where, so she doesn't look at her best at the moment.
15th March 2013
Penny's coat and skin has been so bad the past few days I was contemplating giving her a bath once all that thick loose kennel coat had come off. Now I'm not sure she needs it, her coat has come up really nice and shiny, can't see much loose skin and her coat is now a shade darker than before.
She seems to look different - it's not just her coat is looking so good, but she seems to have toned up as well. When she arrived she was a little over weight, which looked worse with her thick coat. I've been watching how much food I give her carefully so as to help her loose the excess weight slowly. This week the weather has been nice for the first time so we've been leaving the conservatory door open all day for the dogs to come and go. I think Penny has been enjoying this and running round the garden and field has toned her body. She's looking the best she's ever looked since she arrived.
16th March 2013
went of to his new foster home this morning and both Dee
went to their forever homes. Not sure which one Penny is missing, but since they went she has been quite unsettled. Stuart said that while I was having a nap before tea she kept wimpering and pestering him. When I got up she was still wimpering and wanted cuddles from me. When we put her in the kennel around 10pm and checked her on the camera we found her asleep with Shamus
. Bless her, but someone she'd made friends with wasn't here anymore and its upset her.
20th March 2013
This morning Penny went to the vet to be spayed where she weighed in at 30.4k. This is good as it means she has lost a kilo in weight since arriving here, which is something she needed to do, and she looks much better for it.
While waiting in the vets waiting room there was a rather noisy small dog - Penny wanted nothing to do with it and wanted to leave the room it was in. A good sign!
24th March 2013
This afternoon we took Penny over to her new home where we hope she will have a long and happy life.
25th March 2013
Received an email today letting us know that after we had gone yesterday her new owners took the dogs down the lane for a gentle stroll. Fen poohed and peed!! They then had their dinner which Fen wolfed down and then proceeded to finish off the little bit Flash
had left. Dan took them in the garden at various times from then on. She is walking about whining quite a bit but eventually goes on her bed and sleeps. I guess she is missing all her pals and Flash
is not the most giving of creatures. Last night when they had the TV on she stayed with them in the sitting room for a while and then came into the bedroom where Flash
was asleep and lay on the carpet near him. They put her bed in the corridor between the two bedrooms where she could see Flash
and both of them and she settled down well. They had their treats and that was all we heard of them all night.
This morning, having gone to sleep earlier than usual, they awoke at 6. 30am. They waited a while and let them out whereupon Flash
had a good bark and so did Fen. She was very excited to be off the lead. Luckily their neighbours are early risers!! They both came in quite happily and then she whined quite a lot until they got up when she settled in the dining room and went to sleep. Dan took them for a walk and then they fed them. Once more, Fen wolfed it down and looked for more! Eventually, she went to sleep and has just been out for a widdle and to look for pheasants in whom she is very interested indeed. Her new owner will now give them a treat each and soon she will have been with them for the first 24 hours which must be so confusing for her. Tiger
was so laid back and of course older when he first came but they are sure Fen will settle soon. Don't worry about her!
26th March 2013
We heard today that the little lass is fine. Much more settled today with hardly any whining and eating very well indeed!! She settles at night and there isn't a peep out of her until they both wake up at around 7a.m. Just a bit of a whinge this morning and then she settled in the dining room whilst Dan had his breakfast, then walkies and a meal. Her owners then decided to go to Asda and left Flash
and Penny their treats and were gone about two hours. She was delighted to see them and there had been no chewing or other signs of distress. She did have a quick belt round the garden after the pheasants which fascinate her, but then she had a good sleep and they could see her stitches were okay. Dan was out with her at the time but couldn't stop her from giving chase.
1st April 2013
Fen, as she is now called, is very settled in her new home, and just wakes up once during the night, whines a bit to her new owner who then goes to the loo by which time she has settled down again. This morning it was 7a.m. when she was let out. She has her "race track" sorted out in the garden and goes for a good run a couple of times a day. She gets up on her hind legs to set off which they have never seen any other dog do except their Lurcher who always did it. She is eating VERY well. She sure does love her food. She is quite a loving dog and sometimes tries to cuddle up with Flash
on his bed. Needless to say he totally ignores this. She loves to lick you as well which is something Flash
hardly ever does.
4th May 2013
We heard today that Fen has settled very well now. Fen had been doing a lot of running about with some other dogs recently and was quite happy while visiting a couple who may be looking after her for a while later this month.
It's a strange thing but Fen has become much quieter since that afternoon and much more loving and even a bit clingy with her owner. She can't think why but there it is. Her owners dread leaving them, but know it has to happen because they both desperately need this holiday.
30th May 2013
Fen has completely settled now and her new owners love her to bits. She is responding to the love and attention she gets and comes and buries her head against her new mum to scratch her ears. Tiger
used to love that as well. She eats very well but now she is less anxious she actually sometimes leaves a few bits in her bowl and then goes back for them later!
She loves it if they go in the garden with her, and she tears about like a mad thing just showing off. She actually managed to get Flash
to play with her the other day.
14th June 2013
We heard today that when Fen did her big escape the other week she came back exhausted. After food and a sleep she went to get up and squealed and held one back leg up. They thought she may have had cramp and she soon recovered, but she is still doing it, but not carrying her leg at all now. She is also having a squeal for no apparent reason when on her bed, and they wondered if she had been injured at some time, and her 'escape' had aggrevated an old injur,y or if she hurt herself while out and its taking a long time to heal. It happens only occasionally but she still does do it.They have swapped her night bed over as it was a bit lumpy thinking this may help her.
Otherwise she is fine and runs and leaps about in the garden when she can and loves going for her walks.
21st June 2013
Fen's owner emailed letting us know that Fen has
always been keen to take shoes and other things to her bed but now she is taking her empty feeding bowls out into the garden. She has recently started to try and take the big water bowl out too, which they keep in the kitchen. They don't hear her do it but twice they have found the kitchen awash with water!!! She has also started to take her owner's jackets into the garden.
She is still whining and they don't know why because she is well cared for and happy most of the time but the whining must mean something and they haven't yet worked out what.
29th June 2013
We've just heard that as a result of Fen's wimpering when one of her owner's goes out it was felt she may feel better going with him. He took her out today in the car and it was not good!! First of all she refused to get in the car so he had to lift her in. Then he just drove to the garage and all the time she was whining and panting and very distressed. He left her to fill up and then came straight back. She didn't lie down or settle at all and was just a very worried little girl. Not sure they are going to try it again, which is a pity.
They have decided to get her a proper dog ball with the dimples because they had a dog once who nearly choked on an ordinary ball, and Fen may play with that. The pet shop had run out however, so they wil get one as soon as they can.
In the meantime she will have to make do with slippers, a proper rope dog toy, a squeaky toy and a rubber ring! They think she was unsettled when she first came to them than appeared at first. They know she will settle eventually and she is happy most of the time now. She loves her new bed (much thinner and softer than the old ones) and they bought her a new duvet from the supermarket. She really snuggled last night and didn't wake wake them until 8.10 a.m. !!!
2nd July 2013
Fen has started getting quite upset when one of her new owners was out the house, the wimpering driving her other owner mad. Therefore, I suggested he take her with him when ever he could, but she wasn't keen on that either and wimpered the whole time in the back of the car.
Her owners think she thought she was going to be taken somewhere because she was so happy to be back. They love her to bits, but she is such a funny little thing. She is getting a new ball today.
9th August 2013
We heard today that
when the little farm sheepdog comes to visit when the farmer is dealing with sheep in the field opposite our house, Fen goes crazy and leaps around him and tears about - not that he is terribly interested in her! She is still carting all her bowls, slippers etc. outside but her owners just accept it now. Her hip is no trouble at the moment so they haven't seen Ken Woodacre just yet.
15th September 2013
We heard today that Flash
and Fen went to see Ken Woodacre last Thursday. He did a little manipulation with Fash
, but gave Fen a good going over by lifting up her hind legs, crossing them over and doing things to her back and hips. They heard all the clicks, which didn't go down too well, but at least Fen is back as she should be again.
18th January 2014
We received an email today letting us know that
Fenny is really fed up in all this awful weather as it's too wet to go in the field. Behind the gate is like a skating rink. She is looking forward to having Sandy
come to stay while we are in South Africa on holiday.
12th February 2014
We've just heard that Fen Had her boosters today and health check. She is fine and was much better in the car than she has been in the past.
12th April 2014
We received an email this evening letting us know that the dogs had a quiet first night back after staying with us - not a peep from them. Since then Fen has been busy pinching things from her owners room and they have found slippers, bath sponge and her bowls in the garden!! She takes anything, even off my bed.
23rd August 2015
In addition to Fash being fed up with the decorators being in the house Fen was also totally fed up with her routine being disrupted and wandered around and wouldn’t eat terribly well. They both glared at the decorator once or twice although he loves dogs and has one of his own. The house now looks lovely and clean but there are a few “hairy” doors which Chrisitne says she is not looking at!!! .
27th November 2015
We heard this evening that Fen's companion Flash
passed away with the assistance of the vet around 7.05 pm.
Fen watched the proceedings very quietly but after he was removed she started walking round the dining room crying and looking for him, bless her. Her owners are going to be very attentive to her tomorrow and try to give her a good run in the field (weather permitting).
28th January 2017
has been staying with Fen and her owners while we are away on holiday. She's loving the companionship, going for walks with him and running round the garden together.