ALL GAUL IS DIVIDED IN THREE PARTS... SO IS SDP..
THERE IS OUR "MISSION" OF DONATING SERVICE DOGS-- THE COMMUNITY WITH DAILY DOGGIE AND MAIL CALL, ----AND THEN .THE "ROAD TRIPS"
THE ROAD TRIP- THIS IS WHERE WE ( JUDY MARA AND I) TAKE BENTLEY SIZZLE AND ANYTHING ELSE LOGICAL TO ASSISTED LIVING, NURSING HOMES, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS OR WHATEVER.-- WE WERE VERY INFORMAL ABOUT DROPPING IN THESE PLACES- AND THEY LOVED US- THE POOR PEOPLE IN THESE "HOMES" HAVE LITTLE ENTERTAinment- so we are very welcome-- the problem was... we did not blow our own horn with cummings- who like local involvement. i felt we lost the last grant because we were talking about nationwide promotion of danes as serv ice dogs... notes from cummings said as much.. so i have redone the process and started keeping exact track of who and where- before holidays we were trying for 2 or 3 a week to bolster up this spread sheet for presentation to cummings.. in hopes of more grants.
there are not really any direct expenses to the road trip- i own the car and , the dogs, and judy and mara are volunteers.
mail call and daily doggie for teh camera community..AND THEIR CONTINUED INTEREST
the CONSTANT COMMENT openings of teh dd are in teh high 950's- continues to grow very slowly-
thank heavens teh chicken bricks have sold out again...
this continued interest is held together by the explore cameras and mail call...
theRE ARE NO EXACT EXPENSES ON SDP FOR THOSE CAMERAS ( THEY HAVE GIVEN US 150K/YEAR- WE DO NOT APPLY FOR IT-IT IS AT THEIR OPTION-- THEY DO LIKE THE ATTENTION OUR PUPS AND GENERAL ACTIVITY GET,) OUR NUMBERS THERE GROW SLOWLY- WITH 500 TO 700 WATCHING MAIL CALL MOST NIGHTS -OR 1400- DURING WHELPING.
WHICH BRINGS US TO SERVICE DOGS- OUR PRIMARY MISSION. THE DOGS ARE PERFECT-- NOT A PROBLEM THERE....
IN PULLING NUMBERS TOGETHER FOR GRANT WRITING, OUR BALLOONING TOTAL BUDGET IS NOT REFLECTED IN THE OUTCOME.
I DO THINK THE TOTAL BOARD HAS THE RIGHT TO QUESTION THAT- AND I - THO NOT A VOTING MEMBER OF THE BOARD... HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR DONATING SUPPORTERS TO TRY AND FIGURE THAT OUT.
I IGNORED IT FOR A WHILE- MICROMANAGING IS NOT MY STYLE-- AND IMPOSSIBLE TO DO AROUND HERE WHERE INSTANTANEOUS REACTIONS TO ANIMALS AND SITUATIONS ON THE FARM CAN NOT POSSIBLY BE ANTICIPATED AND _"MANAGED" - ABOUT 2 MONTHS AGO I REALIZED WE WERE RACING OFF THE PROVERBIAL CLIFF AND STARTED TO REALLY STUDY PARTS OF OUR OPERATION.
FOR EXAMPLE....MY FIRST BATTLE.....- KEEPING THE KITCHEN FLOOR STEAM CLEANED IS WONDERFUL BUT NOT IF THAT MEANS YOU PUT PUPPIES "OUT OF THE WAY"- OUR PRIMARY IS THE PUPPIES- THERE SHOULD BE NO "OUT OF THE WAY" ----YOU GIVE TTHEM ATTENTION -- SPOON FEED, PLAY WITH THEM - AND WHEN THEY NAP, YOU WASH THE FLOOR.
OUR CONCEPT OF THE PERFECTLY RUN KENNEL ORGANIZATION AND THE KEEPING OF RECORDS DEMANDED BY OUR BEING ACCREDITED BY THE ASSISTANCE DOGS INTERNATIONAL HAS -- IN MY OPINION- OVER SHADOWED THE EXACT ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS TO THE DOG.
THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE AN ANSWER TO THE MAJOR PROBLEM FACING SDP. BUT IT CERTAINLY SHOULD BE ON THE MINDS OF ANYONE WHO GETS A PAYCHECK FROM SDP.
I STAND BY THAT STATEMENT.
BETWEEN MY SOMEWHAT OBTUSE ARGUEMENTIVE NATURE AND CHOICE OF WORDS- NONE OF WHICH I DENY, THE ENTIRE TOPIC HAS BEEN CENTERED AROUND PERSONALITIES AND EXTREMELY MINOR DETAILS.
I WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO HAVE SUGGESTIONS... ON PAPER.. AS TO OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS WHICH I WILL READ BEFORE THE FULL BOARD NEXT WEEK.