Friday, December 26, 2014

DEC 26 2014
IF SHE IS--- I WILL BE AMAZED--PLEASED  BUT AMAZED-- 

TODAY IS THE DAY TO TAKE MORIAH FOR AN ULTRASOUND- WHICH IS USUALLY A 94% ACCURATE TEST FOR PREGNANCY-  WE WILL GO HAVE TH OFFICIAL ULTRASOUND- AND TEHN COME BACK AND SEE IF WE CAN IDENTIFY ANYTHING WITH OUR OWN MACHINE... IT IS NOT EASY...  I HAVE HEARD GOERGE SAY TO ANOTHER VET ABOUT SOME IMMAGE  -- "I DON'T THINK THAT IS A PUP" --  AND I DON'T EVEN TRY FOR A COUNT...  A YES HAS ALWAYS BEEN A YES-- BUT A NO HAS ONLY A 94% ACCURACY
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I AM GOING TO TAKE KIARA IN FOR A ONCE OVER--   SHE IS STILL DRINKING ALOT AND HER URINE IS PRETTY PALE---  IF SHE IS DIABETIC WE BEST GET A HANDLE ON IT NOW.  SHE HAS "MATURED "      IN A WEEK-- SHE MAKES BETTER EYE CONTACT NOW  AND IS THINKING BETTER.. RIGHT AT THE MOMEN SHE IS MAKING VERY TINY WOOF'S  AS REACTION TO A DOG IN TH E BARN WHO IS BARKING... IT IS SORT OF  ASKING ME...."DO YOU HEAR THAT BARKING?" 
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I DID GET ALOT OF ACCREDITQATION THINKING DONE YESTERDAY- A WHOLE PAGE OF CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE SINCE WE TURNED IN THAT ACCREDITATION PREPACKET.

I AM TRYING TO BE POSITIVE- BUT IF THESE PEOPLE THINK WE CAN RUN THIS LIKE A MANUFcturing unit we are going to have big problems-   IS THERE ANY ONE OF YOU WHO CAN GIVE ME/US  A MEANINGFUL 5 YEAR PLAN???
I HAVE TO GO BACK TO -- 5 YEARS AGO WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT......?????        AND IF YOU COULD -- THEN TRY FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS  AND GIVE IT TO ME ON PAPER......
I AM TRYING TO PLAN THE NEXT 5 MONTHS...
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THERE IS ANOTHER THING-- WELL THERE IS ALOT OF THEM.... THIS CONCEPT OF REARING A WELL BEHVED DOG- AND THEN HAVING THEM BOND WITHOUT ALOT OF  MICROMANAGEMENT IS SO CRITICAL-- I DO NOT WANT TO JINKS OURSELVES-  BUT  I HAVE ONLY TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF GEORGE MINCING HIS WAY DOWN SOME STAIRS WITH BELLA- DOING FINE- THEN SHE LOOSES HER BALANCE JUST A BIT AND     GRABS  ONE EAR TO STEADY HERSELF--YOU CAN NOT TRAIN FOR THAT..... HE TOTALLY ACCEPTS IT AND DOES HIS JOB OF TAKING CARE OF HER.  BELLA'S USE OF GEORGE IS 100% UP TO THE PARENTS-   FROM WHERE I SIT- SOMETHING HAS "CLICKED" WITH BELLA AND GEORGE- AND I SEE NO REASON- FROM THE DOG'S STANDPOINT TO INTERUPT.. .. GRANTED WE HAVE TO EXPLAIN  SCHOOL CHILDREN TO GEORGE BEFORE SHE CAN TAKE HIM TO HER SCHOOL.   WE DO NOT HAVE ANOTHER DOG ON THE PROPERTY WHO COULD/WOULD DO WHAT      GEORGE IS DOING ..  AND WHAT HE IS DOING IS TOTALLY UP TO THE PARENTS.  I AM A NERVOUS WRECK WATCHING...

AND THEN THERE IS  WENDY-- 
 NO WAY WOULD I EVER THINK WENDY SHOULD WALK HUNTER DOWN THE VERY STEEP FLIGHTS OF STAIRS THAT HE NEEDS TO   NEGOTIATE IN 180 SECONDS TO KEEP THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAPPY -- BUT HIS PARENTS HAVE MUCH MORE FAITH THAN I DO AND

 THEY SEE THEM WORKING TOGETHER EVERY DAY ... I DON'T KNOW WHAT MY SOLUTION WOULD BE IN HUNTER'S CASE--- HE IS ON THE SECOND FLOOR CLASSROOM-    THERE IS AN ELEVATOR- THAT CAN NOT BE USED IN A FIRE--   BUT TO USE WENDY TO GO DOWN THOSE STAIRS MAKES ME NERVOUS-- MIND YOU SHE HAS NOW BEEN DOING IT  SEVERAL TIEMS DAILY FOR MONTHS.... I AM STILL NERVOUS-
  
I AM NERVOUS ON THOSE STAIRS,  ME PERSONALLY ....NERVOUS-- I FIERCELY HANG ON TO  THE HANDRAIL . 

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NOW THAT I HAVE ACCREDITATION AT LEAST STARTED IN MY HEAD, I SEE A GREAT NEED FOR REDESIGNING THE REFRIGERATORS--- THEY NEED MORE BIG WIDE /THICK DOORS WITH SHELVES AND SHELVING THAT IS NO MORE THAN 15 " DEEP.  MY CURRENT FRIDGEE IS THE ONE WALTER IS STANDING AGAINST IN THE CALENDAR..... OLD....
WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE "BEHIND" PROBLEM WHICH CAN CAUSE PEOPLE TO NEED TO PUT TH E      YEAR ON THE "DATE OPENED" STICKERS. 
SHOPPING AT COSTCO DOES NOT HELP--- THE PRICE OF 1/2 GAL OF TERYAKI SAUCE AT COSTCO IS THE SAME AS THE PRICE OF A PINT IN THE SUPERMARKET. 
THIS EXPLAINS WHY WE HAVE 3  1/2 GAL.... WHO KNEW THEY WERE BACK THERE.????  
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BLESS THOSE CUT AND PASTES
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Overheard one morning:  "Frenzy, where have you been all my life?", as Jim doubled over in laughter.
Jim was in the process of sitting on the recliner.
Frenzy was in the process of sitting on Jim's lap.
The hysterical sight was the "in process" part.
Watching a Great Dane sit on your lap always brings a smile.
Having one try to sit on your lap when you're not quite sitting is a "Marmaduke" moment.
Jim & Frenzy go out some where every day to practice their skills & continue their bonding.
Going out each day is huge, when Jim would rather just sit in his chair.
He's always better when he returns from an outing.
It's uplifting to get out, & meeting people with a well trained Great Dane makes every outing an adventure.
The Frenzy/Jim team causes smiles from strangers, cameras to snap, and oohs & ahhs.
Homer & Karma will never be forgotten.
They are held in out hearts forever loved.
We thank all of Santa's elves at SDP for their hard and consistent work.
SDP has changed the quality of our lives.
Jim & Ann
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Hi Carlene,

I wanted to take a few minutes this morning to write and wish you a very Merry 
Christmas!

Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't also take a minute to also thank you 
for the Amazing Willow and the year she and I have shared. This year saw our 
partnership grow stronger. While she also became more independent, she became a 
more confident partner who goes wherever and does whatever is asked of her. She 
became a bit of a "social butterfly" as our speaking and advocacy work has 
grown. She seems to like the attention and it certainly doesn't hurt the cause 
when I allow her to greet people as we're setting up. She's learned the 
difference between when she's working or "you can say hello". I often look at 
her and wonder if she knew that this is what she knew she was destined for that 
day she pinned me in her pen an demanded my attention.

It has been quite a year and all of it has been because of Wil's and therefore, 
SDP. I know I've said it before but it's so very true. My life will never be the 
same as before MS. It can't be and I'm okay with that now. But, because of 
Willow in many ways, it's actually better and for that I'm grateful. 

Thank you again for having that "crazy idea" you had of using Great Danes as 
Service Dogs. And thank you for giving up your home and your life to make it a 
reality. For everyone who is fortunate enough to share their life with one of 
these amazing partners and rely on them everyday. We are grateful.

Merry, Merry Christmas!!!!!

Lynne

Lynne C. Emerson

1 comment:

  1. Carlene, as for Hunter and Wendy, I believe Wendy will do whatever the sistuation calls for.. After the Twin Towers were hit by planes, two service dogs lead their blind owners out. One, Roselle, navigated 1,463 steps to get her owner out! No one could have trained for that...I would assume that they used the elevator on regular days...these dogs do amazing feits when their owners need them too.. So will Wendy..she knows Hunter is her responsibilitie

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