It’s my (Puppy) Party … and I’ll Bark if I Want To!

Oh my goodness me what a fun day … and now I have a very tired Pup.

We went to his brother Ollie’s house today; they haven’t seen each other for over three weeks since we parted at the rail station the day we brought them home but being litter mates there should still be a certain familiarity between them.  I had a busy morning to get ready and get Dog walked and cosied down before we set off for the bus; I wanted to catch the first bus because (a) I wanted to surprise the Sunday Bingo Buddies and (b) the weather forecast was for rain ad howling gales so I wanted to have plenty of time for our journey.

When we have caught the bus between home and Dundee before he has had a break in Forfar but today it was a straight through so we were testing the puppy continence!   As we boarded the driver threw his door open to allow Pup to get up and say hello … I suspect this will be a regular occurrence with this wee chap because he is so adorably friendly with everyone.

We couldn’t sit in our favourite seat to start with – he likes to sit at the front and lick the ‘window’ glass panel.  When he is bigger there won’t be room there but while he is still small it is a good way to contain him.  We moved up t the front in Forfar and got settled for the journey.  He was greeted and fussed by the Bingo Buddies on their way past.  Ollie’s person rang to say she would meet us enroute.  Pup was happy top sit in the car footwell and got praise for doing so well.

Ollie was a little unsure of Pup but quite happy to greet me.  Pup then decided he was in charge and grabbed one of Ollie’s toys and things got very heated for a few minutes.  Ollie tried to grab the toy ad got his lip caught by Pup’s teeth and did that shriek hat pups do but within a few minutes it was quite clear they had gotten past that and were taking it in turns to be boss dog.

We spent lots of time out in their lovely sized garden and in between their toilet visits and lunch we managed to get a bacon roll ourselves, several coffees and some cake as well as catching up on all the news.  It was a really good visit but exhausting – two tired puppies were not prepared to be the first to give in so they hardly stopped for three hours!  We got a lift down the road to catch a bus into the town centre but it took so long to cross the road we missed the next bus and rather than wait 20 minutes and risk missing the bus home we walked.  It was a stretch for young Pup but good lead walking practice for him and I did carry him a little way.

Tomorrow he will be having a very restful day including some time in his crate while Dog gets a good walk. and in a few months we will get the boys together again in the park or at the beach where they can run together then in the summer I will introduce Dog to the group occasionally.  Here are a few photos – not great technique because it was 100% energy charging around in front of me


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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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