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Sunday, 4 August 2019

This cannot be comfortable . . .

The new "study bed" is plenty big enough, but today Millie seems to have a great need to be backwards, upside down, and do things her own way.  But surely this cannot be comfortable?



Although she's been like this for over 45 minutes so I guess The Honourable Lady M. is not suffering too much. She has had a very busy morning - there has been chasing around the garden, a walk and meeting a new neighbour (we are VERY unsure about meeting new people and had to sit on my foot and lean on my legs for security), there has been an Induction Session in the campervan, and another big bowl of yummy soft food*  and she has embarked upon her Horticultural Apprenticeship.

Of which there are no images - because when she is making off with my gardening gloves, my phone case, my prunings, the plastic balls I put on cane tops to keep them safe, plus anything else we can get in our mouth, photography is not at the forefront of my mind!





This video is even more nausea-inducing that the first couple, but it does show the dear little girl REALLY enjoying the freedom to sprint around the garden.


*  So here's a thing:  these days we are constantly "told" that kibble is a good food for our dogs, whether it's the cheap muck full of cereal to the decent quality varieties that contain meat/fish & vegetables only.  Our experience is that our dogs don't particularly like them.  Yes, they eat the food - eventually, but not with relish and gusto.  

Years and years ago M. realised that Ollie was struggling to eat kibble as he aged and we thought it might be because his mouth was sensitive and kibble is generally very "crisp".  So we started adding water to it and he was much happier.  Daisy was the same - she hated dry kibble but soak it in hot water for 15 minutes to create SKibble (Soaked Kibble) and she was a happy girl.   

We noticed on Millie's first night that she ate the kibble slowly, kept stopping and then coming back to it, even though she was clearly hungry.  So I am soaking it for a few minutes (until it cools down) whilst I get on with preparing my breakfast/lunch/dinner - then we eat together.  She absolutely loves it and whilst she doesn't gobble her food like a labrador, she now eats steadily until she has cleared the bowl.

So that's just my opinion . . . 



After a good meal, trot outside for a pee and then have another nap:







14 comments:

  1. Just a thought but maybe Millie was feeling a bit too warm so was lying half on the bare floor to cool down? My little Sugar would sometimes lie like that, lower body on the bed and the rest of her on the floor, and she was always perfectly fine. Just had to laugh at the video, that's one happy dog there, and I love your description of how she keeps running off with your things - it sounds like you've got lots of 'fun' times ahead :)

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    1. You're absolutely right Eunice, she was a bit warm and the wood floor is nice and cool.

      When she's in "playful" mode she will run off with just about anything she can pick up/carry. The rest of the time she is deeply asleep.

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  2. Jayne, you really should Google greyhound sleeping positions and look at some photos,'tis perfectly normal for hounds. She's a youngster too so lots of fun times ahead for her and you. I use small bite kibble combined with wet food for Annie, albeit she's a much smaller lurcher than Millie. I absolutely adore Millie, have I already told you this? :-)

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    1. Hi Eileen, hmmm, you may have mentioned that you're finding Millie rather gorgeous . . . 🥰

      Can you believe she has been with us nearly a week?

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  3. Millie's certainly got a lot of energy! I dog-sat for a friend recently for 2 pointers (yes - they were actually pointer sisters which amused me!)and they had kibble moistened with warm water - they definitely enjoyed it and it looked a lot more appetising than dry. The last photo of Millie seems like pure contentment.

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    1. Two pointers, yikes, I bet you were fit (or knackered) by the end of it.

      Millie does look quite adorable when she's asleep . . . but I might be a little bit biased 😜

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  4. Dear Jayne
    She really is a very happy looking dog. With all that dashing about, no wonder she has to sleep a lot!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Hi Ellie, as you can imagine I am doing a lot of reading about lurchers/whippets at present and it appears they have two "speeds" - 35mph and asleep!

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  5. Our Mossie only eats softened korels - hot water, stirred until cool then the korels* are soft little nibbles just right for a long, slender muzzle.
    *korels = the South African name for kibbles

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    1. Oh, I am SO glad it is not just me. Oldies like Ollie and Daisy clearly hated the hardness of the korel/kibble and Millie has a very small slender mouth, just like Miss Mossie.

      Hope both you and the darling girl are well, and know I am not ignoring you, but no way I am bringing The Honourable Lady M. over until the ear mites are completely cleared up. Do not want to risk that pass this on to anyone.

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  6. I never understood why they were supposed to enjoy the same old dry biscuits all the time, Seems very boring. Lottie has the soft stuff like wheat free Forthglade, with any leftover meaty bits going! The bowl of biscuits is generally avoided. Millie seems to have made herself at home very quickly!

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    1. Hi m'dear. We used Forthglade with Daisy - brilliant stuff, and for Millie I am mixing the SKibble with Sainsbugs Hypoallergenic grain free wet food, which Millie seems to love. Have to say, the Lamb tray smelt absolutely lovely :-)

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  7. So so pleased for you all.Millies going nowhere.she's so happy.lucky girl.love to you all.Linda j

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    1. Hi Linda, thank you for taking the time to comment. The only place(s) Millie is going will be the beach or the fells! But not just yet - she needs to build up a little stamina, put on a little weight, and just settle.

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