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post #25526 of 28199 (permalink) Old 12-03-2019, 06:17 PM
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Back on a doggy topic, Spock, Eva and myself have a very busy two weeks of therapy visits, that started yesterday.

Besides our regular weekly reading visits twice/week to our local E.S. there are several other events, just happen to be occurring in during this time span. This is due to college finals weeks, so many "Stress-Down" events scheduled. I am alternating Spock & Eva at the college venues so each can experience the particular locations. Spock have already been to St.Mary's twice and Eva to UTSA once this year.

(UIW- U. Incarnate Word, UTSA- U. Texas at SA, St. Mary's U.- Only Law school in SA)

2 Dec- Eva school weekly reading visit
3 Dec- Spock UTSA Stress-Down
4 Dec- Spock school weekly reading visit
5 Dec- Eva Stress-Down St. Mary's U.

9 Dec- Eva school weekly reading visit
9 Dec- Spock UIW Stress-down
10 Dec- Eva Seniors Center presentation/visit
11 Dec- Spock school Career Day (5) 4th grade presentations/meet kids.
12 Dec- School District Superintedent's Award


School asked me to participate in Career Day (really my 2nd career) by giving our "Doberman as Therapy Dogs" presentation with Spock in front of (5) 4th grade classes on a rotating shedule, 20 min each. Spock will be exhausted as this will run up to the 2 hr. limit imposed by Pet Partners for visits.

(I will PM CT members a YouTube link to this PPT presentation, also shown at seniors center, coverted to video and with some music added)

Reading program Liaison at our E.S. nominated both therapy dog teams (myself and another team) for school district award, given out twice/year for exemplary volunteers or teachers- dogs welcomed at ceremony!)

My biggest concerns are fatigue of the dogs at long events and other dominant male TD teams with Spocko. So far there have been minimal problems, as we just keep our distance and keep Spock busy with being admired by lots of college students. Only one I know that is slated is on today's visit is a vocal male GSD, that will be part of the (5) team event. Eva interfaced with him last time, but she just ignores other large dogs for the most part (except Spock, who she likes to wrestle with)!
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Not familiar with that one, but I do know that the ester which is responsible for the banana taste and smell, isoamyl acetate, was one of the first artificial flavors developed for food products...in fact, here in the US, they were using it to make banana flavored foods BEFORE bananas were produced and sold in US stores.

I'm really good in the useless fact department today!!

Anyway......is that a banana or a plantain? 'Cause if it is a plantain, it might be approaching ripeness even if it is still green.

Dwarf cavendish...more likely a super dwarf.
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And bananas I tend to only get at Thanksgiving and Christmas, where banana cream pie is one of our traditions (mostly because I make it the easy way...store-bought graham cracker crust with a thick layer of sliced bananas on the bottom, instant banana pudding, cool whip.) It's a 5 minute fix and I get lots of compliments.

The over-ripe ones become banana bread.
Here, at casa TN, we buy bananas every couple of days. Mocha gets at least half of one every morning...one of her favorite treats
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Here let me help with this.........
Admit it guys ......you would wither and die .....if you did not have women doing whatever they do..........
Men only work .........in order to have money .............so you can buy or grow food ...........which food gives you the energy to .......attract or chase women.
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I will admit you girls would be hard to replace but i am sure we would figure something out...why do you work?
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I like bananas:

Just turned yellow for normal eating.
And very ripe for making banana bread.

My shipment of beginner wood carver came in from Canada. I was worried it would be stuck at the border for quarantine or customs inspection!
Soon I will be able to carve an apple, boot, and puppy - or maybe not
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Yeah, you guys have me re-reading Hobb's Soldier Son trilogy. Better than I remember, but still not as good as the big nine Farseer, Live Ship and Tawny Man Trilogies, IMO.
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I like bananas to......not to ripe......not to green...just somewhere in between.
Now, what else.
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I will admit you girls would be hard to replace but i am sure we would figure something out...why do you work?

Thanks AJ for your kind reply.

Actually, I work now because I am a book writer. Big plans to make it big in the writing business real soon.
Writing a book about what it is like to work with your spouse. So far its a nice story. Yeah thatís it, a nice story.
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Yeah, you guys have me re-reading Hobb's Soldier Son trilogy. Better than I remember, but still not as good as the big nine Farseer, Live Ship and Tawny Man Trilogies, IMO.
Could you just read the book again and then tell me what happened? That would save me a lot of time.

Anyone read any magazines lately?

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It was hoping this would be the year i would pull off some Bananas , i am getting close but i think the cold is going to really slow us down.

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Hey AJ,

They pick bananas really green so they can ship them half way around the world and they are still bananas and not banana mush.

And they store them heavily refrigerated until they are read to put them on display in stores. Isn't there a book like "Ripening bananas for idiots" or something like that. I don't know if you can leave them on the tree to do it but maybe--or maybe you just have to pull the whole bunch and hang it in the garage or something.

I'm eternally amazed at some of the specialized treatment that some fruits demand--like picking and cooling most pears before they ripen on the tree--have to cool those a minimum of two to three weeks as I recall--otherwise they ripen as very granular or very mushy depending on the type of pear.

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I like bananas to......not to ripe......not to green...just somewhere in between.

I eat them on the ground and in a tree...i eat them in the woodshed when i am mean...
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Hey AJ,

They pick bananas really green so they can ship them half way around the world and they are still bananas and not banana mush.

And they store them heavily refrigerated until they are read to put them on display in stores. Isn't there a book like "Ripening bananas for idiots" or something like that. I don't know if you can leave them on the tree to do it but maybe--or maybe you just have to pull the whole bunch and hang it in the garage or something.

I'm eternally amazed at some of the specialized treatment that some fruits demand--like picking and cooling most pears before they ripen on the tree--have to cool those a minimum of two to three weeks as I recall--otherwise they ripen as very granular or very mushy depending on the type of pear.

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These are not developed enough they need about one more month. It was down below 40 degrees F. last night so they may be stuck! it is usually what happens. Ethylene gas is used to control ripening. It is also used for flower induction on commercially grown Bromeliads
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After action report from Spock's Group Therapy event today at UTSA
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As mentioned in previous post, this event had me worried the most- Mr. Spocko in an inside environment with another dominant male therapy dog team and several other dogs. My worries were for naught- the event worked out fantastically!

Got to campus 1/2 hour early to allow for traffic and since it was Spocks first visit. Walked Spock around outside of Student Rec center (massive building) and let him get acclimated. Started meeting interested students outside who wanted to know about Dobermans and Therapy dogs.

The male GSD and female Golden arrived about 20 min later. Spock was interested when they approached but no whining, lurching or barking. I wanted him to see these dogs (for first time) outside the building in case there was a compatibility issue. We entered rec center about 5 minutes after the GSD and handler and got to the large circular lobby area for the event. Spock and GSD were well behaved throughout the student de-stress event and we kept them about 15 ft. apart, with the female Golden between our teams. Two smaller poodles rounded out the therapy teams. One team had to cancel.

GSD & Golden On Left at a Previous UTSA De-Stress Event Picture
(Handlers are married couple, dog "Braille" on right is blind therapy dog)




UTSA had everything organized, letting (16) students into lobby at a time to meet all the Therapy dogs. Spock met a total of about (90) students at this event. Spock was exceptionally well behaved and calm throughout. In fact to show people how his ears stand up, I would periodically pull out some treats and demonstrate his obedience skills to perk him up. I would also say my "Squi squi squi" (squirrel sound effect) as an alternative for a sure fire ear perk-up. King, the GSD would let some moans when a group of students left (funny). Both Maddie, the Golden, and King would rollover a lot during visits. I had Spock roll over with his "Belly" command, not to be out done...

Spock kept drooling during event and I mentioned to students this isn't normal for Dobermans except when anticipating food or treats. Then I realized he was staring at Maddie, the lovely Golden, while being petted! All the students laughed when I pointed this out to them...

There were lots of pics and vids taken, but I don't have them yet. Spock was wiped out after visit was over, but we had to endure an hour of rush hour traffic to get back home. I stopped off at McD's and split a 10pc McNugget order on way home to reward his good behavior!

Spock has his weekly E.S. school reading visit first thing in the morning...
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Awww, nothing like a puppy to help when you're feeling down! How long is he staying?
LOL--this is a loaner--he's just the right age to need a lot of attention to be a good dog so I don't have time to dwell on my loss of Toad--too busy teaching Leon that he can't be cavalier about roaming around this puppy because the puppy doesn't KNOW that cats can hurt unruly puppies--Clark has made peace and arrangements by whacking the puppy hard (you can hear it--but trimmed claws so while it's frightening it's not damaging. Leon just stands and looks and the puppy pounces on him then I have to do the rescue.

I don't know how long--this is sort a thing of convenience for both his breeder/owner and me--she has a houseful of dogs, people, a yard full of chickens as well as goats maybe or ponies. She has two bitches--one the mother of Joey and the other bitch who saw fit to discipline him for something which caused mom to try to kill the other bitch. Now both bitches are claiming Joey and it's not working out well. His owner will be spaying his mom in a couple of months and we hope that Joey's absence and then the spay of one of the bitches will allow them to get along (as they always have before),

Mel---no it's not a loan with option to buy--but it's definitely just what I need for the moment. He's a nice puppy--sweet but like all puppies at this particular age he really needs a lot of attention--and I definitely can use that to take my mind off of dogs who aren't here any more.

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Dwarf cavendish...more likely a super dwarf.
Does that mean you have to worry about that fungus that is spreading through South America?
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Hey AJ,

They pick bananas really green so they can ship them half way around the world and they are still bananas and not banana mush.

And they store them heavily refrigerated until they are read to put them on display in stores. Isn't there a book like "Ripening bananas for idiots" or something like that. I don't know if you can leave them on the tree to do it but maybe--or maybe you just have to pull the whole bunch and hang it in the garage or something.

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I like bananas to......not to ripe......not to green...just somewhere in between.

I eat them on the ground and in a tree...i eat them in the woodshed when i am mean...

Do any of you use Banana Bags ($9.99 at BBB or Amz) for storage of bunches in refer?

https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/sto...bag/1045962714

https://www.amazon.com/Carol-Wright-...dp/B006WJGDLI/


Believe or not these things really work! I was highly skeptical when my DW first got them, commenting that if they worked, every household in country would have them and inventor would be a billionaire. But maybe the "Banana Republic Lobby" (BRL) got to the inventor and squashed the marketing of these things?

I buy a bunch of half ripe bananas at store, pull two off and store rest in Banana Bag in produce drawer in refer. Every day I pull two more off in evening so the bananas are perfect the next morning. The skins do get dark but the banana inside stays perfect and doesn't get over-ripe.

Even still, I don't know how they sell bananas so cheap at grocery stores, with all the time sensitive handling required to transport? Maybe as a loss leader to get folks into store, possibly subsidized by grocery chains? Or....could it be the BRL again, putting the squeeze on national grocery marketers to keep prices very low?? I also read the sky screamers are predicting elimination of bananas from our diets, blaming it on climate change.. I'm sure result of this will be some sort of climate tax on Big Banana (Dole & Chiquita).

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_relea...-bdb050219.php
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Does that mean you have to worry about that fungus that is spreading through South America?
That is a little worrisome Since it initiates at the root zone...it makes wonder what types of controls are being used and if they are persistent in the fruit.

We have many diseases attacking our food crops that are cost prohibitive to just try to control ...Citrus in Florida is being plagued by a bacteria that i do not see those guys having much of a future.
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From what I've seen, they're just talking basic "hygiene"...cleaning shoes, tools, avoiding planting in contaminated soil--water runoff can carry the fungus too. Apparently fungicides and fumigants don't work??

And I guess they've had some luck with genetic engineering, but that is so politically incorrect, apparently consumers would rather just lose all Cavendish banana plantations than eat produce from a GMO plant <sarcasm>. But honestly, they don't have a cultivar which is resistant to the problem Fusarium strain all ready to go to replace the Cavendish that are dying out. (For what it is worth, Cavendish accounts for 47 percent of the bananas grown worldwide and 99 percent of all bananas sold commercially for export to developed countries.)

Genetic diversity is what we really need to aim for with our food crops (and dobes too?). The potato blight in Ireland, the current troubles with banana wilt (and this isn't the first time a banana cultivar has been wiped out by its susceptibility to a particular fungus) all point to how important it is that we don't have monoculture crops.

But you plant people know that already.

Kenny, what do you think about the GMO controversy and the dangers of monoculture crops?
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......Kenny, what do you think about the GMO controversy and the dangers of monoculture crops?


Wow, Mel was still up at 01:19 with all synapses still firing!!



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There's one pic of Spock, he's really showing his gray (to match his dad) in this picture. The pictures of Golden "Maddie" and GSD "King" are really great. They both have been doing these events for many years and are pros! I believe Maddie is retiring next year after 10 yrs. of therapy work.

You can see why Spock was staring at Maddie and drooling during the visit, she's so gorgeous! The little chocolate min. poodle(?) is appropriately named "Hershey"
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Good morning all ! And now to Mels question - GMO stands for genetically modified organism - to me , that has been the problem - to me - the name - modified organism ! In real life - they take a gene from a plant that is resistant to a disease and put into another plant that is not - lets use corn as a example - there are corn plants they take a gene and put into that plant for resistant's for root worm - which is a protein - rootworms eat on the roots and then die - What this tech has done is save us from using a insecticide to control the worms , What that has done is save's us from using millions and millions of pounds of insecticides - using insecticides is like using a shotgun - it kills a wide area of bugs - both good and bad , which is hard on the environment . GMO's have also saved us from spraying fungicides used to control plant diseases -- also better for the environment .

Anytime we can cut the use of any plant health chemicals - its a win , win . Now there is all the talk about Roundup and cancer - I have no idea on if it does or don't , I have used lots and lots of roundup over the years - there are labels that tell us how to use the product and the safe way to use it . Where I think this all went bad for roundup was they started selling in Walmarts - Lowes - everywhere - I have seen people Appling it bare footed and then walking in it ! Spraying it and letting kids then walk in it while its still wet - there is a re-entry period on all chemicals - some may be hours - so may be 12 to 24 hours before you can re-enter a field or even lawns , notice that if you have your yards sprayed - they will put a flag in it to let your know they did it . My belief is lots of misuse has lead to some of the problems . For me - I have to go to recurrent training classes - for me - I have to have 20 hours of class room or in field study in 5 years - most times in my 5 year period , my hours are close to 40 to 45 hours - I have both personal and commercial license's for Indiana - How many hours of training does Joe Blow have that buys - say roundup at a big box store ?

Now lets look at Non GMO - so how are the bugs - diseases controlled ? If you guessed by spray - then you are right ! But for what ever reason - some would rather eat them because they are safer = Non educated on the difference between the two ! Then there is Organic ! So how do they put there fertilizer on a field to support the plants ? They use manure ! spread over the top sometimes - so I guess that's where the saying comes from - this tastes like chit comes from - lol but the problem is bacteria from the manure and not cleaning of the finished product before eating it - like lettuce !

In final - The ag community has did a terrible job in educating the general public on the foods we raise - I can say from my stand point that America Farmers take great pride in the food we raise , and that we eat ! Our friends , family's , pets all eat it . I'm just say 'n' here - if we thought it is that dangerous - would we feed it to out love ones ?

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B67, how about clearing your PM message folder, unable to send a PM to you?
I have a video link to send you I have already sent to all the other CT members...

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Now that's the way to unload right there !
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Wow, Mel was still up at 01:19 with all synapses still firing!!



Yeah SD - But she won't be up till 3 or 4 this afternoon - lol
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SP, since you're on another "day off" I'll stir the pot some....

The Deputies or the goats...?

Funny, when first read this quickly, I skipped over the word "broadcast-ed" and thought, oh brother, SP got herself a date with one of the deputies....?? Now why would I ever think that might be possible?

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If you could have only been a woman for a second, you would understand.

Dudes in Duds.

Jeans, suits and/or military attire. I am not picky!

That wasn't a joke, Y'all!

But, it really was.

SD - what SP means to say is....
- if you had a magic second of argumentation surgery & hormone therapy (??)
- Denny can be your FM role model, on the projected virtues of being a good women
- might even help you understand, her true nature more // hypothetically speaking
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