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WANT TO BECOME MORE HAPPY? by Susanne Nichols Dear Benwickians, Not long ago I’ve read an article about “What makes us happy?” Good question, as I learned that in a poll of 24 countries about international happiness, Brits came eleventh (Ipsos MORI poll 2014). There are many researches around this topic, and one of my favourites comes from a small survey, over 10 years old. It found that volunteering was the second greatest source of joy, second only to, wait for this, Scottish country dancing! Now, of course volunteering can’t change your health, nore the state of your purse, but a growing number of researchers claim that volunteering does have a feel-good effect, helping to combat stress and depression, and contributing to feelings of greater life satisfaction. From a personal perspective, I can only confirm that notion. I guess, by now you already know what’s coming next. Funny enough, there are lots of opportunities in Benwick to do some voluntary hours and become more happy! You don’t always need to agree on several hours, regularly, at a time which might not work for you. Take the Benwick in Bloom team, they could do with more people helping them planting, or just watering a certain area. Not your cup of tea? How about helping in the Village Hall. It is easy to say “oh, nothing’s

really happening in Benwick”, but how about rolling up the sleeves and help, organising more or different things? Or how about helping in the Scouts groups? Go on, everybody has a few hours in a month’s time. Let’s help together to make Benwick the place to be in the Fens! With this said welcome back everyone, and a healthy, and happy New Year to us all.

Susanne

CONTENT Christmas Tree, thanks to Spar 4 Our new Play Park 5-6 Winner of the BIB Christmas Raffle 7 Down Memory Lane - The Five Alls 9-10 Benwick Ladies Club 11 Have a Laugh 11 New Year, new you, new vision 12 Church Service 14 New School Lottery 14 Doddington Surgery 15 Brown Bin Changes 15 Fenland District Survey 15 Village Hall Newsletter 16 Village Hall Event - Tombola 17 Primary School News 18-19 Benwick “Chat” 19 Forget-Me-Nots 20 Changes at the BIB 20 Do something Special 22 Cycle Tour Update 2017 23 Golf Record!!! 23 Village Hall Updates 24 NEW! Congrats, Lost, Found, Looking 25 Otto’s Column 27 Village Contacts 30

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THANK YOU, SPAR The Benwick Christmas tree was this year sponsored by our SPAR shop, and wasn’t it nice to drive into our village and see the tree with its lights on? A big thank you for this! The photo shows Jill HIndle from the Benwick in Bloom team, thanking the shop manager Andrew for the kind donation of this year’s Christmas tree.

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WORK STARTS FOR OUR NEW PLAY PARK by Jacquie Richardson, Parish Council As many of you will be aware, the project “Play Park” has taken several years and much work to finally get to where we are today, all the finance has been approved and committed. On Friday 2nd December 2016 a photo shoot took place in Benwick Play Park to launch the start of the refurbishment project. The work on the Play Park will commence in January 2017 and to enable this work to take place the Play Park will have to be closed during January and February 2017. The works will include, not only Play Park equipment, but also the fencing around the Play Park, and in total £114K will be invested. Funding has been received from various sources including Wren and Benwick Parish Council for this project which will hopefully mean that Benwick has a Play Park that can be used and enjoyed by everyone in the village. (see next page for the layout of the new Play Park)

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WINNER OF THE BIB Benwick Forget-me-Nots CHRISTMAS RAFFLE Day Trips 2014

The Benwick in Bloom (BIB) team would like to thank Join the Forget-me-Nots on one of our great days out. all who bought tickets for their Christmas raffle. The All are to everyone, so tohas bookbegun your place please call Janet on 677 228. wonderful generosity ofopen so many of you our funding for planting tubs and borders in 2017. Wednesday 21st May

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First prize: Natalie in Cricketers Way Wednesday 18th June Wednesday 20th August Second prize: Mark Smith in Lilyholt Road Bury St. Edmunds Mystery Tour Third Prize: Ron andBenwick Rose inatthe High Street Departs 8.30am Departs Benwick at 11.30am Fourth Prize: Richard Doddington Road Fifth Prize: Mandy in Cricketers Way 10th September Wednesday

Coronation Street Tour Departs Benwick at 8.30am We wish everyone in Benwick a Very Happy New Year.

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DOWN MEMORY LANE by Janet Fountain The Five Alls With the Christmas season upon us it got me thinking of Christmas at The Five Alls when I was growing up. I also wanted to give the meaning of The Five Alls as I was asked about that recently and I was taught at a very young age:THE QUEEN GOVERNS ALL THE LAWYER PLEADS FOR ALL THE PARSON PRAYS FOR ALL THE SOLDIER FIGHTS FOR ALL THE WORKING MAN PAYS FOR ALL

requested at the time that it remained in the pub and which Lofty still has. However to get back to the 1940’s and 1950’s there were very few cars in Benwick so the villagers stayed in the village and there was a great community spirit. At Christmas time there was always fun and laughter, with music playing an important part. In those days the licensing laws were strict – Christmas Day was like a Sunday, opened at 12 pm and closed at 2 pm. Most men went to the pub for a drink while the women cooked the dinner. Women did not go to pubs much until after the war. Anyhow my Dad always had a good supply of “Ivanhoe” cigars that came in wooden boxes and he gave one to every man that came in. There were no smoking laws then and it was the norm for men to smoke. .....read more next page

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I remember Bunny Oliver playing the “sqeeze box” (a small accordion) and everyone enjoying a sing song. It was a wonderful atmosphere. Meanwhile I was in charge of our dinner as Mum and Dad were busy and we didn’t get to eat until about 3.30 pm. Then we would wash the glasses and clean the bar ready to open again at 7 pm. Christmas night was always quiet though as that was family time.

could have been another attraction for the single men? We closed at 2 pm and opened again at 6 pm and the celebrations would go on until the early hours. In 1957 after Watneys renovated the pub it became busier than ever. Billy Clarke and Ken Goodwin were perma-

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Boxing Day was different as we opened at 10.am, but everyone was still out for a good time. Rosie Soul, a cockney lady came to live along Whittlesey Road and she could play the piano and sing. Her rendition of “One of those days you’re going to miss me honey” was really something. She had two pretty daughters too,

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nent fixtures on a Saturday night and attracted the customers. Therefore they were always playing at Christmas and New Year. Billy was a great character, having moved to the village from Manea with his wife Flo and son Jimmy to work on Burtons farm. He had a great sense of humour and loved playing the drums. Sometimes he would pull a stocking over his face to resemble an ape which caused much amusement. Ken was Bill’s work colleague on Burtons farm, he played the piano accordion. I remember them playing “Cruising Down the River” one New Year’s Eve and the customers sitting on the floor pretending to row the boat. They had obviously had a drink but there was never any trouble – just good, clean fun. Billy and Ken were good friends, a good duo and good entertainers, still providing the music until my parents retired in 1975.

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BENWICK LADIES CLUB by Marie Andrew During the year 2016 the Benwick Ladies Club have had a good variety of events: • • • • •

Doddington Academy School. Curling. Macmillian Coffee Evening. Meal out at Bow Window Ramsey. Fran Holland Craft made sock snowmen. • Visited ST Wendredas March. • Glassworks at Chatteris. • To end with Christmas Party. Anyone wishing to join, we meet at the 3rd Thursday in a month from 7-9pm in the Church Room, Village Hall. Please come along. Happy New Year to all.

HAVE A LAUGH! “Once I beat up the school bully with a baseball bat. Both his arms were completely broken. Which is what gave me the courage to do it.”

TUESDAY IS FISH’N CHIPS DAY Tuesday’s we have a Fish’n Chips van in the village. Conveniently parked in front of the Pub. DID YOU KNOW? They not only offer take away, they also serve in the pub. Just order at the van, and have a sip whilst waiting. Great service!

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU, NEW VISION! by Simon Bell Its’ tough is Christmas. All that turkey, sprouts, mince pies, chocolates, drink and general festivity. Good job it only comes round once a year. In many cases, your body might have taken a bit of a self-inflicted battering and the New Year might just find you a few pounds over your ideal fighting weight. Fear not, citizens of Benwick!! Help is

close at hand. New Vision has not one, not two, but THREE fantastic centres to help you get back on Healthy Street. Within just a few miles of your home you’ll find leisure centres at Chatteris, George Campbell (March) and Manor (Whittlesey) all with something tasty to offer in the way of New Year resolutions. Importantly, you do not need to wear lycra, speedos or even the latest in sportswear. In fact, you don’t even need to have done any exercise before. If you’ve never crossed a leisure centre threshold or if you’ve lapsed from a fitness habit some time back you might be interested in what we offer.

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Fitness classes for all levels, ages and abilities – great social atmosphere, brilliant instructors and friendly staff – the best swimming pools around – spacious, lovely and warm with newly refurbished changing rooms – and superb fitness studios - catering for everyone with the best treadmills, rowers, the latest resistance equipment and our trademark caring staff there to encourage you all the way. Gone, thankfully, are the days of the gyms, pools and classes being full of the “fit and already healthy” brigade. Our facilities pride themselves on being there for anyone – age, physical condition and previous experience are irrelevant. We will treat you like one of our family from the day you come in to the day you leave, however long that may be.

And you can come and go to the centres as you please. If you just fancy a nosy around to see how we match up just pop in and chat to our lovely reception team. We think you’ll like what you see. Take a peek at our website www.newvisionfitness.co.uk for our current price list or you can take advantage of any of our many special offers and promotions that we run throughout the year.

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CHURCH SERVICE Jan, 15th 9:30am M-P Jan, 29th 10:30am H-C United Service Doddington Services are held in the “Benwick Church Room�, built on site of the Village Hall. Find all details/services online: www.sixfenchurches.co.uk

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NEW: SCHOOL LOTTERY The Friends of Benwick School have started a school lottery. You can find all the details here: www.yourschoollottery.co.uk There are weekly draws, and they had already their first winner, who was Amanda Bakewell. Congratulations, Amanda!

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DODDINGTON SURGERY PATIENT PARTICIPANT GROUP

by Pennie Atkin

By the time you read this we will have had our Annual General Meeting in November and your officers and some of the Committee will have been elected. BUT we still need new members on our committee. If you are a patient at any of the three surgeries and could come and join us please get in touch with Jill Tuck on tel: 742388 or e mail j.tuck720@btinternet.com We have only four meetings a year and they last less than two hours. Can you help? We are looking for real examples from anyone who has used the 111 service – whether it is a good service or not so good. Please, please take a few minutes to either e mail j.tuck720@btinternet.com or telephone Jill on 01354 742388 – we really would appreciate your input. Thank you. Now Winter has well and truly arrived don’t forget to wrap up warmly and take extra care walking particularly when there is frost. Your committee wish you all a happy and healthy 2017.

BROWN BIN CHANGES

YOUR OPINION PLEASE

From 3rd April 2017, our garden waste (brown bin) collection service is changing. We are introducing a new chargeable garden waste collection service. From this date, we will only empty brown bins from households that have subscribed to our service. Each brown bin subscription lasts between April 2017 and March 2018. More information: www.fenland.gov.uk/gardenwaste

The Fenland District Council is asking residents how important services are personally to them. If you want anything changed, this is your chance to be heard! Questions are i.e. “Do you think we are focusing on the most important areas?” The survey is available at http://www. fenland.gov.uk/article/12205/Have-wegot-our-priorities-right-What-do-youthink. Paper copies are also available in Shops and Hubs, Leisure Centres, etc. PLEASE COMPLETE until 7 February.

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THE VILLAGE HALL NEWSLETTER by Patricia Tickner Firstly may the trustees of the village hall wish all a very happy new year. Our New Year resolution is to make the hall a more interesting place to visit this year and soon you will have delivered a calendar of this year’s events that will be happening in the hall. The school use the hall daily in the week as a gym but there are still plenty of hours left in which the hall can be hired by the general public for private parties or events. Contact with the booking clerk will ascertain if the day you would like is free and what the cost would be. Saturdays are the dearest day but there is a day rate of £130 for the hours from 1800 to midnight saving nearly £30 on the hourly rate for local residents and also the 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon for a children’s party of £30. The trustee meetings are normally on the last Thursday of the month unless otherwise announced and all members of the public are welcome to come and see what is being arranged. There is an AGM held in the main hall in April each year; this year the date being the 27th when a synopsis of the previous year is given and the entire village is invited. This will be confirmed closer to the date and we hope to have a small buffet and the bar open on that night. As usual we are in need of additional trustees to join us in running the hall even if only with offers of assistance at different functions. Any of the trustees can be contacted for further information the only restriction is that trustees (present names and contact details below) must be over 18 years old and financially stable but these restrictions do not apply when offering assistance. February 10th is a Valentine’s Day themed tombola at which children are invited with their parents or adults. Details of these will be circulated round the village for which again we need volunteers to deliver flyers to each property; perhaps a volunteer from each road in the village to deliver to their own neighbours. Please contact one of the trustees if you can help in any way. Trustees are:- Andrew, Marie; Briers, Helen; Glen, Rod; Keppel-Spoor, Lyn; North, Jackie; Taylor, Chris 01354 677049; Tickner, Patricia 01354 677279 / 07879056614

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BENWICK PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS by Jackie by Jackie North North We have had a very busy half term at school and would like to share some of the events with you. Children in Need 18th November 2016 Many of the children met some of the staff and the Duo-Velo Cycling coaches at the bridge at 8.30am to take part in a Pudsey Peloton – the ‘pack’ of cyclists rode down to school together, with parents joining in with their children. The children wore spots for Pudsey and made and sold biscuits at playtime. Later that afternoon some of the children took part in a sponsored Jogathon around the school field. Many of the children raised phenomenal amounts of money and together we raised over £900 for Children in Need – the most we have ever raised! Well done to everyone who took part. Bring Dad to School Day 29 November 2016 We held our annual Bring Dad to School day on 29th November. Over 35 Dads, Grandads or Uncles came to school for the morning to work alongside their children. Here are some of the things that went well according to our visitors: • “The Owls class was fun. Wish I had this when I was at school.” • “Great interaction with children and adults alike.” • “Enjoyed seeing the school morning assembly.” • “Making worms out of playdough and socks.” • “Everyone playing nicely together.”

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...MORE from the School: ‘Superstar’ – Nativity performance , 6th and 7th December 2016 This year the Nativity started with the ‘Stars’ rehearsing for the ‘Superstar’ role – Popstar, Rockstar and Moviestar, among others, all tried to get the role of ‘Superstar’ which of course, in the end, turned out to be Jesus. The children then took us through the nativity story, from the journey to Bethlehem, to the Shepherd, Angels and of course the Wise Men. The children sang with gusto and everyone in the audience enjoyed the show!

for the last three years that I know of. If anyone is interested do let me know and let’s see if Benwick can have some official by Patricia Tickner lights next year. **************************************** Driving home from March a couple of To the young ladies in the village that have nights ago I was surprised to see very access to Facebook have you seen the few decorations or lights in the celebra- witches dance if not go to https://www. tion of Christmas when you compare youtube.com/watch?v=BjUV-byB8ls and the village with Doddington or March see what you think. It would be good fun who have decorations and lights every- to arrange our own Witch Day, perhaps where. Would it be possible for some of even performing at the Fete or Dickensian the villagers to get together and form a market especially when you remember Christmas lights committee so we could Benwick had its own witch called Griselda. find out how to go about getting lights There is also an instruction video which up in the streets of Benwick next year? teaches you how to do the dance. Again, I am happy to help but cannot devote I cannot dance and at my age I don’t think a lot of time to a new committee but I should shake my booty LOL but will be would prefer to see others in the village happy to help if needed. Anything for a coming forward to arrange and run such laugh. if anyone wants to chat concerning a group especially as we can no lonthe above ideas or needs help setting up a ger have the free Christmas party that group, I am available on 01354677279 or www.benwickbugle.co.uk 19 has been so popular with the children 07879056614.

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FORGET-ME-NOTS by Janet Fountain The club held their annual bingo on Thursday, 3rd November in the village hall. This was well supported. Prizes were donated by members and the caller for the evening was Dennis Clarke.

this year. (No grant received this last year). We do have a speaker – Mr. Alan Lamb who is a fenland story teller and the competition is any item beginning with the letter R. If you are 55 and over, male or female you are very welcome – come and join us. Interested? Please call Janet on 01354 677228.

CHANGES AT THE BIB It is with great sadness that we lose Pat as secretary to our group, she has served us well since 2012-2016 we wish The Christmas dinner on Thursday, 1st December was attended by 58 members and friends. The four course meal was provided by A and M of Whittlesey and once again was very enjoyable. After the meal we were entertained by “Upwood Ukuleles”. Everyone was impressed with this group which consisted of 12 people all playing different kinds of ukulele. They played some George Formby songs and finished with a selection of Christmas numbers with audience participation. There is no meeting in January, therefore the first meeting in the New Year will be on Thursday 2nd February when the annual business will be conducted and subscriptions are due. Sorry folks but there will be a slight increase to £7.50

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her well, may she continue to help as and when she can and attend our regular Fish’n Chip nights up the pub. Valerie has also decided to terminate her role as Treasurer of our group to expand on her many other interests, we wish her well and hope she will also continue to join us for Fish n Chips and keep a keen interest in what we do, we will miss you.

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DO SOMETHING SPECIAL THIS YEAR!

by Cambs Police

Cambridgeshire police is urging residents who want to give something back to their community to consider becoming a Special. With Christmas and then New Year approaching, what better time for people to consider doing something new, exciting and rewarding.

or fires or enforcing road safety initiatives. You will get professional training, skills and experience that can be used in everyday life and career progression. Training takes 10 weeks and consists of distance learning via online training packages that can be completed in your own time.

Not only does joining the Special Constabulary allow you to do something really positive and worthwhile, it also gives you unique and valuable skills and experience. Specials are volunteer police officers who wear the same uniform, carry the same equipment and have the same powers as police officers, including the power of arrest. They volunteer a minimum of just four hours a week and the constabulary can fit around their lifestyle. Being a career Special is a vocation in its own right and there is a whole range of roles, including specialist areas such as road policing, the major crime unit and the rural crime action team (RCAT). You could be tackling anti-social behaviour, involved in crowd control at major events, going on foot or vehicle patrol, assisting at the scene of collisions, fights

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People often ask if being a Special could upset their employer. Our experience is that employers are usually extremely happy for staff to become Specials and many actually support them by giving paid time off while they’re on duty. Some organisations actively encourage their staff to become Specials and work in partnership with the Special Constabulary. For more information and an application form visit the Cambridgeshire Constabulary website www.cambs. police.uk/recruitment/specials/

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TOUR OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE CYCLE RACE 2017 by the Parish Council The Tour of Cambridgeshire Cycle Race will be coming through Benwick in 2017. The date for your diary is Sunday, 4th June 2017. Gran Fondo

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The route will be the same as for 2016. There120km will be 8000-9000 cyclists taking part. Road closures will be in place throughout the day and will be managed in sectors. Signs notifying of the times of the road closures will be put out at least 2 weeks before the event. All residents on the route will receive a postal notification during February 2017 which will be in the form of a postcard. More on the event website www.tourofcambridgeshire.com

GOLF RECORD!! Benwick golfer Gary shocks Old Nene Golf & Country Club with hole-in-one - with his first shot. To make a hole-in-one in your first qualifying round, on the first hole, with your first stroke, is very unlikely. But Old Nene Golf & Country Club members were left open-mouthed when Gary Hastie achieved the impossible. Gary, who lives in Benwick, decided to sign up at the golf club and record his handicap on Nov 11, 2016. He stepped up to the first 144-yard hole with his trusty 8-iron in hand, swung, and was left amazed when his shot nestled neatly in the hole at the first attempt. “I think I must have looked quite shocked when it went in,” Gary said. “I’ve played golf all my life but I’ve never officially had a handicap so I thought I’d join and sort one out,” he added. - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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VILLAGE HALL NEEDS SUPPORT

GET YOUR NAME ON THE LIST

by Patricia Tickner The village hall is looking for a traffic management person who is accredited under “The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 – Signing, Lighting and Guarding” and who is qualified to arrange road closures to assist with the Fete in August and the Dickensian Market in November 2017. Please contact Patricia on 07879 056614.

HOW TO BOOK EVENTS IN THE VILLAGE HALL? There are different ways you can book & pay for village hall events: 1. NEW: a paypal button on the events page on the website www.benwickvillagehall.co.uk, 2. direct to our bank account, details on demand, 3. or from Pat direct by appointment at home in Benwick. Any requests or comments for any event contact Pat on 01354677279 or 07879056614. 24

Village E-mail List. The Trustees of the village hall would like to establish an e-mail list of village residents to aid in facilitating contact with residents. If you are willing to share this contact with the Trustees, please text your name and e-mail address to the booking clerk on 07879056614 or email your details to patricia.tickner@yahoo.co.uk . Please be assured this list will not be used for any other purpose.

VILLAGE HALL MEETINGS The Village Hall team is looking for additional trustees to join in running the hall, even if only with offers of assistance at different functions. Why not come to one of our regular meetings and find out more? Here is the 2017 meeting schedule:

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CONGRATULATIONS, LOST, FOUND, LOOKING FOR...

by the editor

With this Bugle edition I would like to introduce a new “column”, hoping that it will support you, and that you all will use it as much as possible. So what is this about?? It is most easy, just send me an email • if you want to congratulate somebody, to their birthday, new driving licence, new born child, best neighbour, whatever comes into your mind • if you are looking for something • if you lost something • if you found something First come, first serve, so be quick! The editor reserves the right to decide what is to be printed, so don’t muck about. And send your inputs for the next edition until the 22. February 2017 for the March & April edition of the Bugle.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING? WANTED. Garage/ vehicle storage wanted to rent in Benwick or immediate area. I have an immaculate condition classic car that requires secure, long term, storage with access approx. once a fortnight in winter. Anything considered, such as a corner of a barn/warehouse etc. Cash paid in advance and willing to rent long term! Please call Allan on 07941614998 or 01354-672918 or email allansid@aol.com after 6PM or leave a message

SEARCHING. The Benwick Bugle searches a farmer with passion, who loves and knows his job, and who would like to help us all to understand a bit more about what happens n the fields, during a day, a year, a season etc. Why the decision to sow seeds now, not next week. What sources you use. What you struggle with. Many of us go to the supermarket and buy our veg and fruit, but have no real idea what growing it involves. So please help us out, tell us about your job! Please email or call the editor to discuss more.

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OTTO’s COLUMN by Otto Hi everybody, It is January, and I thought as you 2-legged ones are always so proud about your new year’s resolutions, I’ll share mine with you. (and by the way, I wouldn’t mind if one or the other of you would take this one by heart too). Mine is: Be friendly and nice. Now, all who I didn’t yet growl at or bite might think “he’s always nice and friendly”. Well, I am. But this year I try to not forget to shake paws too when saying hello to a 2-legged one. It’s pretty easy really, people who say “Shake hands” get my right paw, people who say “give me your paw” get my left one. If you think that’s cool, suggest it to your 4-legged one (only dogs, cats are too stupid..). Ready? Right. Get some treats. Then present your fisted hand with treats inside to your doggy. He/ she will usually feel the need to paw at your hand since they can’t get the treats with their snout. Once they continue to paw, begin to use the command “Shake”. If they pretend to not understand, just grab their paw every time you say your command, that will help!

After repeating this several times, your dog is sure to have learned a new trick. (plus got more treats, haha). Just to be straight on this one, don’t come up to me and ask me to shake my paws with you, that would be rude, and I’m not working for the circus, alright? On that note, can I remind you: don’t touch a dog when he can’t see you. Always let a dog sniff your hand before touching him. Always ask their butler (owner, in your vocabulary) whether you can touch him or her. And tell your little ones that they always have to ask too, not just run up to us, screaming in our ears, and smashing a chocolaty hand on our head. We don’t like that. Apart from that – may you all have a happy new year. Oh, if you teach the trick to your dog and send a photo in, I’ll have a word with the editor to print it!

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