Mary was always loose in the yard and very sociable like people l to watch what they did whether it's gardening or carpentry she'd be right in the middle of it watching … but she also knew that when cars came in here they often had to unload wonderful things and she would just wait for someone to carry the first bag of dog food into a building the minute they get out of sight she grab whatever else was there and drag it around the yard .
She was also famous for grabbing the corner our tablecloth and running off… she was an amazing animal and she got that way only be'cause she was totally free to wander . it was for that reason I put an electric wire across the door to the guest house to prevent her from going in there and getting the cereal out of the closets….. the fact that Janine was living here with very young Colby at the time ., that wire got reported to the Department of children welfare and we had a Visitation by two people any other form who drove up the driveway and wanted to know why I had electric wire which was exposed to Colby . they thought I was mildly insane when I said it was to keep the donkey out of the house …. until Mary showed up and stuck her head in the passenger window looking for any snacks she could find in their car .. Her head was huge and the great long ears made it even more impressive absolutely terrifying these two inspectors .. I really didn't mind and enjoyed it .
As for Colby touching the electric wire, he learned not to . just as every farm kid learns not to touch the electric wire. So all of you people who show such great concern for JIMMINEY hitting the wire near the chickens just rethink it as a learning device
. I haven't got that wire live yet but I'm working on it .
for those of you watching the construction on the chicken coop
Volunteer Carpenter -----Jay and the boys finished the 9 vestibules for dogs and they are in the gtent…
the funny little dog houses look fine much more substantial then what I talked together as a model they will replace the ones attached to the barn at the moment purpose being to stop the rain off the roof from hitting the dogs on the head when they come out to pee because if they do get hit in the head with the rain they don't come out and they just pee inside … it took main quite a while to figure that out …
today if I can figure out how to get some paint maybe we can get those painted .we really need to get that plywood protected hopefully they'll last as long as the last bunch
Dogfest September 19th in all probability from 11 in the morning till 4:30 in the afternoon we are going to try and schedule generic activity around the farm on camera . this will also include meeting some of our recipients if I can persuade them to come . I don't want everybody here at all at the same time so that we can maintain our 10 foot distance .
and many of the cameras don't have microphones . but I hope to set it up so that you can at least watch everybody doing some of those strange chores we have to do around here in the process of turning out great service dogs . there is a woman who comes with two children very reliably every day who waters the chickens . there's another couple the gathers up the trash and recycling to make sure it lands where it's supposed to . many of these things happened without my immediate knowledge but they do happen .. so I'm going to try and get it scheduled so that our camera audience can get a pretty good idea of the details of raising a puppy .. so of course we're gonna try and have puppy marCHES.. which will be no problem on a nice day that can get complicated if it rains .. how do I get the puppies into the arena for playtime past all the donkeys and adult dogs in the kennel they'd be terrified I'll figure it out
I hope everybody will be fascinated to watch all the processing of laundry .. currently the washer in the barn works and the dryer does not --- so the washed Laundry has to be carried across the yard the laundry building where the dryer works and the washer does not .
I'm not sure that will change in the next 19 days .
This quilt that someone is sent is a thing of beauty. It is beyond anything we've had here before and the only thing I can think of doing is putting it up on a chicken **** type type board AND "DRAWING IT" AT DOGFEST... as as we have done with Wayne gretzky's shirt and Bobby orr's book and then just trying to figure this out we could have different colored paper for the different rewards and have all these things in the same CHURNER upper .