Earlier I wrote on a blog about my Mum coming home from hospital after having a hip operation after falling at home. She lives in the annex to the side of our property. I wrote about our daughter, Molly who is helping her and she has also for the last year or so helped her Granny manage her diabetes. Helping her finger prick to check sugar levels and doing her insulin injections. She is a real star.
I keep an eye on Mum and take on the responsibility of her little dog, Cleo, whenever she has a problem. First thing in the morning I get Cleo out and check Mum is okay and then last thing at night take Cleo out for ablutions and check Mum is okay before lights out. My Mum is lucky that she has family around to help, but some are less fortunate when a crisis arises and often this can mean having to re-home their very loved companion (Pet). A few years ago I meet someone who was in a wheel chair due to a stroke and they had a companion dog and they were able to keep their companion dog due to the brilliant work of a charity which many do not know about The Cinnamon Trust
'What does the Cinnamon Trust do?'
'The Trust’s primary objective is to respect and preserve the treasured relationship between owners and their pets. To this end it works in partnership with owners to overcome any difficulties that might arise. A national network of over 15,000 community service volunteers has been established to provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care poses a problem - for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner.
A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face aspell in hospital - volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited.
The Cinnamon Trust also provides long term care for pets whose owners have died or moved to residential accommodation which will not accept pets. Arrangements are made between owners and the Trust well in advance, so owners do have peace of mind in the knowledge that their beloved companion will have a safe and happy future. Emergency cards are available on request.
When a pet is in the Trust’s care either short term or long term because the owner is in care, the owner is kept in touch with visits, if possible, or regular photos and letters.'
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
Hello, I am Jane!