GARBAGE CAN LID WOUDL MAKE-- SO-- POOR GEORGE.(DVM) ... WHEN THEY OPERATE ON MY DOGS, THE INHERIT ME-- OR SOMEONE LIKE ME...  MARIA OR MEGAN... TO SIT ON THE FLOOR  IN HIS OFFICE WITH THE  PATIENT UNTIL THEY CAN STAGGER-- WHEN WE RUN THEM HOME TO THE ICU SET UP.
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YOU WILL LOVE THIS STORY...
I MAY HAVE TO LEAVE HERE TODAY BECAUS E  THEY ARE COMING TO INSPECT THE NEW GAS LINES SO WE CAN COVER THEM AND GET THE GENERATOR RUNNING..
I DO NOT GET ALONG WELL WITH  TOWN INSPECTOR  OFFICIALS

IN 2008 MY WOODEN ARENA COLLAPSED IN A BLIZZARD..SO I HAD TO GET A PERMIT I TO REMODEL..  I CHOSE THE "CLEARSPAN BUILDING" FROM ?IOWA?  TO PUT UP WHAT NOW STANDS HERE..   THE TOWN BUILDING INSPECTOR TRIED TO GET ME TO PICK HIS CONTRACTOR "  WHY DO YOU HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY TO IOWA WHEN XXXX COULD DO A BETTER JOB?"    I HAD HAD DEALINGS WITH CLEARSPAN.. AND KNEW THEIR WORK  SO I SAID NO, I PREFERRED  THE CLEARSPAN--  HE SAID "  YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE - YOU ARE ONLY A WOMAN"  ... THEN REVERSED A DECISION ABOUT THE FOOTINGS AND DEM,ANDED I HAVE $27000 WORTH OF SOIL TESTING DONE BEFORE WE WENT ANYWHERE...
ONE OF MY NEIGHBORS BAILED ME OUT OF THAT ONE. WITH A $20,000 DONATION...

HE ALSO SAID HE HAS 8 YEARS DURING WHICH HE CAN MAKE ME TAKE IT DOWN....

CAN I CARRY A GRUDGE?  YOU BET YOUR SWEET BIPPIE I CAN.
CONSEQUENTLY  EVERYONE HERE WANTS ME OFF TH E  PROPERTY WHEN THE INSPECTORS COME FOR FEAR IT WILL BE THAT GUY..

 MAYBE I SHOULD GO HIDE IN GEORGE'S OFFICE...
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 THE CUT AND PASTE....

I IWSH I COULD COPY THE PICTURE OF STEVE AND CHARLIE DOING THE WALK...  BUT MY ABILITIES ARE LIMITED

My name is Steve Girard and I am a 100% Total and Permanent disabled Army Veteran who suffers from PTSD/TBI. To assist me with my disabilities I have a Great Dane Service Dog named "Charlie".  Charlie was born, raised, and trained at the Service Dog Project in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Due to my disabilities I was restricted to a cane, walker and at times a wheel chair and unable to associate with the general public. I spent long periods of time in the VA hospital learning to work with my disabilities and adapting to my new life. Once Charlie entered my life I was able to not only move more independently within my own house but in the community as well. I still suffer from night mares and the fear of closing my eyes because of what is still haunting me, Charlie licks my face to let me know he is there and lays with me to provide security and comfort as needed. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

DEC 29,2013
good start to the day…   2 dogs over the nightime barrier---( not a very substantial one  just loose fencing to encourage nightime peeing without wandering  )  and this computer has decided i am not carlene-- and it will not tell me just who it thinks i am.

so the day is starting in a lively fashion…

we have had dash in the house for some lifetime experiences-- like getting bitten by bailey for getting too close to bailey's sofa--  bailey is on  a bit of a tear-- she let boo have it too for upsetting her at 3am… so there was a very loud complaint by boo causing me to fly out of bed-- as best as a 76 year old flys… for fear it involved boo's ears-- happily not-- just small hole in her face..  
house rule-- no spurting, no george (vet)

actually that holds   true for people too…… i can not tell  you how many times i have seen tom… in his office-- with a straight face  say to a patient…. " we better wash that up and put a bandaid on it".. -- or alternately "we better wash that up and let the air get at it"  depending on what kind of day he was having…

my point being there is alot to be said for cleanliness and mommy nature..

his cure all in  any ailment pertaining to my health was " if you'd loose 20 pounds you probably wouldn't have that problem" -- he would give me that response  even if i complained of athlete's foot .    since there was not a chance in he!! i would loose 20 pounds , he was off th e  hook.
so much for married life.
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on to a serious logic problem of the day

there was a loud noise-- the kind that is made by .plate glass rupturing… person #1 was at the sink  person #2 was sitting at the table.  i was dealing with feeding pups.. so i asked  both people to go and check the 2 glass doors onto the deck-  person 1 left and was gone for a while-- cam back and said "i checked the doors and all the windows and they are fine"    person 2 got up from the table and looked out the window and reported "i didn't see anything wrong."  my point being that response does not contribute to solving the problem.
a person with no sight at all could give that response.

there is a big jump in reliability there-- sdp is fortunate to have a bunch of regulars of the type 1--  and to shape up the rest of the crowd.. i am on a campaign of "that does not answer the question"  -- it is sloppy thinking...

i am on alot of campaigns… fortunatly i forget most of them… but be prepared for the "that does not answer my question" comment.
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checking the tops of the stumps in the yard because th e  ups guy once left pkgs there… is another detail of sdp living.. 
  there are 3 deliveryies almost every day  the uspo brings mail and the  overload of catalogs one gets-- fedex brings the  delivery sensitive type stuff and ups brings the bulk…  problem is we have asked ups to try and get here before 5pm so we can have them for  the ( sometimes comical) mail call at 5pm…  we have had 800 to 1200 viewers waiting to see what happens next at mail call…  sometimes it is worth the wait.. other times no…..…
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dinner last night with jackie/shelia and brian-- last time jackie was here we needed the guest house  so she stayed in  shelia's  guest house...but in an entire week of living there she never met  brian. we had a nice dinner-- many laughs
laughing is very good..
brian said there is a person i should meet who runs a farm in iowa-- it wins the yearly award for the most corn grown per acre---- it is a very efficient pig farm-- run by 3 people he equated  the operation to ordering a truck part  at 2pm tuesday and having it  on his desk 9 am wednesday.

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this is sunday-- i am told--  we are down two… maria is ailing-- and so is paul-- t is going round… belly ache with added attractions.
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i am pleased with all the new chicken brick buyers-- lots of new names…. and we have only 185 to be sold out… 


now if only one of our females would come in heat we could try and stay on schedule

Saturday, December 28, 2013

 DEC 28,2013
moving on..
 one more holiday to go and we are done for the year.

what a battle that is..-- one good thing is -- it is great for crowd training for the dogs... 

why is it we eat our way thru it---   our cookie and candy table is on overflow.. and we are doing our best to reduce the  collection... trouble is... it is all good.
when i wake up in th emorning and aleady have my next 4 or 5 meals planned i know it iw not goin g to be a weight loose day  .

breakfast is  last night's plain spagetti topped with 3 days ago's costco chicken pie
and coffee....   i like spagetti topped with things other than red sauce...
----actually this angel hair i am eating looks exactly like the  roundworms we got out of the pups...  but you don't want to hear that-- even if it is educational.

i had no midnight snack- so i figure i am one snack down...- i was too busy fighting with the printer--
 i want to add our recipients to the map dawn is doing  of the people who touch base on our explore conversations.
 i already posted the 24 we donated in 2013-- but no i have to go  to the "master list" of dogs... and that too needs updating.
so many chores

and the fun chore of the weekend will ( hopefully) be the cleaning of the draft harness

there is a significnt wad-- like the bucket of the tractor full- even if it is in 3 pieces-- one of those pieces is a mass of leather straps  -- he bridle and the collar are no challange.

it can be done in the kitchen so anyone working on it won't miss anything.--  and we could turn the camera on it for educational purposes... i bought 2 gallons of murphys...

i am running into a dead end--  creative wise--

 other than a new million dollar self starting generator installed by the cranney company-... of danvers-- they have been terrific-- i do not know  what SDP  did to deserve to find a company that can fix anything, doesn't mind scheduling around  60 odd dog's schedule--  and they have a terriffic sense of humor-
bryan- the owner- just stands around and moves  and talks remarkably slowly- but he thinks very quickly as #1 problem solver. 
 my problem is  - with my short term memory i sometimes forget  the first part of  the conversation before he gets to the  end..
his company is going to attack the need for more heat in the kennel-- that really cold week  our heaters had trouble keeping up---  the fear of loosing power-- and what little heat we had-- coupled with  recieving the grant from explore.org ..made me take advantage of the cranney company's  abilities to solve problems---

a self starting generator and a proper furnace in the kennel is a dream come true..
actually we  the people  might be moving from the house to the barn in bad weather. we have had emergency phone chains where the volunteers call each other and come get a dog  to take home so we could empty the barn if the heat failed...
hopefully those days are gone forever...

along with finding my spelling unique, i hav to listen to a friend -- ann-- who keeps telling me ..HAVE HAD..... is not necessary  just  HAD  will do.

 i have had to listen to her  for years.

having had to listen to shelia's comments about the 25 most interesting web cameras- where she noted several of the others.. namely a gravestone and kitchen cockroaches... i was delighted to research it further and find some respectable names as judges... namely
Al Roper-- weatherman of the today show...
hey -- that is real--- 
 i w2ill now type all those names for this dawn person making the map of our "reach"

cutting and pasting....

 KAREN IN COLORADO HERE.


I JUST WANTED TO FOLLOW UP ON THE POSSIBILITY OF SHARING THE AMAZON EARNINGS 
AMOUNTS WITH THE CPs, AS WE DISCUSSED ON THE PHONE. I KNOW THEY WOULD BE 
INTERESTED IF YOU ARE COMFORTABLE SHARING...AND IT MIGHT BE ENCOURAGING TO THEM 
TO USE AMAZON MORE.

I TOOK THE LIBERTY OF LOOKING UP THE MONTHLY TOTALS SINCE WE STARTED IT IN MAY, 
SO YOU CAN SHARE IF YOU WANT TO. SINCE AMAZON PAYS AFTER THE FACT YOU HAVE NOT 
BEEN PAID ALL OF THE BELOW YET, BUT IT IS THE AMOUNT CURRENTLY SHOWN AS EARNED 
BY MONTH.

MAY $261.20
JUN $327.67
JUL $206.30
AUG $312.16
SEP $365.05
OCT $702.50
NOV $973.37
DEC $1,715.09 through December 25

THANKS, KAREN SNOW

Friday, December 27, 2013

DEC 27 2013

SO MANY THINGS TO  REMEMBER   AND SOMEONE DIDDLED WITH THE FONT SO I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SIZE IS BEING SENT...   I HAD COMPLAINTS IT WAS TOO SMALL.

ARIOT IS IN THE HOUSE   AND IS NOT  THE SWEET LOVING BEAST THAT BOO IS...  BUT SHE IS TRYNG TO FIGURE IT OUT... WE CAN TELL SHE HAS A DIFFERENT SET OF INSTRUCTIONS IN HER HEAD...  
NOT SURE WHAT  BUT WE WILL WORK ON IT.

THE CHRSTMAS SEASON WAS CERTAINLY GOOD TO US-- YESTERDAY WE GOT THE  TOWER OF HOPE GRANT TO SPONSOR 3 PARTENRSHIPS-- THAT IS AMAZING  BECAUSE NEW YORK IS STILL SUFFERING FROM  SANDY .

CRANNEY AND COMPANY ARE HERE TO INSTALL AN AUTOMATIC GENERATOR IN THE BARN-- THAT IS ONE OF MY BIGGEST CONCERNS IN THE WINTER IS THE LOSS OF POWER- AND THERFORE HEAT-- 
 WHILE THEY ARE AT IT  WE ARE GOING TO BITE THE BULLET AND BUY A PROPER SIZE  GAS FURNACE FOR THE BARN KENNEL.. WE WILL RUN IT FULL TILT FOR THE REST OF THIS WINTER.. AND NEXT SUMMER WE MUST DO SOME PROPER INSULATION.---   WHAT IS THERE NOW IS WHAT I COULD AFFORD ONE SECTION AT A TIME... IT IS BETTER THAN ROLLED UP NEWSPAPER.. BUT NOT MUCH./

I CAN WATCH THE SNOW MELT PATTERN  ON THE ROOF  AND TELL WHERE WE MISSED..  MEGAN TODAY MIGHT BE  A GOOD DAY TO GET A GURENT PHOTO.

THE CRANE TRCKS  ARE HERE AND THEY WANT THE 2' TRENCH DUG ALREADY   PAUL??? YOU ON YOUR WAY?

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CUTTING SHORT THE DAILY DOGGIE TO GO STAT THE TRENCH.. DARN.... THE TRACTOR IS HEATED... BUT TO OPERATE THE BACKHOE... IT IS OUTSIDE THE CAB.... I.E.  COLD.
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ALL STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS -

Date: Saturday, January 11th, 2014 Place: Calitri’s Italian Restauarant 126 Newbury St., Route 1 South Danvers, Massachusetts Time: 5pm – 9 pm Please RSVP by January 2 to Kimberly Hurwitz: kimberlyhurwitz@yahoo.com Thank you for everything you do for SDP, all the dogs and their recipients. And thank you for hosting so many of us at the October Retreat. We wish you a wonderful evening!!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

DEC 26 2013
we had a split second power outage AND I LOST THE DD

SO START AGAIN
MRS ASPEN ARRIVED  UNEVENTFULLY EXCEPT I MSSED SOMEWHERE THAT SHE WAS ONE EYE'D  -- IT IS HEALED OVER  BUT COULD USE ONE OF GRACE'S DESIGNS - A FLAP OVER THE HOLE-- I WILL TRY HANDLING HER TODAY-- I KNOW SHE HAS A GREAT WHOA-- SHE SEEMS VERY "LIGHT" TO LEAD AROUND-- SO FAR... AND STOPS DEAD WHEN YOU SAY WHOA... SO FAR...  MAKES ME WONDER IF SHE SPENT HOURS HAULING LOGS OR WORKING FOR THE AMISH...  IF THAT IS REALLY SO,  A GOOD WHOA IS WONDERFUL-- B EING ONE EYE'D MEANS YOU NEED TO TALK TO HER CONSTANTLY TO REMIND HER   1. YOU ARE A FRIENDLY BEING -- AND 2. WHERE YOU ARE.  HAVING ONE HAND ON HER  IS ALSO GOOD WITH A VISION  PROBLME-- BUT  THAT ASSUMES SHE HAS NO INTENTION OF NAILING YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE.... OTHERWISE YOU ARE TELLING HER WHERE TO AIM.... DETAILS

SPEAKING OF TAILS-- I HAD A VISION OF TYING A WHIFFLE BAT TO HER TAIL  TO WARN THE DOGS...

HER HARNESS LOOKS RESPECTABLE-- A TYPICAL WORK HARNESS IN NEED OF SOME MURPHY'S AND WARM WATER..-- PROBbly in the kitchen-  WHAT ELSE CAN HAPPEN IN THE KITCHEN THAT HAS NOT ALREADY HAPPENEND.  AND THERE IS THAT HOOK IN THE MIDDLE.

IT IS A TWISTED MESS AT THE MOMENT-- BUT IS BASICALLY 3 PIECES ONCE ORGANIZED  --  BRIDLE, COLLar AND THE REST

WE HAD 4 DRAFT HORSES ONCE-  I HATE TO THINK OF HOW MUCH TIME  I SPENT WITH HORSES WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOGS.
ANYWAY  I WAS ALSWAYS PLEASED WITH MYSELF AT KNOWING HOW TO HARNESS THE BUDWEISERS.  AND THEN HANDLE THE 8 LINES.  I HAVE HD CONVERSATION S WITH SOME OF THE 8 HITCH DRIVERS ABOUT HANDLING  SO MANY ( 8) LINES GOING AROUND CORNERS IN CROWDS...  SOME GO RIGHT -- SOME GO LEFT DEPENDING ON WHO IS PULLING WHAT

THINK ABOUT IT... IF THE FRONT PAIR  PULL GOING AROUND A CORNER THE OTHER 6 AND THE WAGON WILL WIPE OUT THE CROWD...  
I GUESS THAT IS YOUR MENTAL EXERCISE FOR THE DAY
 SORRY
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OUR CAMERA PEOPLE HAVE A GRREAT PROJECT GOING OF ANNOUNCING WHERE YOU ARE FROM WHEN YOU COMMENT ONLINE    I WILL OVE TO SEE THE DETAILS-- WHAT IS HERE NOW IS AMAZING.
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CHAOS WENT WITH EQARLENE OVERNIGHT
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I WELCOME GETTING BACK ON STRIDE WITH  NORMAL  TRIANED HELP-- ALOT OF TIME YESTERDAY WAS WASTED OVER LIGHT SWITHCHES ONLY TO FIND OUT MEGAN UNSCREWS BULBS...
THE VOLUNTEERS WERE TERRIFFIC... 

KRISTEN EVEN COOKED DINNER-- A  ROAST--- BUT HE STUFFING WITH CELLERY AND ONLINS WAS SO GOOD I CULD HAVFE QUIT THERE-- AND SHE COOKED THE ROAST BECAUSE IT SMELLED GOOD.. SHE  IS A VEGGE
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Hello Carlene,

I just had to tell you how amazing Boris has behaved. My family and I went to The Red Lion Inn (extremely well known and historic hotel) for a very formal Christmas lunch. Everyone around us was dressed like a red carpet party and I feared that Boris was going to be uncooperative in the large dining hall. Luckily, the table had four legs instead of one in the middle like most restaurants. As soon as we got to our table, I directed him underneath and he immediately curled himself under. He stayed there for the entire hour and a half meal without any of the other 'new' customers noticing as they arrived to enjoy their dinner. When the bill had been paid, my fears once again grew, afraid that he would stand up and the entire table would flip over. But to my relief, Boris crawled out from under this table without any trouble, and the unsuspecting family beside us gasped in shock as this ginormous dog came out from under our table. It's not everyday you see a Great Dane appear out of thin air in such a high class place. Their expressions were truly priceless. The moment reminded me of when ten clowns all fit into the clown car and when they all got out, no one could believe how they were all able to fit inside. Everyone was so happy to have him there, as was I! I attached a photo to this email of Boris and I in front of the historic Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA. He has made my Christmas day spectacular...all thanks to your wonderful organization! I know I always thank you, but words will never be enough to express how grateful I am for him. He completes me and gives me the freedom I thought I would never have! Merry Christmas! 

Love,
Boris and Lauren 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

DEC 25 2013
TEETERING ON MY TOADSTOOL OF PRIDE--- SDP BEING ONE OF THE  TOP 25 WEB CAMS IN THE WORLD...
per Earthcam!      http://www.earthcam.com/top25/... 
SHELIA HAS TO POINT OUT  WE ARE RIGHT THERE WITH  SOME ROACHES AND A GRAVESTONE.

IT IS REALLY HARD TO TRY AND TURN 3 ROACHES AND A GRAVESTONE IN TO A POSITIVE THOUGHT-  MAYBE IT IS BETTER THAN NOT HAVING BEEN NOTICED AT ALL- BUT I AM NOT SURE OF THAT EITHER...  I WENT BACK TO LOOK OVER THE ROACHES... 
IT IS CREATIVE....  AND I WAS 4th  OUT OF 444,341 PEOPLE WATCHING THE ROACHES ON CHRISTMAS MORNING-- WHERE OUR CAM I WAS 1 OF  212 OUT OF 6,244,510-- THAT IS NOT BAD FOR A CHRISTMAS MORNING.

 I HOPE SOMEONE WITH EXTRA TIME GOES THRU THE OTHER 24 TO SEE IF ANYONE HAS BETTER NUMBERS...   MAYBE THAT COULD BE A MATTER OF PRIDE..
.  AT LEAST OUR NUMBERS BEAT THE ROACHS...
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BACK TO BUSINESS

 THESE PUPS ARE SMALLER THAN SCARLOTT'S PUPS -
THAT OTHR BUNCH DOUBLED THEIR WEIGHT IN 9 DAYS-- THESE DID NOT EVEN COME CLOSE... WONDERING WHY-- LUCKILY WE HAD THEM ON GOATS MILK-- AND NOW ON GRUEL SO THEY ARE PACKING IT ON NOW...  WE EVEN SENT CHAOS HOME FOR AN OVERNIGHT WITH PAUL AND EARLENE   WITH HOPES OF DRYIG HER UP-- SHE DOES HAV E ONE SMAL L  LUMP WHICH WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING FOR MASTITIS-- 
AT ANY RATE I MADE THE DECISION TO  GO FOR THE GRUEL/VITAMINS/WORMING ETC  AND SEE IF WE CAN GET THEM GOING BETTER.--- WE WILL WEIGH THEM TODAY AND I BET THEY HAVE GAINED ALMOST A POUND  IN 48 HOURS...  STAY TUNED...
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EVEN IF WE HAD TO COMPETE WITH THE ROACHES FOR THE TOP 25, I BET WE HAVE RECIEVED MORE FATTENING   HOLIDAY FOOD THAT ANY OF THE OTHER 24 WEB CAMS..

I THINK TODAY WE WILL FREEZE SOME OF THE GREAT FF ( FATTENING FOODS)  SO WE CAN SPEAD OUT THE  CONSUMPTION...  AND CONCENTRATE ON FINISHING UP THE 5000 M&M'S
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LAST NIGHT'S TUESDAY  MAILCALL   HAS TO BE RIGHT UP THERE  -- WITH THE TORSO OF A FEMALE MANNEQUIN ON SHELA'S LAP AS THE VANNA WHITE  PERSON WITH SHEIA'S ARMS PROVIDING MOVEMENT ---THE   PUTTING ON OF MAKEUP --- AND NOSE PICKING... . IT WAS  THE HUMOR OF THE UNEXPECTED

THE 2 PACKAGES OF WICKED WHOOPIS  ARE GONE.--- WHAT DID NOT GET EATEN GOT DONATED TO THE VOLUNTEERS WITH KIDS...  HAD TO GET THEM OUT OF HERE... WE STILL HAVE TH E  10 POUND WHOOPIE IN THE FREEZER IN THE CELLAR.
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AS FOR NEW YERS RESOLUTIONS.... I AM STILL DEALING WITH  LAST YEAR'S  RESOLUTION TO LOOSE WEIGHT THIS YEAR-- AND  I HAVE ONLY 6 DAYS LEFT  TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
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WE DID GET AN EDIBLE ARRAINGEMENT-- WHICH-- FOR ONCE-- WE FINISHED IN A DAY
THERE WERE ALOT OF PEOPLE WANDERING THRU YESTERDAY

THAT CAUSED THE TUESDAY TRIVIA TO BE   HOW MANY COFFEE CUPS DIID WE USE UP LAST MONTH...  FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON   WE KNOW  THE NUMBER OF COFFEE CUPS PURCHASED LAST MONTH --- SO SUBTRACTING WHAT'S LEFT GIVE S US A PRETTY REAL   NUMBER.
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ASPEN ARRIVES TODAY-- ASPEN BEING THE  RESCUED WHITE MULE...   THIS COULD BE A GOOD ONE-- I AM TOLD SHE WAS SOMEONE'S PET-- SHE LOOKS LIKE SHJE IS A DRAFT CROSS...PROBABLY PERCHERON--TO GET THE WHITE...  MAYBE 1500 POUNDS  FROM THE LOOK OF HER   PICTURE-- THAT IS AS BIG- OR BIGGER THAN JANINE'S HORSE.

BEFORE TOO MUCH WRONG INFO GETS OUT THERE... THIS  I S A PERFECT TIME TO EXPLAIN THE  REPRODUCTIVE LIFE OF A MULE.. 
MULES DO NOT COME FROM, PUTTING A BOY MULE WITH A GIRL MULE-- ALL YOU GET IS ACTION AND NO BABY MULE.. 
YOU NEED A BOY HORSE AND A GIRL DONKEY   ( OR  THE OTHER WAY ROUND)   AS FOR SIZE  YOU CAN HAVE A SMALL BOY   PONY  AND A MINI DONKEY  AND YOU GET  MINI MULE... THEY ARE NOT ALL HUGE...  THESE HUGE WORK MULES ARE VERY PRIZED POSSESSIONS  IN PLACES LIKE AFGHANISTAN -  I AM NOT SURE YET IF THE WILL BE A PRIZED POSSESSION HERE... BUT WE CAN HAVE A GO AT IT. 
  SHE DOES COME WITH WORK HARNESS-- BUT I AM NOT SURE IF SHE HAS ACTUALLY EVER BEEN "WORKED"   i.e. DRAGGED ANYTHING BEHIND HER.   
THAT IS ANOTHER THING WE CAN FIGURE OUT.    ALSO ... HOPEFULLY SHE WILL RENAME HERSELF-- BECAUSE ASPEN IS HER LAST NAME.

AND THE PERSON WHO RESCED HER APOLOGIZED   FOR NOT CLEANING THE HARNESS BEFORE GIVING IT TO US-- BUT HSE HURT HER BACK-- APPARENTLY WE NOW NEED TO CLEAN THAT..

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HAD THE JOY OF RUBBING LEATHER CLEAN..  WELL----  STAND UP TO THE PLATE...  WE APPARENTLY ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME.

MARY'S OLD PACK SADDLE WILL PROBABLY FIT HER TOO.--- AND BEING WHITE  THERE WILL BE SOME  STRANGE PHOTO-'OPS-
 KEEP THINKING NEXT YEARS CALENDAR-- THIS YEAR'S WILL BE EXTREMELY HARD TO BEAT.

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ANNIE HAD A LOVELY OVERNIGHT WITH CHAOS GONE WITH EARLENE--- 

SHE NOTED THAT  BOO IS QUITE THE SECURITY BEAST... SHE WOULD NOT STOP BARKING TIL ANNIE FIGURED OUT THE FRONT DOOR WAS NOT QUITE SHUT-- SO SHE SHUT IT AND BOO CURLED UP AND WENT BACK TO SLEEP.  THEY DO TALK.... SO LISTEN...

HMMMM   FOOD FOR THOUGHT...  

I EXPECT EARLENE AND PAUL TO BE BACK WITH CHAOS EARLY   TO DRAIN HER INTO THE PUPS...BEFORE THEY GO FOR BREAKFAST-- THEY WILL THEN BE BACK AFTER BREAKJFAST FOR THE AFTERNOON

KRISTIN-- THE VEGITARIAN --IS GOING TO ROAST A CHICKEN FOR DINNER... NOT THAT SHE EATS CHICKEN-- BUT SHE LIKES THE SMELL OF ROASTING CHICKEN-- HOW LUCKY CAN WE GET??

 I AM TOLD JACKIE WILL BE HERE EITHER TODAY OR TOMORROW-- I FORGET. ------ THIS IS ..JACKIE-- AKA INDIANNA CHILI-  MAKER-- 
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 ON WE GO - WITH ONE FOOT FIRMLY PLANTED IN MID AIR-

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

DEC 24, 2013

A QUICK RUN THRU TH E POO AN D  VOMIT REPORT--  NO PUPPY VOMIT ( WHICH HAD WORRIED ME)   THAT BIT ABOUT MILK OUT THE NOSE COULD HAVE BEEN A VERY BAD THING... BUT IT SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN ONLY A   RANDOM THING... BAILEY LET FLY WITH YELLOW GOO BECAUSE HER TUMMY WAS EMPTY-- THIS IS A COMMON DANE THING..  EARLY MORNING COOKIE T USUALLY  TAKES CARE OF THE YELLOW BILE PROBLEM...  AND THE PUPPY POO'S HAVE HAD THE TELL TALE SPAGETTI OF ROUNDWORMS.. IT IS ALWAYS  SO EXCITING TO SEE A MEDICAL TREATMENT THAT IS TOTALLY NECESSARY--- AND THAT WORKS...  

TODAY WITH EARLENE HERE WE SHOULD START THEIR VITAMINS-- AND I THINK WE HAVE A FEW- FROM THE WISH LIST...   I WILL CHECK ( HOPEFULLY)

THE EXCITEMENT OF THE NIGHT WAS DAVID 2 AND DUSTIN ARRIVED-- HE LOOKS TERRIFFIC--- SO DOES DAVID... AND WE SOLVED THE RACING WHEELCHAIR ORDERING PROBLEM... THERE WERE ALL SORTS OF SPECIAL ACCESSORIES-- A 14 ICH THIS AND A 16 INCH THAT  KIND OF THING.
T ANY RATE IT IS ORDERED AND IS TO BE SHIPPED HERE-- WHERE WE CAN THEN FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET IT TO WAYNE-- I STILL DO  NOT EVEN HAVE WAYNE'S LAST NAME... BUT THE WHEELCHAIR THING IS ORDERED 

DAVID HAS PLANS TO LEAVE HERE EARLY AND DRIVE TO  ?NEBRASKA?  WHERE IHS KIDS ARE-- HE SAID IT IS A 22 HOUR DRIVE... WHEREVER...  S O I EXPECT HIM SHORTLY FOR COFFEE.. HE STAYED IN THE TRAINING ROOM..

THE OTHER EXCITEMENT WAS THAT PAM GOT HER SCHEDULE MIXED UP AND DID NOT SHOW FOR OVERNIGHT..   GRACE WAS HERE TIL ABOUT MIDNIGHT   WHEN I GOT UP AND COVERED WITH  KRISTEN.... ( A KENYON COLLEGE FRIEND.) I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO  EARLENE -- PAUL-- AND THE REST OF THE VOLUNTEERS TO COME MANAGE THE PLACE SO I CAN FALL ASLEEP IN SOME CORNER..

BRYAN ( SHELIA'S HUSBAND) SPENT  TIME FIGURING OUT HOW/WHERE TO INSTALL THE AUTOMATIC GENERATOR FOR THE  BARN/KENNEL-- AND SINCE THAT WILL INVOLVE GAS, IT IS TIME TO FIGURE OUT A FULL SIZED FURNACE FOR THE KENNELS...  THIS TOOK SOME TIME...
 CURENT NEED IS TO MOVE THE SNOW AWAY FROM THE BARN DOOR-- SO THEY CAN PUT IN A GRAVEL BED FOR THE GENERATOR AND TANK... ( WHICH HAS TO BE 10 FEET AWAY  FROM THE GENERATOR... )  BUD--- PAUL... PUSH... 

THE FULL SIZE FURNACE SHOULD ALSO BE FIGURED TO HEAT THE  AREA   OF THE 2 STALLS CLOSEST TO THE AREAN  WHICH WILL BECOME DOG TERRITORY.

THE PROJECT THERE IS TO MOVE THE GATE OPENING BETWEEN THE 2 PASTUEES UP ON THE HILL-- IT SHOLD NEVER HAVE BEEN PUT IN THE "VALLEY"  BECAUSE THE MUD CAN GET TO BE 18 INCHES DEEP

HORSES ARE GREAT MUD MAKERS...   DEPOSIT VEGITATION .. THEN CHURN IT UP WITH THEIR POINTY HOOVES..
ONE HORSE  CAN TURN A  ONE ACRE GRASSY FIELD INTO ONE ACRE  MUD IN 30 DAYS-  ESPECIALLY  IN MARCH- APRIL.

ACTUALLY  TO LOOK ON THE POSITIVE..... THEY CAN TURN A ONE ACRE GRAVEL PIT INTO ONE ACRE TOP SOIL IN A YEAR

HAVING THE GATE  BETWEEN THE 2 FIELDS  ON THE HILLSIDE WILL IMPROVE THE ENTIRE SITUATION.  

AND WHILE I AM ON THE TOPIC OF MANURE--- KEEP IN MIND IF OUR MANURE PILE IS KEPT PROPERLY, I CAN SELL IT... HOWEVER  IF YOU MAKE A TRASH PILE OF IT WITH A FEW HAY STRINGS 3 COFFEE CUPS AND A SODA CAN, I HAVE TO PAY SOMEONE TO REMOVE IT....



YESTERDAY'S MAILCALL BROUGHT ONE OF THOSE TICKET CHURNING THINGS FOR RAFFLE RUNNING-- AND 2 ROLLS OF TICKETS..

I AMJ NOT SURE WHAT WE ARE TO RAFFLE OFF  BUT I AM SURE THE CP'S HAVE IT ALL FIGURED OUT.. 

I THINK CHAOS IS DRYING UP  AND SO SHE SHOULD BE...  MAYBE TODAY PAUL CAN KEEP HER ENTERTAINED AN SEE IF SHE GETS FULL OF MILK... SHE IS FAR TOO FAT..  SO IE OPAL
SO ANYONE FEEDING PLEAS HAVE A LOOK AT WHO-- AND WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE ----- OPAL WAS OFFERED TWICE WHAT SHE NEEDED LAST NIGHT... SO THINK !!!

THE EAR PROJECT IS PROGRESSING PERFECTLY.... SO FAR...  IT IS AMAZING HOW MUCH BATTERING THAT HELMET WIL TAKE. WE SHOLD GIVE THEM SOME TIME TOGETHER AGAIN TODAY-- 

TOMORROW-- CHRISTMAS DAY WILL BE LIKE ANY OTHER DAY AROUND HERE-- SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE OFFERED TO FILL IN.-- THE MORE THE MERIER.. SO COME AHEAD..... LET US PRAY...

REMEMBER  ASPEN  ARRIVES TOMORROW  -- SHE IS THE 18 YEAR OLD PET  WHITE MULE-- SHOULD BE QUITE AN ADDITION... I AM TOLD SHE CAN BE RIDDEN IF YOU ARE NOT TOO FUSSY ABOUT WHERE YOU GO. -- AND I THINK SHE COMES WITH A FULL DRAFT HARNESS... NOT TOO SURE IF SHE PULLS ANYTHING-- BUT WE WILL FIND OUT.  IT WOULD BE VERY POETIC TO HAVE HER ACTUALLY DO SOME CHORE AROUND HERE-- LIKE DRAG THE RING... 

A GREAT PHOTO OP...

Monday, December 23, 2013

DEC 23,2013



you are all used to the stool report.. well today the stool report is perfect poo's only..  i am happy to give  the vomit report   the pup who had the milk out of nose has had no recurrence.. in the past 48 hours...  could be it was a  random happening... 

i wish we had better records of past litters and the weights...   we did weigh them but did a poor job of recording  dates s we can not compare progress.. instinctly i think this litter is a bit  slower  than in past ... with the exception of fatso...  today we will worm and get the vitamin pills going-  they are all eating well.. they are almost 4 weeks old--- 

now as for chaos...   she has one or two people she just does not like... yesterday it was annie... and i found it necessary to stop her at one point  by bonking her on top of her head with an empty water bottle-.... on camera.... shocking the camera people....   it had the exact  reaction i was after--  stop look listen to me.-- so after that all i have to do is to crinkle the bottle and she pulls full attention...  however i did it on camera.. so alt of people were shocked to see  i hit a dog.  there are times  when if they ask for it -- they should get it... 

and you shouldn't hit to hurt--   you should hit to startle  them -- they do not like surprises.. my action with chaos was carefully calculated--   she has been getting worse in her opinions--  she had lunged in annie's direction once already  yesterday so when annie came in, chaos gave that intense focus that preceeds a jump.... i was ready  and gave her a good bonk on the head with the  plastic bottle  with an abrupt "leave it"    she  did not see it coming.... then i made her lie flat-- and she tried again to glare  at annie-- all i had to do was crinkle that bottle  one little crinkle and she looked away immediately

she has never caused blood with her " mouthing " people... but she has been getting more and more decisive....  and "please don't do that "  was not working..  now a crinkle of a water bottle and she is under perfect control.  she is the one dog on the property  that  has this problem-- i attribute it to her permissive parents .. earlene and paul just love her too much..   

i really believe "if you don't discipline your child the world will"         ------ same with dogs...

i have to respect a dog opinion... but not a bite... 
an old story i have told at legnth
basically -- tiffany-- perfect dog--  even better than bailey--- 100,000's  of people patted her  at boston events  harborfests etc..
but one  little 12 year old girl  at the pru tower  --- tiffany  fortunately came to me growling and looking at her--- wanted to kill her... i hung on and got thru that...   tiff went back to being perfect--- next year --same kid-- same reaction.... i have no idea why... nice little girl as far as i could tell..

and then there is george--  i am sure if he was  on the farm and i was not aware of it -- bailey would find and bite him.   she can spot h im from a long distance...  he did insult her when she was a pup  saying she was " the ugliest great dane puppy i have ever seen"  which i keep kidding  him about...  but biting him is no joke-- she is serious-- and you all have seen how i trust her the rest of the time....

 but i watch her.. 

well chaos just had to have  a lesson in tooth management.

meanwhile boo's hat is still on her head-- today we will try and bring ariot back in with her... that is goingto require intesne supervision for a minute or two... maybe a whiffle ball treatment .. ariot is not all sweet and lovely...-- and she is bright...

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we had a great meal thanks to iheart ( cp from hawaii)   she sent a full meall--  actully we ate 1/2 what she sent- and still havae another meal inthe freezer.
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speaking of meals-- remember the cp's  are treating us ( all the volunteers) to a dinner party jan 11th at caletri's    get in touch with mark or theresa with your rsvp's  

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no cut and paste

i found my client's  tail-- animalepisodes jobs we did... i will try and copy it here.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

FIRSTLY ---- REMEMBER I HAVE SPEND ABOUT 25% OF MY ADULT LIFE ARGUING WITH GEORGE... ( FOR NEW COMERS  HE IS "OUR VET")
THESE ARGUMENTS  HAVE TAKEN ON  AN INTERESTING TWIST AS BOTH OF US ARE INCREASINGLY HARD OF HEARING...  I AM FURTHER HINDERED BY THE FACT THAT ALOT OF OUR ARGUING TAKES PLACE WHILE HE IS OPERATING ON SOME ANIMAL-- AND HE HAS ON A FACE MASK SO I DON'T STAND A CHANCE OF LIP READING... AND HE IS LOOKING AT  THE SURGERY IN PROCESS SO HE ISN'T LIP READING EITHER......  THE VET TECH'S HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO NOTE WE ARE NOT EVEN  ON THE SAME TOPIC.... 

 LEAVING ME TO ARGUE THAT HE IS HINDERED BY AN EDUCATION WHICH  WE ALL KNOW ELIMINATES CREATIVE THINKING.

WITH THAT IN MIND----  
BOO --    99.4% WHITE ---NOW 11 WEEKS OLD-  AS OF LAST WEEK.....WE WONDERED IF SHE CAN HEAR -- THERE WAS NO CLEAR INDICATION  ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.. AND I  EVEN  TESTED WITH  MY COLLECTIOON OF DOG WHISTLES -- SOME THE SILENT  KIND ..  WELL NOW  THERE IS NO QUESTION.. SHE CAN---- WHICH MEANS THERE HAS BEEN AN CHANGE IN HER STATUS.

THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT ... SHE HAS SPEND 2 DAYS IN THE HOUSE WITHOUT HER SIBLINGS  SO SHE HAS UNDIVIDED ATTENTION  AND IS LOVIN IT!!
SHE ALSO HAS HAD HER EARS CROPPED AND THEY ARE STANDING "ALERT" WITH THE  CRAZY HELMET  I MAKE TO STAND THEIR EARS.

I AM SO CERTAIN  THAT SHE IS HEARING BETTER THAT   I WENT TO THE COMMENTS ON THE CAMERA SITE AND TOLD THE CAMERA PEOPLE I WAS GOING TO TEST HER HEARING.. I SHOWED  BOO SOUND ASLEEP AND  THEN  I  QUIETLY CALLED HER--.. SHE IMMEDIATELY WOKE UP AND CAME TO ME.  THAT WAS TOTALLY NEW. 
SECOND FACT-- SHE IS NOW BARKING WHEN THE OUTSIDE DOGS BARK...
THOSE ARE FACTS

MY BASIC ARGUEMENT IS ... IF A DOG PERKS UP HER EARS  TO IDENTIFY A SOUND WOULD IT MAKE SENSE TO PERK UP THE EARS TO IMPROVE A "HARD OF HEARING " SITUATION.... WHICH GEORGE MAINTAINS DOES NOT EXIST...


GEORGE'S ARGUEMENT IS THAT   ( SKIPPING LIGHTLY OVER  THINGS LIKE  HIGH PITCHED  FREQUENCY ) THERE IS NO PARTIAL HEARING IN NORMAL SPEAKING LEVELS...-- EACH EAR IS EITHER HEARING OR NOT  THE ONLY PARTIAL WOULD BE ONE EAR HEARING...

EMAILS AT LEAST MAKE THE CONVERSTION DEFINITE--
I EMAILED HIM TELLING HIM OF THE ON CAMERA TEST AND GOT BACK  THIS EMAIL

Power of the mind
That is why medicine does double blind studies

Noun1.double-blind study - an experimental procedure in which neither the subjects of the experiment nor the persons administering the experiment know the critical aspects of the experiment; "a double-blind procedure is used to guard against both experimenter bias and placebo effects"

 BASICALLY TELLING ME I AM NUTS..AS HE OFTEN DOES,,  

FACT REMAINS HAVE A NEARLY PURE WHITE DOG WHO SEEMS TO  NOW HEAR PERFECTLY.

 TO BE CONTINUED...

WE HOPE TO DO ARIOT NEXT WEEK
WE DO NOT THINK ARIOT CAN HEAR-- AS TO GET A REACTION WE HAVE TO JUMP ON THE FLOOR TO MAKE A VIBRATION.

AND BOO IS AN AWFULLY  NICE PUP...  ARIOT IS NOT QUITE AS NICE....  AT LEAST SO FAR... 

P.S.  THERE IS A HEARING TEST  ?A BAER TEST?   I HAD THAT GIVEN TO MY FIRST WHITE DANE---  THE TUFT'S   $500  CHARGE  GOT ME A PIECE OF PAPER WITH SQUIGGLY LINES ON IT.. AND  MADE NO DIFFERENCE IN THE DOG.  
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PLEASE  A FAVOR....

ONE OF YOU CAMERA PEOPLE SENT ME  LINK ABOUT A STUDY ON DEAF DOGS AND EYE PROBLEMS...   BOTHE GEORGE AND I WANT TO RE-READ IT AND I CAN NOT FIND IT... COULD SOMEONE  FIND THAT FOR US???  THERE IS SOME EYE STUDY  INVOLVING  WHITE DOGS-- AND BOTH BOO AND ARIOT HAVE WIERD EYES-- THEY WORK FINE-- BUT DON'T MATCH ETC...

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Hi Carlene ,
Thank you so much for you continued advice and support.
Elsie Update:
I have needed Elsie's help multiple times in the last six weeks, but nothing like his morning. I got up, and too far from my bed to turn around, my legs gave out. My whole body was suddenly went VERY weak. My girl went into high gear. Without a word from me, she firmly pushed me against the opposite wall and led me to the closest seat. The last few feet were not against the wall and I was going to do to what I've done before Elsie, lower myself to the floor and wait for help. However, thanks to SDP, ELSIE gently walked on. She seemed to brace and walk at the same time. She safely let me lean all my upper body weight on her on brought me to the seat. I fell into the chair. Then I got a nose nuzzle.
Thank you to everyone who who prepared Elsie to save me from a bad fall.
P.S. On this date last year, I fell and broke 3 bones in my ankle, had surgery and couldn't walk independently until early April. Have I said what a blessing Elsie is to me?
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AND  I THOUGHT THIS  AMUSING --

TO SDP: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
T’was the night before Christmas, when all through SDP…
Not a creature was stirring, not even a flea;
The Kurandas were arranged by the chimney with care,
In hopes that their leader soon would be there.
The Buppies were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of spoon feeding danced in their heads,
And Earlene in her footies, and Paul in his cap,
Had just settled in for a long winter's nap…
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
They ran to the porch to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they flew like a flash…
Tore open the shutters, and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new Ipswich snow,
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below;
When, what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But a brand new tractor, and eight dane reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and keen,
They knew in a moment it must be Carlene.
More rapid than eagles her charges they came,
And she whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now Bailey. Now Opal. Now Walter and Magnus.
On Bentley. On Bumpy. On Oscar and Chaos.
To the front of the Tipi! To the top of the Hill!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
And then in a twinkling, they heard on the roof
The prancing and dancing of each massive paw.
As they drew in their heads, and were turning around,
Down the chimney Carlene came with a bound.
She was dressed all in red, from her head to her foot…
And her sneakers were tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of dog toys was flung on her back,
And she looked like a peddler just opening her sack.
Her eyes… how they twinkled! Her dimples how merry,
Her cheeks were like roses, her nose like a cherry;
She had a kind face, and a little round belly
That shook when she laughed, like a bowl full of jelly:
She was sprightly and smart, a right jolly old gal,
And they laughed when they saw her in spite of it all.
A wink of her eye and a tap of the bat
Let the Pippins know, where their leader was at.
She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work…
And filled all the dog bowls; then turned with a smirk.
And laying her finger aside of her nose
Gave a quiet nod, and up the chimney she rose.
She sprung to her tractor, to her team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew, like a heat-seeking missile.
But they heard her exclaim, as she drove out the gate:
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all…. 
Wait… Wait… Wait.”
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience with us!


I DON'T KNOW  WHO  DID IT .. BUT THANKS FOR THE CHUCKLE...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

DEC 21,2013
IT IS NOT THE WALLS THAT ARE CLOSING IN ON ME-- IT IS THE    %&&*_   ON MY DESK WHIVCH HAAVE NOT EVEN LEFT ME A PPATH TO THE KEYBOARD.

BOO IS DOING GREAT -- A LITTLE ITCHY  BUT OTHERWISE PERFECTLY NORMAL.. I FORGOT TO GET HER A MARROW BONE TO WORK ON AS SHE LEARNS TO MANAGE THE HAT...

SHE IS VERY CUTE -- AND SEEMS EVEN MORE ALERT NOW..  PAM COULD NOT SNEAK A TREAT OUT OF THE JAR 12 FEET AWAY WITHOUT BOO  REACTING...-- SO I THINK IT IS A GOOD THING...

THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THE YELLOW STAIN ALL OVER HER HEAD AND NECK FROM THE BETADINE PRE SUG\RGICAL SPRAY... NOT REALLY A PROBLEM-- BUT IS A LITTLE ALARMING IF YU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS.... I SUPPOSE IT WILL WEAR OFF...

I DID NOT SLEEP WITH HER-- SHE WAS TOO FULL OF  LIFE-- RUNNING AROUND THE KITCHEN THEN LEAPING ONTO THE SOFA I WS TRYING TO SLEEP ON.. SO I WENT TO BED AND LEFT PAM LISTENING FOR  HER TO HAVE A PROBLEM=---- LIKE GETTING A FOOT STUCK IN HER HEAD GEAR...   IT DID NOT HAPPEN... BUT IT CAN/WILL....
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OTHER MEDICAL REPORTS.....

OPAL IS EATING AGAIN-- AND SEEMS NORMLA  SO WHATEVER CAME OUT ONE END OR TH E  OTHER...

ONE OF THE PUPS  -- HECTOR  ---  IS A BIT MORE CONCERNING.. SPIRTING MILK OUT HIS NOSE...  COULD BE TOO MUCH FOOD.. -- OR SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS.. LIKE MEGAESOPHAGUS  
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WE HAD MAILCALL LATE YESTERDAY AS  BOO WAS SLOW TO WAKE UP---

WE GOT MORE ENVELOPES FROM THE STUDENTS IN RENO  REALLY CUTE  IDEA... THEY APPARENTLY WATCH THE  PUPS ONLINE  AND CUT A 3X6... DECORATED THEM... AND SENT  ONE WITH A $1 BILLIN A PINK ENVELOPE-- MUST HAVE HAD 30 PINK ENVELOPES... LOVE IT!!

SPEAKING OF  GROUP DONATIONS... A GROUP OF DOCTORS FROM   NEW YORK SENT $2000 AS A GROUP-- WHAT A GREAT BOOST THAT WAS...

AND THE FOOD--- DINNER--   FROM IHEART----ARRIVED  PERFECTLY FROZEN-- LOOKING FORWARD TO EARLENE FIGURING IT ALL OUT...  I THINK THEY MAY BE HERE TODAY......
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THESE  HOLIDAYS ARE  GREAT FUN FOR SOME AND  A BRUTAL  ATTACK  FOR OTHERS....  I LOVED THE POO PICKER I GOT YESTERDAY THAT SAID  GO AHEAD AND MISBEHAVE- SAVE SANTA A TRIP  - 

I JUST GAVE UP THE WHOLE CONCEPT YEARS AGO-- EVEN WHEN THE KIDS WERE SMALL-  THE HOLIDAYS WERE  VERY ACTIVE  MONEY MAKERS WITH  THE  8 DONKEY HITCH-- WE HAD ANTLERS WE PUT ON THEM AND AS SANTA'S REINDEER,   I DROVE THEM INTO MOST OF THE BOSTON  HOTEL BALLROOMS .  THERE ARE ALOT OF FUNNY STORIES ABOUT  DONKEYS AND HOTELS--   I THINK IT WAS THE WESTON WHERE I CAME OFF THE FREIGHT ELEVATOR  WITH A  STRING OF 8 DONKEYS -SANTA AND I ON THE WAGON......AND WAS CONFRONTED WITH 4 HUGE RACKS OF STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES TO WIND THE DONKEYS AROUND.... ...THEN THE DAY JANINE AND I CHASED 8 LOOSE DONKEYS  UP THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET ?HUNTINGTON AVE??   FROM THE WESTON TO THE PRU BECAUSE OF 2  JOBS  30 MINUTES APART.-- WE FLEW RIGHT INTO THE FREIGHT  ELEVATOR THAT THEY WERE HOLDING FOR US. AND HAD THE DONKEYS  LOOSE INTHE BAR at the top of the pru 30 minutes after the job at the weston   perfect timing.   also a few cab drivers that were very unhappy    .....----.AND A FEW  STORIES ABOUT ME DRIVING  A 53' TRAILER STUCK IN SOME HOTEL PARKING LOT WITH  THE MORE NORMAL TRUCK DRIVERS---

AND THEN   andover----THE DAY DIDA AND I WERE HUDDLED -- IN THE   FREEZING COLD BEHIND A FEW BALES OF HAY WHILE BEING "SANTA'S FARM DISPLAY, AND SOMEONE CALLED THE POLICE THINKING WE WERE HOMELESS..

THE MERRRIMACK SANTA PARADE-- DID IT FOR YEARS--- I FINLLY REALIZED I WAS USELESS AS A DRIVER-- I PUT A STUFFED BEAR INTHE DRIVERS SEAT WITH THE REINS  TIED TO HIS HANDS  -- AND I RODE ONTHE BACK STEP-- THE DONKEYS STAYED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PARADE ROUTE--- WHY WOULD THEY WANT TO  BE ANYWERE NEAR ALL THOSE NOISY  PEOPLE  ALONG THE  side of THE ROAD ?  THE PATH WAS CLEAR AND THEY WALKED CALMLY A LONG WITH NO HELP FROM ME...

THOSE SKI MOBILE SUITS GOT LOTS OF USE IN DECEMBERS  FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS-- THAT IS WHY THE HEATED TRACTOR IS SUCH A DELIGHT..  TAKES THE STING OUT OF WINTER.

ACTUALLY THE KIDS  HAD THE TYPICA L PLASTIC TOY PARTY THE 25TH OF JANUARY-- EVEN AT 4 YEARS OLD THEY KNEW  WHAT 1/2 PRICE MEANT...
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TODAY IS THE DAY WE WERE TO SOLVE THE  WHEELCHAIR WHEELS---WE ARE READY-- THE MONEY I S HERE--  
DAVID-- WE NEED  YOUR HELP---   I KNOW I IS A TOUGH TIME...  WE ARE HERE.