One year of Hamish.

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

Sad Hamish

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. 😀

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. 😀 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.

Hamish first night


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.

Hamish and Indy cuddled up


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.

Hamish Buddha and Julia Three woofateers


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! 😀

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).

Hamish in dressing gown posing with kong

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.



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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6 Responses to One year of Hamish.

  1. codemanbc says:

    Hey Mick…GREAT story about Hamish. Can you provide some advice on dealing with Magic? -Cody

  2. Happy Gotcha Day Hamish! It is amazing the difference a lot of love and a year can make 🙂

  3. mickcgorman says:

    It is amazing the difference a year makes, having said that I have just come down to find that Hamish has pulled a load of stuffing out of his bed! Did I mention he can be frustrating? 😀

  4. lilybug1960 says:

    A beautiful and happy family! Hamish is one lucky, happy dog!

  5. mickcgorman says:

    Thank you. All of us parts (canine and human) make a fairly contented whole. 🙂

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