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Saturday, March 28, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown Day...

SUMMARY: Info for March 28
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Global confirmed cases: 663,828; total deaths: 30,822; total recovered: 139,451 (JHU)

U.S. confirmed cases: 124,217; total deaths: 2,185; total recovered: 1,095 (JHU)

CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days, effective immediately

More than 2,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the U.S., with the death toll doubling in just two days

Spain tightens lockdown, orders all non-essential workers to stay home for two weeks

FB info page

Thursday, March 26, 2020

COVID-19 (the virus formerly known as Novel Coronavirus) - March 13

SUMMARY: The world is a little nuts right now. Wrote on March 13... And I still haven't inserted the missing photos or info, so this just has to go up now.

(Following are some from my FB posts or comments between March 2 and 13)

We just don't know enough. And our lovely Prez, who disbanded the infectious disease/pandemic organization that Obama set up, and his lovely organizations, have been very much less than helpful.

The crises in Wuhan, in Italy, and in S. Korea are big klaxon warnings of what could go wrong here.  So far it hasn't, but cases are climbing daily (how much? Dunno? CDC and cronies are sitting on info and questioning tests...), and here in Santa Clara County, we're one of the lucky "hotbeds". With 45 people identified so far-- but there are limited test kits! And CDC (?) is refusing to deal with tests for people who are not exhibiting enough symptoms!

My theory--and I'm not the only one, and I'm talking about in the medical community--is that it's already very widespread, but because so many people are asymptomatic, and because it's Cold Season anyway so mild symptoms are likely treated like a cold anyway, it's already rife in the community.

Talking about it is EVERYwhere because the stock market is tanking (2 weeks ago I thought I was a few months away from retirement finally. Now--??  Who knows.), the economy is tanking, businesses are worried about going out of business, lives are completely disrupted, people are out of work...

I haven't tried to count how many posts in FB I've read in the last couple of days that deal with COVID-19 in one way or another. I've certainly contributed. But it has to be a very high percentage. Yesterday morning while reading the SJ Mercury News, I counted how many articles had some mentions or were entireley about it. Yesterday — yes, 33; no, 24.  Today — yes, 41; no, 19. No wonder it feels overwhelming.

>> Take photo of front page of SJ Merc & sports & business fronts...

And a lot of info is nonsense--and the more detailed and technical it gets, the more it seems to depend on which expert you're quoting. But there are very common and very ignorant posts that are viral:
  • Insisting that COVID-19 is "just the flu". Yep. Like measles is just the chickenpox. Nope, entirely different viruses. Flu vaccine doesn't work for COVID-19. But you all knew that already. And we have no idea really how this virus is going to progress, mutate, etc. (The 1918 Spanish Flu is a huge precautionary tale.)
  • If you think you've been exposed, drink a lot of water to wash the virus into your stomach where your stomach acid will kill it.  (Whaaaaa? Seriously? Avoid getting a virus by DRINKING it???)
  • If you think you've been exposed, take a slow deep breath; if it doesn't make you cough, you're good, otherwise your lungs are already infected with fibrosis.  (I can't even...  I mean...  )
Well, I mean, it *is* overwhelming. I went out into the yard to play with the dogs in the sunshine for a while. Go thou and do the same! As Dan Rather said in an eloquent post: Steady!

So, caution is good.  How much caution?  I cannot begin to tell you how much the world has been disrupted.  NBA cancelling the rest of their season (now that 2 players have tested positive with apparently mild symptoms). Arenas and theaters and schools and Disney parks (!!) closed, mostly "until the end of March, and then we'll reevaluate".  My photo club canceled our 2 march meetings (I was in favor of it, watching the situation in the overseas countries).  The Sunnyvale Historical Society cancelled a speaker I had been looking forward to hearing.

March 2 is when I really started thinking about The Risks Of Going Out:

Went out to dinner last night, after reading articles about how the prudent thing to do is to avoid touching things that others have touched, and to disinfect or wash your hands if you have to touch something. It's daunting: You either keep on living as you have been or you stay home, I suppose:
  • Door to restaurant, opens only by pulling.
  • You are handed a menu, touched by waiter and who knows how many other people.
  • Given water glasses by bare hands.
  • Given bowls with chips and dip, bowls touched with bare hands.
  • The napkins and silverware placed on the table.
  • (Yes, apparently the virus can survive on fabric and paper.)
  • The little booklet containing the bill, containing a pen to sign the credit card bill....
  • And how is food prepared in a way to prevent the transmission from someone with a cough or drippy nose... or who has no symptoms but is shedding germs as they go?
  • A restaurant is not the place to be to avoid your hands or other objects touching YOUR MOUTH.
Well, I enjoyed the meal anyway and set those thoughts aside for now.
(My county now has I think a dozen confirmed cases. Out of 2 million people. I'm still not super worried...)

Lucky's TP supply, March 12.
Before Santa Clara County(?) shelter-in place goes into effect...
before it's even announced. My timing was good, because later that day,
after the announcement, chaos and panic buying got even worse.
People are insanely hoarding-- toilet paper of all things is being cleared from the shelves as soon as it goes out (although yesterday morning at Luckys: TP was sparse, but there was plenty available. Might depend on the time of day you go. As I understand it, there is plenty of toilet paper, it’s just that they don’t stock a lot of it because it takes up a lot of space at any given store, so they have to wait for the next shipment to come in, which might be each day (just ask).); same for hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.

(Fortunately I already had those things Just Because, but have a very limited quantity of wipes and would like to get more, because I am using them. But-- Was feeling smug. I *always* have little bottles of hand sanitizer in various places, so doesn't matter if the stores are out. In fact, had a cold last November and so I had them throughout the house.
Before going out last night (March 2), I went to get one. And... spent half an hour looking, and couldn't find a single one! WTF? I have one in my car that I often use--nope, none there. I always have one in the bathrooms that guests use--nope, not there. Not by my desk (but someone rearranged things for me, so it could be anywhere random). Always one in my computer case for work--nope. I moved one out of the way constantly in my bedroom until not long ago-- nope. Where did they all GO? In what "safe, rational" place did I put them away until later? (did later find 2 bottles))

>> Insert photo of my 2 bottles

What about grocery shopping? I agree that avoiding hanging around other people, like standing in line, could be a risk, now that they've decided that it *can* be transmitted through the air. But I also have been thinking a lot about what to do if I have food delivered--wear gloves, disinfect each item as I take it out of the bag? That's a possibility certainly for cans, bottles, and boxes, but fresh veggies and fruit might be challenging.

But then, I went shopping yesterday and when I got home, I thought, wow, the checker actually handled every single thing to ring it up, so I have the same problem there.
(I did not sit there wiping everything down--I don't actually have 60%+ alcohol wipes, so it's a little challenging. I do have alcohol and an empty spray bottle... )

This is all for 45 *known* cases out of 2 million people in Santa Clara County. But, last time we had reasonable data, the cases were increasing exponentially.  The  goal at this point everywhere is only partly containment--it's clear that it's a bit too late for that probably--but mitigation: Ensuring that the cases are spread out across the coming months instead of all hitting in a huge mass within a couple of weeks, swamping the health infrastructure and insuring that more people will die than necessary.

Healthcare capacity could be a huge issue; that’s what people have been talking about mostly in the trenches. The simple graphic shows why.
“The reason for trying to slow down the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible.....
"One week ago, Italy had 2,502 cases of the virus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19. At that point, doctors in the country’s hospitals could still perform the most lifesaving functions by artificially ventilating patients who experienced acute breathing difficulties.
Today, Italy has 10,149 cases of the coronavirus. There are now simply too many patients for each one of them to receive adequate care. Doctors and nurses are unable to tend to everybody. They lack machines to ventilate all those gasping for air..." (March 11 article:)

And I, finding myself in a higher-risk group (interestingly, young children seem to have only mild cases, no deaths so far), I'm happy at this point to be cautious everywhere.

>> Insert graphic by age


>> Insert photo of movie stub

So HOW cautious should I be?  Last week I went to 3 movies over at Oakridge.  (1) To get into the theater, I do not have to touch anything if I'm careful: Doors into the mall are automatic; (2) if I'm careful on the escalator I don't need to touch the handrail; (3) I buy my tix ahead of time and so the ticket taker just scans my phone (dilemma: I collect those stubs that they hand back--do I take it?  He's wearing gloves, but what has he touched while wearing them?  I did take it, and didn't try to disinfect it. It's a tiny square of paper); (4) walking into the theater itself, as long as I don't arrive late, the door is open for me to walk in; (5) again, if I'm careful going up and down the stairs, I can avoid the handrail. (6) before sitting, I wipe both armrests widely with sanitizing wipes, and the buttons that control the seat, and the tray table if I think I'm likely to touch it, but (7) I sadly have given up buying concessions for the moment, to avoid handling food containers (and food) handled by others.  (8) I do my absolute best to avoid the restrooms, because, you know, faucets, toilet handles.... (9) Do my dangdest not to touch my face... Then, afterwards, (9) when I return to my car, I wipe down my hands anyway. And (10) when I return home, I wash my hands with soap & water and wipe down my car door handle and steering wheel.

>> Insert photo of empty theater?

And it has been OK, because no one else seems to be going to the movies. (Well, not quite that bad last week--but people were buying seats farrrrrrr apart from each other, not crowding into the middle as usual.)

So, basically, my point is, the world has become like a snowglobe that someone picked up and shook--everything's in flux and topsy turvy and you don't really know where it's all going to land.

>> Take some photos!

ON THE UP SIDE,  I suppose: We (individuals, governments local and national) are learning a heck of a lot.

Best advice from some travel sites: If you must travel, just go to a park and go hiking! Probably no risk there!  My knee isn't quite there yet, but I am trying to remind myself to get out of the house, just into the yard or walk around the block.

And, yes, Go Thou And Do Likewise.

COVID Lockdown Day...

SUMMARY: Data for March 25
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Global confirmed cases: 487,648; total deaths: 22,030; total recovered: 117,749 (JHU)

U.S. confirmed cases: 69,197; total deaths: 1,046; total recovered: 619 (JHU)

Record 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week

Senate passes $2 trillion economic rescue package to aid businesses, workers and health care systems

Italian doctor death toll reaches 37 as national cases top 70,000

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown: Day... 9?

SUMMARY: SUMMARY: March 25, 2020, data, more notes probably to be added later.
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Global confirmed cases: 454,398; total deaths: 20,550; total recovered: 113,045 (JHU)

U.S. confirmed cases: 61,167; total deaths: 849; total recovered: 354 (JHU)

More than 10,700 National Guard members now activated for U.S. coronavirus response

Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, tests positive for coronavirus

Congressional leaders, White House reach deal on $2 trillion coronavirus relief package

Facebook COVID info page

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Lockdown: Day 7 ?

SUMMARY: March 24, 2020, data, more notes probably to be added later.
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Global confirmed cases: 409,014; total deaths: 18,246; total recovered: 106,593 (JHU

U.S. confirmed cases: 50,206; total deaths: 600 (JHU)

More than 40% of the U.S. population is now being asked to stay home

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces nationwide lockdown to stop spread of coronavirus

Summer Olympics postponed about one year because of coronavirus, Japan's prime minister says

(CA Shelter in place/lockdown started March 17 ?? I think that's late--when did county do this?)

What kind of face is that, anyway?

Backfill: Typed this May 20, 2019...:oops, why didn't I post it?  --- MARCH 25: Added first-grade class photo.

True story about me: When I was about 35, I went to a stylist who suggested that I try false eyelashes or at least mascara. I said no. But she talked me into finding a very pale mascara (light brown, I guess), which was hard to find, and it was OK, i suppose. Never used it much. But that's me--because my lashes are so short and straight, they needed a tiny bit of curling to show up even then. All too much of a pain for such tiny lashes. My newest cousin infant is lucky to have naturally long, curled-up eyelashes.

Me, at eighteen. What I think is interesting about this is that my eyes have always been listed as blue. When I got my first license, I asked the clerk something about the color, and she agreed blue. They sure don't look blue here!

Class photo, 1st grade -- they do look a bit blueish; I'll have to go find any photos at all from my youngest youth to see how blue they really looked.

My eyes today. About the color they've always been, I think.  Sort of bluish greenish. The Colors person I went to (different from Stylist) suggests bright teal or BLUE as my most flattering colors ("Dramatic", as in, if I walk into a room and I want people to notice ME and I'd look great in them--based some on eye color but also on skin tone). But see what she  put for Eye Tones? Not blue!

Me at 50. Depends on the light, too, I suppose.

Me at 47.

Added Oct 20, 2019:

Me, now. (Cell phone selfie, hence not so sharp, but colors are ok.) Not really blue...?

New Knee, Five-Day Diary (Was supposed to post Jan 24!)

SUMMARY: Another adventure in artificial human parts.
FYI Some of what follows might have been posted on Facebook first.

Saturday Jan 18: I will be stuck upstairs in my house for probably a couple of weeks. That means: Bedroom, bathroom, hallway.  Then mostly to the house for another couple of weeks. Then slowly more activity outdoors.  On a walker for some number of weeks; then walking with a cane for more numbers of weeks.
Morning before surgery. Standing on a ladder in the corner of my yard.
To my left, Martial Cottle Park. To my right, looking up my yard to my house.
That window below the chimney? That's where I'll be looking out for the next few weeks.
No ladder climbing!

So I need to make sure that my room is ready for me, that my house contains all that I'll need and that my stay-in caretakers will need (food? entertainment? Clean rooms? Clean linens? Etc.).
Bedside table with the necessities;
I'll use the large receptacle for constant ice water.
I'll drink a lot. 
Also Kindle is there; also styrofoam thingie on dresser for PT.

I have 4 days to get it all ready: Go.

P.S. I have already arranged with various relatives to stay with me to cover me 24-7 for 2 weeks, except for one night towards the end. TBD.

Tuesday a.m.: I had decided that I wouldn't board the dogs for the first couple of nights like I did for my hip replacement last year. Turns out that worrying about that kept me up a good portion of last night--because it was very useful to have them out of the way while getting things figured out and recovering initially from the surgery.  Called my agility instructors, who also do boarding, and ask whether they could manage it at the last minute. Oh, and Chip needs eye ointment and pills.  They say, sure, if I can bring them up Wed. morning. I say, sure, 9:00, see you then.
Partial list. VERY partial list.

6 p.m.  I get home from shopping and errands and discover that Kaiser has rescheduled my arrival time for tomorrow to 9 AM instead of 11. I call boarding back and say, uh, how about this evening? They very generously agree, although it means they have to do some prep work in the dark.  And fortunately my morning ride to the hospital is able to manage the 2 hour change, also.

Tuesday evening: Made a lot of progress on my list. I think it's sufficient. It's not ideal; never did sweep the stairs or kitchen or vacuum the guest room, for example.  Didn't help taking 2 hours out of the plan to take the dogs up to boarding.

Wed. a.m.  Didn't sleep all that well again.  I'm fine with the surgery: Can't wait to have the new knee. It's everythng else...

Arrive at 9 a.m.  There's a delay; surgeon had higher priority things come up, etc.

They give me an epidural to numb my right leg--but it turns out to be a challenge. Because of my recently acquired extreme lower-back scoliosis, it appears to have twisted so that injecting into the right side numbs the left leg! After several attempts, the solution is to roll me onto my right side instead of left, and then although left leg numbs first, the numbing agent moves into my right side because of gravity.  Clever.

I get an IV sedative.

Wake up a while later with a new knee.
Post-surgery. Tubes still attached to left arm (I think).
There's this cool thing in the recovery room--every bed has a "skylight"
with some photo looking up. Nice, because we're in the basement.

Physical Therapist wheels in her own step for testing.
(It folds down.) Tricky!
With delays and everything, and with my right leg not wanting to come un-numb, it's not until nearly 6 that the physical therapist can check whether I can stand and walk (with a walker) and go up and down a step. I can. Off home.

Sister #1, who took me to the place in the morning and stuck around nearby
until they released me around 6 that evening.
She came prepared with electronic gadgets for "working" (so she claims).

Mr Fox No. 12 examines the knee brace and the foam elevating wedge
while Human Mom consumes breakfast.
Thurs. a.m. I have a very sturdy velcro brace wrapped around my knee and at least a foot above and below. Expecting to wear it for several days at least to support the knee.  When I took it off midday for a nap, discovered that my initial dressing over the surgery site had filled with blood and was leaking through. Instructions said to replace with sterile gauze if that happened. Taking it off, looked like it was old blood and not still oozing, so no worries.

They sent me home with an ice machine, so I'm icing and elevating and taking pain meds and being subdued, dozy, generally happy.  Home  Physical Therapist calls to set up an appointment for  tomorrow and, wow, it's the same excellent one I had for my hip last year! Yay!

This is the wrap that *I* use over the dressing.

Therapist comes, goes through the first simple set of exercises with me. After the last one, she says, well, that was not just an exercise; it was a test. So your muscles are strong enough that you don't need to wear the brace! Yay!

She replaces the dressing, and there was a small bit of oozing between yesterday and today, but not much. Lookin' good.
Sister #2 and I investigate my emergency supply of tape and dressing.
Apparently for some reason I kept this tape roll. Possible to remember Jake by--
I've always played with my dogs with empty TP and paper towel cardboard tubes.
Then Jake figured out that there were cardboard tubes EVERYwhere if one looked around!

Knee Status 6 Weeks Out

SUMMARY: The new one is very good. But the technology isn't perfect.
From a Facebook post March 9.


Went in for my 6 1/2 week check-up today (March 9) with the surgery department. I'm happy happy happy with my new knee!

Per them: X-rays look perfect. Surgery scar looks perfect. Pain is very minor today. 

Side note: About 3 days ago, the knee started into constant low-level pain.
Icing didn't help, even though it always did til now.
(Multiple tries.) Acetaminophen and NSAID didn't help.
After a day and a half, finally gave up after bedtime and took
one remaining reserved heavy-duty pain pill. Knee has been pretty good since.
That has been the first time in all these weeks that I've had a problem with pain.

  • Walk as much as I want, let pain be my guide. 
  • Don’t expect to ever do much running on it. (As in: dog agility..., hmm, we'll see... . Certainly not jogging. But I didn't anyway, so that's OK.)
  • Don’t expect to ever be getting down on my knee; maybe briefly if it’s absolutely necessary, but not on a regular basis and not for very long.
    (As in: Gardening. Pulling weeds. Laying brick pathways for which I  have bricks stored up. Getting under desk to where wiring for everything goes. Scrubbing textured kitchen/hallway floors. Cleaning spots on the carpet. Many varieties of household tasks (e.g., I replaced the slide-out drawer in a kitchen cabinet last year. HAD to be on my knees.) Cleaning dog vomit from the back of a large soft crate. So many things I'm used to doing on my knees!)
  • Expect that everything should be about as healed and healthy as it’s going to get after a year or so. (A *YEAR* or so?!)
Front of knee. They replaced the ends of my bones with surfaces made of chrome, titanium, and something, cemented in place, then put a pad in between to replace the cartilage that hasn’t been there for a very long time.
Some kind of plasticky stuff.

Side: and, yes, that’s my original patella hanging out at the front of my knee.

And I’m apparently in good hands: Team physicians of the San Jose Sharks? Here at this facility or at a different Kaiser? Those men take a beating, so if they can fix them, they can fix me, is the message.

Monday, March 09, 2020

Advice for Joint Replacement Surgery (Knee or Hip)

SUMMARY: Now I've done both. Some of my tips.
(Someone asked on Facebook, March 9)

Learned a bunch from my total hip replacement (THR) aftermath a year ago, and was able to put it into play before my total knee replacement (TKR) this year--and learned more from that, too. So, off the top of my head, herewith a bunch of tips.

Note: If you're living with someone, like a spouse or good friend as a roommate, etc., who's already familiar with the household and will be the one staying with you 24/7 for the first couple of weeks, some things don't apply. But I had to recruit friends & relatives to each stay for a few days/nights, so my list got pretty long.

  • The result feels great! So much better than the previous status.  Both for hip and knee! Such a relief! The down time is worth it.
  • Your recovery time may vary. Apparently I did pretty good both times, but also I might be younger and more active than many patients. And I've worked hard (well, struggled) to keep my weight down because of the effect that any extra pounds puts on my joints and back.  Another woman I know who also just had a new knee but is nearly 20 years older says, fuggid, exercises are too miserable, I'm just going to use a walker for the rest of my life. Makes me sad. 
  • You won't be driving for probably 4-6 weeks.
  • You won't be going up and down stairs for 2-3 weeks (except maybe a very few steps).
  • Try to have your room, or wherever you expect to be spending the most time, ready ahead of time: fresh linen on the bed, fresh towels in the bathroom, floor vacuumed, everything cleaned up & put away so you don't have to stare at unfinished tasks, piles of laundry, etc., while you're trying to relax and recover.
  • Set up a bedside table with room to put things that you might not normally put there: water to drink, miscellaneous supplies, list of exercises and pointers from  the hospital or physical therapist, etc.
  • Set up bedroom: And because for the first 2 weeks I'd be stuck upstairs (no TV, no popping into the kitchen, etc.) I also tried to make sure I had things in the bedroom for me to do (books, crosswords, paperwork to work on although that fell by the wayside). And I set up a chair and tray table so that I could sit up periodically, and have meals brought up to me there.
    AND an extra chair so my assistant and I could chat together when I was up to it and felt like sitting up.
  • I put the dogs in boarding so that when I got home from surgery, and for the first couple of days and nights, neither I nor anyone else had to worry about whether the dogs were causing me any problems. Mine sleep on my bed often, although I had been crating them at night for a couple of weeks before surgery, and ever since. But I don’t have anyone living with me; it was friends and relatives who are staying overnight, and I didn’t want them to have to bother with the dogs. BUT I had to arrange to have them brought home. Luckily the boarding places were willing to do so for an extra charge. 
  • Get a walker for each level of your house; you'll need it for probably the first 4 weeks. Some insurance covers a walker. BUT I asked on facebook and got offers from 5 or 6 friends for a free walker that they had stashed away.
  • Be prepared to carry things while using the walker: My cousin found nifty bags with pockets online that attach to the front of the walker; very handy. And a cup holder that attaches to one of the legs of the walker. Also used that a lot. Also handy to have: a bag with handles that will slip over your shoulder and preferably even across your neck (So that the bag hangs on the opposite side from your neck). And/or clothing with pockets.
  • Use leggings or long underpants: I don't usually wear PJs to bed. When I'm dressed, I usually wear jeans. For this, you'll want something that's gentler than jeans (leg will swell up, repeatedly; also, incision will have dressing or tape on it for a while). Can also just wear back to bed OR around the house with a nice top to greet people. AND can easily ice your knee through it.
  • And do the exercises! And do what the physical therapist tells you to do! 
  • And ask all the questions that you have; some people are hesitant to do that. I found that having a notepad and a pen at hand helped me to remember the questions; I also used a list on my phone for when I wasn’t near my pad. Because questions popped up all the time. And don't be afraid to call the designated number if you have questions that you feel can't wait for your next scheduled visit or appointment! It's your health and comfort!
  • Install raised toilet seat: If the bathroom that you'll mainly be using doesn't already have one, get one and install it beforehand! My friend had to do this for me *after* my surgery because I waffled for too long, and she  ended up making about 5 trips to 3 different places, and working very hard indeed to remove the existing seat,  put the riser in place, and put the seat back on--  because not every part is compatible with every other part! What a challenge! And that raised toilet seat has been SO WONDERFUL TO HAVE after the surgery--and wish actually I had installed it at least a couple of months before my hip surgery, because I had been in so much pain sitting and standing up.
  • Shop beforehand and get lots of cash. Because no one lives with me, and relatives & friends would be cycling through, I stocked up on groceries to hopefully last 2-4 weeks so no one would have to go shopping for me. I also took out $300 in cash and left it in the kitchen so if anyone did have to buy anything for me (ran out of milk, picked up a prescription, something broke & had to be replaced, etc.), they could just take the $ with them.
  • Icing the knee regularly & ice machine: I already had 4 good largish blue-ice packs (the soft ones) in the freezer. I have used them more and more over the last 6 weeks instead of the ice machine, because at least I can still move around. If they give you an ice machine, that's so excellent! And I didn't really *want* to move around much the first couple of weeks. Freeze 6-8 smaller water bottles and use them in water in the machine instead of trying to keep pouring out ice water and replacing with fresh ice.  And you can always use the ice in the ice machine--but trying to keep a good supply of ice in the house is tough. The first day, my sister bought a couple of large bags and we put it into a cooler, but it had melted within 2 days, long befoer we could use it. If they DON'T send you home with an ice machine, find out where you can rent or borrow one (last time I had work on my knee, a friend loaned me hers).
  • Make ice: But I also like my drinks cold, so I made as much ice as my ice keeper could hold ahead of time, so I could have ice water by my bed (I have an insulated large cup with a lid and a straw) all the time, and I drank a lot! 
MORE TO COME  I think...  will make a note here if/when I add.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Alllll the T-shirts

SUMMARY: All of them.

This list will be out of date at any time because I've already ordered another one. But, here goes.

(And, BTW, there are some photos here:The T-shirt Project)

(Note: I have other themed shirts that are polo, not t-shirts, so aren't included here)

(Note 2: I did not type this all in today. It's all in my inventory database. For here, I just invented some categories and moved shirts under each.)

Disney related:
  • Dead Men Tell No Tales-black-Disney Designs 100% cott
  • Disneyland castle and characters-navy and blue tie-dye-Disneyland-100% cotton
  • Disneyland castle-embroidered grey- Disney Originals 100% cott
  • Disneyland dragon/Mickey Ears Disneyland-gray-Disneyland 90% cott/poly
  • Disneyland Mickey & Donald postcard/photo-blue-Disneyland 100% cotton
  • Disneyland w/Tigger-teal-embroidered Disneyland 100% cotton
  • Haunted Mansion-black-glow-in-dark Disneyland 100% cotton
  • Netboost-tie dyed-Hanes Beefy T 100% [date info est]
  • Pirates of the Carribbean-black-Disneyland 100% cotton <<missing purch cost; 10% off>>
  • Space Mountain-black-Disneyland 100% cotton
  • Tomorrowland-green-Mickey Inc. 100% cotton
  • Tortola BVI dog pirate-green-Comfort Colors 100% cott
  • USDAA Cynosport-lilac-Hanes Tagless 100% cott
  • USDAA Grand Prix 01-gray-Fruit of the Loom Best 50% cott/poly
  • USDAA Volunteer-green-Gildan Dry Blend 50 poly/cott
  • Walt Disney World 2017 Mickey Mouse Wizard-blue tie dye-Disney Parks 100% cott
  • Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom with tickets-green-

Dragon related:
  • dragon Celtic gold stone-look-black-United Design Soft Goods 100% cott
  • dragon green/gold/brown Celtic circle-black-JT's Classics 100% cott
  • dragon w/purple Maleficent-black-Disney Designs 100% cotton
  • dragon w/red eyes on black tie dye-The Mountain 100% cott
  • dragon-blue/green tie-dye, black/purple dragon-Fruit of the Loom 100% cotton
  • dragon-w/purple handpainted dragon-black w/glitter-D.G. Riddle
  • Dragoncon 96-black-Fruit of the Loom 100% cotton [need price]
  • DragonCon-white-w/William Stout water dragon-Touch of Gold 100% cott
  • dragons purple w/gold interlace-black-Jt s Classic 100% cott
  • dragons-ivory-sunlight-activated color-Del Sol 100% cotton
  • Easily Distracted By Dragons & Books-black-Fruit of the Loom HD Cotton 100%cott
  • gray w/dragon embroidered-xhileration 90%cott/poly
  • navy tie dye-dragon w/wizard-The Mountain 100% cott

Dog clubs:
  • Bay Team golden gate bridge-blue (light)-Hanes Beefy-T 100% cotton
  • Bay Team golden gate bridge-peacock blue-Hanes Beefy T 100% [date info est]
  • Bay Team logo-black-Hanes Beefy-T 100% cotton <<need price>>
  • Bay Team logo-teal-Hanes HeavyWeight 100% cotton
  • High Sierra Summer Classic (NADAC trial)-gray heather-CPort & Co 99% cotton
  • I Want You for the Bay Team- blue-Gildan Heavy Cotton 100% cott women s L
  • Mixed Breed Dog Club-teal-Fruit of the Loom 100% cotton [date info est]
  • VAST logo-lt blue-Hanes Beefy T 100% cott

Dog training, including camp:
  • Clean Run/Power Paws Camp Taking Agility... -gray heather-Gildan Activewear Ultra Cotton Heavyweight-99% cott/poly
  • Dogs Dig Camp-brown-Port&Co 100% cotton
  • Clean Run/Power Paws Camp-purple-Gildan Ultra Cotton 100%
  • fetch sam! embroidered logo-purple-Live And Tell 40% poly/60% cott Ladies XL
  • Power Paws Camp 2002-gray (lt. heather)-Gildan Ultra Cotton Heavyweight 100% cott
  • Power Paws Camp-olive drab-Fruit of the Loom Heavy 90%cott/poly
  • Power Paws-gray heather-Hanes BeefyT 100% cott [no purch info--est--at least a couple of yrs before 8/02]
  • Power Paws-teal-Hanes BeefyT 100% cott [no purch info--est--at least a couple of yrs before 8/02]

Dog agility nationals & some regionals:
  • Bay Team USDAA 2014 Western Regional-blue-District Made 100% cott
  • Bay Team USDAA 2015 Western Regional-navy-Fruit of the Loom Heavy HD 100% cott
  • Bay Team USDAA 2019 Western Regional-denim blue-Anvil Lightweight 65% poly/35% cott Ladies XL
  • Bay Team Western Regional 2018 - gray- Anvil lightweight 100% cotton
  • CPE Nationals 2004 embroidered-teal-Gildan ActiveWear Ultra Cotton 100% cotton
  • CPE Nationals 2006 Haute Dawgs-teal-Jerzees Heavywt 50% cott/poly
  • Cynosport Rocks 2008-orange tie dye-Hanes Heavyweight 100%cott
  • Cynosport World Games 2006-white-tiedyed by Wendy Bruce
  • FCI 2011-gray heather-B+C Collection 99% cott 1% viscosa [don t know actual date rec d]
  • My Dog and I... Cynosport World Games 2007-navy-Jerzees Heavyweight 50% cott/poly
  • West East Titlemania 2018 - lt. gray heather - Port & Company Essential T 98% cotton/2 poly
  • Western Regional 2013-mustard-Port & Company 100% cott [INFO?]
  • World Cynosport Games 2004 USDAA nationals-brick red-Anvil 100% cott
  • World Cynosport Games-lt blue-Gildan Activewear Ultra Cotton 100%cott

Dogs misc:
  • agility-- cave dogs -blue-green-Gildan Ultra Cotton Heavyweight 100% cott
  • BAG Ladies-gray-design by Laura Hartwick for our dog agility team (Boost Ariel Gustavo) [need shirt info Aug 10]
  • Doggone Good-teal-Anvil 100% cotton
  • HD (handling Distortion) 2008 for our DAM team-purple-Hanes BeefyT 100% cott [where s price info?]
  • Honored Member 0-pt Snooker-blue-Anvil 100% cotton
  • My dog and I...agility humor-bluegreen tie-dye - Hanes Heavyweight 100% cotton
  • Nike Animal Rescue (NARF) Walk 2016-navy-Gildan Heavy Cotton 100% cott
  • Peace Love Dog-blue tie dye-Hanes Heavyweight 100% cott

Writing related:
  • Clarion West-blue denim-Hanes Beefy-T 100% cott
  • RTFM Softpro-grey-Oneita Power-T 100% cotton
  • Zombie Tea Mummies-purple-(custom-made) Hanes Beefy-T 100%cott

Photography related:
  • Believe In Your Selfie-gray-LOL Vintage 95% rayon/spandex
  • Main Street Photo Shoppe-blue-Twenty Eight And Man 65%poly/cott (ALSO DISNEY-related)
  • Smugmug-gray-American Apparel 50/50

Companies that don't fit neatly into other categories:
  • Adobe-blue teal-Bella 100% cott
  • white-Adobe Primetime-Hanes Comfortsoft 100% cott
  • Adventure Boot Camp-black-Hanes Tagless 100%cott
  • CRI Sensational Relationals baseball-blue-Whang 50%poly/cott
  • Relate To Me-blue-50%poly/cott
  • Wombatnet-tan-Hanes Beefy-T 100% cotton

Travel/tourist/parks/like that:
  • purple (light) - Adirondack Mountain Club -Vapor Apparel American Backcountry Moisture Wicking 93%poly, 7spandex
  • Alaska State Parks-blue-Jerzees 100% cotton
  • Aloha-denim blue-embroidered H.L. Miller Gold 80%cott/poly
  • Bryce Canyon-black-Oneita Power-T 100% cott
  • Butchart Gardens-purple Hanes Beefy T 100%cotton
  • Canyon de Chelly-green-E.M.I. 100% cotton
  • Fort Verde-gray heather-Hanes Beefy T 99% [date info est]
  • Grand Canyon embroidered w/condor- cactus green-[NEED INFO]
  • Grand Canyon w/petroglyphs-blue-Fred Harvey 100% cotton
  • Hermit s Rest Grand Canyon-blue-Gilden Ultra 100% cotton
  • Island Life-Hawaii-blue w/gold & silkscreen-Crazy Shirt 100% cott
  • tie dye-blue/purple-Madonna Inn-Janis style 1182
  • Martial Cottle Park-gray-Gildan Ultra Cotton 90% cott/poly
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium jellies-black glow-in-the-dark-Harborside Graphics 100% cotton
  • Petrified Forest-tan-Screenworks 100% cotton
  • Santa Clara County Parks Trail Watch-dk green-Gildan Heavy Cotton 100% (BELONGS to SCC PARKS) [ date est.]
  • Take a Hike Point Arena Lighthouse-red-Comfort Colors 100% cott
  • Timberline Lodge-tan-embroidered Suttons Sportswear 100% cott
  • Victoria w/indian eagle-green (forest)-Wilson Sport 100% cotton
  • Yellowstone baseball style-black-Sportswear 50%poly/38cott/12 rayon

Science Fiction conventions:
  • Baycon 98-blue-Hanes Beefy T 100%
  • ConFrancisco-white w/SF full-color silkscreen; Fruit of Loom 100% cotton
  • ConJose World Sci Fi Convention-gray heather-Delta Pro Weight 99% cotton

Volunteer activities:
  • Christmas in April 98-dark green-Oneita 100% cotton
  • Christmas in April 99-dark greenFruit of the Loom Heavy 100% cott
  • San Jose Composts-natural-50% fortrel 50% recycled cotton
  • VEP Volunteer-yellow-Port & Co. 100% cott

About, by, or for friends:
  • Briar s Patch sled dogs (from Liz Parrish in Iditarod)-green (dk)-Gildan Ultra Cotton
  • Slave Labor (for Mike/Ginny moving)-black-Belton Tough Tee 100% cotton
  • Vicon 5-0-black-Hanes Tagless 100% cott [NEED INFO]
  • Vicon No Pirates-black-Mervyns 100% cotton custom-made
  • In the Beginning (Mark Saunders)-white

Humor (others may be included in other categories)
  • Billy Jean King/Bobby Riggs-white-Stallion 50% poly/cott (purchase date est.)
  • California Raisin Grape New Year-white
  • In the Beginning (Mac humor - Mark Saunders)-white
  • May the Forest Be With You Darth Vader-navy-California Classics 100% cott
  • black (Midnight) w/The One Sure Thing About Luck & coyote, Laura Hartwick design, Bella 65% poly, 35 viscose
  • When I Am Old, I Will Wear Purple-purple-Hanes 50-50

  • cross celtic picture -black-Fruit of the Loom 100% cotton
  • flamingos Xmas -white cotton/poly
  • Great Quake-Loma Prieta Quake-white
  • I Heart Ada-navy-Stedman 50%poly/cott
  • Monta Vista Debate-gold-Champion 100%cott
  • rhinestones purple & turquoise-peacock blue
  • Shakespeare Santa Cruz Much Ado-oceana-Hanes Beefy-T 100% cott
  • Sojourner Truth-black-Hanes Beefy-T 100% cott
  • Team Shakespeare-teal-Hanes Beefy T 100% [date info est]
  • tie dye-blue w/red & yellow at neck- by Wendy Bruce-Hanes BeefyT 100% cott
  • tie dye-brown/purple/blue/teal - by Wendy Bruce-Hanes BeefyT 100% cott
  • tie-dye-blue/purple spiral
  • tie dye-blue/purple w/circle on left chest-Anvil 100% cott
  • tie dye-blue/purple-Lait Sportswear 100% cotton
  • wolves picture-grey-San Segal 99% cotton [need price]

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Gotcha Days and Birthdays

SUMMARY: Excuses for taco dinners
Started in an email discussion with an acquaintance today

I don't recall when I first heard about Gotcha Days.  I tend to celebrate my dogs' birthday milestones (even if they're just guesses) rather than the Gotchas, because that's what my family has always done. Might feel differently if I had been adopted!

BUT sometimes I do celebrate them.  And there are lots of opportunities coming up for something other than the normal kibble.

For their normal kibble, if I give them significant food other than that, I mostly eyeball it to reduce how much kibble they get that day. That has worked fine for Chip but Zorro for a while, but  “suddenly" Zorro put on 3 lbs (that’s 10% weight gain!) over the last year or so and so now I’m futzing with what kibble he gets to try to reduce that. If only he weren’t self-supplementing with the occasional lizard, rat, or squirrel. That’s hard to account for, since I likely don’t see him do it most of the time, and he won't write it down in his food log.

If I had been healthier and he had been more cooperative, I’d have just taken him for longer walks and thrown a frisbee for him more times a day. But, oh, well. I don't think he's ever even seen a frisbee being thrown. And he'll fetch a toy in the yard only a few times before he quits. That's on me, for not being more persistent and interacting with him more over the years. It's just been my persistent lack of motivation.

BUT -- that aside,  they do still get occasional special dinners!

Zorro's Gotcha Day (his 5th) isn’t until early June; Chip’s is at the end of this month (his 6th). Then they have birthdays in May and June, too. Lots of imminent occasions for tacos for dinner. Or whatever. And no kibble for dinner that day.

Sometimes it's MacD, and I order a hamburger with no sauce or ketchup, no onions. But I like crunchy tacos from Taco Bell, so that's what we do most often.  I can hardly wait!

From Christmas 2015

Once when Tika and Boost got hamburgers
... well, can't find other posts that I thought I had. You're welcome to search my blog yourself for whatever terms you want! (Hamburger, taco...)

Monday, March 02, 2020

Tika the Very Naughty Nose Wizard

SUMMARY: She loved food. Even on the agility course.

This is expanded version of a Facebook post Mar 2, 2020.

P.S. Food is not allowed on the agility course in most cases!

Tika was an absolute food hog. We were competing at the Masters level in USDAA--already had Silver Championship and Platinum Tournament Master--and one day, we were flying around a course with her way ahead of me as usual, when she suddenly skidded to a halt, veered off in an entirely different direction, completely ignored my attempts to get her attention, trotted about 40 feet away from where we had been to the edge of the ring, and nosed a tiny piece of some kind of food out of the grass! Then turned, blasted back to me, and continued full speed with what we had been doing. Seriously, how can a dog detect that tiny a piece of food, at that distance, at that speed, doing something that you'd think requires a lot of attention to avoid killing yourself??

But she wouldn’t eat bananas.**

(BTW: It was Steeplechase. Qualified and came in 2nd. Crazy dog; how she managed with all that wasted time, who knows!)


** By contrast, Jake would tear things apart and escape from his crate to get a banana.

Terminology for non-agilityers--

  • Qualifying (Q): Meeting the requirements for the class/run (time and faults or points) to earn a "leg" towards eventual titles.
  • Silver Championship: Earning enough Qs to achieve multiple championships.
  • Tournament Platinum:  Means she was really good at qualifying (had earned many Qs) for the often-challenging three classes that are eventually featured at the national championships. At the time, that was the highest title you could earn for collecting Tournament Qs.
  • Steeplechase: Designed to be very fast. It's often the hardest of the Tournament classes to earn Qs in, because so many dogs are so very fast and, to Q,  you must be in the top 15% of the dogs running that course. (This is a simplification, but close enough.)
Photo by Sarah Hitzeman

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Weighing the Dog Beasts

SUMMARY: How to do it?

Over the 27 years that I've owned dogs, I've kept track of their weights by picking them up, standing on the bathroom scale with them, and then subtracting my weight. Works great. As long as you don't have, just for example, say, bad back, bad knees, bad shoulders... any one of which makes it painful to hold even a mere 35-lb dog. (I seem to recall that Amber, my first dog, was over 50 lbs...  I wonder where I'd have that info recorded? Being the obsessive data-recording wonk that I am.)

I've been saying for several years now that I need to teach the dogs to get onto the scale themselves and stand there long enough to get the reading. I started once, using the scale on the floor, and realized that it's flat enough that they don't seem to get the idea of standing on it instead of walking across it.  (A dedicated trainer would work through that. I'm not that, in the last several years.) So I gave up.

But now:  Zorro has clearly gained weight. Chip's diet changed 6 weeks ago and now he's clearly losing weight.  And they've both old enough to start thinking seriously about their weight gain or loss. (Yeah, can weigh for free I think at Pet Club, but that involves driving there, taking the dogs one at a time...  yeah, no.)

Figured I needed something about the size of the scale that is elevated and sturdy for them to learn on. Couldn't think of anything all this time, but this morning my little sturdy step-stool that "holds up to 300 lbs." caught my eye. Aha!

Videotaped my *first* training session with them.  Notes:
  • Have never taught them specifically to get up onto something small.
  • They are both operant enough to know that, if I put something in front of them, they're expected to do something in relation to it (could be to touch it, could be to deliberately not touch it...).
  • I wanted to shape this, with a little luring if needed.
  • Today I use "yes" instead of a clicker to mark desired actions. (I'll check my timing--last video I did, I saw that I was late every time!)
  • Both immediately went to putting their front feet on it. Marked any action that got them closer to getting and keeping both feet on.
  • Back feet: Marked any movement of a back foot towards the stool. (I should have placed the camera for a side view so that these movements were visible. Oh, well.)

Easy success with Zorro, reasonable success for Chip who thinks things through much more and whose body is longer and less compact.

Next steps: Reinforce getting on; add a command; practice holding still; can I get them to sit there? switch to scale instead of stool (it's larger, so maybe easier?)...

... hang on, posting on YouTube, come back in a few  minutes...  should be up by 10:45 AM today:

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Have I Been To All The National Parks?

SUMMARY: A question posed by a friend who knows I get around.

My answer: Not by a long shot! But--how many have I been to?

At the moment, the U.S. has 62 National Parks. Wikipedia says, "29 states [including Alaska and Hawaii] have national parks, as do the territories of American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands."  I've never been to Alaska, American Samoa, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. So there's that.

We also have 128 National Monuments, which are also worth visiting, and some of which eventually may become National Parks.

AND we have all of these: 30 National Memorials (e.g., Mount Rushmore), 5 Affiliated National Memorials, and 19 independent locations that Congress designated as national memorials but that aren't managed by the Park Service.

But on one site I found that there are "419 National Park Units as of 2019"!  Whaaaa?!

Got that?

I'm not even going to mention State Parks!

Ones I've been to are in THIS COLOR -- and I might have been to more with my family in the many years we traveled together through my college years-- [Copied this list from this handy site]

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
Freedom Riders National Monument
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
Little River Canyon National Preserve
Russell Cave National Monument
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site
Little River Canyon National Preserve

Alagnak Wild River
Aniakchak National Monument +
Aniakchak National Preserve
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Cape Krusenstern National Monument
Denali National Park +
Denali National Preserve
Gates of the Arctic National Park +
Gates of the Arctic National Preserve
Glacier Bay National Park +
Glacier Bay National Preserve
Katmai National Park +
Katmai National Preserve
Kenai Fjords National Park
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (also WA)
Kobuk Valley National Park
Lake Clark National Park +
Lake Clark National Preserve
Noatak National Preserve
Sitka National Historical Park
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park +
Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve


(TMH sez:  Have possibly done more of these incidentally)

Canyon De Chelly National Monument
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
Coronado National Memorial
Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (also UT)
Grand Canyon National Park
Hohokam Pima National Monument ("There is no public access to the Hohokam Pima National Monument.")
Hubbel Trading Post National Historic Site
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Navajo National Monument (incl Betatakin tour)
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacacori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

Arkansas Post National Memorial
Buffalo National River
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Hot Springs National Park
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
Pea Ridge National Military Park
President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site

Cabrillo National Monument
Castle Mountains National Monument
César E. Chávez National Monument
Channel Islands National Park
Death Valley National Park (also NV)
Devils Postpile National Monument
Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site
Fort Point National Historic Site
Golden Gate National Recreational Area (includes Alcatraz Island)
John Muir National Historic Site
Joshua Tree National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Manzanar National Historic Site
Mojave National Preserve
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Park
Point Reyes National Seashore
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Redwood National Park
Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historic Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Sequoia National Park
Tule Lake National Monument
Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (I think so, anyway)
Colorado National Monument
Currecanti National Recreation Area
Dinosaur National Monument (also UT)
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park 
Great Sand Dunes National Preserve
Hovenweep National Monument (also UT)
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Yucca House National Monument

Weir Farm National Historic Site

First State National Historical Park (also PA)

Big Cypress National Preserve
Biscayne National Park
Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
De Soto National Memorial
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Fort Caroline National Memorial
Fort Matanzas National Monument
Gulf Islands National Seashore (also MS)
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

Andersonville National Historic Site
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (also TN)
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
Ocmulgee National Monument

Haleakala National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Honouliuli National Monument (not open to the public yet)
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park
Pearl Harbor National Memorial (formerly World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, also in AK and CA)
Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

City of Rocks National Reserve
Craters of the Moon National Monument +
Craters of the Moon National Preserve
Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
Minidoka National Historic Site
Nez Perce National Historical Park

Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Pullman National Monument

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
Indiana Dunes National Park (formerly Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore)
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Effigy Mounds National Monument
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site
Fort Larned National Historic Site
Fort Scott National Historic Site
Nicodemus National Historic Site
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (also TN and VA)
Mammoth Cave National Park

Cane River Creole National Historical Park
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
Poverty Point National Monument

Acadia National Park
Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Maine to Georgia)
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Saint Croix Island International Historic Site

Antietam National Battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore (also VA)
Catoctin Mountain Park
C & O Canal National Historical Park (also DC)
Clara Barton National Historic Site
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Fort Washington Park
Greenbelt Park
Hampton National Historic Site
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park
Monocacy National Battlefield
Piscataway Park
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail (also PA)
Thomas Stone National Historic Site

Adams National Historical Park
Boston African American National Historic Site
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Boston National Historical Park
Cape Cod National Seashore
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
John F. Kennedy National Historic Site
Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
Lowell National Historical Park
Minute Man National Historical Park
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Isle Royale National Park
Keweenaw National Historical Park
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Grand Portage National Monument
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Pipestone National Monument
Voyageurs National Park

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
Natchez National Historical Park
Natchez Trace Parkway (also AL, TN)
Natchez Trace National Trail (also AL, TN)
Tupelo National Battlefield
Vicksburg National Military Park (also LA)

Gateway Arch National Park (formerly Jefferson National Expansion Memorial)
George Washington Carver National Monument
Harry S Truman National Historic Site
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Big Hole National Battlefield
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Glacier National Park
Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
Homestead National Monument of America
Missouri National Recreational River (also SD)
Niobrara National Scenic River
Scotts Bluff National Monument

Great Basin National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area (also AZ)
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (also PA)
Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River
Morristown National Historical Park
Paterson Great Falls National Historial Park
Thomas Edison National Historial Park

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
El Malpais National Monument
El Morro National Monument
Fort Union National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Manhattan Project National Historical Park (also TN, WA)
Pecos National Historical Park
Petroglyph National Monument
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
Valles Caldera National Preserve
White Sands National Park
White Sands National Monument in New Mexico

African Burial Ground National Monument
Castle Clinton National Monument
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Federal Hall National Memorial
Fire Island National Seashore
Fort Stanwix National Monument
Gateway National Recreation Area (also NJ)
General Grant National Memorial
Governors Island National Monument
Hamilton Grange National Memorial
Harriet Tubman National Historical Park
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Saint Paul’s Church National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Saratoga National Historical Park
Statue of Liberty National Monument (also NJ)
Stonewall National Monument
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Blue Ridge Parkway (also VA)
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
Moores Creek National Battlefield
Wright Brothers National Memorial

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site (also MT)
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
First Ladies National Historic Site
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Crater Lake National Park
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park (also WA)
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Flight 93 National Memorial
Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Friendship Hill National Historic Site
Gettysburg National Military Park
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
Independence National Historical Park
Johnstown Flood National Memorial
Middle Delaware National Scenic River
Steamtown National Historic Site
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park (also MA)
Roger Williams National Memorial

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Congaree National Park
Cowpens National Battlefield
Fort Sumter National Monument
Kings Mountain National Military Park
Ninety Six National Historic Site
Reconstruction Era National Monument

Badlands National Park
Jewel Cave National Monument
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Wind Cave National Park

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (also KY)
Fort Donelson National Battlefield (also KY)
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (also NC)
Obed Wild and Scenic River
Shiloh National Military Park (also MS)
Stones River National Battlefield

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Amistad National Recreation Area
Big Bend National Park
Big Thicket National Preserve
Chamizal National Memorial
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Padre Island National Seashore
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Waco Mammoth National Monument

Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Natural Bridges National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument (by boat only)
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
Zion National Park

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Colonial National Historical Park
Fort Monroe National Monument
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
George Washington Memorial Parkway (also MD, DC)
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Petersburg National Battlefield Park
Prince William Forest Park
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Shenandoah National Park
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Mount Vernon -- is a National Historic Site but not a park per se. Geez, there are a million of these in the U.S.!

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (also OR)
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Mount Rainier National Park  ("The park contains 42 locations designated on the National Register of Historic Places, including four National Historic Landmarks."  I've been to some.)
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
San Juan Island National Historical Park
Whitman Mission National Historic Site
Hall of Mosses in Olympic National Park

Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
Constitution Gardens
Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site
Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Korean War Veterans Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
National Capital Parks (This includes many individual sites in D.C....)
National Mall
Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site
Rock Creek Park
Theodore Roosevelt Island
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Washington Monument
White House and President’s Park
World War I Memorial
World War II Memorial

Bluestone National Scenic River
Gauley River National Recreation Area
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
New River Gorge National River

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (also MN)

Devils Tower National Monument
Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Fossil Butte National Monument
Grand Teton National Park
John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway
Yellowstone National Park (also ID, MT)

Buck Island Reef National Monument
Christiansted National Historic Site
Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument
Virgin Islands National Park

National Park of American Samoa, American Samoa
San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Chip's Breed Results Are In!

SUMMARY: Biggest part makes sense, I guess but? --

...something I forgot about! And things I didn't expect!

My guesses were, in order: 1. Whippet or Greyhound 2. Golden Retriever 3. Labrador 4. German Shepherd (had to get the upright ears from somewhere! ).

His results came in quite a bit after Zorro's results, even though they went in at the same time and were received at the same time. Chip just got into the wrong line, I guess.

One of the cool things that Embark does when it sends your dogs' DNA breed results: Gives you a chance to take a quiz on what breeds showed up! The choices included:

German Shepherd Dog
Welsh Terrier
Chow Chow
Cane Corso
Siberian Husky
Bluetick Coonhound

And as soon as one particular one of those came up, I realized in an instant that I had completely forgotten about a particular aspect of Chip that I had decided 4 years ago indicated that he probably had some of those breeds in him. And so I didn't include it in my supposedly comprehensive set of photos of him, and I didn't include it in my guesses. Most people wouldn't know because you can only tell when his mouth is wide open (hint hint).

So, given everything else that you knew about Chip from me (bottom of page https://dogblog.finchester.org/2019/12/are-these-really-dogs.html), which do you think he includes? (I'll give a bonus hint: Only 3 on the list are True.)

And here's the big reveal

(scroll down)

  • Yep, one of his parents was a GSD. At least I got one of my four guesses right!
  • All those northern/working types? Siberian Husky is one of his secondary breeds. I see nothing husky about him at all (based on my experience with just one, Sheba). 
  • Chow is not the only breed that has blue/black tongues--so do other northern breeds (including huskies?) and some that aren't.
  • Supermutt: Additional breed ancestry so diluted that all they can do is make guesses. "We cannot be sure, given how little of their DNA has carried down to Chip, but we thought you might like to know our best guess anyway!"
    • German Spitz
    • Boxer
    • West Siberian Laika
So much for his original owner thinking "whippet" or other sight hound! Not a whit of that. (Although I thought it was a credible guess and included it in my guesses.)

It also includes a list of physical traits. Here's the summary:
  • Base coat color: "Can have dark fur; black or grey fur and skin; dark (nondilute) fur and skin)." It gives a bit of discussion on the various gene variants and how they can interact...  all affected by the--
  • Coat color modifiers:
    ✅Hidden Patterning/ More likely to have patterned fur
    ✅Body Pattern /  Fawn Sable coat color pattern [Bing! Bing! Bing! yep! and you can see the vertical white streak that marks his shoulder area-- really hard to tell apart from the fawn; and I believe that he also has one or more white feet]

    ✅Facial Fur Pattern / Can have black masking (dark facial fur)
    ➖ Saddle Tan / No impact on coat pattern
    ✅Merle /  Unlikely to have merle pattern
  • Other coat traits:
  • ❌Likely furnished (mustache, beard, and/or eyebrows),
      ✅Likely short or mid-length coat,
     ❌Likely light shedding,
    ➖ Coat would likely be curly or wavy if long,
     ✅Very unlikely to be hairless,
    ✅Likely not albino.
  • Other: 
     ✅Likely medium or long muzzle,
     ✅Likely normal-length tail,
     ✅Unlikely to have hind dew claws,
     ✅Likely normal muscling,
     ✅Less likely to have blue eyes
  • ❌Predicted Adult Weight:  42 lbs (that's off--he's currently about 35 but was 33 a couple of years back so that might be a healthier weight for him)


Chip has a ton listed who are 22% genetic matches ("As related as human half-siblings, aunts/uncles, and grandparents"). All are GSD except one mix--who has no photos posted.

As long as we're here--I also asked for the health screening. They tested for 181 things, and he's all clear except:
  • Alanine Aminotransferase Activity result: Low Normal  (not a risk, just something for vets to be aware of when doing certain blood tests)
  • Platelet factor X receptor deficiency, Scott Syndrome (TMEM16F): At risk, might have lower clotting strength than most dogs, something to be aware of if he has surgery or serious injury.

Vet already has copies of those reports. I am not concerned.
All so intriguing!