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Monday, 29 July 2019

Inonimate

A couple of weeks ago I woke up and realised, with remarkable clarity, that I needed a dog.

And as soon as I had acknowledged that thought, and accepted it, it felt like I was coming to the surface after too long under water.

When Ollie died it took me over three years until I was ready to share our lives with another four-paws, and after the deep, soul-tearing shock of Daisy’s death it is not surprising that I assumed the same sort of time-scale would apply this time. But every death is different, and Management and I are not the same people now as we were when we lost "The Boy”.   We had some very long talks: did I really mean it or was this just another phase of bereavement, an emotional something that I would move past. And then we got online, checking out rescues, making phone calls, doing all that adopting a dog entails. Last weekend we had an exhausting 250 mile round trip to a dog who had, poor little thing, issues way beyond our capabilities.


I got past the emotional wringer of that, and on a whim contacted Homeless Hounds, from whom Daisy had (sort of) come. They had a little girl whose pictures and brief description captured my heart, but she was not available for us - she was about to be moved onto another rescue and we were far too far out of their normal adoption area.

But the incredibly selfless lady who runs this charity admitted to me today that she “saw” something in M. and I.  Long story short, after being home-checked and thoroughly interviewed, today we drove down to Lancashire, met this little girl and brought her back to Cumbria - officially for a ‘home trial’ - we can back out at any time in the next couple of weeks and no-one will think less of us.


We had decided a smaller dog would be very sensible as we get older, so this Little Lady is of slimmer build than Daisy but might end up taller.


We had decided that our next family member would, like Daisy, be at least 7 or 8 years old. As a stray with absolutely no history no-one has a clue how old Little Lady is, but looking at her mouth and the delightful skittish way she plays with her toys we are probably in the 12-18 months old range.


One thing we were sure about was that our next baby needed to travel well in the car. As I typed this in draft whilst Management steered us up the M6 she was flat out in the back of the Forrester snoring her head off next to me. So at least we met one criteria out of three.




I do know she is going to need a bath (usual “kennel smell”) and that she is incredibly quiet and gentle, and can go mad on the lead if she sees anything exciting:

"Oh look, there’s a butterfly, wheeeee, bet I can catch it.   

Oh look that’s a wasp, wheeeeee, I bet I can catch that too".

I have also worked out very quickly that the garden might never be the same - her "zoomies" in the Cottage Garden are a thing to behold and everything goes in her gentle mouth to find out what it is - plants, pens, the Sky remote . . .   I will try to get video tomorrow of the Self Exercising Hound.


What we are not sure of, bless her tired little heart, is her name . . .  she hasn’t told me yet.
Although there is an idea, see if it "takes" overnight.





31 comments:

  1. Aah this post makes my heart sing! What a lovely photo of your new girl fast-on. Wishing you many happy days ahead.

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    1. Thank you, I guess that is all any of us can wish for 🙂

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  2. She's gorgeous! Exciting times ahead for all of you 😊

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    1. Cheers Eileen - exciting? Certainly exhausting! She has sooooo much energy.😁

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  3. Fantastic news and I'm so glad you realised. I knew a while ago but tried my very best not to mention it.
    Wishing you all the very best and I'm sure this lovely lady will discover she's landed on all paws in your loving home. X

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    1. Brilliant Jules, thanks! Have got your email, but in truth too tired to reply tonight - tomorrow morning "should" be a little less manic.

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  4. I just knew it - my instinct was right!! You don't know how happy I am to read this post {big smile} She looks lovely, and I hope everything works out well for you. Email to follow very soon :)

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    1. Many thanks Eunice, as above to Jules . . . hoping for an hour or two screen time tomorrow.

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  5. I had a massive grin reading this, it's so wonderful for all three of you and she looks absolutely lovely. I commented once before (sorry for lack of comments since, I've had a baby since so not much time) at such a sad time for you and I am so glad I read this post at such an exciting time for you that I had to comment. I really hope it all goes well, even if your beautiful garden suffers a bit - I feel your pain there Maggie goes around biting tbe heads off all my flowers or rolling her ball over them! I can't wait to read all about her wonderful life with you.

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    1. Oh my, a new baby - many congratulations.

      And thank you for such a lovely comment. 🌺

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  6. well, what a delightful bit of news ... such a lovely girl- adopting her honors your earlier beloved pets-every garden is enhanced by the presence of well-chewed balls and pawprints among the posies- enjoy-
    regards from sweltering texas-
    barb

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    1. Aw Barb, that's nice. Hopefully we will remember what Ollie and Daisy taught us and not mess things up with this girl. 🐾

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  7. This is such good news - for all three of you.

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    1. Cheers Roddie, we have rescued her, she is rescuing me . . . 💕

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  8. What Very Long Legs she has - all the better for hopping onto chairs! She certainly looks comfortable and relaxed in that picture....have fun

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    1. Hi Sue, if you think THAT is comfortable, wait until I manage to post a picture M. took earlier of Madam and I on the sofa - she's a true lurcher, all bones and needs padding.

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  9. Awww, bless her. Just look at those long legs. I think we just know when the time is right, it can take years, weeks or even days, every situation is different. I do know that Ollie and Daisy would be incredibly proud, they know that you can offer such a loving home and I'm sure they'd be thrilled that another gorgeous hound is getting that experience. Sending hugs to you all xx

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    1. Hi Jo, what a lovely thing to say about Daisy and Ollie. xx 🐾

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  10. So pleased to read this Jayne. That little girl has well and truly landed on her feet! I'm sure you have a lovely quilt ready to make her feel at home.

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    1. Sorry to disappoint Eleanor, but until I know she can be trusted not to chew things she is getting the old ones that are already half-knackered. I suspect they are still twice as soft and gentle as anything she has had before . . .

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  11. I don't often have the time to read your lovely blog let alone comment but have managed to catch up as it's the summer holidays. So lovely to see this post, while fully understanding the reticence around welcoming another dog into your home I can't imagine you or M without a canine companion. She is such a lucky hound to have found you and fingers crossed for the garden! (reminds me of a certain little lady called Tess). Best Wishes xxx

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    1. Really? A comment? You are still alive? WHEEEEEEEEE �� ��
      Hello dearie, lovely to hear from you.

      Hope it will make you smile to know that I remember your Tess very, very fondly and that name was seriously in contention last night. xx

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    2. d'uh - all those question marks started off as smiley faces!

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  12. Dear Jayne
    What lovely news! I really hope that things work out for you all. I am sure that Ollie and Daisy would not want you to be lonely, so it is lovely that you have welcomed another lost soul into your family. Judging from those long elegant legs, I am not sure you could call her 'smaller' though...
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thank you Ellie. You are absolutely right - she is probably Daisy's size (but not bulk) now, and who knows how she will end up once we have got her fit and strong.

      M. is already quietly thinking "OMG, what have we done . . . "

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  13. So happy for you all. Looking forward to hearing all about her. Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie, I have absolutely no doubt that soon you will be completely sick of hearing about her!! 💐

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  14. She is precious!! I hope she works out! Congratulations!

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    1. Oh, she will work out. Yes she's big, yes she's young but the thing which really, really matters is her behaviour and personality - and so far she has knocked it out the park!

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  15. She will be one lucky dog if she manages to fit in, which by the look of it and how I read between your lines, I'm sure that she will.

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    1. Thanks Sue. My reply to Kristin applies - she is fitting in very well, thank you. 🐕

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