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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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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!


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Something in the Air Tonight

There is something in the air at our place this evening.  The central heating is on, but it’s not that.  The incense is providing a lovely aromatic waft, but it’s not that.  The candles are flickering and providing a warm atmosphere, but that’s not it either…..

It’s an excited, but nervous, sense of  expectation.

Tomorrow a new girl is arriving at our place.

She is two years old, has blue hair and brown eyes.  She’s shy and doesn’t have any friends.  She doesn’t even have a name.

She is going to stay with us for awhile so that we can teach her how to enjoy playing with friends; to learn that the world is a better place than she has experienced thus far;  and how to become a wonderful companion to a deserving family in the future.

New Girl has lived her life in horrible conditions in a trainer’s pen

New Girl is a greyhound, one of the thousands discarded by the greyhound racing industry every year.

Her ‘crime’?  She’s not interested in chasing a lure around a track.

We are dedicated to helping  these beautiful dogs, and although there are approximately 25,000 bred every year in Australia, only 5,000 or so are found homes.  What happens to the rest?  You guessed it….

So, we are going to take another small step towards assisting  (we adopted April nearly 2 years ago) and will foster her to get her out of the horrible conditions where she awaits her inevitable fate unless we can give her another option at a better life (thanks to Kay’s Greys rescue group for finding her and giving us the opportunity to help).

The first few days/weeks/months  will be a challenge for her and for us but we are determined to show her what love and respect mean so that she can enjoy the rest of her life as a happy and healthy friend and loyal companion.

We will do regular blog posts on our progress – we hope you will follow our story and rejoice in the awakening of a new life.