A slow time at our latest ‘pop up attendance’ at a local fair so decided to make the most efficient use of time – an opportunity to add to the blog. And……. writer`s block.
So update on our training regime for Connie. It has come to a massive full stop. As feared the tremendous amount of treats in a small amount of time has hit her digestive system and the following morning, well won`t go into details but a rethink is needed. So the weekend is a no no – Connie needs to recuperate and to be honest is Fireworks Weekend a great time to start training when all you want to do is keep them warm and reduce their anxiety.
One observation from today`s fair is that despite all the publicity about sugar, chocolate, children`s diets, the stall that is busiest is the sweet/chocolate stall. No judgement, just a statement.
On another stall brooches are going well, another cycle of the fashion world. It was lovely to hear an adult daughter chatting with her mother that all the women in the family should agree to wear a brooch for Christmas lunch to make them feel ‘properly dressed up’.
I cannot believe how many treats I have given our rescue dog in 1 hour. She has just started her training, and the trainer said to bring plenty of treats. I thought I had but we ran out half way through.
Connie our wonderful rescue dog – beautiful but not obviously too bright – or so I thought.
Suddenly I saw our beautiful but not overly bright rescue dog perform a series of ‘tricks’ all for sake of treat after treat after treat. Every 3 or 4 steps that she walked by my side and looked at me adoringly she was to get a treat. Well she does ‘adoringly’ like a true expert especially when she has done something wrong. But walking by my side was a vast improvement.
Yes, in a way, she is having to work for the treats but I hadn`t realised how much I would have to work. Only one word to praise her – could be banana, yes, good but not good girl. Hold the lead in one hand, feed her treats from the other one. What am I supposed to do with number 2 dog plus the one, two or three poo bags I may have at any one time. If she pulls, stop, maybe turn round and go the other way. I can just see Elmo`s reaction – you`ve got to be joking.
So let`s get this right. We go for a walk, she starts pulling and we all have to turn round? Nope! Staying here.
So typical, we are now home, it`s raining and no amount of treats will get Connie out to see if either of us have remembered what we`ve learnt. Whatever happens, once we do get out she`ll get plenty of treats to see if the training does work. So perhaps she is both bright and beautiful.
Today I changed my strapline to reflect what I wanted to include in my blog, and I mentioned it would include some personal ‘stuff’ because independent businesses are run by people/individuals not numbers.
Today I also wrote about one of the local craftspeople we support Bagsy This.
Today my daughter was also writing her blog….. in Uganda…. about entrepreneurs she is working with out there.
Spooky…. Like mother like daughter….. Life….. Who knows.
Anyway it gives me an opportunity to promote her blog too
Hope you get chance to read it.
TWIG supports local crafts people and one of the first to walk into the TWIG shop was Bagsy This, or Baglady as she comes up on my phone. Despite being a retired school teacher she is lovely :-). I can imagine when she gets older she will be known as a lady who grew old disgracefully.
Her bags are of a really high quality and she uses gorgeous material from old curtains and cushions. And all the bags are gloriously unique – just like the bag lady.
It`s the big bags that get the most attention, and the oohs and ahhhs.
And for as long as we can, we`ll keep promoting and supporting Bagsy This (or the Bag Lady)