Jenny & I collected Daisy this morning from the kennels where she's been since being picked up as a stray in Hertfordshire getting on for a fortnight ago.
Daisy stands about 24/25" to the shoulder, about the same as my Winnie, but nowhere near her bodyweight - when I lifted her into the back of Jenny's estate she was as light as a feather: she could do with a good deal of bulking up. This shouldn't prove too much of a problem, since she possesses a very healthy appetite. Jenny gave her some treats, which she devoured eagerly, & since she's been with me she's had sausages, Markies, & half a bowl of Burns chicken & brown rice, which I'd left down for my lot to pick at whenever they felt peckish.
Daisy has quite a few scars & abrasions, probably acquired when she was living rough, & her coat has been coming out in handfuls.
Judging by her ears, she may possibly have suffered from mange at some time in the past.
In spite of her condition, Daisy has exhibited a very waggy tail, & is fairly confident. She met Sofi this morning, & then the Harlow Hooligans, & she has been fine with all of them, as she was with Mollie, SLR's resident stunt kid, & also Jenny & me.
There were cats at the kennels, & Daisy was interested in them, but not 'interested'[/u]if you get my meaning!
She travelled well, & is good on the lead.
Daisy will shortly be subjected to the grooming brush again, before being bathed, & going to the vets later this afternoon for her initial checkup, first vax, & microchipping, from whence she will be going to John & Viv who will be fostering her.
This is the friendly little girl, who will soon be right as ninepence, & will make someone a lovely companion:
She looks as ribby as Enzo does sometimes But we do have his dodgy digestion as an excuse. Repeated bouts of tummy troubles take the weight off quick and we have to put it back on slowly or he'll have troubles again.
She does look nice. Really wish I was part-time already!
Post by doggedhashadit on Aug 6, 2008 19:55:24 GMT
She's been here about a couple of hours, now. Jen left about 7.30 and we then took her for a walk round the block. Very good on lead and with dogs we met, but may be just minding her ps and qs.
I'm slightly concerned that the last 4 or 5 vertebrae of her tail look like they might pierce the skin, as she's got so little meat on her. She should be muscle and bone, but in places she just looks skin and bone.
We gave her two cups of dry food and thought she could hoover up any leftovers, but Honey got in first, so I gave her a third cup.
And that's it till breakfast, although she will get a lunch tomorrow as we've been advised to have her on 3 meals a day, at least to begin with.
Sorry, it has been a long day at the vets and picking up etc. Only been in an hour. Thanks for the two cuppas John to keep me going.
Yep. She is skinnier than her photos show. I had her weighed at the vets and she was just over 19 kilos! Her tail is nearly non-existent and there is only about a centimeter of flesh covering the last 5 vertebrae. She has a lovely temperament and just needs some tlc and a loving home. There are many many wounds, old and new and she has been put on A.B's for a while just in case.
She is about 24" at the shoulder. At the mo she favours women, but I think that if John takes over the feeding side she will soon come round to him. She has a waggy and happy mode, but she is so exhausted. I think that she needs to catch up on a lot of sleep.
Barney and I thought that she would never poo. And after the vets I thought she would at North Weald, but no... And then after half an hour at John and Vivs she finally released the biggest wee, about 1 minute and two poos. It must have been such a relief for her.
I think...... she is gorgeous..... And I just wish she could have stayed with me. She is a Pip look-a-like.
Winnie is in need of plenty of hard running exercise, which, for various reasons, she's been deprived of over the past few weeks. This will be rectified ASAP, without the necessity of her signing on with Weight Watchers!
Má tá grá agat dom, tabhair grá do mo mhadra. ~ Love me, love my dog.
Post by doggedhashadit on Aug 7, 2008 10:19:26 GMT
She had a good clean quiet night.
For some reason Honey has decided that Jack's breakfast is tastier than hers (despite them being identical in mix and quantity). Jack left his, so Honey moved over, so Daisy finished Honey's after she'd finished her own, then finished Honey's Jack's leftovers (if you know what I mean).
There seem to be two sorts of (rescue) dogs. Those which have had no boundaries and have to be reined in and shown where they are and those that barely dare breathe without permission, then slowly push to see where the boundaries are. Daisy is the latter type and is very good in the house, doesn't countersurf and doesn't pull on the lead.