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Born: 20th June 1995
Arrived with us: 29th July 1997
Died: 26th April 2009
(aged 13 years 10 months and 6 days old)
His arrival and a brief history
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||Bobby's racing name: Barley Cop
Date of Birth: 20th June 1995
Place of birth: Holme, England
Right ear tattoo: QZU4
Sire: Druids Lodge
Dam: Shunters Delight
Click here to see Bobby's details on the Greyhound Data web site
Bobby was 1 year 11 months old when he arrived at the Animal Rescue Centre at Cark in Cumbria and placed in the same kennel as Penny. He had been there about a week and was rather thin and his coat dull. After George died we went to see him and Penny with the view to rehoming one of them. It was quite a dilema as to which one to have. Matthew and I couldn't make up our mind so Stuart did it for us by saying we would have both and brought them both home.
We understand Bobby was owned by a man who wanted to live with his girlfriend but she said he couldn't if he brought his dog so Bobby
| was left with his father or grandfather, who found looking after a young and playful dog too much so gave him to 'Rescue'. We think Bobby as a pup may have been teased because he hates clutter on the floor, hoovers and hairdryers.
to see Bobby as a puppy with his mother, brothers and sisters
|Bobby's a star - so where do we begin, what do we include and what do we leave out - there is so much to say.
When we first got him he was very mischievous in that he would empty rubbish bins - his favourite was empty yogurt pots from our son's bedroom bin. He learn 't to open the bedroom door and would go in looking for goodies - he once found a huge Toblerone bar of chocolate Matthew had bought in ' duty free' on his way back from holiday - He devoured the lot and half the wrapper as well. It took Matthew a long time to forgive him as Toblerone was his favourite.
Whenever we went out and left him and Penny on their own he would get up to mischief - emptying bins, taking toilet rolls back to his bed and pulling them to shreds and once even chewing one of my best high heeled shoes. He would look so innocent when we came back, so the ritual for going out was 'have we locked the windows, moved the rubbish bins and toilet rolls and locked the doors'. We solved the problem by bringing 'tit bits' back with us - We showed them the 'tit bits' then walked around looking for mischief. If we found some we showed them the 'tit bits' then showed them the mischief then the 'tit bits' and saying 'no' then taking the 'tit bits away'. If we found no mischief we praised them and gave them the 'tit bits' - the mischief very quickly stopped but we had to be sure to bring 'tit bits' back with us - and now its tradition.
A very scary moment occurred in January 1998 when he had been with us about 4 months. We took him and Penny for a walk along the shoreline near Grange-over-Sands. It was a very cold and windy day when he saw something in the distance and off he ran. Running flat out across the treacherous Morecambe Bay Sands towards Morecambe and no matter how much we called he just kept on running. The wind was blowing against us but we kept calling and waving our arms in the air. He became a dot in the distance and we saw a flock of birds fly in the air as he approached them. We fixed our eyes on the dot not daring to loose it and frantically wondering how we were going to get him back when the dot slowly started getting larger and we realised he was coming back to us. How he knew his way back to us we will never know - it was a very scary moment and one we didn't want repeating for we never felt it in us to take them back there again.
We often took Penny and Bobby to the salt marshes at Flookburgh where they enjoyed running along the beach. Bobby loved the open space and used the salt pools as hurdles. He jumped them one after another at flat out speed, sometimes so fast he scared me and I had to cover my eyes incase he miscalculated the jumps and collided with a bank or jump short. He did once, then just jumped out of the water, shook himself and carried on. Some of the salt pools were 30 ft across so It was fascinating to watch but also quite frightening.
One January day he was running along the beach when he suddenly disappeared. One of the tidal channels was full and hidden to view as most of the beach was had a thin layer of water over it following the tide going out. He came to the surface in a panic and Penny, who was walking beside us suddenly left my side and ran into the water after him. She swam out into the water around the back of him until she was level with him and stayed there till he calmed down. They then both swam back to the firm sand together. Bobby got out and Penny followed him. It was obvious Bobby had never been in deep water before, Penny knew it and went to help him - what an angel.
When Penny died on the 16th February 2004 Bobby became very subdued and started going 'down hill' rapidly. This may have been because they had never been apart in the six and a half years we had them - they were like two peas in a pod. We were so worried for him we took him to Selby Greyhound Rescue the day after with the intention that Bobby should chose his new companion. Bobby walked around the rescue centre meeting the bitches and we watched how he reacted to them, them to him and them to us. He chose Indi and they got on well from the start even playing in the exercise compound together. We went to get something from the back of the car and Indi jumped in and was not for getting out again. We brought Indi home with us on the Tuesday but it wasn't until the Thursday that he first wagged his tail again. It took a couple of weeks before he started sleeping on his back again and he still looked very sad at times for many weeks. He really missed Penny.
Bobby is a very clever and wise dog and understands a number of words including 'pub', 'walk', 'home', 'vet' (then point to the problem), 'Millie' (he knows he's going to Ireland to see her), 'rabbits' and 'budge-up', which he does on the settee if he's lying in the middle and has to move to one end to allow one of the others to get on. Stuart says he can even count because if we hand titbit out he seems to know if he hasn't had the same quantity as the others
As a puppy and even growing up with Penny, Bobby never played with balls or toys because Penny wouldn't play. We tried our hardest but he never did. However, when Indi arrived she loved playing so we bought her a ball on an elastic rope and Bobby soon learn 't what fun it was chasing it - It had taken him 8 years but the joy and pleasure watching him playing with it was immense.
In November 2004 we all attended the Dumfriesshire Greyhound Rescue Fun Show Day and Christmas Fayre. We took a single duvet into the hall for the dogs to sit on because the hall had wooden floors and we knew none of them would lay down without it. We had Indi and Red with us and Flash was standing next to the duvet. It was a busy day because we were re-homing Red with a couple who had come specially to see him. Bobby was a star because he lay on the duvet the entire time. There must have been more than 60 or 70 Greyhounds there that day milling around but he lay on the duvet with his lead on but it wasn't fastened to anything. A number of people commented on his superb behaviour. We entered him for the 'best senior dog' but it was the last event of the day, by which time he was extremely bored, looked fed up, wouldn't wag his tail and and his face looked grumpy at being made to walk around the hall with the other dogs. His boredom obviously showed through so he never won the prize - if it had been the dog 'most like Victor Meldrew' then he would have definitely won! Bobby loves his trips to Ireland and all we need to do is show him the suitcase and say 'Millie' and he knows exactly where he's going. His eyes sparkle as we approach the beach and he still loves running along it chasing Indi and playing with their 'ball on the rope'. During their runs Indi generally leads the way because she's a show off but Bobby, even at 9½ years old keeps pace with her and is still very agile.
13th June 2003
Staying in Ireland again for a few days and this afternoon we all went to the beach at Fethard-on-Sea with our friends Roger and Patricia and their collie called Millie. It was a lovely sunny day and Bobby and Penny enjoyed running with Millie in the sand.
Prior to Indi's arrival we could never get Penny and Bobby to play with ball or toys, which was a shame. When Indi arrived she loved her toys and within a short time Bobby was copying her and chasing after balls in our field along with her. It's taken him a few years to work out how to play with toys but he got there in the end.
This month we visited Ireland again and once again stayed at Warren Farm Cottages in Whitechurch near New Ross in County Wexford. It was Bobby's first trip to Ireland since Penny died so he was the one to show Indi 'the ropes' - explain about the journey with the big blue suitcase, the ferry, having breakfast on the beach just south of Dublin, the cottage and the lovely beaches where he loved to run.
15th June 2004
Staying in Ireland again for a few days, this time in Doyle's Cottage on Warren Farm in Co. Wexford. Bobby loves his trips to Ireland and once he knows which cottage he's going in he quickly settles into the 'holiday mood'. They say dogs don't have a memory but whenever we go to Ireland Bobby always heads for the cottage we were last in. It's uncanny because he does it every time, however, once we show him the cottage we are in this time from then on he heads for that one. It amazes me how he remembers correctly every time.
14th September 2004
We spent a few days at Warren Farm Cottages near New Ross in Co. Wexford and today we went for a drive and stopped at the beach at Dunmore East where Indi and Bobby had a good run on the beach and throughly enjoyed themselves in the process. Back in the car they 'crashed out' and slept all the way back to the cottage.
We spent a few days at Warren Parm Cottages near New Ross in County Wexford, Ireland again this month. We had some lovely weather and took some good photos of the dogs on the beaches in the area.
We spent 2 weeks in Ireland again this month and Bobby had his photograph taken at various locations, which he loves because he poses as soon as he sees Stuart with the camera. He had a bit of a turn as we were driving down to the beach one afternoon. It's not a fit but he looses his balance and gets very frightened - its the fourth one he's had in his life and the vet thinks its an inner ear problem. He doesn't like his right ear being touched and if someone strokes it too heavily he will yelp. We don't know what brings these attacks on and almost forgot he had them because the last one must have been three years ago or more. When he has one we hold him securely in our arms to steady him and talk soothingly too him to calm him down until he steadies himself and it stops. Once finished he's up and away again as if nothing has happened. At the end of the month we took him to the vet because he had a lump/swelling on his lower lip, which looked quite nasty. He's eating well and fine in himself so the vet thinks its where he's bitten or caught it on his daily chew so put him on antibiotics for a fortnight. However, to be on the safe side he wants to see him
again when his medication has finished and if its not healed as he hopes it will is going to take a cell sample for testing to make sure there is nothing malignant there.
9th June 2005
Today was Flash's big day in front of the camera for the 'Long Legged Beauties' Rescued Greyhound Calendar 2006 and in the afternoon before the evening photo shoot at Lakeland Ltd. in Windermere we did some shots on the 'Bluebird' House Boat belonging to Windermere Lake Holiday at Ferry Nab in Bowness-on Windermere. Although Bobby hates walking on anything unsteady under his feet he did very well considering. He hates walking on boats and quickly settled down to laying on the settee, which we covered with a throw for him and his 'green' appearance soon disappeared. A boat is definitely not the best place to get a good picture of Bobby! Stuart took a number of photographs of all the dogs on the boat and later amongst the water features outside Lakeland Ltd. at Windermere - Bobby 'put up with' the boat and jetty but loved the shots around the water features at Lakeland Ltd.
11th June 2005
Bobby has been on the antibiotics nearly two weeks. Stuart thinks the swelling has gone down a little but I'm not convinced so we shall be booking him into the vet this coming week when his tablets are finished so the whole matter can be reviewed.
14th June 2005
When we took Bobby back to the vet he gave us another week's supply of the same tablets and asked that we give him all these then leave it a week and bring him back so he can see how things are by then. Although the lump has gone down a little the vet is still convinced its where he has either been bitten or stung.
20th June 2005
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY - 10 TODAY
Bobby was 10 years old today and needless to say we made a big fuss of him - it doesn't seem like almost 8 years since we re-homed him and Penny, God bless her. Today was Moss's big day in front of the camera for the 'Long Legged Beauties' Rescued Greyhound Calendar 2006 and we all took the day out to Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges, Bassenthwaite near Keswick in Cumbria for the photo shoot with model Paige Leigh. It was a glorious day and lots of photographs were taken by the side of the lake, jetty and around the gardens of the Lodges. Bobby as usual had some really good pictures taken with the model but sometimes found the sun too strong for his eyes so just closed them and went to sleep if the opportunity arose. He enjoyed wandering round from one photo location to the next with the exception of being asked to walk down the floating jetty with Moss, which was a definite no, no. He was having none of that and quickly wanted firm land under his feet again.
26th June 2005
The tablets are now finished and we can happily say the lump on Bobby's lip has almost gone but we will still leave it a week and watch to make sure nothing comes back - fingers crossed!
8th July 2005
It was an early start this morning because a very special photograph was being taken for the 2006 calendar with model Sophia Smith. Indi was to be the dog for the photograph and she did 'her bit' wonderfully. However, when we saw the photograph we realised she was too dark to have the impact we wanted so Bobby did it instead - he strutted out like a 2 year old and was absolutely perfect - when you see the picture you will know what I mean.
12th July 2005
Today we went with model Natalie Raper to Nunland Country Holidays at Lockfoot near Dumfries to do the calendar photo shoot with star of the day Kelly. It was the hottest day of the year so the planned locations on the park were changed so pictures could be taken in the shade and out of direct sun. Bobby enjoyed the day lazing around on the grass under the trees with all his friends and, as always had his picture taken with the model.
16th July 2005
We were all at the Greyhound Awareness stand at Witherstock this afternoon. As the event was being held in the car park and area surrounding the Derby Arms at Witherslack we never had far to go. We pitched our stand on the back road and parked the car so the dogs could sit in the back and out of the sun. We also threw a duvet on the ground for the dogs to lay on. Four bands were playing during the afternoon and evening and as usual Bobby was very laid back and let it all happen around him. He spent almost the entire time we were there on the duvet either asleep or watching what was going on. Everyone was amazed at how well behaved he was because he had no lead on and never once did he move. He really did us proud and he's such a star!
15th November 2005
Bobby is getting a bit grumpy in his old age when it comes to new dogs coming into the house. He used to just lift his lip and give an occasional growl as they walked past his bed but now he tends to snarl and even jump up and snap if they 'pace' too close to where he is sleeping. This became noticeable when Charlie arrived and with each one since. He must wonder what's going on with all these new dogs coming and going. He must make friends and loose them, which is upsetting for him and as he's getting older I suppose he just wants peace and quiet. Having said that, once he's laid the law down to the new dogs he is firm friends with them and happily plays with them and allows them to wander past his bed.
20th November 2005
Today was the annual Dumfriesshire Greyhound Rescue Fun Greyhound Show and Christmas Fayre at the Loreburn Hall in Dumfries and we all drove up to attend where we put up a stall selling the 'Long Legged Beauties' 2006 calendars. Becky Speed (July) and Britney-Lee (October) joined us to meet the press and sign calendars and Indi and Bobby enjoyed saying hello to our seven foster dogs with their new owners who attended on the day. Kelly, Blue, Squire, Kanga, Flash, Tiger, Dixie and Daisy were there and seeing them all together with Bobby, Indi and Thunder brought a lump to my throat and really made our day. We took a large duvet as we know Bobby feels uneasy walking on wooden floors and once the duvet was laid out Bobby stayed on it for most of the time we were there.
10th December 2005
Bobby had his first experience of being in the car on the back of a recovery vehicle today. He looked a little unsure as our car was being raised on the back of the vehicle but as we climbed into the wagon we saw him settling down in the back of the car for the journey home. We were on our way to the SADD (Save a Dumfries Dog) walk around Dumfries where we were going to re-home Danny and collect Tina and Prince. We only got as far as Southwaite Service Station when we all had to get a lift back home on the recovery vehicle care of the RAC - the cambelt tension arm had become loose and started making a loud noise as we were leaving the filling station. A member of DGR drove from Dumfries to the service station and collected Danny so he could go to his new home and Bobby, Indi and Thunder came home in our car on the back of the recovery vehicle.
2nd March 2006
Today we arrived in Ireland for a few days away. Bobby knew exactly where he was going and as soon as he jumped out the car ran straight to the front door of Doyle's Cottage, which was the last cottage we stayed in ten months ago - who says dogs have short memories!
14th March 2006
Arrived home late last night after our few days away. Bobby slotted into his 'Irish routine' like a duck to water apart from wanting to go into Doyle's Cottage for the first couple of days. His ears perked up when we drove down the road into Duncannon for he knew he was going for a run along the beach, although these days there tends to me more sniffing around than the continuous mad dashes of his younger days. We arrived home to find snow and the house very cold so Bobby took to his bed. He didn't seem very happy and when we touched his ears they didn't feel overly warm so we decided to cover him up and place a heater close by until the house had warmed back up again. He never moved under his blanket and soon felt nice and warm under it but we decided to keep the heater near him all night in case the blanket came off him.
15th March 2006
Don't think Bobby is overly keen on the snow as he just goes into the garden to do what is necessary then comes straight back into the warm again. Having said that he enjoyed his walk along the back road yesterday afternoon, snow or no snow, and dawdled all the way there and back checking out all the new sniffs since he was last there.
20th June 2006
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY - 11 TODAY
21st June 2006
Round about the 11th June Bobby damaged one of his claws on his front right foot. It seemed to split up the middle similar to what he's done once before. We think he did it down the back road where many years ago long cuts were made in the tarmac when they closed the road and the way the cuts are shaped they go to a point at each end so when he's walking if a claw goes down a cut close to the end the claw goes in but gets stuck as he's lifting his foot up again as the cut goes to a point. It's the only thing we can think of. Anyway, we bathed it in a diluted solution of Hibiscrub. On the 13th June I became ill and was in bed for two days followed by six days in hospital. Stuart continued bathing his foot but the weather was very hot and he became concerned because it wasn't getting any better, Bobby was struggling to walk and he was looking extremely unhappy. Stuart couldn't make up his mind if being unhappy was because I was away or if he was more ill than he thought so he phoned the vet for advice. Because Bobby is eleven years old they didn't really want to put him under an anasthetic to remove the claw and recommended he continue bathing his foot as before and to bring him in if it got worse. When I arrived home yesterday I was concerned with the way it looked because his foot was swollen, looked inflamed and had broken out and weeping so this morning we took him to the vet. The vet said part of the claw had come off exposing the cuticle and that was why he was struggling to walk. She trimmed his claw back so it didn't put pressure on the cuticle making it easier for him to walk and asked us to continue bathing it in Hibiscrub, to give him Metacam for the next five days and she put him on a strong antibiotic for a week because she was concerned about the infection spreading into his bones. She then asked us to take him back in a week.
28th June 2006
We took Bobby back to the vet this afternoon and they were pleased with the way his foot was healing but not satisfied it was fully under control so put him on another course of antibiotics.
29th June 2006
This morning Bobby's foot started weeping again so the vet was right in giving him another course of antibiotics.
5th July 2006
Bobby has just finished his second course of antibiotics and until a couple of days ago the area where it had broken the skin on his foot was still weeping. However, it seems to have stopped now so we hope its making a full recovery. He certainly looks a lot happier and running around again as usual.
4th August 2006
Bobby returned to the vet again this afternoon but this time for his annual check-up and booster inoculation. A thorough examination found him fit and doing well for his age.
7th September 2006
It was a glorious day today so we drove to the top of the Kennedy Arboretum Viewing Point then went for a long walk along the top. Bobby as usual was off the lead and behaving perfectly. At one point we stopped to take in the views and take some photographs of Indi and the foster dogs while Bobby decided to have a roll about in the long grass. It was lovely to watch him and thankfully Stuart took some photographs for us to remember the moment by.
13th September 2006
Took a trip to Duncannon Beach this afternoon. As we drive down the road towards Duncannon Bobby knows exactly where he's going and gets quite excited as we drive the car onto the beach. Out he jumps and he's in his element running around the beach with Indi and her ball. However, Bobby is very wise because he allows Indi to tire herself out before he joins in playing with her ball!
16th September 2006
Arrived home this evening having spent a few days in Ireland so Stuart could take more stock photographs and we were hoping to do a calendar photo shoot but the model never turned up. Bobby took the drive and ferry down to the cottage in his stride for he knew exactly where he was going, settled in the cottage, loved his walks around the area and acted like a puppy on the beach as he ran around playing with his ball.
23rd September 2006
Received a phone call from Stuart this evening asking me to get in the car and come and get Bobby as he'd had a 'turn' whilst walking around the nature reserve. Stuart has been walking the dogs for the past two weeks because I fell over whilst in Ireland and pulled a muscle in my groin, which has been so painful I've hardly put a step outside the house. Apparently, he was fine walking up the road but part way round the reserve he suddenly walked round in a circle three times then fell over. He stood up within seconds but was very wobbly and obviously frightened so Stuart sat with him to calm him and phoned me. It was the first time I'd driven the car and found it quite difficult and by the time I got there he looked his normal self and was wondering why his walk was cut short. I brought Bobby home and he jumped on the settee for the evening whilst Stuart continued walking with the others. Bobby has had about three 'turns' in his life, all very similar but he's not had one for some time so I think a visit to the vet for another check up will be in order.
27th September 2006
Bobby took a trip to the vet this afternoon for a thorough examination. The vet confirmed his heart was strong and he was fit and well with the exception of his back left leg, which she said was slightly weaker than the other. This may have caused him to stumble the other day causing him to loose his balance and become frightened by what had happened. She didn't think it was one of the 'turns' he'd had in the past as he recoverd too quickly. Let's hope it's a 'one off' but we will keep and eye on him.
24th November 2006
We met Remy this morning at the Fleece Inn in Kendal because Border Television were meeting us there to make a recording about Remy's owner's 'Doggy Dating' evening on Sunday. They did the television feature and showed it on the Border 'Lookaround' programme this evening. Bobby, Indi, Romeo and Mandy all featured with Remy along with another dog called Odo. Bobby being so laid back was chosen by the television presenter to play the largest part and we were very proud of him when we saw it on the television this evening.
26th November 2006
This evening we attended the 'Doggy Dating' evening at the Fleece Inn in Kendal where Stuart put up a back drop for anyone wanting their photograph taken with their pet. Bobby being Bobby decided he should test out the set so he had his pictures taken with the others.
6th December 2006
This evening we attended Cartmel Village Hall where Bobby was taking part in the 'Stayathon' sponsorship in aid of the North West Air Ambulance. It was the task of all the dogs taking part to sit or lay on the floor for ten minutes without getting up and with minimal commands from the person supervising them. Stuart did it with Bobby and he laid the blanket on the wooden floor. Bobby went down immediately and was laying there a full three minutes before the others were ready. It then commenced and Bobby just lay there looking at us, he moved one foot once to get more comfortable on the floor and after the ten minutes was up and he was praised he just stayed where he was. In fact he had no intention of moving and was settled for the night. However, the next dog training class was about to begin so we had to get him to stand so the class could take place. People thought him wonderful but then we knew he would do it because that's Bobby!
5th February 2007
We've had some quite cold weather over the past month and for the first time in his life Bobby's been telling us he's feeling cold. He does it by looking very down in the dumps sad and when we ask if he's okay he shivers his body. If he's in his bed and we cover him with a blanket the look on his face changes to contentment immediately. If he's walking around the house we put him a house coat on and in a few minutes he looks much happier.
5th March 2007
Bobby has become quite vocal in the past few days and quite persistent. If I'm in my office and don't notice the time he stands in the doorway and barks at me. I look at the clock and realise it's time for their walk or it's tea time but I think I will just finish what I'm doing. However, in the past he would go back to his bed for a while but not anymore because he stays there and barks at me as if to say 'come on'. The longer he stands there the louder and more persistent the bark. He obviously believes it's his job to hurry me along when the need arises!
7th April 2007
We attended the Greyhound Awareness Day in Carlisle City Centre this morning and once the duvet was laid on the ground Bobby came off the lead and lay down to rest - he knows it will be a busy day so rest at these events is what he does best. When we go to events like this we often let him off the lead as the other dogs tend to pull him about and he gets knotted up with the leads and, because he's almost 12 years old he's much happier off his lead so he can find somewhere soft and out of the way to lay down and go to sleep. I don't know why but photographers and children when they see him head straight for him - must be his laid back attitude. This morning the local newspaper reporter spotted Bobby being cuddled by two young children and chose him for his picture for the article he was running about the event.
9th April 2007
The reporter on Saturday did a full page feature about the event, which raised £820 for the charity. Apparently there was an excellent photograph of Bobby with the two children and we are hoping to get a copy shortly so we can see it for ourselves.
17th April 2007
WOW, what a surprise we received last night - A lady phoned whose daughter spotted Bobby's page on our site whilst searching the internet and realised he was their Robbie. They bred him until he was sold to the lad and his father who later gave him to rescue. The lady talked about his mother, brothers and sisters and said she thought she had some photographs of him as a puppy, which she would try to find for us and bring them over especially as she would love to see him again after all this time. Although the Greyhound database says he was born in England he was actually born at Holme, which is only about half an hours drive from here. The phone call really made our day and we find it amazing that his puppy hood was spent so close to where he now lives. Wow, it's just so unbelievable, I still can't believe it to be so, so watch this space as we may receive some pictures of Bobby (or Robbie) as a puppy with his mother, brothers and sisters.
22nd April 2007
This afternoon we attended an event at a local kennels and cattery where we set up a stall in aid of Dumfriesshire Greyhound Rescue. The weather wasn't very nice considering how glorious it's been over the past few days which was a shame but a number of our foster dogs and their owners braved the weather and gave their support. It was lovely to see them all and the afternoon felt rather like a family reunion. They all made quite a presence at the event and in all twelve greyhounds attended but Bobby being Bobby did his own thing. Once having said hello to everyone he simply lay on theduvet by the side of the table with his coat on to keep him warm and dozed off.
27th April 2007
Bobby hurt himself in the car last week when all the other Greyhounds jumped in after him and there was a bit of a tussle as they barged in behind him. At first we thought it was just a little cut under his eye that seemed to heal fairly quickly but upon looking again we realised the white of his eye was red, his eye was running a bit and it was aggravating him so we regularly bathed it with Optrex and put Brolene in it. This took the soreness away and after a few days all seemed well again. However, with Bobby being the age he is we decided that in future we are going to let him get in the car last so the foster dogs don't charge in on top of him again.
24th May 2007
This morning we met the lady who owned Shunters Delight who bred Bobby prior to being sold for racing. Bobby was born at Holme in Cumbria and was originally called Robbie so at some stage prior to coming to us his name has possibly been misheard and changed. Bobby was sold to a man who lived with his father in the Lancaster area who raced him on the Blackpool and West Houghton tracks and possibly at Gretna. It's believed Bobby may be the sole survivor. Click here to see pictures of Bobby as a puppy along with a picture of his mother.
20th June 2007
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY - 12 TODAY
8th August 2007
This afternoon Bobby went to the vet for his annual check up and inoculations. He weighed 70 lbs (31.8k). The vet gave him a thorough examination and confirmed him fit and well. His heart was strong, his teeth were good, he still has good muscle tone and the vet said for a dog of his age he was doing extremely well.
11th August 2007
Bobby came to Dalston Show with us today and as soon as he saw the Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue caravan and stall he knew the score. It wasn't a brilliant day because of the showers so Bobby took himself inside one of the tents by the caravan and lay on his blanket for the duration only coming out to relieve himself and to say hello to people on his return to his bed. He was very good as again he wore no lead all the while he was there. He grumbled at a couple of other Greyhounds who didn't know him and who came too close to his bed but they soon jumped back and, as people commented 'at Bobby's age he's entitled to get grumpy now and again'. Part way through the afternoon we noticed him getting a bit cold (he's learnt to tell us when he's cold by staring at us and shivering) so we put his coat on then covered him with ours to warm him up again - he looked like a bug in a rug! The only part you could see was his head popping out and the children walking past the tent commented and came over to say hello to him.
17th August 2007
We travelled to London for the weekend this morning on business and to see our son Matthew. Bobby is quite used to staying in different places, accepts changes in routine and helps settle foster Greyhounds when they feel unsure, usually by giving them a grumble then letting them lay next to him. Bobby gave Matthew a lovely welcome and never forgets him even though sometimes months go by without him seeing him. Bobby coped well with the long journey but we've noticed lately he won't drink water from the tub in the car if it gets warm and can look quite hot and weary because he won't drink on the way and waits till we get where we are going for a long cold drink. This can be a bit of a nuisance at times and distressing for us to see him like it but he refuses point blank to drink from the bowl in the car so it's something we will need to bear in mind on future long journeys.
14th November 2007
A couple of days ago Bobby cut his front right foot which although it took a while to stop bleeding we thought was just a cut so we kept an eye on it. He had been running round the nature reserve like a two year old! We never heard a yelp nor saw him limp but when we arrived home he left blood all along our tiled floor. Although we've been bathing it ever since he began showing signs he was in pain and started to limp so this morning we took him to the vet.
The vet wanted to keep him in and operate, which mean't an anaesthetic but the vet said his heart was strong and she could foresee no problems. He weighed in at 70lbs (31.8k). He'd cut the web between his toes which needed stitching. She didn't think it was caused by running as it would have made him yelp and because the cut was so clean she believed it could have been caused by glass. This means either there was glass in the nature reserve or he'd done it whilst walking near the bottle bank situated by the side of the road along our walk. Although I don't like them walking there sometimes it's difficult when he and Indi are off the lead. When the vet examined him under aneasthetic she found he'd not only split his web but cut up the side of his pad so when we arrived to pick him up he came hobbling out all bandaged up. He's had a number of very small stitches inserted and the bandage was to help keep them all in place with it being on his foot. He's to have the bandage on for three days then back to the vet to have it changed. Whilst there the vet also checked his teeth and gave some of them a bit of a clean. She said most were okay so not many needed cleaning which was lovely to hear as he's never had them cleaned by the vet before so for his age he's done really well. He's on a course of antibiotics and Metacam till he feels a bit better. Back home Bobby was a bit wobbly when walking so after a visit to the garden we settled him on the settee with a blanket to sleep it off. However, when he heard the others having their dinner he was in the kitchen waiting for his so we gave him a bit of bread and scrambled egg with weak tea, which he enjoyed. The rest of the evening he slept on the settee and by the time we were going to bed his eyes looked much brighter and his face less tense. He wasn't keen on having the plastic bag over his bandage - but then Bobby's not keen on things like that and his foot was probably a bit sore but he needed it on to go in the garden. He managed the stairs under our supervision and quickly settled to his bed for the night.
15th November 2007
This morning Bobby looked much brighter and the bandage on his foot didn't seem to bother him too much other than when the bag was put on to protect it when he went outside. We never gave Bobby his walks today so his only exercise was to wander round the garden so as to give his foot a chance to heal, which he understood as we told him to stay whilst getting the others ready for their walk. It's been quite difficult today trying to ensure Sandy and Max don't accidentally knock him over as they are dashing past him and he's been a bit grumpy with them when they go over and try sniffing his foot to see what the matter is. Both are told in no uncertain terms to clear off!
19th November 2007
Bobby has been coping quite well with the bandage on his foot but isn't too keen on having the bag put on when he goes outside. This morning he went to the vet who changed his bandage for a fresh one. She cleaned the area and was pleased the way it was healing but because they had to use so many fine stitches to repair the webbing between his toes, which she didn't want to break open until they disolved she put another bandage on and we are to take him back again in a few days time.
26th November 2007
Bobby had become a bit less patient the past couple of days with the bag on his foot because he tries to avoid us putting it on and once on he will shake his foot until it comes off. This morning he went back to the vet again and had his bandage removed. The vet was very pleased with the way it was healing so Bobby left the vets with no replacement bandage.
1st December 2007
Bobby's become quite 'forward' in his old age and if he thinks he's not getting his little treat at the end of our evening meal when he thinks he should he will bark and tell us to hurry up. Bobby never used to bark at all till Indi arrived then he started barking with her whilst they were playing together. Having found his voice after all these years he now barks when it's time for his walk, his dinner or he wants to go in the garden. The past few months he's been feeling a bit vulnerable walking along the landing past Indi's bed going to his own and will come to us and bark so we will walk with him past her bed to his bed. We think this is because when we get a black foster dog Bobby sometimes thinks Indi coming to her bed is the new foster dog so will grumble at her and she is doing the same to him. We've thought about moving their beds but they are creatures of habit and want their own where they've always been especially at night so it's something we realise is a task that is now appropriate as he ages. It may also be that as he's got older he's lost or is loosing the 'pack leader' position, which Indi may be taking up and she is laying the 'ground rules.
When Bobby's out and about off his lead he looks like a youngster running along but around the house he's beginning to hold back more often these days because some of the foster dogs when they greet people almost knock him over. Bobby now tends to come and say hello to guests once the others have calmed down and things are more sedate.
7th December 2007
Yesterday we noticed Bobby limping and licking the area where his foot had been stitched. He was licking it quite a lot and when we examined it we found the area quite red and there was a lump, which we didn't like the look of so this morning we took him back to the vet. The vet said it was a cyst that had formed as a result of his foot sweating under the bandage, which had to be put on a certain way so as to hold his toes together to stop the stitches breaking open. He was put on a three week course of antibiotics and we are to bathe it with Hibiscrub once a day for a few days until it settles.
9th December 2007
Bobby's foot isn't looking quite so sore today and he's not licking it the same so the antibiotics and Hibiscrub must be beginning to work, however, we must give him all the antibiotic tablets even once the cyst has gone otherwise the vet says there is a strong chance of it coming back. For this type of cyst a ten day course isn't enough but a three week course will get rid of it completely.
17th December 2007
It's been a bit cold of late so we've started putting a housecoat on Bobby during the day as well as at night until this cold spell is over as he's feeling the cold more now than he used to.
18th December 2007
Bobby certainly knows what he wants and how to get the message across. Tonight he stood in front of Stuart and barked at him, looked at his housecoat then barked again - he was asking to have it put on. Once on he then walked to the living room door, walked back to Stuart, barked at him again, then walked back to the living room door again - he was asking to have the light put on. Once on, and with his housecoat, he walked into the living room, climbed on the settee and went to sleep.
25th December 2007
Father Christmas arrived last night and left Bobby a soft squeaky toy and a huge dinosaur bone. He took up his normal position on the settee and let Indi unwrap them because, as usual, he couldn't see what all the fuss was about. When he realised it was a squeaky toy and a bone he just looked at us then settled back on the settee to watch the others. Bobby's not really into squeaky toys but later in the day had a go at his bone. To be honest he was looking forward to a bit of Christmas dinner and was there by the table waiting patiently for us to finish ours before looking at us expenctantly for his.
11th February 2008
This morning we travelled to Ireland by ferry for a few days and Bobby as usual took everything in his stride because he's done it so many times before. He knows what the suitcases mean and the word 'holiday', which is a term we use when we go away for a few days whether it be work or pleasure as he knows what is in store. Because he is so laid back he is a comfort to the foster dogs doing the trip for the first time because when we park the car on the ferry to leave it he simply lays down in the back and the others follow. The weather was nice in Dublin and he enjoyed his walk along the beach when we parked in our usual place to let them all go to the toilet, get a breath of fresh air and a walk along the front. Back in the car and as we approached New Ross he was up on his feet watching out the front. As soon as we turned down the road to Whitechurch and said 'Bobby, holidays' his ears went up and the look of expectation was lovely to see.
As usual he went to the gate heading for the cottage we last stayed in - how does he remember the right one everytime? Once he realises which one we are heading for this time he doesn't bother about the others anymore. These cottages and grounds are like a second home to Bobby and he loves coming here.
12th February 2008
Had a lazy morning this morning to give everyone a chance to get over yesterday's long journey and this afternoon we all went to the beach. As we drove along the road overlooking the coast Bobby's eyes lit up because he knew exactly where he was going. On the beach he sniffed here and there - just to make sure all was okay since last time and waited his turn whilst Indi charged after the ball. After she'd had enough we threw it for Bobby as we've done in the past but this time not quite as hard because he's been showing his age a bit this winter so we didn't throw the ball as far as usual because we didn't want him overdoing things and we were right in doing this. Although he ran forward like a two year old after the ball, grabbing it and throwing it in the air to chase again, when he put his weight on his back legs to twist in a turn after the ball or to push himself off again they didn't seem to have the same strength as last September and he was a bit wobbly. I think in future we will let him potter or run on the beach as he wishes rather than throw him a ball even though in the past it's been lovely to watch.
23rd February 2008
Bobby enjoyed his stay in Ireland again loving his walks along Duncannon beach, along the top of the Kennedy View Point where he runs along the paths with Indi between the heather and running around the fields by the cottage. We had really good weather with sunshine most days so even trips in the car he enjoyed and in the evenings if we went out for a meal he and Indi stayed in the cottage with the television on.
When it was time to leave we walked round to the farm house to say goodbye and Bobby came with us as usual, however, on this occassion he was looking to stay. He knew we were leaving as he saw everything being packed and loaded in the car but Bobby was going visiting, which he loves and as we all walked back to the car he stayed in the kitchen. We called him and came to us but as we rounded the corner of the cottages to get in the car he ran back to the farm house and into the kitchen. This was a first - he wanted to stay! We had to go back to the house, put him on the lead and walk him back to the car. We had a chuckle but Bobby looked quite fed up, perhaps it was the prospect of the long journey home!
17th March 2008
Next month we are going to Portugal for a few days and it will be the first time we have been away without taking the Greyhounds with us, which is quite a wrench to my system and I'm not happy about leaving Bobby at his age. I know he's fit and well but that doesn't make it any easier. A friend has offered to look after Bobby and Indi for us whilst we are away so this afternoon we started the ball rolling to get them used to being away from us by leaving them both with our friends for an hour or so. As there wasn't sufficient time to go home and come back we took the foster dogs for a walk then because it was very cold we had a coffee before going back to pick them up. Bobby had found the thick padded bed in the lounge which he made his own and never moved all the time we were away.
25th March 2008
We took Bobby and Indi to our friends again today where we dropped them off so they could stay half a day. They both remembered the house and happily went inside, which was lovely to see. Inside Bobby lay on the bed that has been made for them in the living room
and apparently that was where he stayed for the duration of his stay and upon my return he simply looked up at me then went back to sleep till it was time to leave.
2nd April 2008
Yesterday lunch time I took Bobby and Indi to our friend's house for a 'stop-over' and called in this afternoon to collect them. Both had been very good but Bobby was looking a bit subdued and we wondered if he'd missed us. Once home, had his dinner and walk it was up on the settee for the evening and he appeared a bit better but I'm going to watch him as I think he's not as happy as he should be.
10th April 2008
Bobby's had a dried pig's ear each day for as long as we can remember and loved them but about a week ago he only ate half and left the rest. The following day he didn't want one, which we thought strange. He looked well and was eating his food okay so to begin with we thought nothing of it but as the week progressed we wondered if something was amiss. The problem with Bobby is that he is so laid back and will put up with a lot before he complains. We looked in his mouth because we wondered if he had a gum infection or perhaps a bad tooth but we couldn't see anything so this afternoon we took him to the vet. He weighed in at nearly 71lbs (32.10k) and the vet gave him a thorough examination. His heart was fine and for his age his muscle definition was very good. The vet said there was no gum infection and from what she could see his teeth were okay but she struggled to get him to open his mouth very wide to check the back and whilst doing this she found his glands in his neck swollen indicating an infection at the back of his mouth or down his throat. She said to give him some Metacam this evening and a course of antibiotics with a request to bring him back next week if he doesn't improve.
16th April 2008
As Bobby was going to stay with friends this afternoon for a few days whilst we are in Portugal we took him back to the vet for another check-up, which I think was more for our peace of mind more than anything else. The vet checked his ears, teeth and glands again and apart from his glands being up slightly the vet said he was okay and, the amount they were up were nothing to worry about. He's had a couple of pig's ears lately but doesn't show the enthusiasm as he's done in the past so we offer him one and if he doesn't want it we give him a slightly softer treat instead.
Because Bobby and Indi know what it means when the suitcases come out we didn't start our packing for Portugal until after we dropped them of at our friend's house along with all their food and gear this afternoon. Bobby as in the past went straight to the bed our friend made for them in the corner of her living room where he lay down and went to sleep. When we left them Bobby never even lifted his head when we said 'stay there, back soon' so either he was sulking or he knew it was another stay away from home. It was quite something leaving them and I was glad no packing had been done earlier because it meant we were busy right up to leaving to catch the plane.
17th April 2008
We phoned from Portugal this evening to see how they were and was told both were okay.
18th April 2008
Received a text from our friend saying they were feeding them gammon for their dinner!
25th April 2008
Although we'd received some texts from our friends saying both Bobby and Indi were fine the first two or three days away I missed them dreadfully and although the rest of the time I tried to put them out of my mind I found it very difficult so when we were on the plane coming home we both commented that we were really looking forward to seeing them so when we arrived home we literally dropped our bags inside the door and went to pick them up.
When we arrived both Bobby and Indi were on the bed with our friend who was taking a rest and watching a bit of TV. Having said hello to Indi we went to say hello to Bobby, who hadn't moved from where he was laying on the bed and I don't think he even wagged his tail. I thought he looked a bit sad and his nose was dry so I felt for his glands because I thought his neck looked a bit tight in his collar. My first thought was to get him to the vet straight away but on the way home I decided to leave it a couple of days and watch him. Our friends said both had been as good as gold and a pleasure to have but they thought they'd missed us and, because she doesn't have a garden, they thought they missed wandering in and out as they do here. They thought it took them a little while to realise their frequent walks up the road was to have a piddle and, at one stage they took them into the garden next door to see if they would do it there but they wouldn't.
Having collected Bobby and Indi and all their belongings we drove over to collect Sandy. Now the family was complete we went home and fed them. I gave Bobby some Metacalm in case his neck was sore and because his nose was dry, then we went for a bite to eat so they got a trip to the pub. When we got home we lit the fire in the living room and sat and watched television the rest of the evening so they all knew things were back to normal. Bobby climbed on the settee and flaked out. It wasn't long before we realised the look on his face had changed, he looked settled and we think that although he enjoyed his stay away he was glad to be back home.
16th May 2008
Bobby gave us a bit of a scare this afternoon. I'd taken them all for a walk as normal in the Nature Reserve and was waiting for Bobby and Indi as they tend to wander so we all meet up at the gate before walking back together along the road. Bobby came running down the path as he's done hundreds of times before and slipped because the ground was so dry. As he stood up he gave a yelp and held his front left foot up. He was only a few yards away so it didn't take long to reach him and I saw his little toe at a funny angle.
The biggest problem I had was stopping Sandy and Scooby dashing over to him and knocking him over trying to see what was the matter. I had a quick panic and my mind was racing because as my trousers had no pockets I'd not brought my mobile with me - and that's the last time I will ever do that!
There was a mobile home parked in the lay by, do I leave just him here or do I tie them all up here and run down the road. I had a dilema because Bobby was determined he wasn't being left and as I tried to go for help he insisted on hobbling after me until we'd gone the few yards to the road. As I got there I saw the mobile home driving off and my heart sunk then I saw the men working on the flat part of the roof of the pub and was about to wave and shout to them when a landrover turned into the road and came towards me. I flagged him down and as he didn't have a mobile he offered to turn around to get Stuart. Stuart came in our car and he put Bobby in and took him home. I walked home with the other three so they didn't accidentally stand on him in the car.
The vet asked if we could bring him straight in so we carried him to the car as he wouldn't walk and took him to the surgery. In the surgery the vet gave him a painkilling injection whilst she examined him. He was very good. As it had started swelling up the vet wanted to x-ray it so we laid him on the table and the vet did the x-ray. We then waited for the results in the waiting room where Bobby lay on the only mat in the room. The vet showed me the x-ray and we could clearly see where he'd broken his toe in three places. As we were the only ones in the waiting room, rather than getting him back into the surgery the vet and I sat on the floor and bandaged his foot up to give the broken toe a bit of support. We'd almost finished when some more people came in and were amazed to see us all on the floor but as the vet said "If the dog can't get to the vet the vet comes to the dog". All bandaged up I had to carry him back to the car as he refused to move off the mat. The vet said to keep the bandage on a week, not to let him walk unless he wanted to and to give him Metacam for the next few days as he will be in a lot of pain. In all it will take about four weeks to heal properly.
When we got Bobby home we gave him some dinner then unfortunately all the Greyhounds were put in the car as we had to go
the Dumfriesshire and Cumbria Greyhound Rescue AGM at Longtown. Bobby coped well in the car with the others - they seemed to know something was wrong and kept away from him. When we arrived home and it was time for bed he wouldn't sleep downstairs so we had to carry him upstairs to where he normally sleeps.
17th May 2008
Bobby wanted on our bed this morning around 5am for a cuddle and stayed there till his breakfast was ready. He wouldn't walk downstairs this morning, which is understandable so we had to carry him. He wasn't too keen on this as he likes his feet on firm ground and he wriggled a bit. Consequently, we've decided to play the next few days carefully to reduce the number of times we have to get him downstairs. He's okay going up on his own but not down, thankfully, he won't go down without us and stands at the top and barks until we go to him. Bobby's foot must be quite painful and his face looks strained as he's hobbling along. Thankfully he's eating well but showing no inclination to do anything other than rest nor come with us for a walk. When we go out we touch his bandage and say "Indi walk, Bobby stay, back soon" and he looks at us knowing exactly what we mean. He had his Metacam with his dinner, a wee in the garden then on the settee for the rest of the evening.
18th May 2008
Bobby's foot is still very sore. He's just not interested in walking more than he has to and he lay in the sunshine in the garden today for some time, which he enjoyed.
19th May 2008
Bobby, although he won't walk down the stairs, doesn't want to stay downstairs all the time he doesn't like being carried down them either. He really tries to resist so today we started walking him down with us in front supporting his neck to give him a bit more confidence whilst guiding him down. Thankfully, he tells us when he wants to go down and waits for us to guide him down. Although he's still hobbling this wanting to go down the stairs on his own might be an indication he's feeling a bit better.
20th May 2008
Bobby seems much happier now he's able to walk down the stairs on his own with our aid.
21st May 2008
We've tried to make sure Bobby's spent most of his time resting and he's become quite used to not joining us for walks He still seems in a bit of pain and it's quite sad seeing him hobbling around. However, this evening was the first time he looked at us when we took the others for a walk as if asking if he could come as well but we said no so he stayed on the settee with the television on whilst we were out.
22nd May 2008
Bobby's been feeling a bit sorry for himself since he broke his toe. He's not wanted to go out other than in the garden for a wee but today he must have been feeling a bit better because he came to the door with the others when we were getting ready for our walk as he wanted to join us. He was a bit miffed when we said he had to stay behind but the walk is far too long for him so he's best pottering around the garden for a while longer yet. Because he looked so sad we took him to the pub this evening with the friends who looked after him whilst we were away. When they arrived he gave them a lovely welcome and when we told him he was going to the pub his eyes lit up, he did a little dance waiting for his collar being put on, was the first by the door waiting to be let out, first down the drive and first into the back of the car – all of which is a first for Bobby as he usually dawdles and is often last! Anyway, he enjoyed his trip out, lay on the carpet in the pub and enjoyed all the fuss people made of him because of his bandage..
23rd May 2008
Bobby's been walking a bit better today and this afternoon we removed his bandage. His toe area still looks a bit swollen but we think he feels more himself without it on as he's been going up and down the stairs on his own since then without asking for our help. However, we've to watch him for a while because it will be another three or four weeks until it heals properly. The vet said he may find it more painful for a few days now his toe isn't being supported by the bandage so we've to continue giving him Metacam each evening for another three or four days or so. By the end of the day Bobby's foot was looking more swollen than when we first took the bandage off as the vet said it may do so we are trying to get him to rest it as much as we can.
24th May 2008
Although Bobby's foot is still a bit swollen and we've been trying to get him to rest it as much as we can he's been getting quite upset at not having a walk so on the way back from shopping this afternoon we picked a location where he could have a short walk on grass. It was only a few yards as we didn't want him to over do it but he felt he'd been for a walk and we think he enjoyed it.
25th May 2008
Although Bobby's foot still seems a bit swollen he's moving about much better and going up and down the stairs on his own. This morning Bobby wouldn't eat his breakfast, was very unsettled and his stomach was rumbling. He wasn't interested when we went for a walk at lunch time and no matter what we did we couldn't get him to settle until the middle of the afternoon. By tea time he was up waiting for his food with the others so whatever was the problem it seems it may have sorted itself. After tea we took the others out for a walk and left him behind but when we arrived back we found he'd wet behind the front door - Bobby had done a protest at being left behind with no walk so tomorrow we will probably drive him up to the nature reserve to have a potter around so he thinks he's had a walk.
5th June 2008
Bobby's had a rumbling stomach two or three times since he broke his toe and his regular exercise routine was turned upside down and on these days he's been off his food most of the day. Today we started mixing some natural yoghurt into his food in an attempt to settle his stomach. At first we just put the yoghurt on top his food but he wasn't interested in it so now we mix it in and he eats it okay. Hopefully, when he's back doing his normal walks all will settle down again.
7th June 2008
Today we did a stall at Caton Gala arriving at 10.30am and leaving around 5pm. Bobby did his usual thing by laying on the duvet in the shade under the gazebo all day only getting up to go over to the hedge to relieve himself then resume his position on the duvet again. He astounded everyone who didn't know him because he wasn't on the lead but then we know our Bobby and he knows the score at these events so he just does his own thing and crashes out for the day.
10th June 2008
Over the past few days we've noticed that when we stroke Bobby his skin seems to ripple as we stroke him. At first we thought it was just him getting older but yesterday it seemed significantly worse so I decided to look more closely and found he had tiny orange/brown spots all over his skin. Some areas were worse than others and I don't know why I didn't notice it before so this afternoon we took him to the vet. The vet said it was an infection in his hair follicles and gave him a slow acting anti-inflamitory injection and a course of antibiotics. She also suggested we bath him with Hibiscrub twice a week for the next couple of weeks then once a week until its gone. As his toe was still quite swollen and the vet thought still painful for him she said the injection and antibiotics would help that also. Whilst there we also asked the vet about Bobby's back end as he doesn't seem as steady as he used to be. She said he still had a good amount of muscle definition and was in a good condition for his age.
This evening we shampoed Bobby with Hibiscrub in the bath - Oh, how he hates baths! We had to shampoo it in and keep it on for about 10 minutes before washing it off. We managed to do it for 7 minutes before he became very unsettled and just managed to get it all washed off before he became very stressed and tried to get out the bath. Out of the bath we dried him off a bit and he dashed to one of the beds in my office where we covered him with a dry towel and he remained there the rest of the evening wrapped up and slept.
16th June 2008
We gave Bobby another bath today with the Hibiscrub and what a nightmare. He hated it even with a bath mat and wet towel in the bath to stop him slipping. His back end kept collapsing and he kept trying to climb out. He was so bad I was worried he would have a heart attack or something as he panicked so much. Once out the bath his back end just collapsed on the carpet so we wrapped him in a towel and dried him laying down. Once dry and feet on solid ground again he was fine but it was an experience I don't want to repeat so think the next bath will be on the lawn with buckets!
20th June 2008
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOBBY - 13 TODAY
20th August 2008
This afternoon we took Bobby and Indi to the vet for their annual check-up and inoculations. Bobby weighed in at 70lbs (31.80k) so is remaining his steady weight. We've noticed Bobby has slowed down a bit the last couple of months, tends to be dawdling more on our walks, is composing himself more before jumping in the back of the car and tends to be a bit unsteady on his back legs if one of the other dogs jostles into him so when he's amongst them we have to watch them all very carefully that they either keep calm or keep their distance from him. The vet gave him a thorough examination and said although he's now beginning to look his age in his stance he's not doing too bad. Although being a bit unsteady on his back end he still has decent muscle tone but one or two of his hind feet toe nails are worn down with the road where he's not lifting his feet high enough as he's walking along. When the vet listened to his heart she commented it wasn't quite as strong or sharp as it's been in the past, which is probably the reason for him dawdling on his walks and panting quite heavily at times, which is what he was doing in the vets so I could clarify it with her. The vet asked us not to retire him from our walks because the exercise will keep him healthy but we mustn't push him and if he wants to linger and meet us on our way back, as he's done a couple of times then to let him.
Despite him slowing down a bit he's still eating his food well and on occasion will push Indi from her dish and finish hers off as well if I don't see him doing it and stop him.
31st August 2008
This afternoon we went to a Greyhound Awareness Day at Waterhead in Ambleside. For one reason or another it was the first we've attended this year as we are very aware they are long days for Bobby. It was raining when we got there so we spread a duvet on the tarmac under the gazebo for Bobby to lay on, where he stayed till we thought he'd had enough then we put him and Indi in the car to dry off and warm up.
20th September 2008
We need to watch Bobby more these days because if all the dogs come to greet us, or we are about to go for a walk, and they become excited, if they knock into him he can loose his balance and sometimes without our help, he struggles to regain it. When we put them all in the car Bobby now has 'priority boarding' as Stuart calls it, so he goes in first, which he seems happier with. It means he can jump in, in his own time and go to the front of the car out of the way without having to jump in and position himself around any others who may have got in first. When he's been laying down a while he's beginning to struggle to regain his balance on his back legs as he's standing up and is sometimes a bit wobbly until he sorts himself out. He's been waking us up during the night recently and it took us a few occasions to work out he was cold, so now we put his warm fleecy house coat on every night and this means we get a better night sleep. At the moment, we take it off him during the day but we are watching the weather more carefully now and if we think it's a bit cooler or feels damp then we let him keep his house coat on during the day as well until we feel it's warm enough for him. People comment about how well he's looking but it's these little things we are beginning to notice.
Last night Bobby slept on a bed in our room, which is rather unusual for him because since starting the bed and breakfast at the beginning of July he's been sleeping on the settee all night. At 7.15am this morning we heard him struggling to stand up because his feet were slipping on the wooden floor
Chewing his bone In the garden
Settling in -
Exploring the garden
Relaxing in the sunshine
Walking round the Nature Reserve
Running on Whitbarrow Scar
Running on Duncannon Beach
Co. Wexford, Ireland
Watching the world go by
Enjoying a 'boating' day out along the Batheaston Canal near Bath
8th June 2002
On holiday in Ireland
On holiday in Ireland
24th September 2002
Enjoying a rest in a pub!
24th September 2002
With Penny at Castle Ffrench,
On our bed in the sunshine
19th October 2002
Running along the beach with friend
Patricia at Fethard-on-Sea in Ireland
13th June 2003
With Millie, Jenny
Fethard-on-Sea in Ireland
13th June 2003
Fethard-on-Sea in Ireland
13th June 2003
On Dunmore East beach, Ireland
14th September 2003
With Indi in March 2004
With Indi in March 2004
Duncannon Beach in Ireland
In our garden - March 2004
Playing ball in our field
25th April 2004
. . . and again.
25th April 2004
. . . and again.
25th April 2004
Taking a rest
25th April 2004
Indi and Bobby taking a drink in the
after playing in our field
25th April 2004
Fast asleep whilst on holiday in Doyle's
Cottage at Warren Farm in Ireland
15th June 2004
.... and again.
16th June 2004
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This picture of Jack, Indi and Bobby was taken on the 31st August 2004 and is one of the supporting shots in the calendar.
28th January 2005
12th March 2005
Playing with Indi
12th March 2005
12th March 2005
12th March 2005
12th March 2005
12th March 2005
12th March 2005
With Britney-Lee at Biggar Park,
Biggar in South Lanarkshire
29th April 2005
'Long Legged Beauties'
Calendar 2006 shot with model
Hannah Lewis on the 'Bluebird'
Windermere Lake Holidays
at Ferry Nab, Bowness-on-Windermere
on the 9th June 2005
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Calendar 2006 shot with model
Paige Leigh in the grounds of
Bassenthwaite Lakeside Lodges,
Bassenthwaite near Keswick in
Cumbria on the 20th June 2005
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Rescued Greyhounds Calendar
Britney-Lee Banks with Bobby at
Biggar Park, Biggar in South Lanarkshire
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Rescued Greyhounds Calendar
Lauren O'Shea with Bobby and Blue at Woodstock Gardens, Inistioge in Ireland
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This picture of Bobby was taken
on the 10th March 2006 whilst
in Ireland and is the February
supporting shot in the calendar.
Enjoying the sunshine
on the 11th June 2006
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This picture of Bobby was taken
on the top of Kennedy Arboretum Viewing Point on the 7th September 2006 and is
our main September calendar shot
A roll in the grass on the top of
Kennedy Arboretum Viewing Point
7th September 2006
and up to have a look around!
Playing ball on Duncannon Beach
in Ireland on the 13th September 2006
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This picture of Bobby was taken
on Duncannon Beach in Ireland on the 13th September 2006 and is on the inside cover of the calendar.
Completing his 'Sayathon' sponsorship
in aid of the North West Air Ambulance
at Cartmel Village Hall on
Wednesday 6th December 2006
Walking in the nature reserve
3rd May 2007
and with Indi
3rd May 2007
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'Greyhounds & Lifestyle'
This picture of Bobby was taken
with Yrez on the 12th July 2007
and is our main November calendar shot
Bobby with his little friend Chloe
2nd September 2007
. . . and again.
2nd September 2007
. . . and again.
2nd September 2007
Bobby running in the nature
at 12 years of age
27th October 2007
Bobby with Kate in the garden
a few days before he died
17th April 2009
Indi, Kate and Bobby enjoying the
sunshine in our garden
17th April 2009
Our last photograph of Bobby
as he was about to lay down in
garden to enjoy the sunshine.
This photograph was
taken by a guest
was staying for bed and breakfast.
Saturday 25th April 2009
REST IN PEACE
MY BEAUTIFUL BOB.
IT WAS A GREAT HONOUR
AND WE SHALL LOVE
YOU FOREVER AND EVER.
| in our room and then we heard him having a wee. This was a first, normally he's very good at telling us if he wants to go out by giving us a loud bark. However, we have noticed over the past few days that if he leaves it too late to go he can't seem to hold it the same and sometimes as he's walking into the garden he's already started and is weeing as he's walking to where he wants to go to do it so leaves a trail along the path. If he's been in the car a while he will start the moment he gets out even if he hasn't had the chance to walk to a place he wants to go - he will just do it there and then as if he can't hold it anymore. What we think happened this morning may have been caused by him struggling to stand up and gain his balance but, in view of the other circumstances, which have been happening outside we are going to watch him, I may talk to the vet about it if it gets worse especially as he seems to be drinking a lot more water lately, just in case they think he may have an infection or if it is just old age creeping up on him. In any case, we are going to start treating him in the same way as we do a new foster dog in that the moment he moves we are going to see if he wants out so he can empty his bladder more often so doesn't have to hold it as long, which should make things easier for him.
6th November 2008
Bobby gave us a bit of a scare this evening. We had just been for our flu injections and decided to call in at the Crown Inn for a drink early doors before going home for tea. As we were approaching the pub Bobby was standing in the back of the car close behind me breathing heavily, which was rather laboured and I asked if he was okay. When we went to let them out the car Stuart was outside putting leads on and getting them out one at a time as usual and because Sadie wanted to make a dive for the door I knelt on the passenger seat and held her collar so she would be the last out. Bobby seemed very wobbly, sometimes he is if another dog knocks into him and he looses his balance but this time it looked different, something was definitely amiss. His back end was just wanting to sink to the ground and his back legs were all bent. He wanted out the car but outside his back end began to collapse so I shut Sadie in the car and went to support him as he didn't seem to have a lot of strength. Stuart put all the others back in the car then came over to lift Bobby back in the car. However, once in he jumped back out so we allowed him to walk around a bit so we could watch him. He was a bit wobbly but after a little while he looked more steady. We decided to go home so we could watch him and when we opened the back of the car he jumped in to join the others and lay down. Back home he looked okay whilst he was walking into the house but if he stood still, say whilst we unlocked the front door his back end began to wobble and sink again. Inside the house he was up on the settee and an hour later you wouldn't have thought anything had ever happened. We are not sure if he'd been knocked by the others in the car of if he'd had a slight seizure.
7th November 2008
Bobby was fine during the night and this morning ate a healthy breakfast - in fact he finished off Indi's as well! He slept on the bed in my office most of the morning but when it was time to go for our walk he was very doddery coming down the stairs and needed a helping hand. It seems as if it's his back left leg, the one the vet said his toe nails had worn down on that seems to be bothering him. It seems a bit shaky and not as strong as it used to be. He managed our walk okay but towards the end he was lagging behind us more than usual. As we stood waiting for him to catch up we began to wonder if he has a bit of arthritus and this is why he lags behind and is wobbly when he stands after laying down. I know some may say its a bit late but we've ordered him some glucosamine tablets, which we hope will help him. We also gave him a dose of Metacam when we got home in case he's in pain and because its an anti-inflamitory we will give him a small dose each day until we get the other tablets and until I can have a chat with our vet.
At tea time when Stuart arrived back from visiting a client Bobby welcomed him by bouncing towards him, so perhaps the Metacam has helped!
8th November 2008
We gave Bobby more Metacam today and it was whilst we were on our walk this afternoon it suddenly occurred to Stuart that Bobby may have hurt himself last Sunday evening in the kitchen. With having the bed and breakfast we now have solid floor covering most of the kitchen and whether he skidded, slipped or was knocked we don't know but he suddenly did the splits with his back legs. Although I didn't see what happened I was very close at the time and lifted his back end up and took his weight until he'd composed himself and was standing up properly again. As he never made a noise so we didn't think too much of it at the time but we are now wondering if it was this that has been the problem. The problem with Bobby is that he has a very high pain threshold so very rarely complains about anything and can put up with quite a lot so he may have hurt himself more than we realised. If this is the case then the Metacam will help him.
12th November 2008
Bobby's not had any Metacam since yesterday morning and all seems well again. He's had a little run around the garden this morning and was even trotting along the 'back road' for a while during our walk this afternoon. Let's hope it was just the floor but it is something we must watch for in the future, not only with Bobby but with all our Greyhounds.
23rd November 2008
Although Bobby has been sleeping with his housecoat on at night because of the colder weather, which seems to be getting to him these days we've put it on him again during the day. He seems much happier with it on so I think whilst the cold weather continues he will wear it day and night.
10th December 2008
Bobby, although happy in himself, is eating well and loves his Dentastix each night sometimes gets upset if the house is too quiet and he thinks he's on his own. This is making things a bit difficult if he wants to sleep in the living room and I am trying to work in my office where the other greyhounds join me as he barks for attention. Therefore, I've started either asking him to join us or putting the television on for him if he becomes unsettled, which seems to work.
He seems to be getting a bit more wobbly on his back legs, which seems worse after he's been laying down a while and sometimes looks really unsteady when he's coming down the stairs or the steps in the garden.
15th December 2008
Bobby gave us a bit of a fright this afternoon as we were finishing our walk. As he was approaching me to have his lead put back on before walking down the main road I noticed one of his front feet 'clicking' on the road and he was walking funny. I quickly felt his feet to see if there was a stone lodged between his pads but I couldn't feel anything. Hoping it wasn't going to be anything too serious when we spotted a bottle top had slotted itself over one of his pads. When we realised what it was we both gave a huge sigh of relief then chuckled about it all the way home!
21st December 2008
We did a Greyhound Rescue home check in Kirkby Lonsdale this afternoon and planned to take all the dogs for a walk after but when we arrived home as they were getting from the car Bobby's back end started going down just like it did last month outside the Crown Inn. He became quite stressed as he didn't want to lay on the gravel but his back legs wouldn't hold him. Immediately upon seeing this I scooped him up and carried him inside and lay him on the settee. Half an hour later he was fine and an hour later ate his tea as normal.
23rd December 2008
Bobby seems much more wobbly today and we are having to make sure the others don't knock into him as they dash past otherwise he looses his balance and he struggles to regain his balance again without our aid.
29th December 2008
Bobby's back legs gave way again this afternoon as he was coming down the garden steps and once again I carried him in to the settee. Half of me is saying its just old age but what with Izzy dying earlier this month of cancer there was that niggle something else may be wrong so we phoned the vet and booked an appointment with Liz who has seen him over the past few occasions and has been following his health with us.
31st December 2008
The vet gave Bobby a thorough examination this afternoon and said his symtoms were that of old age. She pulled, stretched and lifted both back legs and said he was quite happy to put his weight on his back right leg but not on his back left one. This is the leg that has the weakness because this is the one he's worn his toe nails down as he's been walking along the back road and was highlighted to us earlier in the year and put down then to getting older. She did the bending the foot backwards and placing it on the floor test, which she said he passed with flying colours. If you put the dog's foot on the floor upside down and they want to correct it then it shows their brain knows where their foot is. If they allow you to put it on the ground the wrong way round and they don't correct it, then it tells the vet the brain isn't working in conjunction with the rest of the body as it should be doing. She said he has a very slight heart murmur (from a range of 1 to 6 his is ½ to 1) which she can hear if she listens very carefully. She didn't think he had Arthritis but he may have a little rheumatism or he may be getting a bit of cramp or 'pins and needles' causing him to be wobbly on his back legs. She felt everything was because he was getting older and suggested we give him Metacam each day from now on to see if this would help him. It was suggested we give him 30ml daily for a week and if he seemed better to drop it by 5ml each week until we get it to 10 or 15ml but to increase it if we thought it necessary until we reached the right level to suit him. He was a bit shaky and wobbly as we were leaving the vets but the vet said she wasn't suprised after all she'd put him through during the examination. Back home he was up on the settee in front of the fire and in his element again.
3rd January 2009
Don't know if its a coincidence or not but since Bobby has been on Metacam each evening he hasn't woken us once asking to go out in the middle of the night, which over the past few weeks was happening almost every night. I think he is a bit happier and this evening because there were no other dogs around when he came in from the garden he did a little hop, skip and a jump!
4th January 2009
Another good night last night without Bobby needing to go out and this afternoon he went for a run down the back road - the first in a long while. Seeing him rush pastus came as a bit of a shock and we told him to 'act his age'!
5th January 2009
Another good night last night and today he seems more bright in the eyes and more bouncy in his movements so the Metacam is certainly easing whatever pain or discomfort he was experiencing.
6th January 2009
Bobby seems alot happier and running about more and his dose of Metacam has reduced from 30mlm to 25ml.
15th January 2009
Bobby's dose of Metacam is now 20ml and all seems to be okay with him still.
18th January 2009
This evening we put Bobby's dose of Metacam back up to 25ml as we think 20ml is a bit too low for him.
19th January 2009
Bobby has started waking us again in the night to go out so we are a bit baffled as to why, when we thought we'd resolved it with the Metacam.
30th January 2009
Bobby has started having the odd soiling accident in the house and it seems that when he feels he wants to go he has to go and can't always hold it until he gets outside.
26th February 2009
Bobby woke me four times in the nigh and on one occassion he was outside for ages. In the end I got a lead and collar and went looking for him. He was just standing under the trees watching the world go by. When he saw me he happily ran in front of me back into the house again.
27th February 2009
Bobby had us awake again a few times in the night wanting to go out. We thought we had this problem resolved but it's come back much worse and we can't think why.
28th February 2009
Thankfully Bobby slept right through the night last night and was the last one to go out this morning. I say thankfully because it makes my work so hard during the day with so many broken nights sleep.
Perhaps wanting to go out is just Bobby getting old but we shall keep an eye on him just in case it isn't.
15th March 2009
These past few days Bobby has been struggling more and more to keep up with the others on our walks despite us all splitting up and 'power walking' those on leads back and forth along the road thus allowing Bobby to do his own thing and at his speed.
Today we decided to let him have a walk around the nature reserve because the ground wasn't as wet, but it is too far for him to walk there, around it, then all the way back so we put all the Greyhounds in the car and drove to the entrance. Bobby was in his element when he realised we were going around the reserve and enjoyed all the new smells along his normal path. He even had a little run! However, when we got part way round he wouldn't go any further so Stuart carried on with the others and I hung back with Bobby for a while till he got his breath back then we took the short path that would meet Stuart at the end of his walk. Bobby was a bit concerned at first when he lost sight of the others but as we waited in the 'fork' he stood watching the ridge on the bank and when he saw Stuart and the other dogs come over it his ears went up and he did a little dance of delight that they were about to join us.
As we came out the nature reserve Stuart walked all the others home and I put Bobby in the car and drove back. He wasn't for getting in at first because he wanted to join the others but with a helping hand he was in and we drove home.
18th March 2009
Over the past few days Bobby has started becoming quite anxious about 3.45pm each day. From his breakfast till then he's quite happy to sleep on one of the beds either in the living room or upstairs in our office whilst we are working, but from 3.45pm onwards he keeps barking because he wants to know where we are. Sometimes I can get him to come upstairs and be with me in my office but more often than not I have to plan my day to do ironing or bookwork downstairs because he just won't settle if he can't see or hear me. I can't even go in the garden without him barking for me. This is beginning to make my working day a bit difficult but we've noticed that once he's had his tea he is fine again for a while and then Stuart is home anyway, which makes things a bit easier. As a result I try to keep him quiet for an hour if I can then we feed them all. If it rurns out he's hungry and that's why he is barking then we are going to bring their feed time a bit earlier. However, it may be old age is just making him feel more vulnerable and insecure so needs to know where we are.
20th March 2009
Bobby is getting much more used to our drive down to the nature reserve. Stuart and the others splitting away from us and meeting us near the gate a bit later on. He is also accepting the fact that when the others walk home he gets into the back of the car and we drive back. He's also allowing me to help him in the back much better. At the beginning he became quite anxious when I tried helping him in but now he realises that when his front feet are on the back of the car and my hands are scooping his back end up I am doing it to help him and he is co-operating much more.
Bobby is still waking us up most nights wanting to go in the garden to do his toilet, sometimes if we are lucky it's only the once but more often than not its two, three or four times. Thankfully he stands at the bedroom door and gives a bark to let us know he wants out, but sometimes the act of barking to wake us can cause him to have a little accident. Poor Bob, he can't help it!
Out in the garden to do his toilet during the night is always followed by a long drink before going back to his bed on the floor near the radiator where he lays more often than not for warmth and with a blanket over him to keep the rest of him warm - keeping him the right temperature these days can sometimes be quite hard to judge because he hates the cold so we either put his house coat on him or cover him with a blanket or, sometimes both if it's been really cold. During the winter this has been fine but now we are getting some warmer spells we are finding that wearing his housecoat can actually make him too hot causing him to pant heavily until we've taken it off him and he's cooled down a bit - these things are here to try us!
22nd March 2009
Despite Bobby becoming much more frail and not able to do the walks he did only a few months ago he is still very happy in himself and is enjoying life as he now knows it - life at a more gentler pace! He loves his food, enjoys his walks around the garden, still loves laying on one of the beds in my office listening to the radio whilst I'm working, has the odd little run through the conservatory as he's coming into the house from the garden (so long as there are no others around who might knock him over) and will have the odd 'mad moment' trying to play with the others, that is until he realises he can't keep up with them as it makes him have a little cough and a splutter so realising he shouldn't be doing that sort of thing at his age and going back to his bed.
23rd March 2009
Bobby scared us a bit this evening during our walk round into the Nature Reserve. He seemed to struggle almost from the beginning and began panting quite heavily so after about 50 yards or so I hung back with him while Stuart walked on with the others and we met up with them all on the way back. He seemed very distressed but 10 minutes after getting back in the car again he was fine.
24th March 2009
Walks have become even more slower this week so when we walk down the back road now we pass the pub then let Bobby off the lead to have a sniff and dawdle along at the speed he wants to go. Stuart takes Sadie and Sandy and 'power walks' them along the road, Indi , off the lead, joins him if she wants to and I hang back with Bobby. His walks now only go for about 250 yards before we meet Stuart on his way back with the others and we all turn around and walk back together, but the walk back is very slow with many stops to allow him to catch up. Despite him struggling he loves his walks, doesn't want to stay at home on his own hence the strategy we've been adopting since Sadie's arrival and Bobby's slowing down so as to ensure the others get a good walk but Bobby goes at his pace. I find it very difficult taking them all out on my own because I don't want to 'push' Bobby more than he wants to go yet the others get frustrated at going so slow. At the moment walks are a bit hap hazzard because they have to be fitted in with work and when both Stuart and I can take them out together, thankfully, it's lighter later these evenings, which is making life a little easier for us.
29th March 2009
This morning was the first glorious morning we've had where we've been able to open the conservatory door so the dogs could wander in and out as they wished. As I was preparing room 2 following guests being in last night I spotted Bobby and Sadie laying together in the little 'sun spot' he loves on the lawn at this time of year. It was a wonderful sight to see him enjoying the sunshine and a double bonus to see Sadie, who thinks the world of him laying by his side. It's been hard work during the winter keeping him warm and with him not being as strong as he used to be, seeing him laying in the sun was a sight I was hoping I would see again, so it really made my day.
1st April 2009
The limp Bobby started with about a week ago seems a bit worse. We think it is the leg on which he broke his toe last year and we've felt his feet but can't feel anything in them that might be causing him to limp. He's really struggling on his walks because of this limp and will only walk a couple of hundred yards or so before starting to slow right down and begin to breath heavily, which can be distressing to watch. As a result we decided to take him to the vet this morning for a check up and we arranged it so he could see the same vet he's seen in the past as she remembers him so will recognise any changes since his last visit. When we arrived at the vets we weighed him, he was 30½k, which is about the same as he was in January. We took a sample of his urine with us so the vet could test it and although there was a little protein in it, it was nothing out of the ordinary for a male dog. However, there was a little blood in it so the vet took a sample of his blood so she could test it to see if there were any problems lurking that we needed to know about but when the tests came back everything was fine, which we were really pleased about. The little blood in his urine may be a slight infection so he's on a course of antibiotics. She gave him a thorough examination and said his heart was the same as last time, which was good news. She then confirmed his limp was his front left leg and the area around where he broke his toe had some arthritis. There were no corns and she could feel no other problems in his leg, shoulder or neck that could be the cause of his limp so it's more than likely arthritis in his toes so the vet asked if we could up his Metacam to 30ml for a while to see if he walked better and if he did to keep it there but if it didn't to drop it back to the 25 he's on at the moment.
Bobby was really good in the vets. I took in a blanket so when we were in the surgery he could lay on the floor to be examined. This is because when the vet starts to do her examination he struggles to stand still for any length of time as his back legs start to shake so she did what was needed for him to do standing then the rest she did with him laying on the floor, which was a lot less stressful for him.
Back to the car, a helping hand getting in then a snooze till we got home and back to his bed again for his siesta!
6th April 2009
We've been trying to work out what is making Bobby want to go out in the night because it's been going on a few weeks now and having to get up each night to him is beginning to take it's toll on us when it comes to the following morning and having to do a day's work. It's never urinating but always soiling and everything we think it is turns out not to be the case. A couple of days ago it suddenly dawned on us what it could be and I don't know why I didn't think of it earlier. It's his food! I don't like advertising a particular food on our site but in this case I have to mention the name. When Penny arrived we had weeks of her soiling during the night and we were advised to put her on Burns Brown Rice and Chicken - it resolved the problem overnight and both Penny and Bobby were fed it all the time. A few weeks ago Bobby suddenly went off it and refused to eat any more so we put him on the same Greyhound Complete food as we feed the others. It's since he's been on this food that the problem has arisen so a couple of days ago we put him back on the Burns and hey presto, no wanting to go out in the night. I don't know why I didn't connect them earlier - the other food being okay for younger dogs was possibly not the best for an elderly dog. The Burns food sorted out Penny and now it's sorted out Bobby.
11th April 2009
Bobby's limp on his front left leg seems much worse today and he struggled to go up and down the stairs to join us whilst we were working upstairs or in our office. The dose of Metacam doesn't seem to be working so we have put him up to his full daily dose. Today has been the first day he's not been out for a walk because of his struggle to go upstairs and he seems more wobbly when he's walking around the house and in the garden. Stuart took all the other out for their walk and I remained at home with Bobby. His muscles seem to be reducing and he's looking much older but his mind is still very alert, it's his body that is beginning to let him down.
12th April 2009
Because Bobby never went for a walk yesterday we drove him to the pub car park so after the others had, had their walk we got Bobby from the car so he could have a wander along the grass verges and put all the other greyhounds except Indi in the car. We then took Bobby and Indi in the pub so they could have some quality time with us - Bobby so loves laying on the carpet in the pub and saying hello to anyone who should come over to stroke him.
15th April 2009
Bobby's health causes me a great deal of concern some days and we've stopped his daily walks at the moment as he struggles to walk more than a hundred yards becasue his limp seems to be becoming worse and the metacam isn't having a full 24 hour effect anymore. As a result I've booked him in to see the vet again, but the vet whose seen him in the past and has been following developments is off this week so I've had to book the appointment for next week.
One bonus is that he's still enjoying a full night's undisturbed sleep but the concerns are that he's more wobbly on his legs and is feeling the cold more easily so we are covering him with a blanket now all the time, unless it's really warm outside, then he's usually out there in the sun!
20th April 2009
Bobby's been outside enjoying the sunshine all day today, laying with Sadie, Kate or Indi on the lawn - each taking a turn to lay with him. However, middle of the afternoon he decided to play with Sandy and the two of them started prancing about until Bobby realised his back legs wouldn't join in so gave up.
21st April 2009
We ran out of the Burns food last night so Bobby had to have what the others have and low and behold he woke us at 2am wanting to go out - just goes to show! He was outside quite a long time then really struggled to walk back in coming down the grass rather than the steps but the way he went he had to go down the last three steps to come inside and I had to help him as he couldn't do it on his own.
His front left leg this morning is causing him pain and today he's been standing with the weight off it. My appointment with the vet yesterday had to be re-arranged so I will be really glad to get him in to ser her on Thursday.
He's much more weak these days and we have to watch the others don't knock into him otherwise he wobbles and we have to support him so he can regain his balance.
Although Bobby has been struggling to walk today he wanted to join us upstairs in the office this morning but couldn't get up even the first couple of steps so I went to lift him to carry him up but it distressed him so we walked him back into the living room, covered him with a blanket, put the television on for him then I sat down with a cup of coffee with him - work, despite me being desperately behind will have to wait! I realised that when I went to lift him he flinched when I put my arms round him to pick him up so I'm beginning to think the problem is with his shoulder rather than his foot.
22nd April 2009
Back on Burns and Bobby slept all night. Two Greyhound guests arrived at our bed and breakfast this afternoon who joined ours in the garden - seven running around! Poor Bobby so much wanted to join in but I was on pins as he was being pushed about all over and it was quite difficult to stop the other, very excited dogs from running into him.
23rd April 2009
Bobby had an appointment with the vet at 10am but we got off to a rocky start. I opened the car door and he put his front legs inside as he's done in the past then I held his back end to lift him in as I'd been doing recently but his front legs couldn't hold him and he slid in a heap onto the pavement. I was distraught that I could have allowed this to happen. I gently lifted him up and gave him a cuddle before lifting him into the back of the car. This he didn't like and was obviously in pain - I just hope he hasn't hurt himself. At the vets he wouldn't get out the car and wasn't keen on me lifting him out but I succeeded in the end and we did a very slow walk into the vets. I had a terrible preminition the vet might want to put him to sleep when she saw him, but I couldn't do that this morning, not without Stuart and the other dogs having the chance to say goodbye to him.
He weighed 30½k, the same as before which is good news.
In the surgery I laid his blanket on the floor and he lay on it so the vet could examine him in comfort. She agreed with me the problem was his shoulder as he winced when she touched the area I thought it might be. She confirmed it wasn't a joint problem but in the bone so things could be more serious than anticipated and she wanted to xray him. I told her about Jack and his bone cancer in January, the similarities and thus the reason for this visit and she agreed the symptoms were there.
They xrayed his shoulder - he just lay on the table and let them do it, but then that's our Bobby. The result came back showing a tumour on his shoulder. It wasn't a growth that produced a lump but bone cancer, the type that eats away the bone. As well as his 30 ml of Metacam each day he will also have another pain killer (1 a day) to reduce the pain. If this works then fine but if after a couple of days there is no change we've to give him 2 tablets twice a day of Morphine. I had a frank and serious talk with the vet so we knew where we were heading and what to watch out for because at his age there is no question of an operation just tender loving care until the time arrives to let him go. However, the vet said that time hadn't arrived yet but could be anything from a couple of days to six months - we have no idea. What we do know is that time for tears and sadness is for when we are on our own and not when we are around him. Our feelings must be put in a box when we are with him and to treat him as we normally do because he lives for the moment and will be able to tell we are upset and that in turn will upset him. We must try to control his pain but treat him as normal so he can be himself for as long as he is able.
24th April 2009
Bobby would only eat part of his breakfast this morning which is most unusual for him and when he walked outside his limp wasn't quite so pronounced so perhaps the new pain killers are helping. Let's hope so! He happily slept on his bed in the living room most of the morning but around 1.30pm he started his usual barking, knowing he'd not had much breakfast I gave him what he'd left earlier plus a little ham and he ate the lot, went into the garden then settled back to his bed till tea time and I did some work downstairs to keep him company. Stuart took Indi and Sandy in the car to the shops to give them a break. The vet phoned around 5pm, which I thought was very kind of her and we had a chat about when to start the Morphine tablets and how many to give him. She suggested we start tonight with two twice a day because our aim is to remove the pain in his shoulder so he can enjoy his short walk down the road or back from his visit to the pub in more comfort because those short walks are very important to him and must continue for as long as we can.
After he ate his tea we set of for a walk through the tunnel under the A590 and along the Ulpha Road. Bobby and I got just to the other side of the tunnel then hung around whilst Stuart took the others for their normal long walk and when he got back we all walked back to the house together. Back home he climbed on the settee, which is a first for a few days then had his Dentastix, which he loves before falling asleep on the settee for the rest of the evening.
25th April 2009
Bobby, for the past two or three mornings has wanted to join us whilst we are dealing with our b & b guest's breakfast. In the past he's been quite happy to sleep in the living room behind the safety gate until all the breakfast things have been cleared away and we let them all back into the kitchen whilst I produce theirs. However, the past couple of mornings he's wanted to be with us more so I've been putting a bed by the fire in the kitchen and he lays there, watches us and gets a piece of bacon or other treat every now and again. It also means that if he wants out in the garden to do his toilet we can easily let him without bothering the others.
The past three nights we've had guests staying who had Greyhounds and whilst our guests ate breakfast their two Greyhounds, Guiness and Penny would wander round our garden or sit on the lawn and watch their owners dining. This morning Bobby wanted to join them so wandered around the garden with them before laying in one of his favourite spots to enjoy the sunshine. Our guests were taking photographs of their dogs and as Bobby wandered onto the lawn they took a photograph of him as he was about to lay down on the grass.
I don't know if it is a coincidence or not but since Bobby's been on the tablets from the vet his appetite has reduced so we will need to watch this.
It was sunny again this afternoon and once again Bobby was on the grass with the others enjoying the sunshine on his body.
This evening after he ate his dinner Stuart walked him the short distance to the pub with Indi whilst I drove the others in the car so we could leave them in the car whilst we were inside. Bobby really struggled to walk across the pub floor and he received a few sympathetic glances before we lay his blanket on the floor for him to lay on so he could watch all that was going on.
This evening Stuart roasted a piece of pork for our tea and cut some of the crackling off to give to Bobby as a treat. When Stuart took it in to the living room for him his ears went up and eyes brightened waiting for the next morsal to arrive. He was loving it and he was so alert that Stuart called me in to come and watch. It was so lovely to see because it was obvious he was happy with life and Stuart reminded me that while he had that look in his eyes he was happy.
26th April 2009
This morning Bobby lay content on a bed in the kitchen by the fire and watched us doing the guests breakfast as he's done the past couple of days. After preparing the breakfasts Stuart left as he was doing work for a client today and from that point Bobby became a little anxious. At first I thought he wanted out but no, then I thought he was hungry so as soon as all the guests had left I never bothered clearing the breakfast things away as I normally do but prepared their food hoping this would settle him. I gave him his tablets and increased his Morphine to three but when it came for him to eat his breakfast he ate very little and wandered back into the living room to lay on his bed rather than go outside as he normally does.
We had a full house of guests last night and Bobby stayed on his bed or pottered into the garden all the time I was doing the rooms. Although I was doing the rooms I was up and down the stairs all the time during my work what with sorting the washing etc. and every time I came down I called in to see how he was and to say hello as I've been doing for many, many weeks now. He was quite happy.
Early afternoon I came down to find him laying in the garden with his head in the air facing the sun soaking up the warmth. I stood in the conservatory for some time just watching him, admiring him and feeling so proud of him because he looked so elegent there looking up into the warmth of the sun. I thought how nice he looked and to see him there you wouldn't think there was anything wrong with him.
When he came inside and realised I'd started my chores in the kitchen as I did each afternoon so I could be near him he lay on the carpet near the kitchen fire, watched me and dozed off. I thought of bringing him a bed to lay on but he looked so comfortable and peaceful laying there just watching me I didn't want to disturb him. I did my chores and sang to him or talked to him to keep him company and around 5.15pm I decided to nip upstairs for a minute before getting their dinner. I was only on the second step of the stairs when I heard him scream out, in fact there were two dogs screaming! I think it was Sadie screaming for him but I'm not certain. I dived back into the kitchen to find him flat on the floor with his back legs in an awkward position and in pain. I ran to him and put his legs together and in doing so he rolled onto his side, and still in pain. I ran into the living room for a bed and a blanket and lay the bed down next to him and was about to use the blanket to wrap around him so I could roll him onto the bed when he stood up and got on the bed himself. He sat down but his back end was shaking and his front left leg was up off the floor hanging limp. I knew exactly what had happened and that this was the moment the vet had warned me about. I helped him lay down and made him comfortable then covered him with a blanket and phoned Stuart to ask him to come home, then the vet asking them to call. The painful expression on his face had disappeared and he looked a lot more relaxed and settled when the door bell rang so I got all the other dogs out of the kitchen and behind the safety gate so there was no risk of one of them walking on him then I answered the door to find our guests for the night had arrived two hours earlier than they estimated. I don't know how I did it, but I welcomed them in and showed them to their room as normal then having done that went straight back to the kitchen, shut the door and sat next to Bobby to see how he was. He was laying very still and watching me but he didn't look in pain unless he moved. He wriggled about until he made himself more comfortable then lay very still. I think he knew it was the end and I lay with him stroking his head, holding and caressing the paw of his good leg, talking to him and kissing him. The vet phoned and arranged to be here about 15 minutes after Stuart was due to get home so Stuart had time to say goodbye to him. Songs of Praise was on the television and I gave him a kiss from every one I could think of who loved him and who would have wanted to give him a kiss goodbye. I was with him on the floor over an hour and Stuart joined me as soon as he got home. We were both in shock but at all time there were no tears because Stuart and I knew this was not the time for them, and apart from the initial panic of the realisation of what happened I remained calm for him. This was Bobby's time and to help him through it he needed us calm and it was our duty to be with him in that state.
The vet arrived just after 6.30 pm as arranged and I quietly told him what happened then he talked with us about what we had to do. Both Stuart and I were with Bobby, cuddling and talking quietly to him when the vet inserted the needle at 6.40pm to put him to sleep. It all happened so quickly and peacefully, so quickly I couldn't believe he had gone. I had been cuddling him and I didn't even feel a twitch or anything as he went. He just went to sleep!
After he died we both felt numb but we still had another job to do. We brought each dog into the kitchen so they could see him so they would know he'd died as this would help them through their grief. Indi was so upset she wouldn't go anywhere near him. Sandy came and looked and went a little closer but remained more than a yard away from him. Only Sadie, who loved sleeping with Bobby went up and had a sniff before we led them all back behind the safety gate.
The vet was superb and left us alone in our grief. We vented our anger by digging his grave, which was next to where Penny lay, then we carried him out on his bed and wrapped him in the blankets we'd wrapped him in at night to keep him warm during the winter months and we lowered him in. I positioned him so he lay there all cuddled up as he did when he slept, gave him a kiss, covered him with another blanket and filled the grave in. Once filled, we lay a piece of trellis over the top to discourage the other dogs from doing anything silly and stood two trays of Pansies on top of that. The Pansies I was going to put in tubs around the garden, but now they will be planted on his grave. Our guests being in the room they were in had no idea what had happened and because of the trees and layout of the land couldn't see what we were doing.
It was half past seven by now and none of the dogs had been fed so we fed them and let them in the garden but watched them carefully to make sure none did anything silly to the grave. All three ran straight to the grave and sniffed the area where we had laid the blanket with him on prior to lowering him in. They sniffed the grave and the area then wandered off to other parts of the garden. It was important they knew where he was.
I was in shock, I couldn't believe that at 5pm my beautiful Bobby was happily asleep on the carpet in front of the kitchen fire and by 7pm he was in his grave.
Going over what happened I think that as I left the kitchen to go upstairs the others came from the living room and as one or more than one walked past him he got up and wobbled and fell, or, if he was getting up to see where I was he was knocked, wobbled and fell. The exact circumstances I will never know but one thing is for sure I blame none of the other dogs for knocking him because they were not to know. I blame myself for needing to go upstairs at that moment, but then again, I'd been wandering around the house all day and nothing untoward had happened before. I just thank God that I was only two seconds away from being able to help him, that it happened in the kitchen and not outside and that I had time on my own with him to comfort him and to say goodbye before Stuart and then the vet arrived. I just wish that when he fell he hadn't landed and lay in such a painful position albeit for seconds before I could make him comfortable. It is this picture I keep seeing in my mind that so upsets me and I have to push it aside and replace it with the one of him soaking up the sun in the garden earlier that afternoon.
27th April 2009
It was a terrible night last night and this morning we served our guest's breakfast with a brave face as our grief was ours and not theirs. After they left the flood gates opened and our grief poured out. Indi, Sandy and Sadie are very quiet so this lunch time to break the tone and get out the house we walked them to the pub and had a drink to toast the long and happy life Bobby had, had with us and to cherish the love and loyalty he gave us in the time we had him. He has left a hole in our hearts that can never be filled but he also left us with masses of wonderful memories.
This evening we had no guests arriving - the first for some time so the house was ours to grieve in peace.
28th April 2009
This morning we experienced an earth tremor, which was only the second in the twenty years we have been here. The epicentre was apparently at Flookburgh, which is not far from us and where Penny and Bobby ran on the salt marshes. Bobby used to 'hurdle' the salt pools and how he did it without missing one and falling in we will never know becasue some were very large indeed. How he loved running along the beach and salt marshes with Penny each week. I don't know why, but when Indi arrived we never went there again - perhaps it was a new era when Indi arrived, perhaps because we couldn't let her off the lead there for some time because of the sheep we went elsewhere instead and just didn't go back. Many people have their thoughts and ideas of what happened. but the truth is, it was our Bobby running along the salt marshes and hurlding the pools - he was letting us know he was still around and watching over us!
29th April 2009
The other dogs, although quiet at times are beginning to come round, which may be because our tears and grief has changed from being continuous to coming and going in waves and today we are able to talk about things a bit better.
30th April 2009
May we thank everyone who has been thinking of us, phoning us and sending us emails, cards and poems in our time of sorrow. Can we send a very special thank you to the person who sent us a card from Bobby. We don't know who you are and we don't recognise your handwriting but the postcode on the envelope was the Preston area and we thank you so much.
Bobby wrote " I am walking ahead just now. I know you cannot see me or hear me. When you call I cannot come to your side. But, I am walking ahead just now, moving through the landscape, watching you and waiting for the day you catch me up so we can all walk together. To Stuart and Jenny - what I want to say now I am gone. Bobby xx
5th May 2009
After contacting our guest a couple of days ago who stayed just before Bobby died we received an email this evening with the photograph they took of him during breakfast on the 25th April. It is a beautiful picture and one I shall cherish always because it was the last one taken of him. I cannot thank our guest enough for taking it.
We will miss our Bobby dreadfully because he was our 'rock', he was our best friend., he was loyal, loving, compassionate and perfect. He has had his time with us and now he lies in the garden next to his darling Penny - they were two peas in a pod, they were! God bless you both.
Bobby helped us foster 76 Greyhounds - those who were rough and 'bolchy' he put in their place, those who were nervous he was patient with or told them not to be so silly and those who were homesick he consoled, looked after and allowed them to sleep with him. When out walking if Bobby approached a strange dog we knew it was okay, but if Bobby avoided it we knew to avoid it also.
Bobby was one in a million and for us it is the end of an era. He was so perfect, a super laid back gentleman, the pack leader who gained respect from everyone, he loved people, got on with every dog he met and lived life to the full. The only time he was ever naughty he was funny - the Toblerone bar, the chocolate fudge cake, the yoghurt pots and the toilet rolls! Bobby enjoyed life right to the very end, he did loads of things, met loads of people and went to loads of different places - the one thing in common with all these things was that everyone whoever met him was attracted to his calm, laid back and loving character - we were always so proud to be associated with him.
You will be sorely missed Bobby but at least we know where you are and can go and sit with you and Penny and talk to you both
whenever we feel the need to be with you. Rest in peace my lovely supa dupa Bobsy and God be with you and bless you always - you were our rock!
|BOBBY, HIS MUM AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS
24th May 2007
This morning we met the lady who owned Shunters Delight who gave birth to Bobby prior to being sold for racing. Bobby was born at Holme, near Carnforth in Lancashire and was originally called Robbie so at some stage prior to coming to us his name has been misheard and changed. Bobby was sold to a man who lived with his father in the Lancaster area who raced him on the Blackpool and West Houghton tracks and possibly at Gretna. It's believed that as of today Bobby may be the sole survivor.
Bobby with his brothers and sisters in 1995 at just a few weeks old
Bobby (Robbie) is the light brindle at the front on the right with his tail in the air.
(recognised by the distinctive black marking on his side)
Zac .................... (dog)..... Fawn
Robbie (Bobby) .. (dog) ..... Light Brindle
Max .................. (dog) ..... Fawn
Rocky ................. (dog) ..... Light Brindle
Harry ................ (dog) ..... White and Brindle
George ................ (dog) ..... White and Fawn
Murphy ........... (dog) ..... White and Brindle
Ellie ................... (bitch) .... White and Brindle
Ollie (Oliver) .... (dog) ..... Dark Brindle who died in approximately 2006
Bella ................... (bitch) .... White and Brindle
We think Robbie (Bobby) is the brindle on the left looking down as he is the darker of the two.
Shunters Delight (Bobby's mother) whose pet name was Angie, shortly before she died just 2 months before her 14th birthday. She had two sets of pups the first of 8 pups (2 bitches - Kyra and Jodie) (6 dogs - Clint, Aran, Freddie, Billy, Mick and John). The second set was Bobby and his brothers and sisters.
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