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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Jolie by Michael

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

Log Jolie

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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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10 days of Jolie.

Jolie has been with us for 10 days now, she has settled well and is starting to thrive. When Jolie first arrived she was a little shy but very loving, now she is even more loving as well as more confident and playful. Jolie really enjoys going for walks and she likes nowhere more than the local park where she meets up with her doggie friends.

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On odd occasions Jolie has been brave enough to nose poke the legs of her friend’s pet humans but usually she sits about a foot away and just watches them. She is still a bit shy of new people but she doesn’t panic she just goes to the end of her lead and sits behind me.

At home Jolie is wonderful. We have a set routine with the dogs and Jolie has adapted to it very well, she knows when it is time to eat, go out to the garden, go for walks and she even has her regular tumble time with Hamish in the evening.

Beds are the most curious things with Hamish and Jolie…

Sometimes she is in her own bed.

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Sometimes she is in Hamish’s and he is in hers.

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And sometimes they just share. :-D

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On very odd occasions Indy manages to get a bed. :-) ( He usually sleeps on the sofa because he is special)

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But always Jolie is adorable and nothing is more adorable than her little fu man chu mustache. :-)

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Photographs don’t do her justice, she is the most gorgeous looking girl who’s fur is a mixture of black, grey, silver, gold and cream and of course no photo could convey her beautiful, gentle and loving nature.

There has been some interest in Jolie via Love Underdogs Facebook page so she may not be with us for long but she is not going to be rushed, she has never been in a home before and has a safe place for now in which to learn about the world. One person rather rudely suggested that we were bad for not keeping her! While remaining polite I pointed out to her that we would have 25 dogs now if we kept all of our fosters!! Why don’t some people understand the role of a fosterer? It is one step on from the rescue kennel on the way to a home, why didn’t she say the kennels were rubbish for not keeping all the dogs that they rescue? One day I will understand people as much as I do dogs, NOT. :-D

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A wonderful chap at Love Underdogs who is looking for a home is 7 year old Basil.

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Be warned if Basil isn’t adopted by the time Jolie is he will probably be coming home with me :-D he is delicious.

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New foster pooch.

Yesterday saw the long awaited trip to Glebe farm to collect our new foster baby, the trip had been delayed because my health has been poor lately. I messaged Zara a few days ago to tell her I was ready and to give her time to come up with the pooch she thought most needed fostering. Jolie was chosen.  Jolie is gorgeous, young and since her surgery to repair her back legs very healthy, her only issue is that she is a little shy with people and that we can work on.

We arrived at Glebe farm and were introduced to Jolie in the paddock, she was hesitant at first, choosing to mooch around the edges but she soon got close to Indy and Hamish, she was still a little nervous of us. After a while, Zara put her in our car and attached her seat belt to her harness, Jolie decided she didn’t want to sit at the very back so in a scene reminiscent of a Tasmanian devil doing karate she spun, twisted and jumped until she was wedged between Hamish and Indy on their seat! Jolie relaxed as soon as we started moving and during the next hour as we drove home alternated between sleeping, looking out of the window and nibbling my ear as I drove. :-D By the time we arrived it appeared as though we were friends, Julia got out of the car to open the front door and Jolie saw her chance to leap into the front with me! yep, we are friends. After a quick tour downstairs in the house we removed Jolie’s lead, she acted like she belonged, despite having never been in a home before.

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Hamish is her main love but she appears to like us humans too, Indy is just “he who must be obeyed” and she does but she has given him the odd muzzle lick. :-)

Last night our son visited and Jolie accepted him within a couple of minutes, she was soon settled in front of his chair with her boyfriend watching television.

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Jolie had a good long walk in the park this morning which went well, she met a couple of people and their dogs, she was shy at first but not fearful so should do well. As I came upstairs this evening Jolie was curled up by “her” television but instead of watching it she was guarding it, she has never seen one before so I think she must believe that the people on it are part of her pack? :-D

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Anyone wanting to know more about Jolie but who can’t wait for more posting can see her Love Underdogs profile here.

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Love Underdogs are very keen for Maximus to find a forever home, it has been over 1000 days since he was first rescued in Romania! He spent a lot of time in the shelter in Brasov  before coming to England where he has been for 2 years! Despite having only 3 legs Maximus is the perfect family pooch. Read about him here.

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A little under the weather.

I haven’t been on line much for 3 weeks or so, I have been suffering some MS symptoms and some Epilepsy auras! I have had to increase one of my medications and this makes me extremely tired. It is odd that both things have decided to come on at the same time? It could be that the lesions I have in my brain are causing the pre seizure activity or it could just be coincidence. Auras are an odd phenomenon, I get a raging Déjà vu and an odd sensation  of being inflated and floaty, a bit like the Michelin man! So far no seizures though which is a very good thing. The MS symptoms are mostly cognitive but I have had trouble with my balance and fatigue as well. I’m still alive though, which is always a good thing. :-)

I am really in the mood for starting to look for a job again and have been for a couple of months now, it always appears as though I get relapses when I want a job? Is it getting my head around the process of seeking a job that causes stress leading to MS flare ups or is it just a cruel coincidence? either way I will get a job because I am bored of being bored. The situation came into focus when I saw how excited my son was to get his “perfect job”, something he has worked towards for several years. I was thrilled for him but at the same time I wanted some of that excitement for myself, it gives me a target to aim for. :-)

As soon as my health is settled a bit we will go to Glebe farm and get another foster dog, I can’t wait to see who Love underdogs have for us.

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I make no apologies for promoting Asta again, she deserves a home and has waited for far too long already. Check out Love Underdogs website for more information.

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Also looking for a home is the gorgeous 7 year old Maximus.

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Buddha has gone.

We took a trip to Glebe farm today and returned without Buddha! He has been adopted and moved to a new home in Wales where he will live with a CAT!!

We half expected Buddha to be with us for the rest of his life as there are few people who want to take on an older dog with medical issues. It was a pleasant surprise to get a message yesterday saying someone wanted to meet him even though we were already very fond of him. Kymm traveled all the way from south Wales with her mother and they were both smitten with Buddha from the moment they saw him, Buddha was his usual charming and laid back self so all was good. Buddha is going to have a nice life as his new people wanted a companion who is happy to be be petted and fussed and Buddha is all that and more. :-) I did notice that when we were in the paddock at Glebe farm, Buddha didn’t lift his head much and he was a little subdued as though he thought he was going to have to go back into a kennel? as soon as he was taken towards the car his head came up and his tail wagged, he almost jumped into the car where he promptly laid down and started on a chew. As they all drove away it was like Julia and I had never existed, we regard that as a success, if a foster dog can switch to his new people without a backward glance we have done our job. :-)

Buddha in his new home.

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Buddha with his feline brother, Sid.

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We will miss the old bloke but we are very happy knowing that he is going to be looked after and loved.

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Barney is still very young at around 1 year old. He is a super boy, who will happily share with both cats and dogs in his new home. He likes to play with soft toys and rope toys and likes to have a run around the paddock, since no one told him that three legged dogs can’t do things other dogs can ;-). Barney is a little shy on first contact, but is very friendly once he gets to know you, and will be a better friend still once you have been out with him for a walk. He can pull a little at first, but he soon settles and walks very nicely on the lead. Barney loves other dogs but will not eat if another dog is around him, so he does have to be fed separately, when he will happily tuck in straight away.
For more information, please visit our website at www.loveunderdogs.org

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One year of Hamish.

One year ago today we picked up Hamish from his fosterer, he looked like this. :-(

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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. Early Hamish pic

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Hamish and Indy relaxed with Indy

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).

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And I love him. :-)

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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.

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Buddha has arrived.

I should have known that there was a reason that Karine and Anna Hauser run both Hauser bears and Love Underdogs, Buddha is obviously a cross between a dog and a grizzly bear! He is huge and very furry but gorgeous and adorable. Buddha has only been with us for 24 hours but has already settled, he has figured out that the big bed is his, that Indy doesn’t want anyone backing him into a corner or they get smiled at and if I go into the kitchen it is worth following because it means it’s treat time. We have taken him to the park twice today, half expecting to have to cut the walks short because of his age and energy levels only to find he wants to keep going and going and going! He loves the frosty grass and all of the dogs and people that he has met, especially the people with pockets full of treats. I see a diet in Buddha’s near future. He’s a bit of a chubby chubster. As far as anyone at Love Underdogs knows this is the first time that Buddha has lived in a home! that’s very sad considering he is about 11 years old. you would never guess from his behaviour though as he is a perfect gentleman, no accidents or destruction, in fact he acts like he has always lived in a home or has he just been looking forward to the day so much that he has figured out all of the ways to enjoy his home comforts ready for when the day finally arrived? Buddha is available for adoption but there is no rush, he can stay as long as he likes. :-)

Buddha in Hamish’s bed last night, shortly afterwards he figured out that the green one was bigger. :-)

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Buddha with Hamish and Julia at the park this morning, don’t worry Indy was there but he was laying behind me so I couldn’t steal his soul with the camera. :-D

Julia with Buddha and Hamish

I will do regular updates of Buddha and the boys in the coming weeks but I don’t want to make him sound too good in case someone tries to adopt him. :-D

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Now that Love Underdogs are open for adoptions again I should mention that there are some gorgeous dogs looking for homes. When I went to collect Buddha I stumbled upon a large enclosure full of scrummy puppies for people interested in such horrid creatures, for the more sensible people there are some lovely adult dogs who deserve a good home.

Bumble is a lovely 10 year old dog who is very deserving of your attention if you are looking to adopt a dog. Bumble needs a calm home with someone experienced with fearful dogs.

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Another Christmas.

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Merry Christmas to all who may happen upon this corner of WordPress world.

It has been an up and down year but considerably better than 2013 was! We lost my Father in law which although expected was still very difficult. I have had a few ups and down with my health but I always hope things will be better tomorrow. This year will end with us collecting Buddha from Love Underdogs on Monday so we will start next year with a new foster dog. :-) We are hoping for a better 2015.

We are spending Christmas day with our son and his partner at their house which will be a first, we have always had Christmas together at home apart from 2 occasions when we rented a house in Spain for the winter. It would be nice if our daughter could bring her family to England for Christmas but she works so much it is hard for her to get time off, maybe we should get pet passports so the dogs can come to Spain with us and then we could all be together.

Hamish has been with us for almost a year now (January 6th) and he has made great progress, we have had a lot of visitors recently and he no longer barks when people come in. As Hamish continues to calm down we will teach him that it is his duty to pose in silly hats for Christmas pictures, until that happens I will close with the last picture of Luca with Indy.

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See you all next year. :-)

It would appear that I spoke too soon! Hamish just posed wearing antlers while Indy wore a hat and beard. :-D

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