February 06, 2005

New member of the family

After months of thinking, we finally decided to get a dog. Having both grown up with dogs, Steph and I had really started missing living with dogs.

We looked at the two local rescue centres, the Dogs Trust (Kenilworth) and the RSPCA (Coventry). I'm sure the RSPCA do a great job overall, but I was really disappointed by the facilities they had. The Dogs Trust on the other hand was amazing. They have recently had a complete rebuild with room for 250 dogs to live in comfort whilst waiting for their new homes.

After just 2 visits, we managed to find a dog suitable for us. Wandering around looking at the dogs and trying to find ones that we liked and were suitable for our lifestyle was not getting us anywhere. At the suggestion of one of the staff (thanks Jo), they matched us up to Smudge, a 6 year old Border Collie. We immediately took to her and although she was pretty indifferent to us (more interested in what was going on around her than in us in particular), we could tell that the potential was there for her to be the right dog for us.

A rehoming talk and a home visit later and she was ours. We picked her up at lunch time today.

So, introducing Maggie…

She's very relaxed and quite happy to just lie down and have a nap, but still a little unsure of us. I'm sure in a few days she'll really start to connect with us and trust us.

I'm just dreading tonight, will she, won't she bark? Fingers crossed.


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  1. She's so cute!!

    06 Feb 2005, 21:27

  2. She's top cute. Looks v at home on your rug too :-)

    07 Feb 2005, 09:01

  3. She looks lovely! Hope you all settle in together soon.

    07 Feb 2005, 12:26

  4. Steven Carpenter

    Did she bark?

    07 Feb 2005, 14:16

  5. Well, not too bad for a first night. She did bark…for about 3 hours :(
    But, she did stop eventually when we refused to take any notice of her. Today we've left her twice for over 2 hours at a time and she was just fine.

    07 Feb 2005, 16:11

  6. You have pictures of a dog. I have a picture of a cat on my blog! It's not my cat: but I fear the animal kingdom has set us apart. It could have been a beautiful friendship… but thanks for commenting on my blog notheless!

    08 Feb 2005, 14:21

  7. Hehe. It wasn't meant to be.

    08 Feb 2005, 14:23


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