On the radio

Tomorrow is my last day of an amazing work placement in a radio station. I applied in February and was sure that I wouldn’t get the work experience, since lots of people apply. It was a great introduction to radio, and allowed me to see all the different jobs that people can have. Everyone is so friendly and even the reporter who doesn’t like dogs loved OJ. We were both looked after so well and nothing was inaccessible. Jaws was put on three different computers before I even got there, and people were always offering help whenever I had to find my way around, without being patronising either.
I did some recording and had my 15 minutes of fame yesterday! You can listen to it here for the next 6 days:

Some places I’ve been to in the last week weren’t as accepting of guide dogs. Before Gift Grub on Saturday we were going to go to an Indian restaurant for dinner. We knew that Indian people are sometimes not too fond of dogs because of their culture, so my sister thought it would be best to check with the restaurant before we went in. After a bit of confusion, the member of staff finally realised what a guide dog was. He wanted to know, would people be with them? My sister was tempted to tell him that no, they were eating alone, but thought that it was best not to confuse him anymore, and we all went somewhere else for dinner.

Tonight my mum and I had to visit a relative in a centre for people with dimentia, and she suggested that I take OJ because this person loves dogs. Its a nice homely place, and residents have their own bedrooms as well as a communal area. O.J and I hardly got inside the door when the nurse ran out from behind the desk and said that O.J had to leave. We explained that he was a guide dog, encase she just wasn’t aware that dogs are allowed access, but she said that patients might be afraid. She suggested that I left him outside and the person could come to the door to see him. While this was going on, two or three other patients saw O.J and came up to pet him and talk to him. They said how nice he was and how much they loved dogs, and at that point nobody could tell him to stay outside.

I completely understand the nurse’s point, and if patients were afraid or unhappy I would have left O.J in the car no problem. It was just her unpleasant tone, and the abrupt assumption that they wouldn’t like him, without giving us a chance to get in the door that surprised us.

I’m off to Dublin tomorrow evening for
Stuart Lawler’s show
on Hkc radio on Saturday, between 3 and 5 pm. Listen in if you can, and please please contact us!

Gift Grub

It was “infacta, gift!!”
My sister took OJ and I to Letterkenny to meet OJ’s brother Ozzy and his owner Danny. We all went for dinner (the dogs didn’t eat of course) and we went to the
Aura leisure centre
were Gift Grub was being performed. I’ve never been there before but its a nice venue. Ivan and the security staff there couldn’t have been more helpful. They took us to our seats, brought us drinks and checked on us several times before, during and after the performance. My sister didn’t go, so it was great to have the option of help if we needed it.

The performance itself was very funny. There’s no point in really explaining it, as its the type of thing you need to see for yourself. It was quite visual, and since both of us can’t see a thing we missed out on some things. Mario Rosenstock is a funny funny man though, and there were lots of video clips of the characters who apparently “couldn’t make it to Letterkenny” to keep us entertained during costume changes. Its basically a one man show, but there was some great interaction with the audience, and a few people were taken on stage. OJ tried to get petted when one of the characters was picking someone from the audience, but I quickly pulled him away and I don’t think Mario noticed him.
Ian Dempsey from Today fm was there, but unfortunately he didn’t make an appearance on stage. I could just hear him talking when they were setting up the stage, because we were in before the rest of the audience.

We got a lift home with my cousins, and it was a bit of a squeeze to get both dogs in the car. We sat chatting for ages when we got home, and all three dogs got on fine. Ozzy is hiper compared to O.J.
Next morning, 4 adults, 3 children and 3 dogs all went to the beach. The weather was amazing and none of us wanted to go home!

I hate thinking of titles!

so I won’t.
The last week has been really busy for us. My parents are on holiday so me and the dogs have had the house to ourselves but we’ve hardly been home. Apart from having to buy a new fridge, things have gone grand.

On Easter sunday after dinner with my granny and cousins, I went to a fundraising concert for guide dogs that a friend organised. It consisted of performances by 14 local acts, a raffel, an auction and a disco. It went very well and made over 5 grand as far as I know. O.J was the only dog there so I was like a babysitting service for the kids who sat near the front. I had to go on stage with two other guide dog owners to talk about having dogs and pick out tickets for the door prises. The shame!

O.J got lots of attention at my nephew’s third birthday party the next day. We had a few nice walks during the week and learned a new route today. I’m doing a work placement next week for one week only. I won’t say too much about it here now but I’m going to really enjoy it so I can’t wait. Hopefully we get there easily enough on Monday.
Speaking of work, it looks like i’ll be doing this reception job for another while. It might be three days one week and two the next so I don’t mind. I’m getting involved with some interesting work there and its not like there are any jobs out there to apply for. Also the fact that this time next year I will hopefully be living in my own house means that I really need to save money.

OJ’s brother is coming to visit us tomorrow. Him and his owner haven’t been hear in a couple of years. We’re going to see
Gift Grub
in Letterkenny. For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, Gift Grub is a series of short comic pieces broadcast on weekdays on the breakfast show of the Irish commercial radio station Today FM. The characters in the pieces are based on real people, generally local and international celebrities and political figures, and are mainly voiced by mimic Mario Rosenstock. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Gift Grub last year, they decided to perform the show live, and it went from Dublin and is now touring nationwide with great reviews.
John I know Jedward are in Derry but I bought these tickets first!