3rd July 2010
Stuart collected Judy this morning and had to lift her in the car because she wouldn't jump in. When she arrived here she was very quiet and shy around the others and while Stuart was walking her around the garden on the lead so she could do her toilet I made her something to eat, which she ate very quickly and with few 'table manners'. Dinner eaten and it was back outside again so she learns the routine of eating then going in the garden to do her toilet.
Although very quiet and shy Judy soon settled to one of the dog beds and if Blue moved she moved with him. She became his 'shadow' , so much so, we nicknamed them the 'two blues'. Almost identical we placed a lovely green house collar on Judy so we could tell one from the other if they were not standing side by side. Standing together, Blue has the white tip on his tail, is slightly larger and has the nicer coat, but then he's been with us longer and has almost lost his 'kennel coat'.
She discovered the toy and bone box within an hour of being here and an hour later every single bone and toy was in the middle of the living room floor with her sitting in the middle of them admiring her find.
When we came to feed them this evening we discovered Judy is a gannet, will gobble her food down then dive into whoever's dish she can to eat that as well. No you don't young lady, not in this house, every dog has their own bowl in their own feeding place and there's no eating from any but your own. Lead in place we started again, because this way I have full control of where she can walk and as soon as all her food was eaten she was led outside to do her toilet.
She enjoyed her walk with the others walking side by side with Blue and Sandy, only pulling slightly to keep up with them.
4th July 2010
Judy slept well last night and once shown which bed she could lay on and we lay her down she never moved all night. After we let her in the garden first thing she settled the other side of the kiddie's safety gate we have at the end of the kitchen and watched while we did the b & b guests breakfasts.
Preparing hers and the others their breakfast was a bit of a nightmare because she had her feet on the work surfaces trying to steal the food in the dog dishes and every time I moved away she was back there again. Young lady you need teaching manners, I though,t and water spray placed on the table near to hand she got a spray everytime she came anywhere near and told to go to bed and wait. She soon got the message and went the other side of the kitchen to lay down with the others and waited, but only if I had one eye on her!. My back turned and back she came, feet on the work surface trying to steal the food from the bowls. Not to worry, she will learn what is correct to do while I'm getting their dinner and what is best not to do!
We gave Judy a bath this afternoon to remove some of her loose skin and make her feel a bit better. She wasn't too sure about that, but after a good rub down with the towel she was dancing all over the place with glee.
5th July 2010
Found her asleep today with her head on Solo.
6th July 2010
Found her asleep today with her foot laying across Freddie's back.
25th July 2010
This afternoon Stuart made the mistake of leaving a bottle of beer and his book on the wall of the raised flower bed while he decided to clear away a few dog stools from the garden. Judy, being the inquisitive monkey she is knocked over his beer bottle and as the beer came out onto the flat stone slab there she was lapping it up. Not sure if it made her drunk, but she drank quite a lot of water after and Stuart having drunk the last inch of beer in the bottom of the bottle, tutted at her then got another!
26th July 2010
Now much more settled Judy is a pleasure to have and quite a character. Not so nervous around us unless we do a quick movement then she will jump back or shy to one side. We are not finding quite so many cooking untensils and cups in the garden and she loves her walks. She will give you a lick, especially on your hand at every opportunity and now knows which feeding bowl is hers, the order they all get fed and will wait in front of her food bowl until she is given the signal she can eat.. She no longer gulps it down, makes no effort to take from the other bowls and is beginning to learn that she goes into the garden as soon as her bowl is empty.
5th July 2012
We heard today that Judy's owner thinks Judy is the most adorable friend and couldn't part with her for anything.
Although she was quite naughty at first demolishing the kitchen this has all passed. Now she just loves to run circles around the garden and sleep at the bottom of her owner's bed - although the odd toilet roll is too tempting for her to leave alone on occasion.
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15th July 2010