Growing the Network …

I know I put these pictures up yesterday  but I didn’t give you much commentary.  The boys clearly recognised each other from across the car park and as soon as they were off lead together they started working as a little team.  They were very evenly matched, Ollie slightly heavier framed but Pup has much leaner longer muscles (Pup does more free running over more varied ground) with boundless energy that only a 7 month puppy could find.

They were lovely to watch together and were impressively well behaved while we lingered over a picnic.  They took turns to be top dog in their romping but it was very clear that the eldest is still the top dog – Pup is still the big bro!  At one point when Ollie got a little over keen on humping (bearing in mind that neither of them do that at home these days) Pup very quickly put Ollie in his place and although there was a bit of baby squealing it was immediately forgotten and Pup lead them onwards.

This was great experience for both – Ollie apparently doesn’t do water (does now) and does run off to other dogs (he didn’t yesterday) but he was returning to my whistle within a short space of time because he was following Pup.  Pup on the other hand met so many people that he had good practice at not jumping up AND he managed not to dash up to a jogger, a small person on a bike or buggies (although he did knock an acquaintance almost off her feet!)

Today I have been out doing risk assessment of some walks I plan to include in our Steps for Heath Programme.  The colleague I was walking with treated us to a coffee and we chatted.  The conversation took some really interesting turns and we found some rather obscure common ground.  I took the opportunity to speak with someone else about Project Tick Tock and that added some more positive support.

So it has been a rollercoaster positive emotional week of dizzy heights and higher.  This weekend my task is to sit and commit all the notes to the Tick Tock blog.  Then I can network some more!

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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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