Guide dogs, like buses….

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Lottie and Lord Holmes outside the Houses of Parliament. June, 2014

Lottie and Lord Holmes outside the Houses of Parliament. June, 2014

Last Autumn I was, as you would imagine, delighted, humbled and privileged to enter the House of Lords.  Many people mention the miles of corridors and difficulty in determining direction or destination. Having been warned of this I turned up with my trusty guide dog, Lottie.It was only shortly before arriving that I learnt Lottie was to be the first dog to enter the House of Lords.  Ah, as ever and forever, I find myself upstaged by the pooch.

She’s performed well, pays attention during all debates, never growls when the Minister is on his feet, well…..

In truth, the only time we have taken a wrong turn, through the kitchens as it happens, was due to my entrusting the guiding task to a human.  In fairness, from Lottie, lost amongst the savorous smells, protest, there came none.  

So, like buses, having waited for centuries, we now find ourselves with, the potential for another canine arrival in these parts.

When David Blunkett announced he is to retire from the Commons next year the news was greeted, rightly, with much praise for what he has achieved, not least at the Home Office.  He says he has much he still wants to contribute to public life as well as the many charities he supports.

Who can predict the future but might we, next year, hear the patter of tiny paws padding south from green to red.  Might 2015 not only mark 800 years of Magna Carta but a hundred percent increase in doggy deliberations in the upper House?


4 comments for “Guide dogs, like buses….

  1. catherine benning
    26/06/2014 at 10:12 am

    The last move we need is Blunkett given a peerage. He’s already cost us a fortune. The Lords are overcrowded to the point of lunacy, meaning a debate has to be limited to eight minutes a shot. And what can he add to the fray with his rambling nuances? Nothing we already have got in abundance.

    Give us a break from old has beens, pleeeease. They are too expensive.

  2. MilesJSD
    28/06/2014 at 8:18 am

    dogs in general evidence one of the now increasingly-scientifically-discovered ‘sixth-senses’

    for instance, try to kick one when it stands barking up at you
    but it’ll have ‘seen’ the kick coming long before you start actually moving your leg, and that God’e-little-animal will simply not be ‘there’
    when your foot arrives where s/he was crouching[shades here of Konrad Lorenz and his friend’s parrot, perhaps; in King Solomon’s Ring, or was it in Kinship With All Life ? ]

    or wondered, as I was blessed to be doing one long evening at my sister’s home, why an old dog sat at one’s feet and, for the first time in her life gazed steadily right over the top of one’s head, whilst the various family TV programmes sped by;
    only to be told next morning “Sheba died in her sleep last night”.

  3. P.Selvaratnam
    30/06/2014 at 3:38 pm

    All human beings should strive to become more and more like Guide Dogs, helping i.each other to find right paths and ii.the children to grow and develop into better and better citizens.

  4. MilesJSD
    02/07/2014 at 5:00 pm

    P.Selveratnam certainly embraces the greater Spirit of this topic, I think.

    And in truth when we look at the
    individual-human-development research
    and ensuing practices now available practically all the way down the World population pyramid to the very bottom,
    our Controlling, Governing, and Educating Authorities should by now surely have
    identified one single sustainworthy and longest-term affordable LifeSkilling path shouldn’t they ?

    I mean, there must be a single yet common “personal-life-enablement learning and practice path”
    for any-one to quickly
    and sustainably-affordably
    get onto,
    without their having to try-out first “this religion”, “that Club”, or “a Decent Job or Well-Paid Career-Path”;
    surely ?
    I mean, old and impaired individuals like me are ‘into it’ under the title “Self Awareness” which we find to be in practice “sensory self-awareness-ing”,
    even ‘though we are officially held to be “legally non-existent” as far as self-planning, using published holistic-health leaders, an ‘holisticly healthy lifestyle in our homeland of England is concerned’!

    So kindly let me suggest as the ‘sine-qua-non’ personal-practice foundation,
    the “Sensory Awareness” lifelong self-work;
    guided by the books “Waking Up” workshop transcripts ed Littlewood and “Reclaiming Vitality and Presence”: the life-work of Charlotte Selver & Charles Brooks.

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