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Dukeless again

GinormoDoop has gone home.  Our house feels a lot bigger now it only has four dogs in it!   I was inspired to do a Duke retrospective post.



This is what he looked like when he arrived from the pound in Ireland to be fostered at our house. You can see that collar he had on was really digging into him despite how thin he was. They had to cut it off.



And this was him on the first day he was with us: very thin and covered in scars, but SO happy to be out on a walk after a big breakfast.



It took a while before he was really safe around the cats, though we got there in the end.




He filled out a fair bit while he was with us, and looked a lot better by the time he went home with his new owner.




But looking at the photos from last week, I think he's looking even better now.



I was thinking the cat training might need revisiting since it was quite a challenge to get him cat-friendly the first time - but no. He was 100% with all of them from the time he walked in. Well done Duke.



He seemed to hit it off with little Flash Whuppet.



Now there's a dog having fun:

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seasight
25th Aug, 2011 21:04 (UTC)
Awwww. Hounds! ♥
bunn
26th Aug, 2011 11:00 (UTC)
Duke is practically several hounds in himself. He's huge!
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bunn
26th Aug, 2011 11:30 (UTC)
He has a very expressive face! And yes, in that one with the cat he is full of woe at my mysterious requirements of him. Poor Duke, he had to learn everything from scratch. House training, cats, not leaping headfirst into his food bowl - it was all very strange and difficult.
tovaglia
25th Aug, 2011 22:47 (UTC)
He is GORGEOUS.
bunn
26th Aug, 2011 11:31 (UTC)
I think so. He looks very majestic and impressive loping along now he's all clean and cuddly.
puddleshark
26th Aug, 2011 07:34 (UTC)
He looks so well! Love the compare-and-contrast picture with Flash the Whippet.
bunn
26th Aug, 2011 11:31 (UTC)
Flash can walk underneath him without his head brushing the underside of Duke's tum! (and did, much to Duke's confusion).
inzilbeth_liz
26th Aug, 2011 07:45 (UTC)
He looks terrific! You should be very proud of all you've done for him.
bunn
26th Aug, 2011 11:32 (UTC)
I'm really pleased with him and his new family love him to bits. :-)
lil_shepherd
26th Aug, 2011 07:59 (UTC)
All one can say at this point is, "Well done you, and well done his new owner."

What a happy, fit dog!
bunn
26th Aug, 2011 11:38 (UTC)
He is a really lovely boy. Fabulous gentle friendly nature, if not the brightest bulb in the box.

He is still quite clumsy, and I'm not sure if that is just him and his size or if it's some leftover of a restricted past life. Fortunately he is more robustly built than a greyhound, so it doesn't seem to be a big problem when he occasionally falls off things or bumps into them!
rustica
27th Aug, 2011 22:07 (UTC)
Yay! A job well done. Well done you - and Duke too.
endlessrarities
28th Aug, 2011 10:32 (UTC)
That's a wonderful story. I'm glad it worked out well for him.
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