Saturday, July 21, 2018

july 21 2018
how can i describe the problems  with which i have to deal?--perfect example this morning...while opening teh front door, i  finally discovered why i have not had much success in  producing right angles in the stuff i have built around here... 

opening and shutting the front door has always been a 2 step process-- for maybe a year.. maybe 2.....   in the next house i build, i will put in 48 inch doors.  from sofas to refrigerators to pizza boxes... or many bags of groceries  have been a problem...  from the  long bench prohibiting one  from opening it  fully   to the  4 danes rushing to greet everyone -- to teh table with teh time clock, that particular passing has been difficult.   teh process of going thru  the door is about all i can deal with- as my mind is elsewhere-- analyzing why the opening of a door  is such a challange was never high on my list--

behind any door there is a small space which is not wasted around  here-- tall thin thngs live there-- umbrellas.. walking sticks, canes ( many), plus i found today that my  lost  "T" square, placed sideways resided there. i have been looking for that for a long time.-- it may not be necessary in construction, but it helps.-- i mean if you nail up a board and keep it level with a short piece of siphon hose, then drop a string with a weight on the bottom , you will have pretty close to a right angle,  a piece of paper  is good for small right angles-- and laying out buildings ( like teh g tent-) teh 3 4 5  triangle and  equal diagionals will be close enough for govt' work...
 and kids can't see why they need to study geometry--  that is because they don't know about things like hammers and nails anymore.. just poking  finger s at keyboards...
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 that is another problem - i have either a defective index finger or mouse ---a simple click on the little box has become difficult this morning...
now that i have solved one of the open door problem... maybe  indsex finger is next.  i know i have a  new mouse around this hice somewhere/
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steve  and tanner will apparently be around  today on their way to oregon for baseball camp... apparently tanner has developed a talent  for throwing a baseball with accuracy- namely from home base to second base... like thru a car tire at second base....??? really...??.   in the case of future earnings... this equates baseball camp to a harvard education... being a mike rowe type-- i think teh investment  in baseballs and tires would make more sense... we do wish him well... hopefully when he comes back we will be able to make  sure he can  wear the usual size baseball  cap as  he did when he left.
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an old friend from teh medical world is coming with grand kids this morning... he is indian-- and introduced me to great indian food... 
 for lack of anything better, i will try and take him to "MY  indian restaurant"   the "itallian, indian gas station"   near here..  could be fun and  amusing...  nice guy runs the place....
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paula  and penny's sister  pixie has arrived in miami-- looks identical to  our PP's 
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apparently eve may be headed for life as a TV star
OK NOW FOR THE VERY GOOD AND FUN NEWS! WE RECEIVED AN EMAIL TODAY REQUESTING THAT EVE SEND IN ANOTHER AUDITION TAPE OF THE NEXT 2 SCENES!!!!!!! 
SHE IS BEING CONSIDERED FOR A PART IN A NEW NETFLIX SHOW CALLED RAISING DION. (GOOGLE IT TO SEE THE TRAILER) SHE WOULD BE THE MAIN CHARACTER’S BEST FRIEND WHO APPEARS IN EVERY EPISODE!!!
SO SHE IS STILL AMONG OTHERS BEING CONSIDERED BUT HOW FUN! THANKS! JERI RAY

ALSO WE GOT TO MEET WITH FORMER CAMERA OP AND CP KATHY CALLAHAN AND HER HUBBY FOR DINNER. WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND FINN ALSO GOT A YUMMY GOURMET DOGGIE TREAT!

Friday, July 20, 2018

JULY 20 2018
erica ... asher  haley...amy ands seagram "did new york--- AND WROTI IT UP. thank heavens---because  i have  a cpoupl;e big problems to deal with

 like  ups...
when loading teh dog food the person on the fork lifr rammed teh lifters thru teh bottom layer of wet food "cans"  and the driver told me they handle too much freight and we shold  expect dammage...  whoa....... ( we lost only 5 cases in teh final count)

like  senior/nursing homwes-- whech judy andn mora are arraingeing... we went to revere yesterday and as i sat in a wheelchair , just for somewhere to sit,....NEXT TO A 101 YEAR OLD WOMAN.... the pt guy came in aNd patted me in the head thinking i was one of teh residents... WHOA !!!!  

WE HAVE A DANVERS ONE TO DO TODAY.... 
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 SO HERE AGAIN IS AMY--- ERICA --- HALEY---
LAST FRIDAY, ASHER AND I GOT TO TAG ALONG WITH HALEY, WHOM MANY OF YOU KNOW FROM AROUND SERVICE DOG PROJECT, AND THE THREE OF US HEADED TO THE BIG APPLE! AS FAR AS I KNOW, THIS WAS ASHER’S FIRST TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY, AND I WAS INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT HE’D THINK OF IT. I’VE BEEN THERE AT LEAST A FEW TIMES, BUT THIS TIME I WOULD GET TO SEE MY FIRST BROADWAY SHOW!
NOW, NOT BEING FAMILIAR WITH THE BIG CITY, WE WERE THRILLED TO MEET UP WITH THE BEST GUIDE WE COULD ASK FOR: SDP SERVICE DOG (AND ASHER’S SISTER) SEAGRAM SEVEN! I THINK I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY THAT WE ALL—TWO-LEGGED AND FOUR-LEGGED—HAD SUCH A FUN TIME TOGETHER; IT’S ALWAYS WONDERFUL TO MEET OTHER WORKING TEAMS FROM SDP, AND I KNOW ASHER AND SEAGRAM LOVED THEIR TIME PLAYING TOGETHER IN CENTRAL PARK! WHEN I BROUGHT ASHER HOME A YEAR AGO, I GAINED SO MUCH MORE THAT JUST HIM; I’VE SO ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW OTHER MEMBERS OF OUR BIG SDP FAMILY THIS YEAR, AND ASHER LOVED GETTING TO RECONNECT WITH BOTH SEAGRAM AND HALEY!
ASHER IS ALWAYS UP FOR ANYTHING, BUT I WAS PARTICULARLY PROUD OF HIM OVER THIS TRIP. WE DON’T SPEND MUCH TIME IN BIG CITIES (BECAUSE I’M NOT REALLY COUNTING DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE AFTER SPENDING TIME IN BOSTON AND NYC THIS MONTH ), BUT NO ONE WOULD KNOW THAT BY LOOKING AT HIM. NOTHING FAZED HIM, AS USUAL. I GREW UP IN THE SUBURBS, AND SINCE MOVING TO NEW ENGLAND, I’VE REALLY ENJOYED SPENDING TIME IN DOWNTOWN AREAS. EVEN THOUGH I DON’T HAVE THE BEST STAMINA, THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THE CONSTANT HUSTLE AND BUSTLE AND CITY NOISE THAT I LOVE. AND WITH MY CULINARY BACKGROUND, I CAN APPRECIATE THE FOOD SCENE WITHIN NEW YORK CITY IN A WAY THAT MANY OTHERS JUST CAN’T. ADD IN MY LOVE FOR ALL THINGS BROADWAY, AND THERE’S PROBABLY NO BETTER PLACE FOR ME! BUT I HAD STUCK TO ADMIRING NYC FROM AFAR IN THE PAST—EVEN WHEN I WOULD GO FOR A DAY TRIP IN COLLEGE, IT WAS TOO OVERWHELMING TO NAVIGATE. I CAN REMEMBER GETTING BACK TO CAMPUS LATE ONE NIGHT AND COULD BARELY MAKE IT BACK TO MY DORM, MY BODY WAS JUST SCREAMING WITH ALL THE WALKING WE HAD DONE THAT DAY AND EVERY MUSCLE WAS ALMOST TOO SORE TO MOVE. STAYING OUT OF THE WAY OF SO MANY PEOPLE WAS A CHALLENGE, AND I’D ALWAYS RETURN DISCOURAGED. I WANTED TO LIKE IT, IT WAS JUST TOO BIG. WHEN GOING TO BROOKLYN LAST YEAR TO TOUR A LAW SCHOOL JUST PRIOR TO BEING PAIRED, I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE THERE WAS ANY WAY FOR ME TO LIVE AND NAVIGATE SAFELY IN THE CITY SO I LOOKED FOR A BETTER FIT.
THIS TRIP, THOUGH, WAS SO DIFFERENT. I OFTEN SAY THAT ASHER LIKES TO EXPLORE AS MUCH AS I DO—I KNOW THAT DOGS ARE CREATURES OF HABIT AND ARE HAPPIEST IN A ROUTINE, BUT I TRULY THINK ASHER GETS BORED IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY TRAVELS SOMETIMES. AS WE STROLLED AROUND MANHATTAN WITH SEAGRAM AND HER HANDLER, ASHER MOVED AT A GOOD FORWARD CLIP, NOT USUALLY HIS SPEED OF CHOICE, AND HELD HIS TAIL UP HAPPILY WHILE HE TOOK IN OUR SURROUNDINGS, ALL THE WHILE KEEPING HIS FOCUS ON ME. HE MADE THE LONG WALKS ENJOYABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND I FELT SO MUCH MORE CONFIDENT IN SUCH A BIG PLACE WITH ASHER BESIDE ME. WE EXPLORED SOME BEAUTIFUL AREAS WITHIN CENTRAL PARK, ENJOYED PERUSING SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL EXHIBITS IN THE METMUSEUM AND I THINK HE ENJOYED A GOOD NAP WHILE WE ALL SAW CHICAGO THE MUSICAL ON BROADWAY. WITH ASHER, I CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK AND DO IT ALL AGAIN! WE MAY BE IN TINY RHODE ISLAND FOR NOW, BUT WHO KNOWS—MAYBE ONE DAY WE MIGHT FIND OURSELVES RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THAT CRAZINESS IN A BIG CITY. I KNOW I COULD DO IT WITH HIS HELP!
IT’S FUNNY, THERE ARE LOGISTICS WITH A DANE IN NYC THAT I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT, AND EVEN MORE TO THINK ABOUT WITH TWO OF THEM! ASHER AND SEAGRAM DID SEEM TO REMEMBER EACH OTHER FROM GROWING UP ON THE FARM; NO FORMAL INTRODUCTION WAS EVER NECESSARY AND THEY CERTAINLY DIDN’T MIND BEING IN SUCH CLOSE QUARTERS AT TIMES. TWO DANES IN A TAXI? WE MADE IT WORK! SAME WITH UNDER A TABLE IN A CRAMPED RESTAURANT, AND WAITING IN A CROWDED AREA FOR A TABLE BEFORE WE ENJOYED HUGE ICE CREAM SUNDAES AT SERENDIPITY 3. BUT ASHER GREATLY APPRECIATED SEAGRAM’S INSTRUCTION ON PROPER BATHROOM ETIQUETTE IN MANHATTAN WHERE THERE’S NO GRASS TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE FOR A QUICK POTTY BREAK: JUST SQUAT RIGHT DOWN ON ANY ACCEPTABLE PLOT OF CONCRETE AND GO! THIS WAS A TOTAL SHOCK TO ASHER, WHO LOOKED AT ME LIKE I WAS CRAZY WHEN I TOLD HIM TO GO POTTY RIGHT ON THE SIDEWALK (WE DON’T HAVE MUCH OF A YARD WHERE WE LIVE, BUT WE AT LEAST HAVE A FEW GOOD FEET OF GRASS). BUT WITH LOTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND BEGGING FROM ME, HE FOLLOWED SEAGRAM’S LEAD AND BY MORNING, HE WAS POOPING OUT THERE LIKE ANY OTHER NYC RESIDENT PUP (AND THAT, I LEARNED, IS WHY HUMANS PROMPTLY REMOVE THEIR SHOES ONCE THEY GET INSIDE THEIR HOMES IN THE CITY!).
ASHER AND I ARE SO THANKFUL TO SEAGRAM AND HER HANDLER FOR SPENDING TIME WITH US AND SHOWING US AROUND—ASHER HAD SO MUCH FUN CATCHING UP WITH HIS SISTER AND I SURE LOVED WATCHING THEM! WE PACKED SO MUCH INTO THE COUPLE OF DAYS WE HAD THERE, AND IT WAS DEFINITELY A MEMORABLE WEEKEND. I QUITE LITERALLY COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT ASHER, AND I LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN BEING ABLE TO SHARE SUCH FUN EXPERIENCES WITH MY BEST FRIEND!
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NOW BACK TO UPS FREIGHT  FORMS

Thursday, July 19, 2018

july 19 2018
cakes to fire department day !!

the arrival of the police yesterday was butt driven... i think....  this phone specially built for .. shall we say... the elderly... did not take into consideration the elderly's butt... and somehow in my back pocket  teh #5 got pushed... hence teh police at teh doorl,  i drove him around on teh colf cart just to be sure nothing was amisss....
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also ...it being jeri and steve#4's aniversery, i bought 10 different kinds of icecream so we had an icecreamfest in teh  t tent.-  i started a ?pint? and left my mname on the top--
 also in the freezer is a box of lactade pills for the lactose  intollerant... which as far as i can see , is nearly everybody around here....
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also someone is arriviong at the ariport as i type... so  thankfully there are copy and paste things to put in here today 
  

WELL WHAT A CRAZY PAST FEW DAYS WE HAVE HAD! WITH SO MUCH GOING ON HEALTH WISE I HAVEN'T HAD ANY TIME TO JUST TAKE A BREAK FROM THE "HOSPITAL LIFE" BUT ON SATURDAY AFTER A HECTIC WEEK IN THE HOSPITAL WE GOT ON A PLANE TO NORTH CAROLINA!
ELVIS ACTED LIKE A COMPLETE PRO IN THE AIRPORT AND ON THE PLANE! HE REMAINED FOCUSED THROUGH EVERYTHING INCLUDING WHEN WE WERE ASKED TO GO BACK AND FORTH THROUGH SECURITY MULTIPLE TIMES  JETBLUE LOOKED AFTER US VERY WELL, GIVING US PLENTY OF SPACE AND WERE VERY ACCOMMODATING! ELVIS LOVED LOOKING OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DESPITE GETTING VERY HOT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLIGHT HE REMAINED AS COOL AS COULD BE! IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME BEING ABLE TO WALK THROUGH THE AIRPORT INSTEAD OF BEING IN A WHEELCHAIR!
WHEN WE ARRIVED IN NORTH CAROLINA, ELVIS FINALLY MET MY DAD AND SISTERS! THEY INSTANTLY FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM AND WE WENT OUT ON A COUPLE SHOPPING TRIPS FOLLOWED BY LUNCH AT THE COUNTRY CLUB AND FINALLY UP TO THE DRIVING RANGE TO PLAY SOME GOLF! ELVIS AND I LAYED ON THE GRASS WATCHING EVERYONE PLAY AND JUST RELAXED. MY MUM ARRIVED MONDAY AND FINALLY THE FAMILY WAS COMPLETE! WE AREN'T ABLE TO GET TOGETHER MUCH AS WE ALL LIVE IN SEPERATE STATES/COUNTRIES SO THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME ANY OF THEM MET ELVIS! WE SPENT A LOVELY RELAXING TIME WITH FAMILY INCLUDING AN ADVENTURE TO BUY AN OVEN AS WE HAD MANAGED TO BREAK OUR LAST ONE (ELVIS WAS NOT AMUSED BY THIS TRIP AND FOUND IT RATHER BORING )
THEN TO MAKE IT EVEN BETTER MY CHILDHOOD BEST FRIEND DROVE ALL THE WAY FROM VIRGINIA TO COME VISIT! IT WAS A LOVELY TIME WITH ALEX AND NATALIE, GOING OUT TO DINNER WITH MY FAMILY, GETTING OUR FAVORITE ITALIAN ICE AND A NICE BREAKFAST ADVENTURE! I HONESTLY COULDN'T THINK OF ANY OTHER TWO PEOPLE TO DRIVE DOWN AND MAKE AN ALREADY LOVELY WEEK EVEN BETTER ❤️ I SMILED AND LAUGHED THE MOST I HAD IN THE PAST WEEK! ELVIS LOVES BOTH ALEX AND NATALIE AND CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM AGAIN! IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT SAYING GOODBYE TO THEM BUT WE ARE ALREADY PLANNING OUR NEXT ADVENTURE 
THE REST OF THE WEEK WAS SPENT RELAXING WITH FAMILY AND THIS AFTERNOON WE ARE HEADING BACK TO BOSTON. ELVIS HAS LOVED NORTH CAROLINA AND ALL THE FRIENDS HE HAS MADE HERE AND WE CERTAINLY DON'T FEEL READY TO TRAVEL BACK BUT WE KNOW WE HAVE IMPORTANT APPOINTMENTS BACK AT THE HOSPITAL!
ELVIS HAS LOOKED AFTER ME EVERY SECOND OF THIS TRIP ALLOWING ME TO DO THINGS I WAS NOT ABLE TO DO LAST TIME I WAS HERE AND IN THE TIMES I STRUGGLED OR MY HEALTH STARTED GETTING THE BEST OF ME HE PICKED ME RIGHT BACK UP! HE IS THE ONLY REASON I WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT DOWN TO NC FOR THIS SHORT GAP IN BETWEEN HOSPITAL DAYS TO SPEND TIME WITH MY FAMILY AGAIN!
ELVIS IS MY HERO ❤️
TOMORROW IT WILL BE BACK TO THE HOSPITAL AND FIGHTING TO KEEP ME LIVING THE BEST QUALITY OF LIFE POSSIBLE! THANKFULLY I HAVE ELVIS BY MY SIDE TO MAKE SURE THIS HAPPENS  WE HAVE A FEW EXCITING ADVENTURES PLANNED BEFORE SURGERY SO WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED!
LOVE FIONA AND ELVIS
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Appts this afternoon for X-rays and Dexa scans! Dexa scans measure Eve’s bone density. We will discuss the results tomorrow. But this evening we had a fun meet and greet with Some CPs and fans! I think we all enjoyed it but maybe Finn the most of all since he got so many extra scratches!! Finn has claimed the pullout couch for his own personal bed in our room! 
Thank you Jennifer, Joan and Kathy Caywood for today’s visit!!
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and from ila...    maybe our #1 cake taker....
AJay, I am still in the hospital,  it is going on four weeks. The virus is over, but I am dealing with what the virus has done to my body. It did a lot of damage to my heart, my lungs and kidneys. My cardiologist has exhausted all treatment he told me he threw the book at me and everything else he could try, He never gave up,  kept trying to make it function properly and they called in a kidney specialist and damage has been done and he too  exhausted all  he could do and more, therefore I am going on dialysis.
I have had excellent care with with top notch specialist.
I have outstanding insurance coverage, so there is no problem getting the care I need and the best.
My started my dialysis this week and when they see it is possible to leave, II will then go to a rehab center before I go home.
My intentions were to get home to give you a report and of course to Carlene  and CP's.  This has been a very difficult time and very difficult decision I've had to make. My family has been with me all the way and I could not have made it through it without them. 
I would appreciate if you would 
pass this on to Carlene and to the CP's. You have my permission to do so.

Love you and thanks for your concern for care.


Ila

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

july 18 2018
TIGHT BLUEJEANS---  WHO KNEW THE VALUE?   I BET YOU ALL KNOW THE NORMAL AS AN AUTOMATIC ALARM SYSTEM - " THESE JEANS ARE GETTING TIGHT- AND  THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH TO VOTE, NOT SHRINK" 
WELL HERE ARE 2 OTHERS-- THE FIRST  ONE OF MY MORE DUBIOUS BRILLIANT CONCEPTS...   WHICH NEEDS PASSING AROUND....  I THINK IT WAS WATCHING HUNTER( AGED MAYBE 11  ISH??)  STRUGGLE WITH HIS WALKER-- IT WAS A VERY NICE WALKER.. HE LIFTED  IT .SWUNG/ OR ROLLED IT FORWARD, RE-ADJUSTED HIS CENTER OF GRAVITY AND SWUNGD ONE LEG, THEN THE OTHER FORWARD... AND WAS BACK TO  LIFTING AND SWINGING...   AN ALTERNATE SOLUTION WAS ARMS...  PEOPLE'S ARMS--  HELD AT THE ELBOW BUT  EAQCH HAS A VERY FANCY HINGE ABOUT 12 INCHES ABOVE THE HOLDING POINT.  THIS HINGE ALLOWS TEH PART ABOVE TEH ELBOW TO SWING  3 WAYS  FORWARD , BACK., AND  OUT ( NOT IN BECAUSE TEH VERTICAL PERSON'E BODY IS IN THE WAY) - HOWEVER THERE IS ONE PERFECTLY STABLE HOLDING POINT THAT REQUIRES NO PLANNING AHEAD OR FANCY HARDWARE...  THE BACK POCKET OF  SOMEONE'S  BLUE JEANS IS A PERFECT WALKING DEVICE.

 THERE IS A DEFINITE UP DOWN-- IN OUT--  BACK AND FORTH STABILITY TO THAT POCKET WHICH NO CANE OR WALKER HAS.-  THERE ARE SOOOOO MANY ADVANTAGES... IF YOU GO TO A REATAURANT-- OR MOVIE--  YOU DON'T HAVE TO PARK THAT WALKING DEVICE  AGAINST SOME WALL... IT IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE IN ALL SOCIAL SITUATIONS, AND HAS EH ADDED ADVANTAGE OF  EITHER  PINCHING OR WALLET LIFTING DEPENDING ON  THE ORIEBNTATION OF THE  POCKET HOLDER.  IT'S SPEED IS TOTALLY ADJUSTABLE WITHOUT MUCH TRAINING....  THE ONLY THING ABOUT  HAVING A DANE IS    THE POCKET DEVICE IS NOT AS INDEPENDENT  A LIFESTYLE AS HAVING A DOG...

THE SECOND BONUS TO TIGHT JEANS... TOOK ME A WHILE.... PREVIOUS AILMENTS LEFT ME WITH A FEW MUSCLES THAT DON'T BEHAVE AS THEY SHOULD...THEY COMPLAIN ABOUT WORKING TOO HARD... AND CARRYING A FEW ESXTRA POUNDS DOESN'T HELP...  HOWEVER AS TEH POUNDS INCREASED TO NECESSITATE LARGER BLUE JEANS-- OR  FINALLY NURSE  SCRUBBS... I NOTICED  THOSE FEW  BACK MUSCLES WENT ON STRIKE ENTIRELY WHEN IN SCRUBBS.-- HOWEVER ON DAYS WHEN MY SCRUBBS WERE IN TEH WASH- AND I HAD TO WEAR THOSE VERY TIGHT BLUE JEANS, THEY PROVIDED SOME LOW BACK SUPPORT.   IT IS MINIMAL BUT......I WENT BACK TO BLUE JEANS...---  NOW  ATT EH END OF THE DAY.. WHEN I TAKE OFF THE JEANS I AM REALLY LIMITED AS TO THE NUMBER OF STEPS BEFORE I HAVE TO  HANG ONTO -- OR SIT ON SOMETHING.

I REMEMBER...MY MOTHER--- BORN IN 1904-    perfect posture...AS PHYSICALLY ACTIVE AS  MOST HER AGE... WALKED 3 MILES BEFORE BREAKFAST - SHE GOT HERSELF STRApped into  those lace up corsets every day-   and aside from a 10 minute nap, was on her feet doing things like cooking/ presearving foods etc... at night when she took off that corset,  she took a shower and went  straight to bed.   i never heard any connection between those corsets and the lack of back muscles/  there were no "personal trainers"  or rehab personell back then....

a use it or lose it  connection    --- which is why now-a- days rehab people try so hard to get poeple  of all ages back on their feet walking


so back to the tight bluejeans... - i have a choice.... as i have lost a very few pounds, i have a choice of buy smaller jeans , or eat more icecream.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

JULY 17 2018
apparently----- teh equine rescue network -- ( daughter janine)  is having a bbb --beer burgers and burros...--
here july 27-- i think basically donkey people, but you can never be too sure...5:30 to 7:30  she is taking donations of $20 for tickets..  from whence cometh our donkeys and mo..

we are trying to get it thru mo's head that if she stays on the grass, she can stay out... but if she wanders, she has to go back in the pasture.-- i think she has the rules... problem is she also knows when you r back is turned..
so the training gqme is to put her in behind teh 18 inch "fence"  and as she grazes  throw  pieces of carrots in her vicinity..  and if she gets near the barrier bang the whiffle bat on the ground and yell at her.- there is a whole science to herding-- which in her case is "if i can see them in my right eye, is there an escape route  in the path out of my left eye"  -- that is probably called heading them off...  mostly for her it is at a walk... but a very steady one --  she also does teh calculation of ..." is the fun of listening to them run and yell worth a swat  with that whiffle bat?
i very nicely headed her into the barn in the alleyway where i had a frying pan of feed for her... which she ate.... and tried to shooo  her into her stall... she saw that gate across teh door and flipped it with her nose- the only thing holding it shut was a monkey fist on a short rope- which usually works... however..... off she troted and i had to get laura to lead her back and actually put her in the stall.

not to be out done.... i am going to HANG A bucket high - let her see me put grain in it-- shut the baRN DOOR...  AND SHOOOOO HER INTO THE STALL THAT WAY...  ONCE SHE GETS TEH CONCEPT OF GRAIN IN THAT BUCKET- I THINK SHE MIGHT BE MORE REASONABLE...
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NOW POCKETS- AS A YOUNGSTER... FOR SOME REASON-- DOES NOT SEE TEH CARROTS UNLESS THEY ACTUALLY BOUNCE OFF HER NOSE.- I WONDER ABOUT HER EYESIGHT- SENSE OF SMELL?    ( WHO SMELLS CARROTS???  MO  DOES..) 
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ALSO WE WILL NO LONGER CUT THE GRASS IN THAT SPACE ON A REGULAR BASIS... LETS GO FOR 6" GRASS TO EAT.  HORSES AND MO- SEEM TO BITE OFF TEH GRASS AT ABOTU AN INCH LONG..   I AM TOLD SHEEP BITE IT RIGHT DOWN TO THE ROOTS. 
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STEVE #4 AND TANNER SPENT THE MORNING CUTTING TREAD  INTO THE SOLID TIRES OF TEH FORK LIFT WITH A SMALL BUZZZZ SAW...  TEH TIRES WERE ABOSOLUTELY SMOOTH-- WHICH IS APPARENTLY HOW WAREHOWSE TIRES ARE
WELL OURS NOW HAVE DEEP GROVES IN THEM.
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PAM HAS PUT  TEH 3 VIDEOS ON OUR WEB   THE 30 SECOND ONE... THE 3 MINUTE ONE AND TEH 30 MINUTE ONE...   MIND YOU  I CAN ONLY GT 2 OF TEH 3 TOPLAY-- WHICH COULD BE MY COMPUTER,.

I AM TRYING TO GET THE COMP-UTER DR TO COME BY AGAIN...---  YESTERDAY I SAT LOOKING AT TEH SCREEN  NOT TOUCHING A THING.... AND THE ENTIRE SPAM FOLDER GOT WIPED OUT... SO WHY IS THAT A PROBLEM??   BECAUSE NEARLY 1/2 MY EMAILS LAND THERE ANYWAY...
I GET SOOO FRUSTRATED--- I CONSTANTLY CALL SOMEONE TP MY DESK TO VERIFY THAT  MY COMPUTER ISDOING  UNUSUAL THINGS...  TO PROVE TO MYSELF THAT I AM NOT ENTIRELY NUTS....
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BETTER LEAVE THAT ONE ALONE...

Monday, July 16, 2018

JULY 16 2018
I DO NOT REMEMBER WHAt THE NAME OF THE  FILM PROJECT WAS-- BUT IT WAS A BIGGIE....MAYBE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC???  
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BELLA AND GEORGE DID SOME FILMING LAST WEEK! A CREW FROM ENGLAND FLEW OUT AND FILMED BELLA AND GEORGE FOR A COUPLE DAYS FOR A SHOW THAT WILL AIR IN JANUARY. WE BROUGHT THEM UP TO SERVICE DOG PROJECT SO THEY COULD MEET CARLENE AND MEGAN. THEY WERE ABLE TO LEARN HOW THE TRAINING GOES ON AND WHAT BELLA USED TO DO WHEN SHE VOLUNTEERED THEIR BEFORE GEORGE. THEN WE CAME HOME AND BELLA RODE HER BIKE AND DID A LITTLE INTERVIEW. THE NEXT DAY WE DID SOM WALKING AT HOME AND JUST SOME FOOTAGE OF HOME BELLA IS LIKE A NORMAL OR TYPICAL 13 YEAR OLD. HOW SHE LIKES TO RELAX AND WATCH TV OR HANG WITH FRIENDS. WE DROVE UP TO THE LAKE HOUSE IN DEERFIELD AND DID SOME FOOTAGE OF SWIMMING AND SITTING BY THE FIRE. THE CREW WAS AWESOME AND SUPER FRIENDLY. BELLA REALLY LIKED THEM! SHE HOPES NEXT TIME THEY WILL FLY HER TO ENGLAND FOR FILMING. SO THINGS HAVE BEEN GOING GREAT HERE! 
THANKS FOR BEING PATIENT AND STICKING BY US EVEN WHEN I SLACK WITH UPDATES. 
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IT WOULD BE VERY EASY FOR BELLA TO BE INTIMIDATED BY ALL THIS.
SHE IS NOT.   
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THEY WERE SUPER NICE GUYS..... JUST 3 GUYS IN A VAN...  BUT THEY HAD SOME CAMERA EQUIPMENT I HAVE NOT SEEN  AROUND BOSTON IN A LONG TIME...  I REMEMBER  LONG AGO  "HIGH OUTPUT" HAD TO FLY A CAMERA FROM CALIFORNIA TO DO SOME SLOW MMOTION WORK  AND THEY HAD TO BUY A SEPARATE SEAT ON THE PLANE FOR IT....   AS A MATTER OF FACT ONLY ONCE BEFORE HAVE I SEEN THE  KIND WHERE YOU CAN RUN ALONGSIDE SOMEONE  AND THE CAMERA KEEPS ITSELF STEADY  UPRIGHT AND FOCUSED.....ON THE SUBJECT-- SORT OF SUPER SEGWAY KIND OF STUFF...
THESE 3 GUYS HAD BOTH KINDS... GRANTED THEY ARE NOW SMALLER THAN THE OLD ONES....... BUT STILL IMPRESSIVE... 
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PAULA SPENT THE NIGHT INTHE BARN/KENNEL... IT WAS A LITTLE LIKE  THE FIRST NIGHT OF SENDING YOUR KID TO  CAMP..   WHEN SMILLEY WENT DOWN  FOR BED CHECK... SHE WAS INSIDE SLEEPING AND MAYHEM WAS STILL OUTSIDE--- SO SHE BOUGHT MAYHEM UP HERE FOR THE NIGHT--- PENNY SEEMS TO BE DOING VERY WELL DOWN THERE...  PAULA HAS BECOME A BIT ATTACHED TO ME;  I DON'T NEED ONE MORE SHADOW. 
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"ATTACHED"   .... WE HAD A VERY FUNNY EPISODE YESTERDAY WHEN JERI AND STEVE#4 ARRIVED FROM OHIO WITH  AUDREY AND ONE OF HER FULL GROWN MERLE PUPS... BEAUTIFUL DOG....  VERY ATTACHED TO MOMMA-- WHO IS VERY WHITE WITH A FEW SPOTS-- AS TEHY CAME TO THE BARN AREA THE PUP RAN UP TO Ariot WHO IS ALSO WHITE WITH VERY FEW SPOTS....-- thinking it was momma-- and absolutely came apart screaming and running in great panic- not knowing where to go -- or what happened to her momma...  that one looked like momma ... but sure was not her !!!-  she is not over that yet, aND WILL NOT GO UP TO ARIOT-- TEH EXPRESSION "LIKE SHE SAW A GHOST"  APPLIES HERE.   IF WE WERE NOT FENCED IN SHE WOULD HAVE RUN FOR MILES.....   
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A PERFECT  DEMO OF A CHILD  CONFUSED  WITHOUT  A  MOMMY.  
FOR TEH MOMMY WHO CAN NOT FIND HER CHILD, THERE IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE ON DR. POL WHERE ONE OF HIS FREISIAN HORSES HAD A COLT  WHO DIED- WITH SOME BLOOD DISCRASIA-  THEY TOOK TH EFOAL AWAY FOR AUTOPSY.. AND THAT MARE RAN THE FENCES FOR 24 HOURS SCREAMING/ CALLING FOR HER CHILD.
VERY INTERESTING.
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BUD AND TANNER GOT THE LEXAN 4 X 8 SHEET CUT TO THE PATTERN OF THE NEW DOOR-- AND GOT IT ON THE TRACTOR... AT THE MOMENT  WITHOUT THE  DOOR HANDLE... WHICH CAN BE IMPROVISED WITH A PIECE OF DUGT TPAE OR STRING....-- BUT IT IS AIRCONDITIONED  CAPABLE NOW..
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Dear Ms. White

I just saw Doggie Daily and 遠山美樹is my name in Chinese characters. Its To(遠)yama(山)Mi(美)Ki(樹)I have no idea if you can see the typed Chinese characters. For easy translation for each Chinese characters it means far mountain beautiful tree.(which doesn’t make any sense.)  English is becoming more famous and spoken so its becoming more easy to contact foreign people. Well I have no idea about Chinese though… But in my mind I think only watching no sounds or even has sounds dogs or donkeys puts smile on the peoples face and makes them happy.  I really didn’t know if I can wright you about these Chinese Characters mail because it has nothing to do with dogs but I guess I was wrong. I was very moved to see how you wanted to know more.
Hope my mail makes sense.

Regards,
Miki Toyama
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 OFTEN... ENGILISH DOESN'T MAKE MUCH SENSE EITHER....
WITH ALL MY SPELLING PROBLEMES, I HAVE TO WONDER HOW A  SPELLING ERROR WOULD HAPPEN IN THE CHINESE FIGURES?


EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE I CATCH A TYPO OF    NO..  ON ...NOT.. NOW.. OWN.. BUNCH OF LETTERS WHERE THE MEANING OF THE SENTANCE IS DREADFULLY CHANGED...    BELIEVE IT OR NOT... I TRY AND CORRECT SOME...  IF I HAD TO TYPE IT PERFECTLY  I WOULD NEVER GET IT OUT... 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

july 15 2018
SPITTING IN A BOTTLE IS A DIFFERENT WAY TO START THE DAY----  THIS TIME IT WAS FOR THE DNA- ANCESTRY GAME....
BUT NOW THAT I THINK  ABOUT IT... I HAVE SPENT ALOT OF MY  FORMATIVE YEARS SPITTING IN A BOTTLE... I AM FROM NEWBURGH NEW YORK-- IT WAS MATCHED WITH KINGSTON NEW YORK FOR 2 CITIES VERY MUCH ALIKE-- NEWBURGH  GOT THE FLUORINE IN THE  DRINKING WATER,---KINGSTON DID NOT, AS THE SCIENTIFIC CONTROL...  SO FROM THIRD GRADE TO SITH GRADE, MAYBE WEEKLY--- OR EVERY SIX MONTHS... WHATEVER... WE WERE  ALL GIVEN LITTLE BOTTLES WHICH WE HAD TO FILL WITH SPIT. I DON'T REMEMBER EVER HAVING TO UNDERGO DENTAL EXAM OR TURNING IN ANY DENTAL RECORDS, BUT THEY DECIDED THE FLUORINE  REDUCED THE NUMBER OF CAVITIES IN CHILDREN.... SOMETHING  ABOUT CALCIUM DEPOSITS ON MY TEETH---- AS I GOT OLDEER I WONDERED ABOUT CALCIUM DEPOSITS IN MY JOINTS AND ARTHRITIS..  BUT  THAT WAS NOT PART OF TEH STUDY--  ( AND I AM NOT DOING TOO BADLY).

AS FOR TEH ANCESTRY BIT--- I HAVE NEVER BEEN ONE TO  WORRY ABOUT EH PAST  TOO MUCH.. TEH ONLY PIECES I REMEMBER OF ANCESTERS IS  SOMEONE ON MY FATHER'S SIDE GOT HUNG FOR BEING A HORSE THIEF-- AND ANOTHER WAS IN THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD...  ON MOTHERS SIDE I HEARD ABOUT  CIVIL ENGINEERING IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY  N.Y.    WHHICH IS WHY I HAVE THAT SURVEYING CHAIN DRAPPED AROUND THE CEILING OVER MY HEAD AS I TYPE..

THE DNA TEST IS ALL THE FAult of earlene and paul-- they were here the other day... paul had fun researchign  geneology in the  records of teh ?mormans? at some library in new hampshire... he offered to look up my relatives- if i had teh  dna test..
hence teh bottle spittin episode,
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last night's mail call....   was  different...  in an effort to have some variety steve #2 and i decided to  "broadcast" from teh "deagle dog house"    which after he put together an extension cable for teh camers, we managed to do...  problem was-- as we sat- stuffed in the ( shortened door) -- we could not  make teh sound work-- while he tried input and output and db's and gains, i took the camera and showed everyone his ear, bald head, scars on his knee..  i mean... the show had to go on....
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breakfast was jkust served -- thus endeth the DD

Saturday, July 14, 2018

july 14 2018
SHORT DOGGIE... I MUST........
........ get the letter off to dubai cares today..  there ae sooooo many detAILS.. IT IS A CONSTANT LEARNING  PROCESS....DUBAI CARES  -- BOARD MEMBER-- WHICH GOOGLES AS REAL.... SAYS TEHY FOUND US THRU  THE   Charity Navigator.  
I HAVE NO IDEA... EXCEPT  DUBAI  HAS THE POTENTIAL TO  BE A LARGE ADDITION... 
I NEVER KNEW THERE WAS SUCH A THING AS CHARITY NAVAGATOR....... SO I WENT TO LOOK-- AND FOUND-- THAT WE ARE NOT IN THERI LISTING BECAUSE WE ARE NOT IN THE ONE MILLION CATAGORY...  SO I TRIED TO FIND WHERE WE ARE LISTED-- AND WHAT IT SAID...  THAT TOOK A WHILE  26 0058467  IS OUR EIN NUMBER AND ASIDE FROM SAYING BLIND/SERVICE  ALL SEEMS ACCURATE...
AND WE NEED TO GET THAT  990 DONE  FOR 2017.   
THERE AQRE SOOOO MANY WAYS TO CHECK UP ON A CHARITY, I LIVE IN FEAR OF BAD INFO OUT THERE THAT WE  DON'T KNOW ABOUT..  GUIDE STAR IS ANOTHER BIG ONE....  
I CAN NOT IMAGINE HOW DUBAI FOUND US...   
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TIDBIT---- THE THIRD PUP FROM GERMANY IN THE "P" LITTER HAS BEEN BOUGHT BY A ?CP? IN FLORIDA  PIXIE??   APPARENTLY DUE TO ARRIVE ON WEDNESDAY..??
GOOD--- THAT WILL GIVE US ANOTHER PERSON TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT ALL THE REGISTRATION PAPER STUFF THAT I JUST HANDED TO LINDA... 
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遠山 美樹  WAS MY  WAKEUP TODAY I WISH I HAD SOME BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF THAT WRITING-- THAT IS MORE ARGUEMENT FOR SIGN
 LANGUAGE TO BE TAUGHT TO  EVERYONE WORLD WIDE...  MIMGHT SAVE ALOT OF PROBLEMS...
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EVE AND FINN WITH THEIR LEMONAID STAND'S LATEST..

Twinkle Toe's Ribbons & Bows sent you $276.00 USD
Note from Twinkle Toe's Ribbons & Bows:



Another good lemonade stand! A little slower than the last ones but we had an initial goal of $1000 by the end of summer according to my calculations we are now at just over $2000 since the first one on May 5th!! We have 4 more scheduled in the month of August!! 

WAY TO GO  !!!

Friday, July 13, 2018

JULY 13 2018
sometimes it takes a question from a CP for me to really think thru some of teh off beat things i say or do....
today-- how come you give treats for the basket deal yet say don't give treats...    good point...

this go get the basket thing  AND GET A treat is-----  here is a finished  job for which you get a paycheck-- once given the treat --- go away and play.... and think of what a nice treat... because that is what your mind will  be on...--  another time we give a treat is -- go back in the kennel, turn around and open your mouth for treat...-- same thing--  go relax.... you are all done for the moment.

that is entirely different than the trainer who carries a treat bag on their hip so teh dog will pay attention to them.. i have even heard/seen people say   "hold teh treat in front of your face so tehe dog will look at you"....
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 we have already  accomplished all that with the  spoon feeding in a group.. personally... i think the dog's logic goes somethin like this 
 in teh spoon feeding episopde....
she has food- i better investigate
if i go  over there by her  maybe she will call my name
whenever i hear my name i know something is supposed to happen... so i better get ready... 
if she calls my name i might get a treat--- unless she says "wait"  
if she says wait... then i must hold very still and hope...
jumping in front of my brothers and sisters does not help
i must not put my feet on her lap or she will holler "off" and swing  her arm in  my direction..
i must pay attention...
i seem to do better if i  am not moving much... 

by 7 or 8 weeks  that should be teh normal----
now about" get in the kennel..."

ok i just had my dinner....
 i just have to check to see if any got spilled- 
ahhhhhh there is may name  being called....
she is holding the gate to my kennel  open  for me to run in... -
 let me run and get in front of her  " in feeding position" 
 she has been trained to  put a treat in my mouth.

this easily becomes 
she has the car door open-  that usually  means jump in. and turn around like i do in the kennel  - so i do that  and we go somewhere... ( no treat there) eventualy we get home and she does the kennel door thing and i get a treat then. 
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it is my belief once you start the treat bit-- their mind is washed out and they can only think of treats...,.so it becomes a long way back to trying to concentrate on the job at hand.
this is where  i personally have trouble with  the typical clicker training..  where they click and treat for progress toward a goal....  it is not the clicker.... i can make that noise with my mouth-- same effect-- but i just praise the dog  for a  partial "job"  and treat at the very end.

i have seen some amazing "tricks"  done with clicker training ( even if you don't have a metal clicker)- that success depends totally on th eskill of teh guy withthe clicker... and their split second timing...  which most people don't have. -- i know i don't.. any time i needed to use the split secont timeing the clicker would be in the pocket of my jeans and in the washing machine.
our training is slightly more subtle...  when that vest/harness goes on...  pay attention.. stuff will happen.
so teh vest becomes teh on /off switch  to relax time. as the pup works into a job at about 6 months, the whole thing is a perfectly normal process.... and they love it !!

once our trainers get to the  nitty gritty of service dog training -- out in public... they have to get to the point of achieving boredom --- because you can not teach a dog a thing if his mind is on  the squirrel which just ran up that tree... or the meat counter in the market--- or a kid screaming in the ladies underwear department. so "leave it"  is maybe teh next critical  "command" they learn.. once tehre, then they get into  "my partner's feet are moving only aBOUT 4 INCHES AT A TIME..."    AT THIS POINT YOU ARE NEARLY   READY TO GO !!
IF OUR TRAINERS CARRIED A BAG OF TREATS, IT WOULD TAKE A YEAR LONGER FOR THE DOG  TO ACHIEVE  THE BOREDOM NECESSry for real learning...

this is how  george-- our  AKC #1 service dog was trained--  and it is why he went home  with bella before he was a year old.... which is about 8 months before most service dog outfits  get their dogs back from puppy raisers to start thier  "formal training" --  if george had not won that perfect dog award, probably no one would listen to these strange ideas...   but now ???

even that photo crew yesterday said this place was not like anything else they had seen in the past year of trAVELEING AROUND DOG ESTABLISHMENTS,  THEY USED WORDS LIKE   RELAXED, HAPPY  , OFF LEASH AND WELL BEHAVED-- AT ALL AGES,.
I LIKED THAT....
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AND --- YESTERDAy's visit with THE TOWN MANAGER---- HAD TO ADMIT WE WERE DOING AMAZING THINGS AND ADDRESSING  THINGS THAT COULD BE ADDRESSED....  HE SAID  SOMEONE WAS EMIALING HIM ABOUT NOISE BETWEEN 4 AND 7 AM...  
 THAT PROBLEM IS   I USUALY GET UP ABOUT 4AM --- AND STAFF ARRIVES ABOUT 6:45AM... IT IS A FARM.... YOU GOTTA START EARLY-- SO HE IS GOING TO SEE WHAT HE CAN DO--  
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 today??    11:00 AM------dr BRYAN FOR A ONCE OVER THE DONKEY'S AND THEIR FEET-- HE IS TH ONLY ONE I KNOW OF WITH THE  BRAWN  AND TALANT TO DEAL WIHT OUT OF CONTROL DONKEY FEET...  IF HE CAN GET EHEM STRAIGTHENED OUT , THEN THE UYSUAL BALCKSMITH -- AND PETER CAN KEEP US GOING... -- THERE IS ONE BACK FOOT ON SOMEONE THAT IS TERRIBLE... AND USUALY HIDDEN IN THE SHAVINGS AND HAY.
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and so it goes

Thursday, July 12, 2018

july 12 2018
i need to be smilimg and cheerful  by 8am  and  wide awake and organized by 10... or wqs it 10:30??    both may be a struggle - at least until the coffee hits bottom.  i would bett a small piece of white chocolate that the 8:00  will be on time or a little early-- they are a british film crew here to see where george came from and meet his parents-- actually they will film me to be polite, but it is bentley and scarlotte that will get   major booking... british are... from my experience generally punctual - i seem to remember a discussion with  "nother gwen" a digmate in edinburgh  of  late is  insulting the person  you are meeting-- it came from seeing some a friend in a coffee shop who was "waiting for a friend and didn't want to keep her waiting" -- with "nother gwen"  the smallest of incidents might spark days of discussion... and often did.  she was the one i went round germany with, armed with a zip code list of dane kennels.  there was somethgn abotu  trying to figure out trains by consulting the abphart  ( ?sp?   is how it sounded..) . it was the departing train schedule...
neither of us spoke german- we spent days wondering what the german  to english reason was for  abphart meaning something was leaving somewhere...  
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the 10- 10_:30 is... the nice new ipswich town manager... he thought  it would be good to come meet us and see what we were about...  translated... the developement is complaining about noise  again....  the last town manager had no concern for the "only a woman"  remark... times have changed.....  i will smile... but my teeth have been sharpened.-  i have pulled the  notes from the last  "town meeting" where 
   1--- i am a farm
   2--- farms are allowed to be  smelly, noisy,sexy and slow moving ( how does that go  with  the first rule?)
   3--- there is no limit to the number of dogs a kennel might have as long as they belong to  one person.
that last one came about because ipswich is 1/2 way between 2 dpg tracks  wonderland and seabrook...  just a wierd thing-- but the rule is still on the books... GOLDIE RULES AGAIN.... i hope... 

he did say "lets see if there is anything  the town can do for you"    which i see as 
"to  appease the develpoement."   . but there are things the town could do for us.  so i have a mental list... well maybe i shoujld put it on paper...
and i must get a few  quick one click to organized photos to try and make him cry.    not only bella on teh stairs  but eve and the lemonaide stand..
eve and finn really get  a gold ring for  that idea... she just  sent another $300+ earnings.. and is have ign a great time doing it...

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Paul and Charlotte
Good evening Carlene and crew,

I haven't send you an update lately and I thought it be a good thing to do now :)

Charlotte and I are doing fabulously together. Today we took the family to the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus. As always Charlotte was on my arm and kept me upright, always an awesome thing. The place has lots of cool things for the kids to do but I hadn't thought that many of the schools/daycares would send their kids there as a field trip type event. For the most part the kids were pretty good about understanding to not pet or interact with Charlotte. Some adults needed a little encouragement to do the same, but that is the way of things. Got my standard PET scan last week and that was a new experience for Charlotte and I together. She was with me while I had the infusion of the glucose tracer but I had to ask Tori, my wife, to sit in the waiting room with Charlotte as I didn't want her to have radiologic exposure to the PET scan machine itself. The process is about 40 minutes and when I finished I went straight out to a very happy to see me Charlotte. I think that's the most she's been apart from me since we were matched, not cool. I am sure that hospitalizations are not good for the service dogs either and fingers crossed I'll avoid that in the future. 

I'm still awed at the community around Service Dog Project. It is amazing to me that if I have a question or a thought that CPs/staff/recipients come up with a way to make things work. It takes a lot of my worry away from how things will go. Thank you so much Carlene for what you and your staff have done to improve the quality of life in so many. Out of curiosity, have you or the trainers ever had Ohio buckeyes (peanut butter truffle dipped in chocolate)? I may have to put some of those together on a thank you package. Again, thanks much.


Paul and Charlotte

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

JULY 11 2018
I HAD A PHONE  CALL LAST NIGHT..
A WOMAN- GRANDMOTHER TYPE- HAS   GRANDCHILD  WITH SOME LONG NAMED PROBLEM-  8 YEARS OLD--STORY WENT ON  WITH WORDS LIKE REHAB,  SAINT JUDE , MANY MONTHS... I LOST TRACK..  SHE HAD .HEARD/SAW  TEH BELLA STORY... WANTED TO GET HER CHILD  INTO THE PROGRAM AND  VERY GINGERLY STARTED TO  SAY " I KNOW THESE DOGS COST ALOT" SO I SAID STOP RIGHT THERE- WE DONATE OUR DOGS--   SHE STARTED TO  CRY-  THAT TOOK A WHILE, AND IT GAVE ME A CHANCE TO EXPLAIN  THE "WE"  WERE THOUSANDS OF  CAMERA  PEOPLE WHO DONATE FROM $10,000 ALL THE WAY TO  44 CENTS FOR THE  STAMP TO SEND  LETTERS APOLOGIZING FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO SEND MONEY  BUT WANT TO ENCOURAGE US.  EVERY ONE IS CRITICAL IN THAT SCHEME !

------ THERE IS A SCENERIO WHERE THE WOMAN MIGHT CALL ANOTHER SERV DOG OUTFIT  -- ONE THAT IS NOT SO LUCKY TO HAve the support we do from so many...-- one that has to   charge for  their dogs... the woman might have been told " go find the $20,000 somewhere." in which case she would have taken a  second or third job and felt guilty about spending $1.00 anywhere for teh next 2 years in hopes that  her grandson would quALIFY FOR A DOG IF HE HAD TEH $20K.
SO TEH GENEROUSITY OF ALL OUR SHATTERS- ALREADY SAVED THAT ONE WOMAN 2 YEARS GUILT RIDDEN STRUGGLE.  SOUNDED LIKE SHE HAD PLENTY OF STRUGGLE ALREADY--- 
I CERTAINLY TOLD HER  THERE WAS NEVER A GUARENTEE WE WOULD HAVE A DOG FOR HER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES  BUT HOPEFULLY MONEY WOULD NEVER BE THE DECIDING FACTOR.. ( WELL MAYBE 3 OR 4  MILLION MIGHT....) 
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WE FINALLY GOT TO HOW TO APPLY... AND I WENT THRU---GO READ OUR THE WEB SITE-- LOOK FOR "INQUIRY" AND SEND US INFORMATION.  I ASKED IF EITHER OF THE  CHILD'S  PARENTS WERE VETERANS OR FIRST RESPONDERS- AND SHE SAID "  NO HE WORKS HARD BUT  IS ONLY A CONCRETE WORKER"  -- WHICH SET ME OFF ON  THAT TIRADE..  

IT WAS TEH "ONLY"  THAT GOT ME. THERE ARE TIMES IN MY LIFE WHEN  I HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE TO KNOW  A CONCRETE WORKER..... WHERE IS TEH TIPPING PONT THAT MAKES YOU AN  "ONLY?"  .....TEHRE ARE TIMES WHEN I HAVE BEEN AN  "ONLY".... MOST NOTABLEY -- MY FAVORITE...   " I WON'T GIVE YOU A BUILDING PERMIT -- YOU ARE OUT OF YOUR LEAGUE. YOU ARE ONLY A WOMAN"   OR A FAMILY  FAVORITE "SHE IS ONLY A DOG TRAINER" 
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A QUICK TRANSITION  TO ARGUING WITH GEORGE ( DVM)-- THERE ARE TIMES I HAVE AGREEED WITH HIM--  NOT OFTEN. BUT A FEW.... YESTERDAY IT WAS TEH SOMETIMES OVERBEARING RESPONSIBILITIES  OF  DOG OWNERSHIP WHICH PREVENTED MANY KIDS TODAY FROM  LEARNING  TEH POSITIVE THINGS OF  OWNING A PET.
TEH DETAILS OF THAT  ARGUEMENT WOULS TAKE 6 DAILY DOGGIES EVEN IF I DIDN'T LET HIM CONTRIBUTE....  BUT  HIS FINAL  PITCH WAS    "THE PITCHFORKS ARE COMING" 
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TURNS OUT   THAT "THE PITCHFORKS" IS A TED LECTURE.
I DID WATCH IT THIS MORNING.... WELL WORTH THE 20 MINUTES....
IT IS NOT A  POLITICAL DISCOURSE ... BUT  A PURE  ECONOMIC ONE.. IN MY OPINION..
BUT WHAT DO I KNOW.... I AM ONLY A PITCHFORK.
 HERE IT IS ---
Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforksBeware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming
(Nick Hanauer | TEDSalon NY2014)



SOMETIMES  I CAN'T SEND THE LINK  IN WHICH CASE---GOOGLE IT.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

july 10  2018
Service dog project  eats pretty  well-- i operate on the theory that an army moves on it's belly..  between camera people buying   take out dinners for us, , people bringing  home baked casserolles and goodies,  then i buy  an 8 serving size blue apron dinners  in a box -- we do pretty well.-- but i think i have found an even better one...   there is that place anne and i eat lunch-- the "fish market with a chef"  -- realllllly goooood food....  teh woman who owns it  stopped to "chat" with us-- actually when she went by our table  she looked with an intensity  at our plates --- causing me to say " you must be the owner by the way you looked over out plates"  and she was...
i wonder..... - if i can make a deal with that owner---  box up whatever you have  left over to feed 6-8 people  at 4:00pm  and  stevee or megan  ( our traine=rs who wander around while training....)  can pick it up,  we'll pay for it.-- or even better, donate it to sdp and we can give you credit for the donation-- or at least part of it ( minus what i eat--- would not  be donation)  that would be a good/ or super---
i don't get excited abotu veggies usually, but they had slices of corn, still in the sliced format---  roasted with cubes of sweet potatoes- that made me sit up and take note. 
 far better than pizza and chinese food which are sometimes  our last resorts.
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in that same vein........   that big  box of Cheryl's cookies SENT BY A CP....  are gone -- thaNK HEAVEN EVERYONE ATE THEM SO QUICKLY-- AS I WAS HAVING A PROBLEM limiting myself  to  TWO A DAY-- AT 170 CALORIES EACH....
then teh ny times posted-- and i plagerized......
Sugary beverages are thought to be one of the  major drivers of the obesity epidemic. These drinks (think soda and sports drinks) are the largest single source of added sugars for Americans and contribute, on average, 145 calories a day to our diets. 
 Juice, for some reason, gets a pass. It’s not clear why.  Americans drink a lot of juice. The average adult drinks 6.6 gallons per year.  Despite all the marketing and government support, fruit juices contain limited nutrients and tons of sugar. In fact, one 12-ounce glass of orange juice contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is roughly what’s in a can of coke
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in an effort to help,  i bought a pallet of water in plastic bottles  .. which we are recycling--- plus - a bunch of 5 gallon jugs with  pointy bottom paper "cup" things..   but i know how many cases of soda we go thru... i know-- but i have not counted.
i know from raising 2 children... that diet soda is addictive--  it was awful to get them off "TAB"  which is no longer sold... i think...
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i fear i am going to have trouble sending these emails  today because that ny times article had links in  it-- the constant contact that sends out our emails  gives me a " cant be parsed"   whatever parsing is... whenever there is a link.

here goes.

Monday, July 9, 2018

july 9 2018
all i did was to send someone a copy of rachael's letter to an inquiry.... -- and boy were they offended...
 i got a .nasty email- big time...
rachael is bella's mom-- and wrote a very good letter about some of teh details of  living with george- who lives with bella...  danes are perfect in some situations... but not all of them.-- so here it is--- 
WONDERFUL LESSON IN SERVICE DOGGING FROM BELLA'S MOM

So someone had asked about what we do for our service dog. You know we never had considered a service dog for Bella before seeing a mobility dog in action.  It was a long year of us driving 30 minutes to Service Dog Project at least once a week to volunteer.  Bella helped change waters, feed, brush, scoop poop, clean kennels, sweep, fluff fluffies and give pats with treats to many dogs over that year long period.
 *The more you can be there helping out the better chance of a dog choosing you just like George chose Bella.  Is it always easy?  Nope.  It takes a lot of planning. With crutches there was no thinking involved.  Bella could get up and dressed and then crutch to school or to a Dr. appointment.  No worries. 
*But when you add a service dog into the mix it takes more planning.  “Bella did George go pee and poop this morning?  Did George have breakfast?  Do you have his vest/chain?  Did he have 5 minutes to run?  Do you have his coat if it's cold?” It's a lot to plan every time you leave the house. Then planning for the unexpected such as keeping a container in the car with water/ food bowls, treats, food, fluffies, and water. 
*Does Bella always do 100% of his care?  No of course not but she does 95+% of his care.  She will happily take him to the bathroom, feed him, brush him, scoop his poop, and of course keep treats nearby.  
*Would we change anything?  No way.  Seeing the improvements have been amazing.  Bella is so much stronger.  But when you have a service dog you have to remember this is a 24/7/365 day job.  Bella doesn't decide when she wants to use George or when she wants to use crutches.  George doesn't stay home alone.  He is always with us including overnights at the hospital.  
*Has it changed anything?  Of course it has.  Are their places we don't go?  Yup. Does it draw attention?  Yes, at times Bella doesn't feel like saying Hi but she has to because she isn’t allowed to be rude.  So before you think of getting a service dog remember they require a lot of work, training, even after you think they are trained there is always more they need to learn, love, time and attention. Are crutches easier?  Yup but we have adjusted our lives to include George and wouldn't change it for anything. It's not an option to give up on him and decide one day we don't want to put forth the extra effort. 
*It is a lot of effort but he gave Bella her life back so we will do whatever we can to make him happy! 
But look at that face? What's not to love?  
Love Bella and George 
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 that is a realistic  report---  my concept is ----teh bonding  is as important as teh actual training.... because  they bond to the person who cares for them-- there is no shortcut...
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now fiona and elvis...  i am very glad  erica and asher got to spend time with fiona and elvis--- and teh person fiona refers to "being there" was , i think,  megan-- who went in to childrens hospital... to see how everyone was doing.
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IT HAS BEEN A LITTLE WHILE SINCE MY LAST UPDATE, THE PAST 2 WEEKS HAVE BEEN A LITTLE TOUGH. MY HEALTH HAS THROWN ME A FEW CHALLENGES ESPECIALLY WITH THE RECENT HEAT WAVE! I HAVE SPENT A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME ON THE PHONE TO THE HOSPITAL AND LAST WEEK WAS TOLD TO TRY AND STAY OFF MY FEET WHICH I WAS NOT HAPPY ABOUT! LUCKILY I HAD LOTS OF CARDS TO READ TO PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE, I AM SO THANKFUL TO HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE SUPPORTING ELVIS AND I! THANK YOU TO EVERY SINGLE PERSON WHO SENT ME A CARD IT MAKES MY DAY READING THEM AND THEY ARE ALL HANGING UP IN MY APARTMENT SO I SEE THEM EVERYDAY! (I AM NOT SURE IF ALL THE CPS ARE ON FACEBOOK BUT I AM BEYOND GRATEFUL FOR EVERY CARD I RECEIVED IT REALLY BRIGHTENED MY DAY)

THURSDAY I WAS ABLE TO MAKE IT UP TO SDP WHICH ALWAYS BRINGS A SMILE TO MY FACE. IT IS THE BEST DISTRACTION WHEN I AM NOT FEELING TOO GOOD! IT WAS THEN BACK TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A COUPLE APPOINTMENTS AND DESPITE THE PAIN I WAS IN, THERE WERE A COUPLE PEOPLE THAT MANAGED TO MAKE ME LAUGH THROUGHOUT EVEN WHEN I NEEDED THE TUBE IN MY STOMACH CHANGED! I THINK WE ALL REALISED MY PAIN LEVEL WAS GETTING TO HIGH FOR OUR COMFORT SO HAVING PEOPLE MAKING LIGHT OF THE SITUATION WAS JUST WHAT I NEEDED (EVEN IF ONE OF THEM HAD NO IDEA WHAT SHE WAS WALKING INTO!) I RARELY HAVE OTHER PEOPLE WITH ME DURING APPOINTMENTS, AND I WAS DEFINITELY GRATEFUL FOR THEM THIS TIME  
 THINK ELVIS WAS VERY HAPPY SHE WAS THERE TOO! ELVIS WAS A SUPERSTAR HELPING ME EVEN WHEN I FELT VERY UNSTEADY. WE ALSO CONTINUED TO WORK ON GETTING HIM FULLY USED TO ALL THE DISTRACTIONS IN THE HOSPITAL AND HE WAS AWESOME.

YESTERDAY WAS AN INCREDIBLE DAY, DESPITE MY PAIN CLIMBING I DON'T THINK I HAVE LAUGHED THAT MUCH FOR A VERY LONG TIME! WE HAS SOME VERY SPECIAL VISITORS.... ERICA AND ASHER!   I REALLY COULDN'T THINK ANYONE BETTER TO COME AND MAKE A TOUGH COUPLE WEEKS SO MUCH BETTER! WE COULDN'T GET OVER HOW TALL ASHER LOOKED NEXT TO ELVIS  AFTER INTRODUCING THE BOYS WE HEADED FOR A NICE LUNCH, IT WAS SO HUMID AND HOT OUTSIDE BUT THE BOYS GOT US ACROSS CAMPUS LIKE PRO'S! NO CONSTRUCTION, LAWN MOWERS, PEOPLE COMMENTING OR THE BUSY TRAFFIC DISTRACTED EITHER OF THEM! WE GOT A FEW MORE LOOKS THEN NORMAL AS TWO DANES CAME ROUND THE CORNER (NOT A COMMON SITE IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON!), WE EVEN MANAGED TO STOP AN ENTIRE TOUR ON CAMPUS AS EVERYONE WANTED TO WATCH THE TWO BIG DOGS HELPING THEIR PEOPLE!
WE THEN DECIDED TO DO SOME BAKING... I THINK THE MOST USED WORDS WERE "IT WILL BE FINE..." FOLLOWED BY A LOT OF LAUGHING (ESPECIALLY WHEN ERICA ASKED ME TO GO DIGGING THROUGH THE TRASH TO FIND A LEMON SHE CLAIMED WE DIDN'T NEED 5 MINUTES EARLIER ) WE STARTED FOLLOWING A RECIPE BUT WITH LIMITED SUPPLIES WE HAD TO GET CREATIVE  
SOMEHOW WE ENDED UP WITH SOME VERY TASTY LEMON AND BLUEBERRY SCONES (MAINLY BECAUSE OF ERICA'S INCREDIBLE BAKING SKILLS) BY THE EVENING IT WAS MUCH COOLER AND WE LET THE BOYS OUT TO PLAY, THE MOMENT WE TOOK THEIR VESTS OFF THEY STARTED LEAPING AND PLAYING TOGETHER! I THINK THEY HAD WAITED PATIENTLY ALL DAY FOR THAT MOMENT! AFTER A GOOD 10 HOURS TOGETHER IT CAME TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO ERICA AND ASHER AS THEY HEADED BACK TO RI. WE WALKED THEM TO THE STATION AND DESPITE THE FIREWORKS AND LOUD CONCERT NOISES BOTH ELVIS AND ASHER DIDN'T WAIVER THEIR FOCUS FROM US. IT WAS DIFFICULT TO SAY GOODBYE TO OUR NEW BEST FRIENDS BUT WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM SOON! A HUGE THANK YOU TO ERICA AND ASHER FOR COMING TO SEE US, WE LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH! SDP HAS GIVEN ME MY BEST 4-LEGGED FRIEND BUT ALSO ALLOWED ME TO CONNECT WITH SO MANY INCREDIBLE PEOPLE AND I ALREADY CAN'T IMAGINE GETTING THROUGH THIS JOURNEY WITHOUT THEM!
TODAY WE SLEPT IN AND HAVE BEEN TAKING IT EASY, I AM HOPING WE CAN GET MY PAIN UNDER CONTROL SOON OTHERWISE IT WILL BE BACK TO THE HOSPITAL  I HAVE A FEW HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS ALREADY SCHEDULED LATER IN THE WEEK SO WE ARE TRYING TO SPEND AS MANY DAYS AS POSSIBLE OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL! ELVIS HAS STAYED BY MY SIDE ALL DAY LAYING RIGHT NEXT TO ME MAKING SURE I AM OK, HE SURE IS AN ANGEL 
WE HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GOOD WEEKEND! 
LOVE FIONA AND ELVIS 
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 she suggested you click on   "adventures of erica and asher" -- but i can not include thoswe clicks-- this machine does not like those--