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Millie is Acting Squirrlley, What a Vet, and In Need of a Raise

Millie is Acting Squirrlley, What a Vet, and In Need of a Raise

Good Morning from Prince Edward Island; the ice cube in the sea.
Put the kettle on; it is time for a cuppa. This morning, I am enjoying a pot of Darjeeling "Ambootia," one of the most famous tea estates in Darjeeling. It was amongst the first tea estates established by the British tea planters in the 1850s.
-7C / 19 F today.
A few days ago, Shirley went to the front door of our home to allow Millie in, from the other room, I heard, OH, NO! I moved quickly to the exclamation. I discovered my wife had met, Millie, our 14-week old pup with a half-consumed squirrel in its mouth.
In a quick act of authority, I used my empathic alpha male voice demanding Millie, DROP IT.
Millie looked at me, blinked and took off running down the outdoor steps. I ran into the house and put on my boots to pursue.
Once outside, the game of puppy & squirrel (cat & mouse) began. I would voice, MILLIE, STOP, SIT. She would. I was so impressed.
As I approached her, she looked at me, blinked and ran around the car. All the while, the amount of exposed squirrel was getting smaller and smaller. We must have continued this for 10 minutes. With every MILLIE, STOP, SIT, DROP...I had to watch and listen to CHOMP, CHOMP, CRUNCH. When we got to that place where it is CHOMP, CHOMP, GULP….it was a confusing time my emotions….I wanted to be angry. Yet, I wanted to laugh so hard for her stop and start antics around the car while she finished her conquest for lunch. So, her punishment for not "dropping" was an hour in her "crate." The family managed it from there, but when I came home later that day from being out, I wanted to see Millie. I called her, she came running, saw me, stopped, sat down. Then looked at me, and proceeded to run her little tongue around her "chops" more or less to say, I ate it all, and it was good. The only thing missing was a good burp!
Here it is two days later, and I am still laughing at the antics and feeling sorry for the squirrel. Oh, the circle of life.

Continuing with animal thoughts. I recently read about Dr. Kwane Stewart, a veterinarian in California. One day he spent an afternoon offering medical care to the pets of people experiencing homelessness. He learned the animals provided more than companionship to their owners. They also offered love, hope, and security. What Dr. Kwane initially thought would be a one-off experience has since turned into a nine-year mission to help four-legged pets.

"Treat everyone with respect and kindness. Period. No exceptions." ~ Kiana Tom 

I quote him here, taken from his GoFundMe page. "About 25% of our homeless population own a pet, and I knew that if I set up a table at a soup kitchen, I could help a small group of animals," he says. "So that's what I did. I called over anyone who was holding their pet and told them I'd take a look and vaccinate or treat their pet if I could."
Dr. Kwane Stewart is a beautiful man of character, indeed.
Today, and most of the week, I am enjoying listening to one of my favourite pianists, Angela Hewitt. Her album, Bach: The Best Bach Piano Playlist, is a treat.
Feelings such as loneliness, longing or love are sometimes hard to put into words; maybe that's why we all love music because it resonates with something we can't share. ~ Agnes Obel
Below is a little of her biography, from her own website.
One of the world's leading pianists, Angela Hewitt, appears in recital and as soloist with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. Her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach have established her as one of the composer's foremost interpreters of our time.
Born in 1958 into a musical family (the daughter of the Cathedral organist and choirmaster in Ottawa, Canada), Angela began her piano studies age three, performed in public at four and a year later won her first scholarship. In her formative years, she also studied classical ballet, violin, and recorder. From 1963-73 she studied at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music with Earle Moss and Myrtle Guerrero, after which she completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Ottawa in the class of French pianist Jean-Paul Sévilla, graduating at the age of 18. She was a prizewinner in numerous piano competitions in Europe, Canada, and the USA, but it was her triumph in the 1985 Toronto International Bach Piano Competition, held in memory of Glenn Gould, that truly launched her international career.
Off to the Farmers Market to acquire a few loaves of the Zoph bread and the Jalapeno and Cheese sourdough bread. Then puppy training #4. I will most likely have some questions about why Millie is acting squirrelly lately.
Today, I Plan to finish book # 7 Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle today. It is A wonderful book is written in honour of Bill Campbell, a legend in Silicon Valley and a friend to many.
He was a "coach" to many and worked hard for diversity and equality in the workplace. He pushed women to excel and expand their networks. To support each other and to take a no prisoners attitude when it came to their rightful place in corporate leadership. He taught many power-driven, ego-centric males that other lives matter more than their own. Family is vital, creating life-long friendships and creating harmony at work while not compromising excellence is a further instillation of his mission he wanted to place in others. In his opinion, the concept of group consensus around a problem is not a good idea, and he feels it leads to mediocrity. He preferred respectful debate, where everyone has a voice and a push for the right and best answer. He instilled in everyone the realization that good character traits such as trust, loyalty and team play were tantamount to success in life and business. If you are in leadership or desire to be, this is a great book.
Thank you for taking the time to spend with me today. 
Have a wonderful weekend.
With love from Prince Edward Island!
Bruce & Millie
I told my boss that three companies were after me, so I needed a raise in pay to stay with the current job.
He then asked which companies?
I told him gas, electric, and cable.
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MURDOCK Roy MORRISON - March 3, 2020

Well Millie sort of knew how to devour a squirrel in her own time and with enjoyment. But we all love Millie and she has so much more to give to your family in the next several years. Your other stories related to animals were so heartwarming as they give the elderly a loving and caring experience in nursing and retirement homes as I witness this myself on my visits to these buildings. Your musical selection is not my cup of tea but each to their own when it comes to the hundreds of artists that are out there and we are so lucky to have them . Now go chase Millie and get some more exercise. Murdock

Lillian Paul - March 1, 2020

I agree with Robin Bruce…the crate is not the place for punishment for Millie. Training can bring its own laughs but good for her in catching the squirrel..We love your blog.

Gayle Forrester - March 1, 2020

Hi Bruce,
Puppy training is sometimes hard work, but in the long run enjoy. You are lucky Millie didn’t bring back up the new meal. That is another story! Our Meg is 4 1/2 now and she still enjoys a mouse from time to time. Remember to have another treat in your pocket when you want to retreive something from a pup/dog.

Enjoy your day.

Penny Wright - March 1, 2020

🐶 vs 🐿

Mark Malinoff - February 29, 2020

Awesome blog this week Bruce, I look forward to reading your blog every sat from cold Kingston ont.
I have been coming to pei every summer for many years and love and I mean love your store, we have spoken many times and my wife and I look forward to seeing you this summer, thanks Mark

Patricia Jones - February 29, 2020

Good morning..
I read with pleasure your weekly blog, smile at the PS!
I look back on that wonderful three days of peace and relaxation, we had at your cottage last June.. I will be always grateful..

My husband’s journey in this life ended Thursday.. I hope he will be comfortable and at peace, in his next journey.. And I hope I can now move into a new journey alone , with good things to come.


Barbara Ewart - February 29, 2020

A wonderful entry to your blog, Bruce. The Millie story had me in stitches. Dr. Kwane Stewart has a program that airs out here. He’s a caring, inspirational individual. Thankfully he’s not the only vet who ensures less fortunate folks can get help with their four-legged furbabies.
I’m a fan of Angela Hewitt as well. Julie Nesrallah on CBC Radio 2 often plays her music on Tempo. I was saddened to learn her much loved & irreplaceable Fazioli piano was utterly destroyed by movers, after a session in Europe. A unique four-pedal one of a kind piano, Fazioli says they can’t recreate it. The accident happened in January, but she had such trouble with the reality of her loss, she was unable to talk about it until almost mid-February.
As always, I take note of books to add to my reading list, from among those you talk about.
~Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks again for the good read.

Melanie Taormina - February 29, 2020

Thank you so much for your weekly “visits.” What a joy. Millie is lovely.

Robin - February 29, 2020

The recent thaw and exposed ground smells SOOooo good to our dogs as all the scents and clues that have been buried for so long – welcome to muddy dog season!
From a dog training perspective, I wouldn’t recommend using the “crate” as punishment for disobedience – it should be a happy place for them but despite all our efforts here we had one who hated hers and one who loved his. Cheers to the trials and laughs of puppy training :)

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