I first met Asher the day I picked up Riley, my first foster dog, from the kennels. Asher (or Groucho as he was known then) was being picked up by his new owners. When he was brought in to the office I was smitten. He was a bewildered little boy, very beautiful but not a happy camper. I was wishing I’d seen him on the GAP website! His new owners didn’t seem very impressed with him, very nonchalant about everything. I just wanted to cuddle him and tell him everything will be all right!
So Riley and I came home and I forgot all about Groucho. Honestly, with Riley in the house I hardly had time to think about anything else:) Looking back he was quite hard work for a first time fosterer! I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I said I’d give him a quiet place to learn about pet life. But we muddled along and he did improve a lot after 2 months with us.
A week ago the GAP girls suggested I swap Chips for Groucho. The name rang a bell but that was all. He’d been returned after 5 months due to separation anxiety … somehow I think the novelty had worn off and his owners weren’t prepared to put any work into helping him. The girls told me more about him and his colour and I remembered our first meeting and how I fell for him that day.
After 5 months as a pet Groucho looked just as bewildered as the first day I saw him. As much as I hated parting with Chips he didn’t need to be fostered, he’s damn near perfect 🙂 Groucho needed some TLC and a new name!! He showed no response when I called him Groucho anyway. I did some thinking and came up with Asher. What I didn’t know was that his previous owners had already renamed him as Oscar. But he isn’t an Oscar either. It’s no wonder he didn’t answer to Groucho though!
This love story isn’t actually about me and Asher, it’s about Beryl and Asher!! She has tolerated all the foster boys, she did like Mambo and Chips but Asher she loves 🙂
What about Frankie and Asher?
Now, if/when I got another Greyhound I secretly wanted a blue brindle girl, or a black girl or any coloured brindle girl but Beryl had other plans for me. Beryl usually gets what she wants so chances are that Asher will be making this his home. It’s not all plain sailing, Frankie has decided he doesn’t want to share me with Asher. He was like that with the first 3 foster Greyhounds and we managed the situation. But with Mambo and Chips he was fine. Asher has got Separation Anxiety but it’s not severe and I’m sure we can help him with that. We’ve got a few things to work on before I make a final decision. Asher has to be happy too. He has gotten a bit of confidence and become more animated and playful over the week he’s been here. He still looks bewildered and worried at times but I don’t blame him. He’s not a ‘take things in his stride’ type of dog. As far as he’s concerned his future is still uncertain.
Beryl and her first love, Deccy, had more or less decided their long distance romance had run it’s course about the same time Asher came on the scene. Deccy has moved on too and he and Beryl both wish each other nothing but the best, whatever the future holds for them. I have to say that I didn’t know Beryl was a cougar at heart though! She’s just turned 7 and Asher won’t be 3 until December 16th!! Talk about cradle snatching! Lucky bitch, lol.