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My study buddy Bear

Posted by Open Polytechnic , 14 June 2017 · 278 views

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My study buddy Bear If you follow this blog you will know that nearly a year ago I brought a dog called Bear for my daughter. He is a purebred Golden Labrador...well meant to be. People often ask me what kind of dog he is, when I reply a Lab the reaction I generally get is 'really?' and you can see what their thinking, 'Gawd she got ripped off'.

Bear is gangly, all legs and looks greyhound, and golden is a bit of a stretch. Let’s call him white as my Mum often says to me 'there's nothing golden about him Alana' righteo. In fact, that's how he got his name, he looked like the polar bear of the litter, no one else wanted him so he came home with me.

Although I brought Bear for my dog mad daughter, my Son has developed a very tight bond with Bear and there are often days when Bear is outside and there are tears from my son that the dog is indeed, outside. I explain to him that Bear is in fact a dog and he will survive being outside. Generally he responds with more tears and something along the lines of 'but its cold outside' to which Bear is let in and makes his way to his spot (actually my spot) on the couch, yes the couch, where he snoozes away until someone decides to eat something, then he's off on the trail of any left overs.

Bear is a bit special. He has a kennel where he goes when people are at work. His Kennel has a deck, (of course - he did have a blanket but he ate it) and a bowl of fresh water. He refuses to drink this water, instead he will only drink water out of a small bowl in our bathroom - I kid you not. He stands there and waits until someone comes and opens the door, fills up his bowl so he can drink, or if someone is using the bathroom, he will follow and request his water while you’re doing your business in there. I don't know how this happened, but it has.

Bear has a friend called Daisy who came to visit for a few days when her owners went away. Daisy is a working class breed, and owned by a plumber. There’s no sitting on the couch for Daisy my friend. Bear and her run about all day…well Daisy runs all day, Bear runs for about an hour until he gets tired and Daisy hassles him to play.

I made the comment to one of our builders about Bear being a bit sad when we looked after Daisy. He replied – ‘maybe having Daisy around makes him see he's actually a dog’. Yeah well, probably.

Daisy wanted to do dog things, like chase sticks at the beach and go in the water. Bear isn't that keen on getting his paws wet - and chasing a stick is a bit of a stretch, he would much rather go sniff something out to eat. He came right, after Daisy went home, he was back to sitting on my couch doing things that would make Mark Vette (animal behaviour expert) not very happy.

Bear is very much loved and I've given up on making him into a dog. He is who he is and he fits into our family the way that he is. This is a bit like study. The study fits into your life and if you want to do it, you will. You are who you are - if you want to improve yourself, the study will just fit into your everyday life. It might take a while before you get used to it, like Bear sleeping on my Sons bed, there was no way that was happening, well it does happen, every night.

As you work through assignments, you pass and then you move onto the next one, you just carry on. Having a friend to share the study time with makes it that little bit nicer, and Bear is generally about somewhere when I’m studying. He is also my friend and he has found a special place in my heart. If you’re out there with a study friend, give them a pat from me.

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This blog post was written by Lana. She fits her study in around two young children and part-time employment in the banking industry. Lana is working her way towards a Bachelor of Business at Open Polytechnic.

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funny enough bear sounds exactly like a lab, well apart from not liking water. if the kids got in he would, ours took a bit of time one liked it the other became something of a stone collecting scuba diving dog.

sleeping , eating and looking for food and yummy smells are very lab, which is why it is so easy to train them, they will do anything for food. lol almost like kids. as for gold, he may be pale but from the photo he looks pretty lab to me, they come in all shapes and sizes and colours depending on the blood line

I am glad he keeps you company when you study, i am currently dogless and my cats really dont help with study, they tend to be demanding attention, food or my warm laptop to sit on, which my typing disrupts.

sigh after reading this think i need a dog again soon. xx

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