and feeding bowls purchased so could Esther be adopted this afternoon? Esther's new owner brought us a video of the work carried out to the fence and the bottom of the farm gate. All looked good so we completed the paperwork, they chose her a new martingale collar and put her coat on because it was raining. All ready and off she went to her new home where we hope she will have a long and happy life with her new family.
1st January 2016
This evening we received a text saying that Esther was settling in well.
4th January 2016
We received a phone call this morning asking if Esther could be returned. She has cried for nearly 3 days, won't leave their side and when they left her on her own for a couple of hours she urinated in the house. No matter what they did they couldn't settle her.
She'd got on fine with the two Jack Russells who lived outside and happily went for a walk with them, but the moment she was back in the house she became very unsettled.
Back home here she settled instantly.
Pondering over the situation we know Esther can get a little unsettled in a new environment as indeed some dogs do, she showed that when she first arrived and lived in the kennel then again for a short while in the house, but after a while she settled. We wondered if she had fretted at being inside while the Jack Russells were outside (her new owners had tried many times to encourage the Jack Russells in the house, but they didn't want it and were happier outside). At night the Jack Russells slept in the utility room while Esther had the run of the rest of the house. Perhaps she felt the pack should be together - I don't know.
7th January 2016
Well Esther has been fine since her return. She's settled, sleeps well at night, there has been no separation anxiety and there have been no accidents in the house. She loves her food, and she can become a bit excited as it's being carried to her stand and she wolfs it down if she's not being fed on her own. Once her food has been eaten she knows to go outside where she instantly does a wee on the gravel.
8th January 2016
With Esther arriving back and us going on holiday early next week we asked Nicole, one of our volunteers if she could look after Esther for us while we were away. Nicole arrived with her mum and two dogs, a whippet and a lurcher this afternoon to meet Esther and to see how they all got on together. They were fine and arrangements were made for them to come and collect her tomorrow.
9th January 2016
This afternoon Nicole and her mum arrived to collect Esther and take her home with them where she will be fostered until we arrive back from holiday. Nicole later emailed to say she was settling in and currently asleep on the settee.
21st January 2016
We heard today that Esther is doing fine lazing about the house. She keeps having diarohea so sometimes Nicole has been giving her food just the dry food but soaked, it might have been with her coming to a new place.
22nd January 2016
We heard today via Facebook that Esthers having a great time, she's playing with Nicole's dogs and attacking all the toys. She says she's a lovely girl and she's having a great time.
14th February 2016
This evening Nicole returned Esther following her stay with her while we were away on holiday. Here are Nicole's comments about Esther while she stayed with her written as if by Esther:
" I'm waiting to find my forever home. I enjoy human company and get really excited when I see other doggies. I will often come and place my head on your lap for a bit of love and I have learnt to give you paw when I'm laying on your sofa and don't want to get down. I would be the perfect companion as I would follow you everywhere and be your best friend. I prefer to spend as much time with you as possible and I enjoy going out even if it is just for a ride in the car as long as there is a big boot and a duvet I'm content. Whilst I was having a holiday at a foster home I travelled to Preston with my whippy foster brother and I was happy just snoozing on my duvet whilst he was getting judged. I also liked staying in the car in the warmth whilst my fosterers went to feed their ponies. I get really excited when I'm going out and I wag my tail and hop on my back legs when I see another doggie, I just like to play. I walk perfect by your side on the lead and I am a pleasure to walk. I like being fussed and I dont mind children but I like to be left alone to sleep. I can be your best friend and I have lots of love to give I'm looking for a home that will give me lots of love and maybe a sofa smile emoticon
because as soon as you get off yours I will be on it, I just love comfort. I also love playing with toys too".
15th February 2016
Sarah and Tony were wanting to foster Esther while we were on holiday, but couldn't because she'd been adopted a couple of days earlier so they fostered Robbie
instead. Yesterday afternoon when Sarah heard Esther was coming back from her holiday with Nicole she phoned to ask if they could foster Esther with a view to adopting her if she was okay with Mickey
, the parrot, and all the small dogs on the promenade and beach near where they live. Just after 11 am this morning she called and collected her.
27th February 2016
We heard today that Esther has settled in very well, she is still a bit anxious with other dogs but they are working on this and have found if they approach the dogs she settles down. They have seen Esther improve everyday and hopefully this will continue.
Dr Doolittle ( Tony ) has been in charge of feeding and her stomach and loose stools has cleared up so she is gradually being introduced to a bit of variety now.
4th March 2016
Today Sarah and Tony who have been fostering Esther since we returned from holiday completed the adoption paperwork and posted it all back to us. We wish Esther and her new family which includes Mickey
a long and happy life together.