Monday, October 11, 2010

Stacking it up

Another 'day at The Farm' post...

No pictures - not this time.

The HBIC got another donation shipment, and with volunteer time at a premium, it helps to have the food sorted so that she and the other volunteers can get to the food quickly and easily. So I again went south and sorted and stacked food. I quickly ran out of space to maneuver and stack food, so will have to go back after the current stack is whittled down a bit. But that's still a useful thing... Whilst I was climbing in and out of the trailer, categorizing, moving, sorting, seperating, and stacking, the HBIC was free to do a behavioral consult, and another senior volunteer was able to focus on conducting a class on behavior and manners for a goodly number of students, and they neither one had to worry about the lifting and toting whilst they attended to tasks requiring more nuanced skills.

I've sung this song so many times, but I feel the need to sing it again:
It doesn't matter if you're lacking in fancy or highly developed skills, or if you have no money to spare - there is something for everyone to do, when you volunteer. Find a spot where you can put your hand out to help. You don't have to carry the whole load. If you can't lift a whole load of work, you can lift a little bit - Every little bit sets the stack that much higher. Find a cause that speaks to you, and help stack it up.

In only peripherally-related news, Suka is free of the 'Cone of Shame.' Poor thing was having a terrible time navigating with it, and actually shattered it on the final day she was to wear it by jacking herself up slamming into the furniture. So - Even if she were *supposed* to still be wearing it, she couldn't.

Oh, and I have some spectacular linear bruises on the backs of my calves - I never really thought about how closely she follows me, or how little free space there is to navigate when The Girls are zipping around me.


Holly said...

Ooof! Been there, done that with the conehead against the legs. Seems like the more upset the dogs get the closer they want to be! Glad the dear girl is feeling better!

Holly said...

I agree with you, help in any form is a wonderful thing.

And I am glad Suka is feeling better (bet your legs are too)!

MaskedMan said...

Poor thing had an upset stomach last night... And not much appetite this AM, either. Definately off her feed, though she's active and alert and thirsty, so I'm not too worried. OTOH, we're both dang glad to have seen the last of the cone!

JackPDB said...

The main thing is to keep her from tearing at the wound; a bandage makes a great alternative to the cone, if you've got the right location. Wishing Suka a safe and speedy recovery -- with a little TLC she'll be good as new!
- - - - - - -
dog beds and more

MaskedMan said...

Good advice, Jack. Thanks!

Unfortunately, the location isn't really conducive to a bandage - But once the prednisone had done its job, and biology had a little while to do its thing, things have gone well. The wounds are closed and the damaged skin from inflamation has died back and been replaced with healthy new skin, and her fur is slowly growing back, though it'll be a while before the big gouge out of her normally luxurious 'pants' will vanish.

Time and TLC have done their thing, and she's back to her bossy old self again. :)