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Erica and Asher won "Prom Queen and King" at their law school this weekend. Sigh.   :wub:

Here is the letter she sent.

 

 

Hi Carlene, 
 
Asher and I went to our first Barrister's Ball (also known as Law School Prom) this past Saturday as first-year law students and had such a wonderful time! We - Asher's name was on there too - were on the final Ballot for Barrister's Court (aka Prom King/Queen) a couple of weeks ago, something that I never would have gotten on my own. We got the most votes of our 1L class, and were named onto Barrister's Court! I've never been part of the popular crowd before now, but then again, this is my first year with a Dane as a constant companion!
 
I was thinking today, as I went through all the pictures we took last night among friends, about why I had chosen the small, more personal  school I did to attend law school this year over a huge one in New York: I was so uncomfortable walking and moving around in front of people, whether at work one-on-one with a client who didn't know me well, in court in front of law clerks and judges, or even just in casual administrative hearings in front of other lawyers. I'd feel their stares, even if I was just imagining them. Even in college, I dreaded award ceremonies because the thought of walking up in front of all those people was mortifying. I decided I needed a more close-knit campus to feel comfortable enough around people to get over that. 
 
And while I'm sure the familiar atmosphere has helped, Asher has gotten rid of that insecurity completely. He helps me physically every day, but he's also given me such a unique way to meet people, start conversations, and he shifts the focus from my movement to him (and usually his huge size!). The Student Bar Association president called both of our names as the 1L winners last night and we took the long walk from our table to the stage together while the whole room watched, definitely a walk that I would have struggled to get through alone just a short several months ago. The room was so loud with people cheering and we weaved around some tight spaces, but it didn't faze Asher one bit. I'm convinced he knew he was walking up to claim his prize because his popularity comes as no surprise to him, and he smugly takes the reactions of his fans in stride, reassuring me with his "Yeah, whatever, we've got this" demeanor in the process.
 
To be crowned onto Barrister's Court by our classmates meant so much. Here, with Asher, I'm not the girl with the weird gait that people feel bad for. I'm Erica with the huge dog wearing the necktie as we go about our day like anybody else. People have gotten to know me for me, and Asher has been responsible for initiating most of those casual conversations, looks of surprise instead of uncomfortable stares, and friendships I have today. He's given me so much confidence - it doesn't matter who we're walking in front of when he's next to me.
 
I'll paste our Facebook post below so you can read it and attach some photos. I just wanted you to know that, while I'm so thrilled to win a fun popularity contest in the middle of my hardest year of school yet, I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity I've had to live a different life these days; one where people can see through my physical differences and get to know me, and Asher too! 
 
 

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On 2/23/2018 at 8:29 PM, Jeepers said:

We have a new group of puppers now. They are adorable of course. Here are a couple of pics but I don't know who is who yet.

 

 

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That little pink nose deserves a little kiss doncha think! LOL

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Absolutely We2.  Look how short their snout is compared to when they are a adult. Hard to believe how big they are going to be.  It's cute when they are all nursing and their little tails are wagging a mile a minute. 

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We have a new doggy flying in from Denmark today. We are just praying he  she gets to the farm before another nor'easter, that is scheduled to arrive, hits.  Volunteers etc. are already showing up with food, food, and more food. Purina just donated skids and skids of food for the dogs too. They are so good to SDP. Generators are all gassed up and Bud and Tanner have lots of firewood ready for the fireplace. Other nearby volunteers are at the ready to take in a couple of dogs to their homes incase they would ever have to evacuate. Looks like they are all set. They are preppers and don't even know it. :008Laughing:

 

One of the volunteers husband is an airline pilot so when we buy a dog, he flies his wife Judy over for free to actually pick up the dog and fly back the same day with her hubby... and dog.  Only one who has to pay is the dog. And that's a lot! This has saved SDP a fortune! He is flying in to Boston Logan so we already have people stationed there also in New York in case it plane gets diverted.

 

Can't wait to see the little Dannish Dane Doggy.

 

 

https://de.flightaware.com/live/flight/DLH422

Ohhhh, arriving in America in 40 min.:hapydancsmil:

 

 

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My brother had some of his cloth-type building damaged in the recent nor'easter.  Lost power for 3 days at the farm.  The boats at his marina lost all the river water  ...which does happen sometimes with huge WIND and low tide.  The boats sit on mud til the tide finds it's way back in.  They're hoping this one isn't as bad....since lotta folks still without power from the last one. 

 

 

 

Wasn't there another expected doggie arrival that ran into bad weather and the flight was diverted? 

 

12 minutes ago, Jeepers said:

They are preppers and don't even know it. :008Laughing:

 

Most intellegent folks ARE the prepared-for-contingencies people!!!  :happy0203:

 

MtRider  :pray:  doggie dear arrives with all due fanfare and no emergencies.

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Yes. That was Neal. He flew in through a terrible thunder/lightning storm.

 

Our best stud muffin Bentley has been 'out of commission' since he and Carlene were electrocuted on that elevator. Poor little man. He still gets triggered when a fly buzzes by. The noise reminds him of that electric sound. He was also Carlene's personal service dog. He still goes to Costco and Home Depot but his heart isn't in it like it was.

 

We have other dogs who enjoy going to "Honeymoon Hill" but we need a new bloodline because she won't breed closely related dogs. Denmark Danes seem to be her favorite because they are stockier than American Danes.

 

 

Well our new little arrival has arrived. Upon further inspection of the undercarriage....it seems we have a little GIRL! LOL

To clarify, she is a German dog who came from Denmark.  :blink:

And she has HUGE paws and a HUGE bark for such a little girl.

She is so darn cute!

 

Sweet little Natasha. 

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Momma Carlene sitting on the floor at Boston's Logan airport waiting for Natasha's passport. She is in her element there. Full of love, hopes and dreams for so many. Not bad for an 80 year old woman.  :wub:

 

 

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How to train your dogs with a spoon and a small can of dog food. It also comes in handy for hiding pills. The BIG nosey dog is her service dog Bentley. He was the one who was electrocuted with her on the elevator. He used to be the best 'daddy' dog but lost all interest after the shock. He has PTSD now. He still gets scared when flies buzz too close to his ears. The buzzing sound triggers him. He's still a great dog for everything else though and makes weekly rounds at nursing homes.

 

Learn their name

Wait their turn

Not be food aggressive

Be cute :wub:

 

Carlene video...1:45

 

 

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Yesterday George had an upset tummy at school and threw up in the hall. He got sent to the school nurses office to rest.  :grinning-smiley-044:

 

She felt like he should probably go home for the day so she called his mom. When asked about the clean up, the janitor said, "No problem. He's just like any other kid around here." :wub:

 

Sometimes people do give you hope in the human race. George is fine. And the janitor is a really good human bean. And the school nurse has a story about the day she had to send a Great Dane home from school because of a stomach ache.

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I don't know Ambergris. That is a fantastic idea though. I know they keep jars of pumpkin baby food and baby food rice on hand at all times on the farm. Might be a good idea to pack a jar of each in his backpack. I'll mention that. Or a stash in the nurses office with some doggy crackers. Still a learning process.

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"But Mooooom, they all have those sharp little pointy needle things on the end of their fingers. One minute you don't see them and the next minute...BOOM, you've got wild cats hanging off of your skin. They almost put my eye out yesterday with those things. They're vicious I tell ya. Spiders are little too and look how you acted last week when one swung by your face on his 'butt string'. Remember? I do! Uh-Huh. Not so funny now is it?"  :pout:

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