Wednesday, November 14, 2018

nov 14 2018

i stand corrected..... we heard from --- 'the oil rig guy"  morris
Morris Thorpe Gwen Kreager HA! The focus on Kenyon was on Dr. Bob! Sure gave me something to think about (growing food on the west coast and sh!tin' it into the Atlantic...great stuff!) However, I (oil rig guy) was misquoted. The correct line (from the rigs) "Anything that is MAN MADE and/or made out of steel WILL BREAK eventually. Do not be under it WHEN it does."
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MY OTEHR DR.BOB DISCUSSION  WAS THE BIZZARRE TIdE CHARTS AROUND CAPE COD--  IN READING TEH BOSTON GLOBE TIDE CHARTS ONE DAY I THOUGHT IT WAS A MISPRINT   THE DIFFRERENCE IN TIME OF HIGh TIDE VARRIED 4 MINUTES BETWEEN PORTLAND MAINE nd boston harbor.. however  teh difference betwee the sides of the fall river harbor was  over 2 hours--  dr bob had what he considerred a logical explination...  i smiled  but i think he was crazy  on that one.-- we argued about  a huge bump in the wqter-- and teh energy that  might be captured if that wass true.. -- i tried to google  the charts.. but they have reformated tehm and it is not so easy to read... at least where i was looking... it does  bear looking into... energy wise...
"nae man can tether time nor tide"--- but we could try...
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 I GET A LOT OF EMAILS  WITH --- HOW DO I??????  I WROTE THIS TO SOMEON E WITH  #44 INTERNATIONAL PHONE CODE... IN MY CAES LU PICARD ( ECAD) POINTED ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.....
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i just started period.. 
 the governing body seems to be  assistance dogs international.org-- they are determined to certify facilities which take teh  prograqm seriously-- so they insist on aLOT OF PAPERWORK..

FIRST OF ALL IS -- GET  REG AS A CHARITY- WHICH FROM YOUR PHONE I BET IS NOT IN THE US.. BUT YOU MUST HAVE SOME SIMILAR WHEREVER... ON THEIR WEB THEY HAVE ALOT OF INFORMATION..-- VERY LITTLE OF IT PERTAINS TO TRAINING OF  A DOG, BUT ADDRESSES TEH BUSINESS END OF THINGS...
I WOULD GET THE PAPERWORK STARTED,, TRAIN YOUR 2 DOGS... AND TEHN BEFRIEND SOMEONE ALREADY PART OF ADI AND SHOW THEM YOUR TRAINED DOGS AND PUSH FOR MEMBERSHIP..  THEN CERTIFICATION.

THERE IS A GREAT NEED FOR THESE DOGS... BUT THERE ARE ALOT OF SCOUNDRELS OUT THERE WHO REALLY SCREW UP TEH WHOLE PROCESS.

PLUS.... THERE IS ALOT OF PRESS GIVEN TO  SERVICE DOGS OPENING REFRIGERATOR DOORS AND GETTING CLOTHES OUT OF THE DRYER.... MY ADVICE -- DEFINE EXACTLY WHAT YOUR DOGS NEED TO DO TO HELP SOMEONE 90% OF THE TIME.   OUR EXAMPLE...-- IT IS PERFECTLY POSSIBLE TO TEACH A DOG TO PUSH A BUTTON  TO OPEN AN ELECTRIC DOOR - BUT YOU SHOULD WEIGH THAT  ?SLIGHT BENEFIT AGAINST HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE YOU TO TEACH THE DOG. 
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 -- DO NOT GET CAUGHT UP IN THE "CUTE TRICK" DEPARTMENT.  ONE OF THOSE FOLDING "GRABBERS" THINGS CAN SAVE A YEAR OF SPECIFIC TRAINING... TEH ULTIMATE RETREIVING IS FOR A SD  TO PICK UP A CREDIT CARD--- IF YOUO HAVE ONE OF OUR DOGS AND DROP YOUR CARD, IT WOULD TAKE LESS TIME TO CALL THE BANK AND CANCEL THAT CARD AND GET ANOTHER... DANES ARE NOT BIG FANS OF STUFF IN THEIR MOUTHS-- BUT THEY WOULD BE HAPPY TO WALK YOU TO THE BANK FOR A REPLACEMENT CARD.
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THANKFULLY A LONG AMY STORY 
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DEAR CARLENE,

SEAGRAM CONTINUES TO AMAZE ME and IS TRULY “SUPER SEAGRAM,” AS I HAVE NICKNAMED HER. YESTERDAY WE HAD A DIFFICULT DAY OF DOCTORS APPTS & A PROCEDURE, BUT SHE HELPED ME THROUGH IT PHYSICALLY (& MENTALLY), ALL WHILE BRINGING SMILES & MAKING NEW “FRIENDS” FOR US. 

JUST AFTER OUR SECOND APPT, WE WERE ABOUT TO EXIT THE WAITING ROOM, WHEN I HEARD A WOMAN EXCITEDLY TELLING SOMEONE, “TURN AROUND TO SEE THE DOG.” HE STRUGGLED TO SEE SEAGRAM. SINCE WE HAD A FEW MINUTES TO SPARE, WE CIRCLED AROUND AND WERE FACED WITH A MAN IN A WHEELCHAIR IN HIS 30s(?), WHO HAD ALSO LOST USE OF HIS ARM — BUT HE QUICKLY SHARED A BIG SMILE. “HE LOVES DOGS,” HIS MOM EXPLAINED. WE CHATTED ABOUT SEAGRAM, SDP & THE CAMERAS. I GAVE HIM ONE OF HER BUSINESS CARDS (WHICH HAS EXPLORE’S ADDRESS). THEY WERE BOTH SO HAPPY AS WE WALKED AWAY — and WE WERE DELIGHTED TO BRIGHTEN THEIR DAY. 

AS WE WALKED TO OUR NEXT APPT, I TIRED AND MY BALANCE WAS WORSE. I STUMBLED IN A CROSSWALK, BUT OF COURSE SEAGRAM SUPPORTED ME, SO THAT I DID NOT FALL. A FEW STEPS LATER, A WOMAN COMMENTED, “BEAUTIFUL DOG.” I THANKED HER AND RESPONDED WITH MY USUAL, “NOT ONLY IS SHE BEAUTIFUL, BUT SHE HELPS ME TO WALK.” THE WOMAN COMMENTED, “I KNOW — I SAW HOW YOU ALMOST FELL ON THE STREET, BUT SHE SAVED YOU.” I SMILED PROUDLY AND SAID, “YES, SHE IS AMAZING. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE HER.” THE WOMAN RETURNED THE SMILE, AND WISHED ME TO BE WELL. I THANKED HER AND NOTED THAT SHE WAS SMILING AS SHE WALKED AWAY. 

AT OUR NEXT APPT, WE WERE QUICKLY ESCORTED TO AN EXAM ROOM. THE DOOR WAS OPEN WHILE WE WAITED AND IT WAS APPARENT THAT THE MEDICAL PERSONNEL WERE WALKING BY JUST TO SEE SEAGRAM, WHO HAD SETTLED ON HER FLUFFY. ONE NURSE PAUSED AND SAID, “SHE IS SO CALM.” I AGREED AND EXPLAINED THAT SEAGRAM IS A WELL-TRAINED PROFESSIONAL. “I JUST FEEL SUCH A SENSE OF CALM WHEN I LOOK AT HER,” THE NURSE SAID, AS SHE SMILED & LINGERED A FEW MORE MOMENTS. ANOTHER PRETTY NURSE(?) WALKED BY SEVERAL TIMES, PAUSING TO LOOK AT SEAGRAM EACH TIME, SMILING. 

WELL, HER INTEREST TURNED OUT TO BE HELPFUL...SINCE I HAVE BEEN SORE AFTER MY LAST FALL 7 WEEKS AGO, THE DOCTOR OFFERED TO ADD-ON A SPINE INJECTION FOLLOWING THE APPT. MY MAJOR CONCERN, AS I TOLD HIM, WAS THAT I HAD NO ONE TO HANDLE SEAGRAM, SINCE MY HUSBAND USUALLY TAKES OFF WORK FOR THESE THINGS. THE DOCTOR CONSIDERED ALLOWING SEAGRAM IN THE ROOM, BUT WE BOTH DECIDED AGAINST THIS SINCE HE USES X-RAYS DURING THE PROCEDURE. WE WALKED OVER TO THE WAITING AREA, DISCUSSING THE LOGISTICS. THE PRETTY NURSE (CHARLI) OFFERED, “SHE CAN WAIT WITH ME,” AND INDICATED A QUIET AREA BEHIND HER DESK. I WAS SO GRATEFUL, ALTHOUGH A LITTLE WORRIED TO LEAVE MY PRECIOUS GIRL — BUT I COULD TELL THAT CHARLI WOULD TAKE GOOD CARE OF SEAGRAM. NEXT I ASKED SEAGRAM TO LAY DOWN ON HER FLUFFY AND TOLD HER THAT I WOULD BE GONE FOR A LITTLE WHILE. (WE HAVE ONLY BEEN SEPARATED TWO TIMES FOR IMAGING, WITHOUT MY HUSBAND TO HELP.) WHEN THE PROCEDURE WAS DONE, I WALKED OUT OF THE ROOM AND HEARD CHARLI SAYING TO SEAGRAM, “LETS GO — THERE SHE IS,” AS SEAGRAM WALKED TOWARD ME. I GAVE HER PLENTY OF PRAISE. “SHE WAS SO GOOD,” CHARLI SAID, “ALTHOUGH SHE SHOOK SOME WHEN YOU LEFT...SO I PETTED HER AND SHE SETTLED DOWN.” I THANKED CHARLI AND GAVE EXTRA PATS TO SEAGRAM FOR BEING SO BRAVE. NORMALLY I DON’T ALLOW PEOPLE TO PAT SEAGRAM AT ALL WHILE SHE IS IN VEST, BUT I WAS THANKFUL THAT CHARLI WAS SO KIND TO SEAGRAM. 

AFTER ALL OF THAT, I THOUGHT SEAGRAM NEEDED A SPECIAL TREAT — AND HONESTLY, SO DID I. WE CUT THROUGH BLOOMINGDALES SINCE IT HAD GOTTEN COLDER, AND SO MANY PEOPLE COMMENTED AS WE WALKED BY...I STOPPED AT A CUPCAKE SHOP AND FIRST ORDERED A SET OF SMALL “PUPCAKES” FOR SEAGRAM, THEN A CUPCAKE EACH FOR MY HUSBAND & I. WE WAITED WHILE THESE WERE PACKAGED. THE GIRL BEHIND THE REGISTER WATCHED US BETWEEN RINGING UP HER CUSTOMERS. THEN SHE CALLED US TO THE REGISTER. THE TOTAL WAS LESS THAN I EXPECTED AND SHE EXPLAINED, “I GAVE HER THE PUPCAKES BECAUSE SHE IS SO GOOD.” I THANKED HER AND TOLD HER ABOUT HOW SEAGRAM HELPS ME, THE FARM & THE CAMERAS, INCLUDING THAT SEAGRAM’S SISTER JUST HAD 11 PUPPIES. SHE WAS VERY INTERESTED, SO I GAVE HER SEAGRAM’s BUSINESS CARD. THE GIRL WHO TOOK OUR ORDER ALSO ASKED FOR A CARD SO SHE COULD FIND THE CAMERAS. 

ALL IN ALL, IT WAS A LONG BUT PRODUCTIVE DAY, AND I COULD NOT HAVE MADE IT THROUGH WITHOUT SEAGRAM’s HELP. SHE ENJOYED HER PUPCAKES, WHICH WERE WELL-DESERVED, SINCE SHE WENT ABOVE & BEYOND HER USUAL REMARKABLE HELP. 

THANK YOU FOR MY SUPER SEAGRAM!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NOV 13 2018
todays lesson is in donkey poop- for those of you watching the donkey camera-- with the PPP ( probably pregnant pony "buterscotch" )  there was an email sent to me that was worried  it looked like teh mark in her stall was made by terribly loose stool.. on formal review  i believe it came out in the  usual golf ball  form- and was spread out by   "JACK"   and his other birdie friends often seen right by the camera... once again proving  "one man's trash is another man's treasure"  or more appropriately "one animals poop is another animals compost" or as is now  the case with sooooo many people we  humans are both sides of that expression. 
there are sooo many related absurdities -- some dairy farmer in   conn?? found that capturing the methane gas produced by his cows was  as valuable as teh milk....(capturing i t was/is  teh problem).

or a favorite concept of mine...told to me by  dr. bob- ( as in beth 'n  bob.. kenyon college).. he stated long ago that the problem with  the united states was that  so much of the food is grown west of teh rockies and is chewed up and swallowed, eventually landing in the atlantic instead of the pacific ocean. 

i am still waiting for someone  to drain teh great lakes into california to grow lettuce-- or make wine... that would be  that atlantic/pacific problem also... it belongs in teh atlantic 
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it is pouring today and "they" say it will pour til 4pm this afternoon.... just let me hear anyone complain about rain -- it is called fire insurance here...
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 i worry aBOUT WATER-- IF YOU HAVEN'T NOTICED--- I DON'T LIKE THAT OIL PIPE CROSSING THAT BIG RIVER THAT DRAINS INTO THE MISSISSIPPI---OH IT WON'T BREAK????
ANOTHER KENYON GRAD WHO WORKED ON TEH  "OIL RIGS" IN SOME OCEAN OR ANOTHER SAID  "IF MAN MAKES IT, GOD WILL BREAK IT".
THAT SEEMS A TRUE STATEMENT ALSO.    KENYON  COLLEGE PRODUCED SOME  CLEAR THINKERS.
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FOR THOSE VERY FEW WHO WATCH THE CAMERA POINTED UP THE DRIVEWAY TOWARD THE HOUSE.... DANA ( OWNER OF FAB FAILURE "OLIVER" ) IS REPLACING A RETAINER WALL WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY KEEP OUR  SEPTIC TANK  FROM SLIDING DOWN TEH HILL.

WHEN  THE TOWN  HEALTH DEPARTMENT TESTED TEH  PROPOSED SEPTIC SYSTEM, THE TESTOR SAID " THIS SOIL IS GREAT- AND WOULD SUPPORT A SMALL MOTEL"  
LITTLE DID SHE KNOW......  25 PEOPLE AND 3 COMMERCIAL LAUNDRY SYSTEMS LATER AND IT IS WORKING.... ( AM I TEMPTING FATE???)
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TODAY THEY WILL DELIVER SOME OF THE  SUPPLIES  WHICH I ORDERED FROM AN INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY-- WE ARE BEYOND SIMPLE COSTCO SUPPLIES./... LIKE COFFEE CUPS-- WE MUST GO THRU 80 A DAY ON A NORMAL STAFF/VOLUNTEER  DAY HERE- NOW ADD 25 MORE AND MORE VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE NO LOCAL FAMILY WH PLAN TO COME HERE AND KEEP THE PLACE RUNNING.... 
4 MORE TABLES WHICH WE  ALSO NEED FOR THE CHICKEN SHATTING INSTEAD OF BALANCEING  FLIMSY PLYWOOD  BETWEEN TEH TOO FEW  TABLES WE NOW HAVE.
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I CONFESS ---- 9 ITEMS/  HUGE CARTONS   -----PUSH ONE BUTTON----  AND SMILE AS I PAY  $148 TO SHIP IT ALL HERE  TODAY-- AND HOPEFULLY LAND IT ALL INT HE G- TENT IN TH POURING RAIN.  WHILE I SIT HERE IN  NICE WARM/DRY COMFORT --- COUNTING 1 TO 11 EVERY FEW MINUTES   5 BLACK  5 MERLE AND 1 HARL
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 SO  THAT'S TEH PLAN
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ONE YEAR AGO TODAY I MET GRETCHEN, FROM THAT DAY MY LIFE HAS COMPLETELY CHANGED. I STILL REMEMBER BEING SO NERVOUS ON MY WAY DOWN TO MEET HER, I WAS SO SCARED SHE WOULDN’T LIKE ME AND WOULD HAVE TO GO BACK ON THE WAITING LIST. ANYONE WHO KNOWS GRETCHEN, KNOWS THAT SHE HAS A UNIQUE PERSONALITY AND IS VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT THE PEOPLE SHE LIKES. IT ONLY TOOK US TWO DAYS TO TRAIN TOGETHER AS A TEAM AT SDP AND THEN WE WENT HEADED BACK TO MAINE.

 EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE BEEN TOGETHER FOR A YEAR AND SHE IS A PROFESSIONAL, WE ARE BOTH STILL LEARNING, NEW SITUATIONS COME UP EVERYDAY AND SHE HANDLES THEM GREAT, I COULDN’T HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER PARTNER. I CAN FINALLY GO IN PUBLIC WITHOUT THE FEAR OF FALLING  SHE PUTS IN ALL SHE HAS EVERYDAY TO MAKE SURE I’M SAFE. SHE KISSES MY FACE WHEN I FALL TO THE GROUND AND WILL NOT STOP UNTIL I’M BACK ON MY FEET AND THAT CAN TAKE A WHILE SOMETIMES. EVEN WHEN I PURPOSELY GET ON THE GROUND SHE STANDS OVER ME NUDGING ME TRYING TO GET ME TO STAND BACK UP.

SHE LOVES WORKING AND GETS SO EXCITED WHEN I ASK HER TO GET DRESSED (PUT HER VEST ON). WHEN HER VEST IS ON SHE IS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT DOG, SHE’S SERIOUS AND KNOWS IT’S TIME TO WORK AND PAY ATTENTION TO ME. IT’S SO IMPORTANT NOT TO DISTRACT SERVICE ANIMALS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A JOB AND HER JOB IS TO KEEP ME ON MY FEET. SHE HAS SAVED ME FROM COUNTLESS NUMBER OF FALLS, ALLOWS ME TO GO UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS WITHOUT USING THE RAILING, GO FOR WALKS OF UNEVEN GROUND. MY FAMILY NO LONGER HAS TO WORRY ABOUT ME BEING ALONE. I FALL ALMOST DAILY WITHOUT ANY WARNING. PRIOR TO GETTING GRETCHEN I WOULD BE STRANDED ON THE GROUND AND WOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR A STRANGER TO PICK ME UP. 

SHE HANDLES GOING GOING TO SCHOOL FULL-TIME, WORKING FULL-TIME AND MANY LONG CAR RIDES AND DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS IN BOSTON LIKE A CHAMP. BESIDES HELPING ME HER SECOND FAVORITE THING TO DO IS SLEEP. SHE IS ALWAYS SLEEPING, SHE SLEEPS IN CLASS, AT WORK, AT THE DOCTORS, BASICALLY ANYWHERE SHE CAN. I COULDN’T IMAGING GOING THROUGH LIFE WITHOUT GRETCHEN, SHE HAS GIVEN ME MY LIFE BACK AND I CAN’T THANK THE SERVICE DOG PROJECT ENOUGH FOR EVERYTHING THEY DO!
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Monday, November 12, 2018

nov 12 2018

NOTHING LIKE THE BIRTH OF 11 PUPPIES TO SCREW UP ONE'S internal clock.-- I THINK I WROTE  THIS  DAILY DOGGIE THAT DID  NOT GET SENT OUT NORMALLY  .

you  cp's  are a split group-i had a  lot of comments defending the police and giving me heck and another bunch defending my comments about one policeman ruining the reputation of many... let me clarify my position with policemen-- i love them and feed tehm lifesavors and make them smile while doing an incredible job standing in th e middle of some road-totally vulnerable to some crazy idiot with a gun who might shoot thme just for fun. i have that part.....

for those of you new comers--- the day/night i was arrested and fingerprinted and mug shotted and put in a cell for a leash law violation, i wrote to the chief of police about how wonderfully correct the entire bunch were when i was a challange  due to the fact that  they picked me out of my home before dinner  where i had already enjoyed a leisurley cocktail hour or two -- of  at least 2 drinks of a southern comfort  manhattan- where the shot glass i have is an enlarged version... i wasn't argumentative.. just very happy.  

having complimented the police on a good job, i feel  it is my job to tell a superviser what this guy is like in the field...  if i was his boss, i would like to know that...
by no means am i generalizing... this is one "soft" apple in teh barrel.. 
plus considering my opinion of mother dogs, calling him a sob is a compliment.-- child of unknown fatherhood would perhaps be better.
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did i actually hear the latest that   police  when arriving at a scene are to run toward teh shots????  .  has to have been decided by someone behind a desk... .... even where split seconds could mean dozens of lives with those rapid fire guns,  i would think taking a split  second to  try and see if that is the correct approach...
i bet that cut down applicants for the job of policeman.../person--
*****
the 5 gallon coin jug filleth-- we are inches from the top... now what should  we do????
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janine's book--it is really not bad at all-- she wrote it  in 2 hours on the plane coming back from that burro race in colorado--  a kids book that is  99% true..    she got 2 donkeys out of the killer pens  and sent them to colorado to  some of her equine rescue network  friends-- to be prepared for the leadville burro race-- a 15 mile run with your donkey over teh hills--- she and  her friends here flew out for teh "race' and had  such a  wonderful time that she put the book togetehr on the way  home... apparently on heer cell phone... then read it to  the person seated with her .. and had tho woman in tears--  
it is well done...  and currentley on amazon-- not sure abotu the details ---like printed or laptop version  --   but it will be coming... where she found the illustratort i don't know but those are very well done  ------ book is  "make way for donkeys"
i do have one  printed  proof  but i don't mind selling it out of linda's "shop"-- there are a couple typos to fix- she is on it. it will be forth coming..
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so now todays dd  11/12/2018......

THE FACT THAT  mischa  HAD THE PUPS FROM ?4:30 IN THE AFTERNOON TO 12 THE NEXT DAY HAS LEFT ME WONDERING WHAT DAY IT REALLY IS....  FURTHER COMPLICATED BY THIS  DAYLIGHT SAVINGT NONSENSE---  USUALLY LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW WHEN THE CLOCK SAYS  4:30  I CAN TELL IF IT IS AM OR PM....  NOW I  STRUGGLE FOR ANOTHER CLUE.. SO I START IN WITH THE POEM....

IN WINTER I GET UP AT NIGHT
 AND DRESS BY YELLOW CANDLE LIGHT
- IN SUMMER QUTE THE OTHER WAY, 
I HAVE TO GO TO BED BY DAY.

 WHICH DOESN'T HELP EITHER-- SO I AM LEFT WITH  "JUST WAIT... IT WILL GET DARKER OR LIGHTER" 

WHICH IS TEH SAme idea i just said to george (dr myers)   HE POINTED OUT THAT IT WOULD BE POSSIBEL TO XRAY MISCHA AND SEE IF SHE HAD ANY MORE PUPS IN HER..... SHE IS LYING SO COMFORTABLY-- ( WITH NOT MUCH COMING OUT OF HER BACKSIDE)  THAT I HAVE OPTED TO WAIT AND SEE IF SHE COMES UP WITH MORE SYMPTOMS OF ANYTHING RETAINED...  SHE WILL either  GET WORSE OR BETTER.
 PERSONALLY I AM BETTING ON BETTER...  I DID GIVE HER THE 2  "PIT" SHOTS A COUPLE HOUR APART.. PAM AND I TRIED TO Anaylze teh bagged "goop" and it got down to... if bag#4 is an entire afterbirth then bag #3 has to be a double-- we were making the asumption that all the strong healthy pups would have the same size afterbirth- so therefore our logic did not work backwards    if #3 was normal  then bags #6,8 and 11 would have been short changed.
such complicatons as i have to deal with.  i think we have at least 10... 
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"DARWIN AND JACKY"   ARRIVED YESTERDAY--  DARWIN IS A HIGHSCHOOL FRIEND-- WHO TOOK THE PICTURE OF ME DIVING WHICH IS NOW  THE INTRO TO  THAT 34 MINUTE VIDEO ON OUR WEB...  jackie a friend from colby college  --- HE WANTED TO GET A picture of the 3 of us together for his facebook... i think... because i waqs the one who "fixed them up on a date   in 1959-- both have the artistic gene-- he a photographer-- and she an artist  who has become an expert on the tying of knots in antique  fishing nets??    i told them if they could stand each other for 2 dates tehy would problably marry-- and they did... and are still.... in deer isle maine where i think he still owns teh old post office for those of you wandering thru deer isle...
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with 25 relatives due to arrive, i have yet to locate  4 more queen size sheets  and 3  conference tables  which will be a positive addition to our  chicken shlt program also ..  pam tells me i replace the steps to the training room with plastic "wood" 3 years ago-- which was another concern-- course then there is .. just how much dose a group of 25 people weigh? --  that second floor is built tlike the hayloft in the barn-- big heavy beam with 2 x 10's running 12 feet-- teh hay loft will hold 30 toms of hay-- so we should be safe... i might add one more lally column just for good luck..

Saturday, November 10, 2018

nov 11 2018

mischa's temp is 99.8  - remember we are looking for the drop to 98.0 to indicate teh pups will be coming with inn 24 hours-  an old wives tale-- but it has held true-- and she is darn big...  betsy said she ahs gained 30 pounds... i believe it..

also the betsy news... her sister is  on a huge billboard in times square-- and on all the ads for  ? i think she said  merly lynch????  someone managd to google it at mail call... it is there....  big time
*****
you  cp's  are a split group-i had a  lot of comments defending the police and giving me heck and another bunch defending my comments about one policeman ruining the reputation of many... let me clarify my position with policemen-- i love them and feed tehm lifesavors and make them smile while doing an incredible job standing in th e middle of some road-totally vulnerable to some crazy idiot with a gun who might shoot thme just for fun. i have that part.....

for those of you new comers--- the day/night i was arrested and fingerprinted and mug shotted and put in a cell for a leash law violation, i wrote to the chief of police about how wonderfully correct the entire bunch were when i was a challange  due to the fact that  they picked me out of my home before dinner  where i had already enjoyed a leisurley cocktail hour or two -- of  at least 2 drinks of a southern comfort  manhattan- where the shot glass i have is an enlarged version... i wasn't argumentative.. just very happy.  

having complimented the police on a good job, i feel  it is my job to tell a superviser what this guy is like in the field...  if i was his boss, i would like to know that...
by no means am i generalizing... this is one "soft" apple in teh barrel.. 
plus considering my opinion of mother dogs, calling him a sob is a compliment.-- child of unknown fatherhood would perhaps be better.
****
did i actually hear the latest that   police  when arriving at a scene are to run toward teh shots????  .  has to have been decided by someone behind a desk... .... even where split seconds could mean dozens of lives with those rapid fire guns,  i would think taking a split  second to  try and see if that is the correct approach...
i bet that cut down applicants for the job of policeman.../person--
*****
the 5 gallon coin jug filleth-- we are inches from the top... now what should  we do????
****
janine's book--it is really not bad at all-- she wrote it  in 2 hours on the plane coming back from that burro race in colorado--  a kids book that is  99% true..    she got 2 donkeys out of the killer pens  and sent them to colorado to  some of her equine rescue network  friends-- to be prepared for the leadville burro race-- a 15 mile run with your donkey over teh hills--- she and  her friends here flew out for teh "race' and had  such a  wonderful time that she put the book togetehr on the way  home... apparently on heer cell phone... then read it to  the person seated with her .. and had tho woman in tears--  
it is well done...  and currentley on amazon-- not sure abotu the details ---like printed or laptop version  --   but it will be coming... where she found the illustratort i don't know but those are very well done  ------ book is  "make way for donkeys"
i do have one  printed  proof  but i don't mind selling it out of linda's "shop"-- there are a couple typos to fix- she is on it. it will be forth coming.
*****

Friday, November 9, 2018

NOV 9 2018


ICELAND !!    we have  A NEW CP---

I'm in Iceland. Work with computers and in my brake i watch your camera.
It is wondurful task you pepole are carrying out there.
Spirit like this keep faith in humanity
Added image from my screens :)
All the best.
       Hjálmar Ólafsson 

  ICELAND......THAT IS ANOTHER  NICHE IN OUR GOLD HANDLED CANE ..
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NOW IT IS ABOUT THE STATE POLICE AND PULLING ME OVER FOR NOT GOING EVEN FASTER  OVER THE SPEEDLIMIT ,
WHICH I WAS GUILTY OF- SO I CAN NOT COMPLAIN AND AM HAPPY TO PAY THE FINE  - WHAT I AM GOING TO RUN WITH 
 IS TEH OPPORTUNITY TO STAND IN FRONT OF THE GUY ( AND EITHER A JUDGE--- OR HIS SUPERVISOR) AND ASK HIM
 WHY HIS MOTHER DID NOT TEACH HIM  NOT TO BE SO RUDE.   I WILL HAPPILY PAY THE FINE FOR THAT PRIVLIDGE... 
AND JUDY THINKS IT WOU LD BE GREAT FUN TOO.   SHE WAS PARTICULARLY OFFENDED BY THE FACT I HAD MY LICENCE-
 HE JUST WOULD NOT STAND STILL WHILE I   LOOKED THRU JUST 5  CARDS TO GET THE CORRECT ONE... IT WAS THROWING 
THE "TICKET" IN THE WINDOW AT ME INSTEAD OF  PUTTING IT IN MY OUTSTREATCHED  HAND THAT FROSTED ME
 SO.... THE PLAN---
TEH SOB TROOPER IS  APPARENTLY IS FROM THE REVERE BARRACKS-- WHICH WE WOULD NEVER GO PAST 
UNLESS WE HAD A REASON..  
THAT REASON  NOW    IS ... THERE IS A NURSING HOME WHO LIKES TO HAVE US VISIT RIGHT DOWN THE STREET FROM 
HIS BARRACKS...     --  SO JUDY AND I CAN DO TWO THINGS AT ONCE.

MAKE THAT 3 THINGS -  
THE FYI OF TEH DAY...  BJ'S DOES HAVE... AND APPARENTLY COSTCO..  DOES TOO... LITTLE GLASSES 3.25  INCHES TALL
WITH SOMETHING LIKE DARN GOOD  CHEESECAKE AND PUDDING -  PROBABLY FOR DESERT-- THE FACT I JUST ATE ONE 
FOR BREAKFAST WE WON'T DISCUSS...

NOR WILL WE DISCUSS THE NEW SCALE I JUST got----  IT IS EITHER TERRIBLY INACCURATE OR I GAINES3 POUNDS WHEN 
THE OLD SCAle quit. 

that  little galss is  reminiscant of the  "orange juice glasses"  my sisters and i had in front of us every morning-
 and we had to drink it--
even if we ate something suggary first whicn made the OJ taste terrible. 
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mischa is a nice visitor-- fits in well.. especially after i explained to sizzle that  we were not to fight with her.

betsy said she has gained 30 pounds-- which might be 15 puppies plus the usual puppy containing devices.

it would be nice to get the video running in her store window-- with a sign out  "puppy arrival soon" 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

NOV 8 2018


I HATE TO SAY IT  BUT--- TIME HAS COME TO GET AN NEW NAIL-- YOU  KNOW  THOSE SPIKE THINGS WHICH SIT ON YOUR DESK ONTO WHICH YOU SLAM SMALL BITS OF PAPER-- CALLED RECIEPTS--- SO FAR THIS YEAR I HAVE FILLED 5 INCNES OF COMPRESSED PAPER*** TWICE*** JUST TO KEEP THE ACCOUNTANT PROCESS WORKING PROPERLY.  I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT THE SUCCESS OF  SDP  ACCOUNTING REPORT IS BASED ON THAT ARTIFICIALLY SUPPORTED PILE OF PAPERS... OR WHY-- WITH ALL THE THINGS  THAT NEED DOING... WHY I/WE SHOULD HAVE TO PAY ANYONE TO DECIPHER THAT PILE OF  #$%^&*&^%$ IS BEYOND ME.-- OR WHY I SHOULD CHANGE THE P[ILE TO BE ALPHABETICAL  IS TOTALLY BEYOND MY ABILITIES... AS IT IS , IT IS NEARLY CRONOLOGICAL  AN THAT WILL HAVE TO DO.
IT MIGHT TAKE ME  A FEW MINUTES TO FIND A SPECIFIC RECIOPPT-- BUT   IT WILL BE THERE--- SOMEWHERE.

THE TIME TO FIND A PIECE OF PAPER BECAME PROBLEMAtic yesterday
for the first time in my life, i was stopped for  driving too slow--- i was driving over 60 mph (  which is over the speed limit)  but i was in the outside lane-- which i am now told is not to be done even if you are over teh speed limit.  you must  be going faster than oaLL TH EOTHER SPEEDERS TO UUSE TEH "FAR" LANE-- OK... I SUPPOSE THAT  IS LOGICAL SOMEHOW  -- SO....
MASSIVE BLUE LIGHTS AND I SLOWLY PULL OVER THE OTHER 3 LANS AND REALLY  OFF THE ROAD ONT O THE GRASS  SO THE POLICEMAN CAN GET OUT OF HIS CAR .. BY THEN JUDY HAD PULLED TEH REG-- WHICH WAS THERE-- I JUST HAD THE INSPECTION DONE-- SO I KNEW.. AND HAD IT READY TO HAND TO THE MAN--- WHO TOOK IT AN SAID "LICENSE?"   ( THIS IS WHERE IT GETS TRICKY)
I HESITATED ONE SPLIT SECOND THINKING HE CAN NOT POSSIBLEY SUSPECT I AM REACHING FOR A GUN IN MY BACK POCKET-- SO I SAID "HANG ON , IT IS IN MY BACK P[OCKET "  AND I REACHED AND GOT  MY LITTLE WALLET THING OUT IN PROBABLY LESS THAN 5 SECONDS. HE SHOVED THE REG IN FRONT OF ME AND SAID "IS THIS  YOU?" I SAID YES-- AND HE DISAPPEAED- COMING BACK IN A RELATIVELY SHOR TIME-- SHOVED THE REG AND A CRUMPLED PAPER IN THE WINDOW-- NOT EVEN IN MY OUTSTRETCHED HAND AND SAID "PAY THIS IN 20 DAYS"  WITH JUDY IN THE PASSENGER SEAT ASKING "WHAT'S IT FOOOOORRRRR? " AND HE WAS GONE. BOTH OF US SAID TEH SAME WORDS "WELL THAT WAS RUDE" 

TURNS OUT-- I WAS CITED FOR TRAVELING IN THE PASSING LANE WITOUT PASSING ANYONE $105 - WELL I CERTAINY WAS--- BUT I WAS ALSO CITED  FOR  NOT HAVING MY LICENSE IN TEH CAR-- WHICH WAS WRONG...- HE DID NOT GIVE ME TIME TO PRODUCE IT...  NOW BEFORE ANYONE THINKS I CARRY A POCKET BOOK FULL OF STUFF And it would take me 1/2 hour to find anything... i carry only a coin pruse in my opocket which contains 1/3 if an inch of cards  license  aaa  medicare visa and costco...-- could not be "too long to produce..."  he cited me for not having it.
sooooo   judy took a picture of it on the citation and sent it to my email so it would have a time stamp-- as we continued to say "why didn't his mother teach him better manners than that.?"

i am happy to p[ay teh $145 for the privlidge of asking his superior why he was so rude..
proving once again  don't mess with little old ladies who just might have enough time on their hands to  call attention to details.

i don't know if i detected ? the fact that he was upset that i was the owner of the vehicle- as i haD TEH BRAND NEW PLOW ON THE FRONT WHICH I HAD NOT YET FIGURED OUT HOW TO REMOVE AND APPROACHING FROM BEHIND HE MIGHT NOT HAVE SEEN WHO WAS DRIVEING

THE BARRACKS IS JUST DOWN THE ROAD... I MAY GET A CHANCE TO DROP BY FOR A CHAT...

I DO ENJOY THE LITTLE OLD LADY ROLE.  
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NOTICING......
I AM TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER AWEEKLY LIST OF DEFINITE VOULUNTEERS-- SO IF YOU COME EHRE EVERY TUESDAY AFTERNOON 3 TO 7... OR SOME SUCH.. WOULD YOU PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL  AND SEE IF AI CAN REDUCE TEH EFFORT OF KEEPING OUR SCHEDULE-- AND INSTEAD LF LISTING CHORES, THERE SHOULD BE SOME STAFF OERSON IN CHARGE OF EACH AREA OF THE FARM--IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT, CHECK WITH THEM..( THE PURPLE SHIRTERS....)---
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Good Afternoon Carlene, 
Just wanted to let you know that Mo's bloodwork came back within normal limits. 
Please do not hesitate to call the office with any questions or concerns. 
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Hi Carlene,
I was at the main post office yesterday.  The SDP calendar was hanging there. The shot of the Danes in the voting booth was perfect for the day especially sense I was on my way to vote myself.    Thank you for the smile 😊
Sally
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

nov 7 2018

that was not the question !!!  i am gonna have to start a new campaign-- sort of   "anti new jersey"-- there is a new york story about  asking a question of someone from new jersey-- the jersey-ites will answer it with a question..  go across the geroge washington bridge and ask someone how to get to phildelphia and they will say "what do yo want to go there for?" - around here--- a simple "did you feed yet? just got me "yesterday we couldn't find  xxxxx" 

there are certain pieces of information   i need to know-- sometimes i don't have time to explain why-- i should carry poo pickers for note pads and write down some of the answers i get.. and it is just sloppy mental process.
and is driving me nutttttts

i can't put out a decient mail call today-- i am distractede by    too many on going problems which if i don't do something now... i will forget...
sorry  i wll try again tomotrrow




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pixie report

Dear Carlene, 
1 the good yesterday a head lady who runs presentations and goes over rules and and staff education came up to visit Pixie and I yesterday. She asked me is I didn’t mind if she used Pixie in her lessons on how a SD is supposed to act while at the the hospital with their partner. Pixie and I have been here before so she’s know for her attentive to my my needs and how well trained she is. They are beyond amazed on how she is at my side and never has eye off me. I said absolutely so if it can help educate the staff. We have spent time educating people which helps pass some time which makes me smile. We told them our story and of course where she came from and how I couldn’t be so blessed without the service dog project and all the hard work and dedication to help me like you so many other people like me. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

NOV 6 2018

we had a question on the explore comments abotu the brown mommy and baby DONKEY -- who had another home where th eowner was afraid to have her foal there... so we offered... aNd i wrote this...
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    THAT WAS SOMEONE ELSE'S PAIR... OFTEN NEW OWNERS ARE TERRIFIED OF A FEMALD GIVING BIRTH-- AND GRANTED THERE CAN BE PROBLEMS-- BUT IN TH E WILD THE DO IT VERY WELL WITH VERY FEW PROBLEMS----
    I HATE TO TELL YOU... BUT I HAVE A FRIEND WHO --A BRIGHT LOVELY WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO HER BABY IN THE FRONT OF THE TRUCK ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL AND HER HUSBAnd turned around to go back to haying because there seemed to be no need to go to the hospital..-- and--- i have seen that "kid" 6'2" strong healthy 28 year old who **i knew** grew up on a cup of horse feed for breakfast on his way to the school bus--- his mother said it was the same stuff as was in the cereal boxes-- and she was/is right... it certainly worked
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  • SHE AND I DID ALOT OF ANIMAL JOBS TOGETHER--- SHE IS MUCH BETTER WITH SNAKES AND HUGE BIRDS THAN I EVER COULD BE.. ALTHO WHEN SOMEONE IS STANDING THERE WITH CASH, MY FEAR LESSONS AND I TRY--

 I CAN NOT REMEMBER WHAT THE TOTAL DEAL WAS... BUT  FOR SOME MUSIC VIDEO- SOMEONE WANTED A HUGE COLLECTION OF  SMALL BALCK SNAKES- THERE WAS AN EXACT COUNT-- I THINK 100-- I DON'T REMEMBER WHERE I GOT THEM-- WHICH MUST NOT HAVE BEEN EASY---   BUT  AT THE STUDIO,  THEY WANTED US TO  RELEASE ALL OF THEM ABOUT 6" OVER A TABLE SET UP FOR AN EXTREMELY FANCY BIRTHDAY-- I REMEMBER THE   WHITE TABLECLOTHE WITH GLEAMING SILVERWARE AND  STEMMED WATER GLASSES.

THE CLOWNS  WHO DREAM THIS STUFF UP USUALL Y HAVE NO IDEA THE COMPLICATIONS INVOLVED--- LIKE ONCE I RELEASE 100 SMALL BLACK SNAKES IN A STUDIO FULL OF PROPS, CAMERAS AND CABLES-- HOW AM I TO GET THEM BACK FOR THE SECOND "TAKE" WHICH THERE ALWAYS IS......  I HAD THOUGHT THEY WANTED JUST A pile of them in one place... but no... all over the table...  i don't really like snakes-- but i do like money- and i had kids in college..-- 
if someone offers you brains of luck-- take luck...
i had a painter's drop plastic in my car---sooooooo we taped it under theri tablecloth and drooped it out of camera sight-- then everone on set held a section up  moat style---- then released all thos snakes who slithered arong the table and fell off into the plastic-- and we had them all !!  for a retake abotu an hour later after they re set all teh slivrwaare and glassware-- and cake...  it worked...  i must have given all those snakes back to whoever owned them-- i forget--  there is not a   "henry's snake rental"   on every street corner.

as "animale episodes" i was THE  animal supplier for "the media  industry"  it was like the class valedictorian in a class of one STUDENT -- i was the only one --there are soooo many "jobs" no one in their right mind would attempt..
we did them all... 4  pigs at 500 pounds each on staGE... IN HARNESS TO  SANTA'S SLEIGH....-- was still my worst job i never should have taken-- but we-- a crowd of about 8 people - got it done-- ROPES,  AND  SPRAY DILUTED HONEY WORKED WHILE THEY BLEW SHREADDED PLASTIC SNOW ALL OVER ALL OF US...  MY TRUCK WAS STICKY FOR MONTHS 

AS COMPLICATED AS  TRAINING  SERVICE DOGS CAN BE-- IT IS STILL ALOT EASIER !

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   Dear Carlene,
I am a daily reader of the DD in Germany. Same age as you and rear-glass-painter. ( Every month I try to get the first chicken brick, and just now I was lucky again).
I only want to tell you that I like it so much when from time to time you
mention Helen Keller. When I was a little girl my mother would tell me about her and her amazing life, and how much she owed her wonderful teacher,
who was able to teach her what means "water". 
Thank you for all you do and for your wonderful comments....

Yours Ilse Bollacher from Ludwigsburg
Southern Germany

HUNTER & WENDY VOLUNTEERED AT THE CRAFT FAIR AT THEIR MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKING AT THE RAFFLE TABLE. WHEN WE GOT THERE, WENDY WAS STANDING UP NEXT TO HUNTER WITH HER HEAD RESTING ON THE TABLE. AS SOON AS I PULLED OUT THE CAMERA, GUESS WHAT HAPPENED.... SHE TRIED TO HIDE UNDER THE TABLE. EVERYONE AROUND US LAUGHED BECAUSE WE HAD TOLD THEM THAT SHE WAS GOING TO DO THAT. IT'S NO LIE WHEN WE SAY THAT SHE IS SUPER SENSITIVE FOR WHAT HUNTER NEEDS... AND I GUESS ABOUT WHEN CAMERAS ARE COMING ALSO 藍 LOVE OUR GIRL 
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Dear Carlene, 
I was brought to the hospital over the weekend and will be In for a few mor days. I’m hoping to go home on Thursday if al goes well. Pixie and I love to snuggle on the bed together. All the staff have nothing but wonderful compliments about Pixie and how she tends to to me. She has taken to our new stay very well. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

NOV 5 2018

I LOVE TO VOTE.....IT IS THE ONE TIME IN THE YEAR WHEN I CAN SHUT OUT THE ENTIRE WORLD.... AND  DO AS I DARN WELL PLEASE---LEAving my family-- especially husband-- to wonder "did you vote THE WAY  I TOLD YOU  TO?" 

" THE PROBLEM WITH YOU XXXXX'S  IS THAT YOU  DON'T   ZZZZZ"
"HOW COULD YOU NOT BE CONCERNED  WITH WWWWWWWW WHEN  THE XXXXX 'S SAY VVVVV"
 I THINK ONE OF THE PROBLEMS  AT TEH THANKSGIVING TABLES AROUND THE COUNTRY IS THAT IT COMES TO CLOSE TO VOTING DAY- AND NO ONE HAS  RECOVERED...

CAmera mark said he took a vial of our puppy breath and sprinkled it around the table one thanksgiving   and no one argued !!- 
i better get out my supply of  puppy breath...  it is rumored to have a quieting effect on humans...

i do have some you know...  :"the Puppy Breath Manufacturing Company"  is alive and well in my bottom drawer--
...EARLENE WAS CHIEF BOTTLER...-- we sold quite a bit of it along aBOUT THE TIME THAT SOME LOCAL GUY WAS SELLING BOTTLED SNOW FROM THE BLIZZARD..$2.... .  HE GOT MORE PUBLICITY THAN WE DID..    OURS WAS $8 a vial  with $5 for a refilL... AND A COUPLE PEOPLE SENT THE VIAAL BACK FOR REFILL !!
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THERE IS A DOG--- RIGHT OUTSIDE MY WINDOW--- WHO MAKES ME WONDER.....  THERE IS A PATTERN
  X  X    PAUSE-- THEN  X  X  X   AND EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE  XXXX - X
MOST OFTEN   IT IS THE TRILOGY-----  BUT  IS THAT TRUELY A 5 OR DOES HE RUN OUT OF BREATH AT 4 AND HAVE TO GET MORE AIR? -- SINGLE BARKS ARE RARE   AND THEY  SEEM TO BE ASKING ..." IS ANYONE OUT THERE TODAY?-- BECAUSE OF THE PAUSE AFTER ANY SINGLE..   AND IF HE IS ANSWERED--- IT COULD BE WE CAN NOT HEAR TEH ANSWER....

IT DOES BEAR  NOTE TAKING---

X  
XX 
XXX  
XX
XXX
XXX  X
X
XX
XXX
XX
X
XXX
X
XX ..... YYY  ( ANOTHER DOG ) 
XXXX X ..... YY .... Z Z 
Y
XX
XXX

THAT COULD BE A SERIOUS STUDY-- WITH COMPUTERS BEING WHAT THEY ARE....   TO SEE IF THERE ARE PATTERNS....   MAYBE LIKE BRAILE THERE IS A PATTERN TO LEARN...  IS THIS  LIKE THE "WATER" MOMENT WHEN HELLEN KELLER FIGURESW OUT THE AHNDS MEAN "WATER" 

I WONDER IF WE COUDL GET ANYONE TO PAY US TO STUDY THAT--
 WE DO HAVE A DOG COMMUNITY THAT IS QUITE DISTINCT.

IT MAKES ABOUT AS MUCH SENSE AT LISTENING TO THE  TV...
BLAH BLAH BLAH.... THEN  T--V--W-- X --- Y---  ZZZZ ( THOSE ARE TEH COMMERCIALS)  
REPEAT 5 TIMES AN HOUR- 

HMMMMMMMMMM

Sunday, November 4, 2018

nov 4 2018

HAPPY SHATTING DAY !-
  AMAZINGLY --- 83 PEOPEL BOUGHT BRICKS YESTERDAY  WHICH GOT US SOLD OUT-- AND THE PAYROLL MADE FOR ANOTHER MONTH !!
HOW ON EARTH DID WE GET THIS SDP GOING? 
 I DON'T HAVE A CLUE-- AND THO SERVING VETERANS AND CHILDREN WITH MOBILITY ISSUES LOOKS WONDERFUL ON PAPER, A HUGE PART OF MY INVOLVEMENT IS  explaining to teh danes how to be a wonderful  useful part of human society instead of just a goofey couch potato.  their extreme sensativity to  human behavior makes them super service dogs when bonded to their  partner.
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couple things-- 
there is a cp who puts  comments on pictures  with the dog's  way of thinking-- who is exactly right- ?yesterday? there was a perfect one  working on the stairs in the arena ---somethign like  "ok miss devlin... iunderstand where to put my feet on the stairs so when i go with my partner i can reeeeellllyyy help'" 

on teh flip  side---- i get extremely aNNOYED WHEN  OUR DANES SUFFER BECAUSE OF THE REPUTATION ESTABLISHED BY  JACK RUSSELLS .. -- TAKE A WANDA TYPE---**p**l**e**a**s**e******- IF THERE IS EVER A DOG FIGHT  BETWEEN WANDA AND A DANE, THE DANE WOUL D BE THE WRONG ONE-- POOR LITTLE WANDA GOT PICKED ON BY THAT HUGE DANE-- WHEN FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW WANDA...  SHE AIN'T THE INNOCENT ONE...-- THAT CONCEPT GETS CARRIED TO DOG PARKS ( IF YOUR TOWN IS LUCK ENOUGH TO HAVE A DOG PARK....)   2 TINY DOGS GET IN A FIGHT- AND ALL ANYONE CAN THINK IS  THANK HEAVENS THEY WEREN'T HUGE DOGS- SO WE BETTER NOT ALLOW HUGE DOGS IN HERE..

PIT BULLS--IT IS POSSIBLE  TO HAVE A WELL BEHAVED PIT BULL-- BUT THE PEOPLE WHO OFTEN HAVE TheM ARE NOT EXP[ERTS IN DOG TRAINING..  MAKING FOR PROBLEM DOGS AND THE REPUTATION GOES DOWN HILLL. IMO---- any dog with those jaw muscles were bred specifically to bite and hang on... they aren't necessarily mean... they enjoy biting   they were bred for that.

i suppose there is some kind of paralell between all that and humans and thngs like  cannons, rifles and pistols
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danes were bred for ?chasing wild boar???- however seeing as there aren't any wild boar  in new england...  at least yet..  they will rest on teh couch til they get here...  the wild pigs are coming... i think they are as far north as tennassee??? i have seen what they do tto disney in florida....   i better leave that one alone
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I just had to email to tell you that I had another amazing "only SDP moment" today.  A few days ago, Paul Eden, who has author Charlotte, messaged me on Facebook to say that he would be here in Sacramento for a few days beginning November 1 because his dad was having surgery.  He wondered if I would like to get together. There being no answer other than yes of course, we agreed to meet today, November 3.  He's very familiar with the area as he is originally from San Bruno, just south of San Francisco and also lived in Sacramento for a few years. We met at a restaurant near my house...and as he texted me...he was the one with the large service dog :)

Having recently returned from Dog Fest and volunteering at the farm, this was such a perfect way to satisfy my yearning to interact with a Dane.  I was very careful to ignore Charlotte...we did get lots of gasps and looks as we walked through the restaurant...Paul spread her fluffy next to the table and she achieved boredom very quickly. When we finished eating, he said that I, as a CP, was a member of the SDP family and therefore was allowed to break the "No petting" rule.I was able to liberally pet Charlotte and feed her a couple of cookies.  I got nuzzled in return...does it get any better?

Paul is such an wonderful upbeat guy who has faced so many health challenges, yet manages to keep going with so much positivity.  He said he is constantly amazed by the compassion and generosity of SDP nation and can't imagine his life without Charlotte.  I also count myself so fortunate to have stumbled upon SDP shortly after the cameras went live.  I've never looked back and find joy every day in watching puppies, donkeys, mail call and anything else that happens in the incredible world of Crazy Acres.

Thank you for all you do.
Jerrie Van Vliet (jerrie11/7)
CP 2012

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repeating-------
 DEVIN FOUND THIS  AND I DID IT--- SOUNDS  OK TO ME TO TRY..... I DON'T USUALLY GO FOR THESE- BUT JET BLUE SOUNDS LEGITIMATE.. I FILLED IT OUT AND SENT IT IN WITH THE 30 SECOND VIDEO FROM OUT WEB--  ALL YOU CREATIVE PEOPLE OUT THERE... LETS GET AT IT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS..  our ein # is    26-0058467 


WE HAVE ONLY 4 MORE DAYS TO TRY FOR IT....  --- BUT THAT $25,000 WOULD SURE BE NICE

IF SOMEONE COULD CUT THE 3 MINUTE VIDEO  DOWN TO A MINUTE, IT WOUDL BE GOOD ALSO...  GET RID OF ME AND JUST SHOW DOGS;.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

NOV 3 2018
for lacki of better inspiration on  overnight  engineering disasters-- i will resort to FYI  education...
first clue was the  10-20 rusted fishing vessels sitting in the midDle of a  desert in russia

they were once in the 4th largest inland sea in the world-- teh aral sea--- and RESPONSIBlE FOR A LARGE PArt of teh canned fish produced in russia.. until someone decided RUSSIA  should grow cotton-- so they dammed and  diverted the 2 rivers which fed the aral sea and diverted them to teh cotton growing project.. which used massive amounts of chemicals which  found i's way to the remaining fish.
between evaporation aND CHEMICALS- TEH SALINITY WAS CHANGED AND FIRST TEH FISH-- THEN TEH WHOLE  SEA IS NOW --- GONE. A DESERT     ARALKUM DESERT IF YOU WANT TO GOOGLE.NOW THE Prt that is even worse... is the dust from thagt desert has been found int eh penguins of antartica,,  PLUS IN greenland and finland 's wildlife..-- so i am sure it is in new englands air also-- things like that happen...  actually... 
one of the few "regualr " 9 to 5 jobs i have had was to track fallout patterns of atomic  "dust" across the USA-- and let me tell you -----  what happens in los vegas does not stay there.     It is all headed for  THE EAST COAST..!!  
so tho you may think  that cough you developed has to do with the polution from teh  factories in N.H.   it very well could be caused by bird droppings in russia's newest desert-- created by the cotton growers ...
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it is an amazing show--
 from the  demise of the state of the arts lighthouse in denmark because mommy nature moves the entire sandy coastline 65 feet a year--
to mommy's gravity  program...  the british road over a mountain which, by sagging one foot a year has made it impassable except by bicycle.
to the walls of hundreds of what look like 3 foot tall  hershey "kisses" in the alps-(to keep out german tanks)
those hershey 'kisses" are the only thing on the show  that mommy nature has not managed to eradicate.  in the meantime , they don't do a lot for the tourist trade.. with the cross country skiing crowd... 
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pouring rain--- i do like to think i take advantage of possible labor saving opportunities...   we (  cp joyce and i)  rolled the 48 inch ball out of the arena and into the flat field-- to get it cleaned up by the rain... hopefully.
from using the fork lift to raise up a huge piece of donated carpet and pouring soap along the top.. to straPPING A WIRE DOG CRATE TO TEH TOP OF MY CAR- AND PUTTING MY WASHED - LAUNDRY IN IT AND DRIVING DOWN  ROUTE 95 TO DRY IT.
THERE  ARE SOOOO MANY TIMES  WE COULD MAKE OUR LIVES EASIER AND CHEAPER-- BY USING WHAT mommy  NATURE'S  CREATIVITY  CAN DEAL WITH..

LIKE WHY STRUGGLE TO FIND A LEVEL WITH THE BUBBLE TO TELL YOU IF  A FLAGPOLE IS VERTICAL.. -- TO HECK WITH THE BUBBLE THING---  YOU CAN HANG THE LEVEL -- OR ANYTHING -- OFF A STRING AND TELL QUICKER IF IT IS VERTICAL WITH JUST GRAVITY..THAT IS WHAT WE DID WITH THE FLAGPOLE THAT IS NOW BY THE T-TENT- AND THAT IS NOT BAD... 
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 DEVIN FOUND THIS  AND I DID IT--- SOUNDS  OK TO ME .... I DON'T USUALLY GO FOR THESE- BUT JET BLUE SOUNDS LEGITIMATE.. I FILLED IT OUT AND SENT IT IN WITH THE 30 SECOND VIDEO FROM OUT WEB--  ALL YOU CREATIVE PEOPLE OUT THERE... LETS GET AT IT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.. 


WE HAVE ONLY 4 MORE DAYS TO TRY FOR IT....  --- BUT THAT $25,000 WOULD SURE BE NICE

IF SOMEONE COULD CUT THE 3 MINUTE VIDEO  DOWN TO A MINUTE, IT WOUDL BE GOOD ALSO...  GET RID OF ME AND JUST SHOW DOGS;.

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I HAVE NOT CHECKED THIS MORNING YET... BUT  LAST I KNEW THERE WERE STILL ALOT OF  CHICKEN BRICKS LEFT -- -- IF EVEN HALF OF YOU WHO GET THIS  GO BUY ONE FOR $10.... , WE WILL BE SOLD OUT...
IF ALL OF YOU BUY ONE....... I WILL DO AN  IRISH JIG.
OR TRY.....

Friday, November 2, 2018

nov 2 2018

NOW HERE'S AN  FAUX AWARD I NEVER THOUGHT........
Hi Carlene, 
When I went to my writing class I learned the importance of grabbing the reader's attention with your opening sentence, and I believe you're listed for the upcoming Nobel Prize for Literature with . . . . . 
"Getting pinched by a toilet seat seems to be my lot in life"
Lots of laughs!
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MOVING ON...... 
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DR POL DOES NOT SEEM TO BE ON LATE NIGHT ANY MORE- SO I HAVE TO RESORT TO ENGINEERING DISASTERS. it started with pisa-- leaning-- and the problems trying to keep it upright... but i never thought  there was a skyscraper in new york --#601 lexington ave--which-- per the internet- (and you know how accurate that can be...) 200,000 people's lives were in danger because of an enginereing flaw.

a flaw which i could not tolerate in a great dane...  i like a leg in each corner... seems  any fool???? at any rate.. this building  was built on "stilts"  in order to avoid and be built around --- a church---
(my opinions about churches and real estate are anotehr story... but to the engineering part...)
not only on stilts, but the stilts are in the middle of the sides-- not in the 4  corners on which  any good dog/horse owner would insist ,,, ... it passed allteh enginering requirements for wind pressure on each side-- and then some  free thinking WOMAN   came along and said what about wind on the corners...-- she didn't ask that until the building with it's 38 elevators was up and occupied.. 
then came the big debate-- do we evacuate that building and all th e others form there to central park which might be knocked over if it does collapse. and a huricane was approaching.....  -- it took a few weeks for "them" to decide that  welding a certain  a certain  supportave  joint together would help-- which they then did at night over the next 30 nights so that no one would be alarmed.   i bet that the people who made that decision  not to evacuate were not sitting around teh 43'd floor worrying about thier own life if the thing crumbeled in the meantime..

Which is one reason i no longer go to new york- it is just toooooo big for teh little guy ( me)
i also don't go to new orleans to watch the ships go by  higher than my head- ( see my extensive study on water running down hill) 
and  i have a problem with california and that earth quake reputation--  it is not a sustaINABLE COMMUNITY   --
the water mains would break and we would have no drinking water...along with trying to deAL WITH WHAT EVERYONE ELSE HAD ALREADY DRANK. ...
the cowboys saying " you want to drink upstream from the herd" 
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 SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY -- THE NAVY-- ANOTHER OVERNIGHT LECTURE  ON THE  BIG BUNCH OF SHIPS THAT HANG AROUND TOGETHER.. ? A FLEET? 
 I WAS FASCINATED ABOUT T HE NUMBER OF THOSE SHIPS THAT CARRY A COMPLETE HOSPITAL-THINGS LIKE  STAFF FOR  15 OPERATING ROOMS, 

THAT HAS TO BRING ME TO ... VOTING--- THERE ARE SO AMNY ADS HERE IN MASS ABOUT RULINGS  AND NURSES IN HOSPITALS AND GRANPAS  WITH CHEST PAIN  HAVING TO WAIT IN TRIAGE  FOR TOOOOO LONG BECAUSE OF NOT THE RIGHT COUNT OF NURSES IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM.-- I DON'T KNOW WHICH WAY I AM SUPPOSED TO VOTE.... DOESN'T MAtter... but i did make me wonder if on that navy ship a bunch of congressional people  got to tell the medical staff  to leave people in teh triage area until 2  of teh nurses got back from cigarette break????.   if teh LACK OF A NURSE COUNT WORKS ON SHIP WHY DOES IT NOT WORK IN A LANDBASED HOSPITAL?  DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH  " YOU HAVE THIS JOB TO DO... JUST DO IT" ?  WHICH  I KNOW  HAS TO DO WITH  BELL SHAPED CURVES- AND WHICH END DO YOU PREPARE FOR.
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shatting sunday is coming quick-- i have a couple of the big quickpickers  to enter... but  dogfest always distorts our  brick buying.. 
we are doing fine-- we are slightly dishelveled and still recovering from the lacK of INTERNS  WITH STAMINA AND  YOUNG LEGS........ we have a few people coming in to interview and think of working and/or  volunteering here....  right now , keeping up is definitely   work... 
but if you think this is bad, you ain't seen nothin.... 
dog's health is maYBE THE WORST PROBLEM WE  CAN HAVE  -- THAT PARVO BIT WAS A HUGE CHALLANGE... BUT WE MADE IT. THIS TOO SHALL PASS  HOPEFULLY..

Thursday, November 1, 2018

NOV1 2018

NONE SO BLIND AS THOSE WHO WILL NOT SEE.  THAT IS THE TRUE-ISM FOR THE DAY.--AND IT IS SO TRUE THAT I REALLY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING MORE TO SAY TODAY. 

Hi Carlene and all at SDP,

Charlotte and I have had the most hectic week and it's only Wednesday. Today, for example, I got my chemo this morning at 7:30-10, then watched my youngest and middle girls Halloween parade for their costumes. Charlotte was such an angel through all the morning, napping while I got my dose and was not distracted by all the kids walking by us. While turning my head around so much to try and see my kids I almost went down, my wife says that Charlotte saved me from falling over 3 times by her count. Then Charlotte and I went to my 4th grader's class party and gave a quick talk about blood. My wife and I put together 2 little cups, one with corn syrup (plasma) and the other with marshmallows (white blood cells), cinnamon dots (red blood cells), and tiny white decorations (platelets). It only took a few minutes from sitting at the front of the class. Then I did Spooky Bingo with part of the class while others played other party games. The children were very very good to not try and pet Charlotte and Charlotte, for her part, stayed by my side and only stood up when she thought I was going to stand. She knows my mind and almost beats me to it most of the time.

Now I'm packing for Charlotte and I to travel to Sacramento, California tomorrow to be there for my father while he has some leg surgery. We'll be there over the weekend and I've already made contact with a CP in Sacramento so I'm happy that I'll get to say hi to the west coast :). Again, thank you for you and all that you do for us. My quality of life has so improved since Charlotte entered my life. I may never be who I was 10 years but I'm looking forward to the 10 years ahead. Thanks.

Paul and Charlotte