Wonderful to hear from you Yvonne - Ive been worried of course and miss you. What do you mean 'one more' hug and ? He always gets a double dose so he knows both his mums love him. OK - sniffles are starting at the thought of your sadness and also of the love I have for this gentle trusting boy who has just gone upstairs to bed ( I heard the THUD as he lay down!). Bless you, xx
Ed continues to be the sweetheart his other mum told me he would be and is eating well and enjoying walks in new places.
His nerves at home are a little better although outside he still has odd panicky moments especially when other dogs approach off lead (hardly surpring as he was 'bullied' in the past) so Im hoping to work on that with some socialisation.
I was horrified yesterday to hear a monsterchild say that as Ed has a small head he must be stupid and big heads mean your clever. Shame Ed wont bare his teeth and growl on cue.... I did suggest that if that were the case the brat would have a head the size of a pea, but I dont think he appreciated the remark.
A few photos of His Adorableness:
Because we are both lanky, Ed fits perfectly over my knee for brushes!
Ed deigns to rouse himself to greet his doGmother
Mum I dont want to look at toys - cant we go to the snack and treat aisle? Pleeeeeeease??
If she added me to her Visa card account I could come here on my own and stock up on tripe sticks and pigs ears....
Lovely piccies and I can look at them without crying now too! Although it still feels very odd, almost like looking at your husband with another woman, very weird. ;D
I did have to laugh at your monsterchild comment. Jay (our eldest) used to get so angry when some stupid kid made some remark about Ed being skinny or looking like a kangaroo or something. He's the most graceful and beautiful dog ever!!!
We did eventually manage to rid of his reaction to other dogs, although it took a little while. Generally dogs coming over for a calm greeting were always fine, but any in-your-face dogs, no matter what the size, would never get to feel too welcome. As time went on, he got to know the dogs we came across on walks and so the reactions eventually disappeared altogether. It was never that fierce, just a bit of a growl to warn them off.
Really happy to see it's all going so well! I hope him and Cassie will become friends, but the more time they spend together, the easier that will become no doubt.
The kids' last day at school today, so at least the house won't seem so empty anymore!
Adorable Ed is still making progress and is becoming so much braver (altho as I typed that, he ran upstairs as a very loud motobike went past - oh Ed - now theyll think Im exaggerating!!)
OK - Ed is still making progress and is becoming so much braver especially on walks.
When he is off the lead he is nowhappy to hang back and sniff or run ahead and follow a scent...all alone with no human legs to hide behind!
Sounds silly, but the last few days of seeing him do this has been wonderful and he seems to be having real fun when he's out and about now. Plus he has greeted some off-lead labs very politely and let them sniff him too...no grumpy growls.
This morning he shot off...galloping about 150metres to a copse where pesky rabbits loiter...bless his heart - he had no idea that the sound and vibrations of 4 thumping paws approaching from a distance was enough warning for them to leave the county, let alone hide in their burrows! I won't be teaching him the stealth approach though.
Not only was he brave enough to run so far away from me (strolling a long way behind) but he also came galloping straight back at my whistle with a huge smile on his face....obviously the thrill is in the chase! But this evening a deer raced by us so I stood in front of him so he didnt catch sight of it...Im not THAT confident in him!
I guess this is what many of you experience regularly, but for me it was a new and delightful sight - Ed behaving like a carefree dog.
He has put on a little weight and is now happily eating Burns as recommended by his vet (venison of all things....fortunately he hasnt demanded quails eggs for starters yet!)
Also his baldy bum is growing new fluffy hair! Mind you, I cant resist kissing his ears all the time so they will probably be bald soon!
We had the pleasure of visiting Sallybeth and Tilly in their lovely home recently and Ive posted some photos below .....
I loved Tilly's beardy wet kisses, although Ed thought it was all a bit too sloppy and girly
If Tilly had got on Ed's bed he would have been none too impressed..... fortunately she was generous enough to let him try it out!
Later at home when he didnt have to be the tough guy!
great update on your lovely Ed, it is wonderful to hear he is continuing to settle well, gain confidence in his new home and build up a very strong bond with you, he looks very happy, it must be such a reassurance to Yvonne and family to know he is so loved and doted on, wonderful pictures of his visit to new friend Tilly