Here's the lovely story of how Lilly(Tara Lilly) and Flyer (Yaldhurst Flyer) joined the Read Household
We collected Lilly from Auckland having gone 17 years without pets due to travel commitments. Lilly was understandably nervous during her 4 hour drive north but very obedient during our rest stops. She woke us up the next morning at 6.30 am with a yawn & whimper (toilet request) & then inspected some of the property on a lead. Within 3 days she was running with us on the beach and I think, was as concerned about us leaving her as we were about losing her.
Here's the latest on what the divine Dave has been up to in his first 6 months in his new home.
Dave came to us to foster whilst looking for a permanent home, but he was such a good dog we couldn't bear to give him up. We live right in the centre of Auckland and Dave has quickly become a truly urban hound and draws many admiring glances and pats around the cafes of Ponsonby.
On Sunday 12th May the Masterton South Rotary Club and Henley Trust hosted a Dogs' Day Out at Henley Lake in Masterton. They kindly allowed us to have a GAP stand at the event which was very much appreciated.
The Wairarapa put on a gorgeous autumn day for us which was fabulous and we had an awesome turnout of hounds, including visitors from the Hutt and two hounds (and their owners) who are new to the Wairarapa - Plank (Planking) and Todd (Major Conquest). It was lovely to meet you!
This month 'Hibiscus Hounds' were invited to promote ourselves at the first Open Day of '4DogSake' Doggy Daycare Centre which is on the little road to 'Snow Planet', Silverdale. Only adoption dogs were invited i.e. GAP, Council Shelter dogs and SPCA. The 'Hibiscus (30 mins north of Auckland on the East Coast) Hounds' currently comprise of 9 local GAPPERS plus 6 lovely out-of-town honorary members and we meet up at weekends for a local walk along the Orewa Beach followed by, most importantly, coffee for the humans!
Solo has been with us since January 2012, and each day with him has been pure joy. There was never really any 'settling-in' period - from the first day we started the long journey home from Sanson, it felt as if he'd been with us forever. Overnighting in Rotorua, Solo was completely at home with us in the dog-friendly motel, and he settled straight in once we were home, after testing all the beds and settees for comfort.
Recently I took a drive up to Woodville from Masterton to see the Simply Grey exhibition at Alias Grace (Beautiful - if you can get there go have a look!). I got chatting to Sonja and before I knew it had agreed to my first foster, a hound that needs to get her Canine Good Citizen Foundation certificate. She is set to go into a Pet Therapy Programme with the Kotuku Foundation in Wanganui. We already have two hounds and I really enjoy training, so thought 'why not!' and then checked with the other half and he said yes!
Almost two years ago, me and my wife Kat saw a handsome looking hound on the GAP website and decided to investigate further. Sonja at the kennels informed us that Billy (Sambo Warrior) was a recently retired 5yr old who was exceptionally timid. It turned out he was being fostered by Jacquie and Tony just out of Hamilton, so we arranged a time to head out and meet him - and that term is used loosely as we couldn't get within a foot of him.