Don’t Be A Fool Like Me

I still can’t believe how stupid i was even four days later! I suppose i should explain what happened. Please don’t explain how stupid i was in the comments, as i know how stupid i was!

So on Sunday afternoon I went for a walk with Ushi. We were stopped by a lovely gentleman who chatted away to me about all things. He used to be a farmer but retired a couple years ago. He said that he lived pretty near me and i said yeah and the estate where i live. We chatted away some more, and he ended with “Is it okay if i send you a christmas card?”. I thought sure, what’s the harm in a man wanting to send a card every so often? I said yes and he asked me what my house number was. I was that caught up in the conversation the house number was out before i knew it! We parted ways after that and i mentally kicked myself.

What was i thinking? That’s one of the things you learn not to do is give out that information! I keep going round and round the conversation. I then kept thinking about all the things that can happen if someone knows your address. All the burglaries you hear about at christmas? Could this happen? Would he be waiting outside for me one day? Would i come back from a walk at some point to find him? Would he keep sending me things?

I said to dad and he just said okay. So i’m not sure he registered what i had done. So every time the door goes i’m kind of panicking a bit. Every time the post goes i’m panicking. I still keep kicking myself big time. How stupid was i? I hate seeing the good side in people all the time!

He seemed genuine though and he wasn’t slurring his words or anything. I couldn’t smell drink off him either.

Nothing has happened yet but is he just waiting for the right time? I’m just so paranoid. I wish i could forget it but i can’t. I suppose the good thing is if i’m on my own i could always put the security bolt on the door which was put in for the elderly woman who was here before us.

But i’m really hoping nothing happens. What a stupid fool!

So my advice is don’t be a fool like me! I will be much more careful next time someone talks to me and wants to send me a christmas card!


Unemployment To Be Tackled With “Guide Blokes For The Blind”

I saw this on Twitter and had to post it here. A little something to brighten your day.

Here is the article

Enjoy!


Little Girls Really Don’t Need This

I was going to post something else today that was going to be a bit of fun, but i came across this
Article
On Twitter.

The article was saying about this new doll that has just come out. It’s just a normal doll, only a little girl puts on this top which has sensors where a girls nipples would be. The doll is put on there and makes sucking noises. It also burps and cries. I have no problem with the burping and crying, but a doll that sucks when you where this top? Is that not making little girls even more sexualised? I mean little girls should be little girls, not thinking about babies.

I know girls would probably experiment with a doll, like putting it up dresses and such, but i just think this is too far.

I have seen little tiney bras for girls in Tescos. They aren’t for kids who are developing either! i just think girls are way too sexualised in todays society. Not to mention you have to be super thin and wear make up because of the way the media says girls have to be.

I thought i had more to say but i’ve suddenly ran out of steam. But what do you think of this doll? I have no problem with breast feeding, but not in a doll!

I just thought i’d write about this article. Is it any wonder they aren’t being baught off the shelves?

Just my thoughts. I’d be interested to hear in the comments what you all think! Twitter can post some really horrible things sometimes, but on the other hand, i wouldn’t have got a post out of it if it hadn’t been for the article, although i could have done without reading it.


The Cary And Dunluce Masonic Charity Breakfast

Yesterday morning, me and Ushi headed off to the Cary and Dunluce Masonic lodge breakfast. It was orrigionally mean tto be for our local “blind” club, but because they aren’t a registered charity as there aren’t enough people who go to it, the guy who runs it invited guide dogs. The other charity attending was the
Northern ireland chest heart and stroke association

So it was a very early start when we rolled out of bed. The breakfast started at 7 so we had to leave at about a quarter to 6. So me, the branch organiser, and another volunteer all headed down to Port Ballentray where the breakfast was. It was in the Bayview hotel.

We were one of the first there. We all decided to have a full cooked breakfast for a change. I normally wouldn’t eat a big breakfast, but thought it would be nice for a change. My only complaint with it was that the egg wasn’t done the way i like it, but other than that it was rather nice!

I fed Ushi then as i didn’t want to feed her when we got up and figured it would be safe to leave her. I blew the whistle to let her know she could eat, and the couple who had joined our table stopped what they were doing so we had to explain that it was okay for them to go back to eating lol.

I wasn’t sure if Ushi would eat as it was so crowded but she was grand.

We decided to move at one point as more people needed to sit down and it got quite busy.

The next couple of hours were spent just sitting around as the place got more and more crowded. A couple of people did come and talk to us though, and one of the masonic papers did an interview with us all.

There was also a raffle and the branch organiser won two bottles of wine.

The breakfast raised £1100 for each charity. We will head up on the 19th of January to receive the cheque where we could get more money as more could come in between now and then.

We took Ushi for a free run afterwards. The waves were really feerce and kept bringing up white foam onto the beach. It was more like a bay but i think because there was land on either side it made them sound bigger. Ushi of course would not go in the sea, but had a great time none the less. She did scare another lab though. She lay down and then ran full pelt towards it. The poor thing didn’t know what to do and put its tail between it’s legs.

So it was a very good day. I’m glad that the cheque presentation isn’t until 10 in the morning, so not as much of an early start then! I would like to thank the masonic lodge and our blind club for giving us the invite.


Urgent Request For Volunteer Puppywalkers (Fosterers)

I got sent this the other day. I thought i’d put the word out to see if anyone knew anyone or anything. Don’t forget to call if you are able to do this vital work that help guide dogs become the dogs they are today. Maybe that’s cheesy but it’s true. They are the foundations to a great guide dog. Pass it on!

Urgent Request for Volunteer Puppy Walkers (fosterers)
Hi everyone

Happy Halloween and I hope you are all keeping well!

We are urgently needing to recruit new Puppy Walkers for the Belfast,
Bangor, Ards,Holywood, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus areas and
I was hoping you might consider helping with this request.

If you know of anyone that would be interested please do get them to get
in touch with the Belfast office or email me by return. Also if you are
out and about at events or speaking engagements please do promote this
to the general public. Please see further information below from a
recent press release:

“Puppy Walkers are needed for the full time care and education of the
guide dog pups from six weeks until approximately 12 to 14 months of
age, when they are returned to the charity to begin specialised guide
dog training.

We’re looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers who can care for
the pups full time because at the end of the day, if we don’t have puppy
walkers we don’t have guide dogs.

Puppy walking is challenging and it’s a real commitment to take a puppy
in to your home for a year, but with the support of Guide Dogs staff,
our volunteers find it extremely rewarding and worthwhile.

The young dogs will spend much of their first year of life living with
the puppy walker volunteers in their home; they will teach them basic
obedience and get them used to a home environment, noise and the bustle
of towns. They will prepare the pup for their working life ahead which
includes taking them on public transport including, trains and buses. A
young guide dog puppy is a full time companion for its temporary owners,
who find it so rewarding to raise a dog who will one day give a blind
person a new independence by acting as their eyes.

Guide Dogs supplies basic equipment and covers all veterinary and
feeding expenses. To become a puppy walker, volunteers will need to have
access to a car. They will have to be home for most of the day, and free
to take their puppy into many varied environments – sometimes busy and
difficult. Their yard or garden will also need to be securely fenced so
that the puppy remains safely within its confines.

Many thanks for any help you can offer with this and of course if you
have any questions just let me know

Best wishes
Jolene

Jolene Boral
Volunteer Development Coordinator
Northern Ireland
Tel: 0845 372 7402

Guide Dogs
Unit 17
18 Heron Road
Belfast BT3 9LE