Love Underdogs show.

On Sunday we had a lovely, if a little chilly day at Love Underdogs fun dog show and reunion. The purpose of the day is for adopters to meet up while at the same time raising funds to enable other dogs to be rescued. It was a successful day with a lot of people attending and a decent amount of money being raised. :-)

On a personal note our boys were very good, Indy was just Indy and behaved impeccably as usual and Hamish showed great signs of improvement especially with children, he barked at a few people who got too close to him but settled after a while and relaxed. :-)

My pack.

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A few times during the day Indy was mistaken for Chip, Chip is a gorgeous boy who I have added to my blog a few times in the hope of finding him a home, so far to no avail. :-( I would foster Chip but his energy and personality is too close to Hamish which would cause chaos at home!

The beautiful Chip.

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I tried to take some photos of the fun dog show so that the prize winners could be shown on Love Underdogs Facebook page, A former Love Underdogs boy called Yol decided that I should photograph him instead so he photobombed me. :-D

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One of the trade stands sold home made dog treats which judging by the dog on the table were very good. :-D

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These are some of the other previous Love Underdogs residents who have been lucky enough to be adopted.

I love this “oldie” he reminds me of Budha who we fostered recently. :-)

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It was a great day during which lots of people roamed the kennels meeting dogs with a view to adopting. If you are thinking of getting a dog and you are in the Uk, check out Love Underdogs first as they rehome to all areas of the UK. If you live elsewhere in the world there will be a local rescue centre or shelter near you, many of which will be breed specific in case you have your heart set on a pedigree dog.

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On a sad note. I have featured Bobbi several times recently, he had overcome a bad spinal problem and after expensive surgery and rehab to learn to walk again. In recent weeks Bobbi’s health has deteriorated and yesterday he died. It has been a very hard time for all who knew Bobbi but especially for the team at Glebe Farm who have cared for him for so long. :-(

Rest in peace Bobbi.

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A whole load of nothing.

Writing for the sake of it!

Nothing much has changed since Jolie was adopted, she has settled well into her new home and we get a pleasant stream of pictures and updates from her family facebook  page.  :-)

Hamish has continued to flourish, I am not saying that Jolie made him behave badly but he has come on leaps and bounds since she went, he was in a constant state of playful excitement! In the past Hamish would have half an hour playing ball at the park away from other dogs and then he went on lead for an hour, now he stays off lead for the whole walk. Hamish is much less bouncy when he meets new dogs and less nervous of their pet people. :-) He loves his afternoon run with my mobility scooter, this causes him to yip like an excited Husky for the first 5 minutes, I used to be embarrassed by the noise but now it just makes me laugh which makes him do it more.

Hamish and Indy (back left) enjoying the sunshine with their friends including Romanian Ginny at the front with her back to camera and Sunny underdog laying down on the right.

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Hamish and a partially hidden Indy in the buttercup meadow.

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We will be getting another foster dog soon but while I am having trouble walking it limits us a bit, I can’t hold two in one hand while using crutches and it would be a nightmare on my buggy(tangles would ensue)!

I am so relieved that nice weather has finally arrived, I hate the cold and wet although if it gets too warm my MS fatigue will be a problem but I could always sleep all day under the cherry tree at the bottom of the garden. :-D

I think my MS has settled in for the long haul as my balance, spasms and neuralgia are still as bad as they were 3 months ago! I will be due to see my MS nurse next month so I will see if anything can be done to feel better? I haven’t even felt well enough to post on Facebook recently!! A few days ago I was sitting thinking about when was the last time I did anything like cooking (I love to cook) or repairs around the house? it has been a long time, I plod from one spell of feeling bad to another and before you know it another year has passed! I will make sure that the next time I have a good spell I will do something to ease the burden of poor old Julia. She doesn’t read my blog so I will probably get away with calling her old? :-D

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3 year old Freya is looking for a very special home. Freya is a very shy girl who will need a patient, gentle family to help her continue to progress after the work already started at Love Underdogs kennels. She is exactly the type of dog that we usually foster, a lot like Annie and Jolie, maybe when I am a bit better she will be the next one? If she doesn’t get a home of her own before then. Please visit Freya’s profile to learn more about this beautiful shy girl.

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News from Jolie.

It is always nice when a foster dog stays in touch. Jolie has been in her new home for 2 weeks now and is settling in nicely. She was nervous of her new dad for the first day but soon got attached to him, he did the right things by walking with her and doing her grooming etc.

Jolie now lives in a small village near the English border with Wales so has the benefit of some gorgeous countryside to walk in. After she had been in her new home for a couple of days she got scared by something and pulled out of her collar and ran away! Her dad followed her a short distance and she was waiting for him in a dead end lane, he calmed her and then put her collar back on and went home, that’s why I use a harness with nervous dogs.

Jolie now has 2 feline siblings, she was OK with cats when she was with us unless Hamish started shouting at them in which case she would join in, she seems happy enough with the cats in her family if a little unsure of them.

I think Jolie is going to have a good life, she lives in a lovely place that has a lovely big paddock for her to play in, with nice people who love her. What more could a dog want? :-)

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Warm in front of the Aga

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I am going to feature Chip again. Chip is exactly my kind of dog and would be mine if I didn’t have Hamish, Chip is the same personality as Hamish and there are only so many scatty, playful, boisterous pooches I can cope with. :-D

Chip is with Love Underdogs in Warwickshire but can be rehomed anywhere in The UK.

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Jolie has left the building.

Yesterday we made the trip to Glebe farm, home of Love Underdogs, for Jolie to meet prospective adopters. The journey there was very eventful, more on that later. I was worried that Jolie would be scatty and nervous of the people there as she hasn’t been to the farm for 2 months, I didn’t need to worry, everyone was shocked by how friendly and playful she was. :-) Jolie ran up to all of the staff in turn for a scruffle and even followed a child around! The adopters arrived and went into the paddock with us, this proved to be a mistake as Hamish barked at the people which made Jolie nervous. After we left the paddock so just the adopters and Love Underdogs staff Zara and Shannon were in there Jolie settled down. It took half an hour for Jolie to sit comfortably with her new people but after she was cat checked she happily got in the back of the car with her new Mum/Mom.

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I am pretty sure that a gust of wind blew some dust in my eyes as they drove away as my eyes got all teary! :-D  We haven’t heard from the adopter yet to say if she is settling but usually no news is good news. We didn’t bring a new foster dog home yet as we like to wait a couple of weeks in case the adoption doesn’t work out, then we can take her back with us.

Indy would like us to leave him at Glebe farm, there are several large dog paddocks that are full of toys, Indy loves toys, he was overwhelmed by the ball pit though, there were so many balls he didn’t know what to do with himself. :-D

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On the way to Love Underdogs there was an incident on the road which was the closest I have ever come to seeing someone die! We were on a winding road behind 2 cars and an HGV/semi truck, the truck had pulled out in front of the cars dangerously and then went slowly leading to a bit of frustration with one of the car drivers. After a mile or so the front car pulled out to pass the truck, I could clearly see another HGV/semi coming the other way! I waited for car parts to come flying my way but thanks to the immense skill of the truck driver the car driver ended up on the verge on the other side of the road. The truck managed to get down from about 50 MPH and move over enough to allow the car to escape, all in about 2 truck lengths (about 80 feet) I stopped and spent a bit of time with the driver, she was very young (about 19) and she was a wreck, she was crying and shaking so badly she was almost convulsing. :-(  I left her after 10 minutes or so, I did tell her to wait as long as she needed to compose herself, after I left I was annoyed at myself for being a typical dumb man by not asking if she wanted me to call someone for her!!

The incident is a minute and 10 seconds in on the video which is best viewed full screen.

Sorry to all the nations that drive on the wrong side of the road, you may have to view it in a mirror so that you don’t get freaked out. :-D

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I met the most gorgeous looking girl at Love Underdogs yesterday, Trinity has been there for a while but I had never met her before. Trinity is four years old and is way more stunning than she looks in her pictures.

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Mobility scooter and dogs.

I finally got around to introducing Jolie to my mobility scooter, I had been using it with Hamish for a few day with no problems. We started off with Julia walking behind me with Jolie but as soon as she saw Hamish come to me for treats she wanted a piece of that action. :-)

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They are both so relaxed with my scooter they don’t pay attention to where it is, I have to instead otherwise my tyres will be getting fur coated. :-D Considering Hamish and Jolie both had a tough start in life and were very nervous they adapt very well.

My MS is still not giving me a break, several of my symptoms are as bad if not worse than they have ever been. My balance almost finished me off yesterday, I was upstairs and was just unfolding my stairlift seat when I lost balance and went head first over it and down the stairs! My body must be well practiced at falling because apart from an aching hip I was totally unscathed. :-) I might just start applying for jobs in the circus or as a stunt man. :-D

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I will post Bumble again as he is still waiting for a home of his own. :-(

Bumble and many other lovely dogs are at Love Underdogs.

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Posted tonight on Love Underdogs Facebook page is Basil a lovely big bear of a dog. Basil is 7 years old and full of fun and love, despite this he hasn’t had anyone show any interest yet?!

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MS is winning!

It has been a rough old couple of months since my MS started playing up but it is as nothing compared with this week! I got my mobility scooter out to go for a day of fishing but had to return home after an hour because my balance just went, I have long had a balance problem but it has only been short bursts, this week it went and hasn’t come back. Walking may be a thing of the past for a while as I just can’t stay upright, I can shuffle on 2 crutches but if I don’t place them just so I end up falling, I’m afraid Mr wheelchair is coming back! The weirdest thing about my MS is that whenever I am feeling at my worst I get an insatiable urge to get a job and be busy? I am never content with not working but it is strange how being ill makes me want a job even more?

The good thing about a flare up is I get to take loads of extra drugs :-D most of the day I am off with the fairies in floaty world. :-D That is just a joke, of course, but it is better than being miserable and self pitying. I have discussed with Julia how we are going to do the dog walking and it is decided that I will introduce Hamish to my scooter so that I can take him to the fields while Julia will bring Indy and Jolie, I can’t use my wheelchair for dog walking because we live at the top of a hill and I would struggle back home. I suppose I should be thankful that at least my Epilepsy is behaving itself. :-)

Yesterday I managed to avoid the job of bathing the pooches because of feeling bad, The baths couldn’t be avoided though because Jolie discovered that she enjoys rolling in fox poo!!

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Mrs Stinky sulking in the bath.

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Clean and smug as Hamish is taken upstairs. :-)

I didn’t take pictures of Hamish because he sprays water everywhere, my new camera is water resistant but I didn’t want soap all over the lens. Indy just sits with his back to me sulking so that would have been a waste of time too.

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Mr Clean. Hamish is always beautiful.

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Indy or as we call him “The real dog”

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There are many Love Underdogs pooches looking for a forever home but I will stick with Bobbi this week. Bobbi is the most gorgeous and lovable dog, nobody deserves a home more.

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Anyone who can should attend the Love Underdogs fun day and dog show at the end of June, there will be lots of beautiful pooches there.

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Indy, the forgotten one.

It’s not that I ever forget about Indy it’s just he hates having his picture taken. Indy is a remarkable dog, he responds instantly to the softest of spoken requests, (we don’t do commands) most of the time he knows what we want before we say anything. A few years ago Indy taught himself the signs of the early stages of my seizures so he almost always gives me warning!

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I thought I would catch him out by hiding upstairs and pointing the camera out the window, nope, he spotted me. :-)

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He can be quite stern when I con him into looking at the camera by holding a twig.

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It only works once then he brings his own twig, you will need good eyes to see it. :-D

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He will pose occasionally, he had been watching me for ages while I changed my mobility scooter batteries.

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He will always pose if Hamish is around but he has to have his twig. :-D

We are very lucky to have had Indy for the past 8 years and there will never be another like him. We learned after Luca died not to try to replace a unique dog but to get the one that needs us and let them show their own uniqueness.

I don’t want Hamish and Jolie to be forgotten so here they are.

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Hamish enjoying the evening sunshine.

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Jolie also enjoys a bit of sunshine.

Updates are infrequent and a tad boring at the moment because I am still having a hard time with MS symptoms! Life is almost entirely at home as I can’t get around very well which is why I have replaced my scooter batteries to enable me to get out more. It is going to be very interesting when I take Hamish and Jolie out with my scooter because neither one of them have seen it before, maybe the first post after that day may be interesting?

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4 Year old Bobbi is still waiting for a home of his own, he is a wonderful boy who would enrich any home. If you could offer Bobbi a home click his picture for his details or go to Love Underdogs site for information on adopting.

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Plodding on.

Not much going on at the moment. My MS is still being unpleasant but I am still coping with it, Indy and Hamish are just the same and Jolie is still making slow and steady progress. We have had several visitors recently which in the past would have meant Jolie going in the next room and peeping around the door a lot, now she lays by my chair barely 3 feet away from the “alien people” she is brave. She has just been furminated which resulted in a large bag full of undercoat! She just stood still and let it happen. :-)

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Looking sleek after her treatment.

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Two pics taken by my son when he visited.

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Just for a bit of balance here are two pictures I took of Hamish when my new camera arrived today. :-)

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Cognac is a 6 year old boy who arrived at Love Underdogs with Asta who has since been rehomed, can you make it Cognac’s time for a happy life?

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I hate MS but love my pooches.

As much as I dislike moaning about MS today I have to! My symptoms have been getting worse for a little while now and I am almost as bad as I was 10 years ago. My recent MS clinic appointment confirmed that I now have secondary progressive MS which is normal after 20 years of relapsing remitting MS. I was told that I have started to cause damage to my hips and spine by only using one crutch and that I should now use two, after a few days of using two crutches it has become apparent that my left hand and arm are weaker than I realised and it has been a struggle getting around! I am also not sleeping well because of some spasms and nerve pain in my foot. DAMN, for someone who doesn’t like moaning I am doing a good job. :-D My greatest fear is that the problems using crutches could mean I will have to use my wheelchair again which always drags me down, I wonder what Hamish and Jolie will make of me being on wheels? :-)

On a brighter note, Hamish is still gorgeous.

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As is Indy.

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And Jolie is continuing to make progress. She is still wary of new people but not scatty, she prefers to sit a couple of feet away from the humans at the park if we stop but happily walks among them and prods their bottoms when we are walking? At home Jolie is just part of the family and every bit as cheeky as Hamish if not a little more. :-) Did I mention that she is a little flirt? Whichever of the boys is nearest is her boyfriend at that time.

Jolie loves Indy

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or does she love Hamish?

Hamish and Jolie hugging

Jolie did something yesterday that no dog has done since Luca, our late Golden Retriever 5 or 6 years ago, she got Indy to play mouth wrestling! :-o She actually gets away with a lot of stuff with Indy that no other dog has ever done, she can walk right into his face when he is laying in his corner without him even smiling at her, in fact she has even walked on him with no consequences! He must really like her.

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Destiny is a 2 year old small dog looking for a home, she is a little shy. Details of Destiny can be found here, all other Love Underdogs can be found here.

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Jolie Underdog.

It has been a little over 3 weeks since Jolie came to stay, she has settled in wonderfully. Jolie is going to be the perfect pet for some lucky family, her only issue which is very minor is that she is shy around new people but she soon gets over that as can be seen in this picture from a morning park walk.

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As long as she has her brothers with her she is very brave.

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Around the house Jolie acts as though she has always lived in a home when in reality she had never been in one until she came to us. Jolie loves to lay by the fireplace which is close to my chair so that she is in easy reach of any scruffles that are on offer. :-)

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She even does her praying by the fire. :-D

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She will even stay by my chair while Julia is using the vacuum! it is obvious from her face that she would rather it wasn’t there but she isn’t moving for some noisy machine.

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Her favourite place to be when in the house is wherever Hamish is, she really loves Hamish. (who wouldn’t)?

Hamish and Jolie sleepy heads

 

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We had a lovely morning at a country park this week and Jolie loved the freedom of the long line, exploring is a good thing and Indy and Hamish showed her how to get the most out of the new surroundings.

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Indy and Jolie share branch

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Hamish showed Jolie how to snuffle in the woods and get muddy and Indy taught her about twigs and sticks, she was a little optimistic with some of her stick choices! :-D

So, all in all Jolie is making great progress. She loves her people, she loves all dogs, she isn’t a big woos like Hamish and she loves fuss so I would say she is perfect. I almost forgot… she is beautiful too. :-)

How many more updates I do very much depends on the sense of the British people, if her potential is spotted soon then I guess I wont be doing very many.

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Love Underdogs have one of the most wonderful dogs now available for adoption, Bobbi has come through some major trauma and surgery and has come out the other end as a magnificent dog. His story can be read here and details on how to adopt him or any other Love Underdogs dog can be found here.

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