Monday, January 10, 2005

Summer Finally Arrived......

If there's one thing we both wanted when we were settled in New Zealand it's a dog. We did some scouting about before Christmas but decided that we would wait until we had bought our own property. Sensible huh!

Little did we know that there was a dog out there looking for us.

Whilst preparing the Christmas Dinner on the BBQ we spotted a dog hanging around the garden gate. We went out to investigate and this poor little dog was scared stiff, rather shabby and looking very lost. Assuming she had escaped we proceeded to go round the neighbours houses asking if they were the owners etc.. to no avail.

After an hour or so Warren made the unpopular decision to ring the Dog Pound. There were tears. How could we do this to a poor dog on Christmas Day.. put sense prevailed and not long after the Dog Man arrived and carted her off to the Pound. Oh boy, that was awful. We made it clear that if she was not claimed we would like to take her!!!

Every single day I rang the Pound asking how she was and if she had been claimed. Finally, on the Wednesday after Christmas I was told that she had indeed been claimed by her owners. Mixed emotions - glad she had been reunited with her owners but sad that we would not see her again.

Imagine our surprise, and delight, when TWO WEEKS later we had a call from the Pound asking whether we were taking her or not as she was, literally, on death row. I rushed over and picked her up and ever since she has been an amazing companion to us both!!! We are SO happy. And so is she! We have never walked so much! In total she gets about 5 walks a day! She loves the beach and swims like a fish, she is amazingly well behaved and it appears she has been trained as a gun dog. She is a collie/pointer cross so full of beans and runs like the wind! She knows all the regular commands and within hours we had her off the lead and coming back to us on command! We're very lucky!

Meet Summer....

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