She is back. :-)

Julia has returned from Indianapolis, the boys are very pleased that she is home.

The welcome lasted about 5 seconds, so was no different from when she goes to the toilet!? Now that the sun is shining the boys spend all of their time outside, Mack enjoying the shade of his bush and Indy hunting down every little twig that he can find! To Indy a twig is a toy. πŸ˜€

Mack in his bush.

Mack in his bush.

 

It may look like Indy is trying to be close to his mum but check out his mouth, I think that there is a twig in it. πŸ˜€

It must be a valuable twig because Mack wants it too?

It must be a valuable twig because Mack wants it too?

Indy loves the sunshine which is probably why his original name was Sunrise (Sunny) we soon changed that when we got him though.

Our little ray of sunshine. :-)

Our little ray of sunshine. πŸ™‚

Julia is going to have to return to America soon, someone needs to sort out ongoing care for her dad and she is the only one capable of doing it, we did manage to get Indiana senator Joe Donnelly involved so now his staff will be helping sort out who should pay for what. πŸ™‚

I hate being left home alone, I never used to get worried or anxious even though I missed her but now that I have Epilepsy I am constantly waiting for the next seizure? When Julia is here it is an unpleasant experience to have a seizure but when I am alone it is scary!! I don’t think I have come to terms with the diagnosis yet and I am sure that when I do I will wonder what all the fuss was about. πŸ™‚

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Wiccaweys are making Russell and Roxy “dog of the month” for June in and attempt to find the perfect home for them. If you could possibly be the right home for this gorgeous pair do get in touch with Wiccaweys as soon as possible.

A further update to their profile is being prepared as I type so please feel free to check the Wiccaweys website later for more info.

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Roxy & Russell came over to us in November from our volunteers in Eire. They’d never been really touched by humans until our Irish folks rescued them and they came to us. They’d spent their lives shut up with no real human contact.

When they arrived in November, they were so sad and scared it broke our hearts. They never snapped or anything like that. They wanted to be loved, but couldn’t bring themselves to let you “in”. If you even so much as looked at them, they would panic and wet themselves. We knew it was time, space and patience they needed. For a long time they were both completely shut down.

Everything since November has been based on ‘hands off’ and ‘trust’.

At the beginning of February, the first real steps forward appeared. Instead of hiding their faces when we walked in, Roxy started to come to the front of her bed, wagging her tail, Russell slowly following suit. When we let them out, they would race around with the other dogs properly, starting to interact with them, and they would come when called to go back in – as long as we gave them space to pass. Still all done ‘hands off and with trust’.

Then the little cheeky signs started to appear. When they thought we weren’t looking they would sneak up behind us – usually with another dog for support to check us out properly with a good sniffing and little nose pokes, tails wagging. Those are the hard times for us, when at first we have to resist the temptation to look round at them, put our hands out and make contact. After a few days of ‘poking’, the day came, when without lookingback, a hand went down to give a stroke. A little jump back, but the fuss was received and the hand was poked and snuffled.

Since then, they are both coming on. A couple of months ago, Roxy & Russell took their biggest steps yet. They accepted a lead and collar and have discovered walkies!!! Walks were quite a scatty experience at first, but they love it and their little faces are a picture.

The little game of ‘poking’ has turned into a run up, poke in the knee and run round in front of us, smiling – “it was me!!!” Its like a doggy kiss chase.

They both still automatically flinch if you move to quickly, but instead of shutting down now,Β they seem to take a deep breath and start again.

Both Roxy & Russell have walked close to our horses with no issues, basically ignoring them. They are great with other dogs.

Roxy & Russell are wonderful, beautiful dogs who need a very patient home who will understand they will take a bit of time to get there – but when they do they will be the most perfect and loyal friends you could wish for. They just need someone to love them like we do.

May 2013Β – Roxy & Russell continue with their progress. They have been in foster with their Auntie Julia and have been learning about walking around the streets and parks. They adore Julia and know they are completely safe with her. We never doubted that Russell would be fine, but Roxy was a concern for us all as to how she would cope with normal life and meeting lots of new and strange people. As long as she has complete confidence in her person, she is being very brave. Russell is a bit of a collectormaniac and likes to make of with remote controls and anything else he can find. He stores them safely in his bed! In the next couple of weeks, they are going to move to another foster home, with a fosterer that they don’t have the same kind of connection and relationship that they have with Julia. This will help to find out how they will cope and react when they do eventually find a new home and move in with someone they don’t know yet.Β 

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About Mick C Gorman

Slightly damaged old bloke who is plodding on with more than a little help from a great wife. I have been married for 35 years and have 2 grown up children. I did the usual thing and replaced children with dogs when the nest became empty, best thing I ever did (apart from getting married of course). Life has taken a few interesting turns so far but this Epilepsy thing beats the lot! I love lots of things but in the past have never really stuck with them long enough to be good at them, I am trying harder to be better at a few things rather than okay at loads of things. There is still plenty of time. :-D
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