Doctors Orders.

Almost exactly 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Epilepsy, the first thing my neurologist said to me after my diagnosis was don’t climb ladders and stay away from open water. I thought the open water thing would be the toughest as I love fishing, I figured out ways to fish safely by either staying strapped in my mobility scooter or sitting far back from the water and using long handled landing nets etc. Ladders? that’s not an issue, I never climb ladders! until yesterday, I got an automated call from the property maintenance company saying they are coming this afternoon, I thought it was for re doing the insulation in the attic. In a blind panic because of the stuff up there I decided to gets the stuff out myself. To be entirely honest I didn’t use a ladder, I used an office chair to get a foot in the airing cupboard and from there stepped up into the attic, it all went very well and I managed to get things around the hatch for lowering down and then it all went blank and the next thing I knew I was laying on the floor 10 feet below the hatch with every inch of my body hurting! Today I am very sore and stiff but I appear to have escaped any serious damage. The worst part of all this is that Julia, who is away at the moment, phoned and found out that they are not doing the insulation until the 20th. All that pain was for nothing.

Lesson learned, I would say. :-)

.

On a lighter note, Annie has settled in her new home and Hamish has stopped looking for her all the time.

This is the last picture I took of Annie on the day that she left.

And this is the first picture of Annie in her new home.

Job done, I would say. :-)

.

.

Today the Love Underdog looking for a home is 2 year old Luke.

Luke has his own Facebook page or you can read about him and learn how to adopt him on Love Underdogs website,

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

The world has lost a good one.

Last night a great man died.

Herman S Davenport (Jack) was my Father in law and he was a great man.

Jack served in the US air force for 20 years but it was not this that made him great, Jack was just an honest, hard working, loyal and loving man who would do anything for anyone. One of the greatest things that Jack did was be the father to my wonderful wife, Julia.

The latter years of Jack’s life were blighted by Alzheimer’s disease but even through that he knew who his daughter was and always smiled when she talked to him about his Grand children, Michael and Elizabeth.

Jack was callously exploited, robbed, neglected and abused by his Pastor who he had taken to be a friend of 30 + years, the result of this was Julia and her cousins spent so much time going through papers and appearing in courts they were robbed of some precious time with Jack. I hope you are proud of yourself “Dr” William G Stephen of Avon Indiana?

I will always remember the good things about Jack and use the example of his life to make me a better man.

Dad,s new-look glasses

Herman S Davenport.

December 6 1930 – October 29 2014

Rest now, Grandpa.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Annie’s special day.

Yesterday Annie had a fun day at the park, she ran and played, rolled in dirt and had a great time.

DSC_0115

We allowed Annie to get mucky and stinky because we knew what was coming next… A bath!

20141027_112238

She wasn’t overly thrilled to have had a bath although Hamish looks somewhat smug. :-)

This morning Annie had forgiven us and she was ready for her special day, she posed perfectly with her foster brothers for a family picture.

20141027_111416

That was her last picture at home before we went to Love Underdogs for the day. What Annie didn’t know is that she was going to meet a potential adopter. We arrived on time and Annie set off for a walk in the forest with Bernadette a her dogs after which they spent some time together in the paddock. It all went so well this is the only picture we can now get of “Annie’s chair” :-(

empty chair

It has been a delight having Annie in our family for 3 months, she went from being the most timid dog that I have ever met to being ready for a home of her own. Annie and I never became friends as I had hoped but we got along well enough for her to trust me, that will do for me. :-)

We are taking a 2 or 3 week break from fostering as we have several trades people coming in the next few weeks to do repairs on the house, after that we will start all over again with another lovely Love Underdog.

.

.

The Love Underdog needing a home today is Malcolm, he is 4 years old and completely scrummy. If you are interested in Malcolm or any other Love Underdog follow the link for more information on how to adopt.

I am also adding Renata, I met Renata today at Love Underdogs and she is absolutely gorgeous. She has had a very difficult life but is now fit and well and looking for a lovely home of her own.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Before and after Romania.

I got some pictures today of when Annie was rescued in Romania. :-(

IMG_1527

IMG_1528IMG_1531IMG_1530The women in the pictures are her rescuers, I don’t know the Romanian lady but the photographer on the left is Anna Hauser of Hauser bears and Love Underdogs.

As much as her rescuers loved Annie, they have so many dogs to care for they couldn’t possibly have the time needed to rehabilitate all of them without volunteers, both in the UK and Romania. We foster so we can help in the process of moving dogs like Annie from the streets to a home.

Annie now…

Enjoying her nightly dried tripe.

Even sulking after her tripe has ended she still looks oddly contented. :-D

And a few of my previously posted favourites…

autumnal annie

Annie pretty in chair

Annie nice face

Hamish loves his sister

We don’t have magic powers or special training skills, all we have is love, patience and time (plus our secret weapons, Indy and Hamish. :-D) It has taken 3 months so far but Annie is genuinely relaxed at home and on her walks, she rarely startles and is happy to be near people just so long as they don’t acknowledge her. When her forever home comes along she will be equipped to cope with the change and will soon love her very own pet people. :-)

If you are able to help a rescue dog in any way at all, I would say “just do it” it is very rewarding. Donations, volunteering at kennels, dog walking, fostering or adopting, all are needed the world over. If you are in England, don’t overlook Love Underdogs, they are great. :-)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Autumnal woofers.

I think I preferred Summer but the woofers definitely enjoy Autumn. The wind appears to be a favourite with Annie and Hamish if their mad running is anything to go by, Indy only enjoys the wind if it makes his toy go further when I throw it.

A few days ago we spent a couple of hours walking the trails at Irchester Country Park, they really enjoyed that. :-)

autumnal annie

Annie is definitely getting fluffy but it may be a bit late in the year to cut her hair now.

Hamish and Ju

Julia enjoys Autumn in the woods as much as the Hamish does.

Indy autumn

This is as close as Indy got to my phone camera during our water break, he isn’t keen on having his picture taken.

For everyone heading into the woods this Autumn, keep this one thing in mind….

autumn-dog-turds

.

.

Telo Underdog has been waiting a long time for a home, can you give him one?

Visit his Facebook page here.

Or his Love Underdogs listing here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

A day at a Love Underdogs show.

Yesterday was a lovely sunny warm day, just perfect for going to a dog show. What a stroke of luck that Love Underdogs just happened to have their Autumn fun dog show/reunion then. :-)

The journey was uneventful right up until we were 5 minutes from the kennels when Hamish decided to be sick all over the floor of the car (the cause of his sickness was that he decided to strip and eat the coating from a Kong dumbell)!

We arrived and took the pooches for a walk around the fields where Annie and Hamish had their first encounters with horses and donkeys, that went well. We then circled the crowd of people and dogs milling around the stalls and show ring, that went well, we felt brave enough to stop and talk with some of the Love Underdogs staff and that went well. :-) No scatty episodes from Annie and Hamish was fairly calm, we stopped for coffee, went to sit on a chair and as Julia moved her chair, Annie went scatty. That was the only episode from Annie all day, she was a star.

We decided to enter each of them in one category of the show. Hamish was bound to win his category, the waggiest tail, Hamish clears the coffee table every time he enters a room so it’s in the bag? slightly optimistic there! Hamish saw a child within ten feet of him so he sat like a statue looking the other way and didn’t give even one tiny wag. :-D

Indy was entered in the best trick category even though we had no idea what trick he was going to do? Julia made something up as he entered the ring which was just something he does when we are playing with him in order to test his brain, Julia threw his treat bag 20 feet or so away and got him to wait at her side she then sent him for it but on the way back got him to drop it and return to her with a couple of sits and downs along the way, he then waited at her feet before she told him to find it!! he was brilliant, he came first. :-) I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

Indy prize winner

Annie surpassed all expectations. She was in the best Love Underdog category. We expected that fear would get the better of her so Julia took up a position just a couple of feet from me and the boys just in case she wanted to leave the ring in a hurry. Not only did she parade around the ring with 20 or more dogs and owners, she sat within a few feet of a young lad and his dog and even let the judge stroke her nose. :-)  We were very proud of her,  her new brave persona has carried on into today, she has been very relaxed and even “pestered” me to fuss her this morning. A real winner in my eyes.

Annie Show stopper

I have to give credit to the photographer in this next picture, Anna Hauser is the founder of Hauser bears and Love Underdogs, two very worthy charities.

Me and my boys watching Annie in the ring.

Mick Indy and Hamish at the show

We had a lovely day at the show, we were all exhausted by the end of it but only the dogs got to sleep in a pile right at the back of the car in the breeze from 4 windows and an open sunroof. :-)

Pile of pooches

No individual dog for rehoming again this week, I will however point readers in the direction of Love Underdogs again. I witnessed at the end of the show a paddock full of puppies, a new bunch just arrived this week so there are now about 20 gorgeous young puppies of all shapes and sizes looking for a home.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Annie is a funny old girl.

I find it hard enough to understand human women but understanding a canine woman is much harder. Annie has always been a bit up and down with me, one day she is relaxed and the next she runs every time I come in the room? we thought this was because I am a bit clumsy due to my MS, I often drop things which scares Annie and I also walk a bit wobbly which can look like I am lunging at her. It has taken me getting a sore throat and blocked sinus to finally figure it out, it’s my voice!! my voice has become growly and deeper and she has been terrified when I speak, all it takes is me to talk like Mickey Mouse when addressing her and she loves me! Hamish and Indy are not sure that I am completely sane but Annie likes it. :-)

getting fluffy Annie

Today we had to take Indy to the vet for the third of his four injections for arthritis, while I waited in the car with Hamish and Annie I reached back and was rubbing Hamish’s back and after a few seconds Annie started to vigorously lick my hand? she had only given a couple of tiny licks before, that was also in the car, after a while she pushed her nose under my hand and shoved my hand onto her head for a scruffle. :-) (yes, I had been talking like Mickey Mouse) Progress, I think. As can be seen in the above picture, Annie is getting fluffy again, she had all of her hair shaved after being rescued as she was in a terrible mess, she looks very cute but may need a trim soon?

Annie when first rescued!

Annie b4 shave

Sunday 28th there is another fun dog show and reunion day at Glebe farm, the home of Love Underdogs. We will be taking Annie so that she can see the people and dogs that she was familiar with before coming to us, it will be interesting to see how she does. You never know, there could be an adopter there for her?

Address for Glebe farm.

Glebe Farm Kennels and Cattery
Birchley Heath Road
Birchley Heath
CV10 0QY Nuneaton
Warwickshire

.

.

A lovely older lady called Casandra (Cassie) is looking for a home, she is with Irish Retriever Rescue.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The ups and downs of Annie Underdog.

A week is a long time in the life of Annie. When Julia left for a week long visit to her dad, Annie wasn’t my biggest fan! During the week it was as though I had become Julia, Annie treated me like I was the most trusted person she knew, she came running to me for her lead to be put on, she walked right next to my heel and best of all she relaxed in her chair without getting scatty whenever I moved.

Annie relaxed in chair

 

We had some lovely walks during which I was even bold enough to put Annie on Hamish’s 50ft long line, that proved to be a bit of a mistake as she often ended up wrapped from head to toe in red lead, looking a bit like a red mummy! All 3 of them ended up worn out at the end of our sessions on the scrub fields though. :-)

Indy being pooped but still able to guard his precious empty plastic bottle. :-D

Indy with bottle

Annie pooped, note the very lady like delicate panting.

Annie pooped

And finally, Hamish being pooped, a full on blokey tongue hanging out unable to get his breath pooped!

Hamish scrub pooped

So all in all it was a very successful week, Annie learned to trust me, started getting used to a different routine and all is good with the world? Hold on, not so fast! Sunday Julia returned home. Annie rushed to the hallway with her tail wagging to greet her long lost foster mother she then retreated to the kitchen so she could peep out from behind the door until she was sure that things were OK. Once everyone had settled in their respective seats she came into the room and settled on her chair again, and then I got up and she ran into the garden and hid?! and every time for the next 2 days she did the same thing, I had become the enemy, so much so that on Tuesday night when I went into the room she jumped onto her chair and barked at me, I was shocked as she has never barked at anyone or anything. Since Tuesday she has started to settle again and become her usual self, Julia is still her best human friend but I am no longer the evil one. We figured her drastic changes are just due to the routine changing again and once she knew things were back to normal, she was too. We think we have worked out why she likes to be surrounded to be safe, I found out from Love Underdogs that when she was in the shelter in Brasov, Romania she lived in an enclosure with other dogs, each had their own kennel but Annie didn’t live in hers, she burrowed a hole in the ground underneath it and lived down there for safety!! :-(  so we have figured that the high arms and back of her chair give her a sense of safety, just like her hole in the dirt.

Love Underdogs are soon going to be promoting Annie on their Facebook page as she is now at the point where she could be re homed successfully, she will regress slightly when first adopted but we think she will attach to her adopter within a few days. Once a routine is established in her new home she would soon flourish as she now has a lot more confidence than when she arrived. I will really miss her when she does go, so until then I will try to enjoy her.

.

.

Love Underdogs are looking for the perfect home for Zani who is 2 years old, if that could be you click the picture to find out more.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

While the wife’s away the woofers will play.

Julia has popped over to Indianapolis for a week to see her dad who is very ill, she loves to visit her dad but it is very sad in these circumstances.

The dogs are behaving well for me, Annie doesn’t like me being on Julia’s sofa so I have had to return to my chair, she was constantly staring at me and became twitchy every time I moved? I can only think she has learned to cope by having routine and isn’t comfortable when things change?

Annie has been an angel when we go walking which was the thing that worried me, because I am wobbly when I walk I thought it would be difficult with 3 dogs at once but it has been OK.

We have just had a good session in the scrub fields near home during which Annie got to run and roll in the long grass by being on a long line. It was very interesting untangling ourselves from Hamish’s 50 ft longline every few minutes but we coped. They all ended up very tired (even Hamish) so I would say that that was a success.

I think she is laughing in this one?

A gorgeous little older lady called Amber is in need of a home at Love Underdogs, she is 9 years old and I will happily make her my next foster if someone doesn’t get her soon. :-)

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Annie is coming on nicely.

Again I will lazily use Julia’s Facebook posting as my Annie update.
I will say that Annie comes to me readily now to have her harness put on for walks and after that while we wait for Julia she comes and prods my leg to give her a scruffle. :-)
Today our son came with his partner and Annie stayed in her chair just a few feet from them with no signs of nervousness.
 .
“Annie continues to make progress. It is incredible how easily she has settled into living in a home. She has been clean from the start and enjoys spending time curled up on a chair in the living room with us. She loves her walks! Now she trots about wagging her tail when she knows it is walk time giving gentle pokes with her nose as if to say “don’t forget me!” She comes over & stands calmly to have her harness put on. She walks lovely on lead & we only use a harness as extra security in case something panics her when we are out. She loves other dogs & is very polite greeting them. She is very good at reading other dogs body language, and isn’t as relaxed with bouncy dogs as she is with calmer ones, she doesn’t growl or anything, just crouches down low & tries to get out of their way. Annie is still wary of people she doesn’t know, but now sits or lays quietly if we stop to speak to friends, as long as they ignore her. This is improving as initially she was very scatty & would try to get away if someone dared say good morning as they went past! Auntie Eleanor came over yesterday & Annie was happy to stay curled up on the chair in the same room The key is not forcing the issue with her, just letting her come round in her own time. Her crate is kept closed most of the time during the day now and she has learned that she is just as safe on the chair as in the crate, though we would leave it open for her were we to have a workman or someone we don’t know come in. She does retreat to Hamish’s crate with him when I vacuum, but comes straight back out as soon as I have finished (Mick says he’d climb in their with them if he could, not a fan of the vacuum noise either) She also leaves the room when she sees me come in with the broom, ( a legacy of her days on the street?) but is fine with the mop & isn’t bothered by me squirting the floor cleaning liquid within a few inches of her.Annie is a very gentle soul, not a bad bone in her body & no signs of any aggressive behaviour at all. We put her food in her crate, as she usually waits until our boys have finished eating before starting hers, and though our boys are not food aggressive, they are greedy. I think if given the chance to scoff Annie’s meals, they would, and she would just stand back & let them, bless her heart. She eats until she has had enough, which is a first in this house! She doesn’t always finish her breakfast, but does eat her dinner fine & her nightly Bonio or dried tripe treat.We’ve seen glimpses of Annie’s playful side recently when out on our walks. She’s bounded like a little lamb with a smile on her face and yesterday she picked up Indy’s tug rope, gave it a little shake then threw it about a foot away, but scared herself when it landed :-)  Today, she was laying down while I took Hamish’s long line off of him, and she was picking up a nut husk and was throwing it in the air (I know, we are easily excited ) There is a fun loving cheeky Annie just waiting to get out. ( she did manage to roll in fox poo the other day, I swear she was grinning when she stood up! No rinse shampoo & white wine vinegar meant that I got the last laugh)

She has free run of the downstairs at night. She usually sleeps on the chair, but on the odd occasion has taken herself off to her crate to sleep. She hasn’t been at all destructive, hasn’t pinched any food from the kitchen, nor tried to get into the bin. This little lady is amazing and is an absolute angel. She is unsettled by thunder, but doesn’t bark at it. The first time we had thunder, she went upstairs & lay down in the spare room. The other day, she trotted up & down the stairs with Hamish until it stopped

I am now able to give her a gentle brushing, though she gets a bit nervous if she sees the brush before I start, so I hold it in the palm of my hand & do the first 3 or 4 strokes as if I am fussing her, and then she is fine. She has a lovely little ginger beard, she even lets me brush that! She is a darling and considering her life on the streets, she is doing amazingly well. She is no trouble at all. All she needs is time & patience (patience because she is such a sweetheart, you’ll just want to cuddle & fuss her, but will have to resist the temptation until she is ready), there is a very lucky forever family out there waiting for her, they just don’t know it yet.”

Photo1- Annie & Hamish waiting for me to finish vacuuming.
Photo 2- Annie relaxing in her chair.
Photo 3- Annie on her walk yesterday.

Hamish is continuing to be Annie’s best buddy, he still tries to get her to play but she finds it a little unnerving still.
Indy got a little over vigorous when pouncing on a toy and snapped one of his claws in half and made his hand tender so is taking it easy for a while, as you can see from the picture below this isn’t going down too well! :-D  (that’s his not pleased look)
.
Injured Indy (1)
There is no individual dog for homing today, I am posting a link to Love Underdogs who have just brought 13 more lucky souls from Romania for rehoming, most this time are young pups. :-) They now have 50 dogs plus some cats available for adoption.
Don’t overlook Annie who is featured on page 1 of the dogs available page.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments