Saturday, May 27, 2017

and the name is..... Rio!!!!!

Today began with breakfast out at one of my favorite places... "I hop". I just love their sweet crepes with lots of strawberries. Yummy as usual. was onto our adventure.

About a month ago I was told about a peacock who might be in need of a new home. He had lost his mate and hasn't been a very nice guy since. The farm he was living on has kids and the owner was a little worried about him around the children. I said if they decided to re-home I would take him.  I have thought for a while it might be fun to have some pea fowl, but after seeing the price of them...decided they weren't at the top of my list. 
But turned out I didn't need to buy any...because the family said this guy needed to go.  We had cleaned the coop out last weekend and put our new guineas in on one I had an empty side for this guy.

I was told he was big...his tail about five feet...but when we walked into their barn and saw him perched like this...I thought ..goodness, how will we ever get him home.

I brought the biggest dog crate we had..and chose a wire crate thinking he might like it better than a closed crate. Then we brought a cloth tarp to cover it because he had to ride in the back of the truck. Now "all" we had to do was catch him and get him in the crate....
Actually it went smoother than I thought. Ed and the owner got him off the roost and once he was on the floor..ed grabbed him like he does our turkeys.. and pushed him in the crate.
I'm glad we brought this crate..he seemed ok in it but it was a tight fit with that tail. All in all he seemed fairly calm and comfortable.
Then we wrapped him up with the tarp and headed for home.
Livy was very excited watching us packing up our new friend. She's bird crazy and since she rode most of the way home like this...I'm going to have to watch her. If she gets out on her own she'll be flying down to the coop....
The ride home went really well. Back  on our farm we just held the crate near the coop door, Rio ( that's his name) poked his head out..took a look at the coop and walked in as nice as could be.
He hopped up on the shelf..called out to the guineas a few times..and seemed to feel quite at home.
His tail goes all the way to the floor.....

It didn't take him long to figure out he can go outside too but I have already decided we'll need to add onto his pen. Because he has a reputation of not being nice I'm going to keep him penned for a while anyways. I'm also looking into a friend for him, I've been talking with a breeder about how to keep him properly and have done quite a bit of research on them.  They're interesting creatures.

And so....a new resident of the farm....sir Rio..the indigo blue peacock.....

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

famous Livy...

Livy and I have had (ate having) a busy year of doing our therapy dog visits. For the most part I don't share much about them, I feel in a way its kind of a private project that we do.  I do celebrate the number of we are working towards AKC titles...but where we go and who we visit with is not shared. Until now...when our story was shared in two local newspapers this past week. And not our doing.
One of our visiting spots is the cancer center, and they are the ones who shared the story. 

Back in February I received an email from our local therapy dog chapter. They send our mailings listing facilities that are looking for dog teams. The cancer center was in the list and since its close to the farm, I contacted the center.
I assumed they would just say they wanted me to come,but it didn't quite go like that. They actually wanted to do an interview and see what Livy and I were all about. It was a nice interview I could see we were truly being checked out and then we were taken around the facility ..again..being watched as to how we interacted I'm sure with the staff and clients.
I thought it went well...Livy did her usual charming thing and as we were leaving the director said that they were talking to a couple of other teams and would let us know. "Ok" I thought ...if they want us fine and if not that's ok too. Livy and I were already busy doing reading with the kids at two different schools so either way was fine by me.
A few days later we were notified that yes they did want us to come and explained that this would be a pilot program. Meagan, the gal that had interviewed us, was presenting the therapy dog idea to the center. And not that anyone had said no to it, but no one knew quit what to expect or how this would really work out. Personally, I had no worries and knew just how it would work...but I worked along with whatever they wanted and needed. 

Basically Livy and I are in the waiting room. Livy is more like an ice breaker for conversstio  and by her third visit people began to look for her and when she is there, the whole waiting room is talking. The staff was amazed and saw how people were really talking to each other. Sometimes they share the story of their recovery journey but more often they like to talk about things other than cancer.
Not everyone visits with Livy, some folks don't want to be bothered and I can understand that...and Livy seems to sense when to approach someone and when not to. I trust her instinct and allow her to work the crowd. 
A couple of weeks ago we were told that its no longer a pilot program...a program and they want Livy and I to come as often as we can. The staff can see a difference and Livy has quite the fan club. And so much that the newspaper stories were released,

Its not the reason why we do it..I like giving to my community, especially if I can do that with a dog, I know the magic that they bring. But I'd be lying if I didn't say its been fun to have a few moments of fame...Livy on the other hand...just wants a few more pets.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

hanging out at college...

Once again, Livy and I were invited to be at the UNH study buddies event. Basically we hang out at one of the campus libraries and as the students arrive or leave they get to have a little cuddle time with the dogs. 

a therapy dog test....