Hi Dominique, Yes to both questions. I think it was with the last dog on training we took about three changes of lights to get across a road, as fortunately I was warned by the trainer that a driver was ignoring them, three times in a row. The chewing gum question is a curse. It is apparently possible to crack chewing gum off clothing etc by freezing it, but unless we start working huskies this solution isn't much use. I have had to cut off fur several times on different dogs as being the simplest and least painful way of removing it. I have often expressed the belief that there is a secret organisation abroad in the world, the Chewing Gum League, which is dedicated to placing the stuff under every piece of furniture it can find. They are not quite so meticulous with floors of vehicles but there is a lot of it about. It is a pity that the government lost its nerve over the chewing gum tax, instead accepting a donation from riggley's towards the cost of cleaning up the stuff. It should mean either way that there is less on the streets, but I don't suppose the government is sharing it out with transport firms, so I suppose vehicles will still be littered with it. Could we apply for a slice of the cash to give treats to ourselves and our dogs to compensate for the irritation occasioned?? Doubt it! My only useful advice is that every time anyone offers you a chew of some refuse and explain why it is such a scourge. It isn't even made from the tropical tree sap anymore which means it doesn't help to sustain the rainforests either. The rising oil price might make it more expensive though. All The Best Ed -----Original Message----- From: irlguidedogs-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:irlguidedogs-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Dominique Farrell Sent: 27 May 2006 14:08 To: Irl Guide Dogs Cc: Barry Farrell; Andrew Green; Gillian O'Connor; Mary Black; Monica Carpenter; Louise Healy Subject: [IRLGuideDogs] Chewing gum on our dogs Hi all, I was wondering has this ever happened to you and your dog? While on busses or out walking, Holly has had chewing gum stuck to her tail and paw, this is the fourth time now this has happened, and I'm sick of it now. People in society are, in my view, disgusting, there are litter bins to be used,not as decoration.. Another thing that's annoying me, is drivers driving through the lights while you're crossing. This happened to us on Thursday. Have people out there got absolutely no consideration for Guide Dogs and their Owners. I'm just wondering has any of these things happened to you? because it's really got to me at this stage. There should be a ban on chewing gum. All the best. Dominique & Holly.