Test visit for the residential care home

The residential care home we’d been visiting for more than 4 years was officially closed down the end of February so mummy asked the coordinator lady for the waiting list.  However, the coordinator lady told mummy that there was one place which had been waiting for a while, and she gave mummy the contact number and the name of the lady in charge.

One day, mummy called the home and asked for the lady but the lady wasn’t working at the home anymore.  Mummy explained why she was calling and then they said the name of a new lady who was in charge, which was “Lady C”, however, Lady C wasn’t working on the day.

Mummy called back a couple of days later and asked for Lady C, however, mummy was too early.  Lady C was not there yet.

Then, mummy called back again but this time Lady C was out somewhere and mummy was told to call back in two hours.

Mummy called back a bit later than “in two hours” and Lady C was already gone home.

A couple of days later, mummy tried again but Lady C wasn’t there.  I don’t remember the reason anymore but anyway they took our telephone number.

So mummy waited but Lady C never called back.

A couple of days later, mummy tried again but Lady C was…..what was it?
Anyway, they said that they would remind Lady C, and yet nothing happened.

Mummy was going to stop trying but she called one last time yesterday.  Finally, Lady C was there.

Lady C was quietly listening what mummy was explaining, then she said
“How much do you charge us?”

Woof….we are charity.  We don’t charge them anything, do we?  If I can get some biscuits, that would be lovely, though.

Mummy explained about it (not biscuits bit) and then Lady C suddenly became very happy, chirpy and lovely, and they arranged my test visit.

The home was lovely.  It was very different from the one we’d been visiting.  What can I say…..it was a lot bigger, brighter and what is more the atmosphere was much happier.

Everyone liked me but especially Lady C was over the moon.  She took lots of photos of me and resident ladies as well as with staff.

We stayed about 45 minutes because mummy noticed that I was getting tired.  Yes, it is quite tiring job, you see?

Lady C passionately thanked mummy and hugged, hugged and hugged mummy.  Mummy and I decided to carry on visiting so Lady C and I (not mummy) checked our diary and arranged my next visit.

One of the resident lady asked me if I could do some trick so I showed my specialty “Bang!” and also “Left turn” “Right turn”.  Everyone clapped for my glorious movement and I felt like a star because mummy teaches me tricks and posts them on Youtube but I don’t hear any clapping, do I?

I haven’t practiced tricks recently so I have to brush up my skills and master new ones, too.  Of course, I am going to show my another specialty “Getting in a red suitcase” but not yet.

All in good time.


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Care home update.

I visited the residential care home on Tuesday.
As I mentioned before, the home is closing down by the end of February so there were only 5 ladies in the lounge.
This lady likes me very much and the way she tickles me is amazing.  I don’t know much about her but I can feel she really loves doggies.

Cocoが訪問している老人ホームは2月いっぱいで閉鎖になります。どうやら空港利用者用のB&Bになるとか? ほとんどの人が新しいホームに引っ越して、この日は5人の女性だけがラウンジに。この女性はワンちゃん大好き。会話が出来ないので詳しいことは何も知らないけど、触り方からすると本当に犬が好きな様子。もう一人のお喋り好きじゃJさんがCocoの名前を聞いてきたので答えると「ジョンソン?」いや「Coco です」「ジョンソン」「COCO!」「うーん、ジョンソン」頑張ったけどちょっと不安そうになってきたので私が折れてジョンソンにしときました。

Another lady who loves chatting asked my name.
Me “I’m Coco”
The lady “Johnson?”
Me “No, COCO”
The lady “Johnson”
The lady “Well….Johnson”
We repeated this a few times but I happily decided to be “Johnson”.

Lady G who was my oldest client had moved to the new home before Christmas.    The new home is in the area where she used to live so it seems that she is ever so happy there.

Lady G’s friend, Lady R, was still there but today she is going to move to the same home as Lady G.  Yes, they will be friends again.
We were very happy for Lady R, because she had been worried about the situation a lot.
Last time when we saw her she was very upset.  She explained to us what had happened;
A couple of weeks ago a social worker took her to some home to see if she liked it or not.  Lady R didn’t like the area but anyway the social worker took her there.  Lady R knew she wouldn’t like the place so she started crying in the car, refusing to get out of the car.
The social worker said “You are wasting my time!”
When they came back to the home this social worker didn’t help Lady R get out of the car, although she is 95 years old and has a little bit of difficulty of walking.
What a nasty human being!!!
I hope she won’t see this mean social worker ever again.

My newest client ,Lady H, who had been scared of doggies until recentlt wanted to take my lead so mummy let her.  She happily explained to Lady R how she liked me.  It was a bit of a happy moment but then,
Lady H “I shall miss you”.
Lady R “I’ll miss you, too.  Oh…I’m so worried about you”.
Yes, she is worried about Lady H because she hasn’t got a new place yet.
But Lady H smiled and said “Don’t worry about me.  I’ll be fine”.
I think she will be fine, daddy.


It was going to be the last time for us to see Lady R so we said proper Bye-Bye to her before we left.

The building is still for sale but it seems that the owner of the home is going to transfer the building to a B&B for people from the airport.
Well, we don’t know if it’s true but that is what we heard.


Love Johnson

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Adventure to Virginia Water via the new agility venue

On Sunday, mummy practiced to go to the new agility venue which uncle Kevin successfully found.
Mummy and daddy carefully studied Google Maps beforehand and we safely got to the venue without any problem.  We got lost a little bit on the way back, though.

We stopped at Chobham to do some walkies.
To start with, mummy and daddy tried a public toilet in the car park.  It was OK but could be better, so they said.  Silky and I are lucky because we can do lovely open-air peepee and poopoo, basically anywhere we like.

We walked around the village and walked into a park which daddy enjoyed very much.

The new venue is near Chobham and it is lovely to drive the pretty way towards there, but we cannot go to Virginia Water after the class anymore because it isn’t on our way home.

Well, that is what we thought.  However!

When mummy and I were enjoying looking at Google Map we found out we could go to the venue via Virginia Water.  Yay!!


We were going to practice this route on the weekend but mummy suddenly decided to go today.  We went via Chertsey on the way which we’d done before because there are a few turns via Virginia Water way.

It took 30 minutes to get there, and now we were going towards Virginia Water.  Last night, mummy told me to remember the order of the turns so I did.
“Right….Right….Left…and Right”.  Each turn was at the dead end so it was easy to remember where.

Now, we are at Sunningdale!
We know the way from here.  Hooray!

On the way, there was a very muddy narrow country road and mummy went off the road once or twice but it was nothing really and it took only 15 minutes to get Virginia Water.

We got out of the car and what a surprise!
We found our friend, auntie Heather and her doggie babies there.  We walked together which was really really lovely.


Auntie Heather had a lunch arrangement with her friend so we said bye-bye and carried on our walkies a little bit longer before heading home.

We can go to Virginia Water after the class like we always did.
Thank you, uncle Kevin, finding the venue in such a lovely location.

Love Coco

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Walkies in the fog

One very woofly foggy day, daddy suggested to go to find the ruins of Ankerwycke priory (established around 1160 and dissolved in 1536) and the 2000-year-old yew tree.

Woof!  Walking in the very thick fog is exciting!  Let’s go!


And it was really foggy.
We could hardly see anything except very vague shapes of trees and some humans.

Trees in the fog……they were something magical and mysterious.


Of course, we posed for daddy.
Mummy told us to sit and walked off further and further.  We were scared because mummy and daddy could disappear in the fog.  That is why Silky’s bum isn’t on the ground properly.


The little pond looked icy cold.


It was muddy and we were tatty.  The bench was wet and our little bums were cold, and yet daddy told us to pose on the bench.


We walked and walked.  We looked for the big tree.
It should be easy because the tree must be huge.  We wouldn’t miss it.
However, we never found the yew tree or the ruins of priory.

How long were we there, daddy?
The fog was getting thicker and thicker and the air became colder and colder.


Where are the yew tree and the priory, daddy?
We wanted to find them.  It shouldn’t be that difficult but it was getting dark so we had to decide to go home.

Awww….this avenue of trees are rather beautiful, don’t you think?
I wonder what is the end of this path?



We went home that day, but we didn’t give up.  We decided to finish our yew tree and priory hunt before this Christmas holiday finished.

The weather was cold but clear, daddy got the instruction of “The park circular walk” and we were all ready for the hunt.


We followed daddy’s instruction but as you know daddy is a professional get-loster, so mummy, Silky and I, we all helped daddy and finally…….


We found the ruins of the priory.
As you can see, there were wired fences and a few people were walking inside.  Somehow, it was only us who were walking this side of the fence.

Why daddy?


We managed to get inside of the fence and found this beautiful 2000-year-old yew tree.


The shape, the colour and the pattern of the tree was amazing.

Now, we started to walk towards the direction which other people came from.

そして人々が来た方向へ同じように戻りましたが、え?この並木道、あの霧の濃い日に見たよね? そうです、この道の反対側から写真撮りました。ってことは、あの時、並木道を歩いていたら遺跡とイチイの木があったわけです。なーんだ。

This avenue of the trees.   Woof?
I think we were walking the other side of this path on that foggy day, daddy.  That means if we had walked down the path we would have found the yew tree and the ruins.

We carried on our circular walk and posed for daddy on the same bench where we had posed on that cold foggy day.
The view was different but we were as tatty as we had been the other day.


When you walk in the nature you can find out some interesting facts.
For example, the grass in this massive field was mainly short, however, there were placed with thick green grass.  Do you know why?

In the middle of the thick grass is cow’s poo-poo.

自然の中を歩くと色々なことに気付きます。この広いフィールドの芝はみな短い。でもところどころ、フサフサ。なぜ? フサフサの所には牛のウンがあるのです。肥料ですね。


Do you know what those round balls in the trees are?
Mummy thought that they were nests but if you look at them closely you can see they are not, and they are very green.

The answer is that they are mistletoe.
Widipedia says that “Mistletoes attach to and penetrate the branches of a tree or shrub by a structure called the haustorium, through which they absorb water and nutrients from the host plant.”

After this adventure we were all amazingly muddy.  We got lots of mud balls and things in our fur and smelt like the field, but as soon as we got home mummy and daddy dunked us in the bath for our special new year shampoo.
Now, we are sparkly clean and fluffy, and smell like spring flowers.

Love Coco


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The residential care home will be gone.

Christmas is coming soon so I went to the residential care home to please the ladies and gentlemen.
When I arrived there I changed into my very best Christmas costume in the car, and now I was a Santa Cocosheltie.



I’m ready.  Let’s get inside, shall we?

It was quiet as usual but as soon as they saw me they became very happy.  Everyone loved my special costume, daddy.

Then, one of my clients said that they were going to have their hair done this afternoon because they would have their Christmas party tomorrow.
How lovely!



Then, my oldest client lady said that the home was going to be closing down.


The other day, mummy saw the property was for sale on the Internet, didn’t she, daddy?
It is true, then.
What is going to happen to the ladies and gentlemen?
Someone might buy the business?
Then, everyone would be able to stay there?
But it said “Former care home” on the Internet.

I had a lot of questions about it.
One of the carer  ladies said  that they were trying to find new places for all the residents and the home would be closed by February.
It must be terrifying for some people who are confused because the care home is their home.  They might not understand what is happening.

My oldest client was happy because she thinks she would move back to the town where she used live.
Another client lady was the same.
Everyone wants to move back where they were happy with their family and friends.
I really hope they could move somewhere they want, daddy.

It is quite a shock to mummy and me because we didn’t think we had to say good-bye to them like this.
It is really shame because this lady finally became to like doggies (even it’s only me), and yet I have to say good-bye to her.  I hope she would see another Therapy doggie at her new home.



Mummy and I were a little bit sad having found out that the home is really going to close down.
Maybe I will find somewhere new to visit or I might have a break from being a Therapy doggie.  I don’t know, yet.  Mummy will ask the coordinator lady to give us a waiting list and then we will see.

Yes, we were a little bit sad.

Then, we got a post from Japan.  Mummy opened it and it was a very pretty Christmas card from mummy’s friend’s pretty daughter, Chikako.  Mummy, daddy and granddaddy Mick met Chikako, her mummy and her mummy’s auntie when they visited Japan and they had a really woofly lovely memorable time.

Look at this drawing which came with the card.
They are mummy, daddy, Chikako and granddaddy Mick.  What a lovely drawing!


そんな朝を過ごして沈んだ気持ちでいると、郵便が。あ、日本からだ!あ、ちかちゃんからだ! 開けると可愛いクリスマスカードとこの絵。これは左から私、ダディ、ちかちゃん、ダディのお父さん。日本に行った時に一緒にお鮨屋さんで楽しいひと時を過ごしたのです。ちかちゃん、ありがとう。いつかイギリスに来たらCocoとシルキーがMick爺ちゃんの所に連れて行ってあげるからねー。

This drawing lightened up mummy and me.
Thank you, Chika-chan.  Mummy and daddy are looking forward to seeing you again, and if you come to England one day, we will take you to see granddaddy Mick.

Love Coco and Silky



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Last agility lesson in 2016

Hello, I’m Silky.
Mummy took me to Coco and mummy’s last agility class in 2016.

When we got there we saw lovely proper courses.
Yes, we enjoyed fun competition, agility and steeplechase.  Auntie Fran let me run as well and that made Coco very angry.  Although there was a Bichon Frise boy who is grade 6, Coco was a little pocket rocket on fire 🔥 and won.  Yay!
I was good, too, by the way.



Everyone enjoyed and we got pretty rosette each and also a toy for our prize.  The toy mummy chose for us is a tuggy rope which can be quite fashionable as a scarf.



We basically don’t fancy tuggy rope very much but we like this one.  Normally they can be quite heavy and hard but this one is soft and light, just the way we like.



It was auntie Fran’s last lesson.  She is going to enjoy her retirement.  It is really shame because mummy likes Fran’s lesson.  However, Coco and mummy are going to have a very woofly good lady as a new trainer.  It is exciting, isn’t it?  Also, auntie Fran said she would train occasionally.  Lovely!  All will be woofly well.

After the class, what a surprise!  Coco and Toffee sniffed each other, saying
“Have a lovely Christmas, Coco”
“And you, too, Toffee.”
Can you believe it?  It wasn’t just a bit of sniffing.  It was proper 3 seconds sniffing and yet Coco didn’t made her scary face at all.  Uncle Kevin’s Shelties are our friends and also Coco loves uncle Kevin, but still that proper 3 seconds sniffing made mummy very happy and warm.

This is us, having sweeties from uncle Kevin.  Coco wanted everything by herself.


レッスンの後にはなんとCocoとケビンさんの三男のトフィー君がクンクン。それも一瞬じゃなくて3秒ぐらいの長いクンクン。でもCocoは頭突きをしなかった。嬉しい💛 ケビンさんのオヤツにヒトリ食らいつくCoco。


Mummy called us to take photo, but Coco only wanted to get uncle Kevin’s yummy container.



Like I mentioned, it was auntie Fran’s last lesson and also the last lesson at the stable.  They are going to move to a new place.  Going to the stable is very good for us because we can go to our favourite Virginia Water on the way home.  So we were hoping that they could find the new venue somewhere around there and they did!

So, from new year they will go to the new venue and we can carry on our Virginia Water walkies after the class.  Lovely!



Just, Only wee problem at the moment is mummy doesn’t know how to get the new venue yet.  Mummy has to study on Google map and also drive there a couple of times before the first class, you see?  Preparation is woofly important.

Love Silky

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