Meet Dolly, our new sponsor dog. She has come to us via a vet, and little is known about her previous life but we think she is about 3 years of age.
Dolly has settled really well now she has had some training and knows that there are expectations she needs to respect. She loves going for walks, and especially those where she is allowed off lead and there might be fox poo to roll in. If no fox poo then bird poo is a good second best. Luckily she also really enjoys having baths.
Dolly has recently been to the groomers, and I am honestly very jealous as I could have done with a few hours of being pampered. She loves lockdown as it means she has us here at home with her, and that, in her opinion, is where we should be. She seems to go into a trance when she is being groomed, and it must be pretty wonderful considering the state she was in when she arrived with us.
We have builders around at the moment, and Dolly thinks this is a pretty good thing as where there are builders there are pies and biscuits. They have not been during lockdown but have now come back, so a pleasing situation all round.
Dolly has declared war on a couple of black and white cats who come into her garden. If she is in the house and sees them through the window she comes and dances in front of me so I open the door to let her out. Then she hurls off to sort them out. They usually escape over the shed roof which is very annoying for a dog who would love to fly after them but doesn't have wings.
Dolly has discovered she loves prawn crackers from the local Chinese takeaway, and has missed them so much during lock down that the other evening, having seen them on the kitchen unit (yes, they have reopened) she actually stole them! She will also gladly sell her soul in exchange for cheese. Crumbly Lancashire being her favourite. A good choice considering she came from there.
She is still very scared of black plastic bags and yard brushes, presumably because they bring back bad memories from before we had her. At least we are aware of it, and do our best not to have them around her. She always poos on concrete, never grass, and again this must be a left over thing from when she lived in a shed outside. She still loves puppies, and tolerates them very well. Other dogs are not appreciated as much. We would like to get another dog to be a companion for her, but it would have to be a young puppy as she would not accept anything else, and as we always welcome rescue dogs, it is not very likely. Never mind.
Well, it is almost a week since we brought home a weak, docile young lady: and now we have a bolshy teenager with lots of energy and the desire to run the household, I am pleased to say. She is almost healed underneath, so sees no reason to lie on her back and accept any nice treatment. Trying to trim her paws is no longer a lovely lethargic treatment, now it is a battle of wills between herself and me. It is wonderful to see her feeling able to have her say.
She is still out of her comfort zone if we go somewhere new, or if people come to the house, but is more willing to go and sniff them. She now has loads of energy, and sits by the front door begging to go out for a walk. We cant wait to take her somewhere fun, but I cant get her vaccinated until after Tuesday when she finishes the antibiotics. I will take her to the vets and see when she can be injected and spade, and if she needs any more treatment.
She does bite the inside of her back legs, and there are tufts of fur missing there. I will show the vet, but I think it is a nervous thing. When she is feeling bit out of control she paces around and around all the time. We are learning her body language quite well. She is an early riser, 4.30 or 5am being her preferred start to the day. Ravenous by l am when I feed her. We have bought her a new feeding bowl, with fat pillars in it, and she has realised that if she circles it she can still eat fast. Quick learner! However, it still takes her more than 30 seconds.
She loves chasing birds. She lets the plump pigeons settle in the garden and then chases them.... great fun! She loves to help with changing the beds...well, she calls it help. She gets under the sheet and then careers round to get it in knots. The word down is thoroughly ignored at all times.
Thank you Sally and Dolly
Meet Dolly, our new sponsor dog. She has come to us via a vet, and little is known about her previous life but we think she is about 3 years of age. However, she is a beautiful chocolate brown working cocker, and it looks as though she has spent all her life so far being used for breeding. It is increasingly obvious that she has never been in a house before, so probably lived in a shed. She is in foster now, and is learning all about house living. She has discovered that there are other dogs living in the mirrors and glass, which she finds very disturbing. Strangely enough they look just like her! She has terrible mastitis which is being treated with special baths, cream and antibiotics,and her skin has been flaking off. The fur under her chin is missing possibly from rubbing against a rope. She has terrible cuts on her belly. She is very caring of the teddy she has been given, treating it like a puppy. She is in a high state of anxiety and is finding it hard to adjust to a normal life. Yet underneath there is a gentle lovely personality which will come to the forefront with love, attention and training. At the moment she is getting used to her name.
If you would like to help with Dolly's vet's fees we would be grateful. She is going to be a long time getting over her previous life, and the physical and physiological scars she has been left with. £5 a month will help in every way! if you would like to become one of Dolly's sponsors, please contact our sponsorship volunteer Danielle Wilkes <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Many thanks.