A special Hamish day.

Today is Hamish’s third “gotcha day”

3 years ago our son drove us (I had stopped driving because of my epilepsy) all the way to the wilds of Lincolnshire to meet Hamish. The meeting consisted of trying to coax him into the same room as us but settling for a distant view of him. We knew Hamish was the pooch for us because we had fostered so many timid dogs we saw he would come around.

Hamish in his old foster home, He looked so haunted 😦

Within 5 minutes of starting the drive home Hamish was curled up on my lap asleep.

First picture at home, still with the haunted eyes.


Hamish looked healthy and well fed but when we got close to him we discovered that he was very thin with several large sore areas on his skin! We took him to the vet and discovered he had fleas and was allergic to them. We treated the fleas and the infected skin and started feeding him properly and he flourished. We think Hamish didn’t get to eat properly because he was bullied by the other dogs in his foster home, they were all quite plump? Even now Hamish will abandon his food if another dogs walks near to his bowl while he is eating, Indy is very good around food and doesn’t bother him.

Hamish and Indy after his first bath.


Hamish soon made himself at home and began to gain some confidence, he was lucky to have Indy to show him how to be a family member

Hamish loves his Mum. 🙂


Hamish is still nervous of strange people when we are out and absolutely terrified of children but in the house he is fine with people? He does have a large circle of people at the park that he has seen regularly, he likes them.

An assortment of pictures, some I have used before and others maybe not?

Hamish has come a long way in 3 years. In the first 18 months of his life he had spent 12 months as a stray on the streets of Ireland. We know from experience that strays are not treated particularly well in Ireland, treated as vermin and often tormented and abused by some people. 😦  Thankfully the majority of Irish people are wonderful and a group of them set about gaining Hamish’s trust until they could get near enough to rescue him, we are forever grateful that they did. 🙂

Hamish has helped his brother, Indy, to teach quite a few foster dogs how to be pets. He is gentle, loving, playful, cheeky, and cuddly but most of all he is my best buddy and I love him.


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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7 Responses to A special Hamish day.

  1. leggypeggy says:

    Sending hugs to Hamish and you too.

  2. tippysmom2 says:

    He is beautiful. So glad you were able to rescue him and give him a forever home. Love the first picture of him and Indy.

  3. tippysmom2 says:

    I forgot – Happy Gotcha Day to Hamish!

  4. wfdec says:

    What a beautiful story. It is so sad to see the expression on his face from three years ago.

    • Thank you. 🙂 It gets me every time I get a foster dog with that haunted expression, it makes it very rewarding when they leave looking “normal” of course Hamish is going nowhere. 😀

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