A day in the life of the Service Dog Project, Ipswich MA.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
JAN 20 2015
big prayer of the day----- BELL AND GEORGE GO TO SCHOOL ALONE TODAY--- MEGAN GOT THEM ALL CHIPPED ( GEORGE NOT BELL) AND CERTIFICATED ( THAT'S A WORD?) BELLA'S MOM SIGNED THE OWNER'S AGREEMENT SAYING THEY WOULD BEHAVE-- AND AFTER EVERYONE TOLD GEORGE TO BEHAVE AS TEHY WENT OUT THE DOOR, I TOLD BELLA TO BEHAVE TOO.
THEY ARE DOING BETTER THAN I WOULD I AM AFRAID... SOME OF THE ADULT 'S COMMENTS NEED TO BE SHOVED APPROPRIATELY.. I WROTE A VERY POLITE INFORMATIVE LETTER TO THE PRINCIPAL AND NEVER HEARD BACK-- WHICH IS OK UNLESS SHE FIGURES SHE CAN GET RID OF ALL OF US..... MEGAN SAID THE VICE PRINCIPAL SEEMED ON BOARD.... MEGAN IS DONG A GREAT JOB HANDLING IT... IT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL TO HAVE DONNA BACK ADVISING US .. DONNA SPEAKS OFFICIAL EDUCATIONAL LANGUAGE REALLY WELL. SHE KNOWS THINGS LIKE A 504 PLAN. WHICH IS SOMETHIGN ABOUT WHAT THE SYSTEM IS OBLIGED TO PROVIDE. WHICH IN BELLA'S CASE IS AN ATTENDENT TO HELP CARRY TRAYS AND MOVE CHAIRS ETC...
GRANTED IF I WAS DESIGNING THE SYSTEM I MIGHT DO IT DIFFERENTLY---- IT MIGHT BE NICE IF THE STUDENTS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR MOVING FURNATURE OR HELPING WITH HER LUNCH TRAY.. YOU KNOW THE HELPFUL TYPE STUFF THEY SHOULD LEARN-- AND SAVE TAX MONEY....I CAN HEAR THE PARENTS "WHY SHOULD MY CHILD CARRY A TRAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE?" I WOULD TELL THEM "SO THE KID DOESN'T TURN OUT TO BE AN SOB LIKE YOU"
THIS IS WHY IT IS BETTER FOR MEGAN TO HANDLE THE SITUATION. I GET MAD.... I WAS TOLD AS A CHILD ONLY DOGS GO MAD ,PEOPLE GET ANGRY. I HAVE BEEN AROUND DOGS A LONG TIME... I GET MAD.
AND THEN THERE IS THIS FORMAT OF THEIS EMAIL-- I AM TOLD-- AND HAVE SEEN IT -- WHERE THE SENTANCES CONTINUE STRAIGHT FOR A BLOCK AND A HALF WITHOUT FLIPPING TO ANOTHER LINE..I DON'T KNOW WHY-- THAT WOUDL BE A GOOD PROJECT FOR THE DAY..
YESTERDAY'S EXCITEMENT WAS A NEIGHBOR'S 9 YEAR OLD KID SHOWED ME HOW TO MAKE MY PHONE TELL ME THE NUMBER OF THE PERSON I WAS CALLING.. FOR A VERY LONG TIME I HAVE BEEN MISSING THE LAST 4 DIGITS-- MAKING FOR SOME SURP[RIZING CONVERSATIONS.
PLUS I SUFFER FROM THE "LATER" SYNDROME-
XXX HAS A NEW NUMBER? I WILL DELETE THE OLD ONE LATER... CONSEQUENTLY I HAVE MANY NUMBERS FOR LOTS OF PEOPLE-- INCLUDING MY SISTER
WHY WHEN I CALL TIM TO FIX THE CAMERAS, HE IS LOOKING AT ME THRIU THE PHONE... I DO NOT KNOW. IT IS LIKE MY PHONE IS A PEEPING TOM---I NEVER KNOW WHEN IT IS BEING A CAMERA TOO. MY PHONE WITH THE ROTARY DIAL WOULD NEVER DO THAT.
AND THEN THERE IS THE PUPPY HILL CAMERA-- BEEN DOWN -- WE HAVE PUSHED AND PLUGGED TIL TIM DECIDED HE WAS 99% SURE IT WAS BLACK BOX #437 AND IS FEDEXING A NEW ONE TO US FOR TIDAY.
FEDEXING FROM CALIF TO MASS, THE OVERNIGHT IS 3 HOURS SHORTER THAN A NORMAL 24 HOUR OVERNIGHT-- AMAZING--
****I WILL NOW GO AND PLAY WITH MY MENTAL BLOCKS...
ENJOY THE KAREN/BECKY CONVERSATION AS KAREN TRIED TO GET AN UPDATE ON BECKY'S DOG STANLEY
Becky was very hesitant to speak with me since she had not been notified that someone would be calling. She was very pleasant about it but suggested a group email would be an easy way to communicate such things. I told her SDP does not have a consolidated email list but that it was a good idea. I told her I would be happy to have someone email or call her to confirm I was who I said I was or she could quiz me about things around the farm. What color is the barn was her question and both laughing, she let me proceed.
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but after last night’s wonderful celebration, I feel I need to mention it again. Because I regularly volunteer at Service Dog Project (SDP) where Denim is from, I was invited to last night’s celebration and met many other people that give so much to this wonderful organization.
In the summer of 1998, I was diagnosed with Ataxia. Being a progressive condition, it has got more invasive over the years. In June of 2013, our family pet dog of 12 years passed away. I (along with the rest of the family)was devastated and could not bear to not have a dog around. I was lost. Who would be my side when the kids were at school and my husband at work? Per the suggestion of my husband and the encouragement of my neurologist, I looked into service dogs. In my search for a mobility dog, all fingers kept pointing to SDP. “But they only deal with Great Danes and I’m only 5’2”!” Well, in January of 2014, I called Carlene White, the founder of SDP. She insisted the size was not an issue and had me visit the farm in Ipswich. Well by April I was home with my Denim by my side. She is absolutely wonderful and has made such a change in my life. Up to now, I’ve been able to avoid the wheelchair and hopefully I will be able to continue walking with Denim by my side for several more years. This video shows me learning how to do stairs with her.
Well, after last night’s party, I realized that this whole experience has benefited me even more than I had thought. Because Denim worked so well for me, I wanted to give back to her too. So we started visiting the farm on a fairly regular basis so that Denim could run free and be a dog. Because I visited the farm regularly, I started noticing how it worked and because I wanted to give back to an organization that had given me so much, I started volunteering there. Another benefit of my Ataxia?