Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Perdy came, she saw, she conquered

What a wonderful forst day. I was reallly nervous when I went home to pick perdy up for her first half day at school. My nervousness was misplaced. First she greetd the saftey officers and then she settled inot my office. It wasn't long before she had her first lcients. Two girls were really sad and once I asked if the would like to have perdy stay--- it was all go. Perdy instinctively seemed to know what to do. She jumped onto the couch between the two girls and they started to stroke her. They calmed down and were able to tell me tnier 'story.' What a fabulous beginning.

Perdy starts school today!

It's true------ I shall go and get her at lunchtime and bring her in. Hopefully, she and the other dogs haven't driven the grumpy neighbour insane by then. WE are going ot take her picture and give an officel title as 'Perdy the Therapy dog.' I shall intorude her to a few people each day. She will of course have lots of time off, where she can stay in the caretakers backyard, chewing on a bone or too. I will get pictures added re her  'activities.'
I hope this works, because not for a moment do i think she will niot have little barking episodes, but at least I am only about 20 metres away to go and rescue her.

One of my students is reading my book

I was going back to my office today, when I noticed something very familiar. One of the students was carrying my book, 'Roskill.' I asked her if I could take her picture. She said she was reallly enjoying the book. I just wish I had lots more to actually sell. Oh well--- I will get around to relaeasing it again with a different ISBN number and cover. I still have a few to sell though.Just contact me on

She tried so hard---But Mila pays the price, one way or the other

When Mila crushed her caregiver (Helen) yesterday at the Franklin Zoo Park, near Tuakau, it was the tragic result of what was looking like a sucessful transition from being a circus atraction to a new life in the USA where she would have been able to live with other elephants, something more like a natural setting.
Mlla was well on the way to achieving that more satisfactory goal.
That her 'friend' tried so hard and had a loving relationship with Mila, makes it all the more hard to take. I hope that Mila can still be sent to the USA, in the knowledge that this incident was a 'one-off' out of the blue action.
Surely, we owe her another chance. I am pretty sure that Helen would have wanted the plan to go ahead and any talk of 'putting Mila down,' is just that--- talk. We put these animalas in this sorry position by using them for our entertainment, and even in the best run zoo or circus there is always going to be the possibility of an 'accident.' Complete the work that has been started. Use the former owners' expertise to make this happen.
May we hear in the very near future that Mila is living happlily with her mates in the USA.
To Helen's familly. We are all thinking of you.

And now Japan joins us--

Welcome to my new reader in Japan. The list is growing.

Hi Serbia--flags on a map

I think I better start putting flags on a map. Now Serbia has joined our little club. Havn't seen Malaysia for a while but it's nice to see Indonesia checking in.  Keep clicking everyone.