The branch organiser for our branch of Guide Dogs was telling me a few days ago about the new stock that had arrived for this year. Among the things that she has ordered was a dog water bottle.
So today was our first fundraising stall. We were at our local pet shop. It all went well.
First i got shown a bottle with a bowl attached. It was like a rectangle and the bottle just sat in the bowl. The bowl seemed very small, so i opted for the water bottle instead.
The bottle is totally flat. When i opened it i was a little disappointed to be honest. It felt just like those disposeable drinks you sometimes get in shops that are in like a squidgy plastic carton. Sort of like a Caprison drink. Plus my sister said it wouldn’t hold that much. It also has a carabeena to attach it to your belt.
I decided the only way to see what it was like was to fill it up. It is about 500 Mills. That is about the standard size of bottle. It seems to have a good lid on it too which is good. If you squeeze it when the lid is off it collapses again. The lid also has a nozzle if you only want a little to come out.
Once it has flattened, you can roll it up to fit in your pocket.
So even though it seems pritty flimsy, it seems to do the job. The real test will be if it leaks though if it is in a bag when being carried. I think it is so thin because it is made of recycled material.
So i guess don’t judge a book by its cover comes to mind.
We were selling the bottle for £2.20 but
Sells it for £9.99! I’m glad i didn’t pay that!
I’ll have to take it with me a couple of times just to see what it is like. Here’s hoping it does its job!
I got this email claiming to be from
Saying that my account couldn’t be varified. I haven’t changed my password and can still sign in and all but don’t know what the craic is. Here is the email, and i’ll obviously change my email address and not provide the link. On second thoughts, I will provide the link, but do not click. I didn’t thinnk hotmail could be hacked into. Normally i know spam, but this is weird.
Dear *My email address*, This e-mail has been sent to you (*My email address*) by WindowsLive Hotmail to inform you that we were unable to verify your account details. This might be due to either of the following reasons:
1. A recent change in your personal information. (eg: address, phone)
2. Submitting incorrect information during register process.
Due to this, to ensure that your email service is not interrupted, we request you to confirm and update your information today by following the link below
If you have already confirmed your information then please disregard this message.
> Hotmail member services
> Thanks for your cooperation.
> © 2012 Windows Live inc.
What do you think? Is this suspicious?
I discovered a few days ago a setting that would post automatically from wordpress to Twitter. I’m just testing to see if this works.
You can post to different places automatically,in the “My blogs” section of your dashboard. *I was going to have the link but i discovered that it only has the log in page.
Last month, our branch organiser for the Guide dogs branch wanted to have an article about guide dogs in our local paper since they have promoted lots of events for us, and plus one of the women from the branch works at the paper. So we finally agreed that it would be today.
I was planning to walk down and meet the branch organiser, but it was raining so i decided to get a lift down with her because we were getting photos taken and i didn’t fancy a wet dog.
When we got out of the car I was just getting guided to the place, and because we were horrible and walked on the dry side of the pavement, Ushi kept going across us to get into a dry shop. She tried to enter the optitions, the post office, and a caffe before we got to the Guardian office. Boy was it pokey! There was barely enough room for us!
When we got in, there was me, my friend with her dog Della, the person from the branch who worked there, another branch member (who apparently shouldn’t have been there but the woman who worked at the Guardian said that she could come), a reporter, a photographer, and an editor. So it was very cramped. Of course Ushi and Della had to say their hellos while the branch organiser answered some questions. Lots of pictures were taken when the branch organiser was talking and lots of Ushi and Della.
The other guide dog owner from the branch was going to come, but she couldn’t make it. Just as well as i don’t think there would be room!
We then each got asked some questions about what a guide dog means to us, and what they were like. I said that it took 6 months to a year to develop the full bond and that they like to test their owners. I also said that she didn’t like the rain lol.
We talked about if you see a guide dog owner with the handle down, come up and ask if they are okay. We said about us making the decision to cross the road and that you should always ask before petting a guide dog.
I got to play with my friends Iphone after we asked questions and it seemed quite easy to use. Only did a couple of things on it. So maybe one day i will get one lol.
We headed up the street to what we call “the band stand” which is basically where you can sit and sometimes there are people who preech there too. Thankfully it had dried off a bit by this time. The photographer wanted a picture of the dogs working, so i walked towards the branch organisers voice and then stopped when i got to her. My friend then did the same but the extra person who came along decided that she would guide her as my friend was holding the harness! We then got us two together and the dogs having a mad play. They were in their harnesses but we were just standing there and it meant that they weren’t working. I guess the urge must have been too strong for them lol.
The reporter said how good it was that they were just being dogs.
So hopefully it will be in this weeks or next weeks paper. I hope i will be given permission to post it here. They are emailing a copy to the branch organiser for her to post which is good. At least they won’t publish anything wrong i hope! Aparently we could get a full page which is great!
It was a great 45 minutes roughly. I was a bit nervous but had no need to be!
I’ll post it when i get permission and when it comes out.
The Angel eyes
Meeting i attended at the end of March? Well they are holding an event this Friday. I am not able to go and to be honest, it’s not really my thing, but i’ll post anyway. This is from their website and facebook:
Night at the Races, Friday 27th April 2012
Friday 27th April 12
From 7:30 until 10:30
Venue: The Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick, Co Antrim
Organisers:Angel Eyes NI
The evening will also include a two course hot buffet, a raffle with great prizes followed by a disco!!!
Cost of tickets is £15 each – contact Paula on 074 1143 2011 or Sara 074 1148 8897 or Joanne 074 1145 6215 for more details!
We appreciate your support to make this event a success!!
So hopefully this event will raise alot of money and help the charity. I hope it is a success!
I’ll post how much is raised as soon as i find out.
It looks like i’ve been switched to the new Blogger interface. I mentioned in
An earlier Entry
About this and how inaccessible it looked. You’ll also find in that post a link to the post i wrote on wordpress.
Anyway over the past few days alot of people on twitter said that they had been switched, but then they said that they could still switch back. When i looked last night i had the old interface which was good. But now I have the new one.
When you go into your blog it looks okay until you go to your dashboard or create a new post, then it’s just horrible. So i’m writing this through email.
I hope i can eddit it if i want to add tags. I think we can still read posts, but i don’t know if that will be the same for long.
So i guess until they decide to get this horrible thing fixed, i’m going over to wordpress. All my posts are over there already as i don’t want to lose
any of it. I have alot of information here so don’t want to lose. Plus i like to look back at things and think that i couldn’t be bothered blogging at
all if i couldn’t continue from where i left off. So you will see the same stuff for a while. I only moved to blogger a few years ago because nobody
was on live journal and thought blogger was pritty good. Obviously not!
So for those of you looking to follow the rest of my journey, my new address is
I’ll start deleting old posts if i can, and only leave this one here. I really do hope that they do get this fixed.
So i’ll hopefully see you at my new blog! Oh and you’ll probably see this post on my new blog too.
I met up with
Jeniffer And OJ
Well I mentioned that on the way back we had a little bit of an incident where poor little Ushi nearly fell down between the train and the platform? Well i’ve been doing some work when me and my dad and sis have gone up to Belfast. (I know that sounds dramatic but that was what happened).
Anyway we started going up to Belfast a couple of months ago and I decided to meet up with a friend while we were there. The first time we tackled the trains again with Ushi she rushed a little getting on and off. Once she was on she lay down straight away. So i would have given her a treat each time she lay down and loads of praise both on and off. I wanted her to know that although she had a nasty experience, trains weren’t big scarey evil things.
It seemed to work, with her tail wagging as the train pulled in and rushing less and less. I thought we had cracked it and was going to post today after a couple of good days so as not to jinx it, but unfortunately it didn’t go the way i had planned.
This morning we had one of the more newer trains. (I think because of the ollympics, there are more moddern versions of the new trains that have been in place for the last couple of years). The only difference between these trains is the announcements are done in a different voice and they are slightly faster. (I think the very old trains which we came across last year are done away with now).
I decided not to give Ushi any treats today and just praise her again for calmly getting on and off. She was grand. The ramp to help wheelchair users on and off was put on when we got to Belfast. I decided to use this since it was still up. I have an awful awful habbit of taking a huge step both getting on and off the train which no doubt affects Ushi. I tend to overcompensate with it. Anyway i used the ramp and for some reason didn’t know if it would go all the way to the platform. It did and i didn’t have to worry about anything! Ushi got down off it grand too. So that was totally awesome.
So we had a good day and when we were coming back, again it was the newist trains. There was about a two or three centimetre gap more than usual for the new trains. It was enough to panick Ushi a little and her tail was down and she made no advancement towards the step. It wouldn’t have been enough for her to fall down but it still made her a little wary. So my dad lifted her on and my sister held the lead until i got on. So we praised quite a bit once she lay down which she did immediatly. The conductor then came up to me and asked if i needed any assistance. I thanked him and said i was grand because my dad was there. We explained about getting on and asked if there was a slightly bigger gap. He said that these trains were slightly different and the platforms had been modified for the trains a couple of years ago. He said though that the best thing i could do was to get her confidence up by using them, and that he understands that the dogs are trained but getting her confidence back up would be the best. I was so glad he understood! We were grand getting off again.
I normally wouldn’t have used the ramp at all, feeling that i didn’t need it. I might have to rethink that one! I think that i should be entitled to use it if i need to.
For now though i am going to only use it if the gap is a bit wide. When i do the trains on my own, i would probably use the ramp for my own security but not sure yet.
So we kind of took a little step back, but most of our trips in the last couple of months have been positive getting on and off so i think that is good.
So let’s hope that she is confident the next time. I must try not to overcompensate stepping on and off though! I would appreciate any hints for that.
I’m sure we’ll get there though and it’ll just take time.