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Roses, Dogs, Puppies and Icecream (and all in aid of Guide Dogs)

Posted Aug 13 2009 7:51pm
Today we were in Greystones, Co Wicklow at a sponsored walk in aid of Irish Guide Dogs. It was a lovely day, warm sunshine, lots of dogs - guide dogs, assistance dogs, pet dogs and puppies in training plus the highlight of the day for me - the Roses!
Every year the Rose of Tralee has Roses from all over the world come to Tralee in Co Kerry for the International Rose of Tralee Festival. This year is very special because they are celebrating 50 years! It is well worth checking out their website to learn a little more about the history of the Rose of Tralee and its appeal around the world!
The Cavan Rose - Tara Cunningham, the Wicklow Rose - Jane Deering and the Mayo Rose - Natasha Murphy all came along to lend their support to Irish Guide Dogs! It was difficult to concentrate with all those gorgerous Roses around me but I guess I had a soft spot for the Wicklow Rose!
Well, us 'Wicklow' blonds have to stick together!! Anyway, I also met Rosie, a great Assistance Dog from Delgany who works with a little girl called Roisin. Two R's working away together - isn't that a nice concidence! It was hot - hence the tongues!!
and then I met Faye - do you remember a few weeks ago, the little man's mum was down in Cork at the Training Centre and took a photo of the 'F' litter - well, look at one of them now! From this ..... just learning how to eat in an orderly manner ... to this at 11 weeks .... doesn't Faye look great! Then - her sister Fergie came along to join in all the fun and it was fun .......
while Faye and Fergie had lots of play time we met a Guide Dog ....
and he only lives down the road from us - it was Wiz with his Guide Dog Owner Bernard ... it was very hot now and well done to everyone who had walked the 6kms in aid of Guide Dogs and raised over €3,000 today! We took a group photo just before the end of the day ... and this is just those who were still there .... but when the photos were being taken - everyone said 'Cheese' which really upsets the little man - don't ask - just one of those autistic things - so he wanted a photo and to say 'Money' - again - too difficult to explain - but the Wicklow Rose immediately came to the rescue!
I was getting a bit overcome with excitment at this stage ... so to cool things down - we got ice-creams .......... After that, it was back home to see how the Lions got on in South Africa - okay, I think we'll not dwell on that, but we went out to the back garden to check on our sunflowers .... planted yesterday for Laska .....
and the little man and me are sleeping tonight in a tent in the back garden - thinking GOLDEN thoughts and hoping the news of Laska will be good!
but as we go to bed now we also want to say a great big 'thank you' to everyone who came out today in Greystones to support Irish Guide Dogs - for their huge generosity and great humour and most especially from me - thank you to the Roses!!
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