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By Woofers Walkies, May 16 2018 08:18PM

If you are reading this then there is a pretty good chance that you like dogs. I bet you love dogs. But have you ever really loved a dog like you haven’t any other?

I have, and I do. Its known as having a heart dog. Doesn’t that sound great, it just makes me smile typing it out. I only recently come across the term. I was scrolling through my Facebook posts and one of my friends had put a post remembering their dog that had passed a few years previously and described them as their heart dog. I had a nose in the comments (I can’t help it, it grabbed my attention!) and other people had expressed their thoughts on this dog being that person’s heart dog. I loved the term and I was eager to find out more. So of course, I consulted my trusted friend, Google!

This was the first report I read on it and this is how it described a heart dog:

“your heart dog is that once in a lifetime – maybe twice if you’re truly blessed – soul mate dog. He or she is the one you click with similarly to, but different from, how people in love click. There’s an understanding, a bond stronger than most, and a special level of communication. Your heart dog “gets” you and you get him or her right back”

Credit jennaandsnickers.com

As soon as I read it, I related straight away with it. To be honest with you I felt relieved! It described exactly how I feel about my Frank, I always wondered if I was unnaturally obsessed about him.

I know I’ve told most of you before about Frank, but I will just recap. Mike and I went to a local shelter looking for a second dog. I went with a view to getting a small dog. The lady showed us the kennels the dogs were in and there was Frank. He was huddled up in the corner of a large kennel. He was sharing it with this huge dog who was jumping up and down and barking quite aggressively. As were all the dogs around us. Frank looked up, and like any true love story our eyes met across a cage and I knew I couldn’t go home without him.

I actually spend hours of my life just looking at Frank and smiling. I love watching his fur move in the wind. I like stroking the really fine, long hairs on his ears. I just love him near me. And he loves me near him. As much as I watch Frank he does exactly the same thing to me. He will always seek me out first. I know a lot of people don’t get Frank when they first meet him and I’m ok with that because I don’t want to share him!

As I type this I have just turned around and looked at Frank and he has woken up straight away and looked at me. We don’t need words. We just get each other. Mike often says to me that if Frank was human I would have married him, and I can’t lie I would!

I have been blessed to have several dogs in my life and I do love them all. I spend just as much time with Buddy and Ronnie, but our relationship is slightly different but no less loving.

So, do you believe in a heart dog and have you been blessed. Let me know in the comments.

Love, Sally xx

By Woofers Walkies, May 2 2018 06:41PM

We are celebrating having Ronnie in our family for a year this week. Ronnie has brought us so much joy, especially as we lost Poppy and Jimmy so close together previously. There is no question that adopting a dog brings lots of love, but it’s also hard work especially if you know nothing of your new dog’s past.

Ronnie has a story, a sad one. He came from Ireland where he was found on a small holding with around 160 other greyhounds. They all had to fend for themselves and were given a bucket of food a day. Ronnie was 3 when we got him. He was one of the lucky one. His owner had planned to race him, so he had tattoos in his ears, as is normal for racing greyhounds. Because of this he was registered and was able to be saved.

He was brought over by Norfolk Greyhound Rescue. He was found a home, it didn’t work out. He was then found another home and again it didn’t work out. We then adopted him. So poor Ronnie’s first experience of enjoying the sweet life as a pet didn’t last long. He had so much upheaval before he came to us.

Some of you have met my Ronnie. He is a goofball. He literally loves everyone! In his happiness he is crazy, he loves to jump. He gets so excited he just can’t stop himself. Although Buddy is slightly taller, Ronnie weighs more so we imagine this was probably the reason his previous homes didn’t work out. Maybe they had children. Ronnie certainly wouldn’t hurt a child intentionally, but he could knock one down with his excitement.

So, we have had a few issues to work on with him. There is his jumping, which we are still working on. Then there is his love of food! He really loves food. He isn’t fussy at all. He wants to eat and eat! And yes, his jumping becomes crazy at mealtimes. We have taught him to reduce this and we now have a couple of little jumps. He has learnt he won’t get his dinner until all paws are on the ground and he makes eye contact with us rather than the food.

Ronnie being a typical greyhound does not sit (its uncomfortable for them on their bony bums) and he hasn’t really grasped laying down either! To earn treats he must make eye contact, touch our hand gently and not jump. He is very much a work in progress every day. We have also just introduced him to the clicker.

He understands bed (although he prefers the sofa!) Our biggest issue with Ronnie has been toileting through the night. He has us up every night. Every, single, night. It used to be to tell us he had done a wee or a poo, now its to tell us he needs a wee or a poo, this is progress. Don’t forget that for 3 years he had no boundary’s and he could run around all night if he wanted to.

I truly believe that when you take in a rescue dog, regardless of their age, the minute they live with you they are like a new born puppy. You have to start from scratch and training is usually more difficult than a puppy as you need to undo all what they know. So, for us Ronnie is like a 1 year old, rather than being 4.

Despite all this, we love Ronnie. His weird zoomies in the front room, his smelly farts, his burps and his love for everything and everyone. Its been a journey for us all this last year, but such a rewarding one!

By Woofers Walkies, May 17 2017 11:35AM

Last month I took you through 7 things you should ask and check with your potential new dog walker. This month I’m going to take you through 7 things you could tell your potential dog walker about your dog, you and your home.

You may well be out all day and that’s why you need a dog walker. But it’s still important for you both to build up a relationship. You both have your dog’s comfort, happiness and welfare in common.

The most important thing is to be honest. You may not want to highlight some of your dog’s habits but we will find out as we walk them, so best to be upfront about them. It’s better for us to be prepared, especially if your dog is reactive to certain triggers.

1) Let us know where your landline is, if you have one. In the case of emergencies, we may need to use it if the mobile signal is patchy or non-existent. Also feel free to show us where your fuse box is and the such like. I’ve had to hunt in a house for the fuse box before after a storm.

2) Show us where you keep your dog’s stuff. I know most dog owners have a cupboard specifically for their dogs. Let us know where it is, show us where their leads are, water bowls, treats, towels. That way you don’t have to leave them all out as we will put them away. This saves us having to open and look through cupboards if we need a towel, for example. Also show us where your cleaning products are. Your dog may well be house trained but if your dog is unwell or has an accident then we will clean it up. Show us where the floor cleaner is, mop, bucket, floor wipes, cloths, kitchen towel – basically whatever you would use to clear up an accident.

3) Ok, this one is nothing to do with your dogs but please show us where your toilet is. We try and fit our toilet breaks in at supermarkets. Sometimes we really need a wee though, especially in the summer when we are drinking more. We won’t use your toilet unless we are desperate and we never go upstairs, but if you have a downstairs toilet please show us. You could be saving us in our hour of need!

4) Let us know how we can contact you. If you have no phone signal at work, or not allowed phones then let us know who to call instead. Give us as many contact names and numbers as you like. The more the merrier, this means in the unlikely event of an emergency we can get hold of someone.

5) Tell us about what your dog is like on a lead, truthfully please! If your dog is a puller, we need to know. We may be able to suggest a harness or lead that will help and make it more comfortable for us all to walk your dog. If you dog has no road sense, again please make us aware.

6) If your dog is reactive in any way we must be told. You may have accepted it as just one of those things but if your dog goes nuts when it sees another dog, for our own safety we need to know. We won’t judge you, we will just be prepared and may well take your dog on a walk in a different location.

7) Tell us what your dog likes to do for fun! We want them to really enjoy their walk with us so if they love playing ball, tell us. If they like an ear rub, tell us. If they love to do some training, tell us. Whatever it is that makes your dog tick if you tell us we can make sure your dog gets the most out of their walk.

I honestly can say that if any customers told me any or all the above then I would be very happy. I would feel fully informed and would know about any potential obstacles before the first walk.

Love Sally xxx