Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Daisy: the first 365 days



Hard to believe a year has gone by since we brought a scared and half-starved little dog back home to Bag End.  We celebrated her first anniversary with a short walk at Whinlatter.  Too windy today to go up on the tops so we had a lovely 3 miles through the forest and Madam, as always, behaved beautifully and seemed to enjoy herself thoroughly.  As if she knew it was a special day, I actually got her to sit and wait whilst I took today's portrait.  Normally she will do the sit - and as I step back to take a picture she comes to join me.



Looking back it is difficult to remember just how underweight she was.   As James said earlier "Little Miss Skin & Bone is now Little Miss Muscles". 





Not a Collie-cross and certainly not 8 years old.  When the kennel staff brought her out to us I remember saying to Management "oh heck, that's not what we've come for".  But we'd driven 80 miles and the dog was so excited to be out of her concrete prison, so of course we took her for a walk and then sat with her in the staff room for a while to try and get to know her.  That's all it took to realise what a special little girl she was.

 




16 comments:

  1. wishing Daisy a very happy bag end birthday :o) lots of love x

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    1. Thank you so much Nic, she would return the favour with gentle licks but she's still tucked up in bed!

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  2. Yes lots of love from me too :-). So sad to see her lying down with her eyes open looking so wary and unrelaxed. What a difference a year makes ,, well done you

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    1. Thanks Jill, and well spotted. In those early photos she was completely exhausted but too stressed to relax. That's all changed now :}

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  3. Happy anniversary! The photos of her ribcage are really quite disturbing. Well done for a year of hard work that has transformed her into the beautiful energetic dog we've seen in your most recent posts.

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    1. Jenny, thank you. Yes, her condition when she arrived was disturbing. Thankfully she hadn't been in the rescue long and if you've got nothing better to do than look at old blog posts {grin} you will see it took a relatively short amount of time to turn this around. You're right - she is now beautiful and energetic and we adore her :}

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  4. I'd have guessed longer than a year. The thing that stands out for me in the before and after photos - besides the eyes - is the way she has her ears in submissive mode on the last photo. having met Daisy I can confirm that she is a treasure!

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    1. That's the whippet in her Sue - anything scary and the ears go down, she slumps submissively and goes into herself. This is a not a dog you can shout at and get results. Fortunately she's so well behaved I don't need to raise my voice and as you've seen, a quick blast on the whistle brings her straight back to me for a tiny treat :}

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  5. Oh my goodness. You've worked miracles Bilbo. And Daisy is one very lucky dog.

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    1. Thanks Jessica, Management and I are delighted with how she is now. A couple of weeks ago she jumped on him (to say 'hello', customary Daisy greeting) and he commented on what a solid lump of muscle she has become.

      As for lucky, I'm not sure which of us has the better deal - she has a nice home but I have the most amazing little Four-Legged companion I could possibly wish for.

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  6. I'm a day late but Happy One Year Anniversary to Daisy. Those before photos are so upsetting, but it's wonderful to see just how far Daisy has come and what a fabulous life she's got now. Her anniversary photo is really lovely.

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    1. Hi Jo, thanks for leaving a comment, I'm sorry I have been AWOL at yours recently - have not singled you out for special treatment, I have been RUBBISH at visiting other blogs recently.

      It's never to late to give Daisy a virtual tummy rub :} and I think she'd agree that life is OK now.

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  7. That photo is lovely and you have done her proud as much she has to you. I can't believe that you've had her for 12 months, so time really does fly doesn't it, and that she goes so near the water now as that photo in your last post shows. Take care.

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    1. Hi Susan, the fact that she's been with us a whole year came as a bit of surprise to us too! It's gone so fast :}

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  8. Oh, bless you and Management again, girlfriend. You did such a good turn for Miss Daisy and this year has been amazing for both of you.

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    1. Thanks FFG, you're right, it has been a good year. Here's to many more :}

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