|2 days after arrival - this beats my kennel!|
She now knows some basic obedience including the usual
|Sit - tongue poking out is optional!|
|Down - with or without Frankie there|
After wandering around aimlessly for the first 2 weeks she worked out that it was OK to wander around or lie around and began to relax. On walks she learned that it's good to go to Mum when I call her as she'll get a yummy treat. And if she comes when she's called she won't have to go on a lead ... except when Poppy is approaching! Poppy is a lovely, little JRT/Fox Terrier cross. Very squirmy and very submissive and Beryl would really like to toss her in the air! When we see Poppy Beryl goes on the lead and gets lots of treats while still being with Poppy and gradually she's learning that Poppy really is a dog as Poppy begs for treats instead of lying on her back like a stuffed toy just asking to be thrown around. Both girls are getting much more relaxed around each other:-)
When Beryl first came to live with us Frankie seriously questioned my sanity at times. He'd give me The Look, which meant, can you send her back now Mum? She's being a pest and keeps telling me off. I'll let you know when I'm ready to play with her again, OK? And at times I did wonder if I'd done the right thing getting another dog, or if Beryl was perhaps the wrong dog for us. While I got her for me Frankie still had to be happy. And the main reason I got a Greyhound was because Frankie gets on so well with Louie and Lucy. As the weeks went by The Look became less and less frequent and I don't think I've seen it for a couple of months now. It's been replaced by Another Look, Hey Sis, come on, we've got things to do:-) He still occasionally gets told off but it's no longer the traumatic experience it once was, he just shakes himself and usually gets right back in there asking for more.
And Beryl seriously loves her little brother. Well, he's the best pillow she's ever had:-)
She loves him so much she sometimes feels the need to help him control Lucy, his absolutely BFF. Lucy is also Beryl's BFF but her love for Frankie sometimes overrides that
Other times she thinks Frankie can fight his own battles
|But she's still there if he needs her:-)|
That being a GAP Greyhound she gets to go on GAP walks and meet up with lots of other lovely Greyhounds
and also to go do a bit of fund raising and spread the word about what wonderful pets Greyhounds are!
And pet Greyhounds get to go to the beach!
And some of them get horribly spoiled with lots of lovely collars (see both pics above and next 2)
|My collar is nearly as pretty as me:-)|
She has learned that if she comes and stands by me while I'm sitting at the computer I can rub her chest at the same time. She's not a pushy girl, pretty subtle actually, as befits a Princess, but she usually finds a way to get her message across.
For the first few months after she came to live with us she would bounce up to strangers, wagging her tail and smiling as if she was asking them if they were going to be her forever people. It took her quite a while to realise that our place is home and I'm her Mum, not just someone looking after her in the interim. Now she gracefully glides up to strangers, politely introduces herself, lets them admire her beauty and comes back to stand with me:-) I love it!
I think Beryl is still learning who Beryl is, she comes up with surprises every so often. But I know I'll love whatever she comes up with.
|Life doesn't get any better than this:-)|