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The School of Psychology, University of Southampton is conducting an online study looking at dog owners and their dogs. The study explores the role of the dog within the household, relationships and lifestyle factors including, exercise and dietary regimes.

If you have a hearing impairment and own a pet dog or an assistance dog the researchers would really value your participation.

To find out more about the study follow this link

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Charles Peter Johansson

Mum got some more bad news. Our friend Peter passed away last night, he had cancer and had been ill for a few weeks. Isn’t cancer terrible? It strikes when you least expect it and to people who least deserve it. Mum worked with Peter at Hearing Concern and he was always ready with advice or had a funny story to tell. Peter had a cuddle for me every time he saw me and was always telling mum how adorable I am – ‘Where’s that beautiful dog? Aww. Isn’t he just gorgeous?’ Peter had a big heart and always had time for everybody.

We’ll miss him lots.

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Tillamook Cheddar is a Jack Russell Terrier from Brooklyn, New York. She’s had 17 exhibitions. Beat that.

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Mushroooooooms

Mum took me mushroom picking today to Gillespie Park in Islington. It’s a small ecology park supporting a remarkable diversity of habitats and species, situated within a part of London notably deficient in good wildlife sites. Several plants occur here that are very rare in central London. Mum says the park also supports a surprising diversity of birds and invertebrates for its location, and that it has twice made headlines for unusual finds; in 1987 for the discovery of a hybrid grass, the Gillespie fescue (Festuca rubra x Vulpia myuros), and in 1990 for the first recorded breeding of the long-tailed blue butterfly in the UK. The staff told us that people keep giving them their fish when they no longer want a pond, which is annoying as the fish are quite big and destroying the ecological balance of the site, but now they have a heron which is eating all the fish. Que sera sera.

The park has a state-of-the-art visitor and education centre, and is visited by large numbers of schoolchildren. A Local Nature Reserve, it is open from 8am to dusk on weekdays and 10am to 4pm at weekends, although is usually closed when Arsenal are playing at home. Gillespie Park won a Green Flag Award again for 2007/8.

We walked around the park and meadows, picking lots of mushrooms. Mum took pictures of some of them – c’mon mummy, let’s share…

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and *this* one grows overnight, from a seed to this…

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We went into the meadows and I was allowed off my lead. Kathy found a stickie! Yaay!

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We went back inside the centre and laid the picked mushrooms out for everyone to look at, aren’t they fantastic?

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It was quite cold when we got back inside so mum was glad of the coffee and toast (with mushrooms, of course!). I tried my best to do my ‘Mum never feeds me’ look but it doesn’t work with mummy. I wonder why.

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City dog

Mum and James took me into Bloomberg today. We walked past Bloomberg SPACE, Bloomberg’s own art gallery in central London, which shows contemporary art. They didn’t have so much as a sniff in there today.

We walked into a grand main entrance. Dog, those offices are niiiiice. We were electronically signed in at reception with a photo identity card (mum looked so white in her photo, like a ghost!). They declined to give me an identity card as I’m such a VIP, I don’t need one. Everyone was so friendly. The security people all made a fuss of me and I got several pats on the head. Next to reception is a food hall, which looked like it was out of Star Trek, ultra modern, all white with shiny red bar stools. There was fruit, snacks, hot and cold drinks, for everyone to help themselves when they felt like it. Mum muttered something about this being the office of the future, the object being to keep everyone on the premises 24 hours a day if possible. I don’t think she was very amused.

I have never seen so many computers! There are lots of very large fish tanks with beautiful fish. They remind me of mum’s phrase, she keeps saying, ‘If you want to be a fish, you have to think like a fish’. I don’t want to be a fish, I want to be a dog.

It’s a better life isn’t it?

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