Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Relying on your dog

I love our dog; she always gives you the most wonderful welcome.  Whatever your day has been like you can rely on her for a loving greeting, she darts over tail wagging so hard she looks like she could almost take off into the air!!!

Dogs have been human’s best friends forever.  Our loyal companions that make returning home a joy!  The boys do not look as enthusiastic as the dog when I pick them up from school; they are too busy asking who can come over for a playdate? Did I bring something for them to eat? Can they have this, that or something else?!? Then I get passed all their coats, bags and artwork to be lumbered down with before they dash off excitedly to talk to a friend…

I guess this is why dogs are used to help in so many different ways.  They are reliable and steadfast.  Loyally waiting by my side (well unless she sees a cat, then I can forget it!).  I did not realise quite how many jobs dogs now did, I knew about the amazing work guidedogs do of course, but there are so many other roles.  This poster gives more insight into just some of the caring positions dogs can find themselves trained for.

image by Bolt Burdon Kemp

I have always appreciated my dog, but I think I will look at her in a new light now, I wonder what job she would have chosen given half the chance (one that pays in sausages no doubt!).  She has the safety jacket on ready, this is from her younger days, she is closer to retirement now.

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