Yes he does still do lots of jumping and bouncing (and also circuits of the sofa) when a walk is in the offing... Speaking of which, racing has just finished and I'm being very loudly and plaintively nagged... so soreeeee - gotta go now!
Fantastic, I can just picture the scene!
In a perfect world every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog!
Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.
Do hope this is permanent for Victor. Pearlie is almost 11 and unlike other fosters it took her a while to accept us. I suppose if they have been with owners for ages it is hard to adjust. However, it is worth it when you realise they are quite content at last. good luck with him he certainly looks comfy.
Oh don't worry zesthounds, he's not going anywhere! Jenny will no doubt send along the paperwork in due course, I'm sure she has more pressing things to attend to.
I'll post more pics after the Cheltenham Festival - I'm a bit preoccupied this week! Lovely weather here though - we are walking to the shop via the Rec / allotments in the morning for the Racing Post, then having a 'proper' walk around 4.45 after the Ch4 coverage ends. I was able to leave the back door open so Rory could wander in and out this afternoon, it was so warm, but he kept barking at my neighbour Rosy just for fun! He quite likes pottering in the garden, though it's fairly small. Next door's cats are still staying inside... that's going to be fun when he first sees them!
At least they won't be coming in here cr*pping in my herb bed lol
Rory seems to prefer to sleep downstairs on the sofa, now he knows I'm not going to vanish - he comes upstairs to get me around 8.30 and does his bouncy-bouncy when I get out of bed. In the summer he can go up and down all his likes, I leave all the doors open when it's warm enough
He's met quite a few of the local dogs now, and all has gone well except one 'incident' with a very robust and over-friendly black labrador, which ended up with me on my arse tangled in the barbed wire, with Rory's head in my armpit to stop him barking! It was quite comical - the other owner had to extricate me! Rory was still on his lead in the narrow bit of the path closest to the village, and the lab was offlead coming towards me, very bouncily. Rory does get a bit nervous and barky/snarly when he's on his lead if dogs come up - but he's fine offlead.
We met two other black labs, old mum and young bouncy daughter, today - and he was fine with them. We've also met David the carpenter's Airdale bitch, and the usually horrid little pug lady, who took to Rory very nicely, to my surprise (she hated the Staffie)
We also met the two blond collie cross ladies from number three out walking - that went very well too.... but Rory still barks at them across number 2's garden! I guess he hasn't yet connected the dogs he liked on the track with the two intruding on his 'home' but he will in time
He's also 'met' the bull and his three remaining sons - if they're near the fence where he can see them, he very circumspectly walks just the other side of my knee, watching them closely with a very distrustful expression on his little face - quite funny. He just stood stock still and stared the first time he saw them up close!
Anyway, life's full of new things and he just loves being out and about - he gets really animated out walking, tail going nine to the dozen.
Oh he's very much 'at home' now! He's not bumping into things with his nose much now, and he's quite taken over about 2/3 of the sofa... He was in his basket in my bedroom with his nose under Digby Dog when I woke this morning, having come up with me last night then gone back down again to sleep! - it's warmer down there last thing as I've turned the bedroom rad off... He obviously came up in the night, or early this morning, so that's cool
I just wish he'd eat more bics/ Wagg, he's only really eating his soft food. I might try cooking up some brown rice every few days, and see if he prefers that. I don't want him losing weight, esp off his back legs which I'd like to build up a bit.
Have you tries soaking his biscuits with a bit of gravy for a while before feeding? He might be a bit more inclined to eat them if they're softer. Glad to see he's officially yours, here's wishing you many happy times together! WTG little Rory.
Duly administered! He's getting much more cuddly and affectionate now - he's re-arranged the sofa so he can lie snuggled up beside me which he wasn't interested in at first.
He's still a bit undecided whether he wants to be up or down at night, but he'll make his mind up in his own time. He went down again last night then must have come back up in the dark as I heard a bang then a tiny yelp and I guess he bumped his nose on the door! I'm having to be very aware he can't see too well - if it gets worse any time soon I'll keep doors shut again.
He was a bit miffed today as I didn't want to walk for too long in the rain - he had his little faux-fur coat on ad was quite happy to go on a long hike! It's the first proper rain we've had for ages
zesthounds, yes he does eat better with a bit of gravy on the bics, I try to keep some in the fridge to warm up but don't often eat food which has gravy! But i think it's better to get smaller or softer stuff to go with his tins or mince anyway. I don't want feeding time to be a constant battleground! I've been trying adding oatflakes - he loves that!
We did the 'left hand circuit' yesterday, a mostly new walk for him, down towards the valley through a field path skirting the road to Nayland, and along the concrete road (a farm road which is also a footpath) back to Poplars Farm from the other direction - it's about two miles right round and I went slowly but Rory ran up and down a lot - sometimes at speed! He just loved it, and slept very well later It's so funny watching him set off at a fast trot, with such purpose, tail wagging. I do have to be careful to make sure he can see me at all times - his sight's not so good on one side. He missed me once and went hareing off down the cement road back the way we'd come for some distance!
It's sunny today, and we're about to head off to town to the PET SHOP, for supplies - and a few treats no doubt! I'll take the camera unless the battery is flat. We might try a new walk on the way back... I'm so glad he's good both in the car and on the lead, such a contrast to the last incumbent hahaha
Have lots more pics to post, esp of the 'favourite' walk which is a mile or too away, and the first visit to Pets At Home (where Rory embarrassed me by peeing on the display outside the shop, then peeing on a pile of boxes of cat food INSIDE the shop!
Sadly I'm mega-busy right now - will post these pics in the next day or so I hope.
He also met one of next door's two cats yesterday - started of very over-excited but I persuaded him that standing barking and trying to get through the fence was a NO and he left it alone eventually - she just sat her ground So I think it's going to be ok....... He's quite trainable still, very anxious to do the right thing (except come back when he's called when out walking!). I'll still be careful though, not to leave the gate open!
Anyway, long and short is that Rory seems very happy, has become quite cuddly, and is loving having the back door open now it's warmer - though he does LOVE the sound of his own bark!!
Downside of the warm weather is - he's moulting like crazy! But doesn't seem to mind being groomed