Nearly two weeks ago, we decided it was time to foster another greyhound! It is nearly 12 months since our beautiful old girl April went to the Rainbow Bridge and we felt it was time to help another dog in need of saving from the cruelty of the racing industry.
The rescue group we’re involved with – Amazing Greys – had 5 on the books needing a foster home. So we asked if there was a female available (Rupie seems to like the girls best) and there was – a lovely fawn girl called – Crazy!
Oh dear. Did her name reflect her personality? We had agonized over the decision to bring another dog into the house – we have a lovely balance and friendship with Rupie and Billie. Everything is calm and organised and routine. What would a dog called Crazy do to that harmony?
We were assured her name wasn’t an indication of her personality (an ironic name, perhaps?) so we said we’d foster her, as long as we could change her name. After all, what young lady wants to be called Crazy? So we re-named her Chelsea. Less than a week later, after picking her up from a road transport, she arrived!
She was quite anxious and excitable, but she’d had at least a 10 hour road trip in a small dog trailer so it was no wonder.
After initial introductions, all seemed well, although Chelsea was quite full on and in Billie and Rupie’s faces. They gave her a few grumbles and she turned the other cheek, not retaliating, so that was a good sign. She is very thin so we’re fattening her up with some good dry kibble and puppy food.
Very quickly she proved to be friendly and affectionate and she settled into home life very quickly. She is a quirky girl who loves to ‘roach’ with her back legs up the wall. She wiggles and wiggles and her tail never stops. It’s like a whip though and poor little Rupie is just the wrong height and cops it in the face!
In the past two weeks, Chelsea has grown in confidence and is in fact very pushy for affection, and quite crazy at times!! So, it appears her name was not ironic – she is the most enthusiastic greyhound I have ever met. She can be hard work, and goes CRAZY when she sees a cat on our walks, but she is funny and cuddly and loves to follow us around. She’s very easy going with Billie and Rupie and I think they’ve actually come to quite like her, even when she’s standing all over them!
We have foster failed in the past (ie. ending up adopting them) but we’ll have to think very hard about this young lady. We love her and she’s wormed her way in, but it certainly has changed the peace and quiet of our home! Perhaps when she’s had more time to settle, there may be a suitable home for her with energetic children she can play with!
Here are some photos of the beautiful Chelsea and her new friends! They belie everything I’ve said about her being full of beans – but she does also love to flop down and relax!