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Friday, 2 August 2019

and relax . . .

So imagine you have a home, somewhere you know and feel secure.  Maybe not a good enough home that the Human bothered to get you a microchip, but it was the life you knew.  And then it was gone.  And no-one has the faintest idea how/why/when.

And then you found yourself in a 'pound' and after seven days there was a serious danger of your life ending if it were not for the kind, kind people at Homeless Hounds who took over and made you as safe as they could.



And after a month in this strange place, a couple of complete strangers arrived and took you for a walk:



and even though you had no idea who these Two Legs are they put you in the back of a car and you found yourself in yet another unfamiliar place.  You might either be aggressive as a self-defence mechanism, or you might be very timid not knowing what on earth would happen next;  you chose the latter.



But this next place was a bit different.  For a start it was quiet, no other dogs barking, and it was comfy - oh boy was it comfy.  And there was grass and space to RUN.  Oh my, a chance to feel grass under your toes and stretch your long legs and sprint flat out for the SHEER JOY OF IT!



But after a couple of mad days all this newness catches up with you . . .  sometimes it is even too difficult to get up to have a yummy drink:



I cannot remember who told me, but apparently it is really common for rescue dogs to "crash" for a few days/weeks.  They have probably been living on stress and adrenaline for far too long, and not sleeping properly, and in the case of a youngster like Millie, often not able to get the lead-free running around they need.

On Wednesday I took her to meet John Sedgwick who greeted me with "I thought you weren't getting another dog?"

"You're right" I replied "I wasn't, but here we are . . ."  

John thinks 18 months - 2 years tops, so we are going with 18 months.  He says she seems in good condition, no fleas or skin problems, although her spaying scar is a bit "rough" and I had found a lump on her neck which is probably a reaction to an injection, we will keep an eye on it.  The only real problem (which is why I rushed her down to John so soon) is poor Millie has ear mites both sides.  We have appropriate drops for that.



Lady Millicent had her first trip in the back of my car unchaperoned in a new "hammock" so she cannot fall into the footwell.  Oh my goodness - both the dog and the hammock were fantastic.  I pray this continues because if it does then Millie and I have some wonderful journeys ahead of us.



Thursday and Friday have been very different days,  I think it is all catching up with her.  Today we have a very quiet little girl who wants to be close to me and sleep a lot.  Aww, bless . . .



This is not an action movie, speakers on and volume up please ðŸ™‚


We donated every last thing with a canine connection to Animal Care, and I do not regret doing so.  BUT, as a result this week has necessitated a lot of support for the UK economy and some depletion of the piggy bank 😄

One of the purchases has been a new soft crate (actually there are two - the other one for night-time - but only one has arrived so far).  It is incredibly rewarding that within 30 minutes of it being set up Millie felt secure enough to walk herself in and have a nap, and is psychologically comfortable enough that I can occasionally move away from my desk to the washing machine, or sometimes even slightly further, and she does not always need to get up and follow me.



M. has gone away for the weekend, a break which has been arranged for months and months.  Lady Millicent and I are going to have a very, very quiet girly time and "chillax".












18 comments:

  1. It appears Millie has made herself very much at home. She must realise this time it's for keeps. 🐾

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    1. Made herself at home? She has turned the place upside down Jules! Unfortunately I am not sure doggy brains know if somewhere is for keeps, but she is definitely forming a bond with me and sees me as Pack Leader, so I hope that gives her some comfort.

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  2. She is clever enough to know she is lucky to have a good home with kind people, lucky hound.

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    1. Hi Marlene, I think she is going to be very clever, but at present she's still (believe it or not) quite timid.

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  3. What a lovely post - the first bit brought a lump to my throat :( - and great photos. I love the video and it's nice to know that Millie is feeling settled enough for you to be able to move a short distance away from her. I hope the two of you have a lovely relaxing weekend together - and bless you for giving her a home, she really couldn't have found a better one :)

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    1. Thank you so much Eunice, what lovely things to say. xx

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  4. Oh - you just made me smile - a happy smile that rescued-dog owners have when they see another rescue find their forever home xxxxx

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    1. Absolutely right Kate. Beats me why people pay hundreds of pounds these days for a "small thing crossed with another small thing" and give it a trendy name. I wish I could do more, but I know my limitations and one dog at a time is that limit.

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  5. Milly has certainly landed on her paws, lucky girl and lucky you, she'll be a wonderful companion. She is displaying typical contented hound behaviour, my daughters two and the two before them were excatly the same. Just so you know, lying on her back with legs in the air is called roaching. She's lovely Jayne xx

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    1. Thank you Eileen. Roaching, huh? I call it "brazen hussy displaying everything in a most unladylike manner!"

      It is so bloomin' cute to see, especially when she has her front legs bent and her paws close to her face . . . It also makes you realise why one of the other names for a lurcher is "long dog" - we seriously might have to get a second/bigger sofa.

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  6. Dear Jayne
    It is so lovely to see Millie so happy after such a rotten start to her life. Hopefully, she will forget about the awful bits soon and have a wonderful life with you. She couldn't have asked for a better family to take care of her.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thank you Ellie. I don't know that Millie's early life was horrendous - she has no scars and is nowhere near as under-nourished as Daisy was when she arrived.

      Millie is a charming little lady, and growing in confidence every day - with the potential to become quite a little monkey . . . training is continuous!

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  7. So utterly thrilled for you Jayne! What a lovely lady and she has certainly found a forever home with you. Lucky dog and lucky you - may you all have many happy years together. :-) xx

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    1. Thanks m'dear. Here's hoping for many, many years - the six we had with Daisy were not really enough 😢

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  8. She's just fabulous! I'm so pleased for her, being chosen by you. I agree with what you've said about paying lots of ££££ for dogs when there are so many desperate for homes and even more being pts when their time is up in the pound with no rescue place secured. In effect you've actually saved 2 dogs - Millie and the poor dog who takes her kennel space at the rescue. I love to hear about her antics!

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    1. Oh, bless you Mrs . . . love comment.
      Adopting Millie was complicated because when we applied to be considered for her she was already scheduled to be moved, along with a couple of other dogs, to a rescue somewhere in Scotland. Homeless Hounds - and other rescues - have to do this to make space for more strays. So yes, we saved Millie, and another dog is saved because Millie's kennel became free. And the cycle will go on and on, it's heartbreaking.

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  9. She's beautiful, I hope she continues to settle in well

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    1. Thank you Rebecca, and welcome to Bag End. She seems to be settling well and alternating between deep, deep exhausted sleep and bouncing around like a cheeky little Madam :-)

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