It's been a bit of a Christmassy week here (at least as far as creativity goes). The Christmas pud is probably one of my favourite Christmas images, and another one is the robin! These are designed to be repeat patterns, but they'd possibly work well as stand-alone images too - on a card, maybe.
Dad came home from the care home this week - wearing someone else's glasses and someone else's jumper. There is clearly a difficulty with managing belongings when you have a group of people who don't recognise their own things. He's due an optician's appointment, so we'll try and get that done this week because we have no idea where his own glasses are. If he goes back into the care home, we'll know to label his glasses! Up to now he seems OK at home, although he had started wandering out of the front door before I'd even unpacked his bag. Right now, we're just seeing how things go.
Apparently the main reasons puppies get withdrawn are for being too nervous, too destructive, an inability to travel in cars or on buses, and - bizarrely - being too obedient is no good either.
They are the only dog training school in the country that teaches a dog to disobey commands (completely necessary, when you think about it: the owner says "straight on" and there's a car coming - the ability of that dog to make decisions could be a life saver). So a dog that can think for itself is good. A little pulling on the lead isn't a bad thing, either - they need to lead the way. Quentin could definitely lead the way to the field where he free runs!
In case you are worried about what happens to withdrawn puppies, there's no need: they can be used as buddy dogs for blind or partially-sighted children who may need a guide dog when they are older, or sometimes they can be retrained as other service dogs. They also get offered as pet dogs (the puppy walker gets first refusal, but there's always a waiting list for them). They always have a future somewhere. Likewise, retired guide dogs are rehomed as pet dogs and there's a waiting list of people wanting to give them a home.
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