No GDMI today. Just Ma, Pa and Me! The Three T’s (Tim, Tracey and Teddy) and we went and hit the town!
We set off with me guiding Ma out in front and Pa tagging along a little way behind us. We went through Temptation Twitten and Ma was super pleased with me for not even attempting to snaffle anything! When we got to the other end, I think she made a bit of a mistake though: she insisted on a ‘Find left’ – I tried my bestest to correct her – Pets at Home is a ‘Find right’! She wasn’t giving in though! So we went left to the kerb, then across the road and around the barrier gate things where I have to ‘Steady’ and weave us right then left and then on along the pawment. I tried to shimmy across to the right then to ‘Find the box’ but Ma insisted on ‘Not today. Straight on’. I did protest a little but she was most definite we were going straight on. I surrendered! We didn’t go far – just to a bus stop. I took the chance for a lie down – well there’s no point wasting the opportunity! Eventually the bus came and we got on. Ma sat on one of those sideways seats, so I had plenty of room to stretch out. Ma kept disturbing my slumbers though – every time any hoomans got on or off the bus, she told me to ‘Upsit’. Apparently my legs are too long to leave across the floor!Continue reading
A lazy start to the day was welcome. Waking up didn’t come easily to any of us! We made it eventually though.
Pa disappeared into a big hole in the back deck of chuggyboathome. I sat safely at the bottom of the steps and kept a close watch on him. I was a bit concerned he might not get out again. He seemed to be doing some clanking and twiddling with some very peculiar sticktoys. Then he fitted a new collar-type thing onto the big growling beastie.
I left him at that point, because visitors arrived; much more interesting that Pa’s strange idea of playtime! Tizzy is her name. She is a 14 year old puppy – a pedigree mess – whippet x terrier x canine cocktail. She came aboard chuggyboathome and we had a bit of a play and got to know each other a little. Oh! Tizzy brought a hooman with her: her shehooman called Chrissie. Very soon, we went outside and found Max (my new buddy i met yesterday) with Pete too. Shortly afterwards, Pa must’ve escaped from the beastie’s den because he appeared and the hoomans all sat on the stick-seat-with-table and slurped from their little slurp-pots while we pooches got on the the best play we could manage with the hoomans on the daft ends of our leads. Part of our play was a team effort to dig a little hole in the greenfloorfur. We didn’t get to go very deep with it though as the hoomans stopped us! Spoilsports!
Teddy, Tizzy and Max with hoomans too
Eventually, the fun was ended when the hoomans finished munching and slurping and their non-stop woofing, and I got to take Ma out. We set off across the vroomerkennel area where I searched for GDMI’s vroomer but it wasn’t there. Ma insisted that we go ‘straight on’ then ‘find right’. I was a tad reluctant, but I did as asked. Then we started on along the pawment, but I got a bit jittered by the fact that we were walking away from home, so I stopped. Ma tried to encourage me on with all the things that GDMI has been teaching her, but I was trying my bestest to tell her she was totally wrong! She won in the end though! I had to surrender! We went on for a rather good workies. OK…. I suppose I have to admit I was wrong! We went a very long route to two good shops: The first one Ma called TheRange. I had to guide her around a few boring shelves, but then she allowed me to take her to the proper area; I did hope for maybe a munchie or a toy, but ‘not today’. It seems they didn’t have what she wanted in that department. So, after a ‘find the checkout’ and a bit more workies around more of the shoppyarea, I had to ‘find the steps’ and take Ma safely down them, then ‘Find left’. That was a GOOD command Ma! That way leads to Pets at Home! That got me on a mission! Ma was very impressed with me for all my stops and sits at kerbs on the way. Then she was very obedient! She allowed me to take her in! I did have to ‘Stand’ and ‘Wait’ outside the door first though. I think that is something GDMI has taught her to remind me who is boss! I managed to let her believe that! I got some fusses (with Ma’s permission first) and admirations from the workyhoomans in there. One of them is a hoomanfriend from church. Ma got some help from one of the shehoomans there too and so got the treats pouch she wanted.
Ma was smiley with me for my work today, once we got past my little attempted sit-down-protest. We had some chillout time and a nice grooming session before I got my nosh early. It seems this was planned because GDMI was coming to make me work again! I had to show her how I guide Ma in the darktime. I also tried to demonstrate my sit-down-protest skills. She wasn’t impressed! She taught Ma some extra tricks to ‘persuade’ me that it is not acceptable to be a stropchops! One of those tricks is to make her pocket squeak. At one of the points where I tried to tell her she was totally wrong for wanting to go ‘straight on’, she tried the tactics of ‘huppup’, ‘get on’, ‘forward’ and a few other such commands, coupled with tugging and paw-gestures. I managed to maintain my protest until that pocket squeaked. That totally distracted my determination! How cheeky was that of her? That squeak made my botty leap off the floor and so, while my guard was down, I found myself moving forward again. Ma cheered me on with this in such a way that I just had to carry on!
After a couple more attempts at my protest, I gave up and just resigned to the idea that we were going anyway! I strutted my stuff with true professionalism and stopped at every kerb, indented where necessary, did a ‘steady to kerb’ when Ma needed me to so she could work out how big a step up to take, and kept her on the right path all the way.
When we got home again, GDMI seemed pleased with us and went off and left us again. Once aboard chuggyboathome, Ma revealed the source of the pocketsqueak: it was one of my toys! How very rude of her to steal my pink piggy to trick me!
Well! That was different! This morning was all about a long workies along the towpath, then lots of ‘Sit. Down. Stay’ by the wet oblongs. The workies was good. Ma was pleased with me and GDMI was pleased with us both! That was a good start! It was all squishy muddy and Ma’s paws kept slip-sliding all over the place. Me? No problem! #4pawsisbest #2pawsiswobbly. We made it though and everyone stayed upright – JUST!Continue reading
It seems this Church thing is now my normal Sunday. I think I rather like it: it starts with a nice workies, then a snooze while all the hoomans do a whole load of howling and pawsmacking and jiggling and yipping. (Today I had to squish in a bit between Ma’s and Pa’s backpaws as it was really crowded.) Next comes a chance for some loves and admirations. I have to be in a sit before Ma will allow such stuff but it is worth it. Continue reading
Wowwwwwweeeeee!!!! I has had the bestest day ever!
It started off all lazy-leisurely, then Ma decided we needed to go for a workies around the block. I decided she was much mistaken! I humoured her by taking her so far, but then staged a sit-down protest at the prospect of going any further! It worked. We turned around and went back to chuggyboathome. I think Ma was satisfied that I had downloaded as she wanted me to and she didn’t seem worried about not completing her planned outing. She had plans for a much bigger workies a bit later apparently. That workies never happened though! Something MUCH better happened instead! Continue reading
This morning, GDMI arrived and we set off for a lovely workies all along the towpath. Apparently, this is going to be a large part of my job! I think I’m going ot like this job! It was a bit squidgy muddy in places but Ma was impressed with my guiding skills. I kept her on the stripe that was kind of well-pawed down. In some places this meant that I needed to move over to walk on the greenfloorfur because the well-pawed stripe was too narrow for both of us. Continue reading
Yesterday, GDMI did something called a ‘sigh-noff’ on another route for us. It seems this means we have permission to do that route without her! So, that is just what we did this morning! We set off on our route toward Tesco, but, instead of doing a ‘find left’ we did a ‘find the crossing’, then ‘left’ and ‘straight on’ to the end of the pawth, then ‘right’ into the long twitten. The surprise came when we got to a gate in the fence on the right and Ma said ‘Find right’. Woohoo! A new direction for me to guide her! ‘Good boy! Find the way’…….It is a bit of a wiggly path leading to going all around a big building. I did my duty though and guided Ma ‘straight on’ all the way to the kerb. Then we had to do a ‘Back. Back. Right’ – this is GuideDogSpeak for ‘turn left’! It is designed to make life more comfortable for us 4paws as it saves us needing to actually go backwards, and it saves our hoomans from having to step off the kerb to go around our fronts. It is actually Ma who goes back, back. I just do right, right, right all the way around her. Continue reading
It all started with a very leisurely time of snuggles with Ma. She was trying to put her pawpads on but I took full advantage of the opportunity for a big snugglycuddle! Then we went outside and just sat watching the world go by. That was really nice! I just curled up by Ma’s backpaws and enjoyed the loves while watching the hoomans go by and the flappytoys landing and flapping off. I think Ma was harking to them all too! Then Ma led me over to a stickseat, tied my lead to it, and then gave me a super furfluffing session! I think I looked rather splendid when GDMI arrived!Continue reading
Jenna vroomed us off to Guide Dog School today, in the place the hoomans call Lemmington Spar. I had a lie down while the hehooman Michael (Dog Care and Welfare Advisor) woofed all my deepest secrets about my past to Ma and Pa. It seems I am safe! No awful secrets to reveal. It seems I have something called a completely clean health record. Ma and Pa now know I have 36.6 keelos, whatever they are and that I have to go the the vet in March.Continue reading