You know something? The longer you stay away from writing and reading blogs the harder it is to get back into it:( But finally I’m taking the plunge and hopefully I can remember how to do this. All I’ve done in the past 7 months or so is delete spam comments. So, what have we been up to since September last year? Well, we’ve had some adventures, misadventures, dramas, stripped lots of wallpaper, done lots of painting, and I’ve been very busy working this year up until a week or so ago. I’ve also taken zillions of photos and recently lashed out and bought Lightroom 4 which I need to learn to use properly so I can organise my photos tidily instead of having them all over the place. And that won’t take minutes, it will take days! Our latest adventure is bringing home our first foster Greyhound! Say hello to Riley … Riley has been with us for just over a week. He’s only a baby, he will be 2 in May, and very lacking in confidence, but he’s also very brave and curious and sometimes I can almost see him take a deep breath and just do stuff:) People worry him the most, if I change my clothes he thinks I’m someone he doesn’t know and scuttles away until I sit down and then he’ll come up and give a big sigh of relief and have a cuddle:) He’s a funny boy:) He doesn’t know how to play, isn’t interested in soft toys and not real food motivated yet. But he’s slowly coming out of his shell and a lot of that is thanks to Frankie:)
Beryl and Frankie thought it was quite cool to have a new Greyhound visit but weren’t thrilled when he didn’t go home, especially Beryl! They both thought he was a waste of space for the first few days but a couple of evenings ago Riley had a run around the front lawn with Beryl and she decided he might have his uses after all.
Yesterday morning Frankie gently initiated Riley into the joys of playing ‘bitey-face’, it was so cute. No photos as I didn’t have a card in my camera.
Late yesterday afternoon Riley bravely thought he would join in with Frankie and Beryl playing their usual ‘let’s see how much pain Frankie can take’ game.
But he quickly decided he’d better try and work out the rules! Which Beryl usually makes up as she goes along. This afternoon Frankie got Riley playing chasie on the front lawn while Beryl was having a Princess nap on my bed. Riley was running around with a silly grin on his face having a great time. Frankie enjoyed having a game with someone who wasn’t trying to make him look like a Bloodhound! Why did I finally decide to foster after dithering about it for many months? One reason is I’d love another Greyhound but didn’t know what my guys would think of an addition to the family. And I tell you what, adding another dog makes you appreciate the ones you’ve got! They are so easy in comparison, and it’s also quite stressful for me wondering how the dynamics are going to change and keeping a watchful eye on all interactions instead of being able to leave Frankie and Beryl to it. Beryl hardly left my side the first few days Riley was here, I think she was worried I was going to trade her in:) Also I wanted to help GAP in some way. Riley needed a quiet place to learn about the big wide world out there before going to his forever home and my place certainly qualifies:) I’ve got my fingers crossed that our first flurry into fostering will be a success for Riley and he leaves here a happy, well adjusted chap. Whether we carry on is in the lap of the gods right now. Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit about Riley … if anyone is still reading our blog:) And I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter break. Oh, and here are a couple of photos of Frankie and Beryl … because it’s not all about Riley!