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Sheep!

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

Yes, your eyes do not decieve you. I am blogging today about sheep. It is my own fault, there is no-one else to blame. Well….., perhaps I will blame @DottyComical from Twitter. I asked last night for a new blog-topic and Dotty was the first reply with ‘sheep’. Oh dearie me, perhaps I will think before I ask Twitter next time:)

When starting a new post I always give it a little google. Did you know that you will get over 67 million results if you google the word sheep? I didn’t check all of them, in fact I really don’t want to imagine what content some of them contain, the beauty and beastliness of the internet? However, I was able to find out quite a lot about sheep from the comfort of my sofa, my kind of research!

I now know quite a few facts about sheep. They are milked for speciality cheeses and some would recommend that you drink a glass of warm sheep’s milk for a really good sleep. Sorry, that is not for me, warm milk of any kind makes me feel nauseous. We all know that you get wool from sheep; as a knitter I do like that. I will not add pictures of sheep to this post but will provide evidence that I can and do knit…

Of course, I could give you all manner of facts about sheep but this is a blog for children’s charities. Therefore, I need to get a connection to make this a ‘proper’ blogpost for here. The lovely @Toy_Tory, another Twitter culprit, will get the credit for the direction we now take. Children love animals, fact. They want to see, touch and play with animals. Many of you will have pets; I think children benefit from having a dog, cat, gerbil, goldfish to have and take care of. It is a good thing to have responsibility for a pet when you are very young. Unconditional love from a pet is a very powerful force in a young child’s life. However, it isn’t possible for all children to have pets.

My suggestion? Take your children to see animals. They say that there are children who don’t understand livestock, farming and food sourcing, they think it all comes from supermarkets. This worries me, children need to understand how this earth works; how we feed and clothe ourselves so that they can make decisions about how they live when they are older. One way to introduce the subject of agriculture, food production and animal welfare is to take your children to petting farms. Your child will get close to the animals and will absorb lots of information on food and farming; fun is the best way to learn.

I will include a link to one lovely charity, the Amelia Trust Farm – http://www.ameliatrust.org.uk/. The Amelia Trust Farm is a working farm and a charity working with children and teenagers who may struggle with traditional learning methods. They do not receive central funding but hope to get donations from visitors to keep their work going. Please check out the website and if you are nearby I would encourage you to visit with your children for both a fun day and a way to help others, what could be better?

I do want to share few other sheep-links:-

Sheep Racing – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DZmgADlW5c

If you fancy testing your reactions try this – http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sleep/sheep/reaction_version5.swf

I always loved Shaun the Sheep and the games are suitable for children – http://www.shaunthesheep.com/

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity. Donate a present to a family or child that will not have the holiday season that you might expect and plan for.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

February 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

Buster – World Domination Dog!

I blog to get people to donate to kid’s charities. I don’t want money, I want you to donate direct to a children’s charity then write to me by commenting on the blog. Please read the ‘About Lesley’ section of the blog to find out why I do this; the Comments and Running Totals pages to see how far we have come….

My daughter says I need to blog about Buster. A good idea I think. Children like to have pets and we have had pets for most of their childhood. Buster is our most recent adoptee, dog, minature schnauzer with attitude. He fits in well with this family as he is mad as a bag of spanners!

I know that many people can’t have a pet. They live in accomodation that doesn’t allow it, they aren’t able to meet the demands of caring for a pet, either physically or financially. Many people just don’t want a pet too, all good reasons not to have one. If you can’t or don’t want a pet then don’t……

However, if you choose to have a pet then this post is about the fun and laughs you will get from taking on the responsibility. I will try to give a flavour of the character that Buster has brought to our house. I don’t normally post too many pics but this is one that will require photographic evidence.

As I mentioned, Buster is a minature schnauzer; they are dogs with attitude. They are also dogs with a lot of hair and can rapidly attain furball status. Buster was groomed yesterday, a process my daughter does not like as she prefers the furball look. This is the picture before:-

And here we have the after!

Buster is convinced that he rules the roost. That is, until you face up to him when he will do a backward scurry and find a nice rug to sit on. Buster will do many things but he will not sit on a cold floor. If he stands on a rug and you tell him to sit he does. If he is standing on a cold floor and you tell him to sit he looks at you as if you have two heads. He has his own blanket and takes it from room to room, frequently wrestling with it and enjoying the tangle. As long as he has his blanket he will sit, the evidence…..

Schnauzers are renowned for their personality and I can’t decide if Buster is typical or not. He loves to ‘worry’; I am greeted every evening by a dog hanging off my trouser leg as I come in from work. He knows what ‘bad boy’ and ‘good boy’ mean but happily disregards this for ten minutes as he celebrates my return. At this point Rajah comes in very handy. Rajah was one of my daughters favourite toys when she was young and it shows how much she loves Buster that he was given Rajah when he arrived at our house. Rajah gets a great deal of worrying:)

Buster does have on major weakness that I try not to indulge but he manages to foil me time and again – shoes, preferably new ones. He has ruined more shoes than I care to think about. I bought baskets to keep my shoes in and he still managed to get into them and chew my lovely shoes. Be glad that this is not an audio-post, you would hear the sounds of my sobbing. I provide only one piece of evidence, a gorgeous pair that I never got to wear…….

He may be small but Buster takes his duties very seriously; he is a guard dog and he will guard us. He keeps watch on top of the sofa but if any other animal comes near he moves closer to check out the threat levels. This is often accompanied by many barks and the occasional full-on howl:-

Buster is also clever and would have a sweet tooth if allowed. We are careful that he does not get chocolate as it is very bad for dogs. However, you have to admire a dog that can remove an After Eight from the box and then remove said sweet from the wrapper. All After Eights are now kept at an appropriate height….

Lastly, he is a cuddly dog. He will happily sit on your knee or climb on top of the sofa to lay his head on your shoulder. If in sparky form he will stand on your head to get the attention levels he feels he deserves.

So, this is my take on Buster, he has brought much to our family, our little dog with vim and vigour!

I close with my normal request to you:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8-year-old ambitions we have already. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.

The steps are simple. Again, if you like the idea please tell others so that they will come and tell me their stories.

Take care of you and yours.

Lesley

October 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm 6 comments


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