Last Friday we took in a dog from a friend who has hunting dogs. This is the second time we've adopted one from her when it was time for them to retire. I don't like the pig hunting scenario but that's another story. I adored Boss, our first adoptee, and Shade is gorgeous. She's five and a half years old and now that hunting is out sunbathing is her favourite occupation.
She shadows me a lot, and this morning when I let her out of the kennel I received a very enthusiastic welcome so she's getting used to living with us. The beach at the bottom of the hill is a winner with lots of sticks to chase when thrown, and then there are the forest covered hills behind the house to keep us all fit.
I also brought home four point of lay hens last week as my other three were getting a bit slow on giving me daily presents. Shade is totally uninterested in them, merely follows me around the pen to collect eggs and deliver grain. The warmth from the fire was very popular!
I like that I can give her a second chance. Have you ever taken in an animal from the pound or an owner who no longer feels she can give the pet enough attention?