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Things we can learn from a dog

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

When you meet loved ones, always run to greet them.

Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

Take naps and stretch before rising.

Run, romp and play daily.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joys of a long walk.


Never give up!


Robert de Bruce, the later King of Scotland, was defeated by Edward's commander in Scotland, the Earl of Pembroke, in 1306 at Methven near Perth. He is said to have fled into the surrounding hills and forests. All seemed hopeless.

It was at this time while secluded in a cave that he noticed a spider continually remaking its web. Every time a strand broke, the spider repared it. This was the moment at which he vowed to keep trying to free Scotland from the English. His touching Motto was, following the legend, "If at first you don't succeed - try, try again!".

With the help of Edward Bruce, Thomas Randolph and Sir James Douglas he gradually and courageously recaptured Scottish castles and land from the English. When Edward II advanced on Bruce's army with 20,000 soldiers, it came to the famous Battle of Bannockburn, near Stirling, on the 24 June 1314. Although outnumbered three to one, Bruce's army defeated King Eduard II.'s troups. In 1328 the Edinburgh-Northampton treaty was signed and gave Robert his greatest victory - complete rule of Scotland as an independent country!

In trust I do hold!
Mike George