Monday, May 25, 2009
Pancho is Fenway and Fenway is Poncho. Whoops.
So here is the Memorial Day 2009 blog entry, which is a list of thoughts and things I meant to say in no particular order:
Fireflies ad Frogs
I noticed fire flies last night for the first time. For the past two years (see 2009 and 2008) I have noted the day the frogs woke up, and I thought I would add the first day of fireflies from now on.
The frogs all come out at once. As soon as one male frog starts singing, they all get up and get to it. It goes from deadly winter quiet to loud and that means sping. That is the real official start of spring for us: the night the frogs all wake up.
The fireflies are not so dramatic and it is quite possible they were out and I didn't notice. And there were only a few last night. They kind of fade in and fade out, not like the frogs. Still, I'm going to propose to the family that the first night we notice fireflies is the official first day of summer for us.
The past few days I made some good videos and I felt the urge to keep up with standard of the past few days, which means I have to get all the shots in, then edit, the upload and then write it up. That all takes time and the weekend is ending today and I still hadn't got the video up, until now. What also didn't help was we were planning this party and had to spend all Friday night in the emergency room because an MRI mis-reported a dissected artery in my wife's brain. Turns out, there is no problem, but we got home at 2 in the morning. And she wasn't allowed to nurse due to the dye for the CT scan. The baby was mad, mad all night, very, very mad, and then there was a party... and the blog had to suffer. Thank god I have Jim around here. Phew!
Haircut and 25 Pounds
I need to loose weight and get a haircut. Or stay out of the videos.
That boy is camera shy. I set up a shot out in a field. I'm all ready to have a picturesque rural scene. I go back and get some dogs, including Seamus, and he runs back to the barn. And then I come in the barn with a 2-year old on my head, and he panics. So, the video includes some shots of him, but for such a big guy, I have managed to miss out getting him in pictures.
Poncho was scared and needed some special attention. I decided to keep him with just a few dogs -- mostly Sumi, turns out -- because he seemed overwhelmed. And he was afraid of me, cowering when I came in. So I decided to take him for walks regularly -- regular walks with a leash, with just a couple dogs, which isn't what I normally do. I want him to think that something good will happen every time he sees me and I don't want to overwhelm him. Today, though, I think I'll just put him in the big group. He seems much better. At the party we had (goodbye to some friends moving to New Mexico) I took him out for a walk again and he loved this one woman I didn't know, all excited to see her, which just reinforced how ambiguous he was about me. Still, he's starting to like me now. I guess he likes girls better, and I can't blame him.
Gracie and Maizy
They hate each other. I think its Gracie, have to try to keep them apart.
Tina and Frankie
Settled in well. Tina has her pushy moments, but they are just fine. I figured a lab like Frankie would like a swim. See video.
Hey, I made a very long video of Tizoc mostly eating grass, then the tractor came by... it was a good little shot. Where is it? I didn't see it when I downloaded the videos. Sorry: I will look again.
Owners say, "Also, regarding OFF LEASH time, she is very responsive when paid close attention to, but when left on her own she tends to get bored and start wandering farther and farther off. If it is not a situation with direct supervision where she can be called back by name every few minutes, I suggest starting her out in an enclosed area. I am also not sure how responsive she is to new people, as opposed to her owners. PLEASE HANDLE OFF LEASH WITH CARE."
I have to disagree with that. She can jump a six foot fence. When she does, she goes absolutely no where, except to the house to find someone or hang out on the lawn with the house dogs. I completely trust her off leash. She shows no signs of wander lust, doesn't bother chickens.
Hicks got a cut. He's fine, but has to stay clean, which is a drag for him, one day so far, just yesterday. No sand in the cut, so he can't be out in the yard all day, poor Hicks. He made up for it by chasing and cornering and nibbling on a chicken. I mean I live, running away, scared as hell chicken. Luckily, he didn't know how to efficiently kill her. Next time I think he would make short work of a chicken. And now he knows where they are!
Fine, nothing to significant to report.
Here is something extra:
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Where are the dogs kept at night/ when not off leash?
The dogs sleep in room, and have a fenced yard and can go in and out
whenever they want.
Here is the yard:
here is the barn:
How many dogs do you keep at a time?
At that time, probably about 25. Christmas is tops, like 50. Right
How supervised are they and what protections are there against bad
interaction or aggression from other dogs?
The system is that the dogs are all here for at least a few days and
85% have been here before, so I know them. Then we put them together
so they don't fight. Someone is in and around the place all the time,
although not necessary right out there in the barn. We head off fights
before they happen and haven' had so much as a scratch in a year,
And how much do you charge for pick up from Brooklyn?
No charge for pick up and delivery on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to
We live in Westchester County do you pick up?
We can pick up in Westchester on our way into or out of the city, unless you are really far east and we're busy, which is likely in August. So, if you live close to the Taconic, we can come to your house. If you live far away from the Hudson, you might have to meet us -- we can find a spot near the Taconic and call you when we're leaving the city and try to coordinate a stop.
I'm referring to the free pick up and drop off we offer on Monday and Thursday evenings. If you want pick up or drop off on any other night, that another (and expensive!) story.
Are there any addition charges on top of the prices on your website?
ANOTHER EMAIL I JUST SENT OUT:
Our only concern is about him being off-leashed in a non-fenced area. We live next to Prospect Park and have taken him off leash on a few occasions. He is very quick and has run off; we don't think he is trying to escape but rather is excited by the freedom. Our best guess is that he came from a family who had a backyard and was rarely taken to open spaces off leash. So I guess I am wondering if you could give me more information abut your camp. I believe I read on your site that there is a 6 foot fence, but I also saw that the dogs are allowed to roam in unfenced areas. Is this true for all the dogs? It's not that I don't think he could handle it...I'm just not sure how he would react.
I don't just let any dog off the leash. I let the guys I know well off the leash, including some of the new dogs after awhile when I've had a chance to test them in the fenced area: do they come to me, are they interested in treats, do they seems scared or flightly, are they sniffing around for scents, did the dog check the fence out for holes, do they like the other dogs... If they seem okay, I'll let them off once and give it a try. But no, I don't assume the dog will come back without knowing the dog.
Obviously, I would not want to put you or your staff in a difficult position, and I of course want Iggy to be safe when we are away. Any thoughts or reassurance you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Difficult situation like wading into a swamp calling out "Come!"? I think I've been in such a difficult situation. Or 100 other ones. I try to avoid them too.
We will be out of town June 27th through July 4th, but I am assuming that we would need to extend Iggy's stay to the Thursday prior and Monday after to coordinate with your pick-up/drop-off schedule (making his stay Thursday June 25 - Monday July 6, correct?). Do you have spots available during this time?
July 4th might fill up but it's not yet. And yes, unfortunately, you do have to make some adjustments for my Monday and Thursday routine. Let me know if you can figure it all out or not.
Finally, my boyfriend and I were actually considering taking a day trip up to the Hudson Valley in the next few weeks. Would it be possible for us to stop by your facility? If so, are certain days better for you then others?
Sure. I can email you a mapquest link (my house is not in google maps) and a map now if you want. I think it's best to play it by ear. Come when you can and if I'm not here, I can ask either Jim or Shanna to show you around when you get here.
On my blog there are some links to sites about columbia county and you definitely should make at least a day of it so we're not your only stop. I think the strawberries should be ready at the organic pick your own in Ancram, since my strawberries are ready. Let's see, Hudson, hiking, boats, swimming... let me know if you need any more advice.