a problem job for me would be one where you have to sit and stare at a boring repetative thing just waiting for the instant when your attention would make a big difference... case in point- around here--- staff fills out an overnight sheet to say what dog is where- for alot of reasons- one of which is someone visually checks each dog in their kennel before we close teh place for the night.. this also gives us a check on who did an overnight with a volunteer--- teh overnight paper has been filled out religiously for a year.... until.......
last night- a 10 pm phone call from vanessa saying big noise in the barn.. thinks a dog is loose.. overnight ( heather) goes down to check- everything looks ok--i go back to bed and jody calls "i saw him-- a loose black and white dog" well --- black and white??? that narrows it down to 50- back to the camera- and i did see him at thebarn door - he was not there a few minutes earlier because he was demolishing the trash in the t tent. so heather opened the barn door and shut it behind him-- it took a few minutes to have him come up to her-- he was confuased.. SHE HAD A HUNK OF ROPE TO LEAD HIM TO THE HOUSE..... IN SPITE OF TEH FACT I MAKE DOZENS OF THOSE ROPE AND A RING LEASHES... THERE WASN'T EVEN ONE EMERGENCY LEASH BY THE FRONT DOOR. BUT SHE HAS HIM-- HE IS INDEED BLACK AND WHITE !
SHE BROUGHT HI O THE HOUSE AS I JAILED PAULA IN WITH HER PUPS.... ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL SPECIMIN OF A DOG-- BLACK AND WHITE !!! MATURE DOG.. BUT WHO???? PAM CALLED WHEN SHE SAW HM ON CAMERA AND SAID IT WAS BEAR... A QUICK CHECK OF TH OVERNIGHT SHEET AND WE COUL D PUT HIM BACK IN HIS KENNEL-- EXCEPT--- NO OVERNIGHT SHEET--
PAULA IS NOT THRILLED TO AVE THIS INTRUDER ANYWHERES NEAR HER DOMAIN-- WHICH BY NOW SHE LIKES TEH BIG SOFA NOT THE LITTEL ONE BY HER PUPS... BEAR IS SOOOOOO HAPPY SOMEONE FOUND HIM- BUT HE IS NOT SURE ABOUT THIS SOFA BIT AND IS SLEEPING ON THE KITCHEN FLOOR.
IN THE LIGHT OF DAWN, I WILL BE ANXIOUS TO SEE HOW/WHY HE GOT LOOSE--- I HOPE THESE DOGS ARE NOT STARTING TO JUMP THE 6' HIGH KENNEL FENCE WHICH TEH DEPT OF AGGRI SAID I MUST HAVE... IN THE PAST, SEVERAL OF INSPIRED STUD DOGS HAVE CLEARED TEH 6' EASILY...-- IT IS ALOT CHEAPER TEST OF THEIR HIPS THAN AN XRAY....
WITH THOSE FEW THINGS GOING WRONG..... HERE IS A VERY RIGHT STORY TO TELL YOU WHY WE DO ALL THIS...
this is a true goldie moment--- daughter gwen's college friend bob-- now retired from ?professoring? has taken up fancey wood working-- i have one piece of reallty really really fancy wood-- a back scratcher-- which she tried and admired- and suggested i send it to bob to look at and return,,, which made me rremember the veteran who gave it to me--- i dug around in our files and tried to make contact- and got a response....
DEL WAS ONE OF THE FIRST VETS TO WHOM WE GAVE A DOG... WAY BACK- AT THE START- IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR "THE TOWER OF HOPE" $50K GRANT, I HAD TO COME UP WITH VETERANS.... AND WE DIDN'T HAVE MANY AT THAT POINT... SO I WAQS THRILLED TO HAVE DEL EVEN TAKE ONE OF OUR DOGS.... AND THEN HE GAVE US THE PHOTO OF HIM RAISING THE FLAG FOR THE TOWN--- A PHOTO WE USED FOR YEARS---( AND I NOW MUST FIND... FOR COURTNEY!!)
Dear Service Dog Project Staff,
My name is Karen . My dad, Dell , was paired with Georgia about 9 years ago through your organization. My dad has multiple sclerosis. When he got Georgia he was still walking. He proudly told everyone he traded a cane for a Dane. She kept my dad walking far longer than doctors ever expected. More than that, as my father lives alone, she has been his best friend.
For the past couple of years my father has had to completely rely on his wheel chair, but Georgia was consistently and reliably by his side at every moment. This past spring my dad took a fall in the bathroom with the door closed and Georgia on the other side of the door. To make matters worse, the power went out. My father was in the floor and freezing for close to 26 hours. A neighbor came by to put his newspaper on the doorstep as he does every morning. Instead of ignoring the neighbor as she usually does, Georgia barked wildly and jumped all around instantly alerting the neighbor that something was wrong. The neighbor made his way in, found my dad and was able to call for rescue. My father ended up hospitalized for close to 4 weeks. He returned home with Georgia and many extra safety measures installed. I have no doubt that if had been on the floor much longer he wouldn’t have made it.
She is a true hero and a blessing to our entire family. She’s 10 years old now and we know her number of days left with Dad are few. When she leaves there will surely be a huge hole left behind that will never be filled. We will always cherish sweet Georgia her act of heroism and her dedication to our dad.
Thank you, Service Dog Project, for all you’ve done for my dad, all of your current recipients and all of the people you are continuing to bless.
you can not train that ---- this is an educated dog of the first order !
now i need to find the photo of del raising the flag with georgia standing close by.