Today was hospital visiting day. Luckily I checked the day, because I lost one somewhere and thought it was only Tuesday. Of course Rassilon was in bed while I had a shower, then when I went into the bedroom I got that strained lift of the head to look at me.
When I said “It’s Wednesday today”, he was up and out of bed and standing by the back door ready to go. So I picked out a nice bright collar and off we went.
When we got to the hospital I didn’t see the security guard, so I let Rassilon go, and he raced in straight to the volunteers, where he stopped, but he was all excited. I noticed that people in the hospital all smiled when they saw him all excited and running ONLY to the volunteers.
We signed in, then I showed him some more volunteers, the ones that hold him while I order lunch, and off he went, legs going in all directions, but again, straight to the volunteers and no further.
So it was hotdog with cheese and sauce for lunch, then I got him a drink and we waited a while to go out. Again, no leash and he walked straight to the door out to the garden. Once out he walked onto the grass, sniffing. Then he had a pee, then he had his MAD FIT and took off, racing up and down the garden.
After a few lengths he decided yo go into the lunch area and say hello to some doctors that were having lunch. They enjoyed patting him.
When we started on the ward we came to a room where the patient didn’t want to pat Rassilon because they were scared of big dogs. Rassilon isn’t that tall, but he has a very deep chest, and that makes him look bigger than he really is.
Anyway, Rassilon wasn’t going to take no for an answer, so he slowly moved towards the patient, and as soon as they made a move towards him (it was just one finger), he went in for the pat. As a result…one patient that is no longer scared of big dogs. It was so good watching Rassilon work his magic.
He was working better today, but I think it was because they turned the air conditioner on and the ward wasn’t quite so hot as last week.
Oh, I don’t know if you would put this in the ‘weird’ basket, but I found out that Rassilon likes…chick peas. All I did was soak them over night then boiled them. drained them and put them in Rassilon’s bowl, and he stood there and ate them.
I’m putting it in the ‘weird’ class!
P.S. Rassi will be on his own on Saturday again. I am playing bowls. I played as a reserve last week and our team won, so this week I was selected to play.
On Sunday, as pay back, I will take Rassi out for a walk with the greyhound walking group. It is down south at Willunga this week