Happy Birthday Dog

Yes my beautiful, handsome big boy is 9 years old today … and just for him it snew!

In honour of his birthday I am going to start with his official birthday portraits …

Happy Birthday to me

This is my best side …

Trust Pup to gatecrash my portrait sitting …

There was no laying snow at 6am – I know because Pup needed to pop out for a pee and a poo – but there were big flakes just starting to fall.  By the time we were up and out for our walk there were 2-3 inches of the stuff.  Fortunately it was nice crunchy snow and so the walk was good fun and the boys certainly enjoyed themselves.

Dog saw a chap open the back door of his transit van as we approached and got all excited hoping he was going for a ride.  The boy stopped and clapped Dog (hereabout we don’t pat pooches we clap them); he admired him and said he had one in the front of the van – which when I looked turned out to be a wirehaired pointer like our Otto.  Pup didn’t get a fuss and that will have done him no harm to see Dog being centre of attention for a change.

When we got to the path and clipped their training leads together dog stopped early on for his poo so rather than have them shuffle in the snow I let the lead go and let them run together to the end of the path.  They could slip through the wire fence or hop over the stone wall but Dog generally knows his boundaries and it is a dead end.  We have to allow dogs to take risk a little or they never learn where their boundaries are.  At the end of the path there is a narrow path runs along two sides of  a wee building and then it stops.  I called Dog back and he brought Pup with him.  Of course he got a warm welcome and lots of praise and you could see him walking tall on the way home.

We are ready for a longer walk but with this snow it will be a day or two before that happens – the temperature has bombed this evening and the snow is freezing into sheet ice in places.

Here are  a few snowy pictures just to enjoy:

and for some strange reason there were lots of bird picture opportunities – rather odd since yesterday the little feathered things could be heard  – making a right squawking racket but not seen – today they were silent but visible!

Chaffinch

Two Starlings

Blue Tit (with a tasty treat)

Great Tit (and ? Chaffinch)

Robins are usually very showy and friendly little birds but ours has been very elusive this year

Having a birdy gossip!

and finally to sunset and moonrise …

 

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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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