If anyone with other young dogs is wondering if she would fit in, could I offer James and Henry as an example? They are 11 and fitted in with loopy loon Arthur (18m-ish).....Henry was instantly accepting and James is now totally fine after about 2 mnths.
Of course, I dont know Dear Dilly, but you CAN teach old dogs new tricks x
I live near Crewkerne if I can help in anyway let me know. I homecheck for GRWE and Lurcher s** and I am the Somerset Events co-ordinator for GRWE. Could go round and visit this weekend if you like or maybe help with transport. Let me know.
My name is Brenda and i am Dillys new foster mum .Dilly is actually 12 yrs old .She arrived at 3 30 this afternonn ,after a long journey from Somerset .We took her straight over the field when she arrived and she relieved herself,then James,her masters son , let her off the lead and she trotted beside us .She saw lots of dogs but was very well behaved with them She went to the vet this morning for her vaccinations ,kennel cough vaccine and microchip .On examination of Dilly ,she was found to have mammonary tumours and because of her age it is not recommeded that she be operated on .She is also a bit deaf and has athritis in her hind legs .She is still very beautiful . She has been through a lot in the last month ,what with her dad dying and then going into a home with very lively children .She must have thought she was going home yesterday when James came to pick her up and take her back to her old home for the night .She looks so sad and lost and was very upset when James left her with us .She doesnt know what is happening to her .I told my husband to leave her to come to us but he felt so sorry for her and went to give her a cuddle and she bit him on the hand .He realises where he went wrong now but it is very upsetting to see her sad eyes . Dilly did enjoy her dinner tonight and licked the bowl clean She keeps going to the window to look for James but she has now decided to have a sleep on the floor near me . I have not introduced her to the cats yet ,i think she having to cope with enough at the moment ,anyway there is no rush as she is not going anywhere .
Brenda bless you. In a short time, the only reason she will look out of the window is to check the weather for her walk. Gentle ear tickles to Dillys and great big bangy waggy tail thumps from our two, Oh! and Us of course
Dilly slept well on her bed at the foot of our bed last night .She did not stir till 7 o clock .Went sraight out with Brian and then enjoyed her breakfast .My son came to see her ,she diid wag her tail at him and seemed like she wanted to make friends but was not quite sure .He thought she was a beauty .I am banning any children under 10 at the moment . She was actually a rescue dog at the age of about 2yrs old and had been badely treated .James wondered if she had been mistreated by children as she is not keen on them ,but it might be just because she wants a bit of peace in her old age and she has been feeling poorly as well as her old bones aching .Poor old lady .
We took Dilly out in the car this afternoon ,first a visit to the cemetery to lay flowers for my mother ,then on to Bedfont Lakes .We had a nice stroll and then sat by the lake .She saw lots of people and dogs and was a very good girl .I am not letting anyone stroke her at the moment as she seems to have a thing at the moment about her head being touched .She was a star in the car . She was not sure about coming down the stairs this morning ,so i laid a quilt down the stairs and it reasured her and she walked down .I was told this trick years ago when one of my dogs paniced coming down .Seems a strange thing to do but it does work . Dilly does not sit down ,she stands or lays .I dont know if this is to do with her hips .The trouble is when she stands for to long her back legs shake so much . She is out of condition at the moment because of the trauma she has been through as well as her illness. She is sleeping with one eye open and as soon as myself or Brian get up to leave the room she is up and following us .Brian said he cant wait untill he can lay on her bed with her and give her cuddles as she looks like a little lost girlie .But slowly does it . Well she has got through day 1 and nothing bad has happened to her, day 2 will be as good .Soon she will realise its not that bad here and those strangers dont seem so strange after all Brenda
Well done Brenda and Brian for giving this lovely old girl a home. ;DMy Tyler is 12 now too and she has slightly wonky hips too and has trouble with sitting. Angus is nearly 8 and has always sat down front legs first then his bum kind of follows on down. He rarely does sitting up so I think it must be a Deerhound thing. Your pics of Dilly are lovely, and I am looking forward to hearing of her progress with you.