Wednesday, July 26, 2017

JULY 26 2017
WATSON   (PUP FROM DENMARK MONTHS AGO)....)WILL BE HERE SATURDAY MORNING FOR A LOOK OVER  TO SEE HOW HE IS DEVELOPING ...  WE REALLY NEED HIM...   WITH BENTLEY BEING COMPRIMISED BY THE ELECTRICAL ACCIDENT -- HE HAS NOT FATHERED A PUP SINCE THE ACCIDENT...  STAMINA SEEMS TO BE HIS ISSUE...  WE MIGHT-- WE WILL-- TRY AGAIN WITH HIM-- I WONDER IF WE COULD  RIG SOME OXYGEN TO HIS NOSE WITHOUT UPSETTING THE REST OF HIS FUNCTION...  GENERALLY DOGS DO NOT LIKE ANY "ASSISTANCE"   --SO WE ARE LEFT TRYIHG TO VERBALLY SUGGEST CHANGES--  .... NOT HELPFUL...
WE NEED MORE HARLS AND MERLES.....
ALL THESE BLACK PUPPIES ARE STRETCHING OUR ABILITY TO REMEMBER NAMES...  THIS LATEST BUG GROUP IT IS ALMOST DOWN TO INDIVIDUAL  WHITE HAIRS...
BREEDING  BLACK TO BLACK IS NOT CONDUCIVE TO SPOTS..
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I DID HEAR FROM  THE  HUMAINE SOCIETY -
Hi Carlene,

Thank you so much for reaching out about The Humane Society of the United States' rescue of 84 Great Danes and your interest in helping.  The dogs who were rescued from this situation are considered evidence in a criminal case and they are being cared for in a temporary emergency animal shelter until the final disposition of the case is reached which we expect to take until at least the end of October.  We can't legally place the animals into adoptive or foster homes at this time and the decision to do so is in the hands of the court.  Once the case reaches its conclusion, we will update everyone on our Facebook page.  If the animals are legally surrendered to our care, we will then utilize our network of Emergency Placement Partners which are reputable animal shelters and rescues throughout the country to place them into loving homes. At this time, we are able to handle, work with, and walk all of the animals safely. If you'd like to help with the care of the animals, please go to www.humanesociety.org/rescueteam. Let me know if you have further questions,
SO I CLICKED ON RESCUE TEAM  AND ALL THEY WANT IS $$ DONATIONS..  I WILL KEEP HER NAME...I AM PRETTY CONFIDENT THERE AREN'T MORE THAN A COUPLE DOZEN PEOPLE IN THE US WHO  MANAGE OVER 50 DANES-- AND NONE AS WELL AS WE DO !! OUR POO PICKING PROCESS IS  UNEXCELLED...
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SPEAKING OF EXCELLED....  I CAN NOW DOWNLOAD THE CHICKEN BRICK DONATIONS   TO EXCELL AND SORT  BY THE DOG/PERSON/TEAM COMMENT COLUMN..  VERY INTERESTING.... CHAOS IS A FAVORITE---  MANY PEOPLE JUST TELL US WE ARE LOVELY... WHICH WE AGREE WITH ...  BUT IT IS INTERESTING TO SEE WHO GETS THE ENTIRE CHURCH GROUP TO DONATE IN THEIR DOGS NAME...  ONE GOAL IS TO GET THE ENTIRE  CORPORATE VOLUNTEER GROUPS   INVOLVED??????
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THE RAIN YESTERDAY PROVED ONCE AGAIN   WATER RUNS DOWN HILL- NOT THAT I DOUBTED IT...  BUT WE  ( TANNER) PUT IN SOME LEFT OVER IRON PIPE -- ONLY ABOUT 4" DIAMETER   TO ASK THE  ARENA RUNN OFF PAST THE DONKEY VIEWING AREA... AND IT SEEMS TO COPE--   WE HAD MANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING SLOPE ---WE HAD ALOT OF RAIN-- AND IT RAN WHILE COVERED WITH STONE DUST--  IF THAT STAYS TRUE I WILL GET MORE STONE DUST AND LEVEL THE AREA SO WE HAVE A "VIEWING AREA"  FOR SITTING.... AS THE SIGNS SAY....
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THIS IS TANNEER'S SUMMER OF LEARNING ABOUT LEVEL- THE BUILDING, SLOPE- THE SLIDING OF THE BUCKETS OF SAND DOWN THE ROLLERS,  TO  WATER RUNNING DOWN A PIPE.... TO  SLOPE  OF  SNOW SLIDING OFF  A ROOF.---  HE IS LEARNING...  IT IS ALL GEOMETRY-- AND NOT   A CASE OF DO IT WRONG AND GET A FAILING GRADE...IT IS A CASE OF DO IT WRONG AND IT WON'T WORK  SO YOU DO IT AGAIN...
MOST MODERN "EDUCATION IS SORELY LACKING IN THE  DIDACTIC ( IS THAT A WORD?... OR EVEN THE WRONG WORD??) I WAS TRRYING FOR HANDS  ON...
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LAINES TEMP IS DOWN-- 100.4  .. THANKFULLY-- I WAS BEGINNING TO WORRY ABOUT THE SUPPLY OF GOATS MILK... ( REMEMBER THE DISCUSSION ABOUT  "KIDS MILK REPLACEMENT"  IS TERRIBLY DEPENDENT ON WHERE YOU PUT THE COMMA  THE STUFF IN THE FEED SORE IS MADE OF SEAWEED ( OR SOMETHIGN)  WE HAVE ALSWAY USED MYENBERG PEOPLE QUALITY GOATS MILK.-

 YOU WONDER WHERE THEY KEEP ALL THOSE GOATS... UNTIL YOU SEE THE  AWARD WINNING GOAT MILKING CARROUSEL WHERE THYE MILK 1800 GOATS  DAILY  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5swQObgpD8   WORTH A LOOK...   THEY ALSO HAVE COW CARROUSELS OO...
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AT THE AQUARIUM  --ALL THE STAFF AND EVERYONE THAT WAS THERE EXTREMELY CARING TO OUR NEEDS. THEY WHERE ALL IMPRESSED ON HOW PIXIE ENJOYED HERSELF AS MUCH AS WE DID. THIS IS WHAT MAKES ARE OUTINGS SO MUCH MORE EXCITING WHEN MY SWEET GIRL WORKS BUT ALSO GETS TO ENJOY HER DAY TO AT THE SAME TIME. 
I HAD A LADY COME UP TO ME CAUSE HER DAUGHTER WORKED THERE AND HER DAUGHTER CALLED HER TO TELL HER A GREAT DANE SD WAS AT THE AQUARIUM SHE SAID SHE HAD TO GET THERE AND FIND ME, LOL. SHE SURE DID HUNT US DOWN. WE TALKED SHE KNEW JUST WHERE PIXIE CAME FROM SHE WAS SUCH A SWEET WOMAN WHO HAS A MOBILITY ISSUE AND I TOLD HER MY STORY AND NOT TO GIVE UP NOR TO EVER QUIT. SHE KNEW ALL ABOUT THE SDP WHICH MADE ME PROUD TO MEET SOMEONE IN MY STATE WHO FOLLOWS SUCH AN AMAZING PLACE. 
PIXIE WAS A ROCKSTAR TODAY ON OUR FUN ADVENTURE I ALMOST TOOK TWO GOOD TRIPS CAUSE I JUST LOVE TO STUMBLE ON MY FEET. SHE SAVED ME FROM MY FALLS. 
WHERE HOME NOW AND GOING TO ENJOY A NICE LAZY SUNDAY EVENING. I'M GETTING READY TO GO BACK ON CHEMO SO IT WAS SUCH A GREAT DAY TO HAVE NOTHING BUT SMILES ON MY SONS FACE, BEFORE I GET MY DOSE NEXT WEEK. THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME IN LIFE. TIME TO START THE BATTLE AGAIN. 
I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED YOUR WEEKEND AS MUCH AS WE DID. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

JULY 25 2017
THE CHICKEN BRICK WALL HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO SHOW  IF THE DONATION WAS MADE BECAUSE OF ANY SPECIFIC DOG....
SO FAR ASHER IS AHEAD--- WITH CHAOS CLOSE BEHIND.. THERE IS A LINE OF "WE MADE THIS DONATION BECAUSE OF .....XXXXX"
AND IF YOU PUT THE DOGS NAME FIRST, IT MAKES IT EASIER TO SORT... BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE  SO DO NOT PANIC... LINDA WILL FIND IT.
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BETWEEN THE 8 PUPS,  YESTERDAY'S SURGICAL CASE  SET UP AS AN ICU, AND THE ARRIVAL OF MY FAVORITE  "SERVICE PERSON" .. THE TRASH MAN ( WHICH MEANT I HAD TO RUSH DOWN AND MOVE MANY TONS OF SAND LEFT OVER FROM THE STALL PROJECT SO HE COULD GET TO THE DUMPSTER...) THE ARRIVAL OF THE PURINA TRUCK WITH 7 PALLETS OF DOG FOOD... IN THE  POURING RAIN.....IT WAS A HECTIC DAY.

I WOULD NOT BELIEVE THIS IF I HAD NOT SEEN IT...  GETTING A 53 FOOT TRAILER UP OUR DRIVEWAY HAS ALSWAYS BEEN TIGHT-
 ( REMEMBER THE STORY OF  "IF YOU CAN'T GET IT UP THE DRIVEWAY, THERE IS A 79 YEAR OLD WOMAN SITTIN UP THERE  IN FRONT OF  HER TIPI WHO WILL  DRIVE IT  FOR YOU...")  WELL THIS GUY BEGAN TO HAVE TROUBLE BECAUSE HIS REAR END WAS  NOT AS FAR TO THE LEFT AS HE COULD HAVE BEEN FO R TH E RIGHT HAND TURN-- SO HE DID BRUSH AGAINST THE STONE WALL (WHICH HAS BEEN HIT BEFORE)-- I BUILT THAT WALL... AND HAVE REBUILT IT SEVERAL TIMES SINCE SO THAT WAS NO REAL PROBLEM....  THE REAL PROBLME WAS TEH 4" OF NEW SURFACE OF THE HOT TOP DRIVEWAY MEANT THE TRACTOR TRAILER TOP JUST BRUSHED THE OVERHANGING TREE- FORCING THE  TRAILE TO THE RIGHT ENOUGH TO TAKE SOWN MORE WALL...
TANNER IS ABOUT TO LEARN TO APPRECIATE STONE WALL BUILDING.... TROUBLE IT IS  MADE OF ALL THOES FLAT STONES-- SO WE NOW NEED TO BUY SOME MORE OF THOSE - AS EH ORIGIONAL ONES HAVE BEEN GROUND INTO  TINY PIECES...
I SAID TO THE DRIVER... " GO AHEAD.. WE NEED THE FOOD YOU HAVE ON THERE MORE THAN WE NEED THAT WALL- HE GOT OUT OK... OTHERE DAMAGE WAS THE MAILBOX AND THE BUTTON FOR THE ELECTRIC GATE...
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PLUS OUR OVEN IS NOT WORKING.... AGAIN... IT'S NOT THAT IT IS OVERWORKED EITHER... AS WE ALL KNOW...- IT IS A RESTAURANT OVEN-- WE  HAVE ONE ALMOST LIKE IT IN THE T TENT-- PLUS  A REEAL OVEN IB THE GUEST HOUSE-- BUT WE NEED TO INVESTIGATE WHY IT IS DEAD... AGAIN... LAST TIME  A $13 SWITCH...
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THE CP ' "PENGUIN PERSON" TURNED HER TRIVIA PRIZE SHIRT OVER TO  THE "LOST CP"  CAROLINE  FOR ALL HER HARD WORK WHILE SHE WAS HERE-- AND SHE REALLY DID... NOT ONLY TH E  STONES... BUT A VERY GOOD LIMA BEAN/CORN SOUP SHE MADE DURING THE RAIN... IT WAS VERY WELCOME...
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LAINEY TEMP IS DOWN TO 102.2 LAST NIGHT AND 100 THIS MORNING--  AND THEY ARE NURSIN G OFF THE 2 BACK BOOOOOOBS WHIDH HAD A TENDENCY TO BE HARD AND NON PRODUCTIVE...-- NOW WORKING FINE I AM TOLD.  PLUS MOM IS PEEING AND POOPING ON SCHEDULE-- WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO KNOW?/ 
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SO MUCH FOR MY REPORTS OF THE DAY...
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HELLO ALL AT SDP,
I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT IT HAS ALMOST BEEN 3 YEARS SINCE SIENNA AND I HAVE BEEN A TEAM. WE'VE BEEN TRAVELING ON THIS ROLLERCOASTER CALLED LIFE AND SHE HAS HANDLED EVERY SITUATION PERFECTLY. WE HAVE GROWN TOGETHER AND KNOW ONE ANOTHER'S MANNERISMS TO A TEE. SHE STILL WAITS BY THE BATHROOM DOOR FOR ME WITH THE UTMOST ANXIETY AND ACTS LIKE SHE HASN'T SEEN ME IN YEARS WHEN I POP OUT. IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY I WAS NERVOUS TO LET HER OFF LEASH, NOW SHE MAKES HER MOVES FOLLOWING MY GESTURES AND MOVEMENTS, I DON'T EVEN NEED TO USE VOICE COMMANDS. IT'S LIKE WE SHARE A MIND AND ARE SYNCED AS ONE. WE CONTINUE GOING ON DAILY ADVENTURES SHOPPING AND KEEPING AS ACTIVE AS WE CAN. SHE LOVES TO GO TO PETCO AND PICK OUT HER FAVORITE COOKIES ( TREATS ). WE WENT TO SDP YESTERDAY AND SIENNA WAS ABLE TO RUN AND GET SOME EXERCISE WITH GROMMET. SHE ALSO GOT HER NAILS TRIMMED. THANKS AGAIN TO CARLENE , STAFF , VOLUNTEERS , CPS, CP ANGELS , EXPLORE. AND EVERYONE WHO MADE THIS LIFELONG PARTNERSHIP POSSIBLE.
LOVE MARIAROSE AND SIENNA
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Dear Carlene,

I wanted to email you today and tell you about how Asher took it upon himself to get me out of a sticky (or rather, slippery) situation last night. He is truly looking out for me!


Around midnight last night I went to take a shower and he had his usual routine – he’d poke his head into the shower, take a look at me, and step back out. I finished and stepped out of the shower, joking that I had survived this mysterious shower contraption but I appreciated his concern (it’s just Asher and I in my apartment, so we have conversations like these often). All of a sudden I had lost my balance and fell backward, and wasn’t quick enough to grab the bar on the wall. That happens sometimes – nothing has to touch me and I don’t have to trip over anything to fall, I just lose my balance.
I’ve been fortunate over the years and I’ve never been seriously injured in a fall, just some bumps and bruises and a little shaken up. Last night I had fallen backward into the bath tub and hit my head (though not anything serious) against the back wall so my lower back was touching the bottom of the tub and my legs were folded over the side, not touching the ground. I knew I wasn’t badly hurt, just in a predicament and not sure how I was going to get back up. I was still wet, so everything was slippery, and I didn’t have anything in reach to grab on to.
Asher had this concerned look on his face and he had jumped up as soon as I fell. I thought if I could just put my arm up and brace on him, I could get myself into a sitting position and brace on him again to stand up. But Asher had a better idea. I grabbed his harness and was about to ask him to brace, when I felt him pull back. Hard. I saw him lean back on his haunches and step backwards toward the door, using his body weight to pull me all the way out of the bath tub so I could get back on my feet. Once I let go and he was sure I was okay, he moved a few steps away so I could get to the bathroom counter.
That wasn’t something we had ever practiced. I don’t know of a command for “pull”. He had done that by himself to get me out of the situation I was in, and that just blows my mind because Asher and I have known each other just a day over two weeks. But he thinks nothing of it – we’re a team. I thanked him profusely with hugs and kisses and rubs, but I have a feeling that if he could he would just shrug his shoulders and get us into bed. All in a day’s work for this Great Dane service dog. 

Erica & Asher
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ED:  AN EDUCATED DOG....

Monday, July 24, 2017

july 24 2017
8 black pups-- all still with us and doing what looks like fine...  the first 24 hours are critical  and once we got thru that we can relax a little... very critical to the operation is that laine be relaxed into aksing to go out to pee.. and keeping the  routine exactly what she is used to ... which is  she looks uncomfortable and sits up-- pups gp in the laundry basket-- she goes outside ( gates up no leash- ) and in those 180 seconds her bed has been changed and provision made for her to lie down any where -- because she will normally change sides she is lying on-- when she lies down we take the smallest  and let her lick  him clean and put him at the milk bar all by himself... then slowly take the next 2 which might be problems - they have a tiny dot on their back-- one was the slowest to nurse... and leave thise 3 alone nursing before putting the rest bac in the pile... unless lainie  absolutelu stares at the basket... in which case we take the next- probaably one maiking a noise and put them in place.  etc.. she will tell you -- if you just watch her...
we have  greased their bums  with a bit of olive oil - so when the first bm's begin to come , they don't get stuck all over their rear ends.. and a roll of toilet paper is within easy reach for that operation....
so it starts...
very little, if any deviation  if any from that process for the next few days..
we may get them weighed
maybe... but please don't push us.. we know weighing is critical to be sure they e gainining-- believe me we know that ... but there could be a case of the process of weighing not worth the disruption of the routine... 
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i never  worry about the comment that says "looks like she tipped over her water" sometimes we need all the help from camera people we can get...HOWEVER...
what we don't need is "don't you think someone should have noticed she has no water. don't they realize how water is so critical. there are so many people there someone should have noticed."  which then gets off and running  with all the people who  think they know how to run this outfit " they put the wrong person in the nursery-  xxx would be so much better "  and a group of 20- 20 hindsighters  digs in for the long haul.  ending with "well, i can no longer donate to an outfit like that"
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it is amazing we have got to  our 5th year with out a major battle-- i really appreciate when you all squelch one of those things when they start..
certianly we do have our failings ---
however----- if your opinion of the rest of humanity is that they are self serving money grubbling  lazy fools, please don't apply that to our group...  we have a great bunch who are working very hard - and enjoying the challange of helping others who have challanges of their own.
 i am trying to prepare you for our biggest challange right  now.... 8 jet black pups-- if we have 8 jet black pups in 3 weeks...  we will count our blessings... you can not see them against mom-- or each other-- and they move... even watching very closely,  we couold lose a pup, if mom gets too tired and sleeps on one.-- or someone puts down a dark/black fluffy and one gets undeerneath the fluffy..
 things can happen-- a bunch of harlequin pups is sooooo much easier to raise and train...
but when i try for more harls i might get a deaf one or two.. and a whole new bunch of people will tell me  how bad i am to produce white pups.-- like ariot?????? who lives the life of riley around here??????
i don't know how we have survived this long.... it aint easy...
moving on... maybe this is why.....
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TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY IN FOREVER THAT WENDY WAS UP BEFORE HUNTER. WE WANTED TO SHARE THEIR HIKE OF MOUNT AGAMENTICUS THEY DID, THE DAY AFTER SURFING. LOTS OF WATER FOR BOTH AND THEY MADE IT TO THE TOP! ( ed... wow  what a video.. sorry i don't know how to share)
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Hi Carlene, 

Recently a friend came to stay with us for the weekend. My husband and I have known him for almost 15 years, so he has witnessed my ups and downs over time. Our friend was impressed by how much Seagram has changed my life, especially now that we are 10 months into our partnership. He said that seeing me now, as compared to last summer, is "like day and night." He commented that I am walking so much better, and additionally, that I am much happier and much more positive. He observed that Seagram helps me not only with balance, but also that her companionship is invaluable.

Our friend was also impressed by Seagram's training and good behavior. We went to the Farmer's Market together and she was unflappable, despite the mix of many people, including children running around, and dogs. We also stopped at the grocery store, and although her nose was inches away from the meat, she stayed focused on helping me. 
 And he was amazed at how Seagram helps me with stairs, with no commands necessary for a few steps because she knows the routine -- so that Seagram & I now seamlessly climb the steps into the house (as compared to last summer, when I went up slowly with a cane). And when we did "step/whoa/brace," because I am still shaky on stairs sometimes, our friend also commented in amazement at how she helps me with this. 

Sometimes when progress is measured in tiny improvements day-by-day, even if only taking a few extra steps, it takes an outside observer to notice just how much has changed over time. Seagram and I have become quite a team. I am so grateful for her -- she truly is my Super Seagram!!

Thank you,
Amy
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TODAY WAS CHURCH THEN A BIRTHDAY PARTY! EVE AND FINN GOT TO PLAY WITH FRIENDS & SWAM IN THE LAKE THEN EVE GOT TO RIDE ON A WAVE RUNNER! YES I MIGHT BE CRAZY! BUT SHE DIDN'T GET HURT AND HAD SOOOOO MUCH FUN! 

THEN WE CAME HOME TO CHILL BECAUSE EVE AND FINN GO TO CAMP THIS WEEK AND THEY WILL BOTH NEED THEIR REST TO TACKLE ALL THE FUN THIS WEEK WILL HOLD!! TEAM UP CAMP IS A CAMP DESIGNED FOR KIDS WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR SIBLINGS. LAST YEAR CAMERON ERIN AND MYSELF VOLUNTEERED. THIS YEAR JUST ME AND ONLY 2 DAYS . JUST A BUNCH OF HOOPS TO JUMP THROUGH THIS YEAR BUT WE HAVE GREAT FRIENDS AND FAMILY HELPING EVE GET TO CAMP!! 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

july 23 2017
i wore my purple shirt today....pam has been rightly telling people who volunteer here, if they have any questions ask a person with a ourple shirt and they should be able to help you..... soooo.... yesterday was a wild and wooly day around here  between puppies 3 days early and 20 tons of sand with the corporate group to  deal with the sand   unexpected ly not coming... i was up all night between dealing with the puppies and then how to most easily handle  the 20 tons--  i was  watching the sand project and someone came along and asked a purple shirter  who was sitting in the golf cartt with me a complicated question about SDP.... which she answereed very carefully-- 
 i then asked why the person had not asked me and was told....... " because you are not wearing a purple shirt"

OK.... so i have on a purple shirt today.... whatever shirt i wear, does not change any rules around here-- yesterday's biggies "do not stand or drive behind a tractor about to back up"  -- "don't drive the tractopr forward if there are people in front of the bucket."  tanner was good at driving...  but had anything malfunctioned, the first thing  anyone would question  "who decided to let a 13 year old drive that back hoe.."  i would say he did a great job.. but i don't want to give him a big head..."
i was very glad to get thru the day with no major injuries-- and there could have been some.   lainie did not bite anyone-- and she could have....  she adores liv and is comfortted by liv's presence and touch... -- she barely tolerates anyone else so i have said don't touch her unless absolutely necessary-  things not seen by everyone-- like tossing a leash to another person in the room over a basket of pups  could have caused lainie to snap...  she didn't--   but easily could have objected to the fast movement...   i had-- and am reinforcing-  the 3 people rule in that room... one is linda-- one might be me in that chair...  but the great hordes of puppy peekers  must look from the door. or stay on the cameras--- much better idea.
"they are so cute, i just couldn't help myself"????? 
GREAT ! -- well let me help you whether you like it or not.----   just figure  keeping the animals happy  is my job.
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which gets to  this telling your kid at an early age... "just stick your hand out and let the dog sniff it and they won't bite" ... well they might not...  but that is not the part of you they would prefer to sniff...plus they  could probably  smell anyone who  was still in t he parking lot...i watch bentley loke a hawk ever since the accident-- and when people pat him in teh head- i get a clear message "i wish people would not bang on  my head" 
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now for chicken bricks-- i go thru this everuy month-- and every month you all bail us out with a sell out... thankfully enableing us to donate the dogs free of charge... ok.... we have donated over 150 dogs   and  many of those recipients  do buy a brick or two...  but there are some  who need reminding ... if at all possible... you should help pay it forward and get a friend or two to buy a brick in your dog's name..--  there is a place  to put the dog's name in the brick buying process...
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jim and cindy were here yestrday-- interesting ... cindy can;t talk an d i can't hear  but jim lugged sand for a while---he did tell me what a wonderful reception they had from all the great cp's they met on their way to and from florida--- all up and down the east coast...
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 i think the sand lugging unit is still "up"   this is particularly hard on any compulsive types who really believe you have to go til you drop. like grace... . because there is no way we can do it all.. i plan to put the rest in the puppy hill area- to redo teh feeding area and clean it upa a bit...
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 thanks to george (DVM)  for staying in touch thru the lainie birthing --- i forgot to tell him we have the frozen placentas in the freezer if scott still needs them for tufts study...
washers nose is much much better-- amazing what a medical education will do for a dog... 
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i have heard from will and ward-- my relatives with whom we had such a good time last time they were here.. twin boys who  during their stay here learned  to assemble manequins and put up tipi's.  they will be here around aug 6-9  i wonder if they ever get sick of "twin boys"  because by now they must be individual boys????  i know there is a song about  triplets
 "we do every thing alike
we look alike
we walk alike
we talk alike
and what i more we hate each other very much
we hate our folks
we'er sick of jokes  about how hard it is to tell us apart" 
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could be it is like  "got a saddle for that horse..."
if the general public  only knew

but they don't. 
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CONGRATULATIONS ON THE BIRTH OF 'BUG' BLACK PUPS #1 THROUGH #8.  EVERYONE DID SUCH A GREAT JOB!  HAVING SOUND WAS A WONDERFUL BONUS, SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.  
NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF DAY IT IS I KNOW I CAN ALWAYS FIND SMILES AND LOVE AT SDP.  ONCE UPON A TIME I COULD CONTRIBUTE IN MANY WAYS ON A REGULAR BASIS.  DUE TO UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES I CAN NO LONGER DO THAT SO I TRY TO SPREAD THE WORD AS MUCH AS I CAN.  I DO STILL HAVE SOME POKER CHIPS TO HAND OUT.  IT WILL SOON BE 5 YEARS THAT THE CAMS WENT LIVE AND THE CP COMMUNITY BEGAN.  I HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE THE START AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING US INTO YOUR HOME AND YOUR WORLD.
AND OF COURSE THANK YOU FOR CHANGING LIVES.  SO MANY, IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.  
OH...AND THANKS FOR THE SUDOKU LESSON THE OTHER DAY.  i DON'T LIKE NUMBERS BUT NOW I MAY TRY ONE ON MY OWN.  
WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE,
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Fiona, Karen and I got back from the blueberry festival a bit ago. Fiona was a big hit. People just gush over her. She was a perfect lady while we ate our blueberry pancakes and very patient while we visited the vendors. Karen had never been out with us before and was very impressed with Fiona's attention to me. When we got back Fiona and I took a nap. I am so fortunate to have her and I love everyone at SDP that made it possible and continue to make it possible for others.
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good one

Saturday, July 22, 2017

july 22 2017
LAINE STARTED HAVING PUPS... VERY LACKADASICAL CONTRACTIONS  BUT SHE HAS HAD 2-- I THINK WE ARE LOOKING AT A C- SECTION...  AS SHE HAS HAD NOTHING IN 4 HOURS.--llatest  6 pups

OTHER LARGE PROBLEM...
 WE WWERE TO HAVE A LARGE GROUP OF ADULTS HERE TO DO A CHARITY STINT.. SO I GOT READY AND BOUGHT A HUGE PILE OF SAND TO PUT IN THE STALLS.. AND I SEE THIS MORNING THAT THEY HAVE CANCELED?????
I MEAN BIG PILE OF SAND...  $600 WORTH... TRACTOIR TRAILER DUMP..
I WAS NOT READY FFOR PLAN "B" ON THAT ONE...

 NOW I AM HALF AWAKE - HAVING BEEN UP  MUCH OF THE NIGHT... SO I AM NOT REALLY INTO CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING.
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Hi Carlene, Wendy and I are doing well! We have been busy this week. When I went surfing Wendy did a great job with the ocean (she doesn't like water) on Tuesday. Next we went hiking Wednesday to the summit of Mount Agamenticus. We wanted to let you know we had the kick off to Team Hunter & Wendy's Totes for Teamwork fundraiser last night. Profits are being split between SDP and Boston Children's Hospital. When they are ready we are hoping we can use SDP as a pickup spot for people around there, and at dogfest. We are hoping people like the bags and support them. We will be in touch! Hunter & Wendy

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Dear Carlene,

Asher and I have just reached the end of our hectic first week together. Asher didn't have a lot of time to adjust to his new home before he was thrown into work with me, but he handled each new experience perfectly. He and I commute on the bus to work in the morning, and he's now a celebrity on our route. We love the opportunity to educate other passengers on service dogs and SDP, and Asher keeps a stash of poker chips in his vest pocket for when we need them! I tell people all about the cameras and chicken bricks whenever I get an opportunity - Asher has improved my life so much already and I want to keep doing my part to help SDP keep up the wonderful work you all do!

I'm so grateful for the time that Megan and Steve spent with us during our training to make sure that we'd be such a perfect team - I had a chance to ask them every question I could think of while I was training, and I have such peace of mind knowing that all the trainers are just a quick text or call away should I have any more. I've been so surprised and delighted every time Asher performs above my expectations for him, whether that's staying still on our 35-minute bus ride to work on some of the bumpiest roads, contentedly snoozing through a long dinner at a nice restaurant while I catch up with friends, behaving so nicely at work that people forget he's in the office, or keeping me balanced during our long walks downtown through noisy construction areas without reacting to the strange and loud noises around us, and I know that's the product of all the work put into him by everyone at SDP. He has proven this week to be just about unflappable, and somehow the trainers knew that that was exactly what I needed. 

Asher has already changed my life in several ways. I get out and do things more now that I'm not by myself in this new town of ours, even if it's just a quiet walk in the evening. I can walk farther with his assistance, and we can take a stroll through the neighborhood without worrying about curbs, steps, and uneven ground. And on those few occasions when I do fall, Asher's right there to give me a wet kiss on the nose and help me back up. I've never known what it feels like to be sure-footed, but I am now with an extra four (huge) legs next to mine!

Thank you and all the other staff and volunteers for all you do. Through Asher you have given me confidence, stability, and also, a best friend. I'm incredibly thankful for such a gift, and I can't wait to see what else Asher and I accomplish together in the coming weeks!


Friday, July 21, 2017

july 21 2017
it is gonna be my kind of a good day....  because sugary sticky  icing keeps appearing on my fingers-- goldie has it stored somewhere and it keeps  coming  back to remind me to eat candy...  ( like i needed reminding??)
well there is an article out that says  reduced eating behaviors  can bring on dementia-- OK>>>> sounds good to me....i can go along with that....  especially with cheese cake in the fridge... i prefer that even to lima beans...  please don't send me any---- you have no idea how difficult it was to eat my way thru the 3 cheesecakes some CP  from tenn left in the fridge-  to make matters worse   one was even nutella..
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today will also be a left headed day... i wear only one hearing aid... knowing  tht at some point i will lose or ruin the ones i am wearing... i usually wear only one-- the right one... --sure enough-- it died and needs to go to  the costco hearing aid hospital.
--- well--------my left ear  is complaining  because it has not been accustomed to  sticking that thing in the ear canal- even tho my right ear has no problem with it... how often does one run into a statement made in your youth that eventually  comes back to haunt you?     my ear situation  is reminiscintant of  trying to teach a horse to paw with one foot..... i have often been critical of a horse's intelligence  becaue if it takes you 17 days to teach a horse to paw with  his right foot, it will take 17 days to teach it to paw with his left..  indicated to me a lack of basic right-left intelligence... and here i am-- i do  not see why my right ear can not tell the left "forget it-- do not play teh itch factor" 
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big challange of the day.... about 18 tons of stone dust is  to be dumped in front of the barn door   with the hopes that the brave souls from  timber land who will be here sat morning to do community service... can schlep it into the stalls-- bucket by bucket... the constant problem is that the stall floor keeps dropping- and right now mo's stall is down about 15 inches--- you can see the problem under the bottom board of teh donkey stalll-  thru the years we hafee  tried all kinds of "how to get the stone dust ibn the stall " puzzles--  this time will be no different..-- we hae a bunch of people coming from  TIMBERLAND ( WHO GAVE US THOSE WONDERFUL BOOTS) ---  so i am thinking the least stressful would be a bucket brigade of not quite full buckets
and then----- I REMEMBERED  all those roller laddery kind of things to move  merchandise around factories...  camera mark gave us 5 sections-- tanner yesterday perfected the slope and amt of stone dust to get along the alleyway of the barn  to be dumped in stalls...  it could work.... it could also turn into a  i love lucy in the candy factory show.     
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i have done this before.... it is documented in janine's book "dogs donkeys and the circus" ( on amazon)   when my kids were young  ?8-10 years old?  we had a horse get into a building and fall thru the floor into a 12 ' round cistern with about 6 inches of water in it... immediately  i had  fire dept, police,  and every neighbor standing around looking at me with a bewildered " what are you going to do now?"   it was nearly 5pm-- the horse was fine-- and by now  the little  4H kid who owned the horse was in the hole with the horse...- i called the local  gravelpit and had them deliver a huge truck of sand..  and a dozen neighbors with buckets scooped and passed buckets to be poured into the hole as the horse circled -by then we had boston news / tv trucks/ lights etc... and by 11 pm he stepped out the last 36 inches... i distinctly remember a very young child asleep on the sand, in the dark... she had been filling buckets and fell sleep while everyone worked around her... 
so it can be done ... hopefully tomorrow..
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bella geoge 
THEY MAY HAVE A CHANCE TO GO SWIMMING. I AM SURE THEY WILL LOVE THAT. BELLA IS STILL PLAYING HER GUITAR AND LOVES LEARNING. THANKS TO OUR FRIEND BRIAN WHO HELPS HER AND GIVES HER DIFFERENT CORDS TO PRACTICE. SHE IS HAVING FUN DOING IT! IT IS GREAT OT! TOMORROW IS THE MIX CARES FOR KIDS RADIOTHON AT BOSTON CHILDRENS HOSPITAL. TEAM BELLA AND GEORGE WILL BE ANSWERING THE PHONE FROM 3-7. WE HAVE EVERY SPOT COVERED FOR THE 2ND YEAR IN A ROW. I'LL TRY TO POST THE NUMBER TOMORROW AND A LINK TO LISTEN! LOVE BELLA AND GEORGE

stacy pixie
WHAT A BUSY PAST 2 DAYS WITH APPOINTMENTS. YESTERDAY WAS TREATMENT DAY AND TODAY WE SPENT THE DAY AT DMV. PIXIE ALWAYS DOES GREAT ON LONG DAYS AND EVEN WHEN THEY ARE OH SO BORING. 
PEOPLE WHERE SO IMPRESSED ON HER BEHAVIOR AT DMV AS WE SAT AND WAIT FOR 3 LONG HOURS. HER BIG BROTHER GOT HIS LICENSE SO SHE WAS SUPER EXCITED TO BE THERE TO SUPPORT HIM ON HIS NEXT JOURNEY.

WE SPENT THE REST OF OUR DAYS JUST HAVING FUN GOING TO DINNER AND AND ENJOYING FAMILY TIME. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

july 20 2017
thank heavens for a  bunch of cut and pastes
 i have a dr apt this morning and will have to do it without my friend bentley... someone must have given him a ham sandwich--- he is producing pancakes-- normally he is very regular 8am-9am  and he is done for most of the day-- i don't know what happens after 2pm--- with his bowels-- or much of anything beyond nap time.
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we have a lot of interns helping out fort the summer--they work-- and learn stuff only work can teach you.
for instance.... last night at mail call.. i had a request to do a suduko puzzle online so people coudl see how it is done... an intern was here and could not contain himself to tell me how to do it, missing the point that the object was to show the camera people how to think about a suduko puzzle--- finishing it was not the goal.. alto i did.... i might not have - i could have screwed it up-- but it would have been an educational screw up. the intern is a bright kid,  but has to learn that the process of learning is more critical than the  completion of some task...  you know the fish bit about teaching a person to fish....
 take  tthe introduction  to the new math --- it  concentrates so much on the method, that no one gets the right answer-- it is simple to understand if you stop everything and  think about---- if we had beeen born with 8 fingers, our system would have evolved in " the base 8" instead of "the base 10"---- just to be different -- for years the british 12 pennies to a shilling   so the whole time i was there i figured money in feet and inches- which worked.  we are used to  "other bases"

schools seem  soooo test oriented... a b c d  with zero understanding of how that answer was detrived.  i think geometry did it for me... 3 points define a plane and pnly one plane.. a dull fact... til you realize you can put a 3 legged tripod or milking   stool on the side of a cliff and it will not wobble. add the 4th leg and you are less than stable.-- much of the  physical world can be defined by a  compass and straight edge-- geometry is something to understand.. not memorize...  having very little memory - even at a young age- i was in my glory.... well it was better than latin-- or history--- or many other courses someone decided i should take.
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well i took them--- and they took up a great deal of my time... i can not think of what  2 years of latin did for me-- it was supposed to help with spelling- and we all know what a farce that is.
i am an advocate  of tech schools-- producing a work force that speaks latin gets us no where- when i think of the things i could have invented if i knew how to weld way back before i had to do anything practical like have a job and raise kids... oh but i can sew and iron a men's white shirt !!
my lessons in latin were complicated by the fact that the highschool teacher often slept during class-- i was much older when i realized the poor man was teaching us what alcoholism was.... after all who doesn't slurrrr  in latin? 
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the place is coming alive...  i am pretty sure there were 2  camera people upstairs  with somehow ajay and jody coming today. one upstairs person's husband is arrivng and they'll   move  to the guest house... making way for dumpsterkitty arriven tomorrow for the  "open bed" upstairs..all guests manage the entire thing... there are washer dryers all over the place-- leave it spotless-- preferably in  even  better shape than you found it  would be a spiral upawrd....    
 this is no spa--- it is  6:42 and all visitors are up drinking coffee -- jobs start at 7am...
people often say .. "you have some deilghtful volunteers at sdp" -- true--- it is self eliminating-- anyone  expecting to sleep late and be lazy  just won't be able to... and they generally leave...
survival of the fittest... inactivity  th e biggest handicapp of all---  i can find jobs for everyone regardless of what their doctors say they have.
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cutting and pasting  for concept only....  i forgot to include names... sorry
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We have been together about five and a half months now. My life has improved so much with her help. I really did need her to pull me out of the nasty hole that depression has put me in because of MS and PTSD. I found that in taking great care of Kaydet, I am also taking care of myself and I cannot imagine what in the world i did before she came into my life. I am forever grateful for everyone at SDP and I will spend the rest of my days supporting this godsend of an organization. My family and close friends will, too.
 We really are in sync. So much that I firmly believe that Kaydet is fluent in English, although she can't talk. Lol! She listens to everything I say, until she decides to be a bratty teenager. You know what I mean? But she's a dog, not a machine. I tell that to people all the time. 

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We are super proud of Hunter & Wendy! Last night was the first time after surfing that Hunter could walk with Wendy! We usually have to carry him, and he's pushing the scale at 65 pounds! He was completely exhausted but made his legs work and Wendy, as always, was up for the challenge! Hunter continues to gain strength because of their partnership!
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MY JOB AS A LAW CLERK FOR A PROVIDENCE LAW FIRM INVOLVES TELECOMMUTING FOR PART OF THE WEEK AND GOING INTO THE OFFICE FOR THE REST. TODAY I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE GOOD TO HAVE A QUIET DAY AT HOME AFTER ASHER'S BUSY WEEKEND OF GETTING SETTLED IN AND TRYING NEW THINGS. HE WAS PERFECTLY CONTENT TO LAY IN HIS COMFY BED NEXT TO ME WHILE I WORKED, ALTHOUGH I THINK HE HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR AND ENJOYED PLAYING WITH HIS SQUEAKY TOY WHILE I WAS ON A FEW CALLS THIS AFTERNOON! IN MY SHORT FEW DAYS OF HAVING A SERVICE DOG, I'VE KEPT IN MIND THAT THESE DANES ARE HAPPIEST IF THEY GET OUT FOR SEVERAL HOURS A DAY. BEFORE BEING MATCHED, MOST OF MY DAYS WORKING AT HOME WOULD BE JUST THAT, AND I OFTEN WOULDN'T LEAVE THE HOUSE. I GET A LOT DONE, BUT I MISS INTERACTING WITH PEOPLE. THIS AFTERNOON I GRABBED MY REQUIRED SUMMER READING FOR MY FIRST YEAR OF LAW SCHOOL, GOT ASHER DRESSED AND WE HEADED TO OUR LIBRARY DOWN THE STREET TO GET SOME READING DONE WHILE DOING SOME POSITIONING AND DOWN-STAY PRACTICE. I WAS GLAD I DID - THE LIBRARIANS LOVED hIM AND ASHER GOT SEVERAL COMPLIMENTS AS USUAL. I THINK IT'S GOOD FOR ME TO NOW HAVE A REASON TO GET OUT FROM BEHIND MY COMPUTER SCREEN! :) JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT SERVICE DOGS DO MORE THAN HELP WITH BALANCE AND MOBILITY - THEY'RE OFTEN A PERFECT SOCIAL CONNECTION!
WE'LL BE HEADED TO BED AT A GOOD TIME TONIGHT AFTER I GET OUR BAGS AND LUNCHES PACKED - IT'S ASHER'S FIRST DAY AT THE OFFICE TOMORROW!
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PHEW I THINK WE ARE RECOVERED FROM ALL THE CRAZINESS! 
SOMEHOW EVE'S SLEEP PATTERN HAS GOTTEN OUT OF WHACK. NOT FALLING ASLEEP, WAKING UP AND NOT BEING ABLE TO GO BACK TO SLEEP, WAKING UP THEN FALLING BACK TO SLEEP EARLY IN THE DAY.... ??? I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON BUT IF YOU SEE MR SANDMAN TELL HIM WE NEED HIM TO HEAD OVER HERE TO STRAIGHTEN THINGS OUT! 
YESTERDAY WE FINALLY GOT THOSE X-RAYS TAKEN OF EVE'S LEGS. I LOOK AT THEM AND THINK 'OH GEEZ, I DON'T KNOW HOW SHE IS WEIGHT BEARING AT ALL!' SO JUST WAITING TO SEE WHAT THE SURGEON THINKS ABOUT THEM.
THANKS FOR CHECKING IN ALL!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

JULY 19 2017
CAKE DAY !!  AND I WAS JUST THINKING I HAD LOST A POUND OR TWO  AND THE DARN CAKE DAY COMES AROND AGAIN.  THE GEORGETOWN FIRE DEPT  HAS BEGUN TO RELY ON CAKE   ON THE 19TH... GEORGETOWN IS CLOSER THAN IPSWICH...WINDY ROADS TOO...  THE TOWN OF IPSWICH IS SO OLD THAT THE ROADS WERE ALL PLANNED BY COWS..

I SAY OLD--- AMERICANS DON'T KNOW WHAT OLD IS-- HERE HOMES IN THE 1700'S ARE  "THE ORIGIONAL"   BUT IN BRITAIN  1700 HOMES ARE STILL COVERED BY  THE ORIGINAL WARENTY--
THINKING OF BRITAIN GETS ME WONDERING WHY THEY PILED ALL THOSE ROCKS UP ON TH E AIR FOR STONEHENGE...-- I KNOW FROM GOING TO UNIVERSITY IN EDINBURGH  , TH E KIDS THERE HAVE A TERRIFICALLY CREATIVE SENSE OF HUMOR.. I WENT TO COLBY IN MAINE WERE AN AMUSING WEEKEND WAS HOW DRUNK ANYONE GOT- AND THE AMUSEMENT WAS HOW TO GET THEM IN PAST THE HOUSE MOTHER WITHOUT HER NOTICING.  SEEING AS ALL HOUSE MOTHERS WERE HIRED BECAUSE THEY HAD SIGNIFICANT HEARING IMPAIRMENTS IT WAS NEVER DIFFICULT-  NOR WAS IT PARTICULARLY AMUSING TO ME-- I WAS NOT A TEA TOTLER
BUT DRINKING WAS NOT A FASCINATION EITHER... IN SCOTLAND  SOMEONE ANNOUNCED A  FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY-- TO GET THERE YOU TOOK THE LAST BUS OUT OF EDINBURGH INTO THE PENTICOOK HILLS AND THE PARTY WAS ON TOP OF SOME HEATHER COVERED HILL OF SIGNIFICANT SIZE WITHOUT A BUILDING FOR MILES AROUND-- YOU CAREFULLY CARRIED A PEBBLE FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP  AND ADDED TO A   PILE ?CARIN?  AS WAS THE CUSTOM -- THEN YOU SAT AROUND AND ARGUED ABOUT ANGELS ON THE HEAD OF A PIN  OR SOME OTHER EARTH SHATTERING CONCEPT.   NO SMOKING.. NO DRINKING... NO ONE HAD CARS  YOU WALKED.. AND TALKED..AND AMUSED EACH OTHER WITH IDEAS... EXACTLY  THE ATMOSPHERE OF HOW HARRY POTTER CAME ABOUT-- HOW PICTURES ON THE WALL WATCHED YOU... GOING BY...

HOW ODD A CONEPT NOW---
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IT SEEMS NORMAL THAT BRITAIN WOULD HAVE THE MOST CROP CIRCLES --  BUT THERE IS AN ALARMING  CONCEPT.....
IF YOU LOOK OVER THE CIRCLES IN BRITAIN-- THEY ARE VERY INTRICATE  AND PERFECT... IF YOU GOOGLE CROP CIRCLES NEBRASKA, YOU CAN SEE A CIRCLE THAT IS NOT QUITE ROUND--- AND HAS  A PATH  ONTO AND OFF OF... WHY CAN BRITAIN  DO THINGS SO PERFECTLY- AND THE CORRESPONDING THING IN THE STATES COMES OFF AS "SLAPDASH"-- THIS OF COURSE IN NO WAY PERTAINS TO HEALTH CARE...
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SLEEPING PILLS-- I HAVE DETERMINED THAT 1/2 CUP OF BEEF STROGONOFF WILL CAUSE 4 HOURS PERFECT SLEEP FROM 1 TO 5 AM   --- I NEVER SLEEP THAT LATE... !!
  I REMEMBER.....  MY HUSBAND COUOLD "SET THE ALARM"  FOR AN EARLY MORNING FLIGHT SOMEWERE BY THE AMT OF WATER HE DRANK AT BEDTIME.   CRAZY BUT IT NEVER FAILED. 
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ALONG WITH OTHER PERSONAL MATTERS, I HAVE ELIMINATED ONE BIT OF PLASTIC IN MY LIFE...  THE LAUNDRY BASKET--- SINCE  IH AVE A WASHER AND DRYER IN "MY  ONE ROOM WITH A BATH AREA"-- AND I BASICALLY WEAR THE SAME  UNIFORM DAILY- I LEAVE THE WASHER OPEN FOR COLLECTION AND DRESS IN FRONT OF THE  DRYER.
IT WORKS.  THE FACT THAT I HAVE 3 IDENTICAL SUN PROOF SHIRTS IN TEAL.. MAY CONFUSE YOU ALL ON CAMERA... BUT I OWN 3 IDENTICAL-- CAUSED BY 3 DIFFERENT PURCHASES AND NO SHORT TERM MEMORY... AT LEAST I AM CONSISTANT.  I CHOSE THE SAME THING 3 TIMES.
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I HAVE HAD A REQUEST TO DO A SUDUKO....  LIVE.... AT MAIL CALL--THAT  COULD BE INTERESTING.. SO MAYBE TONIGHT I CAN GET OUT THE "BOARD" -- IT WILL BE PRETTY FUNNY IF I GET STUCK... IN WHICH CASE IT MAY TAKE ME  A FEW MINUES/HOURS LONGER...
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PIXIE REALLY ENJOYED THE MOVIE TODAY. WE WENT TO SEE DESPICABLE ME 3, MOM SAID I CAN'T WATCH ANY FRESH MOVIES CAUSE I HAVE TO KEEP MY INNOCENCE. WE SWITCHED UP OUR DAY. IT WAS HER 1ST TIME AT THE MOVIES AND SHE DID ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I WAS SO PROUD OF HER. SHE WALKED BY THE POPCORN ON THE FLOOR LOOKED AT IT AND KNEW IT WAS NOT A TREAT FOR HER. SHE SAT UP AT ONE POINT IN THE MOVIE TO WATCH IT LOL SHE JUST SAT LIKE A GOOD GIRL AND WATCHED IT FOR 5 MINUTES AND LAID BACK DOWN AND SNOOZED AWAY. THE LOUD NOISE DIDN'T EVEN PHASE HER EITHER. SHE NEVER SEEMS TO AMAZE ME WITH NEW THINGS. 
WE CAME HOME AND DID OUR ANNUALLY DAILY NIGHT TIME ZOOMIES AND PLAYED TILL PIXIE JUST COULD RUN ANYMORE. MY GIRL IS OFFICIALLY POOPED OUT TODAY AND RESTING UP FOR HER BUSY DAY TOMORROW. 

HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL NIGHT. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

july 18 2017
i think i have figured out why women newscasters earn 78% of what their male counterparts earn...thier vision in one eye  is 22% blocked by one drape of thier hair.    it reminds me of the blinders one has on a horse bridle to impair their vision to the rear..
i watch  'em---  and being somewhat bored by the repetative news, my mind wanders to the hair....   the head tipping and   the aaaahhhhh's -many of the regulars have a tipped head.. while the regulars do not aaaahhhhh, most of the invited guests do ... unless they are lawyers.  i figure  they breed the aaahhhh's out of lawyers -  it indicates a split second when you are thinking of the next word.. where lawyers often have the last word already in mind.

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fyi--  when you change teh battery  in a hearing aid, , it makes a cheerful twiddle of  of about 10 notes to tell you it is fine.
well the twiddle is gone in mine........either someting is wrong with my hearing aid- or i have gone totally deaf on one ear.
how's that for pathetic education for the day...
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education....  the 2 T's  ( tanner and tom) are volunteering for the summer-- and will have  a new approach to thinking by pure osmosis.. i found it was easier to have either of them climb the ladders to put up some boards for the "new" - remodled- shed.
these boards will have to hold up the roof- which will be very light.... corregated polysomething instead of shingles- which are heavy... because the boards will be up-holders.... they need too be level so they can easily support whatever comes next...
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i met a delightful man in the hardware store... men in hardware stores  are usually tough minded who insist on exact termonology and delight  in telling me i don't know what  i am doing becaise i never paid attento  to why nails are rated in pennies ----  nails are labeled by the pennyweight - which is a unit of weight equivalent to the weight of one British penny.  so the 16 penny nail  is labeled 16d---  where the-- " d  " --came from i do not know--- but ... i do know at least the term.  next thing i do not know... among many... is whether a 12 d is bigger or smaller than a 16 d-- one of those  binary decisions i alway s have troulble with.-- so when i say  to some hardware  "guy"-- " i need a fatter nail"  what i don't need is for him to say "well do you want a 16penny or 12 penny"  - fatter being a more generic description requiring no secret society knowledge about-  p's and  d's -- this nice guy fi\gured out exactly what i was trying to do and found the necessary pieces---i thanked him for tending to "the old lady" bit and he quipped  "old? you are my age...i couldn't stand to be retired either" -- and he knew how old i was !!!
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so back to the 16d/12d  there are other problems  i googled.. and will never remember... because...  as teh  nail size goes up  12 to 16,  the guage size goes down   9 to 8 and the shank diameter goes up .148 to .165 and legnth  up...3.25 to 3.5

that is nails-- i know i don't allow roofing nails on the  farm if i can help it  because they are short with big heads ( napoleonic  type?) and can land pointe up and go right into a sneaker or dog's foot.
better no say what i was thinking....
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 chain link  9guage bigger than 12 guage  i know the light weight chain link  will not hold a great dane - they can push thru it-- and  a 55 gal  garbage bag of 6 mils will probably  not break
go figure
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moving on.....


THESE DOGS AMAZE ME WITH THE OUTSTANDING TRAINING THEY RECEIVE AT THE SDP. TODAY KRINGLE AND I WENT TO OUR FAVORITE LOCAL MEAT SHOP TO PREPARE FOR A PICNIC TOMORROW. WITH THE ENTICING SMELLS KRINGLE IS JUST AN ANGEL AND JUST DOES HER JOB TO HELP ME WALK. IF I WERE A DOG THIS WOULD BE THE PLACE TO MISBEHAVE BECAUSE THE BOUNTY IS ENDLESS! ALL THE BUTCHERS COME OUT TO SEE KRINGLE WHEN WE VISIT BECAUSE SHE IS SUCH A GOOD GIRL!

Monday, July 17, 2017

JULY 17 2017
IF I LIVED IN A ONE ROOM CABIN IN THE MIDDLE OF NEW YORK CITY,  AND I HUNG THE  ORIGIONAL MONA LISA BY THE DOOR, WHEN PEOPLE STOPPED BY FOR A CUPPA TEA, THEY WOULD ALL NOTICE MONA  HANGING THERE.   THIS IS THE KIND OF THING  I HEAR ABOUT ALL THE TIME W/R/T SERVICE DOGS...  IF YOU HAVE A SIGNIFICANT MOBILITY PROBLEM , YOU'S IS  OFTEN CONFUSED WITH THE MOBILITY PROBLEM SUFFERED BY  THE TOWN'S   TIPSY DRUNK....  HAVING A SERVICE DOG BECOMES  THE "MONA"  THAT PEOPLE WILL NOTICE....AND IDENTIFY  YOU AS  A REGULAR PERSON  (PROBABLY ) NOT DRUNK-- I SHOULD SAY HOPEFULLY  NOT DRUNK...  SO ALONG WITH SOLVING MOBILITY PROBLEMS  OUR SERVICE DOG  PROVIDES YOU WITH A DIVERSION- SO THAT PEOPLE WILL  INTERACT WITH YOU ON  A MORE "NORMAL" BASIS.  " WHAT A  GREAT LOOKING DOG"  AS OPPOSED TO AVOIDING EYE CONTACTT ETC...
I DON'T KONW HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE SAT IN A WHEELCHAIR--  ON OCASSION , I HAVE HAD THAT  EXPERIENCE..  WHEN YOU SIT, YOU BECOME A NON ENTITY-- PEOPLE TALK OVER YOUR HEAD--  MY KIDS PUSHED ME ALL OVER LAS VEGAS ONE MORNING AS THEY JOGGED...AND I REMEMBER AT ONE POINT I SAID  "HEY , I CAN TALK TOO"  AS I OBJECTED TO PEOPLE TOTALLY IGNORING MY EXISTANCE..

LONG AGO-  WE HAD AN APPOINT MENT TO TALK WITH A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ABOUT KIDS WITH MOBILITY PROBLEMS- AND  THERE WAS ONE ASSISTANT FOR A KID IN A CHAIR WHO CAME TO THE MEETING AND LEFT THE KID IN THE   HALL... SHOCKED ME-- AND I WOULD HAVE CANNED HER QUICKLY.. BECAUSE IT ILLUSTRATED TOO OFTEN PEOPLE IN CHAIRS ARE AN AFTER THOUGHT.  NOT ALWAYS... BUT ... WATCH FOR IT !!
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WE HAVE EGGS-- WE HAVE SO MANY EGGS THAT I HOPE GRACE HEEPS THEM ROTATED  SO THEY DON'T BECOME S OLD AS THE ONES YOU GET IN THE SUPERMARKET... FROM THE NAT'L EGG BOARD-- EGGS OVER 2 WEEKS OLD PEAL BETTER...   I HAVE SINCE HEARD ALL KINDS OF WAYS TO PEAL A FRESH EGG.. BUT HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO VERIFY THE OTHER PROCESS... FOR ME TO BELIEVE IT   I  NEED TO HAVE SOMEONE TAKE AN EGG OUT OF THE HEN HOUSE AND COOK IT HOWEVER, THEN PEAL IT IN FRONT OF ME. OTHERWISE THERE ARE TOO MANY VARIABLES.
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ANNE--( A VALUABLE EXTERNAL MEMORY DEVICE) SAID SHE WOULD BE ALONG TODAY-- WE HAVE THINGS TO DO...
INTERN LAURA  SEEMS TO HAVE THAT SAME TYPE HEAD THAT REMEMBERS THINGS...
I WONDER WHAT IT IS LIKE TO HAVE "TOTAL RECALL  OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY"  THAT MUST BE DREADFUL
LUCKILY I CERTAINLY DON'T HAVE THAT PROBLEM.

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ASHER AND I ARE SO EXCITED TO BE HOME IN BRISTOL, RI AND WE'RE STARTING TO GET SETTLED IN. IT'S A LITTLE INTIMIDATING TO BE AWAY FROM CRAZY ACRES AND OUR WONDERFUL TRAINERS AND FRIENDS, BUT ASHER CONTINUES TO BE ON HIS BEST BEHAVIOR AT HOME FOR ME AND TAKES ON NEW CHALLENGES LIKE THE SUPERSTAR HE IS. OUR FIRST DAY OUT AND ABOUT WAS YESTERDAY, JULY 15. IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT ASHER GET USED TO THE RHODE ISLAND BUS SYSTEM AS THAT'S MY MAIN MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION, AND HE HAD NO PROBLEMS. HE GOT MANY COMPLIMENTS AND QUESTIONS FROM FELLOW PASSENGERS, BUT NO PETTING WHILE HE WAS WORKING! OUR DESTINATION WAS PROVIDENCE, WHERE I WORK AND WHERE WE'LL BE GOING A FEW DAYS A WEEK UNTIL SCHOOL STARTS. HE SEEMED TO ENJOY WALKING AROUND THE CITY, TAKING A LOOK AT THE HAPPENINGS BUT ALWAYS STAYING FOCUSED ON ME.
WE STOPPED AT KNEAD DOUGHNUTS FOR SOME BREAKFAST, A SHOP I WOULD INDULGE IN REGULARLY BEFORE BEING PAIRED WITH ASHER. WE WERE WELCOMED THERE AND ASHER WAS A CELEBRITY, POSING FOR PICTURES AND BEING A GREAT AMBASSADOR FOR SERVICE DOG PROJECT. OUR FRIENDS AT KNEAD WERE EVEN KIND ENOUGH TO SEND US OFF WITH SOME SURPRISE DOG-FRIENDLY DOUGHNUTS FOR ASHER, WHICH HE LOVED WHEN WE RETURNED HOME THAT AFTERNOON.
ASHER AND I ROAMED AROUND BRISTOL IN THE COMFORTABLE 69-DEGREE WEATHER, RELAXED AT HOME, AND WENT TO WALMART YESTERDAY AFTERNOON FOR SOME TREATS (ALTHOUGH IT SEEMS HE PREFERS HIS FRESH-BAKED DOUGHNUTS OVER THE STORE-BOUGHT MILK BONE VARIETY... WE HAVE SIMILAR TASTES IN THAT REGARD, I SUPPOSE) AND A NEW TOY. HE GOT LOTS OF STARES AND SEVERAL PEOPLE WANTED TO PET HIM, BUT I POLITELY EXPLAINED THAT WHEN HIS VEST IS ON, HE NEEDS TO FOCUS ON WORKING.
THIS MORNING WE HAD A GREAT TIME IN A LOCAL PARK WHERE WE HAD A GREAT PHOTO SHOOT FROM A FRIEND, AND WE CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE HER BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY OF ASHER AND I! IT'S A HOT ONE TODAY, SO ASHER AND I ARE CONTENT TO RELAX THE REST OF THE DAY IN OUR COOL APARTMENT. I CAN'T WAIT TO START THIS NEXT WEEK WITH ASHER RIGHT NEXT TO ME!

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I AM VERY PROTECTIVE OF OUR "POPULATION" AND WOULD NOT GIVE OUT EMAILS-   SO I PASS ON THIS,, HERE.
I HAVE HAD SEVERAL REQUESTS FROM THIS PERSON  WHO I   LOOKING FOR STATISTICS.... BOTH FROM PET-- AND SERVICE DOG OWNERS.
I TOOK IT-- IT IS PAINLESS
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

july 16 2017
selective breeding....  CP louise offered us  some tennis balls-----  -- wellll... i could use a few---and i bet alot of you are thinking dog -chase-retrieve... wrong... these are danes-- i am told they were bred to hunt wild boar in germany.... all well and good  but that breeding certainly trained tehm to chase things--- away- --- These ancient farmers certainly didn't want their danes to bring any live -- or dead  boar  back to the farm...  so that retrieve instinct was 100% bred out of them.. to the point that if you throw a tennis ball for this bunch... they may run and put thier foot on it-study it - for further movement.. then proudly run back to you   minus eh ball- with a "there-- i got it stopped" look on their face.
they are bright enough-- but to teach them to retrieve would probably take 6 months of concentrated effort-- even that-- you are liable to get an opinion thrown in so teh relilability facter is shot to heii .

i remember.... i was speaking to an akc group long ago about danes in service-- and the topic of retrieving came up-- i had thumper on stage with me-- and he knew how to pick stuff up for me... when the crowd asked about rretreiving i explained it was not thier natural thing to do. but they could be taught...  to demonstrate  i dropped my wallet and asked thimp to get it for me...  he stood up very nicely and walked to the wallet and  got it to me.. no problem..  someone int he back said "i didn't see him do that, coul d you do it agaian?"  not thinking, i dropped it again and again asked him to get it for me..   he looked me straight in the eye and clearly said " i ain't no trick pup- get it yourself"  and he didn't move.

bailey loved the basket routine because she understood modern media and knew she had an audience AND COULD  AD-LIB   - i am gettong no where with sizzle or mindy... i can't say as i have tried too hard.... yet...  maybe soon???  if i ever finish paperwork during  the time i am awake and alert----  which apparetnly by latest study is the time after which i have had nothing to eat in the previous 4 hours.-----last night's midnight snack of spagetti and i was out til 4am---

so back to the tennis balls... i asked her to send me a few- because i do use them in a big monkey fist... now before you get excited about those big  4-8" monkey fists.......  the cost is horrendous---  the biggest i made involved 1" rope  - and about 25 feet of it-- that 1" rope  -- three strand-- white rope varies from $3.15  to $1.85 cents per foot-- so to make one of those is somewhere between $45 and $80  for the materials- i think i gave that one to someone who gave is a  really big check.....
 so for $10,000 i would happily make another---   in the meantime   the profit margin is far better on the 1" zipper pull type-- where snap, cord and marble is about  $1.30... and  sending  $10 gets you 2  monkey fists plus a chicken brick ( if you send me a padded envelope too)--

thus illustrating my fathers philosophy  in his second life he wanted to invent a better fly swatter and make a penny each  instead of  huge tractor trailers where the materials needed to be sent around by freight. i wish he had made a penny on each of the trailers i now see with his patent-- the right triangle in the back to swing down into a loading ramp. you all have heard that before?
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mother and baby donkey left yesterday in a brand new trailer--  loaded by grace picking up the baby and carrying it onto the trailer...  mommy went right on...  while mo walked aroind the rig several times investigating...  more than i would have expected.. i wondered, again, if she had been worked in a team and  was wondering where  her partner was...  when she first got here  she spent alot of time standing at the gate instead of grazing..  she seems  relaxed now... until she was fascinated by that trailer...
who knows???
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i also wonder if i could find a used "work harness"   might be fun to drive her to a few buggies we have-- i certainl wouldn 
t want her to have any flashbacks to how those scars got on her neck... like pulling  hard...   i think she would quickly get over any ptsd in short order when she found out  the fuel for this operation is carrots  not whips.
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IN CLEANING THE ARENA  WE DID LOCATE THE PARTS TO MY   "HALF FAST FIRE DEPARTMENT" WHICH WE USED IN MANY PARADES... IT IS A VERY LONG LADDER WITH WHEEL CHARI  WHEELS AND A TRACTOR SEAT AT ONE  END PULLED BY A "JOG CART"  WHICH MARY USED TO PULL    A STUFFED BEAR WENT IN THE TILLER SEAT AND A DANE IN THE JOG CART WITH SOMEONE WALKING IN FRONT WITH CARROTS, IT WAS VERY POPULAR..--- WHILE ]DEMONATRATING THE RELIABILITY OF DONKEYS VS HORSES... YOU COULD NEVER DO THAT WITH A HORSE... 
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WE DID ALOT OF PARADES... THEY PAID VERY WELL... I PUT  MY DAUGHTERS THRU COLLEGE WITH THE BUNCH OF DONKEYS-- WELL A GOOD PART OF THIER COLLEGE...
"THE BED' WAS PART OF THAT SCENERIO TOO...
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Dear Carlene and all at SDP, Just a couple more weeks until our first visit back to the farm! We can't wait! Living in a small town Wrinkle has become very popular, my mom went through the bank's drive thru and said to the lady "I'm sure you know my son, Steve," the lady says "Wrinkle's dad?" Every time we go into Walmart the one greeter stops me just to say how she is always impressed by Wrinkle's great manners. So our little girl is quite a rock star! She is my constant companion and I can't imagine how I ever got around before her. Even on bad days when I'm not doing too well she'll *boop* me with her nose and give me those soulful eyes, telling me it'll all be ok. My doctors have all mentioned that I'm walking straighter and actually picking up my feet more, that's all because of HER. I feel more confident to go out because I'm not alone. My family is so happy because before I know how much they were worried, but with Wrinkle by my side they breathe easier. I want you all to know the good you've done doesn't just affect the recipient, but also everyone who cares about that person. Like the rings of a stone hitting a pool of water, your actions of kindness and generosity affect so many more than just the one who received this life giving gift! We can't wait to see you ALL! All our best, Wrinkle and Steve

Saturday, July 15, 2017

july 15 2017
SOMNIA IS  A  GREAT CURE FOR INSOMNIA--  AND THE SLEEPING PILL WAS MORE "SUPPER" AT 1:00 AM...--- SO NOW.....  FLEXIBILITY IS THE KEYNOTE TO IMPERTURBABILITY....IF MY MEAL AT 1AM PUTS ME TO SLEEP, MAYBE I SHOULD  NOT HAVE THE NOON LUNCH WHICH ALSO PUTS ME INTO NAP MODE...
YOU KNOW I AM UNHAPPY ABOUT THE 24 HOUR DAY... I WOULD E MUCH BETTER WITH 20 HOURS, BUT I HAVE NOT  YET FIGURED OUT HOW TO FIX THAT 4 HOUR PROBLEM..
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BUD ORDERED SOME MIGHTY MULE PARTS  WHICH CAUSED ME TO THINK.... MAYBE..... THEY WOULD BE INTERESTED IN OUR MULE WITH THIER GATES... SO I WROT THIS,, ,INSTEAD OF  GETTOING TO THE DD..

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would it be possible to add  some remotes to the order #90000... 6 would be a good  number.. unless they come by the dozen - then  12 would be good.

the mighty mule gate openers are one of  Service Dog Project’s  most valuable... and reliable pieces of equipment.

just in case you would need a chuckle of the day.... we have one online  camera showing your gate 24/7 thanks to explore.org  
 when the  gate is shut it means our “lawn  ornament”(OUR RESCUED PET 1800 POUND MULE... “MO” ) is loose- cutting the lawn- 
and it prevents her from coming up to the house to beg for carrots.  

the view shows the driveway and a PUPPY PEN with streamers to keep hawks away from our young  great dane puppies.
 we have about 60 danes on the property- all clean, fed,exercised and cared - which can be seen LIVE  on the 6 cameras from explore.org 
birth of new pups in about 10 days will be live too.
this gate works constantly as our 3 trainers take the young danes out into the community individually  for service dog training on  an hourly rotation as they change dogs.

WE LOVE OUR MIGHTY MULES- GATE AND  REAL LIFE-  
IF YOU WOULD GET ANY “MILES”  OUT OF OUR STORY  YOU HAVE MY  PERMISSION TO USE IT...

WE COULD EVEN SET UP SOME PHOTO OP PRO BONO. 
 WE HAVE  30 YEARS OF ANIMALS IN  MOVIES/ADS BEFORE SERVICE DOGS...
AND WE HAVE NEW PUPPIES EVERY 2 MONTHS OR SO
NONE FOR SALE..... (ALL TO BE DONATED TO WAR INJURED/PARKINSON/MS PATIENTS)

our mule was rescued by the equine rescue network from the slaughter pens in penna-- she was worked hard in harness,  
, but now her work is educating and entertaining people  hardly ever with any strap on her.

WWW.SERVICEDOGPROJECT.ORG   CLICK ON  “WATCH US” FOR LIVE CAMS 
 CLICK   “DAILY DOGGIE” FOR FARM NEWS. AND  DELETABLE JUNQUE...
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george and finn reports.
From Bella's Mom:
Today was a busy day! Woke up early to our pals coming to spend the day with us. We went bowling with a group because it was cool and cloudy. Then we hung out at Lynnfield Marketplace and meet up with a few friends. The kids all had such a blast playing. Seeing Bella off playing is amazing. Even walking off on her own to play with the kids while George stayed next to me. 2 years ago she wouldn't have done that. Such huge improvements.  Then when our little pals left we went for dinner and met up with more friends. It was a perfect Friday that's for sure. Now off to sleep. Love Bella and George πŸ‘§πŸΌπŸΆ
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WE JUST GOT OUR POWER BACK ON!! HOORAY!!!
TODAY WE CLEANED OUT OUR FRIDGE SINCE ALL WAS A LOSS THEN WE DECIDED TO GO FOR LUNCH AND A WALK IN LAKE GENEVA WHILE WE WAITED FOR POWER! POWER WAS STILL OUT WHEN WE GOT HOME SO I TOOK GRANDMA TO RUN SOME ERRANDS WHILE DAD AND EVE HAD A BONFIRE AND PLAYED OUTSIDE! WHILE IN LG WE GOT FINN AND THE NUGGETS SOME NEW TREATS THAT THEY LOVE! FINN WAS PERFECT AT LUNCH AND ONCE AGAIN GAVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRAG ABOUT SDP AND ALL FINN HAS DONE FOR EVE! OF COURSE THEY WERE ALL IMPRESSED! 
BY THE WAY FINN BEHAVED AMAZINGLY PERFECT IN THE PET STORE EVEN WITH ALL THE GOODIES AND SQUEAKY TOYS. HE LITERALLY REFUSED ANYTHING IN THE STORE EVE TRIED TO SHOW HIM SQUEAKERS AND ALL!!!! SHE WANTED HIM TO PICK!! I HAD TO PUT A STOP TO THAT THOUGH BECAUSE IT'S ENCOURAGING THE EXACT OPPOSITE HE WAS TRAINED FOR! THIS DOG AND HIS TRAINING CONTINUES TO ASTONISH ME! WHEN WE GOT HOME HOWEVER HE DUG RIGHT IN THE TREAT EVE EVENTUALLY SETTLED ON. WE WERE ALSO SURE TO TREAT HIM AS SOON AS WE LEFT THE STORE FOR HIS OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE!
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 i await erica's landing--
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 and we--SDP--- are  to go be PEASE GREETERS this morning  11:00 a flight is scheduled...... as planes with military people land for   refueling the people  either coming or going....have 2 hours to sit around pease... so dogs help entertain...  joyce, peggy ( adams )  and  i   will go..

Friday, July 14, 2017

JULY 14 2017
BLESSED BE THE NEW DISHWASHER-- WHICH IS WASHING THE DOG FOOD CONTAINERS WHICH ARE MORPHING INTO    HUMAN DIET CONTROL DEVICES..NOW IF ANYONE NEEDS A SNACK  WE HAVE  "THE WEEK IN REVIEW" FOR A MENU... ALL DATED...  I THINK WE SHOULD   CONTINUE WASH THEM AND OFFER PACKETS OF TEHM AT DOG FEST--  FROM NAILS AND SCREWS TO  LASAGNA, AND  INDIAN FOOD ( WHICH ARE ON THE CURRENT  MENU.)
I FEEL MUCH BETTER ABOUT THEM  NOW THAT WE HAVE A PROPER DISHWASHEER-- WHICH  IS HARDLY EVER FULL---SO WE HAVE NO EXCUSE.. GOT TO FIGURE HOW TO STORE THEM IN NESTED FASHION-- THEY MUST B E 100% DRY.
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 NOT MUCH AROUND HERE IS 100% DRY-- THE PUDDLES DEEPEN IN PLACES WHERE THE PROCESS IS MAGNIFIED BY NOT ONLY THE USUAL  POINTY HORSE/DONKEY HOOVES,   BUT GOLF CART TIRES. CAN WE MANYFACTURE  TOP SOIL BIG TIME..  BLESS MO... I WATCHED HER WANDER OVER TO  WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A MANURE PILE..  TURN AROUND AND STAND THERE VERY THOUGHTFULLY WHILE DEPPOSITING IT WHERE IT SHOULD GO.  DONKEYS A ND MULES ARE MUCH TIDYIER THAN HORSES....
WHILE ON THAT TOPIC.... I REALLY MUST REFORM THE MANURE PILE-- WE ARE THROWING OUT FAR TOO MUCH PPERFECTLY CLEAN BEDDING CONTAINING SHAVINGS MIXED WITH HAY-- BOTH EXPENSIVE TO BUY..-- I DID BUY A :BASKET AND PROPER FORK... WE SHOULD GET ANYONE GOING BY THAT STALL,  IF THERE IS A PILE... PICK IT OUT IN THE SMALL BASKET  AND LEAVE THE SHAVINGS AND HAY BEHIND... THOSE NARROW TINED PITCHFORKS ARE SHAPED TO PICK TEH PUCKIES -- AND LEAVE THE REST...  FOR CITY FOLK-- HORSE PUCKIES ARE NOT AS ODIFOROUS NOR DO THEY HAVE EH CONSISTANCY OF DOGGIE DOOO.-- PROPERLY HANDLED IT HAS VALUE.

WE NEED TO SEVERELY  MODIFY OUR DONKEY DEPARTMENT....
PLANS--- NEXT COMPANY TO OFFER COMMUNITY SERVICE-- WILL  I HOPE BE A HEARTY GROUP---
W/R/T THE MANURE MANAGEMETN PROBLEMES... THE LEVEL OF THE STALLS IS GOING DOWN.. SO THT WHEN YOU STEP INTO MO'S STALL , THE DROP IS 14 FEET- WELL, I T SEEMS LIKE THAT.... -----I CAN GET STONE DUST DUMPED AT THE BARN DOOR-- AND  WIH ALL MY WHILE 5 GALLON PASTRY BUCKETS, WE COULD HAVE A CHAIN GANG..  EVEN IF I TRACTOR IT  TO THE FRONT  OF THE STALLS, IT STILL WON'T MKD A RIGHT TURN INTO THE STALLS BY ITSELF..
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ALSO
SOMEONE AROUND HERE MUST BE IN THE  MOSQUITO BREEDING BUSINESS  AND  IS A COMPULSIVE BUCKET TURNER- UPPER--   AFTER CAREFULLY SETTING MY COLLECTION OF WHITE PASTRY ICING BUCKETS  CLEAN AND STORED  UPSIDE DOWN IN A PYRAMID SOMEBODY CAREFULLY "NESTS" THEM OPEN SIDE UP-- FOR THE 3TH TIME...  I FINALLY GAVE UP AN DJUST LEFT THEM ALL SIDEWAYS IN THE RAIN... AFTER PEALING THEM APART WITH DIFICULTY.
.  SAME PERSON WAS USING TEH DOG FOOD DISHES AS CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS HANGING IN LOOPS OFF THE G- TENT--  BEING JULY--- AND BEING FULL OF GREEN SLIMEY RAIN WATER,  TANNER TOOK THEM DOWN YESTERDAY.
PROGRESS IS BEING MADE
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 UNHAPPILY  MOVING INTO THE TECH FIELD...AGAIN.... IT IS  ABOUT MY TV...  I PUSH THE O/I BUTTON TO HAVE IT DO WHATEVER IT WASN'T DOING BEFORE-  DARN THING  LIGHTS UP WITH  "SMART TV"   WHICH I FIND DISTRESSING BECAUSE I CAN ONLY WATCH  CNN OR THE MYTHBUSTERS  (CH 100 OR 122)- I HAVE SEEN SO MUCH OF BOTH THOSE CHANNELS IT SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE BOTH ONLY RERUNS.-- I WOULD MUCH RATHER WATCH THE DONKEY  CAMERA---  IF IT IS SOOOOO SMART..

. SO I GOOGLED  HOW TO WATCH SMART TV?  SO HELP ME I GOT  
Kako povezati telefon i smart TV i gledati video klipove na televizoru. [prevod]  WITH PICTURES OF SLICED LEMONS , RASPBERRIES AND A DISH OF MOZZERELLA BALLS AND TOMATOES.
THIS PRECISELY  IDENTIFIES  THE PROBLEM..  I WAS A PROGRAMMER IN ONE OF MY PREVIOUS LIVES.. AND I "SPOKE" SEVERAL LANGUAGES WHICH INVOLVED LETTERS, NUMBERS, AND  PUNCTUATION- I DO NOT HAVE A CLUE ABOUT WHAT TO DO  TO THAT BOWL OF MOZZERELLA BALLS TO MAKE MY SMART TV LET ME WATCH  THE EXPLORE CAMERAS-- 
I MUST HAVE  COURAGE AND PLAN TO  SPEND THE SUMMER  LEARNING  WHATEVER MY SMART TV KNOWS , THAT I OBVIOUSLY DON'T.....
MAYBE IT IS GOLDIE WHO IS TRYING TO GET ME TO FIGURE OUT  MORE USES FOR THE DOG FOOD CONTAINERS BY SUGGESTING I PUT MOZZERELLA BALLS IN THEM.
THE #$%^&* TV'S CAPABILITIES FAR EXCEED MINE.
JUST LIKE MY CAR.... AND  WHAT I THOUGHT WAS A RADIO  UNTIL IT STARTED TELLING ME WHERE TO GO.   IT IS A 2014-- AND I AM VERY PROUD TO SAY I CAN RELIABLY TURN ON THE WINDSCREEN
 WIPERS... AND .... VARY THE SPEED !!
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FINN---
We are still without power (we are expecting it to be restored tomorrow) but we were able to get to the last day of dance camp today. So that was fun and then my husbands company picnic! Finn was off leash and no vest because Eve wanted to share him since she wasn't going to be walking much. We don't do it often but allowed it today. He did amazing but she didn't let him wander too far either At one point he walked over to get some attention from a couple standing nearby and his eyes were off her as she went into the bounce house (she asked me to be on duty) he turned around and when he couldn't see her immediately he went into search mode! It didn't take long before he had eyes on her once again!
I love this dog and I just love how much he loves his girl!!

Thanks for checking in! Have a great night!