Hi guys, can you believe it, Hector is 5 months old already. The time is absolutely flying by. I can hardly keep up with the weeks let alone Hector. We made a bit of a fuss over his 5 month birthday and because he wasn't feeling very well he got rice and chicken for his breakfast lunch and dinner. yum,yum!!!
Photos got deleted by accident so no photo-documentary of that moment.
Well, have you all checked out the new screensaver the Irish Guide Dogs created last week for you to download from their web-site at www.guidedogs.ie. It is of Hector at 6 weeks and 4 months old. It is is the cutest thing, so don't miss this opportunity!!!
Cianna, Declan, Debbie, Sarah and Clara (Hector in front, Missy in the background)
This year we were going to go to the Parade but Hector was not the best. He was a little listless and off his food, so instead myself, Sarah and Hector went to St Annes Park for a walk with friends of ours Declan, Debbie, Clara, Cianna and their dog "Missy", a Cavalier King Charles. It was a really nice afternoon and the dogs had a great walk. The girls were insistent that we did not cover him in green stuff, so to please them I withheld
the shamrock and hats etc. Not very patriotic but we quietly acknowledged the day!!!
Hector: I wasn't that miserable, think they must have been fussing a little too much. Anyway, all said, we did have a really nice time in the park and even though Missy is much older than me we had some fun together. It was like being out with your big sister, she was really good to me.
Patiently waiting for the lift.
Hector must think there is something nice in Sarah's bag! He did sit down in the back corner when I got in and was not phased by the lift.
In the main part of this very big store Hector was okay but for some reason he did not like the non-food section, surprise, surprise!
Hector and Aidan in the supermarket with Sarah in the background, meant to be pushing the trolley but looking for goodies instead.
Work with a Guide Dog Pup is always ongoing. As I said before, Hector comes most places with us, the supermarket, garden centers, shopping malls etc. Like most families the shopping has to be done and if its not too big a shop I will bring Hector along with me. So on Saturday we popped in to Tescos to pick up some food for our dinner. Hector had plenty to think about, like how to negotiate an elevator, as you can see in picture above. He did not seem to mind being in the elevator. We are told to put them towards the back of the elevator and get them to sit before it moves. We then went around a number of aisles, ensuring he stayed out of the food shelves and not to be sniffing the floor or the food on display. Hector was quite good about this. There are so many things to experience while in a supermarket, noisy trolleys, smells, intercom systems, people, children and just the general busyness that comes with a supermarket. I wouldn't say he loves supermarkets but he copes well with it.
Hector: I did see a really nice piece of meat in the fridge section but thought I had better be on my best behavior or they would never bring me anywhere again and despite their opinion, I do actually like the supermarket, there are always lots of nice people to say hello to at the shops and people who fuss over me. Who wouldn't enjoy all that positive attention.
Sarah with one of the many raspberry and strawberry plants that we bought. I hope they all grow well and we have a bumper crop of fruit!!!
On Sunday we hopped into the car and drove to Naas to a garden centre to get some fruit plants to grow this summer, some nice strawberry plants and raspberry bushes. Hector I am sure will give us a helping paw in planting and growing them and I think he might even do a bit of self service picking when the fruits are ripe.
The garden centre was fairly busy and he was intrigued by all the smells and plants.
Hector: I hope they know what they are doing because I look forward to the "fruits" of their labour!!!!
Just chilling and observing.
Next week Sarah is going to tell you all what its like from a teenagers perspective to have a guide dog pup. It was all because of Sarah that we got involved with the Irish Guide Dogs. Sarah is a big fan of all animals especially dogs. Sarah is the one who keeps saying when one dog is about to go, "when are we getting the next dog?" and up to now saying no to that has not been an option!!!