Today the first pup left from Smudge and Henry's litter and tomorrow is Fathers Day. Yesterday I managed to get a very cute group of photos of Harry before leaving us today, with his Dad Henry, which ties in nicely for Fathers Day.
I have come to the conclusion over the last few weeks watching Henry with his pups, that there is some sort of bond, he certainly has shown a protective streak towards them and also shown a tolerance to them.
The biggest tolerance is with food. Henry loves his food and does not like other dogs trying to eat with him, as many dogs do. He has no problem with me near him when eating and will leave even the tastiest treat on command. The only dogs he will tolerate stealing from his bowl whilst eating are a couple of the bitches, one being Smudge. Dolly who is half his size he will totally be submissive to when eating, which is very funny to watch and he also will allow his pups to jump all over him when eating, showing no aggression, even if they tug on his tail while eating, which makes me consider that he has some paternal feeling towards them.
Nicola and Calvin arrived this morning at 9 am with their youngest son Elliot to pick up Harry. Whilst I was running Nicola and Calvin through everything doing what I call the puppy hand over process, their son Elliot settled down with our children to watch a bit of telly whilst waiting. Elliot had some company. Harry fell asleep on his lap and Elliot's Dad caught the moment and sent me the photo when they had got home to Berkshire, along with an email letting me know that they had all got home safely and a couple photos of him in his new home.
Just to let you know we had a completely uneventful trip home and Harry was brilliant in the car apart from a little bit of sick right at the end; not bad for 3 hours. We stopped a couple of times because we didn't know if he needed to go to the toilet or not (he didn't!)
There was a little bit of whimpering when we first left which almost started Nic off but he settled down very quickly.
It didn't take him long before he was fully exploring our garden and playing with his new toys and chews. Elliot had great fun playing with him and now we're just looking forward to Henry getting home to meet him again. He is now crashed out in his new bed which he seems quite happy in.
Anyway, thanks again for all the great advice and the starter kit. We're absolutely sure he's been given the very best start to his life and we hope we can continue it.
I have attached a couple of photos for you.
Calvin & Nic"
Thanks Nicola and Calvin for letting me know you got home safely and I think Harry is going to have a lovely home with you and your two sons.
All that's left to say on this blog is, "All you fathers out there. Have a lovely Fathers Day !"
“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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