Warning: This article comes with a Government Health Warning and is not intended for the squeamish reader.
After a series of bizarre incidents I have come to the conclusion that a statement is being made about my garden seating arrangements, my plant selection and my garden art. Lilo is bright, but would you say that expressing an opinion on such matters is beyond a dog ? I think not.
I've been sitting here for hours trying to recall what's happened in Wiz and Lucy's lives over the past two months and the answer is, as is almost always the case, a collection of small instances and occurrences that all combine to make life eventful, even if it doesn't look that way from the outside.
Lilo had settled in. Yes, the perfect child had come to stay. We proudly went out for walks, the New Kid on the Block was admired and talked about and it was all very jolly. People rightly and wisely advised that until Lilo had bonded well and I could be certain that she would come back to me, it was best not to let her off the lead.
Sunny (Ibiza Fling) is settling in very nicely. He and Penny (our Rottie) get on so well, they have not had one disagreement. Sunny is now a Canine Friends dog (pet therapy) and has had 2 visits to the Rest Home. He was very well behaved and the residents thought he was great. He is sitting nicely and also does a "wait€ before he eats his food. He mastered the dog door within 4 days and was house trained within 2 days.
Smiler lives with his friend Bree the nuggety cattle dog just outside Helensville on 5 acres. They went down for their annual vaccinations recently and the Vet asked if she could take a blood sample from him.
The house was deathly quiet in the small hours, just as it had been for many weeks. No crashing dog-door (sometimes thrown off its apparently "robust hinges€ and into the garden), no more distant sound of a frantic cat-claw scrabble up the fence and no more slobbering lip-flapping snore coming from the dog bed. My much loved Boxer, Romeo had passed away and the silence was a deafening bottomless pit.
Lucy isn't talking to me currently, and Wiz, as usual, is asleep upside somewhere so without their invaluable input into the happenings at Casa Stevens (aka 'Tumbledown Manor€) over the month this will be a difficult blog to write but I'll try my best.
"Why is Lucy not talking to you€ I hear you cry, aghast and slightly dumbfounded.
Sunny has settled in extremely well and he and Penny (Rottweiler) have become great friends and are always together. We took him to the Lake earlier this week and he walked into the water as if he had done it all his life. He is walking very well on lead, does a "sit€ with a little encouragement and will go to his "mat and stay€. He "waits€ for his food and he and Penny show no aggression while eating or playing with toys. He is such a joy. I am going to be using him for Pet Therapy and he has already been for his first visit.