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.
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 <email@example.com>. Many thanks.