Thursday, 23 July 2009

We Have Met our Dog!

Since my previous post about the possibility of us adopting a greyhound, things have moved on quite a bit. The people from the Greyhound Trust had suggested a 3 year old bitch that might be suitable, but after talking to the current foster carer it appears to have some behavioural issues, and I felt that as a novice dog owner I wasn't confident enough to deal with that.

So last week we visited the kennels to view two other dogs that were suggested as our potential pet. One of them, Jack, was a huge dog and a big softie. I admit that I fell completely in love with Jack, but unfortunately Small Daughter was nervous of his size and, more importantly, she had an allergic reaction to his brindle (brown flecked) coat. Brindle and pale greyhounds shed their coats, and it's the black greyhounds that don't. The other dog, Princess, was a smaller 5 year old black bitch and very placid. After walking the two of them we agreed between the three of us that Princess was the more suitable dog, and we asked for her to be reserved for us. We were so excited to have finally chosen our dog!

This morning we went to meet her again for the second time, and to take her out for another walk. She is a beautiful dog, with a sleek coat and big brown eyes. And she's so quiet and easygoing. We walked past a house with three dogs barking at Princess through the gates and she glanced at them but showed no reaction at all. She was very affectionate towards us and seemed particularly taken with the Teenager-in-Waiting who was quietly chuffed.

We were given details of Princess's background, including her pedigree line dating back to the early 1800s which is amazing. We were also given her details from her racing history, including how many races she'd won and her ranking. I felt like a proud mum reading her child's school report "Oh, well done, you were ranked A2" (A1 being top, A10 being the lowest ranking). When we got home I was even able to check her history online and look at photos of her ancestors and read that she is descended from some very prestigious racing dogs.

On the way home from the kennels we stopped off at a pet shop and bought even more essential items for the dog: toys, grooming stuff, treats, a ball. At home I also checked online for pet insurance and was shocked by the price. Some of them were quoting over £20 a month for basic cover! One of them even included bereavement counselling in the premium, which I think is going too far. I know the death of a pet can be very sad, but bereavement counselling? Really?

Incidentally, we will be renaming Princess. We have a name in mind but I won't say in case we change our minds. Again.

I can't believe we have made a commitment to bring her home soon, which will be the day after we get back from our holiday (2nd August). The girls are ecstatic about getting a dog. I'm really looking forward to having her at home, but also totally terrified of not being able to train her and get her into a routine. Help! Wish us luck.

13 comments:

More than Just a Mother said...

How exciting! Giving a dog a home is such a wonderful thing to do, and its great that you've done so much thinking and research before taking the plunge. I'm sure she'll settle into her new family very quickly. Gosh, imagine shouting 'Prin-CESSSSSSS' across the park...!

Yummy Mummy said...

That is so exciting! What a great thing you are doing!! Yeah, I think I would have to rename as well!

xoxo
ym

SandyCalico said...

Wonderful news. My uncle had a black greyhound called Bootsie. Any help? No, thought not!!

Tosha (Mrs Kittenhead) said...

Congrats on your new arrival. Can't wait to hear the name!

Imogen Lamport said...

I'm so excited for you and your girls! Can't wait to see a pic!

By the way - I'm doing a post for you today from a question you asked a while back.

Dan said...

Exciting stuff. May i suggest something wittily post modern like "snowy" or "whitey". Don't worry, the joke will be hilarious for at least three days before it gets stale.

notSupermum said...

MTJAM, it is exciting and it is good to know we are rehoming a rescue dog.

Yummy, you don't like Princess? Strange...

Sandy, we were talking to someone today who called their greyhound 'Socks'. But no, don't think we'll go for that.

Tosha, thanks. We have changed our minds a couple of times, so we'll have to see.

Imogen, I'll be posting some photos when we bring her home. I'm looking forward to reading your post!

Tessa, nice name...I'll bear it in mind.

Dan, well one of the names my daughters thought of was Bubbles. Can you imagine shouting that?

Liberty London Girl said...

How exciting! Posetta Baddog came from Dachsie Rescue aged four and it was the single BEST thing we have ever done. She stole our hearts. LLGxx

metscan said...

Sounds great! Since I don´t know about greyhounds, I have to ask something. What is the average age of this race, assuming everything goes fine? Surely I´m not trying to get you worried ( I´m sorry if I did), but I think that it is important to be prepared. For a first dog the age 5 is great. The dog is mature, and you can be more at ease and enjoy.

notSupermum said...

LLG, oh Princess has already moved centre stage into our lives and she isn't even home yet! Thanks.

Metscan, thats a very good point. Racing greyhounds can be retired anytime after the age of 2 but Princess was a good racer so she was still racing until she was 4 so that's why she is an older dog to adopt. Greyhounds life expectancy is 12 - 14 years, so hopefully we still have quite a few years to enjoy with her.

see you there! said...

You three must be very excited about this. I can't wait to see photo's - oh, and find out what her name is.

Darla

La Belette Rouge said...

I am so excited for you and for the girls. I know how much they have wanted one. I am sure you all will be very happy together!

He-weasel's company has pet insurance as a benefit.

p.s. My name suggestion is Daisy as that is the avatar for you and two syllable names are the easiest for dogs to learn. Also then you could have endless fun saying "Daisy loves me. She loves me not. She loves me." etc.

Karen said...

Our friends here take in greyhounds, they are lovely dogs, but sometimes they can have hangups, so be careful....