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Saffy is an Oldies Club dog who was in a foster home in Plymouth, but it turns out that she's not at all good at being left and gets really stressed and barks when left. As her fosterer worked part time and has near neighbours, it had all got a bit difficult, so she's come to stay with us for a bit as I work from home and am sort of used to dogs that aren't good at being left. She is a fairly weeny collie x with a strange little bob-tail.

She's supposed to be 10, but I'm not entirely convinced. A rather young 10... pics are a bit blurry as it was getting dark by the time we got home and had met the cats and so on.

We met up in Plymouth for a walk first, and everyone seemed to get on so I brought her home.  It was a bit sad as the foster family had 3 kids all of whom came along to say goodbye: I think they'd have liked to have kept her, but just weren't set up to handle the not being left thing.

Here she is with my hounds (and remember Mollydog is small for a greyhound:

Playing about to happen...

And happening:

(notice cat in background pulling Face of Outrage: that is Kjetil, I don't think he's too traumatised though, as it's taken me an incredibly long time to type this because he keeps licking my hands and rolling about on the desk. Saffy is currently watching telly from underneath the same desk...)

She seems to be a bit scared of the cats, which is probably healthy.  The Brown cats are being cautious at the moment, Suma made himself very big and made her run away, and Yama and Perl couldnt' care less so far as I can tell.

I've popped out of the house a couple of times for a minute or so, and so far no barking. She ate her tea fine and has also eaten a couple of tripe sticks. She barked at Kjetil when I picked him up, but I think that was fear, she's definitely a bit nervous of the cats, but at the moment I am thinking that she doesn't seem hugely bothered by them.

She's a big fan of other dogs, really wants to play. Was very alarmed when I squeaked one of Molls toys at her though - ran away and hid!

She doesn't seem keen to go into the crate at all, and she has spurned my home made liver treats, so I'll have to see what else can be used as a lure. Vanessa mentioned that she hadn't shut the door on the crate she was using with her, so I don't think she can really be called crate trained. I think given that she's really not showing any signs of problems with the cats, I'll let her choose which bed she wants to use tonight (I'd set the crate up for her, but she won't go near it.) (why do we have 5 dog beds upstairs when we only have 2 dogs, I ask myself...)

She wasn't great at coming when called for Vanessa either, I'll need to work on that.

... Oh good, she's dozed off! 


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2nd Apr, 2009 21:19 (UTC)
This is what happens when you go away to Frankfurt for a few days...

(Does she fetch things? The two existing hounds would be more fun if they chased after balls.)
3rd Apr, 2009 12:00 (UTC)
I bought a cheapo flinger and a tennis ball, but the ball was knackered after about 4 flings...

I'm not sure that she is 100% with the retrieving, but she seemed keen on the 'running after the ball' bit. Only then she danced about chewing it instead of bringing it back!
2nd Apr, 2009 21:42 (UTC)
She looks a fine dog.
3rd Apr, 2009 11:59 (UTC)
She is lovely. The cats aren't convinced yet, but then she is scared of them too. Am hoping that they will come round to each other a bit more.
2nd Apr, 2009 22:18 (UTC)
Aw, she's lovely. Hello! With the bobtail, maybe she has Australian Shepherd in her?

I have the same problem with dog beds - I could basically carpet my house with them and yet there still don't seem to be enough. Every time Blaze eats one I replace it with two and I still don't have enough. Even though the dogs sleep on my bed. I really don't understand.
3rd Apr, 2009 11:53 (UTC)
I wondered about the bobtail, but have now discovered the prosaic truth - she got a weird lump on it when she was younger apparently, so it had to be removed.

She still waggles the stump.
3rd Apr, 2009 10:58 (UTC)
What a lovely dog! I love collies.
3rd Apr, 2009 11:58 (UTC)
She's going to make someone a cracking little dog if we can just sort the separation problem or find someone who is able to be around most of the time.

She likes kids and dogs and is scared of cats : almost the perfect trio. So many of the dogs we get asked to help are 'only dogs' that can't live with cats and are untested with or can't cope with other dogs and kids. If more people would just walk their dogs and socialise them! Dogs that have barely been out of a house in 8 years are a tough deal to find fosters for. :-(
5th Apr, 2009 12:29 (UTC)
She looks like a lovely friendly dog.

Flossie used to adopt exactly the same position that Kjetil's in, when we first got Lindy. The facial expression was pretty similar too & was accompanied by dancing sideways on her toes and very silly hissing noises :-D
6th Apr, 2009 08:28 (UTC)
We're *so* close to being there with the cat training. The hard thing is getting the cats to cooperate: the dog is mostly pretty obedient really given that she's only been here a few days. But she does have a loud bark, I guess it's hard for the cats to realise that it's all mouth.

Lol at Flossie doing Witch's Cat!
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