Week 2

No bank holiday for us… We were up early as usual on Monday to walk our doggies. We went on the class bus to the train station. I won’t be using trains much but it was still interesting to see how its done with a dog. The gap between the train and platform is wider than usual in Cork so it was a bit scarey! We tested O.J.’s response to lifts, and apart from not being too sure where the voice was coming from, he was very good!
Then I practiced going up and down steps, before taking him for a wander round the supermarket.
After lunch we did some country walking, then I was left to do my first ever walk on my own with the dog, on a short straight pavement somewhere in the middle of Cork! It was all good!
I decided to be brave and go to the pub with the boys on Tuesday evening after dinner. We were like 3 blind mice, trying to find the taxi and door to the pub with our canes. Everyone was very helpful though, especially the taxi driver on the way home. After realising that it was too time-consuming to lead us one at a time to the door, we decided to go in a big wagon trail, (a severe case of the blind leading the blind), which apparently was hillarius to watch from inside the centre.
We had a lovely free meal in Juries on Wednesday evening, and the dogs were on their best behaviour. We did a walking tour of cork city without the dogs on Thursday. Inbetween, we went shopping in Mahan’s Point, had a vet talk where we learned some disgusting but apparently necessary info, and did some traffic training.
Friday was a busy day for everyone. We walked on Patrick’s Street, to get used to crowds of people and obstacles. The client services manager came to see how we were all getting on, before returning to the centre to officially qualify us with our new dogs. Apart from taking me into a random shop and trying to get on a bus, O.J did brilliant! And apparently we look good together! We did our first real walk in the rain to learn more about traffic, and I chilled for the evening while the boys went to the pub.
I did more obstacle avoidance work on Saturday morning, and in the afternoon O.J. and Matty went for a free run in the park and a swim in the river. After some lovely shepherds pie, the class, dogs and trainers went to Tracy’s pub for a drink or 2 or 3…
My cousins came from Limerick on Sunday, and O.J. loved all the attention. Danny Bob and I just sat chatting all evening, as it was our last night together. They were so funny – I’ll definitely miss the craic.
Monday was our last day together in Cork. We did a block walk on our own, and everyone either got lost or made some kinda mess of it! It was good craic though, and a good learning experience. We went to college road for our last walk after lunch, and that wasn’t exactly everyone’s favourite walk either. Danny and I were the last ones to leave on Tuesday morning, so we went to Tracy’s again with mum and dad.
The 2 weeks in Cork were brilliant and I had so much craic with the boys. We just laughed all the time at the stupidest things. I can’t wait to get O.J home, but I’ll miss cork too.