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Working Dogs – and the Security System!

I work nights at the Oakland airport where the year round average temperature is about 65 degrees F (18 C).  There is always a breeze blowing and basically the weather is the primary reason I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area.  I drive a small toyota truck with an extended cab and nice camper shell on the back.  I have 2 wonderful dogs that go with me almost everywhere.  They only accompany me when the weather is conducive.  Having lived in Texas for about 12 years I am well aware of the dangers of a hot vehicle and as far as I am concerned any vehicle parked in the sun when the outside temperature is above about 65 deg is too hot for my dogs.  I work graveyard shift, the overnight shift, so I can have my dogs accompany me to work and hang out in the back of my truck while I work. I have a 10 hour shift and with 2 hours for driving….if I left them home they would be home alone wondering where I am for 12 hours and no way to go outside or eat etc … In my current situation they have a huge bed in the back of my truck, 3 water bowls, they get to go outside at least once a night usually at least 2 or 3 times and they get to stop at dog parks on the way to and from work.  There has been one night that I deemed to be too hot to take them (last night) – not because of the outside temperature but rather the accumulated temperature of my vehicle over the day seemed to me that it would take too long to cool down so I did not want to have them in the...

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Too long

What sort of a writer doesn’t write?  I would have to say a lazy one or one who has more excuses than reasons.  I’m speaking of myself and alluding to the challenge of maintaining a consistency in publishing to this blog on a regular basis.  It is certainly not for a lack of things to say or thoughts to share but rather those other things that seem to come up just as I am sitting down to the computer to get those words formulated in some cohesive manner. Alright -enough said about not writing.  How about saying something! The good news! I have finally returned to work after a year’s absence due to Posterior Tibial Tendon transfer surgery in my left ankle.  The road to recovery was long and not completely over but the light at the end of the tunnel is definitely getting brighter and the complete healing seems close at hand.  The surgery took place last July.  July 10th, 2014.  I returned to work on June 1st of 2015. The return to work has been challenging in many ways.  I started out on an 8 hour shift that was split between evenings and graveyards.  I would come to work and get the work packages ready for the overnight shift (the overnight shift is technically my shift)  and then I was supposed to get off at midnight while my co-workers on graveyards worked till 7am.  The biggest challenge of trying to leave after 8 hours was leaving in the middle of all the work.  The other challenge is returning to a job that I haven’t done in a year and even then, really for the last two years before this surgery I have been rather limited physically.  So I have returned to a job where there has been a...

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