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A New Year, A New Dog

Happy New Year to all our friends in blog land.  I haven’t had much time lately to follow all your lovely posts so I do apologise.   I have been very involved with our rescue group – Amazing Greys – helping with the administration – answering emails, sending adoption and foster applications out, organising house checks, updating the website etc.  So I’m afraid my blog has been a little neglected of late.

But we have some good news to start the new year – we have foster failed again and will be keeping Chelsea!  Despite our best efforts, and my husband’s determination to prove that we can foster dogs without keeping them, she’ll be staying with us!

You may remember from the last post in September a few weeks after she’d arrived that she was a little CRAZY when out walking on seeing cats or other dogs, and jumps around like a lunatic when it’s walk time?  Well, she’s still a bit like that, but she has settled down a lot at home and gets on really well with Billie and Rupie – they have all become pretty good friends.

She’s quite the goofy girl and is extremely affectionate and even quite smart.  She’s learnt to sit when there’s food around (not an instinctive thing for a greyhound to do) and is no longer pushy when we sit down for our dinner.  She happily sleeps in her bean bag, or beside our bed all night and only jumps up in the morning for a cuddle.

It’s definitely more work to have 3 dogs than 2 (lots more poo to pick up!!), but she’s brought a lot of laughs into the house and she seems so happy here that it would be a shame to uproot her and get her settled with someone else.  (That’s our excuse anyway!)

So we’ve failed again – but it’s a good fail!!  Welcome Home Chelsea xx

 

 

 

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Chelsea Girl

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!


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Girly Business

A very quick update – I haven’t got many  nice photos to add so just thought I’d let you know, for those who are following Billie’s progress, that she had her ‘vet work’ done yesterday which included de-sexing and teeth cleaning. She still has to have vaccination, heart worm test, microchip scan and nail clipping on her post op consultation on Saturday.

She was a little stressed about getting to the vet but was a very good girl once she got there and won over the vet and the nurses! She was a little quiet last night but has now settled well, has eaten her dinner and is snuggled on her bed in the same room as the other dogs. They have been gentle and nurturing with her.

I bought Billie and April a little bit of bling for their collars today – I’ll try to get some nice photos when they’re outside in the sun.

Billie is still on pain killers but seems no worse for wear after her procedure.

The vet nurse who looked after her yesterday fell in love with her gentle ways and is interested in adopting her – my heart skipped a beat – not sure if we want to give her up…. can we Foster Fail twice out of two attempts???

Has anyone else got Foster Fail stories (not that it’s a bad thing – I think it’s the best situation for everyone!!)

Can you see Billie’s Star Bling?


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A New Beginning

Sunday arrived, and it wasn’t too gloomy.  I busied myself around the house making preparations for the imminent arrival of New Girl, at the same time burning off some nervous energy.

April went for her customary short walk, after which she usually settles down in her bean bag.  This morning was different though.  She could feel something in the air.  She paced about and followed me everywhere, sometimes whining at the door.

Rupie was at the cafe with Mike while he had a Sunday morning coffee.

Amongst the soap suds of  washing last night’s pots and pans, I realised there was a slight knock at the door – April didn’t even bark, just whined a bit more loudly.

New Girl was here!

I met her at the car with Martina – she was skittish and nervous but a handsome looking girl. She was petite but muscular and although her coat is woolly from living outdoors, I could see that she will be beautiful.  She has piercing brown eyes, full of life and expectation.

We walked her along our street where we met Rupie and Mike coming back from the cafe.  New Girl and Rupie said their hellos in the usual doggy way – a good sniff and a lick of their bits we’d rather not mention! Once those formalities were over, they walked along side each other, sniffing at trees and posts like old mates.

The next challenge was being  introduced to April, who gets very overexcited on meeting new doggy friends.  We walked them together on the nature strip where April pulled and strained and tested Mike’s strength.  After a while we let her get a bit closer and she tried to take a nip of her rump –  muzzles were firmly in place though so no damage was done.  A bit further along a sniff and another attempted nip but with no malice intended.  On we continued and eventually we let them do their normal doggy greeting – a bit of a sniff and lick of parts and that was that – best girlfriends from then on!!

Over the next few hours they got to know each other and both Rupie and April tried to play with her.  Although she’s only 2 years old, she has only ever had contact with other dogs through the fencing of their pens so she doesn’t know how to play.  It won’t take much encouragement though.

April has been very chilled out with her, and Rupie has been very excited now that he realises he’s got two girlfriends!  He’s been barking and running around like the clown he is, but we have to supervise them closely, as Rupie tends to get a bit too full on with his play.

New Girl eventually ate some food – apparently she only used to get fed every couple of days so is a bit thin and wormy.  Her coat is thick, dull and dirty so we gave her a very quick bath to get some of the dirt out.

She’s been de-flead, wormed, fed and brushed.

She is a little timid and anxious at the moment. She paced around the house and garden non-stop for about 3 hours, despite us offering her a soft bed in any number of rooms!  She’s not used to sleeping in comfort – just a concrete floor.   I saw her a few times catching a cat nap while on her feet.  She will be exhausted from today’s activities – everything she’s done and seen today is new.  Never been in a car, never been in a house, never seen a train or a tram, never had a bath and never seen us or April or Rupert.

But she is now resting quietly in the spare bedroom on a soft bed, while April cockroaches in her bean bag and Rupie’s snoring rumbles through the house.  Everyone is clearly exhausted from the excitement of having a new girl around.

She has already given me a couple of little doggy kisses as she passes by so I don’t think it will take long before New Girl becomes affectionate and comes out of her shell.  I think she’ll be quite a character, and extremely good looking too.

Today is the first chapter in New Girl’s life – she’s starting it off with us and with a new name …………

Handsome girl settling in with Rupie in the background

Yummy – finally got some decent food!

I didn’t mind too much having a bath – I know it will make me look much better!