When I got home from the vets yesterday, I thought I would contact Laura to see how Harry and Daisy are getting on. Harry and Daisy are siblings from our Cavalier/Brittany litter born last year Smudge has nine little Hudges and Harry was returned to us the end of February, Here's Harry!
Laura who has Daisy, when seeing I was looking for a home for him contacted me and the rest is history. Harry is now with Laura and her family, living with his sister, Daisy.
The reason being at the vets had jogged my memroy to contact them was the fact that Harry had hurt one of his claws the day after arriving with Laura and I was wondering how that was and of course an excuse to ask how everything else was going. I then received a reply from Laura. When I open emails from people who have my dogs, there is always a moment of anxiety, as you start to read them, because problems do occur and with Harry, I so wanted this to work for him.
That's great news about Treacle. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on the blog to see the new arrivals.
I've tried to send you two videos this week of Daisy and Harry together, but annoyingly I've just realised they haven't sent. Rob's going to have a go at sending them so, fingers crossed, they'll come through.
Jane, Harry has been such a delight! It seems like all the pleasure we've had with Daisy has more than doubled since he arrived. They have taken to each other well, play together endlessly and seem genuinely fond of each other. Within half an hour of his arrival Rob was checking the house insurance policy to see if we have accidental damage coverage as they have had a few near misses with knocking stuff over when they're playing! Overall though it makes it easier having two as they keep each other occupied, stopping the mischief Daisy used to get up to when she was bored before.
It's been quite a learning curve taking on a slightly older dog. He was quite uptight for the first few days and barked at every unfamiliar noise. Whereas Daisy gets reassurance from us when stuff is unfamiliar, we were strangers to him and, apart from having Daisy, we could tell he felt like he was on his own in a strange place. He's definitely relaxed a lot now, helped by the routine we've got into. He loves his walks too and is helping improve Daisy's recall as he is so good. I'm currently training for the Moonwalk, a marathon-length walk through the night for charity and it's nice having two furry training partners now! He is certainly getting noticeably fitter and is almost catching up with his sister now.
I had thought his sore paw had almost totally healed but he must have knocked it on our walk this morning (6 muddy miles through the woods!) It doesn't seem to be bothering him though and I've been bathing it with antibacterial wash (hibiscrub) to stop it getting infected. I'll continue to keep an eye on it and take him to the vet if it's still not right by next week.
Overall, he has proved to be a great fit for our family. He loves the girls, loves his sister and seems increasingly confident that he's in his forever home. We couldn't be happier.
Laura's husband, Rob sent me the video clips of Harry meeting their children for the first time, which is so sweet and then Harry and Daisy out together in the woods.
I emailed Laura to thank her and tell her the videos had arrived and she replied, "
Glad the videos came through. I especially like the "why are there two Daisies" comment from Isabelle. It also added to the effect that Millie was dressed as a Dalmatian for world book day!
I'll keep you posted on the further adventures of Daisy and Harry!
I cannot find the words to really express how wonderful it was to read about how well Harry has settled in with his new family and to watch those videos. So I'm just going to finish this on saying, "Thank you Laura and Rob."
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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