Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Christmas Tail

I mentioned in my blog that we are fostering a puppy called Chloe from the DSPCA. Here is her Christmas tail:

I spent almost a year volunteering at the DSPCA. It was a way for me to do something different from the world of sport and also try to give a little back. During my time in the Vet clinic I learned loads about animal welfare and saw all the great work that was done in the DSPCA. I was sad to end my time volunteering there but decided when possible myself and Peter would foster dogs that needed some love before being re-homed.

3 weeks ago we took home a 12 week old puppy by the name of Chloe. She was picked up by the DSPCA and wasn't very well. She had some wounds on her and had rickets (Insufficient levels of calcium or vitamin D that affect the bones). I brought her home and after a few hours she settled in great in our house. Our own dog, Berlino, was a tad bit put out at another dog being in the house but she soon got over this.

Myself and Peter were really focused on getting the puppy as healthy and house trained as possible in order to make it easier for the DSPCA to re-home her. Within a few days she learned to go to the bathroom outside. Her legs which were very bent from the rickets started to straighten out and she began to get much stronger on them. It was great to see her doing so well

During our three weeks of fostering her we took a trip to Cork to see our families. Needless to say they all fell in love with this little puppy. Everyone just melted around her. I think the fact that she didn't have the best of starts in life coupled with how loving she is made everyone just want to cuddle her.
She was due to go back to the DSPCA last Friday and the plan was for them to look for a new home for her.

On Thursday night Peter looked at me and announced "We need to talk". Most of you don't know Peter so I will fill you in a little on him. He is my other half (he will officially be my husband in 2013!) and ridiculously kind. He adores animals and when I was volunteering in the DSPCA he just wanted every animal I told him about to have a happy ever after story and if they did not he would look so pained by it that eventually I just stopped telling him the bad stories. If I ever tell him anything bad he just says "how can I fix it". So as you can imagine when he announced "We need to talk" last Thursday night I knew it was about the Puppy's imminent departure.

Peter explained to me that he was worried about the puppy going back after 3 weeks of love and care in our house. He felt that she had made such amazing progress that he couldn't handle the thought of not knowing how she was doing or where she would end up. He had spent two days mulling it over in his head and he had a solution. Obviously at this point I thought the solution was we were keeping the puppy. No that was not his solution.

Peter had chatted to his Mum and they had decided that if permitted by the DSPCA she would love to adopt Chloe. They have one dog currently in their house and their second dog died last Christmas. It was just enough time for them to be ready to have a new addition.

We explained all this to the DSPCA and they were delighted to hear that Chloe would have such a great home. All that needs to be done now is the paper work. That is the Christmas tail of Chloe. I will blog again at some point on how life in Cork is going for the furry rescue baby!

Just to finish if you ever are considering getting an animal please do check places such as the DSPCA, Dogs trust or you're local animal rescue centre. There are so many animals that need to be given a second chance and that have so much love to offer.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Bit of cooking perhaps???

Hi All,

Hope everyone is in great form. As I mentioned in my blog already after the Olympics I spent time in full time cookery school. Outside of it being super fun I learned loads. Lynda Booth who runs the school was great and really interested in cooking for healthy living. We spent loads of time talking about different tasty and healthy food. As a result she has decided to run an evening course in January for healthy eating and I'm going to be cooking with her. It will run for four wednesday evenings. I'm really excited because it's going to be great to be back in cookery school cooking and learning more about making tasty, healthy food. It's such a lovely place to cook and learn. The evening will consist of a demonstration, then everyone will cook followed by dinner. If you are interested have a look at the link below.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Photo summary of life right now!

Berlino and Chloe our foster puppy refusing to let me do core work unless I play with them.

It's hard to beat a chicken dinner for mid week tasty-ness!

This is my t-shirt of the moment. If in doubt keep calm and find your strong.

Here are some of the crowd at the hurdles workshop, it was lovely to meet so many interested and motivated people.

I'm never far away from doing a few chins.

This was me doing my bit at a cookery demonstration in Dublin cookery school.

This is Berlino our gorgeous labradoodle wanting to have a quick chat!

Hosting a hurdles workshop and getting treatment

Hi All,

Yesterday I held a hurdles workshop in DCU sports facility. Rob Heffernan put the idea in my head and after chatting to Jeremy Lyons (a coach who also runs a group called Irish hurdlers) we decided to organise it between us. The idea was to make it free so it was accessible and if people want to come and listen to what myself and some of the people I work with have to say then great. I was a little overwhelmed with the numbers who decided to come. We were just under the capacity for the facility and all we really did was tweet about it (the power of social media!!!). The day went great. One of my coaches Terrie did an amazing presentation followed by some drills. I spoke for a little while about my career so far and how I go about things. Then Martina McCarthy did a great presentation on strength and conditioning, she was so thorough and informed. I hope everyone enjoyed it and got something from it.

In training news I had a recovery week this week. I've been having some pain in my achilles and decided it was best to get it looked at this week. There was some inflammation behind my tendon and the doc decided that I needed to get some water injected into the area. I'm kinda pathetic at dealing with needles so Deirdre Ryan came with me for moral support and made it a whole lot easier. Thanks Dee!! Now I have to train in the pool for a few days to let the injection work.

Our foster puppy Chloe is doing really well. All she really wants is to play or cuddle. Our dog Berlino has been having a great time with her.

Mind Yourselves,