Welcome to my blog

Hello there. My name is Humphrey and I’m the new therapy assistant at the Inchmarlo Retirement Community.

This blog will describe my life as I train for my new job. All of the experiences I have and the new friends that I make will be posted here, and you can drop in at any time to see how I’m getting on.
You can see the most recent updates if you scroll down the text on this front page. Alternatively, you can view the archive on the side of this page to see some of my older posts. 

However, if you want to start from the very beginning and get the whole story, you can view my first-ever blog post here.

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Day 79: Therapy Assisting

Meeting an old Shih Tzu nemesis

Today I was taken to spend another full day at Inchmarlo in my role as Therapy Assitant (canine) in Training.

After lunch I performed my duties of going round and speaking to people and being petted by the young care assistants, which is very nice. We were standing outside and a Home Owner from Westfield came up with his Shih Tzu who had barked at me some weeks before but whenever I went up to speak and sniff him he ran away and barked even louder. Oh dear, why is he so unfriendly?

After that we had a lovely walk around the Little Walk and around Queen Victoria Park and then back to the car, and I snoozed all the way back to Aberdeen.

Day 67: Back to Aberdeen

Fond memories of my Edinburgh holiday

Jennifer drove me up to Aberdeen and I was excited knowing that I was going back to my own house and Mummy and Daddy were back from their holiday.

Even though I enjoyed my holiday in Edinburgh it was absolutely wonderful being home again and back to my own room with my own day bed and night bed.

Saying my goodbyes to the Browns

Day 66: A Holiday Round Up

Enjoying cuddles with the Brown family

Time passed very quickly in Edinburgh. I was taken out for walks by Cameron and Hamish and Auntie Jen almost every day, we had some super times in Edinburgh and I liked sleeping in my bean bag in my new room.

One day during my holiday in Edinburgh was particularly special. I thought it was going to be a normal relaxing day on my beanbag, interrupted only by a few walks with Auntie Jennifer (it was a lovely day), but no!  In the afternoon the doorbell went and I went to find out who it was, I like meeting new people, and I couldn’t believe it!

Saying hello to my young friends

It was The Brown family – who are my birth family – Alastair “Dad”, Stacey “Mum”, Emmie and Ava my “sisters”.  We were all so excited to see each other it was pandemonium.  Alastair immediately picked me up for a big cuddle and it was like I was back in Coatbridge – all those happy memories of playing with my sisters, Beau and Warrick and Daisy.

Alastair had also brought his Dad to visit – I felt so special and loved.

We spent the afternoon playing in the garden.  I loved it.  The girls were great – they don’t mind me climbing all over them.  I felt really bad because I scratched Ava’s head by mistake – I hope she’s OK – but she didn’t mind, she just laughed.  We played with the toys the girls had given me when I left Coatbridge, I sleep with them every night.  The girls noticed that I didn’t have a wee teddy bear with me, I left it behind in Aberdeen by mistake but I know it’s safe for me when I get back home.

And enjoying some older friends' company too!

It was great to be cuddled by Stacey and she was really pleased to see how much I’d grown and how well and healthy I was.  She and Alastair used to take turns doing the night feeds when I was a baby – I know that they loved me a lot to do that because they both had to get up for a full day’s work each morning, no matter how little sleep they had the night before.  She and Alistair complimented me on my nose and my jaw – evidence of good breeding, of which they were especially proud.

We played for the whole afternoon and had a great time.  It was so lovely of The Browns to visit me – I miss them all despite being so happy in my new home and in my job.  I hope that I’ll be able to see them again soon.

Accidential scratch I left on Ava's head.

They told my that my brother Sunny, who’s moved to Perthshire, also loves football.  The Browns had visited him the weekend before and noticed that we have the same ball skills.  I’d love to have a game with him sometime.  That would be a fun reunion!

When The Browns left I was exhausted so I curled up on my beanbag and fell asleep knowing how lucky I was to be so well loved and cared for by so many people.  I drifted off into very happy dreams.