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Archive for June, 2009

Every month, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People choose a Hearing Dog and owner to tell their story, and they have built up a nice little archive.

One of them, Matt, has had a book written about him by his owner Michael – If it wasn’t for That Dog! which is available to buy at Amazon. Check it out, it’s had fantastic reviews. It’s an ideal read for anyone considering getting a Hearing Dog or simply wondering why these dogs are such an asset to deaf people.

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We paid a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew. Mum was wondering if I would be allowed in. Apparently, it depends on the mood of the security hoomans on the gate. (Can you see why these are not my favourite people?) Sometimes they let dogs in, sometimes they don’t. Mum thinks it’s all about how some people need a power-trip. Ron explained that I’m a hearing dog and they whisked us through. I didn’t even have to wear my coat. Yaay!

We went to visit the greenhouses and they were just great. Mum’s favourite was the waterlily house, but it was far too hot for me in there and I started whining. Mum took a pic and we left sharpish. Yes, those lilies are real!

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We saw the oldest greenhouse in the world and the newest one at Kew, it’s amazing how different they are. The old one has lots of very old and large palm trees and holes in the metal floor. The new one is much smaller and has air conditioning for the plants, which are all really tiny. Check them out, old and new….

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My favourite greenhouse has plants from 7 world zones. Lots of lovely colourful cacti but mum said I wasn’t to touch them as they bite!

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This greenhouse has a pond and catfish live there. There was a sign saying not to feed them as they bite. Hmmm. This isn’t a very friendly greenhouse – can you see the catfish?

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Underneath the pond, we could look at pond life through windows. Waaaay too many fish! Mum liked this as we could look into a different world and, as she keeps saying at work, “If you want to be a fish, you have to think like a fish”.

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We stopped for lunch and I got lots of attention. A waiter brought me a big bowl of water which was very welcome on such a hot day. I also got some crisps from some nice girls. Then Ron started feeding me his sandwich… tee hee … another one bites the dust! Mum tried Kew’s own-brew beer and gave it the thumbs up. Then I had a quick play with my ball. There was so much space!

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We walked around the park and saw the Japanese Garden and old palaces. We even spotted a peacock but it ran away when mum got her camera out.

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What a great day out. We only saw half of the gardens so will be coming back another day.

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Mum took me sailing last weekend. We sailed a Laser Stratos which is quite a small boat. I wore my lifejacket which mum got years ago from Marine Scene. It’s very comfortable and has a strap handle on the top so mum can swing me into and out of the boat, and lift me out of the water if I fall in.

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It was a lovely day and just right for sailing. I wasn’t too keen on the rocking motion of the boat and all the ropes, and there wasn’t much room for me. When we went faster (the wind was 8, quite breezy) I got scared and jumped onto mum’s lap. I couldn’t stop shaking. Mum cuddled me for the rest of the trip, which helped a bit. Cuddles are always good. There was just soooo much water!

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At last, we docked. Mum lifted me out of the boat and I ran around to the edge of the water and waded in. Mum just cracked up laughing.

My favourite bit was when we went back to the clubhouse for a drink. The chef gave me some sausages. Mmmmmm!

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I’m all teeth

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I was riding the bus to work this morning, standing in the aisle, making eyes at mum as usual. The bus stopped and some people got on the bus. One man stopped and refused to walk past me, he obviously didn’t want to – he was scared, I think.

The other passengers told him to just walk past. He wouldn’t.

He said, gesturing at me, “But it’s got teeth! It bites!”

Mum heard a passenger retort, “We’ve ALL got teeth!”

LOL

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