The Buses are Leaking!

As you can possibly guess from the title it is still raining … forecast to finally run out of water tomorrow lunchtime.  There are little sections of flooding on many roads and many fields and paddocks now have lakes.

I wanted to deliver my little gift and card to the drivers today and so I set off for the 09:46 bus which gave a couple of hours before Pup’s lunchtime.  It was one of the newer drivers who I hadn’t seen recently and as he handed over at the depot I asked him to play Santa and deliver the gift into the driver’s room.  After  a brief Toxic encounter I mooched in Forfar.  I picked up a bed to replace the digloo which has been flattened in temper the past few days and a couple of toys to wrap up for the Pooches Christmas (although we are really having Christmas mid January when my daughter visits).  Whilst I was there I enquired with a vet practice that has become really commercialised about Pup’s second jag and the cost.  The ignorance of the vet nurse was enough to ensure I won’t be taking him there and the cost seems a bit stiff too – my Mother reckons thy have thrown a vet check into the price – I don’t need a vet check; I know and trust my parents as breeders and I can see this is a healthy young pup.

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I stopped off at Subway to get lunch – a rare treat these days – and the Sunday Bingo Buddies were in having coffee.  It was lovely to see them and they wanted to know why I haven’t been on the bus the past few weeks and am I okay.  It felt very nice to have them fussing over me for a few minutes.  I left them checking they had their lucky stanes with them … just in case it is their turn for the big win and of course I wish them enough.

I did take one photograph today but it was so wet and grey I put the camera away so no pictures for the blog.  After Pup had had his lunch I decided to give him a little treat – he has been stuck indoors with all the rain – he is good and makes it outside most of the times he needs to but he cannot play out like he was doing.  He still needs his second jag so he cannot go to places where other dogs are but I feel a ride on the bus is safe enough and I had a day ticket.  We got on the bus and the driver who had taken over this morning was just handing over at the end of his shift when we reached the depot.

As the new driver got on I said to Pup “Oh look Pup it is that very nice driver who brought you home” – I am not sure who was more excited to meet again Pup or the driver.  After the driver had identified where the leak was over his head and a short drive along the road Pup and I got off at the High Street; he wouldn’t get on the bus himself but he strolled off like he had been doing it all his life.  We waited for a town service bus and when it arrived it was the driver form this morning who had played Santa.  He made a fuss of Pup while he had 5 minutes wait and then we set off for a tour of  Forfar.  He also told me about the drivers tucking into their sweetie and shortbread gift with gusto.

The bus was quiet and it was exactly the sort of trip I need Pup to have to get accustomed to bus travel.  He has to learn to restrain himself from jumping all over folk and nipping them.  He did very well with the help if regular treats and lots of praise.  On returning to the High Street he happily disembarked and waited for our bus home.  He was stubborn about getting on the next bus – mainly because he was too busy trying to talk to people in the queue.  The driver is one who has a young dog himself and who had seen Pup’s picture.  I had to pick Pup up to get him to a seat because he was trying to go backwards between my legs and causing a traffic jam.

It is only a 15 minute journey and he was starting to get sleepy with not sleeping after lunch.  I managed to keep him awake until we got to the hamlet and then used a couple of treats to coax him to walk down the bus; which he did very well.  I told the driver I thought he was going to get left with Pup on the bus and he said it was no problem he would have him.  Pup was clearly delighted with himself and was jumping with joy when he was praised. I was really pleased with Pup and also with Dog who had stayed home alone which must have been tough when he and Pup are bonded; however they will both need to come out individually and stay home alone as Pup grows and so it was good practice.

I do now have to report a sad fatality … kevlar duck has been destuffed!  Amazingly his squeaker is still safely in situ and working!  I will have a good look at him tomorrow and see if he is safe to play with minus all stuffing – if not he will have to go to the wheelie bin discreetly.

Hopefully tomorrow the rain will finally cease and I will be working on one of my Business Principles Blog Posts based on something I was party to earlier today and something different I witnessed yesterday.

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I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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