One year ago today we picked up Hamish from his fosterer, he looked like this. :-(
He was terrified of everything including me! What a difference a year makes. Not only does Hamish look very different but he is much braver, funny, playful, loving in fact every thing you could think a dog could be except clever, he could never be accused of being clever. :-D
It has taken a lot of time and patience to get where we are with Hamish, without the help of friends, family and the dog walking community of Croyland park Wellingborough we would be nowhere near as far forward as we are.
We needed a harness and a Halti in the early days in order for Hamish to feel safe, we moved on to just a halti for walking and a long line at the park but now Hamish is like a “normal dog” and gets to run loose at the park with his doggie chums. :-) He still has the odd manic moment when he goes deaf as we frantically call him but so do I when Julia is calling me sometimes. :-D Once Hamish has had 30 minutes or so of chasing his ball and playing with his friends he goes on a lead and practices walking calmly among people and dogs, since starting this routine he has become much calmer and braver around strange people.
At home Hamish is a perfect bloke, he is relaxed and loving with only the occasional gruff bark or two when a strange person comes to the door, which I think is a good thing. He loves to cuddle up with me and Indy on my chair but as he is so big he has to leave his feet on the floor.
Where Hamish has excelled is with the foster dogs, he started to mature a bit when Annie was with us but was a little protective of her but with Buddha he is totally relaxed and acting like a grown up.
The one constant in the life of Hamish since his arrival has been Indy, they love each other and are inseparable. Indy did spend a bit of time teaching Hamish some doggie manners, he does this by using his “special smile” when that didn’t work he got a low growl and finally a Collie nip on the flank which always worked. It has been a very long time since Hamish has been reprimanded, he is a slow learner but learn he does…. eventually! :-D
They truly are brothers.
So, in summary Hamish is a big goofy, loving, friendly, loyal, handsome, frustrating, brave, playful, mostly obedient large yellow dog. But most of all he is my friend (who looks mighty fine in his dressing gown).
And I love him. :-)
Betty is a 4 year old “tri paw” who is currently at Glebe farm. Love underdogs are looking for a loving family for this calm girl.