Dillys is a very lucky girl to have found you both to love and take care of her . Your patience and understanding is just what she needs now. Looking forward to reading her journey with you from now on.
:)Day 2 Dilly had another good night ,Brian got up for work at 5 o clock and she didnt stir .Mind you she is quite deaf .She got up with me at 7 and then straight out to toilet .Dilly was better coming down the stairs this morning ,i dont think she knew how to come down them as she was trying to jump down ,them rather than step by step not a good thing when you have old bones . ,i dont think she has used them before .I still have the quilt on the stairs untill she has mastered it .and make her walk behind me. She is learning fast .By the end of the week she should be confident to walk down without the quilt . She enjoyed her breakfast and didnt leave a scrap . We had a nice walk over the fields at 10 30 ,she really enjoys her walks . Her tail is getting more waggy so i know she is starting to relax . I went out today and left her for 2 hrs .I needed to get her raised bowls as it is hard for her bend down to eat her food especially with her bad hips .She was very happy to see me when i got back .I got her a largs rawhide bone as a reward and she walked around with it in her mouth showing it off before deciding to eat it ..She was equally pleased when Brian got in from work . She is still not sure about being stroked on the head ,so when she is near me i gently brush my hand along her body .She has stared to lick our hands now .So she is starting to trust us . Brian and i took her back over the field at 3 o clock and again she walked like a good girl . It is a good job that we have a 7ft high walled garden as when she was in her last temporary home she escaped and went back to her old home and it is a long walk from here to Somerset . ;D
:)Dilly woke upwith Brian at 5 ,she was in a really good mood and was rubbing herself against him and allowed him to stroke her .After he left for work she lay at the end of the bed and slept untill 7 .She has really enjoyed her walks and now has a bounce in her step ,she seems much younger than her 12 yrs .This afternoon we took her to the field and let her off the lead and she happily walked at our side and then shocked us by trotting to catch up with me .She is a joy to foster and we are already in love with her .Her depression is slowly going it seems . She is now fast asleep ,we know it is a relaxed sleep as now both her eyes are closed .
Just a thought about her not liking her head stroked. My geriatric Charlie does not like it either.
We believe it is because his eyesight is not good so the hand moving towards his face is not distinguishable as something nice or nasty. Once the hand has been established on a safe part of the body, then moving to the head is fine.
We're very careful to approach Charlie slowly and carefully so that he doesn't get a shock. His being deaf doesn't help either!
The Rescue have decided that Brenda and Brian will foster Dilly for life and she will be a sponsored for life dog. Hopefully with a little bit of help from the family if the mammary tumors need sorting out. You will all remember our Elly coming into the Rescue and having to have half a mammary strip at 12
This is a double celebration for us as Brenda and Brian were devastated when they had to give their lovely Brooke up for adoption to Chris and Lynn through us. Brooke was so O.T.T. and Brenda and Brian both developed back problems with her. Last week they were in the depths of sadness, and we felt so bad for them, and then a little (or should we say BIG) miracle came in in the form of Dilly.
Brenda had said when Brooke had to come into us, that if we ever needed her to help with an oldie then let them know, and so we did.
I know Brenda and Brian loved Brooke to the moon and back, but sometimes you just have to say that it is not the right home for your dog, and when one door seems to shut, there is always a little crack until the next one opens.
Brenda has sent me a few more piccies, and I will load them shortly. Thank you Brenda and Brian for being there when we needed you, and for Dilly. xx
A dog is a gift in life. Love and protect it. _________________