12 April 2015

April 12, 2015

Hi we have just had Easter. This is that funny time when we spend more time
in Church than usual during Holy week. The Mass during this time takes 2
hours rather than 1 hour so it is double for our trouble. I love hearing my
Mistress sing and gaze at her lovingly. When we share the peace she shakes
my paw that I lift for her when she taps my leg, and says “Peace be with you!”
I am sure this means that Jesus heals us and protects us. I know Jesus is the
Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world and gives us mercy and
peace. You can understand why Jesus is called a lamb. Yesterday we were
walking through a field of lambs and their Mother sheep. We were on the lead
to be on the safe side. I was a bit scared of the big Mummy sheep, as they did
look quite fierce and twice my size. My Mum really impressed me as this
Mother sheep looked like she was going to charge at us. I wanted to walk
away and for a minute we seemed about to do that. Then my Mum made a
loud ‘boooooo’ noise and strode our fearsomely towards the offending sheep.
I was just so proud of her. She can be so brave and appears to know what to
do. Of course the sheep turned tail and headed down the hill with little lambs
bounding along on tow. So Jesus is like a lamb not sheep. Lambs indicate to
us that the suffering, darkness and cold of winter is over and spring is with us.
Makes sense to me really.
Mum found Easter quite challenging this year. It can be a time when people,
especially if they have been estranged from family due to Mental Health, can
feel quite lonely. Mum’s best friend let her down and due to other
commitments refused to have lunch with her. We went to see him instead. I
wasn’t sure if they were arguing or rehearsing a play. Anyway there seemed
to be a lot of talking. I know I helped by standing between them and gazing
adoringly at them. Praying for them to love eachother and to be quiet. I feel
safer when humans are quiet in eachother’s company then I know they are
getting on. At this time I do behave like a little lamb and it does seem to work.
Mum always keeps her voice measured and loving when I am around, as she
would not want to shock or frighten me. Anyway that evening I noticed that
she was crying. Immediately I know that she must be comforted. With one
bound I was on her lap licking her face and making comforting noises that
sound a bit like a wild boar snuffling for truffles. It always works and within
seconds all tears are gone, she begins to smile and laugh. Again I am the
lamb that brings the joy of spring.
I have had my spring clipping. Mum did it with some clippers. I look lovely and
much thinner without all that long fur. I much prefer that Mum does it and
when I stand nicely she calls me her ‘good horsey’. I am a ‘good horsey’ when
I don’t pull on the lead and stay close on walks. Of course I am much more
easily trained than a horse and get all the perks of sleeping on Mum’s bed
and being with her all the time. So looking so lovely we had to go to ‘Bark in
the Park’ when we get photographed professionally and could win a prize of
£250 and a framed photo. All the pictures go into the Leicester Mercury and I
am sure they will pick me as Mum always says that I am the most beautiful
doggy in the world.

Last week on April 1 we had the ‘Mental Health Unwrapped Crowdfunding
Event’ and this was the launch to raise money for the Camper Van. It was
hilarious as we had 4 comedians in to crack jokes about Mental Health and
dogs. Although I don’t laugh out loud I do find things funny and then I jump up
and down to show my enjoyment. Did you know that one of dogs’ favourite
things about humans is their laughter? My best night out would be with Mum
laughing with a whole group of people. Clapping is fun too but I always prefer
laughing. This is the human way of expressing enjoyment like we wag our
tails. So it was a good night and everyone found out about the Crowdfunding
Pledges and I hope you will too at:
If you pledge some money you could:
• Get a signed photo of a RECOVERY Assistance Dog puppy.
• Get your name on the side of the Camper Van.
• Get an advert in our Magazine.
• Come and meet us dogs at STRAD Training (Survivors Training RECOVERY Assistance Dogs)
• Have your own dog trained in 7 sessions.
• Learn to fundraise.
• Invite us dogs to do Heelwork to Music at your event or party.
• Take our Camper van on a week’s holiday that you have helped us buy.
Look forward to meeting you!