Blue Skies … Yellow Willow

I don’t really know where today has gone … but at least there has been very minimal new snow fall.

The dog walk was a good one – we had Dog’s Moriarty Terrier coming along behind us; I didn’t see a young girl with her collies arrive at the top of the lane at the same time as us – now we had met them before but Dog still bounced and yipped and Pup was still keen to go after the collie.  Settled them and got Pup off his lead as soon as I could and he was impeccably behaved.  We met the Collie coming back and I clipped Dog in close and kept walking – several times I pipped Pup to stop rather than dashing up to the dog and then I called out “no jump” the young girl bent down to clap him.  As they drew level Pup was continuing with them but I pipped and he turned back with us – I had just released Dog’s lead to the normal length when I saw a dalmation coming up the road.  I clipped Dog in again and used the same controls with Pup.  Dog did a bit of yipping and I greeted the dalmation’s person who I have met previously.

After that with no more dogs in sight (Moriarty Terrier had turned back to avoid the collie) I allowed Dog to stop for toileting since the excitement around other dogs is usually too much for him.  Pup went deaf on me just as one of the tankers roared up the lane from the waterworks but he did stay close by and not run after it.  He knew it was there because he looked at it passing.  However he did a decent attempt at sit/stay while I scooped poop.

We walked part way down the lane to the big house and then turned back.  Pup was hunting out at around 40m from me and when I pipped his stop whistle he turned looked at me and waited.  He didn’t hup but that is okay as long as he stopped and looked for his next command from me.  As we got back to the junction I popped his lead on – much to his disgust.  A car drove up behind us and drew alongside – it was a friend from the Community Council and between his wee dog trying to get out and duff up my Pup and Pup trying to climb in through the drivers window we had fun – interestingly Dog did not yip!  He may have recognised the smell of the dog since I have often spent time with it and then gone home.

Pup went back off lead an apart from taking a detour and getting himself on the wrong side of the fence so we had to double him back to get out again the return was uneventful.

Next I popped into Kirrie – but the place I wanted was closed so I popped along to see Evelyn.  She was much better today and more her usual self despite having taken a tumble this morning in Dundee and bumping her head.


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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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