The Ballymena Show 2012

Yesterday was the 2012
Ballymena show
Which we again were fundraising for guide dogs.

I decided to work Ushi before i was collected, but by the time we got back Ushi was very hot. It was about 23 degrees Celsious.

So when we got to the show it was very hot indeed for Ushi. She pulled quite a bit when we got out of the car even though i had her harness on. I was informed that there was a wallaby opposite us! I would have thought it would have been too cold for it to be kept over here but apparently not.

Ushi spent our two hours just lying under the table. She was so warm. Alot of kids from Carninny primary school came up because they recognised Ushi! At least they did pay attention that day lol.

A woman came up to us who had done a
Go walkies event
Last year and had remembered ushi. She is going to volunteer at the Antrim show which will be in a couple of months i think. So hopefully she will volunteer in the branch at other events.

One of the schools my friend did a talk to, one of their teachers came up to tell us that they were putting posters up, and sending letters home to parents to get them to sign the petition for guide dogs food to be excempt from Vat. This is brilliant news! She also got a local MLA involved. So that sounds very promising.

By that time it was time for me to go home. Ushi spent the rest of the day sleeping.

I personally think it was too warm for dogs, but then again it’s the dogs who bring in the money so we couldn’t really not take them.

Later on my rehab worker decided to have a b b q for anyone who wanted to come out of the branch. So me, the treasurer and another volunteer went along. It was a great nights craic and we didn’t leave until 10 o’clock.

So it was quite a good day apart from it being too warm. Ushi didn’t attend the b b q and got to chill at home.

Oh and we raised £531!

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The Ballymena Show 2011

Today was the 2011
Ballymena show
This is an event every year where cattle are shown, but not sold. There are lots of farming things that happen, like tractors on display as well as show jumping and such. It is meant to be the second largest agricultural show in Northern Ireland, next to
Balmoral Show
In Belfast, but I don’t think it’s that good lol. (When you click on the link for the Ballymena show, there is a vidio of a person talking, but you should still be able to read each page).

This year Guide dogs had managed to get a stand at the show, so today I was going to be doing the 11 o’clock to 1 shift. Luckily enough, we had a big Gizeebo type thing which I mentioned briefly in
My last entry

So we were picked up by the treasurer of our fundraising branch. She drove us to the gate nearer our stand, whilst me, her son and another volunteer went in. (We had been given passes to enter the show for free because we were a charity i think). Again, getting out of the car I put Ushi’s halty on. This really seems to cut down on her pulling. I took it off as soon as we got to where we were going to be though.

Almost as soon as we got to where we were, we started to get people. Well I think they were from before we arrived.

We mostly had kids coming into see us, but there were a few adults. We were saying about how it costs £50,000 to support a guide dog throughout its working life right from it’s a puppy. One dude was that shocked that he got money out immediatly. We weren’t really intending to make him feel guilty or anything, but I think people should know how much it does cost for a guide dog, considering the organisation doesn’t get any government funding.

My friend came at about half 12, with her dog Della. They had a little play around, but then we had one on one side of my friend and Della on the other. They just sniffed after that.

We were just gabbing away when my friend told me about something called a
Furminator
I have heard of this product, but is it good? Can it be used with a zoom groom? It would be interesting to see one.

We finished shortly after that.

Unfortunately the Gizeebo was set up on concrete, so the rain kind of kept coming in. Ushi’s belly was kind of dirty then lol. She didn’t know what to make of the sheep though! Every time she heard one (they were behind us), she looked round as if to say “what’s that?”. The same as when a little girl blew bubbles in front of her lol.

It was a good day, and thank you again to the branch organiser for making it such good craic.