Several stores have little statues of a Guide Dog, a Golden Lab in harness, which have little slots for a donation on top of its head to raise money for our wonderful Canadian Guide Dogs. I usually keep a few dooneys…ooopps… tooneys handy to make a donation when I am in the Giant Tiger’s Store because there is one of these statues at the exit. One day ,when I was at the checkout counter, two little boys, aged maybe 3 & 5years old were there with their Mom, waiting for Dad. The little guy kept hugging the statue, calling it ‘puppy’. I am not sure if he thought it was a real dog or not. With Mom’s permission, I gave the little guy a tooney and helped him put it in the slot. He and his brother backed up a bit , waiting, I guess, for the ‘dog’ to do something. I gave the older boy a tooney also and he put it in the slot. They both backed up again, waiting for something to happened. Dad arrived at this point and it was time to leave. Just before he left, the little one turned back and hugged the ‘puppy’. Reminded me of the quote from the Charlie Brown comics. Whenever Snoopy encounters someone with a problem, he says ,’He needs a dog.’ My sentiments also. Nothing like a dog. (Don’t tell Tiger, my big big baby cat, I said that please.)
Canadian Guide Dog Fundraising Statue
As I am aging, my motivation for some things seem to be changing whether I want it to or not. For instance, when I went for a walk, I did it because it was good to walk for my muscles, heart and general well being. Now you have to add also a need to get that brain which is slowly shrinking to ‘unshrink’ by walking. ( Did I just make up that word, ‘unshrink’?) It is true. I heard it on the Medical news on TV. Also, of late, I heard from a Chiropodist that walking helps to prevent a hammer toe by increasing the muscles strength, I guess, of your toes. Who knew?? Did I worry about a shrinking brain or a hammer toe a few years ago?? I don’t think so. I flew up to Girl Guides from Brownies on Dec. 1 some years ago. I won’t say how many but I do remember the year) when I was eleven. How come I can remember that so clearly and can’t recall what I had for lunch a few days ago?? Is it a senior moment or maybe my brain can’t find the right file like Dr. Daniel Amen talks about or is the brain a ‘shrunk beanie’ already by now?? There seems to be a lot to worry about these days that never occurred to me when I was forty. They say youth is wasted on the young and I think it is true because I sure appreciate today the fact that I didn’t really have much to worry about then.
Henry and his staff at the Corner Restaurant did a great job decorating for Christmas. Lots of beautiful Christmasy blues with all the other Christmas colors made the restaurant very festive. But Henry, only one Teddy Bear??
I am anxious to see all the Valentine decor he and his staff will be doing soon…lots of red hearts and cupids I bet. Thanks so much for making all our special occasions so much more festive and fun. Good food too. Kudos.
I didn’t think that there was a word for this, but there is…believe it or not. I had heard about a few people who go to the luncheon just for the meal after a funeral but don’t necessarily know the person who died. Apparently it isn’t only a local thing. There is a Portuguese word, ‘Pesamenteiro’ , according to the ‘Better Than English ‘ website, which describes someone who does this to get the refreshments, not to offer condolences. The word being in Portuguese, not just ‘Cornwallese’, must mean it is an international practise. Learn something new every day.
Here’s a cute joke:
A lawyer was cross-examining a witness:
Q: This Myasthenia Gravis, does it affect your memory?
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
A: I forget
Q: You forget? Can you give us and example of something you’ve forgotten?
Have a good week, Dawn
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There are eight community minded businesses in Cornwall who display our donations dogs. Giant Tiger has been supporting our program since 2007. We are always seeking additional businesses to raise funds and appreciate the support of the community, enabling us to provide guide dogs to the blind and visually impaired in Cornwall.
Guider & Events Coordinator
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind
I always enjoy Dawn’s articles.
I agree with Hugger and Dawn is a breath of fresh air and a very lovely lady. I had quite a good laugh looking at Tiger the cat trying to get into a tiny box.
What is it anyways with cats and boxes?
Steven: The little statues are a wonderful reminder for the public of the great work done by Canadian Guide Dogs and gives us an opportunity to support it.
Hugger and Jules:Thank you for your encouragement. I appreciate it very much.
Dawn you are a very nice lady along with Mary Bray and two ladies that I really have a great deal of respect for and like what you both write. I love animals very much and they brighten my day.