A Fun Morning, Sort OfPosted: January 6, 2011
A couple of days ago, my rehab worker asked if I would like to come to the local branch fundraising meeting today (Thursday). I sent him an email saying that as long as it was okay with the team I would go. (We are not allowed to actively fundraise with our dogs until we are at least 6 months qualified). My rehab worker works for Guidedogs, so he understands this. He explained that it was just a planning meeting, and that he wouldn’t put me in a position where we could both get into bother. So I agreed to come. Normally it would be in a restaurant or something, but it was at my rehab workers house today.
So this morning, I decided to work Ushi before going to the meeting. (I tried to anyway). It was a little icey as I took Ushi out to spend, but thought it wouldn’t be as icey around the estate. How wrong was I! I was going to do the route to the shops, but on going out, decided not to. I got to my first down kerb, and decided that it was just far too slippy to go out. We kept sliding, so it was “steady” all the way. I would have worn my Yaktrax, but since I was going to go into a shopping centre, I didn’t think that would be a good idea. Ushi was really good and tried to guide me past the ice onto a less icyer part. In fact, getting past some obsticles was not really going to happen, because there was a more icyer part, and Ushi didn’t want me walking on it. Good girl! When I went to slide, she stopped dead and looked at me until I told her it was okay to go forward, slowly.
So when we got to our first down kerb, I just turned and went back home. We then waited for my rehab worker to get here.
When we got to his house, Ushi was rather excited. She kept rushing about, and just wouldn’t lie down to settle. (Not like her at all). I didn’t put her on harness as it was just to someone’s house. My rehab worker suggested that I just let her wonder about, as they have a dog (he was in the back yard the whole meeting), and Ushi was probably smelling him. So I let her off, and she wondered around for a bit, before lying down again. Of course she had to get loads of attention from all the members who arrived.
It was a very productive meeting, I thought. Again I can’t actually attend the events that were planned due to me not being allowed to fundraise yet. I’m okay with that though. It is quite sensible really. I mean our bond is quite new, and if we did decided to, say, do a street collection, then it could be very stressful and could ruen all the good work we had put in over the last couple of months. The time will come though when i’m ready though.
It wasn’t Ushi’s best day really as normally she would be so settled. I explained to my rehab worker that I wouldn’t normally do that, and if we were anywhere else, it just wouldn’t have happened where I let her wonder around, but since it was someone’s house I thought it might settle her down a bit. Do you think this was right for me to do this though? I might take the harness next time though, just to calm her down a bit, and so she knows it’s still work time. Plus if I do go to the next meeting, then it would be in a sports hall, or something, so she would have to be on harness.
My rehab worker was all proud of how I was able to “problem solve” with the ice, and that a guidedog owner should be doing that. So at least that was a good thing.
In other news, we took my phone into the shop where I got the new power button attached last year. They had a look at the phone, and think that the underpad of the keyboard needs replaced. They will ring with a price when they order in the part. Hope that helps the phone.
I also hope that the ice and stuff isn’t too bad on Monday as i’ve got aftercare!