...with all these posts about my dogs. Please feel free to ignore them. I won't be offended and I would hate for anyone to think "oh no, not another post about the dogs" as their eyes glaze over!
I do seem pretty much preoccupied with them at the moment. It's hard work getting them settled and hoping that they will still be here on Friday so that they can have their ops and be safe.
Late last night I could hear Sammy and Megan barking down the road. Somehow they had managed to find a way out of the garden (these dogs would put Houdini to shame!).
They were playing with Blondie. When they saw me they came rushing back and I opened the gate for them to come in. Not Blondie though. She stayed put. I took down some food for her, then returned to to the house.
After a short while she gradually came up and settled outside the gate. I opened the gate to encourage her in but she was having none of it.
This morning there was no sign of her again. But at least she had food last night so I was hopeful that she would keep returning to be fed.
It seemed like all three would play happily together in the street, but not in the garden.
A bit later this morning Mr A was up in the dogs area behind the house, fixing the fence where they escaped last night and Blondie appeared. Megan stood staring at her through the fence and crying. Mr A let Megan and Sammy out and they all played together. In fact Megan greeted Blondie like a long lost sister and they were licking each other.
Mr A called them back into the garden. Megan and Sammy ran in confidently, and Blondie sat at the gate. Gradually she plucked up the courage to come in. There was a little territorial scuffle started by Megan, but nothing too bad.
Food is a big issue with Megan. She appears to think that ALL food is hers, even Sammy is now wary of her, and will often back down and let her eat his food. We are trying different ways of feeding them...seperately. We think that we will bring Megan into the main garden to feed, leaving the other two in peace to enjoy their meals. Maybe I'm thinking too deeply, but I wonder if Megan is like this because she has had puppies. She would have had to fight hard for food to try to keep her babies alive. Perhaps it's difficult for her to break the habit.
We also realise that Megan gets jealous if we make a fuss of the other two, so we are backing off. We are going to avoid too much human physical contact, and leave them in their area to get to know each other better. In spite of Megan's challenging behaviour, I absolutely love her. I think in some ways life has been harder for her than it has for the others
I've never attempted to rescue three dogs at one time, so this is all trial and error for me. But I refuse to give up on any of them.