Well in a year of big changes here is the next one! Part of my new life was planned to allow Ian and I enough time to be able to have our own dog. We visited some rehoming places and came away disheartened. We considered puppies but the nagging promise of there might be just the right dog waiting, remained.
For months we continued to check on line and then we saw a local rehoming charity (Pawprints Dog Rescue) had a young boy who might be the one. Small, extremely nervous and bit more of a special case than our original plan, but as soon as we met him Ian was sure he had potential. The Pawprints team were fully supportive and gave us and him, time to consider and allowed us to visit him 3-4 times a week. Meeting new people (was/is a scary thing for him) but with good handling by his Pawprints mum he slowly began to accept us.
We spent 6-8 weeks seeing him regularly, hanging out with him, gaining his trust enough to have him sit on a lap and starting to play basic games - the things he had missed out on in his early puppy days. The plan was that we would foster him first and if that went well we could adopt him. Well the fostering was shelved, he showed he trusted us and our time spent with him has had really had big benefits.
We went straight to adoption! He moved in recently. He is settling in and is now learning that being my little helper has the benefit of extra treats. His cheeky personality is beginning to show and should be able to develop fully over the next few months.
He is nervous and we will help him learn to control that over time. Routine, lots of exercise and bundles of love will be good for all of us. Nothing is as sweet as him and Ian running round the garden playing together, going on walks (good exercise for all) or just chilling doing man stuff (beer for the bigger one water for fur boy).
We found working with Pawprints Dog Rescue to be excellent. They are a charity with a small number of dogs at any one time. The volunteers who run PDR really get to know the dogs personally and help both the dogs and the potential adopters; the whole experience has been positive. (Massive thanks to Anita, Kathryn, Dave, Trisha and Christine).
We’ve had help and support all along to help with interacting with him, gaining trust, plus guidance and assistance with any questions since he has moved to his/our home. His first time in front of my camera so we tried natural images just observing how he is (as in many ways he is like a puppy) and a little bit of running around on his harness. We are starting training classes soon so no doubt there will be updates.
I love shooting pet photography, especially dogs as they are such brilliant companions and personalities. To finally have my own after waiting so long makes me happier than I can express in words (and he seems to like us too).
His adventures will be fun for all of us!