Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Never a right time



 
Daisy

"I want a dog!”
“We said we’d get one when the time is right.”
“I want one now.”
“No.”
“Yes.  Not now this minute but maybe at the end of the year.”
“No.”

When Daisy, our Airedale, died over a decade ago I swore that I would never give my heart to another dog, the grief was just unbearable.  Perhaps it was looking after Buddy in Oz that has convinced me that I’m ready to give some motley hound a home.  Or am I?

Am I ready for the muddy paw prints, dog dander, dog breath, walks in all weathers and scooping poop?  The enormous vet bills and worrying about ticks and fleas?  For my fragrant home to smell constantly like an old man’s slipper?  The embarrassment when they attack the milkman/postman/lollipop man or piss over a small child. Hmm, that doesn’t sound so good.

Am I prepared to give my time and attention to a moulting, slobbering bundle of fur?  To share my life with a needy, homeless animal? (It has to be a rescue dog.)  Am I ready for a dog’s unquestioning love and loyalty?  Watching their joy and exuberance on long walks in the countryside. Their funny antics and their warm cuddles. Hell, yes.

Yesterday evening I gave it another shot.

“There are some lovely dogs waiting for re-homing at the Bath Cats & Dogs Home.”
“I’ve been looking at the Battersea website.  What type of dog were you thinking about?”

Watch this space!


28 comments:

  1. Hey, that sounds promising! What type of dog are you thinking about?? Big? Little? Lap size? -Jenn

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    1. Not too big, not too small. I like terriers and deerhounds.

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  2. Cyling in France. Driving to Salamanca. Dog?

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    1. That's why I'm leaving it until the end of the year. Dog can house sit while we're out cycling. Like I say, never a right time.

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  3. Get a Husky get a Husky get a Husky!

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  4. Yay! The perfect dog is out there waiting for you!

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    1. I hope so. It could be a hard decision making that choice.

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  5. Commitment for the Pros and Cons, but don't leave it too late as it could be 15 years.
    Was Daisy dressed for a Christmas card?

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    1. That's what I'm thinking. I think the girls had dressed Daisy for a photo, she was very patient!

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  6. There's never a right time, but I don't think I could go for ten years without a canine companion.
    We are going through the same shall we/shan't we, since we lost one of our two Labradors three weeks ago. We've always had more than one dog, so we still have the comfort of another one. Our last two have been retired breeding Labs.(we didn't want a young dog) and have been perfect.
    You don't have to worry about quarantine these days, and will be able to pop the dog in the back of the car and just take off wherever the fancy takes you.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear about your Labrador, it's so hard saying goodbye to them. I would prefer to go for a youngster but not a puppy. It's certainly easier to travel with dogs these days.

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  7. Oooooh exciting!! Buddy will be jealous though

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    1. I'm not allowed to start looking yet, got to be patient!

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    2. It doesn't stop you casting a casual eye over what's around....

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    3. Why can't you start looking yet?

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    4. Just need to wait until the end of the summer. Too much stuff going on at the moment.

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  8. May I suggest a medium sized scruffy Mutt, they're the best. OK, they do everything you mention (and probably worse), but they make our lives so much more worthwhile. Once you get that feeling nothing will stop you.

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    1. A medium sized scruff sounds just about right. It will have to be able to hold its own against Philippe's roaming hounds.

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    2. As long as it's at least 50% Terrier; no problem.

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  9. Will you be able to move the new dog between England and France without quarantining him/her? I am pleased to learn that you plan to adopt an unwanted/rescue dog.

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    1. Yes, it's really quite easy nowadays - they just need a passport, microchip and the requisite vaccinations. Something special about giving an abandoned dog a home rather than buying a designer dog.

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  10. When our two adopted dogs both died about a year apart a couple of years ago we said 'That's it !" . We yearn for one still to welcome us when we come home but they are such a tie and we are now free to just go whenever the urge hits us. Then there at the overseas jaunts which I'm hoping will become more not less in the next few years. Luckily we have regular stints with Sally's dogs but you forget what puppies are like as your memories are of comfortable, undemanding older dogs. Rescue dogs are a great idea and sadly there are lots of them around or you will hear of one needing a home when their elderly owner has passed away at just the right moment. They are a big commitment though.
    We also had an Airedale years ago. such a great dog with the kids when they were young. I miss her still.

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    1. We are a bit worried about the difficulties it will pose when we want to travel. It's a huge decision to make but sometimes life can be just too easy and comfortable.

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    2. And Oz sitting. I wondered how you will fit in flying around the globe from one continent to another owning a dog.

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    3. That is the dilemma. I suppose I could always dump it in Trelawnyd for a month or so!

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  11. Popped over from Cro's blog. Best thing we ever did was get out rescue dog last May. We also now have a puppy, due to the rescues history we couldnt get a big dog as he wouldnt tollerate it. Now he looks for her and drags her into the bed at night time. We love them to death! Good luck. We went to get a cat and came back with a dog!

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    1. That's good to hear Sol. It's a big decision for us to make but I think I've made my mind up. Just got to find the right dog, one that will be happy with our roving lifestyle.

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