Hamish has been with us for almost 2 weeks and is making some good progress. When he arrived Hamish startled very easily, things in the house, things in the street, things on the fields in fact things! Now Hamish is getting used to a lot of the things that he will encounter on a daily basis. We have contractors working in the streets around our house replacing gas mains so there are a lot of strange things going on with noise, big machines and giant rolls of yellow pipe being unrolled everywhere we go and he will pass them all with no fuss. 🙂

Hamish loves to explore the fields and parks around us which he is doing on a 50ft long line at the moment (in case he gets spooked) and he is very happy to greet any dogs who cross his path, he will even approach them if they have a person but he is still not keen on people reaching down or speaking directly at him. We discovered this morning that Hamish likes to swim!! while walking through the park we went along a stretch of brook which is slightly swollen by rain, one minute he is walking and sniffing and then he was in it. 😀

Cheeky bugger.

Cheeky bugger.

For walks we are still using a harness to back up his Halti because when he spooks he jumps backwards and his face pops out of the Halti. He walks great, no pulling or criss crossing around me he just walks and sniffs and has even learned to stop and sit at the curb when we are crossing the road (it took Indy months to do this) so all in all Hamish is doing really well when out.

At home he is wonderful, he loves to have fuss but is just as happy to flop down either by my chair or in his bed. Hamish already loves Indy and Indy is happy to have a brother again, for the first couple of days, Indy had to do his special smile when Hamish was impolite but after a few days of that they have reached an understanding.  He eats well with no possessiveness around food or toys and is an all round good bloke. 🙂

I am looking forward to many happy days with Hamish and Indy.

Indy is already waiting to cross the road but Hamish thinks he has time for just one more photo. 😀

what a poser!

what a poser!


If you are looking for a wonderful Goldie like Hamish perhaps you could check out Irish Retriever Rescue. Even if you can’t adopt there are many ways to help abandoned and neglected dogs.



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 36 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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8 Responses to Hamish.

  1. Beautiful! I love it when dogs love to swim and explore and just enjoy nature in a peaceful way.

  2. Phoebe says:

    It sounds like the little guy is getting comfortable quite quickly!
    All those milestones after just two weeks? You sound like a perfect pair 🐕

    • mickcgorman says:

      Hamish is settling very well, the only thing that will take time is his nervousness around strange people when we are out.
      He is a fantastic pooch, really loving and friendly I can’t wait until other people can enjoy him as much as I do. 🙂

  3. Hamish is beautiful! And you’re doing such a great job of helping him by going slowly, and at his pace. So great!

    • mickcgorman says:

      Thank you. 🙂
      I have seen so many dogs returned to the rescue I volunteer at because people did too much too soon, one person even took a nervous Collie to a dog show on the way home!! She returned the dog after a few days. 😦

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