Adorable Ed was so good during his first night here that I was surprised he wasn’t sporting wings and a halo this morning. He settled on his bed in his under the stairs den and I left my door ajar in case he needed reassurance or attention in the night, or decided he was going to sleep in my room. All I heard where his dream-squeaks – so cute! But when I got up at 6am to see how he was, I found him upstairs in the bedroom next to mine, where he had snoozed a few times the previous day. He hadn’t made a fuss (I’m a light sleeper) – just decided he preferred to be upstairs. But the funniest, sweetest thing was that he had carried his comfort blanket upstairs to his chosen sleeping place – how endearing!
He raced outside for a wee, did a few sprint circuits of the garden and followed me back to bed for a lie in. He hadn’t been too sure about coming into my room, but he soon realised that the sofa there was his and curled up back to sleep with one eye on me to check I was going back to sleep too (which I most definitely was!).
We had a lovely shady walk in the park where, for the first time, I saw him launch into Speedy Gonzales mode, sprinting circles around me and making me dizzy – wonderful and uplifting!
A brush and some bone-chomping in the garden at lunchtime, and now we are both going to take a siesta as it’s too hot to do anything else!
The only downsides to Eddie – he doesn’t make his own bed and he can’t make tea. Jenny didn’t write that on the website!
Time to show my baldy belly to the world!
Will you magpies stop clacking while I'm trying to concentrate on my bone??
Getting to know the plot (?) of Grey's Anatomy! Have I got to watch this every week?
Adorable Ed is now in his 2nd week here and he has shed signs of nervousness, become very brave and totally made himself at home.
The breakthrough was day 5 when we had 3 firsts: He played like a loonie indoors, pouncing on biscuits and toys and spinning in circles, playing peekaboo round doorways and generally being a young carefree dog. He pawed for more strokes when I stopped – previously he hadn’t expressed anything....now you can almost see him smiling at neck nuzzles! Previously, in the park, he had only sprinted a small circle then stopped and come back to me. But on day 5, he sprinted back and forth several times in a straight line, eyes fixed on me at the centre with a huge ‘yay this is great’ expression on his face! It probably helped that is was drizzling, which Yvonne said was his favourite type of weather! What a wonderful day that was...lots of teary cuddles!
Since then, Ed hasn’t looked back, doing many things he was nervous of and I don’t have to creep around the house for fear of startling him now. He’s met several of my friends with confidence – even let his Godmother sleep in his bedroom with him. He’s good as gold when left on his own – I’m building up little by little – and seems confident that I’m coming back. I think it helps that I decided to use the front door for going out and leaving him, as when we go out together we leave from the back. So if I take the keys out of the front door, he goes into his den and doesn’t wait for his lead to come out.
He’s eating well too. I add a little oily fish, pasta (chopped small so he doesn’t spit it on the floor!), fresh meat, raw tripe etc to his usual meal and he scoffs it down, but only if there is no distraction, so I sit until he’s finished. Funny that when I was married I never cooked my husband fish as I hate the smell, but I’m happy to do tripe for Ed which smells like the Devil’s breath! Hmm – say no more!
So, in order to wrap up this long update, angel pup is still sporting the shiniest halo in town, thanks largely to his other mum’s love and care.
Oh, and today I finally taught him to snooze on my bed when we have time for a lie-in! That’s progress!!!
Vogue....strike a pose !
...nothing to the left..
...nothing to the right...
..all clear..here I go......
Hmm - is that a tennis court?
So it is...I wonder if they'll let me play? My serving isnt up to much but Ive got a very strong backpaw
Phew - what a match...a win in straight sets - time for a rest and to dream of getting to Wimbledog.....Zzzzz
Sheer joy reading about Ed ;D. Having just read the update on him via facebook, I just had to pop on here to congratulate you on what is sounding like the perfect home for Ed . And I just loved picturing him carrying his blankets to bed
As for the smelly food cooking .... I do more home baking for the hounds too!! Liver cake stinking out the house as I type.
Be happy Jane and Eddie and I hope his former family will enjoy his happiness too. xx
Bless you Sally - your good wishes mean a lot. The 1st time I left him alone (for 15 mins) he carried my old flip flop from the lobby to his den too - no chewing - just liked the smell (!) nearby I suppose! Perhaps I should try to train him to meet the car when I get back from Tescos and carry the shopping in!
I finally felt brave enough to come and have a little peek today.
This past week has honestly been the most horrid of my entire life. The pain initially was almost unbearable - I don't think I was quite prepared for how devastated I was going to feel - but reading about how Ed is doing has definitely made me feel a whole lot better.
He looks and sounds totally happy, which is just perfect. Thank you so much Jane, for looking after this gorgeous boy so fantastically and for loving him so much. I know you will be so happy together and like you said, I'm sure you're going to start working on that pixie strip pretty soon!
Please give him one more big hug and from me and I'll definitely come back to see any new pictures and read about his progress every now and then.