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Dogs, Heaven and the RFDS Jet

Glen Coe

… then I’ll hike it through Glen Falloch where the mountain breezes blow

And I’ll draw up in the evening  in the Valley of Glen Coe.

Of course, in my idea of heaven the road wouldn’t be there and all the dogs I have had throughout my life would be with me.  There  would be cloud and mist but  it would never be  cold. There would be sunshine sometimes, but not too much and if food was needed, then it would just be there as required.  I think there would be no people – I have never really been much of a people person – at least I don’t think so because really, I prefer solitude. I loved the isolation of being in the mountains, away from noise, people and civilisation  and yet, many of the things I do or am involved in,  are serving or helping people.I used to think that  this was God’s idea of a practical joke – He knows I am not really a people person, so  He sees to it that all the things I do I am involved with people. But then,  God is  just and to balance  this out He also gave me a love of dogs, and over the years all the dogs that I have had, each one has been the joy of my life, all in their own different ways. In a blog I read recently I wrote about this and mentioned that for some time after Benji was adopted I was calling him Chienne, but he was very forgiving.  You know, you read it all the time but  it never really becomes trite “A dog is the only creature on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

We definitely cannot have Max back again. I know I keep saying this but twice already today there have been several  ‘spats’ between the two and when Annabell and I have to go out, we do not leave them together – something we have never had to do with any other visitor – not even the WaWa. There has been rain and high wind over much of the State. We have had some rain and some wind but nothing like the lower areas. About twenty miles further out in the bush there was some flooding and the road to where my son works was flooded. He decided to come in the back way, which, as it turns out, was not a great decision. He ran into a pothole and  damaged the converter and tore the exhaust system. We got it back and into the garage and his  ‘detour’ will set him back about $600.  I will be leaving the post as Secretary of the  RFDS Branch at the AGM in July. Don’t know what happens after that – we’ll see. I  decided to leave because at one point I was concerned for Annabell after the car crash  and the fact that we never seemed to be away from the hospital or the Doctor Surgery. Things have calmed down, everything seems to have cleared but we have a  young lady who is very keen to be secretary and she has sort of taken over, and come the AGM, we will elect her as the Secretary and I will bow out. Well, not really, there are some things I said I would continue to do

People said it couldn’t be done. They said no one could do it. So we tackled this thing that couldn’t be done and we did it – a world first.  The  Royal Flying Doctor Service was under a bit of a cloud with the new  Intensive Care

The New RFDS I C U Jet.

Unit (The new Jet).  People were concerned that it wouldn’t work in South Australia because it wouldn’t be able to land on a dirt strip in the far northern outback of the State. So the RFDS organised an outback Sheep station get the airstrip ready because the jet was coming. The sheep station is 370klms north of Port Augusta, a 7 hour drive from Adelaide. The jet covered the distance in just under 40 minutes and made a perfect landing on the  dirt runway.  It made just as  perfect take-off. There is a you tube of the landing, which I have saved,  and I hope it works. In areas further north than the Flinders it would take the  normal RFDS Aircraft about 1 hour and forty-five minutes to cover the distance back to Adelaide. The Jet will do it in just under an hour, which makes a big difference in a life emergency.

We have not seen the jet up here and it is unlikely that we ever will – well not for a medical emergency anyway – perhaps for a goodwill visit.  —- I have deleted the You Tube Video as I have been told that it is a channel 7 video and thus copyright.

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7 comments on “Dogs, Heaven and the RFDS Jet

  1. I think the same about heaven… and even when heaven is a wasteland or muddy and rainy, if the dogs are thre I’m fine…

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  2. The jet will make an amazing difference, and I bet you find plenty to do when you stop being secretary!

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    • The jet is still undergoing trials but is should be in service this month. Other things, well, we’ll see, but there is nothing on the cards , which is good and the AGM is next month.

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  3. Yes, as long as my dogs are around me, it’s a true paradise and what I think heaven really must be. That looks like one very cool plane.✈️

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    • I am quite happy as long as I have the dog with me.. We have not seen the jet up here but we do understand that it will be doing a few “goodwill”visits before it goes into service this month.

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  4. I agree – each dog is special in his/her own way. I know mine have been. And my childhood dogs were special, too, even though Mom was their human. They were her third, fourth, and fifth child, and my younger sisters.

    As for doing the impossible – my hero, FDR, used to say that the (American) people like to do the impossible and make it possible. When he asked Congress for funds to build 50K aircraft before we entered WWII, his critics said he was crazy, that it couldn’t be done. But they appropriated the funds and We The People built those 50K aircraft, some of which were “loaned” to the Allies under FDR’s Lend-Lease program.

    PS. I have found myself calling Ducky “Shadow” at times but she doesn’t seem to mind. 😉

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  5. Yes they also have their own likes and dislikes. Benji gets on well with Yogi, Dougal but not with Max, which I find strange. I find Max a lovable, friendly , if overweight dog but here must be something in Max that Benji sees and I don’t. The jet has proved itself and did the outback landings, so once the run-in period is completed it will be in service. I had Chienne for fourteen years and Benji came right after her, but then dogs are very forgiving

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