So 5 1/2 months ago I said a very sad farewell to my good friend Bailey of 13 years (Picture in my avatar). He was such a loyal companion and we saw some very hard/challenging times together along with a LOT of fantastic times.
5 months have passed and I still miss him like crazy (Bringing a tear to my eye now and choking up too it's amazing) but the wife and I have a lot of love to give and we had an opportunity to share this with a rescue dog.
Off we went to AWL in wingfield and there we found little old Truffle. Truffle was very nervous and was not a happy puppy. A 3 year old staffy cross who was taken in as a stray. We think she was beaten or abused in some way earlier. She was clearly a pet at some stage as she's house trained BUT she wouldn't let anyone near her apparently. This was not the case with us. She took an instant liking to both of us and jumped into our arms when we entered the enclosure.
We got her home and 2 weeks later her and our 8 year old cat Sushi (RSPCA rescue) are happily co-existing - we aren't leaving them inside together unsupervised yet but they are sleeping together in our bedroom at night now. I am amazed how quick that was!
Truffle does get spooked easily still with loud noises and sometimes does cower away when I move quickly or abruptly (when she's on my right hand side as I'm blind in my right eye and don't know she's there) but quickly realises there's no danger and starts wagging her tail again.
We've had her in the family for 2 weeks now and she already walks well on leash, sits, shakes hands, plays fetch. I'm having a bit of trouble getting her to come when called under any distraction. I take her to the oval at night when there is no-one else around and have her on a long line (I let her out around 15-20 meters) and start pulling her in as I call her. This has about 60/40 success. There is too much to distract her in our back yard so at home it's about 20/80 success but we'll continue and get there eventually!
My main problem is that she get's INCREDIBLY car sick. My poor Hilux smells like a rich vomit casserole now I'm taking her for short drives at the moment to tryget her used to the car but if that doesn't work she'll go to the vet for advice. I like taking dogs to the beach but I live 45 minutes away so she can't get there feeling well!
Also not sure why the photo quality is so poor or why it went so small on the screen - computers aren't my cup of tea