The Puppy Experiments … as in Experiments Carried out by Pup!


Finally … around 6 weeks after the hawthorn on Rassay off the West Coast our hawthorn has burst into leaf!  We might just be lucky and get the May Blossom in May?  Anyway by midday my face was feeling a little less like In had loofahed it and so I braved the windy day for a walk with my best friends … Dog and Pup.

First problem we encountered was an upturned recycling box in the road … I managed to lift it up before finding out there were two empty plastic containers trapped underneath – which promptly hurtled along the road.  Pup was certain he could catch them so I had to hold tight to his lead to stop him galloping along with me dragged behind him and having made the box safely stowed I managed to catch the milk carton.  Now I know the box did not belong to the five houses in our row so I have no clue were it came from and have just had to leave it tucked in besides a wee wall next door.

Having recovered our dignity from chasing plastic things we dusted ourselves off and set forth.  Pup is getting much better on his lead now and we only had a minor incident of pulling before we got to the lane, however, once there I realised I had dropped my pen knife in its little holster somewhere en route.  Deciding to look on the way back we sauntered down the lane with three stoops for passing vehicles – it was like piccadily circus today!  We walked down the estate road and turned along the bottom of the sewage works.  Yet again Pup completely ignored the sheep in the field.

Pup likes to paddle in the burn so he did that and then we turned round.  Back round a corner I decided to go to the bank of the burn and see if Dog wanted a paddle too.  He declined but Pup ventured in little realising that the bottom dropped away a bit sharpish … until his paw reached down and found no hard standing – he tested again briefly with the same paw and then shuffled backwards to “safety”  Then he crossed the burn a few metres upstream – excellent that is what I am wanting him to do so I can start to throw retrieves across for him.  He returned where the water was a bit deeper with a very sploshy slightly bordering on panic plunge.

So that was several experiments already but the next was amazing.  I was photographing the hawthorn leaves and I could hear an odd noise behind me.  I knew the water wasn’t deep enough for Pup to come to any real harm so I glanced over my shoulder to see this …


Pup was stood in the burn with his front paws on a large stone midstream.  The noise was Pup rocking the stone back and forth to find out what happened when it moved.  In the first picture he is actually looking down into the water just by the stone and then he turned to look upstream.IMG_2018

Not sure which of his master plans he is working on but I look forward to watching this develop with interest! Alas we will be short of time the next few days but that will give him time to mull it over.  I have an early start tomorrow – have to get out of bed for 6am (that will be  a shock to the system) and get the dogs walked before their breakfast so I can be on a bus at 08:30 – I am headed to a training day with Voluntary Action Angus ad then after a brief visit with my boys for their tea I will be off to Community Council – so if you don’t see a post from me tomorrow I apologise in advance.


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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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