We Hunted … the wildest and most terrifying …

… tennis ball!  More explanation will follow but first just look at the body language here …

It took over half an hour to get those – they wouldn’t sit next to each other.  Then I used the ‘mat’ technique to get them to sit on the mat … Dog had to shuffle his mat over first …. and EVERY time I got them sat up Pup followed me as I backed away with the camera.

I had a meeting this morning which went well and helped to crystallise some Project Tick Tock thoughts.  After I came home from that  I had a lengthy text exchange with a very miserable Toxic … who just maybe about ready to listen … we’ll see.

Then the boys and I went for a mooch.  After Pup’s hunts this past week I knew I couldn’t let him keep hunting without a ‘find’ and since he doesn’t know exactly what it is he is hunting that presents an issue.   I planted a tennis ball on our way into the spinney and let him hunt back.  He wasn’t as fluid as the last time but when we got back to the start he did scent out and find the tennis ball and fetch it to me.  I will have to try and take him a few more times when I know there will be no other dogs – no good me planting stuff for him to find if someone snaffles it!  Then I will be able to start planting some of his dummies rather than  the tennis balls.

He does know that he is hunting creatures because twice today he has pointed blackbirds and neither time did he chase them.  My problem with his spinney hunting is he is scenting rabbits but he has never seen a live rabbit, is unaware that the run and doesn’t understand when they have gone underground and the scent just stops.  We’ll get there.

I’ll finish with a gosling update:  I have seen two different hatches of goslings but one of those I haven’t seen apart from when they were tiny.  These though I see frequently – they were originally three and now only two but they are growing really well:


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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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