As some of you may know through Social Media or watching live, we have just had a little Sprocker come and stay for a week on a “trial” (we all secretly knew the minute we met him that he was going to be ours!)
Last week, I took the cats into the vet to have their annual jabs and as I left, the two receptionists cocked their heads and with understanding eyes said “so, how are you doing?”. They knew how hard Tynor’s passing had hit me and were being lovely and sensitive about it. I told them that everyone one had been waiting for me to join them in wanting to get another dog and until that week I hadn’t been ready to discuss it. However, being in north Wales with Brian and seeing all the dogs with their owners on the beaches helped me come to that place and so I told them that we were going to start talking about it over the summer.
Immediately they began to grill me as to what size we would look for, how old etc etc and I tried to answer their firing questions. It was a bit like an interview and I most definitely could sense there was purpose behind the interrogation! Well, as it transpired, the vet who had been looking after Tynor whilst he was unwell, was fostering a one year old Sprocker Spaniel as his parents had just had a new born baby and couldn’t manage both. She was desperate to find him a family as she already had two dogs and two kittens and so I said to let her know we MIGHT be interested … ha ha ha, might!
She texted me that evening saying she couldn’t think of a family that she would love him to go to more, we met him the next evening and he moved in the day after. Some things are just meant to be!
So, this is Ronald Weasley. He doesn’t really answer to Ronald but he loves being called Whizz, so that’s how we were introduced to him. My kids however have decided that Ronnie is a great name and he now comes to that, and Whizz… and Weasley… so it’s all rather confusing! I can’t believe how quickly the week has flown by, the poor cats have barely come near the house and if you blink, he’ll take the food off your plate! He’s destroyed goodness knows how many socks, cloths, teddy bears and balls and even tried to bury Myles’s ice skate from when he was younger! So we are thick in training mode already and I think we have made progress… well, baby steps at least!
Kindly our vet friend offered to have him whilst we go on holiday (tomorrow for 10 days) so I dropped him back this evening and he will move in with us permanently on August 2nd…, which is when boot camp will SERIOUSLY begin and we are super excited!! Tynor is of course irreplaceable and yet Whizz is so different; he’s not comparable in the slightest which really helps making it easier to move on and love another furry friend who already feels like part of the family.
I have to say, there’s quite a difference between an old chilled out arthritic lab and a bouncing youthful nutty sprocker spaniel! We are up for it though, as they say: Bring it on!!!!
Have a lovely summer 🙂
Love as always