Blind Pup Insights: June 29, 2017

Blind Pup Insights: June 29, 2017

Mom is not her disability — she is Mom.

Sometimes I have to remind myself of that.

Say we are on a walk. I hear Mom say, “Look! There’s a bunny on that lawn.”

Heck, I’m a blind pup, but with my super nose on the job, I knew the rabbit was there 29 seconds ago — and two others Mom hadn’t spotted.

Then, a little farther down the road, she speaks up again.

“Must have been a pretty big animal coming out of the field here.”

I already have my nose to the ground where the tall grass has been flattened.

A fox had made itself a trail, my nose tells me. Cool! Too bad I can’t tell Mom, because she doesn’t have a clue.

Mom has the power to discern what I want her to write in my blog, she jumps up in the night if I seem uncomfortable on my bed beside her bed, but she’s got a heck of an olfactory disability.


It must be tough, in a world full of smells, to be aroma-impaired.

Even before I lost my sight, I delighted in the plethora of fragrances my nose pulled in and analyzed every second of the day.

Mom can smell chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, but I know they are starting to scorch long before — too late — she runs into the kitchen shouting, “The cookies! The cookies!”


And even when Mom can detect an odor, it seems too much of it gets her nose confused.

For example, she frequently shoves her shirt at someone else’s nose, asking, “Does this smell like dog?”

She says it like it’s a bad thing; but then again, sometimes people don’t smell all that good to me.

Then there was the cat we had that, so rudely, would retaliate for the smallest slight by peeing somewhere other than her litter box.

I solemnly swear here that I never prompted that revenge by teasing her or stealing her food.

Anyhow, it was absolutely sad to see Mom sniffing frantically to locate the site of the cat’s latest “accident.”

“Here it is,” she’d cry. Then, “Nope. Is it over here?” Then, after finally pressing her face right on the spot: “Eeew! I found it.”


Once in awhile, Mom’s disability becomes my advantage — like when I detect the irresistible scent of dead mouse deep in the grass in the backyard.

I flop down on it, and while she suspects there may be a disgusting scent there, she doesn’t know for sure, so I get to roll to my heart’s content.

It’s only when we’re back in the house and she bends down close to unhook my leash that l’odeur de rat at last gets translated by the “challenged” receptors in Mom’s nose.

And then she gets out the Clorox Wipes and scrubs away at the fur I just worked so hard to imbue with that delectable mousey smell.


It might seem like I feel a bit superior, what with a nose that has roughly 290 million more olfactory receptors than Mom’s does.

But I actually admire her for the way she rises above her disability.

I have never once heard her lament her nasal insufficiency. Mom takes me to my gigs at schools and libraries and talks about how I never stopped wagging my tail through all my surgeries and losing my sight and learning not to smack into doors and walls.

On my behalf, she recites my motto: “I’m not my disability; I’m me,” and never applies it to herself.

She probably doesn’t want me to feel bad, since my physical challenge is so much less severe than hers.

My mom is so brave, living life to the fullest despite all she’s missing.

I hate to say it, but I don’t think her ears work all that well either.

Pepper is the Press-Republican’s ambassador for unwanted animals — she promotes their adoption through the feature Pepper’s Pet Picks in the paper. She is also official mascot of the Plattsburgh Lion’s Club, helping to promote the club’s vision and diabetes education programs. Her other message as she travels around the region is: “When life gets ‘ruff,’ keep wagging your tail.”

To learn more about her Blind Pup Project presentations, email Pepper at [email protected]; call Suzanne Moore, 570-2052; follow Pepper’s tweets, @blindpupproject; or search for BlindPupProject on Facebook.


NASA to launch sounding rocket which releases artificial clouds on June 4

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These clouds or vapour tracers allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space. (Image for representation, Source : NASA)

NASA on Saturday scrubbed the launch of a sounding rocket which will release blue-green and red artificial clouds. “Launch scrubbed because of boats in the impact area for the second stage motor. We will try again Sunday, June 4,” NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility announced on its Facebook page. The launch window is 4:26 to 4:41 a.m.EDT (1:56-2.11 p.m India time).

The launch of the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket testing a new deployment system to support space studies was originally scheduled for May 31, but it was subsequently delayed. “Clear skies are required at one of the ground stations to view blue-green and red artificial clouds that will be produced as part of the test. These artificial clouds may be seen from New York to North Carolina,” NASA earlier said.

The rocket will eject 10 canisters about the size of a soft drink can between 10 to 20 kms from the rocket’s main payload, and these containers will release the vapour between 4 and 5.5 minutes after launch.These clouds or vapour tracers allow scientists on the ground to visually track particle motions in space.

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The development of the multi-canister or ampule ejection system will allow scientists to gather information over a much larger area than previously allowed when deploying the vapour just from the main payload.Ground cameras will be stationed at Wallops and in Duck, North Carolina, to view the vapour tracers. “The vapour tracers are formed through the interaction of barium, strontium and cupric-oxide. The tracers will be released at altitudes 96 to 124 miles high and pose absolutely no hazard to residents along the mid-Atlantic coast,” NASA said

Sounding rockets take their name from the nautical term “to sound,” which means to take measurements. The flight of a sounding rocket is short-lived, and has a parabolic trajectory — the shape of a frown. The total flight time for the current mission is expected to be about eight minutes. The payload will land in the Atlantic Ocean about 90 miles from Wallops Island and will not be recovered.


OnePlus 5 Launch Set for June 15, Tips Leaked Internal Mail

OnePlus 5 Launch Set for June 15, Tips Leaked Internal Mail

OnePlus 5 will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor
It is tipped to come in four colour variants
The device is expected to feature a 5.5-inch QHD display
OnePlus 5 teasers are picking up pace, hinting that the launch is very near. And now an internal mail leak brings us a possible launch date of the device. In an email to the employees, OnePlus outlines the publicity required for the OnePlus 5 ahead of the launch, which is stated as June 15.

This purported internal email was published on Weibo, and if it is legit, the OnePlus 5 is set to launch on June 15, which is just two weeks from now. Ahead of the launch, the OnePlus 5 has been teased on multiple occasions, confirming the arrival of the Snapdragon 835 SoC, possible four colour variants, and a better camera.

OnePlus is ditching the number four moniker to launch the OnePlus 5 right after the OnePlus 3T. As per leaks, the OnePlus 5 is expected to sport a vertical dual camera setup at the rear, a patterned back, a metal edge, and a Home Button at the front that presumably will house the fingerprint sensor.
Ahead of the launch, the Chinese company has announced OnePlus Referral programme under which each of your friends will receive $20 off towards the purchase of any accessory when they buy a OnePlus smartphone via the official store. The ones who shared their unique referral link with friends will get 100 referral points. As of now, the referral program hasn’t started in India yet.

The Chinese company earlier this week officially also announced that it will discontinue the OnePlus 3T, and it’s currently selling last few stocks. For the Indian market, the company, however, said that the OnePlus 3T (both 64GB and 128GB variants) will continue to be available for purchase in India until later this year.

Apart from the processor, OnePlus 5 is expected to feature a 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display. The successor to OnePlus 3T has been suggested to come with 64GB built-in storage, which will be expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).

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NBC Will Launch Megyn Kelly News Series In June

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NBC is expected to launch a new Sunday newsmagazine program anchored by Megyn Kelly in June, according to a person familiar with the situation, a move that begins to firm up the former Fox News star’s role with her new employer.

The new program is expected to feature Kelly as the lead of an ensemble of reporters, and will be supervised by two veteran NBC News producers who also lead the network’s venerable “Dateline.” David Corvo and Liz Cole have been the team overseeing that popular newsmagazine since 2011. Kate Snow, who anchors NBC’s Sunday-night broadcast of “NBC Nightly News” and who recently stepped down from anchoring an hour at MSNBC,  is expected to contribute to the new program.

NBC News declined to make executives available to comment. Page Six previously reported details of Kelly’s new program.

Kelly was formally freed from her contract with Fox News Channel earlier this month, accelerating the timeline under which she could start doing work for NBC News. Kelly agreed to a contract said to be worth around $18 million a year with NBC that will give her roles leading the Sunday newsmagazine as well as a daytime hour expected to be part of the time NBC already devotes to its “Today” franchise. NBC has yet to announce if the new Kelly program will be branded as part of “Today,” which typically airs between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. The network is expected to air Kelly’s new morning show at either 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. Other details have not been made public.

Before she cracks the network’s morning routine, however, Kelly will try her hand on Sundays. The June launch will allow NBC News to test the concept at a time of year when viewership tends to recede while audiences look to summer vacations and other activities. NBC News has rolled out new newsmagazine concepts twice in recent years. “Rock Center,” which aired in primetime in 2011 and 2012, was designed to be a more serious counterpart to the true-crime narratives upon which so much of “Dateline” is built. NBC tested six episodes of a “Dateline” offshoot, “On Assignment,” in 2016. The series played up stories of adventure and innovation.

Kelly’s debut on NBC is getting more attention than an anchor might typically expect. But she is coming to the Comcast-owned TV unit after one of the most eyebrow-raising tenures in the modern TV-news business. Over the past several years, Kelly has rocketed from anchoring an afternoon program on Fox News to leading a well-watched primetime show. Along the way, she has tangled with President Donald Trump while he campaigned for the office, played a behind-the-scenes role in the recent Fox News controversy that resulted in the ouster of former chief Roger Ailes, and launched a best-selling book.