I fell asleep last night listening to my book. I woke up sometime and turned it off. This morning Darlene, the night person, woke me up at 5 til 6 this morning. She had to flick the light to wake me up. Well, Joe was wagging his tail, although he didn’t get up, yet. I quickly got dressed and led him out. He gladly did his busy. Once back in, I took another slightly cold shower. I haven’t mentioned that, but every morning or night or afternoon I take lukewarm baths. I have no clue why. First few days I took very cold baths because I couldn’t figure out how to work the shower. I turned it toward hot water, but it was always cold. I would turn it toward C, and it would get really cold. After about three days of very cold showers, I figured out the warmest water, lukewarm, is in the center. It is a good thing I took plenty of cold showers with the Boy Scouts on camp outs. Cold showers take serious getting used to.
After mine and Joey’s breakfast, I took Joe out to busy. I had been told that since Joe really wouldn’t go much on those rocks, I could take him out to a grassy area a little ways away. He seemed extremely happy. He immediately poopied. Finally! Now I can rest easier. I will just have to bring him here.
We did obedience right after that. We practiced a new command stand today. You never correct for this one. If they donâ€™t stand, you put your hand on their underside and and push gently upward and say stand again. Then we did a sit/stay and practiced distractions. Joe only moved one time. The rest of the time he stayed like he was glued to the cement. Good boy!!!! Then we practice Come and the finish. Joey did perfectly. Then we took a break. That means praising and excitement.
Next, we loaded the two vans and headed to DTC. This time the work was short, but fun. We did the route from earlier in the week in reversed. At times, a van would come careening very close to us as it turned in a driveway or turned a corner as we were crossing the street. Joe stopped perfectly and once as the van got very close, he stepped backwards and took me with him. The first time Joe stopped, but I walked past and Joe stepped in front of me. I was not going any further. Good boy! He is soooo good. Of course, listening to traffic and deciding when to cross direction is my responsibility, not Joe’s. He can’t listen to a car and judge how long it will take before it goes by. Only problem, I can’t either. We will have to work hard together on that part, but I am sure we will be alright.
After everyone finished, we loaded back up and headed back. We arrived just in time for lunch. I retired back to my room after lunch to listen to my tape book. Joey slept beside me and dreamed, his little feet flicking back and forth.
I was awakened at 3:15 or so by Kate asking if I was coming to feed Little Joe. I couldn’t believe it. I had fallen asleep on the floor mission I don’t even know how much tape of my story. Joe was still asleep, as well. I would think his tummy was grumbling, especially hearing people noisily walk down the hall and out the metal door with it thudding its frame and shaking a good part of the building. He didn’t, though, so I guess we were both seriously out. I also found out that only a few had done their routes when construction crews who have been working on the front large parking lot decided they needed to tear up all the sidewalks around it. Those places run through almost every route on the map. Therefore, they had to cancel the rest of the day’s activities. We had had our lecture at DTC, as well. We were asked to do obedience on own. I did mine after feeding and busying Joey.
I talked in the Day Room with Chris, Jerry, Misti, Wayne, and Nancy until Supper. After supper I got on early and talked to Scott for an hour. Joe and I busied again and went to bed. I watched a movie until bed. Then listened to a tape until I went to sleep. I later got up long enough to check on Joey and put up my hearing aids. I am sleeping a lot, but the humidity is taking a toll on my asthma control. See you in the morning.