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reneekastner Day off with my favorite human. #wereworkinonit 4w

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maryjomcconnell The Musical Theatre Factory launched it's 4x15 series Monday night. Thanks to @shakeenz for hosting an insightful and positive panel and to Doug Murphy who line produced the evening despite the challenges of our itinerant status. Congrats to all who fearlessly presented their work and for MTF for "holding open the door". #wereworkinonit 1mon

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maryjomcconnell Great night for the Jonathon Larson award winning composer Nikko Benson as "Nikola Tesla Drops The Beat" (the concert) debuted as Joe's Pub under the auspices of The Musical Theatre Factory! Congrats @shakeenz & company #mtf #wereworkinonit 2mon

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maryjomcconnell The Musical Theatre Factory launches its 2016 season at The Pit Underground tonight! #mtf #wereworkinonit 2mon

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emilyhurstperry Spent the day with my favorite girl today. We were at a furniture shop and she saw this chair and said, "Dis my size! Let's buy it." Such a little diva. 🏼 #addiegram #shoppingbuddy #excuseherunladylikeposition #wereworkinonit 2mon

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Normal Mary Jo McConnell
maryjomcconnell Goodbye porn studio turned black box-you served us well. Musical Theatre Factory "got the FAC out"! #wereworkinonit 4mon

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maryjomcconnell Get the FAC out party --end of an era at the Musical theatre Factory #wereworkinonit 4mon

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Normal Mary Jo McConnell
maryjomcconnell Rolling 60 folding chairs 11 blocks up 8th Avenue with these crazy guys as part of The Musical Theatre Factory load out! #wereworkinonit 4mon

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maryjomcconnell Last production at The Musical Theatre Factory-black box on 40th St--the end of an era.
Congrats to Anna Grace Carter and Eric Grunin! #wereworkinonit
4mon

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maryjomcconnell Started rehearsal tonight for this interesting musical! "In 1861, Emma was fond of adventure, a little ambitious, and a good deal romantic – but when the Union needed defending, she found herself a man. As her alias Frank Thompson, this brave young woman serves her country as a soldier, a nurse, and a spy."
I play Frank Thompson 30 years after the war as a veteran fighting for her military pension. Monday 1/11 8pm at The Musical Theatre Factory www.mtf.nyc #veterans #wereworkinonit
4mon

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kennavee She hasn't mastered the selfie quite yet.. #wereworkinonit #mylove #khloek 4mon

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travelers.compass It's official. We have the two most difficult dogs to get a decent picture of.
Bri the black hole and Kostyl the laser beast.
Despite their lack of photogenic ability these stellar canines made Walmart on Christmas Eve a breeze.
We all deserve medals...

#AKCGermanShepherd #GSD #немецкаяовчарка #servicedog #servicedogintraining #Костыль #practicemakespermanent #wereworkinonit #riverdoggear
4mon

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travelers.compass The ever awkward life of us.

Kostyl was getting a little too enthusiastic about the nickname "German Shedder" so Thursdays are now bath day.
Since we don't have a tub we use a self serve dog wash #rubadubdogwash but of course it was raining so we had to blow dry again at home. He actually LOVES the blowdryer and was mad because I wouldn't let him play eat the air.
#squeakyclean #soggydoggy
6mon

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travelers.compass #PSA #publicserviceannouncement
It's amazing the range of people you meet when you have a service dog. There are those who quietly whisper both good and bad things when they think you can't hear them. Stare with various faces of wonder and horror when they think you don't see. Those who physically block your path and ask to say hello to the dog. There are those who simply pet the dog as they go past, some of whom apologize as they realize it's a service dog and not just a pet someone brought into the store. There are those who take his patience and mine for granted and repeatedly bump against us while waiting in line and simply step closer when he tries to move to do his job and keep them back from me.
These are just some of the types of strangers I met yesterday.

Some made this constant onslaught of public curiosity easier to deal with and to those I always try to offer a smile or some comment of thanks.

To those who make already difficult excursions more so, I usually stay quiet but I'm learning how to speak up with both tact and strength.
When I ask you to please give us space, please just do so quickly and quietly. My dog is not in your way any more than I am because he is an extension of myself. I work very hard with him to ensure we are never inhibiting the publics right to move freely throughout their space and frequently startle people when he expands back out of some hidden place I asked him to cram himself to avoid such obstructions. Odds are that if you see him he's doing his job and ensuring I get the space I need and you can't seem to respect.
If you think we are in your way for whatever reason, try speaking with me, your fellow human, before shouldering me and kicking my medical equipment out of your way.
Respect the vest.

Please, when you see a dog of any kind, give it space until you've asked the owner if it's alright to interact with the dog.
Do not crowd over them and be sure not to step on paws or tails.
Yes my dog is sweet and calm and will just make faces at me or try to lean into a strangers offered love but not all dogs you meet will. Not all dogs in stores will. Not all dogs that have a vest that says service dog will.
Be safe.
6mon

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travelers.compass First experience with a muzzle in his life. Think it went well?
I gave him a second to smell it then told him to touch and this happened!

Look at this punk. He doesn't even need me!
I had all these ideas on how to muzzle train in positive ways and he loves it instantly without any of my coaxing!

Maybe there's still hope and he won't like it clipped?
#bane #banedog
6mon
  •   travelers.compass @fluffnmutt We believe in you! Nothing wrong at all with taking a step back and running at it again. I'm interested to see how he tolerates it when we go for a walk or if I leave it on for a while but that's going to be a little later before we try that. For now we're throwing a party for this baby step. 6mon
  •   penny.sdit Oh my gosh he's so proud of himself! 6mon
  •   travelers.compass @penny.sdit I love his smooshed nose touchy face. Look mom I'm REALLY touching it! 6mon
  •   penny.sdit He's so goofy <3 6mon

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travelers.compass Happy Tuesday from the driftwood doggies! #dogsonlogs
🌲
Since Kostyl decided to take a swim in the ocean bath day has been moved up in the schedule.
Why can't you be a good, clean, and civilized doggy like Miss Bri?!
🚿
6mon

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travelers.compass I solemnly swear this concludes our training spam... for today.
.
Every moment, every action, is an excuse to train and reward.

As soon as I go for his food bowl Kostyl puts himself in his kennel to wait for his meal because that's what he's been trained to do.
Today I asked him to break that routine and he loved the challenge.
Since we've been working on it so much today I took a shot in the dark ( #badummtss ) and asked him to come all the way out and across the room to turn the lights on so I could see what I was doing while making his lunch.
# #cleverboy #foodmotivated
6mon

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travelers.compass Day two of light switch training.
Service dog bloopers

"Fine Mum if you're not going to give me a treat for at least trying I'll just re-eat this one I've been saving at the back of my throat!
Don't you know raptors don't chew?!"

He's 100% fine and once I stopped laughing we did get back to work and he earned a fresher treat.
#spithappens
6mon

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