Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DEC 16,2014
 KIARA MADE HER FIRST
 #1.TRIP TO TH EBARN AND BACK WITHOUT A LEASH... 
and even more exciting......
#2.  whined at me and the door so i let her out ( no leash) and she made  1 big and 2 little piles of cylindars-- then marched back to the door to get  in the house again.

she does understand "cold" and  "comfortable barker bed" and is learning fast  the language of the spoon fed  canned food.
tis is progress  on which we can build.

NOW INTELLECTUALLY.........  think--- the "invisable leash" of the canned food.----how much would she learn--- if i had dragged her out on a leash... SHE IS MAKING PROGRESS IF SHE HAS FIGURED THAT THE TAPPING OF THE CAN OF FOOD IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A  DASHING ..CHIPMONK
BETTER THAT SHE CHOOSES TO FOLLOW GRACE (WITH THE CAN)

THIS CONCEPT IS  POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A PERIMETER FENCE--- SO SHE COULD NOT GET FAR... BUT IF SHE DID RUN.... MY INSTINCT IS TO BACK AWAY AND KEEP MY EYE ON HER  BUT LET HER DISCOVER THAT SHE GOT LOST


that... several months from now  should be--- turning toward us immediately  if we say her name.  obvious lesson here-- which sooooo many people forget... when they do come to you you must never do anything unpleasent-- like  scold them for not coming faster. as maddening  as it can be---- that is th e biggest no no of dog training--- closely followed by a tight leash...
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bentley -- at 4 years old  responds differently to  
    BENT !!! 
      LY !!!      OR    BEEEEENNNNT   LEEEEE
HE SHOULD BE FACING ME BY TH E TIME I GET THE BENT !!!! PART SAID. SOMETIMES  I DON'T EVEN HAVE TO SAY THE  LY !!!   PART.
BEEEEEENNNNT LEEEE  MEANS--- I AM WATCHING YOU....  THINK...  AND ..DON'T GO ANY FURTHER
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NOW IN THE GENERAL "VENTING " DEPARTMENT.......
WE DONATE THESE DOGS-- THEY COST US $14,000 EACH--- AND  THEY ARE THE "CHILDREN" OF THE VOLUNTEERS-- WE DO NOT MAKE THEM ALL INTERCHANGEABLE  LIKE WASHING MACHINE PARTS.  
I DO NOT THINK IT IS TOO MUCH TO ASK THAT RECIPIENTS STAY IN TOUCH WITH AN EMAIL EVERY  COUPLE WEEKS  OR SO.. LETTING US KNOW HOW THEY ARE DOING ETC... BESIDES-- ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS LIKE TO GET THOSE REPORTS--- AND THEN KEEP VOLUNTEERING SO WE CAN PRODUCE MORE  SERVICE DOGS....( ALSO HELPS ME FILL THE DAILY DOGGIE  ON DAYS WHEN MY HEAD IS STILL IN BED)-

I AM GOING SOMEWHERE WITH THIS CONCEPT.......

WE WERE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A DOG READY FOR JIM WHEN KARMA PASSED-- ANN AND JIM STAY INVOLVED-- THAT EMAIL ANN WROTE ABOUT  KARMA/FRENZY WAS A BIT OF A CLASSIC-- 
AND WE SHOULD KEEP IT AS A REFERENCE--- ANN IS GOOD AT  WRITING- SO IF I NEED A LETTER WITH ALL THE WORDS SPELLED RIGHT, SHE HAS OFTEN DONE IT FOR ME..... EVEN IF THEY ARE IN FLORIDA-- THEY ARE AROUND.  I CAN CALL ON THEM FOR H ELP WITH  "STUFF" .

PROBLEM IS--- WE HAVE A REQUEST FROM A PERSON WHO GOT ONE OF MY FIRST SERVICE DOGS--- HAD A WONDERFUL 9 YEARS WITH THE DOG.....  IN THAT 9 YEARS I HAD  MAYBE 6 EMAILS - AND THEY DID STOP IN ONCE- EVEN THO THEY WERE OFTEN LESS THAN 3 MILES AWAY ON ROUTE 95... NOW THAT WE HAVE SOOOO  MANY VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS, 
THEY ARE  NOT THRILLED WITH  OUR  GIVING ANOTHER DOG TO SOMEONE WHO WILL JUST DISAPPEAR WITH  IT---

SOOOOO --- HEADS UP----IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP THE  COMMUNICATION LINES OPEN,  SCOOTER KAREN HAS BEEN GIVEN THE EMAILS AND PHONES OF THE RECIPIENTS OF OUR DOGS- AND WILL BE KEEPING TRACK OF "REPORTS"  AND WILL BE CONTACTING PEOPLE FROM WHOM WE HAVE NOT HEARD IN A WHILE.  I AM SURE SHE WILL NOT OVER DO WITH HARRASSING PHONE CALLS-- IF THAT HAPPENS BY ALL MEANS LET ME KNOW... HOWEVER ... I HOPE SHE WILL  BE THE CAMP COUNSELOR WHO WILL  HELP REMIND YOU TO "WRITE A LETTER HOME"

WHICH REMINDS ME.... FACEBOOK---NOT MY FAVORTIE TOPIC--- I DON'T DO FACEBOOK--- SO DO NOT ASSUME THAT A FACEBOOK ENTRY IS THIS "LETTER HOME"  THAT WE NEED......
AND EVEN WORSE.... IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH YOUR DOG, SEND MEGAN OR ME AN EMAIL.. I REALLY DO NOT LIKE HEARING FROM A TOTAL STRANGER THAT SERVICE DOG "XXXX" IS HAVING TROUBLE WITH SLIPPERY FLOORS BECAUSE THEY READ IT ON FACEBOOK.

THAT'S --- UNACCEPTABLE--- I AM SUPPOSED TO SIGN THOSE RE-CERTIFICATIONS-- AND IF I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU IN A YEAR......... 

SO SCOOTER KAREN WILL HELP WITH THAT....
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NEXT------ IT IS ABOUT INDIGESTION... FYI..
FOR YEARS I HAVE TAKEN JUST A SMALL BIT OF BRIOSCHI WITH MEDS-- BRIGHT BLUE BOTTLE-- LASTED A LONG TIME-- MAYBE 2-3  YEARS?
BUT I AM DOWN TO THE DREGS--AND LAST NIGHT ENDED UP SMASHING AN ALKA SELTZER WITH A HAMMER   TO GET THE SMALL PIECES  LIKE TEH BRIOSCHI..

FOR  MY MIDNIGHT INSOMNIA TRIP , I CAME OUT TO AMAZON.COM AND TRIED TO BUY A BOTTLE-  I WAS FLABBERGASTED TO SEE A BOTTLE IS NOW $79== PROBLEM IS  IT HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED AND THESE ARE THE LAST AROUND...  I SPLURGED AND DID BUY A BOTTLE-- WHICH HOPEFULLY WILL LAST ANOTHER 2-3 YEARS BEFORE  I HAVE TO GO BACK TO HAMMERING   ON ALKASELTZERS.  THE ARE MAKING AN ITALIAN SUBSTITUTE FOR BRIOSCHI-- BUT I DIDN'T TRY THAT YET....
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PROGRESS?
GWEN ( DAUGHTER) AND HUSBAND  RON ARE MOVING TO NORTH CAROLINA -- BOUGHT A MOTOR HOME TO LIVE IN TIL THEY FIND/BUILD A HOUSE....( ?SOUND FAMILIAR?  SHEILA WITH A HUSBAND AND 5 DOGS  SPENT A MONTH IN A SMALLER  MOTOR HOME WHILE THEY LOOKED FOR A HOUSE WHERE THE SNOW NEVER FALLS)

WE HAVE INHERITED RON'S MOWER, 2 DOG HOUSES AND SOME CHAIN LINK FENCE....  RON IS AN ACCOMPLISHED BUILDER-- AND  THE DOG HOUSE HAS EVERYTHING BUT RUNNING WATER...  I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE WILL PUT IT... BUT IT IS HERE...  MAYBE "V" PEN?

WHICH MADE ME THINK... TROUBLE THERE.....
IF WE HAD A FENCE AROUND THE  LOW PART OF THE  "STREAM" IN THE "A" PASTURE  WE COUDL GET SOME SERIOUS USE OUT OF ANOTHER 4 ACRES---  THIS STREAM WHICH IS ONE OF THE MAIN FEEDS TO HOOD POND ACROSS THE STREET-- DOES NOT HAVE A NICE  PATH-- OR BOTTOM  -- BUT RATHER   BLACK MUD-- THAT, IN COMBINATION WITH AN EXCESSIVE  LAUNDRY PROJECT LEAD TO A HUGE WATER BILL AS EVERYONE WASHED ALL THE WHITE DOGS DAILY  AFTER THIER MUD BATHS LAST SUMMER.

IT HAS A NICELY DEFINED GOLF CART PATH AROUND IT..  WE COULD USE IT WHEN WE CAN NOT USE THE POND AREA BECAUSE OF THIN ICE...

I THINK CLEARSPAN ( FARMTEK)  WILL GIVE US A DISCOUNT  ON THE FENCING FOR PUTTING   THE SIGN ONTHE ARENA-- THAT IS A NEXT SPRING JOB....MAYBE FOR THE GE VOLUNTEERS????

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AND SO IT GOES

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