Below, photo of Ginny at mine, watching for Jayne (and no I DON'T usually allow hounds to use my desk as a lookout tower!)
As for Ginny herself, OMG she is the MOST lovely, lovely girl. A beautiful dog inside and out, a gentle, knowing soul
As Jayne has said the photos in no way go anywhere near showing, and it is absolutely impossible to describe, just how undernourished and horrifyingly thin this little girl is. There is literally nothing of her except skin and bone; the fact that she is now 2kg heavier than when she was taken into kennels is truly beyond comprehension. She is also much tinier than her photos show, a real little whippety girl.
I will be following this special girl's progress SO closely. She has totally won my heart
Poor Audrey is not having a lot of luck with dogs at the moment : Ginny, not at all happy at Jayne's departure, decided to tunnel her way under Audrey's front door. Not a good activity for a dog that's supposed to be taking it easy Fortunately Audrey had the wisdom to ask for help and so, Ginny's now at the MaD House.
Thank you Audrey for being kind enough to take her on and compassionate enough to recognise when she'd got you beat And for doing all that driving yesterday
I've got some piccies which I'll put up as soon as I get a few mins but, I've got to say, Ginny is gorgeous and way, way, way smaller than she looks
Well another beauty of a doglet has found its way to the MaD house for a temporary stay in the country
It beggars belief that people (using the term loosely) could leave a dog in this condition It was......how can I put this?.......shocking...... to see how fragile this little one is and how small
However that is the past and after a peaceful nights sleep Ginny had a tentative play with a ball this morning when she went for her morning stroll so there is no doubt that this little girl, although small in stature, has a giant will to survive
So, until foster mum comes back from her holidays she will be having some comfy R + R at the MaD house
Glad you could step in and help Donna must have been a worrying experience for Audrey, but looks like the little girl will settle with you until her foster mum is home from her holidays. Maybe she feels more comfortable with other hounds for company, bless her.
Thank you so much for your concern but, now that Ginny is safe and settled, I am absolutely fine.
I am totally in awe of Ginny who is an indescribably special little girl. As Jayne and Donna have said, the photos don't in any way show how emaciated she actually is. She is literally skin and bone. It defies belief that she has in fact gained 2kg since first arriving in kennels. Despite her appalling start in life you would just have to meet her to get a sense of what a determined, and yet incredibly gentle and loving soul she is. Her wags and leans are to die for
Within minutes of Jayne leaving my house on Sunday Ginny sussed that Jayne wasn't coming back and began her frantic searching. All over the house, into the garden, up on the desk to look out of the window, zippy-zapping around at a rate of knots. Digging frenetically at the bottom of the front door. Nothing I did or said would in any way calm her. I tried keeping her in one room with me but she frantically dug at the bottom of the door until I feared she'd seriously rip her paws. I then fed her in her crate and secured the door but as soon as she'd finished her food she ripped at the crate with her claws and was crashing her head against the bars. She was clearly at real risk of damaging herself badly and of expending energy which I knew she didn't have. I was so aware of Jayne's vet having said that, due her extreme lack of body weight, Ginny should have "just 5 minutes on lead exercise a day". At first I thought she would wear herself out and begin to ease down, but 3 hours later despite my best efforts, she was still going strong. I truly feared she would over expend her energies and collapse. I was out of my depth and very aware that my lack of knowledge/experience was risking Ginny's well-being. I rang Jenny.
Again I am in awe of the support which SLR provides at times of need. Within fifteen minutes of me having spoken with Jenny, Donna and Mark were on the 'phone offering Ginny their knowledge and experience and the consequent safety of their home.
As soon I put Ginny in the car she stopped the frenetic activity, keeled over into an exhausted heap and slept all the way to the Mark and Donna's. I will leave Donna to describe Ginny's unbelievable capacity to undo securing knots and to do dive head first into a well-secured bag of goodies!
Jenny, thank you SO much for your amazingly speedy response to my asking for support Donna and Mark, thank you SO much for offering to take Ginny at such short notice and for using your knowledge and skills to eventually calm her It was the hugest possible relief to me to know that she was in safe and caring hands.
Ginny is one exceptional little girl who has SUCH spirit. I shall be watching her progress closely and hope to meet her again when she is stronger, to have some more of those special Ginny wags and leans.
I'm an honoured to have met you little one, I am just so sorry that I wasn't able to help you more than I did.
Below: the truly lovely Ginny - her hip bones give a clue to the extremeness of her emaciated state
Goodness, the picture above really does show how thin she is, and no muscle tone either. Has she ever been taken for a walk or a run, I wonder? Poor little love - so much stress to deal with. Might she be missing her other half, Hayley?
Well done all for the care and affection your are/have given this little one.