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Creature Comforts


It’s been another cold and blustery day here.  We are all well and truly over it.  We were teased during the week with a couple of days hitting 20 C, when the blossoms burst from their buds and a couple of flies made their way into the house.

But today’s  biting wind caused us to stay inside for most of the day – a quick walk up and down the street for the long-nosed hounds, a trip in the car to the shops and a brisk walk to the cafe for Rupie.

So the jumpers came out for ‘the girls’ and Rupie toughed it out cuddled up in his bean bag!  (With the central heating on of course – he’s not as tough as he looks!).

It’s not the smartest jumper going round but it’s very warm and snuggly!

Billie continues to grow in confidence each day.  She’s now letting us know that she wants to be wherever we or the other dogs are, rather than being hidden away in a separate room like she did in the first few days.  She greets us with a body waggle and a thump thump of the tail whenever we’ve been gone for more than a few minutes.

Last night, for the first time, all three dogs slept in the same room and had full access to the doggy door.  We’ve had no toilet accidents, which is amazing for a dog who had never been inside a house before.  I guess she’d always done her business outside so that’s what she continues to do – what a good girl!

Today, for the first time, I popped out a couple of times for a short period and left all three together inside.  They seem quite content to sleep on their beds quietly when we’re not here (or so they lead us to believe!!).

I find it amazing how quickly these beautiful dogs adapt to a life of warmth and comfort.  Billie had never been in a house before last Sunday and already she is much happier inside, lounging around on her soft bed!

She’s also now taking some treats directly from our hands and has realised how good they are.  The poor girl would never have been given anything for no other reason than she’s loved.   But she’s definitely getting the hang of it, without being greedy or looking for food.  After our first night’s feeding incident, we now have a routine established and everyone knows who gets fed where and when (although I think hubby is still learning it!!).

Auntie Apie continues to be calm and gentle with Billie and Billie is now known as April’s Shadow!  Uncle Rupie is still asserting his authority in a non violent way, but lets out his grumbles every now and again so Billie knows he’s there and is keeping an eye on her.

I’ve been so proud of the way April has been calm and gentle with Billie

Billie is still getting the hang of walking further than the end of our street, but with the confidence she continues to gain, we’re sure it won’t be long before she’s doing the cafe trips and wooing the customers with her gentle nuzzles and piercing brown eyes!  She is a handsome girl, that’s for sure.

Billie looking very wistful – I think she quite likes posing for the camera!


Author: Fabulous Fur Friends

My name is Kylie and I am passionate about animals and their welfare. My husband and I live in Bendigo, Australia and live with our three dogs - Rupie, Billie and Chelsea - all rescue dogs. I enjoy writing and aim to share health and welfare issues and updates as well as some short stories.

11 thoughts on “Creature Comforts

  1. Loved hearing all the updates on Billie and how she is getting on with your babies. It is just incredible how adaptable animals are…Obviously Billie is progressing along very quickly thanks to all your love and care 🙂

  2. Aww it’s lovely reading your Billie updates, it is nice to see how quickly she is settling in 😀

    We collected our first greyhound, Nikki, from the kennels today, hopefully she will settle as quickly as Billie has!

    • Congrats Anna – you will love Nikki and your boys will have a new best friend. Hope the chickens don’t mind too much! I will look forward to hearing your updates on how she’s settling in. Thanks for following our Billie’s progress.

  3. Billie really does seem to love the camera and she looks very smart in her beautiful blue jacket 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on KAY'S GREYS and commented:
    Another beautiful update on Billie the blue girl 🙂

  5. Whee answered a problem in our piggy problem parlour today about being brave. Maybe Brave little Billie should read it?! 😉

    Nibbles, Nutty, Bingo & Buddy

  6. Billie it’s a like model, she loves to pose, I haven’t seen a bad picture of her.
    I’m really enjoying to read about her progress.

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