I haven’t posted for a wee while as I have been under the MS weather a bit! luckily I was due an appointment with my MS nurse this week so I was able to get my medication adjusted. I haven’t slept through the night for a couple of months due to nocturnal nerve pain which could be renamed as a “pain in the a**e”!! I have been on an increased dose of my medication for nerve pain since Friday and last night I slept the whole night.
I am being referred for assessment for some cognitive problems which could be MS but could equally be Epilepsy but the worrying part is that the testing is done by the “early dementia testing team”!! My nurse said not to read anything into the name but I think she is trying to tell me something.
On a jolly note, Hamish is doing great. He is confident enough to be loose on the park although we leave a lead attached just in case. That boy can really run! Indy doesn’t stand a chance of getting to the ball first even with a decent head start, Hamish has a very good recall already as we started teaching him with food rewards and Hamish really likes food.
Here is a photo of Hamish running free followed by a short video of his first day of recall in the park.
At home Hamish is really settled, he loves to lay with Indy (they snog a lot) they still tumble but less often. Hamish has established a routine and is happiest when we stick to it, he knows when it is time for eating, going out for walks and cuddles.
We love our dad. :-)
We definitely made the right choice when we adopted Hamish, he may not be the purest bred Golden Retriever but he has all the best traits of one and we love him.
I am just about to renew my fishing club membership so I should be starting to fish again soon, it will be really good to get out of the house once in a while. Now, WHERE IS SPRING?
I just came across this video of an American sports reporter’s take on a college football player coming out. Perhaps the homophobics out there might listen and learn?
The dogs will play.
Julia is in Indianapolis, she went at very short notice because she finally got a court date for her case against the crooked preacher. SHE WON!! The judge awarded guardianship to the family and declared the will and power of attorney to be invalid having been obtained fraudulently! I will do a post in the future naming names and giving detail but at the moment a file is being prepared for the prosecutor. If you have older family in central Indiana especially Avon and Indianapolis, check on them to make sure they haven’t been persuaded to sign a power of attorney by a crooked preacher.
Indy decided that as Julia is away it is ok for him to sleep on her sofa, after finding him on there a few times in the night I decided to put his “blanky” there, this is in no way condoning his behaviour! :-D
Hamish is continuing to settle and has finally become confident enough to play “tumble monkies” with Indy, this was always a favourite game of Luca.
Hamish has a really big personality, he is cheeky, playful, loving and has all the makings of a really great dog in the not too distant future, I think the right dog for us came along at the right time.
After a very muddy day in the fields we decided that today was a good day to give Hamish his first shower, he was quite brave unlike Indy who has a lot of experience of showers and he hates them.
This picture makes me realise just how big Hamish is, Indy is no titch!
Last night the boys slept together for the first time.
Hamish is becoming a bit of a celebrity at the park, all the dog walkers know who he is and many can’t wait until they can fuss him (a few have managed the odd stroke or two) I will not rush him, I am very pleased with his progress he is just a great big giant puppy who is starting to learn about the world.
It is very rare for Indy to allow a picture to be taken these days, tonight he was in competition with Hamish for attention so we got this.
Hamish has been with us for almost 2 weeks and is making some good progress. When he arrived Hamish startled very easily, things in the house, things in the street, things on the fields in fact things! Now Hamish is getting used to a lot of the things that he will encounter on a daily basis. We have contractors working in the streets around our house replacing gas mains so there are a lot of strange things going on with noise, big machines and giant rolls of yellow pipe being unrolled everywhere we go and he will pass them all with no fuss.
Hamish loves to explore the fields and parks around us which he is doing on a 50ft long line at the moment (in case he gets spooked) and he is very happy to greet any dogs who cross his path, he will even approach them if they have a person but he is still not keen on people reaching down or speaking directly at him. We discovered this morning that Hamish likes to swim!! while walking through the park we went along a stretch of brook which is slightly swollen by rain, one minute he is walking and sniffing and then he was in it.
For walks we are still using a harness to back up his Halti because when he spooks he jumps backwards and his face pops out of the Halti. He walks great, no pulling or criss crossing around me he just walks and sniffs and has even learned to stop and sit at the curb when we are crossing the road (it took Indy months to do this) so all in all Hamish is doing really well when out.
At home he is wonderful, he loves to have fuss but is just as happy to flop down either by my chair or in his bed. Hamish already loves Indy and Indy is happy to have a brother again, for the first couple of days, Indy had to do his special smile when Hamish was impolite but after a few days of that they have reached an understanding. He eats well with no possessiveness around food or toys and is an all round good bloke.
I am looking forward to many happy days with Hamish and Indy.
Indy is already waiting to cross the road but Hamish thinks he has time for just one more photo.
what a poser!
If you are looking for a wonderful Goldie like Hamish perhaps you could check out Irish Retriever Rescue. Even if you can’t adopt there are many ways to help abandoned and neglected dogs.
After more than 2 years of waiting we have found a special Golden boy to be part of our family. I spent many months searching rescues for the right dog and then I found him at Irish retriever rescue, after completing an application and having a homecheck we finally got to go and collect Hamish from his foster home in Lincolnshire. Hamish spent the journey home stretched out on the back seat of the car with his head in my lap just like he had always known me. when we got home he had a quick look about the house and garden and then decided it was ok so he went to sleep.
As Hamish has just arrived we have only taken a few dozen pictures of him as we take more I will do a proper post.
Hamish has had a walk during which he was very calm and well behaved then he came home for a rest.
Or rather, a Collie found me! Yesterday I was outside with my son working on his car when a handsome tri colour Border Collie strolled up and joined us. As he had no collar on Julia put a lead on him and took him for a walk in the hope she would come across people searching for him, she didn’t. We called Wiccaweys to see if they had lost a Collie or knew of any missing in the area but to no avail, I had started to think that I could keep him for a while but a neighbour who works with a local rescue found his owner just by doing a facebook posting and making a couple of phone calls! Curses to the internet, it’s amazing really what a good tool the internet is. I was surprised however that his owner didn’t rush straight round to get him but asked if we could look after him for 3 hours? I would have been here in 3 seconds if it had been my dog?
This is Milo our shortest foster ever.
What a handsome bloke.
Now I just need a Golden Retriever to find me the chances of me returning a Goldie would be very slim indeed.
The woman who collected Milo said she would return our lead today which she borrowed because she doesn’t have one? She didn’t! This reminds me of a time I found another dog without a collar, we got it back to the owner without her having to pay the dog wardens fee, she made a special trip to our house not to thank me but to repeatedly shout at me that my dogs had better not have mated with her bitch!! I think I like dogs more than I like their owners a lot of the time.
We have been continuing our search for another dog but so far with no luck. today we called about one only to find out that she had been reserved 2 hours earlier! We will get a call if that falls through though. The right pooch will find us soon.
Here is some philosophy to end the year.
Cartoon done of Luca and Indy Christmas 2009