Must Love Dogs…

From the moment I adopted my Greebo cat – twelve years ago already – I knew I would always have cats in my life.
I (we) have had as many as six cats, and currently we have four – Greebo, Magic, Minx and Twister.

“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”
— Emily Dickinson

If you had told me, even five years ago, that I would one day share my bedroom with as many as seven dogs – I would have laughed in your face! I would have told you I was a cat person with no plans to change that.
We adopted Thelma and Louise mainly to let us know if someone came to our gate, but they were mainly outside dogs and certainly not spoilt.

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“Dogs got personality. Personality goes a long way.”
— Quentin Tarantino

Yet, here I sit. And I laugh at myself.
There are seven dogs in our bedroom. And they’re not small dogs either. Thelma and Louise are too big to be lap dogs, there are 3 big Labradors, a Labrador-sized bitch who has taken over the pack, and the biggest fox terrier you ever did see!

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“Anybody who doesn’t know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.”
—Franklin P. Jones

Two of the Labs are not ours – snuggly Patrick will be graduating as a Guide Dog soon, and wiggly Nimble is our Guide Dog puppy, who will probably also go on to become a Guide Dog – then it’s only our own five dogs.

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“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”
—Dean Koontz

I’ve had furniture, shoes, cables, phones, and the garden wrecked by pooches of various ages. I’ve cleaned up a mountain of poop and puke. One dog is epileptic, and one is blind and diabetic, and our rescue has some behavioural issues that we’re working through.
I love our Guide Dog puppies, I love all our dogs, but my Riddick is mommy’s baby and our Penny is her daddy’s girl.
I’m frequently surprised by how different their personalities and quirks are, and their “tells” – like when they’re asking to go outside.

Who’d a thunk it!

The Big Dogs…

Our old ladies, Thelma and Louise, keep to themselves – not playing with the puppies or getting up to mischief. They chill on “their” couch inside the house, and outside they have their own igloo.

Our big dogs – Riddick and Penny, Guide-Dog-in-training and weekend visitor Patrick, and Guide Dog puppy Nimble, hang out together. Playing, sleeping, eating, and misbehaving.

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Riddick is still my baby, following me from room to room. <3 He is almost completely blind, so we don’t move furniture around too much if we can help it, and we put bells inside his favourite toy so he can hear it when we throw it for him. He is also diabetic now, so I watch him like a hawk for weight loss or gain, and any odd behaviour, and he gets an insulin shot twice a day.

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Penny is a daddy’s girl, happiest when she can be as close to her daddy Glugster as she can get- even in the heat. She has to win everything. We should have named her “Monica”! 😛

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Nimble is 7 months old and very clever! She also follows me around, and she loves to play with the other dogs!

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Patrick hasn’t spent weekends with us for several weeks, but we’re back into that routine until he goes “on class” with his new owner early next year. Then he’ll be a working Guide Dog and we won’t see him much after that!