A little post to wish my sister and her husband the very best of fun times with their new addition, a very handsome German Shepherd teenager...
The smile is back on my bro-in-law's face!
Digby was collected from rescue a few days ago and I had the pleasure of meeting him in my son's garden this weekend. He was eager to meet the family (we were celebrating my son's birthday) and despite the confusion of moving from his original home, into rescue, then to foster care and back again to the noise and chaos of another rescue centre, before being adopted by my sister and Simon last Friday, he coped admirably and was a perfect gent with the party guests. After a good pace and sniff around the grass, Digby eventually settled close to his new Dad, his water bowl and his lead.
Fiona and Simon are committed GSD owners and Digby is their fourth rescue. Bugsy, their first, was my Polly's best teacher and a truly fabulous boy. He was steady, wise, gentle and a lovely family dog. Then along came Autumn, a beautiful, but anxious older girl, found in a caravan when her first owner passed away. She has come such a long way under my sister's devoted tutelage and is now the most loving, well behaved girl. Sadly, Autumn's companion, Red, a huge handsome fella of just four years, recently passed away unexpectedly after suffering from bloat, not once, but twice. Red had been stray for quite some time before being put into rescue. He was given the very best of life during the thirteen months he shared with Fiona and Simon and wanted for absolutely nothing. Red's loss at such a young age, was completely overwhelming, but the happiness he brought back to my sister's family after the sad loss of Bugsy, will be forever treasured.
Fiona and Autumn
I was delighted for my sister and her husband when they told me they had decided to move forward from grief and wanted to offer another GSD rescue a home ... they felt their living room rug was just too empty! From the look in my sister's eye when she told me, I had a feeling we wouldn't have long to wait ... and there I was, a few days later, in the garden, saying hello to their lovely new boy, Digby!
Polly 'n her pal Bugs
Digby will have a wonderful life now. He will be properly trained and will live in beautiful countryside, with a fabulous garden to play in. He will have a big sister GSD to keep him in line and a family full of fun and energy to play with, but above all, he will have all the love he is long overdue.
There is no doubt Bugsy and Red have left a wonderful legacy for young Digby to enjoy!
Welcome home lad.
NB: Bloat is a life threatening condition and requires urgent treatment. If you suspect your dog has bloat, don't wait, take him to the emergency vet immediately.
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