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No, it’s not just them.

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Apparently I am not the only one…

I have just priced Rassilon’s new collar. It is going to cost $45.00. $20.00 for the HANDMADE plain black 2″ Martingale collar, which is getting made right now, When it arrives I will take it and get “RASSILON” embroidered in gold letters on it. If I get all capitals it will be big enough to fill the height of the collar, The embroidery is another $25.00.

But it’s Christmas, and Rassilon deserves to be spoiled, and it will be easier for people in the homes and hospitals to see his name.

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Early Christmas celebrations

There is no particular reason Rassilon needs dark glasses.

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2 Irishmen were looking for work when they saw a position vacant notice that read “Tree Fellers Wanted”

                                                One turned to the other and said,                                                “It’s a pity Murphy isn’t with us or we could have gone for that”.

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How greyhounds vary

After a couple of horribly hot days, it has cooled down. In fact the storm is close by. We had some rain and the temperature is plummeting from todays forecast of 34 (it was closer to 39 here) to tomorrows forecast  of 21.

But how does this show variety in greyhounds. Well I have spoken to people who have greyhounds that are terrified of storms, someone told me recently her dog will go into the master bedroom and then into the walk-in wardrobe and curl up in the back corner as far away from the door as it can get.

 Rassilon, on the other hand was standing outside in the thunder and lightning. There is no rain at the moment, just thunder and lightning. Does that bother Rassilon? He does his best wolf impression and toughs it out.

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Thunder and lightning? Worry me?…I say HA! to thunder and lightning

(Do you notice how he gets the reddish shade on his shoulders from the sun?)

Of course, having cooled down, it is back to the natural home of the greyhound...BED. Unfortunately, he likes mine.

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There are no covers on the bed because it has been too hot for them.

When he is asleep in the bed, if there is a really loud clap of thunder, Rassilon will raise his head to see what the noise is, then he goes straight back to sleep. But if I were to turn on a ceiling fan, he would be a trembling wreck in another room or outside

(P.S. The rain has finally started, so I am going to go and stand in it)

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A man dies, goes to Heaven, and sees St. Peter. There are many clocks surrounding him so the man asks, “What are these clocks for?” St. Peter replies, “These are lie clocks, they tick once for every lie you tell. Here we have Mother Teresa’s clock. She has never lied so the clock has not moved. Honest Abe has only lied twice in his life, so it has only ticked twice.” The man then asks, “So where is Donald Trump’s clock?” St. Peter replies, “Oh, that is in Jesus’ office, he is using it as a fan!”

 

Breaking the heat barrier.

Therapy Dog Service has a rule that tf the temperature is over 34 celsius, visits will be canceled, so the dogs aren’t stuck in a hot car. I have told them that because Noarlunga Hospital is so close, I can run the car for a while to get the air conditioner right, then drive down to the hospital so I do’t have to worry about the temperature. Which is lucky because today we would have cancelled the visit if I was to be a stickler to the rules.

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Just before leaving home.

We got to the hospital and had a really good visit. Rassilon wasn’t his absolute best, but it was so hot,  I couldn’t blame him for that. He was panting, but it was the heat, and he was not stressed at all. In fact, he went above and beyond with his visiting. Even convincing someone who didn’t want to pat him, to pat him. 

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She was worried the gloves would scare Rassilon. He showed her they didn’t.

Again, Rassilon was patted by more staff than patients, but everyone wanted to pat him, and he was happy to be patted and to make people feel better. When they are in bed and not well, having Rassilon come in and stick his nose into their hand made a few people feel special.

On then way out we passed the big indigenous mural that hangs in the main hallway of the hospital. There is a story behind this, but to be honest, I don’t know what it is. But it brightens the place up.

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Physics Anyone?

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Tissues at the ready…

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This is so much like my story with Rassilon, that it is difficult to read without remembering the early days.

From the start I got Rassilon on the foster to  adopt plan, so when I went to pick him up, I really had no idea of what I was going to get, and my first sight of him left me wondering if this would all work out.

But, as I have said before, after 3 days I contacted GAPSA and told them they weren’t getting him back. and things just keep getting better.

…but I had to have it

I was on eBay looking for a present for my mother, but somehow ended up on a tee-shirt site.

Now I don’t need any more clothes, but sometimes the perfect thing turns up, and I found it.

I think this will be my visitation uniform. It is perfect for the job. All it needs is a picture of Rassilon.

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My new uniform

The festive season is here again.

I live alone. Well, actually I have Rassilon and he is good enough company. My nearest friends are probably 150km away and closest family is now 1289 Km away in Tasmania. But of that family, I have never met ny great nephew or his father, so as you might guess, we aren’t exactly close. (my great nephew is 5 years old).

And in a way that is good. My sister is married with a family of in-laws, daughter and grandchildren, and this year, my mother. So they have a wonderful time at Christmas getting together and partying, even if they forget the reason for the holiday. They all enjoy the company.

I, on the other hand, don’t enjoy company. I can give you an idea of what I think of Christmas by the decorations I have to hang.

In the house there is…nothing. I can’t see any point in putting up decorations when I really never have visitors. I might have a visitor once every 2 years, if I am unlucky. I prefer to be alone, and don’t really wan’t visitors.

For Rassilon I bought a nice bandanna that looks like an elf’s collar. That is for his Christmas therapy visit. Christmas day falls on a Wednesday this year, and I would really like to go and visit anyone that is stuck in the hospital. He also has a set of reindeer antlers. that people liked seeing him in, and when he realised he was getting lots of pats because of them, he stoped shaking them off.

But for me, well I bought something for my car. A stick on sign showing my Christmas spirit..

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And of course, when I go to the hospital, I have a Christmas hat to wear, with the same sentiment.

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All I want for Christmas is for it to be OVER!

I haven’t bought Rassilon a present yet, but I will have to get him something special other than food, although he would be satisfied with that. He has so much that it is hard to think of anything new. He doesn’t play with toys and he has more clothes, leashes and collars than enough (and he doesn’t like greyhounds, so a friend is out of the question).

Ah well, the joy of Christmas. At least I have Rassilon, and he was the best gift I have had for a LONG TIME. He is the gift that keeps on giving, always doing something to make me proud of him.

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Give a greyhound the present of love this Christmas. Adopt it.