Wednesday, January 23, 2019

jan 23 2019

teh TUFTS exhibit went very well  judy is a super organizer and loquacious -- big time....- we were in a semi confined area-  so we could remove all harness aND COLLARS SO BENTLEY AND SIZZLE COULD REALLY WORK THE CROWD... WHICH THEY DID BEAUTIFULLY-- FROM  SLOWLY GOING FROM TABLE TO TABLE- TO BENTLEY FALLING ASLEEP IN THE VERY MIDDLE- THEY WERE A HUGE HIT- AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL GET SOME  FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THEIR PROGRAM-- IF ONE OF THEIR PEOPLE VOLUNTEERS FOR X HOURS, TUFTS WILL DONATE $250-- PLUS IF THEY DONATE MONEY TUFTS WILL ADD TO THAT...
I HAVE TO COMMENT ON THE TERRIFFIC GUY WE MET AS WE PARKED RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE DOOR- ONE OF THE  SNOW CREW WORKING ON THE ICE PROBLEM CAME RIGHT OVER AND OFFERED TO HELP US WITH THE WHEELCHAIR/DOGS/ AND EQUIPMENT- IT WAS NOT ONLY THE HELP, BUT THE GUY WAS SOOOO PLEASENT AND CHEERFUL AS WE SLID AROUND TEH CHUNKS OF WHAT WAS ONCE SNOW AND WAS NOW SOLID ICE.  I WAS IMPRESSED-- I DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS A PHD STUDENT WORKNG OFF HIS TUITION BILL, OR ONE OF THE MIKE ROWE DIRTY JOBBERS DOING A MISERABLE JOB CHEERFULLY.   I WAS IMPRESSED WITH HIS UNEXPECTED ATTITUDE.  I DON'T KNOW WHO AT TUFTS TO WRITE TO- BUT THAT GUY IS A WINNER.
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 THAT MAKES TODAYS JOB A LOT EASIER-- WE ARE DUE AT BELLA'S SCHOOL IN READING AT 11:00.  I DO NOT HAve a clue what is the gist of the event-  i go with 2 --hopefully perfect-- dogs and see what developes.
probably they expect a lecture on  service dgos -- what they do- and there will be some who want to know how to train  a service dog.  if that is the case----- they will get a surprise-- because there is sooooo maNY DETAILS THAT GO INTO THIS SDP WHICH HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ACTUAL DOGS.
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LIKE   A WASCOMATT WASHER REGULATES THE AMT OF WATER INTHE DRUM WITH A TINY SPRING THE SIZE OF THE ONE IN YOUR BALL POINT PEN-- AND WHEN IT BREAKS IT IS $450 TO REPLACE.
MY POINT BEING  YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT PART OF YOUR EDUCATION YOU WILL BE CALLED ON TO USE..
BUT WHATEVER YOU DO-- ALGEBRA - WILL BE PART OF IT- LIKE IT OR LUMP IT- MONEY IS IN NUMBERS.
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AN ALGEBRA TEST IN DOG RAISING
IN THAT RANDOM CALL FROM PURINA WHERE THEY SIMPLY SAID " CALL US BACK IN AN HOUR AND TELL US  HOW MUCH FOOD WOULD YOU NEED FOR YOUR 50 DANES  MONTHLY."  SOUNDS INNOCENT ENOUGH.
I HAD AN HOUR.. WE WERE TALKING OVER $50,000 A YEAR IN FOOD.  I HAD TO BE CLOSE- BECAUSE PURINA IS A HUGE COMPANY-- THIS GUY ON THE PHONE KNEW EXACTLY HOW MUCH FOOD 50 DANES WOULD EAT A MONTH.  I THINK HE WANTED TO SEE WHAT KIND OF OUTFIT  HE WAS DEALING WITH. I  WAS NOT GOING TO GUESS...   
50 DOGS  AVG 4 SCOOPS 2+2 A DAY= 200 SCOOPS---30 DAYS  6000 SCOOPS---   BUT HE WAS DEALING IN BAGS OF 37 POUNDS- SO I STOPPED EVERYTHIGN AT THE FARM AND HAD 2 PEOPLE SCOOPING DRY DOG FOOD FROM ONE BAG TO ANOTHER-- COUNTING AND SPILLING  THE OFFICE WAS ANKLE DEEP IN DOG FOOD...TEHY GAVE ME THE NUMBER OF SCOOPS PER BAG-- I TOLD HIM HOW MANY BAGS-- AND PURINA HAS SENT 5 PALLETS OF DOG FOOD EVERY MONTH SINCE   5 YEARS AND COUNTING. 

 MY LECTURE ON RAISING SERVICE DOGS CAN EASILY  GO  next TO  DEALING WITH THE  POO.  LIKE IN ANY JOB-- INSTEAD OF SKIPPING OVER THE MOST DISAGREEEABLE ASPECT OF THE JOB, STUDY IT AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO  DO IT MOST EFFICIENTLY- I CAN RELATE TEH STORY ABOUT THE DEBATE WITH TEH BRITISH WOMAN ABOUT CHUNKY VOMIT PICKER SHE HAD INVENTED.

UNFORTUNATELY  HIGHSCHOOL IS A COLLECTION OF ALL THOSE BITS OF KNOWLEDGE - 99% OF WHICH WILL BE TOTALLY USELESS- UNFORTUNATELY YOU CAN'T FIGURE OUT THE USELESS BITs FOR THE NEXT 50 YEARS.  BUT HOPEFULLY IT TEAches you to think about it.

then i can get into the training  vs  educate part.. 

or some other entirely different lecture.. it all depends .....

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

jan 22 2019


JAEGAr is  tail- less-  well at least 4 inches left--- he had a  "happy tail"- bang it on the kennel/doors/gates/ whatever and produce enough blood to replicate a murder scene.
so......minus donna( recovering from putting her arm back together)  meant i had to go sit  with the patient at DAH... ... 
there is a reason for that--- years ago - i had a perfect service dog .."brownie"  which i sent to someone in penna-. he developed a happy tail and  needed to have it docked- which the  vet there did-  normally vets put dogs into the cages to recover from anesthesia- which they do by thrashing--BIG  TIME---  ever since brownie had the experience of banging metal noise he didn;'t understand, he would react to even a metal garbage can lid- rendering him useless as a service dog.   i remember that...  so ours will wake up with an attendant--

 usually  we check in  early at danvers animal hospital ( dah)  and they operate on our dog as  early as possible , just to get us out of their way.   i went there with him at 8:30 and teh surgeon put on her mask at 11:15-  and by  12:30 he was  on the floor with another attendent thrashing away-- all 143 pounds of him.  no way could  i hold him... until he got slightly out of the fog.  when he got 4 feet on the ground, megan picked us up and got him home- all was well til  he said he needed to pee...  pam took him out-- in the dark ---  and - to be kind to him, she let him out on the end of a 6 foot lead rope.  thAT EMPOWERED HIM-  HE HAD 4 FEET  POWER AND PAM ONLY HAD 2 ON THIS ICE-- SO SHE LOST THE ARGUEMENT AND HE ROARED AROUND THE PROPERTY.
 GOLDIE WAS WATCHING--- I REALIZED  PAM SHOULD BE BACK WITH HIM AND WENT  OUT THE DOOR TO CALL HER....- PAM SAID SHE DID NOT HEAR ME, BUT 2 SECONDS LATER THE PHONE RANG- PAM WAS OUT BEHIND THE ARENA- AND HAD CAUGHT JAEGAR AND HAD HIM ON A LEASH  AGAIN...
  FYI---- THERE IS A LESSON HERE...-
A DOG ON  A LEASH THAT IS ONE FOOT LONG KEEPS HIS HEAD RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR  KNEE AND IS  HOPEFULLY UNDER CONTROL - A DOG THAT IS ON THE END OF A 6' LEAD IS IN TOTAL CONTROL AND CAN DRAG YOU ROUND THE BLOCK.
MARY--- MY OLD/ FAVORITE DONKEY-- USED TO KEEP US ON OUR TOES WITH THAT LESSON.. 

 NOW PAy ATTENTION..... IF YOU WERE WALKING HER --HER HEAD RIGHT NEXT TO YOUR  RIGHT SHOULDER AND HAND UNDER HER CHIN.... LIFE WAS GOOD... BUT GET THE SLIGHTEST DISTRACTion SHE WOULD MOVE HER HEAD EVEN 1 INCH  TO THE RIGHT-AND SHE WOULD HAve the leverage/ advantage and could spin to the right dragging you along....  by keeping her head sllightly bent to the left- you had teh advantage to spin her in a left circle- otherwise you were useless..
applying that to dogs  -- dog by your left knee-- you can controll by turning a circle to the right but if the dog's head goes to the left you become the spinnee and the dog  is the spinner. 
short leash--- never tight leash-- but short.
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i had alot of positive comments on the doggie day care concept- i don't have any luck dealing  with the va--- but if any one else wants to write them  or the wall street journal....-- have at it..  it could work.
here is a variation....  but with a day care, people come round and take them all home at night  wooowowoooo 
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Dear Carlene, read your DD this morning. When I worked at VA we would take a group of Vets to the dog shelter to volunteer. This was a win win. Some vets went on to adopt a dog so they could have a fulltime companion.
sincerely, CP Kathy Cable
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I just would like to let you know that Ella is unbelievable and a fast learner, she now helps me with my PTSD all so. And can help me up from sitting down in a chair she walks with me and helps to walk a straight line and keeps me from falling. I owe her my life for what she can do for me thank for this beautiful young lady that she is well thank you znd god bless you all.
John C.Michael and Ella Michael

Monday, January 21, 2019

JAN 21 2019

COFFEE WILL BECOME   EXTINCT????  TALK ABOUT BAD NEWS---NOW THAT IS REALLY GONG TO BE A PROBLEM. 
 I WATCH VERY LITTLE ACTUAL TV---  I MEAN---- IF DR POL IS NOT ON , I GRAVITATE TO THE SCIENCE CAHNNEL IN HOPES OF THE MYTHBUSTERS WHICH IS SOMETIMES REPLACED BY  EXTREME ENGINEERING DISASTERS.. WHICH I DO FIND ENTERTAINING....  LAST NIGHT DR POL WAS REPLACED WITH A "WHICH ANIMAL EATS WHICH ANIMAL" -so that was out...  AND I WENT TO THE  SCIENCE /ENGINEERING  CHANNEL -

 I SWEAR I WAS SOBER - THEY TALKED OF CREATING ENERGY WITH A VERY LIGHT REFLECTIVE FILM  THE SIZE  OF THE STATE OF TEXAS  WHICH WOULD ENABLE US TO GET TO SOME GALEXY 74 BILLION LIGHT YEARS AWAY-- GIVE OR TAKE A BILLION..

WHO IS PAYING THESE PEOPLE? ----SOMEBODY PHOTOGRAPHED  A PRETTY BIG- BY MY STANDARDS-  FLIMSY FLOPPY TENT SHAPED THING IN SOME AIRPORT  HANGER WHILE SOME RAtional looking man explained about the texas size FILM and aliens. I TRIED  TO RELATE THE COST OF VIDEOGRAPHERS TO PUT TOGETHER THAT 60 MINUTE AS WERE OUR  COST AT THE 20 MINUTE ON OUR WEB.  I AM 100 % BEHIND THE LECTURE ON CREATIVITY BY KEN ROPBERTSON( TED LECTURE) 

IF I HAVE TROUBLE WITH THE CHANGES  THEY USE IN THE WEATHER CHANNEL MAPS TO ILLUSTRATE RAIN  VS SLEET  VS  SNOW- YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW I RESIST CHANGES PERTAINING TO COFFEE AND ALIENS.
I CAN REMEMBER......
IN COLLEGE-- A FRIEND ( JACKIE-- NOW DARWIN'S WIFE) TOLD  ME OF A REALLY FUTURISTIC PLAN OF CARRYING AROUND A PIECE OF PLASTIC TO BUY GROCERIES.  I FIGURED SHE WAS 100% NUTS...  I TOTALLY LACKED THE ABILITY  TO CONNECT TEH PLASTIC WITH THE WORD INTERNET -  WHICH WAS ANOTEHER INTANGABLE CONCEPT I WAS   UNWILLING TO   ACCEPT.
SO HERE I AM- WATCHING SOME  GUY EARN  HIS LIVING BY TELLING ME IN ALL  SINCERITY THAT ALIENS that got here with the energy from a flim the size of texas   that..  MIGHT OPT  TO STUDY OUR SOCIETY BY  EATING PORTIONS OF OUR FEET.... and i watched it  !!

I SUPPOSE THAT MAKES AS MUCH SENSE AS  OUR SOCIETY DESERVES IN THe FIRST PLACE.
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if that  concept earned someone a buck-- then i have every reason to tell you what i really think about the idea that the  va has for animal assisted therapy.
 the basic concept is a wonderful one animals-- particularly dogs- really help to undo what people do to themselves. 

the va  wanted our input on  having therapy  dogs come  to their  group sessions on fridays- the concept is valid but the result they are esxpecting comes from a better relationship with the dog than a few pats on the head. the "approved therapy dog"  on a leash ( with a gentle leader) for an hour on a friday just will not cut the mustard...  the best idea is one dane to one veteran    like scot and dash ( making a message out of a mess video)    but that is beyond the capabilities of the va- at least at the moment. and there are  all sorts of steps along the way  -- like a facility dog which is owned/managed and taken home  by  one of the people who work there...  possible but complicated...

let me start with the fact that - all i have to do is walk into that complex of 80  attached buildings and i am surrounded by veterans patting my dogs smiling away like they have not smiled in years ( according to the "professionals " there) 

so what would  i do???  given a few bucks and a small space in  the sprawling  military compound... hold your hat...
i would start a doggie day care- ..which would mean that  people in the surounding towns would come and drop off theii  relatively well behaved- and interesting--  family pets  to be entertained for the day -  managed by  the veterans --- oh you would have some sorting to do ..just like they do in all doggie day cares..  so make provision for that -  exercise?  there are inner courtyards already  plus  those 80 building are all attached by  tubes and hallways-- a joggers loop-- 
 try and tell me that  something like these 11 pups in a- nearly- spotless clean room- like our kitchen- would not attract someone who needs to be attracted, instead of being assigned to a group therapy session.

if i can cause a traffic jam of people with just bentley and sizzle imagine what i could do with a megan's march of teh 11-- make that-- what megan could do marching teh 11...

i could run such a doggie day care--- not that i want  the job...... but i sure could plant the seed. - and i know of a person who runs a huge an effective doggie day care center-- so there is an experienced  population to draw  from.
get away from the  "approved  inspected" therapy dog concept and go with someone who runs a commercially successful out fit already- someone who copes with  the odd dog problem and does not get bent out of shape easily.
teh sight of 11 pups running down those horribly sterlle  hallways would do wonders for the place.
an "animalepisodes"  like crew ( bu college kids)   would have no problem in pulling  that one off.

i rest my case..

Sunday, January 20, 2019

JAN 20 2019

  
NOW I AM ANNOYED...I USUALLY GLANCE AT TEH GLOBS OF WEATHERE ON THE INTELLICAST MAP-- BUT A COuPLE WEEKS AGO  THE MAP CHANGED... IT IS NOT NEARLY AS EAsy to read--  i was given this by some pilot saying  he uses  that web. couple weeks ago??? 
 APPARENTLY   PER TEH   "CP NETWORK"   INTELICAST GOT MERGED WITH   XXXXXWUNDABAR - AND I AM NOT HAPPY--  CHANGE IS SOOOOO PAINFUL-- THE COLORS ARE ALL DIFFERENT-
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THE ONLY DOG REPORT I HAVE IS WILLIE--  WITH JOYCE AT  HOME DEPOT-- HE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER...  FIRSTLY SHE LET ALL TEH MEN THERE PAT THE DOG--- WHICH IS ABOUT EH SCENERIO THAT WOULD BE IN PLACE AS A "PEASE GREETER"  AT PEASE AIRBASE....(?PORTSMITH?) - FOR THE TROOPS COMING AND GOING AS THE PLANES GET REFUELED.... AND THEN.... THERE WAS A PUPPY--- FUZZY JACK RUSSEL ABOUT 6 INCHES LONG -- AND WITH WANDA'S ATTITUDE-- RUSHING AT HIM JUMPING ALL OVER HIS FACE. THE PHOTO OP WAS PRICELESS... AND I HOPE EVENTALLY WE GET A PICTURE FROM TEH CROWD TAKEING PICTURES-- I WAS TOO BUSY WATCHING HIS EXACT REACTION  THAT I COULD \NT COPE WITH EVE N GETTING MY PHONE OUT OF MY POCKET...  BUT HE WAS PERFECT .   THIS WILL BE HIS FUTURE JOB AS PEASE GREETER WITH JOYCE..   HIS WILD COLOR AND BOUNDLESS ENERGY WILL BE "SOMETHIGN DIFFERENT "ON THE LINE" -- JUST TO SEE HIM IS TO SMILE....
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THERE IS JUST ABOUT ENOUGH SNOW FOR ME TO TRY PLOWING- 
 --- QUICK---- BEFORE IT RAINS------ I HOPE I WILL BE  SNOW PLOWING AND NOT PLOWING UP ALL OUR NEW HOT TOP- THIS PLOW DOES NOT HAVE SKIDDING FEET ON THE BOTTOM- JUST A STRAIGHT SCRAPER BLADE... IT IS ON SPRINGS FOR A LITTLE RELIEF
I WILL KNOW ALOT MORE ABOUT THIS  BY  THE IDES OF MARCH.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

JAN 19 2019

i had a request for ideas  with training a deaf dane in an obedience class- so here is teh copy paste....
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glad to help with a few ideas... -- our "ariot" is deaf and nearly blind- but does really well.  
security is the big deal-  the dog will want to be in constant contact if totally blind...
 in a class situation....  i have found that lightly holding the dog's ear is very reassuring and  a very easy way to communicate..being a dane and tall enough the ear is usually available  at hand level.. 
with the usual collar/leash drooping for emergency use only.

you want  the 4 basics    walk on-- stop( whoa) - down-- up...  and teh most tricky... stay-- which has to be  "wait, i will be right back"

those commands make the dog very comfortable  to live with-- and no different than a beagle that doesn't listen anyway.
another way.. in a class situation for down stay  might be to put down your jacket- or such and have them stay on it...

you must not let them loose to be confused-- a confused dane is terrified...  even a small enclosed yard is all they need to learn wherre peeing is done..  ---  as they will prefer to be right with you  for security.
and remember -- there is nothing wrong with their sense of smell- and at home, stomping twice on the floor is a good way to call them.

if they can see at all, waving a white kleenex or such--- can work--kleenex  taped  on a fly swatter can help to get that messGE ACROSS...  COME TO THE WAVING WHITE.....

 and have a try with  a few of teh "silent dog whistles" we had one deaf dog that could hear those.
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WATER WATER EVERYWHERE AND NOT A DROP TO DRINK--  WILL PROBABLY BE TEH NEXT FEW DAYS -- 
WE HAVE FOOD-- COSTCO FOOD-- SO NEXT CRITICAL IS UPDATE TEH WAGTER SITUATION IN THE BARN... IT IS A HODGEPODGE OF BUCKETS AND HOSES...

SOMEBODY SENT ME 4 INSULATED COVERS FOR A THE 5 GAL BUCKETS-- WHICH I REALLY NEED TO GO BUY-- WHAT WE HAVE IS PATHETIC...  WE NEED WHITE ONES ONLY TO E SURE THEY ARE KEPT CLEAN...
AND WE COULD HAVE A FEW HANGING IN THE DONKEY STALL - ALL AAT KNEE HIGH BECAUDSE  IF YOUPUT IN A FEW KLOWER ONES, I GUARENTEE MO WILL DRINK OUT OF THOSE AND THE LITTLE GUYS WOULD GO THIRSTY-- SO ALL HAVE TO BE LOW...-- WITH HOOKS THAT DO NOT FREEZE-- LIKE "S" HOOKS-- WHICH WE CAN USE BECAUSE E NEVER LEAVE  HALTERS ON THE DONKEYS TO GET CAUGHT IN THEM-- YOU CAN'T DO THAT IN A HORSE STALL WHEN THE HORSE WEARS A HALTER.

JUST TO MAKE FARMER OUT OF YOU'ALL-- I ALSO WILL GO GET MATCHING 5 GAL BUCKETS- AND TEHN ONE THAT HOPEFULL DOES NOT MATCH--....BECAUSE.... 
TO GET THE ICE OUT OF THE WATER BUCKETS--- EVEN IF SOLID ICE TO THE BOTTOM, ALL YOU NEED FOR 6 OR 8 SOLID  ICE BUCKETS IS 1/2 BUCKET OF WARM WATER--
YOU LINE UP TEH SOLID ONES OUTSIDE THENC GET  ONLY  1/2 BUCKET OF WARM WATER AND DIP THE FROZEN ONE INTO THE WARM-  3 SECONDS... BY ACTUAL COUNT.....  AND TIP IT UPSIDE DOWN AND TH E WHOLE BLOCK SLIDES OUT -- AND TEH BUCKET IS STRIPPED CLEAN AT THE SAME TIME -- HANG  UP THE EMPTIES AND DIP AND FILL THEM UP- OR USE HOSE-- WHATEVER...
AND... THE RED 3 GAL BUCKETS ARE FOR THE DPPING AND FILLING AND NEVER SITTING DOW ON THE FLOOR (TO KEEP THE DIPPING PLACE CLEAN.)

ENOUGH HORSES AND A BAD WINTER  I HAVE OFTEN CONSIDERED BUILDING AN IGLOO AS TEH CHUNKS COLLECT.
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SNOW ( FUN I CAN USE MY NEW PLOW)  BUT THEN TURNS TO ICE-- IS WHAT IS  PREDICTED---A SIGNIFICANT AMMOUNT OF ICE-- LIKE INCHES  OF ICE THEY ARE TALKING.--
AND I KNOW SOMETHING IS COMING... TEH RAODS AND SHOPPING CENTERS ARE  COVERED  WITH SOMETHING... IF NOT SALT, THEN SOMETHING.

I BOUGHT 2 CUTE LITTEL BAGS OF PAW SAFE SWTUFF-- BUT IF WE HAVE INCHES, WE WILL NEED A TRUCKLOAD...
SO BEFORE I PUT MY NEW PLOW ON.......... I NEED TO GO WITH THE DUMP TRAILER AND GET A LOAD OF SAND AT THE ROCK, PEBBLE , SAND STORE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER...( GRAVEL PIT?????)
THEY KNOW ME WELL THERE- FOR ALOT OF  REASONS.

Friday, January 18, 2019

jan 18 2019

THIRD AMBULANCE CALL YESTERDAY-- THINGS GO IN 3'S -- HOPEFULLY NOT IN MULTIPLES OF THREES...  GROMMET AND OAKLY  WERE  both IN THE PARKING AREA YESTERDAY--  AN ERROR IN ARITHMETIC-- I HAVE A RULE OF ONLY 2 OF THOSE ROUND MANLY APPENDAGES ON THE SAME SIDE OF ANY FENCE... BUT WITH GROMMET ANE OAKLEY -- THAT MADE 4-  AND OAKLEY BEING YOUNG HE WAS NOT REALLY INTO A BIG FIGHT-- GROMMET WAS HINDERED BY LINDA WHO NEVER LET GO OF HIS COLLAR-- SO AT ONE POINT SHE WAS DOWN WITH 2 SNARLING SNAPPING  DOGS OVER AND ON HER- WHICH LOOKED DREADFUL FROM TEH PUPPY HILL CAMERA VIEWERS-

ONE "CP" rightly  CALLED ME AT TEH HOUSE -  ALL I HEARD WAS-- PERSON DOWN-- DOGS FIGHT, --BLOOD ALL OVER- SO I FLEW OUT THE DOOR AND TOLD LINDA TO CALL 911-- IT TOOK ME AN EXTRA 30 SECONDS TO GET THERE BECAUSE SOMEONE HAD PARKED A GOLF CART BLOCKING MY CAR-  ONCE I SAW LINDA WAS OK AND THE BLOOD WAS NOT SQUIRTING ANYWHERE, I TRIED TO TURN OFF THE AMBU.
  YOU CAn not do that... once called, they come and have to check out the problem..
 linda by now was in her car-- with grommet , ready to go home- but she had to get out and have her blood pressure taken.

so in the shakedown  analysis-- 2 things--- linda should have let go - i have a rule-- once a dog fight gets started - go have coffee- they will make a mess of each other-- but other than some gaping holes, they survive.---  teh second thing is---- per all our adi accreditation, my car is teh designated emergency vehicle which should be 100% available and full of gas.  we need to redo the golf cart  proceedures.
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todays fyi---this  may be wonderful- it also might be  like the day we had 600 people at mail call trying to touch thier nose with their toe-- ( remember that one?..i can do that !!)---- this is a video by a chiropractor suggesting you  can  improve teh drainage of your sinus by massaging pathways  across your head to  beneath and  in front of your ear  then down your neck and tapping that pocket where your neck hits your shoulder.
both grace and i have been doing that for 1/2 hour now.   to be continued.... 
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today-----teh VA at  Hanscom field ( bedford) has asked us ( judy and i ) to come and talk to them about dogs n general-- they ( apparently the VA) are beginning to take animal assisted therapy seriously ( AAT)- i think it sounds like tehy are wantign therapy dogs- on  every friday - which is not the kind of thing we could do  mostly because bedford is  an hour each way  and it is not a quick run thru  as it is with  teh senior living places...   whatever they need, i am sure we could do-- except it would detract from our origional mission... and ..per usual... t hey- at the moment do not offer any pay-  so to maximise our benefit for veterans, we will probably be offering advice only--

first problem-- we are to go to building 72--  i know this place---   they have an information building--- it is way far as possible from the only entrance to the complex.- and all the parking bears little relationship to accessing  any of teh many buildings.  i looked at teh satelite image ---take route 4  off 128 and it is out there-- with a golf course that is easily identified.  just think of judy and i wandering around those 80 odd governmental  buildings with dogs...  i suggested we go very early.
it should be interesting.  somehow i don't expect it to be  financially profitable... but what the heck.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

jan 17 2019

HOW  DID WE GET TO 2019?  I AM STILL CARRYING THE DRAFT OF 2017'S  IRS 990 FORM ON MY "TO DO LIST."   DESK.... REASON BEING .. I HAVE NOT HAD A SUFFICIENT ANSWER TO HOW  " THE  ACCOUNTANT"  GOT SOME OF THE NUMBERS.
SEEEEE... I UNDERSTOOD IT WHEN I DID IT.. IT WAS SIMPLE--- YOU GOT MONEY IN AND PUT IT IN THE BANK AND WROTE CHECKS ON IT...-- THEN OUR INCOME GOT OVER 500K-- WHICH IS HELPFUL FOR RUNNING THIS PLAQCE*******  EXCEPT******* PER THE IRS WE NOW NEED AN OFFICIAL CPA-- NOT ONLY A SIMPLE CPA-- BUT ONE WITH AN EXTRA KICK - SORT OF SUPER CPA...
THE TRANSITION FROM ME AND A SPREAD SHEET TO LIFE IN THEIR WORLD -- WAS PAINFUL---  I WAS ALWAYS AWAre that if i bought a mower for $2000- that normal people would say that had an expected life of 12 years  and would deduct  blah blah blah  - but aROUND HERE- EXPECTED LIFE IS  CALCULATED IN HOURS- SO I JUST IGNORED THE deductinle  TOPIC--IF I SPENT THE MONEY IT WAS SPENT.  HOW-- OR WHY-- THE IRS SAYS IF YOU SPEND MONEY, YOU REALLY ON LY CAN DEDUCT 1/12 OF IT --when it falls apart can i get tho other 11/12THS AS A CASH REFUND? NO... ONLY THEN DO  YOU GET TO DEDUCT THE 11/12 THS gets complicated 
 THAT CONCEPT IS BAD ENOUGH

 BUT LETS TRY- HOW DO YOU  TREAT  GRANT MONEY?--- how do i????? GIVE ME A CHECK.... I WILL PUT IT IN THE  BANk  AND SPEND IT.  CASE CLOSED.
 NOT WITH THESE FANCY CPA'S methods.....-- BOTH EXPLORE.ORG AND CUMMINGS HAVE GIVEN US 2 YEAR GRANTS    EXPLORE.ORG IS $150 PER YEAR ($300K FOR TTHOSE MATHMATICALLY CHALLANGED) AND CUMMINGS $$50 ( $100)  THESE "NEW" ACCOUNTANTS HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE TOTAL $300  - OF WHICH YOU GET TO SPEND $150 AND CARRY THE OTHER   $150 AS A "RECIEVEABLE" .
MY PROBLEM IS... IN 2017  TEH ACCOUNTANT SAYS OUR INCOME WAS 815K-   we never had 815   I JUST CAN NOT JUGGLE THE 2 X 150 + 2 X 50 AND THROW IN THE 220 SHATUPON IS THAT  donaton or a fundraiser  and i can not get 815- so i have not  got it out of my head....T his has held up all transactionS  with teh irs-- aND TEH IRS AIN'T GONNA LIKE IT

i think now-- with alot of teh gov't shut down it might be a good chance to =see if i can sneak in all teh paperwork-- one thing i did do was send " estimate" money-- so they can not get upset about that...  i have had several run in's with the irs- and always found them to be reasonable--- which does not mean it always goes in my favor-- but i do not fear them as teh advewrtisemsnts would have you believe...
 there is alot  to un roll.
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Carlene,

I just wanted to send  a note to let you know how Dolly and I are doing.

We have been doing great. She is amazing, I know I always say that but it is because it is so true. Her dedication to me is astounding. 

We have been paired for a little over 4 years now and many days, are just our normal days. Get up, go to work, run errands, ect. We have just gotten into what I would call Life. Then there will be days like the other day... We had gone to work even though the weather was not good, cold, some ice and blowing and drifting snow. Before Dolly I would NEVER have even considered stepping outside, let alone go to work. But my life is different now, and to work I went. By the time we left work the snow had drifted outside the door and to where we had parked. The snow was about 1/3- 1/2 way up to my knee. In the past I would have literally froze with fear. I physically would not have been able to walk through that, but this day was different. I held tightly to Dolly's harness and told her to walk slow as she very gently walked me to the car. I could not have been more proud of myself or of her! 

She has this sense about her that knows when I am more confident because I am having a good day and she can step a little faster and there are other times when she can sense that I am struggling or unsure and she adjusts, to accommodate me. Often it doesn't even need to be a spoken word. I believe she can tell by the way I am griping her harness. She can feel my energy and because of the bond we have together she knows just what I need and adjusts herself to help me. 

She has changed my life, SDP has changed my life and for that I am so grateful. Thank you a million times over...

Brenda & Dolly

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

JAN 16 2019

DID I FINALLY LIVE LONG ENOUGH FOR AN ADVERTISEMENT ON TV TO KNOCK THE CONCEPT OF TEH VIOLENCE OF YOUNG BOYS--   "BOYS WILL BE BOYS" ----I SWEAR I HEARD ON LAST NIGHT BY GILLETTE-BOYS WILL BE YOUNG HUMANS-- SEEMS TO BE A NEW IDEA-- BUT CHEERS FOR GILLETTE-- IT IS ENOUGH TO MAKE ME GO BUY SOME PRODUCT OF THEIRS TODAY. I REALIZE IT IS NEAArly unamerican to question all teh head injuries of football  but young boys in the violence of  pop warner football has never been my favorite--  TRAINING CHILDREN IS NOT ALOT DIFFERENT THAN TRAINING OTHER ANIMALS..

IF YOU ARE RAISING A BABY HORSE... AS NEARLY ALL OF YOU ARE, I AM SURE.....    IT IS VERY "POPULAR" TO  IN THE FIRST 24 HOURS, RESTRAIN THE FOAL BY HOLDING  FRONT AND BACK
SO THAT WHEN IT GETS TO BE 1000 POUNDS IT WON'T FIGHT THE ROPES, HARNESS AND HALTERS OF REAL LIFE... OR IN OUR CASE...BE  A POLITE PUPPY   AND TEH SPOONFULL OF FOOD WILL ARRIVE...
HOW DOES  THAT RELATE TO HOW OUR CHILDREN ARE RAISED????
it comes down to  mcdonalds happy meals-- "get 'em young  train 'em early"   somebody said something  about bending a SAPLING WILL DETERMINE HOW THE TREE WILL GROW????? 
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NEXT TOPIC....
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WE LOVE TO HAVE CP'S AS  VISITORS TO CRAZY ACRES---WE DEPEND ON THE HELP 
  HOWEVER  WE HAVE FOUND...   MOST CP'S ---  UNLESS UNUSUALLY FIT, ARE WORN OUT IN 3 OR 4 DAYS-  ... IT IS FUNCTIONING FROM  7AM 7 PM... AND EXCEPT FOR MINOR ADJUSTMENTS FOR PEOPLE WHO FLY IN ON THE REDEYE,  EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO BE CONTRIBUTING ENERGY TO KEEPING THE  BALL ROLLING 7AM   THRU MAIL CALL ..  I GET A NAP--- BUT GENERALLY THOSE ARE MY HOURS TOO.  THIS IS WHY WE  LIKE TO BOOK THE GUEST HOUSE/ UPPER ROOMS  FOR ONLY  3-4 DAYS AT A TIME -- PEOPLE WEAR OUT !!

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I FINALLY FOUND A LEGITIMATE USE FOR THE L;ARGER MONKEY FISTS-- IT STOPS THE HANDLE OF A DOOR FROM BANGING THE WALL --
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Dear Miss Carlene,
As a tax accountant I have come across a number on non-profits, each with a mission of help and hope.
The thing that jumps out at me in this instance is that most of these non-profits succeed in their mission, but with very large overhead.
I have never encountered a group with more success at changing lives than Carlene White and her SDP non -profit on a minimal budget, with a minimal  number of staff accomplishing the work of preparing these dogs to change lives. An organization that has the number of volunteers that SDP has coming from across countries, is quite amazing.  Many of us have boarded our dogs to trek across the country, to volunteer at SDP in hopes of being one small part in making a difference.  I have boarded my 5 dogs for a week, to come help out.
I have been blessed to be able to spend weeks at a time with one of the SDP Service Dogs and Recipients and am quite amazed how these dogs know what is needed, improvise when needed, be right in step with their person when needed and be silly when Mom needs that too. 

I am very proud to spread the news of this very worthwhile non-profit and hope that the work here continues for many years to come.
Anna –GA 
(Diane Blackmon – Baldwin, GA)
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TAX ACCOUNTANTS--  THAT REMINDS ME....

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

JAN 15 2019   I DUNNO WHY IT MISSED FIRST TIME ROUND... BUT HERE ----
AMY WRITES LONG ONES--- ALL BE IT INTERESTING-    THIS IS APPARENTLY  FOR THE RECIPIENTS BOOK WE ARE PUTTING TOGETHER...  I INCLUDE IT TO REMIND US ALL WHY WE SPEND HOURS PICKING POO  AND FOLDING LAUNDRY.
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YOU MIGHT WANT IT FOR CUT & PASTE. 
HOPE YOU ARE KEEPING WARM!
AMY & SEAGRAM

Thank you for the gift of Seagram, a gift of a more normal life. It is not a perfect life, but the reality is that life is never perfect anyway — and we share a very good life together. 

I have now been blessed to have Seagram for almost 2 1/2 years. Every day when I wake up, she is the first thing that I see, and there is no better way than to start the day than by seeing her sweet face. 

Seagram has enabled me to resume activities that I love, and she given me a sense of freedom because I am so much safer with her there. We have been out gardening in the yard together, and she really loves this — because she also gets to “go free” when I am safely focused on the task at hand (and don’t need to walk around)...Before Seagram, I had made it to the beach only a handful of times in a few years, despite the fact that I loved to hear the rhythm of the waves rocking onshore. Now, with her, I am regularly able to go to the beach — and this has become our “happy place” to share together. She loves to run & explore the scents and sights, while I simply enjoy being there, and also sharing in her delight. 

In addition, Seagram has enabled me to get out and take on adventures that I had shied away from, even before my medical challenges began — like going to see the Rockettes last year. It is intimidating to go to a venue that seats almost 6000, but with Seagram by my side, we did it!! We have been to multiple Broadway shows, enjoyed many walks in Central Park together, and other outings like the Met. People are consistently amazed at her good behavior, and we strive to share how a real Service Dog behaves — and how well she was trained. 

One of the best things that Seagram has enabled me to do is to see my family. Before her, I had been able to travel to Ohio only once in 5 years, because of new challenges that continually arose, as well as the difficulty of getting out with a walker (or relying on the decreased stability of a cane). This Dane is so much better!! I have been able to see my family for two Thanksgivings, including finally meeting my nephew, who is now 2. Seagram has enabled priceless memories to be made, including enjoying Thanksgiving with my 90-year old Grandma. And my family marvels at how she helps me, and my increased independence because of our teamwork. 

There have been a few surprises along the way. Sure, I knew that I would walk more safely with Seagram by my side. I didn’t expect that she would react as I was falling, and go in front of me to “catch” me as I slipped, when the threshold by the front door was slippery after a nor’easter. That day, she prevented a fall that would have resulted in awful injuries. I also did not expect that Seagram would make me laugh at least daily, often with her silly zoomies in the back yard, or rolling around in the grass, and other such antics. And I am surprised by the comfort of her constant companionship. I have had dogs as pets before, but this is a special, different relationship, where she sometimes knows what I need before I do. As an example, if I get tired while outside, she will nudge me to signal that it is time for me to rest. Before her, I had the bad habit of pushing too hard on a good day, but she encourages me to pace myself. We have been able to do more together this way. 

The other unexpected part are the friendships that I have made through Seagram & SDP. I have become close with other recipients. We had the honor of attending the wedding when her sister’s person married. We have also become close with another recipient (who has Seagram’s brother) and have enjoyed Broadway shows together, as well as watching the siblings running & playing in Central Park. In addition to friendships with recipients, there are several CPs that are friends — last week, we went out to dinner with a CP and her husband. It was such a fun evening, filled with interesting conversation, that I didn’t realize we were there for 4 hours!! Last month, we met another CP and her husband when they visited New York City. The 3 ladies first enjoyed tea together (honestly, Seagram just enjoyed the nap), and then our husbands joined us for dinner. There is another CP that we have become very close with, and Seagram now considers her to be “Auntie Anna.” 

So thank you for the gift of Seagram, and for the increased independence, as well as the friendships and community that came with her. What a wonderful package, all together with a gorgeous, well-trained, smart girl!!

Monday, January 14, 2019

JAN 14 2019

YOU ALL LOVE TO READ  EMAIL REPORTS FROM RECIPIENTS-- WELL HERE IS AN EMAIL THAT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES 
  Found a broken wire connection in the motor circuit, likely causing the motor to run hot.
  While i was there i replaced the two relay/ contactors that we discussed a short time ago.
  Ran two cycles , seems to be alright.  Hung a sign on it reading  OK FOR NOW
BUD.
YOU ALL HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY THINGS BUD REPAIRS AROUND HERE--- HE REAds the manuals!!  he even reads them ahead of time-- would you believe it !! and he studys why stuff happens - like the motor runs hot....  i would get as far as   "it smells funny"  and have to call a very expensive repair person...-- 
i bought wascomatt washers on teh advice of a person i know who runs several laundromatts-- and i must admit-- they have been wonderful--  the other thing they are is -- very willing to share information  on how to fix it yourself-- or at least for bud to fix it for us.
bud's classic fix was teh 2 normal washers teh "abc appliance repair company"  told me to replace because teh compuer was fried and it would cost more to replace the computer thaN WORTH..  AND BUD FIXED TEHM FOR $13.50 EACH----NEW DOOR SWITCHES...

THUS FORTIFYING MY MIKE ROWE ARGUEMENT -  OUR SCHOOLS  ARE NOT CREATING WORKMEN WHO ARE CAPABLE OF DEALING WITH THE WORD  "FIX"
I HAD A FRIEND--" AN OLD GUY"  GEORGE MURPHY- WHO , WHEN TOWNS BEGAN TO REQUIRE LICENSED ELECTRITIANS, PLUMBERS.. AND TEH LIKE-- HE WENT AND GOT LICENSED IN EVERY POSSIBLE   BUILDING  PROFESSION-- SO WHEN I WANTED TO PUT UP THAT LAUNDRY BUILDING ( WITH MY SON IN LAW'S HELP..) IT WAS GEORGE WHO TOOK OUT ALL THE PERRMITS AND SWEPT US THRU  THAT BUILDING DEPARTMENT.  I THINK BY ACTUAL OCCUPATION  HE WAS A ROCKET SCIENTIST.... SO HE WOULD LOGICALLY TACKLE ANY PROBLEM- BE IT ELECTRICITY OR HORSE MANAGEMENT.
I DON'T THINK THE LOCAL SCHOOLS HAVE  PRODUCED A REPLACEMENT FOR  GEORGE YET.

SIGNS ARE HOPEFUL--- ESSEX AGGRICULTURAL SCHOOL- AS BECOME ESSEX TECH SCHOOL- NOW THE TRICK IS TO HAVE THE VERY BRIGHTEST  KIDS GO THERE AND HAVE THE REST OF TEH WORLD GO TO HARVARD.   WE HAVE TOO MAY PHILOSOPHERS  WHO'S PORCH LIGHTS ARE OUT.

THAT OUGHTA START TROUBLE....
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I THINK WE HAVE PEOPLE COMING FOR SERVICE DOGS TODAY/ THIS WEEK??? MEGAN SAID WIE HAVE 4 READY TO GO..  THAT OUGHTA CLEAN HOUSE...
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AND I JUST PUT UP A SIGN   "PLEASE REMEMBER TO HAVE PUPS ON CAMERA-- LETS SPLIT UP THE GROUP ONTO  CONDO AND KITCHEN  AND SWAP AROUND  AT NOON???"    THEY ARE BBBIIIGGGGGG PUPPIES 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

JAN 13 2019

this FLU--- that pam has given me --can best be identified as the right nostril flu.  my left nostril is realy quite healthy 
--- as is my left  tonsil-- i know what most of you are thinking- it has to be a graVITY THING--- HOWEVER... I SLEEP ON MY LEFT SIDE SO TEH RIGHT NOSTRIL IS THE UPPER NOSTRIL-
 SO MUCH FOR NEWTON AND HIS APPLES-- I HEARD THAT FLU IS AIRBORNE- NOT ONLY THAT, BUT  IT MUST  HAVE SOME  LEVITATIONAL ASPECT TO THOSE  LITTLE GERRMYS- PROBAbly as a physically  adverse reaction to chlorox.
at any rate --- i ain't down yet.
***joyce took willie home yesterday-- and i have not heard any calls for help--- so they must be doing ok...-- she/they .. already have   huge leroy- who fortunately  is not what you would call bold -- so yesterdaay we had a test run to staPLES  WITH BOTH LEROY AND WILLIE  IN MY CAR.---(WHERE I SAT IN TEH WARM CAR) AND SHE TOOK WILLIE INTO STAPLES...  HE WAS PERFECTLY BEHAVED  HE JUST IS  NOT RELAXED ENOUGH TO BE A SERVICE DOG- THO  I SEE NO REASON HE CAN NOT DO THERAPY WORK-- HE SEEMS TO LOVE THE SOCIAL ASPECTS OF BEING A GOOFEY LOOOKING HARLEQUIN DOG.  hopefully will be perfect for the pease greeters AND MAYBE HANSCOM AIRFORCE BASE VA ALSO
WE (JUDY AND I ) HAVE TO GO AND SEE THE VA AND SEE WHAT THEY WANT IN THE LINE OF DOGS.  SO FAR IT IS A N OPEN REQUEST THEY AREN'T SURE OF-- THEY JUST HEARD ANIMALS WORK FOR WHATEVER TEHY ARE DOINGG.. 

BACK TO LOADING WILLIE...THE ONLY EDUCATIONAL ASPECTS OF TEH TRIP WERE--- AND I HAVE MENTIONED THIS BEFORE... WHEN LOADING 2 ANIMALS INTO A VEHICLE- OR ONTO A SOFA, YOU HAVE TO PUT THE SUBMISSIVE ONE ON FIRST- BECAUSE NO WAY IS TEH SUBMISSIVE ONE GOING TO JUMP TOWARD TEH DOMINAQNT ONE..  
FOR EXAMPLE ... IT TAKES EXTRA effort to get either bentley or sizzle to jump onto the sofa if chaos is already  there. chaos  only has to tilt one eyebrow and they  back off to another sofa.

just one of those little nummies one never thinks of--99% of teh dane world would decide there must be something wrong with the dog's hips - sometimes they can jump in  and other times not...-- must be teh weather related arthritis due to hip   dysplasia- when in fact the dog is thinking "i'm not going to challenge that bully" 

with donkeys it certainly  is the same---  i loaded  teh 8 hitch constantly- and timmy went on first and donqui last.
timmy was teh  9th... sweet lovable donkey that wandered teh crowd alone- no harness- no halter  as in that picture of the newbury port parade he just walked along  with teh "hitch" when we moved...  

i going back to the---- can jump--- IDEA... .......that was  also one of those "english teacher"  problems ----- the   can  vs  will --- technically  i should have said  "sometimes they will jump in"   ijmplying they always can-- however depending on  the  forcefulness of teh dominate dog, maybe The "can" was correct.

 i struggle with the kids who sometimes answer the phone.. "can i help you_?"  i grit my teeth,  but sometiems- along the same logic..." can" might be correct?????
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for lack of cut and paste.....
 fyi pease greeters??? -- i hope i get this 84% correct---
pease is the airforce base north of here- by not much  20 miles?  and it is  THE airport where  planes full of soldiers stop-   both coming and going-- between states and  alot of  other places these planes go to deposit them.
so there is a group of people who watch the  arrivalS  a nd departures and go AT  2AM OR 6PM.. WHENEVER.....  SO there will be a group of citizens around the terminal to be with these brave souls.  -- with cookies and  "stuff"   
one of teh STUFF tehy like to have is  dogs to pat.
i have spent the past 2 weeks with willie-- and he is far more pat-able than stabalizing-  besides the harliquin color mAKES HIM  STAND OUT IN ANY CROWD..
 SO HE HAS A JOB--  SO FAR.....:)
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Saturday, January 12, 2019

jan 12 2019

AN FYI---- THAT KOREAN TEA DID GET THE STEEL WOOL OUT OF MY THROAT...
I DON'T THINK I SWALLOWED STEEL WOOL, BUT I STARTED TO HAVE THAT FEELING... AND DUG OUT THE KOREAN KURE FOR COLDS AND FLU.   I THOUGHT I WAS BUYING MARMALADE-- SURE LOOKED LIKE THAT... BUT WHEN I GOT HOME AND READ TEH LABEL IT SAID   "BALANCE GROW HONEY CITRON GINGER TEA" I AM   NOT A TEA DRINKER- BUT ONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS HERE SAW IT AND TOLD ME  "ON THE KOREAN PENNISULA IT IS THE CURE ALL FOR COLDS..."
? DID I TELL YOU ALL THIS BEFORE????
REPITITION IS THE FIRST SIGN OF ALOT OF THINGS.... LETS SAY  "FOR ANY NEW COMERS..." 
 THIE CRITICAL PART....  AT COSTCO IT WAS $6.- SINCE IT WAS GOOD. AND PEOPLE BEGAN  TO PUT IT UNDER THE KERIG HOT WATER THING... I THOUGHT I 'D ORDER MORE FROM AMAZON--  $22 FOR THE SAME JAR- SO I KEEP WANTING TO GET MORE AT COSTCO BEFRE THEY STOP CARRYING IT.
SO I HAD A 2 AM  CUPPA-- ?DID IT WORK?  WELL  I AM NOT WORSE... WHICH STATISTICALLY IS BETTER.

NOW HERE IS A USEFUL FYI.... MAYBE....
AT COSTCO.... IF THE  CARD WITH T HE PRICE ON IT HAS A STAR IN THE UPPER RIGHT, IT MEANS THEY WILL NOT BE REORDERING THAT PRODUCT.. ( I THINK)  SEEMS TO BE TRUE......
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TO CONTINUE TO PLUG OLD ISSUES-- A CAMERA PERSON ( CP) SENT ME A QUOTE BY ADADM -- OF THE MYTHBUSTERS- 
IF YOU WANT  KIDS TEST SCORES UP, BRING BACK BAND AND SHOP
 AND  GET KIDS ACTUALLY LEARNING STUFF INSTEAD OF
 TEACHING THEM  HOW TO TAKE TESTS...

HOW CLOSELY ALLIGNED  THAT IS WITH KEN ROBERTSON  OF THE TED LECTURES ( HIGHLY RECOMENNDED AND AMUSING)  AND IT SEEMS MIKE ROWE  of dirty jobs....HAS TEHE SAME  CONCEPT--
WELL YOU CAN CERTAINLY ADD ME TO THAT LIST.-  I AM KICKIING AND FIGHTING ALL THE WAY WITH THESE KIDS WHO VOLUNTEER HERE- INCLUDING TEH  COMMUNITY SERVICE ONES....  THERE ARE  A FEW WHO ARRIVE , WITH THEIR MINDS STUCK IN NEUTRAL.... AND A FEW DAYS OF FARM ACTIVITY, A WHOLE NEW WORLD IS OPENED TO THEM--THERE IS A RESON TO LEARN SOME THINGS. SOME TAKE IT ANE RUN-- OTHERS SIT ON THE COUCH AND TEXT .

another thing i see around here BIG TIME ---and i swear it is more male children than female children...- you can watch it on the cameras...
  if there are 2 young males on teh property, you rarely will see one on a golf cart alone... they will be in pairs.  where the female children are much more inclined to ride to and from by themselves...

NOT ALL HUSBANDS-- BUT CERTAINLY  few i have been married to ...- (2) 
  "would you please change the lightbulb in th hall?"
" certainly - where are the new ones?" 
"right on the counter in front of you"
" come hold teh ladder for me and i will do it right away." 
it has to be a  group activity 

is this why men go in for  team sports-- football, basketball- and women are more likely to do  tennis and swimming???
i don't read many books but i did like  "tribe"  - i forget who wrote it- but it did question  that the veterans are so finely tuned to be a  group and tehn come home where singular living is a shock.  it is a good book  NY TIMES type book.

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moving on....
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 Attention Recipients, Staff, Volunteers and CPs:
SDP would like to produce a booklet and/or book of stories/testimonials from recipients describing how their Service Dog has impacted their lives especially how their SD has helped in unexpected ways. This book(let) would be used as an attachment to grant applications in order to anecdotally support the factual information in the application. Many recipients have already written to Carlene describing the help you have received and she has included them at the end of the Daily Doggie.
We also invite CPs (Camera People) to submit any recipient story that they found to be particularly inspirational or, perhaps, a story about how having the Service Dog Project available to watch 24/7/365 has impacted their own lives for the better.
Once a decision is made re: the selections to be used, a release will be sent prior to publication.
Email your selections to:
Tina Shonk at her email    clsmovynut@aol.com
Thank you,
   Kathy Oliver
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Attention Recipients, Staff, Volunteers and CPs:
SDP would like to produce a booklet and/or book of stories/testimonials from recipients describing how their Service Dog has impacted their lives especially how their SD has helped in unexpected ways. This book(let) would be used as an attachment to grant applications in order to anecdotally support the factual information in the application. Many recipients have already written to Carlene describing the help you have received and she has included them at the end of the Daily Doggie.
We also invite CPs (Camera People) to submit any recipient story that they found to be particularly inspirational or, perhaps, a story about how having the Service Dog Project available to watch 24/7/365 has impacted their own lives for the better.
Once a decision is made re: the selections to be used, a release will be sent prior to publication.
Email your selections to:
Tina Shonk at: clsmovynut  @aol .com 
Thank you,
   Kathy Oliver
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Dear Carlene, 

Pixie is just is simply the most amazing girl, I’m so blessed. I was walking to the couch this morning and almost took a good fall and she flew off the couch to catch me. She was not allowing me to take fall on watch. I’m so blessed to have my angel who never has her eyes off me and watches over me each every day to keep me safe. 
Thank you SDP for giving me most special gift ever to keep me safe and sweet angel who protects me the way she does. I’m so grateful. ❤️
Stacy & Pixie 

Friday, January 11, 2019

jan 11 2019

202 DECORATED POO PICKERS!   ( ENABILING 101 PILES OF POO TO BE  cheerfully PICKED) WHAT A TERRIFFIC IDEA... 
APPARENTLY  NANCY OAKLAND AND FAMILY  hAVE SOME TRADITION About a christmas craft where they all sit around and do something... this year it was to decorate poo pickers for sdp/  hands busy while enjoying the family and conversations.--
good old goldie-- at it again...wouldn they land here on the day we are trying to figure out what all these seniors can do that woudl be entertaining and  not cost a fortune.. with a box of crayons we can set judy loose and see what happens.

the  cutting of  the poo pickers---  ( a 3"x6" piece of cereal cardboard)  started as a way to involve people who could not afford the $10 chicken brick a month-- that size and shape  works wih teh healtiest of great danes- while fitting in one's back pocket-  it evolved to  writing clever sayings on them-- then having a grocery bag folded between teh 2 ... or 4... pieces of cereal cardboard...  held with a n elastic...  teh really fancy ones include a packaged handywipe -- and now  decorated to boot !!  there is no end to possibilities...  
we are on it.  a  back pocket industry
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saving children-- today's news of a bus driver stopping to scoop up a young barefooted child running toward an intersection- judy and i had our own version yesterday ...  while  sittin at a stoplight a van crossed in fron t of us with a kid in a car seat behind the driver- and the door was wide open--aftter a split second of shock we pulled rioght out  against the lighte and fell in behind her blowing the horn...  she saw it immediately, shut the door and drove off..
raising children is a hair raising proposition... things happen..   to say "how can she be so stupid as to not shut th e door..." is something that would be said by someone who has not raised kids...--  try as you may... stuff happens.
maybe she was someone who was worried about paying th e morgage when her husband was not going to be paid today.

another magazine delivery story from long ago  ( 1975?) --- i was delivering WantAds in cambridge - at a  mini market that did sell wine. and the guy ahead of me returned a bottle of wine-- for $1.79. i asked the cashier/owner "what was that about? " and he said " he's a  nice guy....he got home and realized he didn't have enough money for teh subway   to get to work in the  morning" ..  true story... 

if there is anything worse than a miserable job with an impossible boss... clearly... it is no job.  i must admit, when i hear about teh fact that  someone  in govt decides which jobs are critical and necessary...can we revisit a whole bunch of jobs that are  deemed not necessary.??
it is a game i  play--- watching television, i constantly ask... who is paying thier paychecK?  -  from digging up the  bits of broken pottery  in egypt- to studying the dna of ants in spain to  all those people in washington who are not elected officials  but seem to just be "around"  to pass an opinion on the width of a roll of toilet paper. 

if i am not mistaken-- with the exception of the constitution,  99.5% of all our rules and regulations   are a reaction to an event.-- ? wrong?  try the PUBLICATION  of teh irs rulings.

as you all know, i consider  our trash picking up person far more critical to our sanity than  the ones we send to  washington.
losing one's sanity-- or sanitation- is a  serious matter.
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Update on John and Jess

It has been three and a half years since Jess joined John. Jess has been a great help from the beginning, but even more so since as John gets older and his Muscular Dystrophy progresses the need for Jess has increased too. She has been up to the task. She anticipates Johns needs in many ways. She helps him up from sitting, provides support while walking, adds the extra effort needed to go up an incline, and she also guides him around potential slippery areas when walking on snowy or icy surfaces and generally watches over him in all aspects of his movements. Everywhere they go people constantly comment on how well behaved she is, from busy restaurants to church to stores - Jess is always by his side. They have become known in many places in the local area.. 

Jess loves to help John unwrap his presents on birthdays and Christmas. She is always aware of who is going with the two of them in the car, and makes sure no one is left behind. We love to see how happy she is when she is working and are reminded how important it is for John and her to keep sharp, which they do. John does a fantastic job of taking care of her in every way. They are a great team.

We appreciate all the effort and sacrifice so many have made and continue to make so people like John can have a much richer life. Thank you so much for providing all the help needed to insure the success of John and Jess.

Happy New Year to everyone at SDP - workers, volunteers, and CP’s!

John, Jess, & family
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Dear Carlene,

You have no idea how important your visits to nursing facilities are.  Due to crippling arthritis, I recently became a resident of a long-term care facility.  The high point of my stay here is a weekly visit from a volunteer, a 77-year-old lady, and her wonderful look-a-like Wanda pup.  He makes my day when he jumps up on my bed so I can give him scratches and hugs.  The weekly visit from this woman and her dog is the best medicine in the world, and is what saves me from depression and despair!!!

Too, I have often thought Explore cameras installed in nursing facilities would be a godsend.  In fact, I long ago sent Explore a message suggesting that very thing.  Wonder why they don't do this.

Keep visiting folks in care facilities. It's the most important thing you are doing!!!
Laurel 
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well certainly one of them...