Daily Prompt:Autumn Leaves

Given that my blog seems a bit short on readers possibly, i decided to write something on one of the
Daily prompts
That wordpress uses to help when you’ve hit a rut. The post is all about the changes in season.

Personally, i start to dread the longer nights. I do not do well at all with cold. The cold i don’t mind too much, but the ice and snow i really can’t stand. Everything grinds to a halt, and it gets much harder to get out and do things. That in turn has an affect on your mood as if you’re anything like me, you like to keep busy. Thankfully though, when it does get icey, i have a pair of yaktrax which are the best thing since sliced bread, as i would say. You hardly know there is ice at all, unless of course you forget to take them off when you go inside anywhere and you end up sliding all over the show.

Another thing i hate about Winter is the increase in bugs and sicknesses. I am a bit of a germaphobe so get rather worried about catching something.

So what does everyone else think about the changes from summer to winter?.

A Fun Morning, Sort Of

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!

Snowy Icey White Stuff

Hey gang! It’s Ushi again. Mum let me on the computer for a while.

First of all, before I tell you about what we’ve been up to, what is this snowy icey white stuff? It feels all cold and bouncey and when I sniff it and eat it it’s all cold and feels really fluffy. Plus sometimes it gets on me, but when i shake it goes away. It doesn’t leave my coat wet like the horrible rain. Do any of you know why it’s here? Will it be here for long?

Anyway i’m sure you’re all wondering what i’ve been up to….

Did I tell you about learning a new route? Well I think it was about a month ago. The instructor who works with my old mum came out to see us. I must tell you though about our adventure before we started learning the route….

Mum decided to work me before we would go out. She said just to “calm me down” or something like that. We were doing the route to the shop where I have to “find the counter”. It was really really wet and horrible and windy. On part of the route I decided to be a wee bit naughty and get just a teeny bit distracted, but not so much that Mum would notice. She kept going, and noticed that something didn’t feel right. She kept getting me to go back, and even told me to “find a kerb” to give me a destination, but I couldn’t find it! The only thing I could find was grass. Maybe getting distracted wasn’t such a good idea? Mum ended up calling her mum to come and get us. I couldn’t understand where she came from though! Anyway mum followed her voice, and then we got on our way.

Mum was a little worried though as the instructor was going to be coming out soon. We got back in time just as the instructor came.

Mum left me in the house while she went out with the instructor. She took my harness though, so I don’t know what she was up to.

When they came back, I got to come. I got in the instructors car, and got to sit between mums legs. I liked that.

We drove out to where I find the shop, and then mum put my harness on. The instructor followed behind, while I tried to guide mum who was directing me.

I guess she took the harness earlier to help her familiarise herself with the route so she could direct me.

We went into a shopping centre! It was really really busy so I didn’t have time to get distracted. I had to pay attention and guide mum past all the people and stuff. Then I had to help mum find the coffee shop. We did it a couple of times just to make sure that mum knew where it was, and that I knew that mum would be really happy if i found it for her.

We then went home after that, but mum wasn’t sure where to go, so she kept hanging back. She does that when she is nervous, you see. It is bad though cause then I can’t guide her!

The instructor came out for a couple more days making sure that mum knew where she was going.

One of the days they had coffee in that shop, but I had to be a good guide dog and lie under the table while mum and the instructor talked.

I also got a couple of new toys! Mum baught me a Kong, and a rubber thingie that she could throw. I unfortunately broke that, but I love the kong! She can put stuff in it too, but i’m happy with her just bouncing it!

Things have just been the same really as usual, apart from me getting a new nylabone. It’s much bigger than my old one, and I love it!

The snowy white stuff came on Thursday I think. That night it was really slippery, so mum really got me to “steady” just to make sure we didn’t slip. She was all nervous and stuff too. We have only been able to do the really small route unfortunately. I keep rushing on the snow, as I don’t like it on my paws! Plus mum is all tense and stuff.

Mum decided to do the big route on Sunday, but at one point there were these naughty kids who kept getting me all excited! I tried to listen to mum, but as you know I love children! Mum corrected me, then it started snowing at one point, and mum told me to find a kerb, but i couldn’t, so looked for a more deffinet kerb. We ended up in a housing estate, so mum had to phone her dad to come and get me. It was just too snowy and it covered my kerb! Mum said that she couldn’t really pick up obsticles and stuff either.

Yesterday we were back on the small block route. I was naughty and stopped and mum thought there was an obsticle, but i just wanted to eat the snow! Then I couldn’t find home.

Today mum said it was too icey to work me. So she just let me play in it! It was all slidey and all, so I kept sliding!

Mum is getting a bit down about not being able to work me. I hope she can work me tomorrow!

Mum wants to groom me now, so am going to go here.

The good thing about the snow is i get to play in it, but the bad thing is that it’s cold and that we can’t work too well!

How are you all getting on in the snow?

Waggies and woofies,

Ushi Xxx

Yaktrax-Anyone Used Them?

Unfortunately over the last couple of days it has gotten much colder. This has braught home the fact that the old snow and ice will be on the way soon..

I hated how bad it was last year. It was totally horrible!! I am kind of dreading it this year, because the more snow/ice the less I can work Ushi, which I don’t want at all!!!

My friend baught a pair of “yaktrax” last year. These are rubber things that slip on over your regular shoes. They have little coils of metal or something on them to give you a better grip on the ice. The coils are curly so they don’t harm a doggies paws. Sorry this is just a brief description, but
This Website
Might tell you more. (Or else I could get my friend to email me about them and put it up here!). I think the website will give you more info though.

What I am really wondering about is have any of you guys used these? Are they worth paying the £20 for? Are they effective?

I’m seriously considering investing in a pair, but i’m just looking on oppinions first.

Thanks, and while you’re at it, does anyone own a “B type” guide dog harness? It has a wide handle? I just ask because I was a bit bored last night and took off my handle. I’m not sure if i put it on the right way (didn’t work Ushi today). I think the bend goes to the left? Thanks again guys.