Last post 19 July - not good enough - so here I am to rectify that and bring you up to date. In my defence, I have been really busy as we've had a constant stream of "my" babies and as I've said before, they come first.
I only have stalwart Bella in today - she's been staying with us for a couple of nights - goes "home" tonight. She's currently snoring her pretty little head off as are my lot so all is quiet and peaceful at Ayrshire Dog Care! All change tomorrow as we have a full house starting about 8am so I'm making the most of today!
Bella and I have had a "lovely" walk in the pouring rain but in a perverse way it was really enjoyable. Bella did her usual disappearing act (she is a beagle, after all!) but she always comes back after 5 minutes or so, so I have learned not to panic! Her mum knows she does this too so I am now comfortable with it.
Home for a cuppa, a snooze for the dogs and catch up on emails etc for me.
An update on the little cockapoo I told you about last time. She is coming on really well. The three consecutive days we had her really paid off and we then arranged for her to come two days the following week. She is now out and about with the rest of them and they are DETERMINED she will be part of their happy gang! Its great to watch dogs and how they sort things out in their own world when humans don't interfere and try and force things along. She actually goes into the paddling pool with some of the others and has begun to play chase with them too. She's still mainly on the periphery of the "goings on" but she really is taking an interest now and goes about wagging her tail and looks really relaxed. Its wonderful to see and so rewarding. I keep in close touch with her mum and dad and they have reported she's a lot happier when out and about with them and doesn't hide behind their legs like she used to. She's actually going and investigating on her own. Her family are doing everything right and their hard work is really paying off. Ultimately we are all looking for her to be a lot more relaxed with other dogs after her trauma and I really feel we are getting there. Its always tempting when seeing an improvement to step the pace up but that would be the wrong thing to do so we are still taking it very slowly.
The training classes continue to go very well. Dale and Theo were down on an advanced training course with Lynne Davis (of Dog Borstal fame) last week and both thoroughly enjoyed that. The good news for her "pupils" in our classes is that Lynne was struggling to find anything to improve in Dale's methods and training tecniques! A huge pat on the back for Dale! She puts in a huge amount of time and effort into preparing for the classes as well as boundless enthusiasm and it shows. Keep up the good work! Next year she is hoping to ask Lynne Davis up here so looking forward to that already. Dale has other things planned too, so watch this space!
Jaro the little (not so little, anymore!) GSD is doing really well on his days here. He has already become a ring leader in many of the "tricks" (nice way of puting it) they get up to, to keep me on my toes - he's a very clever little person and his mum and dad have to be early up to keep up with him! He's going for a photo shoot tomorrow night so that will be interesting for Paul at Paws Pet Photography.
Summer and Carol Ann were there to get Summer "done" last Thursday and it went really well. Paul was given strict instructions - No poncing, no primping, no posing, no preening - Summer is definitely not that kind of dog!! They went to Belleisle and had a great time. I'm desperate to see the results. Knowing Paul's work, I'm sure they will be stunning. Paul already has one of the pics on his Facebook page and it is Summer to a "T" - he's got her cheeky expression spot on!
Maisy continues to be Maisy - take that as you like, Holly!! She's another one who is full of mischief and always in the centre of things. I'm sure between Summer, Maisy and Jaro, it won't be long before Poppy the little Cockapoo will be as "well adjusted and relaxed" as them - watch out, Mum and Dad!! You won't be thanking me for much longer - at least that's what I am hoping for in a nice way!! In a few weeks all being well, a little Pomeranian puppy will be joining us so will report on that when the time comes.
In the meantime we've had other regulars for Day Care and Sleepovers - Scooby, Hector and Boris to name a few. It won't be long until Pat goes back to college again so once more we'll have Hector back on a regular basis. He comes to our training classes and Pat and Brendan have been working hard with him in between and it shows. Don't tell Hector but he is booked in for "the op" soon!!!
I've been walking Dixie and Casey too. Had them down the beach on Friday and shudder to think how much sand poor Dawn had to clear up when she came in from work! Dixie has been coming to training classes and both she and Dawn are doing really well and are enjoying it.
We've also had lots of others here for Home Boarding and without exception they have all settled in really well and had a great time. In fact some of them are already booked in for more of the same. What is it with these people and their holidays anyway!! Had another stint looking after Betty and Shadow - the guinea pigs - while the family were on holiday. Had lots of lovely conversations with them, believe it or not. They are very vocal! Great fun.
Another busy week ahead. Its great after all these years to actually look forward to "work"!
Still pouring down and looks like its on for the day. The kettle beckons again. All the dogs are STILL asleep and lots of snoring going on.
'til next time.