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Monday, 12 August 2019

Our first fortnight

Goodness, Millie has lived here for two whole weeks - how did that happen?  The days have absolutely sped by, possibly because it feels as if we have hardly sat down for the entire time.  I do not think there is any doubt that Millie's life has been enhanced by coming to live at Bag End but the real test is how much our lives have been enhanced by having her here.

And the answer to that is:  immeasurably.


We seem to have "done it again" and whilst this mad little girl will never be Daisy, she certainly shares some characteristics - she is kind and can be gentle, doesn't appear to have any malice and when she's not trotting around the house/garden with the latest "trophy" in her mouth* she is a very easy lass to live with.

*  It should be pointed out, in Millie's defence, that the occasions of 'nicking things' are nearly always because WE are not meeting HER needs at that time; if it is a time when she needs to play/burn off some energy, or if we have been daft enough to leave something where it does not belong and it is too easy to pick up (slippers, gardening gloves?)
 

Before Millie arrived I alluded to the fact that we'd been "busy in the garden' without saying what we were doing - but it was things like making gates less "jump-over-able", adding a gate to keep the Cottage Garden/Veg patch separate from the big side garden.  The garden has undergone more 'reinforcing' in the form of barriers to cut off  'zoomy routes' that were going to wreck a couple of beds, and there needs to be a little bit more done because she doesn't always differentiate between lawn and flower bed.



She does love to play, although stepping outside when it is raining requires some thought:







There is a section of Cottage Garden lawn which is already torn up, but if you rummage back through the blog far enough there are pictures of where Daisy had done a similar thing.


Lady Millicent is burning off huge amounts of energy in the garden, but doesn't yet seem to know what walks are all about.  Mostly we have kept her to the short route near the house, and she is starting to relax and recognise where she is.  Yesterday I took her to the river for the first time; she was very unsure to start with as we walked away from the house in a new direction, but once she settled down was very interested in her surroundings.




Unlike Daisy she doesn't seem to be bothered by water happily sploshing through a large puddle, but it will be a long while before she's off a lead near the river.  Actually, it will probably be quite a while before she is off a lead anywhere - her recall is as typically crap as you would expect from a young sighthound.



After the "you are not sleeping on my bed battle of wills" Millie now settles down in her soft crate every night, but when I get a cuppa in the morning and go back to bed to read for a while The Honourable Lady M.  joins me and is a warm, snuggly delight.



She's also (mostly) a snuggly delight on the sofa, although she does take up more than her fair share of it.



Unlike many lurchers, Millie does not mess around where food is concerned, although she does not like Bonio - neither did Daisy, and much prefers her Milky Bones to be interactive - ie, kicked across the floor so she has to chase and pounce.  She is also keen, at mealtimes, to make sure I do not try and escape before I've served up the latest bowl of SKibble & wet food.  Definitely "channeling Daisy" as the In-House Trip Hazard.



The fortnight has not been without its challenges - there is the small matter of my being head-butted (which still hurts!), and she wants to play typical lurcher "bitey face" games which we cannot allow when the playmate is human:  ouch!  There have been some toilet accidents, thank goodness for Vanish spray and the Vax carpet washer . . . a couple have been where WE did not get her out to the garden when we should have, the worst was (we think) caused by the stress of head-butting me and only one for which we can fathom no reason.   But these are the exception not the rule - if you had a puppy you could pretty much guarantee weeks of indoor toilet moments πŸ™ƒ


It is a shame we have had to make a couple of trips to the vet, but she's well on the mend.  Both her conjunctivitis and ear mites seem to be on the way out, and since I removed that suture material the healing on her tummy has happened at such a rate it's almost mending in front of your eyes.



So there you are, the first fortnight.  I think her 'home trial' is well and truly over and we must finalise the paperwork with Homeless Hounds, but before that we are going on our first (for Millie) campervan trip to the seaside because I know the tide is out.

We both wonder if she has ever been on sand before, guess we'll find out in an hour πŸ˜€












16 comments:

  1. Dear Jayne
    What a happy girl she looks. That last photo in the blue blanket says it all. I await with interest to find out what she thought of the sand and sea.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Hi Ellie, thank you so much. I love how expressive she is - not only do you get lovely relaxed smiles like in the last photo, but she's a cheeky little girl and when she is making off with something she knows perfectly well she should not have picked up you get this "big eye" as she grins and trots away (obviously waiting for us to give chase).

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  2. A wonderful post with some wonderful photos - I love the one of her snuggled up on your bed. It sounds like the lives of all three of you have been enhanced for the better and I'm so glad - I wish you all many many happy years together. I can't wait now to see how Millie enjoyed the beach and if it is/was a success :)

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    1. Thanks so much Eunice. You are absolutely right - not only have we rescued her, but she has rescued me and you know I was in bad need of that . . .

      The beach trip went pretty well, will sort photos tomorrow, if I get time.

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  3. Millie seems to be a quick learner and settling in to her new life well. You are on a learning curve too and doing a grand job. Lovely to see Miss Millie found her way to your bed after all :) I found this nice little article about sighthounds, worth a read.
    https://www.purina.co.uk/dogs/dog-breeds/dog-types/sighthounds
    Enjoy your day out at the seaside with Millie.

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    1. You're right Eileen, she does pick things up quickly, and I have to keep remembering that in the last couple of weeks EVERY SINGLE THING she has ever known in her life has changed. That's an awful lot of take on board.

      thanks for the link, will have a look in a moment.

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  4. oh, your beautiful girl is a joy to the eyes ... and it seems she is stirring things up appropriately too-"owner errors" are to be expected in these early days (although Olivia tells me I make about a thousand a day ... still ... and she just forgives me and continues with her plans regardless)- I hope the proposed trip to the beach was successful- we live on the bank of a huge lake and our pets have always enjoyed their strolls along the shore and frequent swims- letting them off-leash there for the first time was always nervewracking, but they always went "only so far" and happily returned drippy and smelly to us- I'm definitely enjoying your re-entry into the wonderful world of pet parentage-
    the usual regards from Texas ... where summer has us in a death grip-
    barb

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    1. You've summed it up beautifully Barb, she is a joy and a trouble-maker in equal parts.

      Your lake sounds great, and I am looking forwrd to taking Millie to visit some of our wonderful nearby lakes.

      Isn't it about time Olivia had her own blog . . .

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  5. That must rate as one of my all time favourite 'roundup' posts. Well done all of you - here is to many many sandy walks with Bill xxxxx

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    1. Kate, thank you for saying such a beautiful thing. xx πŸ’šπŸΎπŸ’š

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  6. What a lovely progress report. It sounds like Millie is bringing you lots of joy. I expect you can forgive her for anything - who knows what sort of life she may have had previously. I love the photo of her in her new coat - but my favourite is of her near the cooker licking her chops!!

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    1. Thank you Mrs, I don't think her past life was as horrendous as it might have been. She does not have scars, and is only a little head shy. She is timid, and takes time to get close to new people, being more worried about men than women.

      She wants to be near us at all times, so when I am cooking, she's there . . .

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  7. Maybe when you take her away from the garden she thinks she is being taken away for good.

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    1. Sue, that is ~exactly~ what we wondered. Right now, her "world" mainly consists of the house and garden, it makes sense that walking away from that would be worrying.

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  8. Gosh, that's gone by quickly, but what a wonderful home she now has.
    I'm so happy you came to your decision. X

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    1. Good morning Jules :) Thank you so much, happiness all round I think 😊

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