Fostering and re-homing greyhounds in the South Lake District, Cumbria
Shamus arrived on Tuesday 11th December 2012
Went to his new home on Monday 29th April 2013.
Shamus's arrival and a brief history
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Shamus was born on the 25th April 2006, but looks a lot younger. He weighs 32k, is neutered, inoculated, microchipped and has recently had a dental,
Shamus is a real gentleman who knows his name, and has a nice, friendly and affectionate temperament. He walks nicely on the lead and travels well in the car.
|11th December 2012
Shamus arrived this afternoon and what a lovely dog he is. His previous owner and trainer took him for a walk before coming into the house so he could say goodbye privately as he thought the world of him, but wanted him to have the chance of a loving home now he's retired rather than staying in the kennels.
When he arrived he had a little mark on his nose, which is healing and where he was a little too amorous for a female in the kennels who wasn't in the mood!
Having had a walk around the garden to do his toilet we put him in the kennel where he quickly settled with the others. He ate his food, but in the evening he wimpered quite a lot, and we wondered if he was missing his previous kennel and companions.
12th December 2012
We discovered Penny who is being kennelled next to Shamus had started her season and this may well have been what was unsettling Shamus last night as he is a whole dog and one who likes the females.
13th December 2012
This morning Shamus went to the vet where he was neutered and had his first inoculation because he arrived without any inoculation paperwork. All went well at the vets and when he arrived home, and having done his toilet we shut him in his kennel section where it was nice and quiet and warm to allow him to sleep things off. We have a camera in the kennel so we are able to watch him from the computer in the kitchen and apart from the odd wimper every now and then he slept. A little later we gave him something to eat, which he enjoyed and let him in the kennel area to do his toilet before settling him down for the night.
28th December 2012
We found Penny and Shamus sleeping together in the kennel - the first time we'd seen this.
11th January 2013
Although Shamus sleeps in the kennel at night he now spends the day in the house, which he enjoys. He had a couple of accidents to begin with until we worked out when he wanted to go out and he worked out how to tell us.
Shamus loves being in the house and his favourite spot is in the fur sided bed in front of the kitchen fire. He's not tried to steal any food and has been no problem at all.
6th February 2013
Shamus is a real gentleman and has settled in well with our routine. He is very clean in his kennel and since he's been coming in the
house during the day, which started when we had that very cold spell of weather he's been fine. There were a couple of accidents to begin with, but that is understandable because it was so cold we couldn't leave the door open to go in the garden of his own accord and we hadn't worked out what he did as his way of telling us when he wanted to go.
He loves meeting people and is very gentle as he's saying hello.. He eats his food lovely and is takes a treat nicely with no snatching. His favourite place is curled up in the soft oval padded dog bed situated in front of the kitchen fire. We have three beds like it all in a row and if they are full of other dogs he will hover around them until one moves and he can get in. He doesn't become dominant, but waits patiently till there is a space. On one occasion when none of the dogs would move and there was a space on the settee I guided him to it and helped him on. He wasn't too sure at first if he was allowed, but when I sat with him he relaxed, and when I moved and told him to stay he did. He quite enjoyed that experience, but I haven't seen him get on of his own accord just yet.
6th March 2013
The lady we did a home check for a couple of nights ago called in on her way to Kendal to take a look at Shamus with a view to adopting him.
9th March 2013
The lady who visited Shamus called in with her husband this afternoon to see Shamus once again and, having taken him for a walk decided they wanted to adopt him as he got on so well with their other dog. Arrangements were made to adopt him the following weekend.
11th March 2013
We received an email this morning from the couple who came to visit Shamus at the weekend saying they had thought long and hard about adopting him and felt the time was not right for them. Too many things were happening in their lives and they felt the time was wrong. Shamus is therefore, still looking for his forever home.
8th April 2013
A guest, while staying at our bed and breakfast for a few days took a photograph of Shamus looking through the balcony fence. They were quite taken by him and he with them so he was an often visitor when they were out on the balcony of their room.
29th April 2013
This afternoon the couple who lost Dakota this morning to bone cancer called in to have a look at the greyhounds with a view to adopting another - they just can't bear not having a dog in the house to care for and to love. When they walked through the door it was Shamus who chose them.
Once all the adoption paperwork was complete off he went happily walking down the drive with them. He jumped in the back of their car and settled down for the journey to his new home.
Shamus is a real gentleman and we shall miss having him around, but he's going to a lovely home
where we hope he will have a long and happy life.
23rd December 2013
We received a Christmas card today from Shamus's owners letting us know that Shamus was well and happy.
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The branch kennel at the bottom
of our garden is where Shamus
its other resident(s) will
sleep at night until
re-homed or moved into a foster
home to await
re-homing. He has
our garden and paddock
and during the day
he comes in
house with the others. They take it
in turns to sleep in the house at night.
Looking through the balcony fence
8th April 2013
and again, but this time
in black and white!