Introducing a new pet
Last weekend we went to meet a man about a dog, literally! Well, not a man but a lady. A friend had put onto social media that they were looking for a family to take on their Greyhound. The lady was a Greyhound racer and the dog wasn’t getting on well with chasing the hare so she had decided to find a home for her.
A few months ago, we had decided as a family that we would like to introduce a new pet to the home. It is something that we have talked about for years but have never actually done anything about it. After many conversations and taking to google on searching what type of dogs would suit our family we had come to the conclusion that we would look into rehoming a Border Collie.
After passing our home visit we arranged a day and time that we could visit a rescue centre that mainly rehomed Border Collies or Sheepdogs, this place was over 130 miles away. On the day, we packed up the car and took to the long journey ready to find our forever pet. The children were excited and couldn’t wait to meet some dogs. Unfortunately, after meeting a handful of dogs we hadn’t found a dog that seemed to be just right for us. The centre showed us a few pups and we said that we wasn’t really interested in puppies and one of the dogs didn’t even want our boys near him. We were then introduced to a female dog who was lovely but was very scared of the boys. Not one of the dogs we saw was a Border Collie. Disheartened, we drove away without a dog.
In the following weeks, we talked about wether we should get a dog or not and come to the conclusion that we will keep looking but more locally to out home.
A couple of weeks ago, My partner saw a post on Facebook about a Greyhound needing to be rehomed. The post was from someone he had known for a while, since school. Last Sunday we drove to Ware, Hertfordshire to a Greyhound Trainers home where they had loads of dogs that they trained for racing. They had a few that were being rehomed due to retiring from racing. Suzie was brought out to us and she instantly made her way over to the boys. She was quiet and seemed to be scared of us, but we was reassured that that was just her nature. So after a little walk around and some bonding time with her we decided to take the plunge and take her home with us. Suzie is 17 months old, so a little young for retirement but she didn’t race that much as she just didn’t take to chasing the hare and didn’t show much interest in racing.
Suzie becomes Luna
We soon found out that Suzie wouldn’t come when we called her name and she showed no response at all whenever we mentioned he name. After calling out a few names to her she eventually came running to us when we called Luna. Suzie was her racing name and I don’t think it had been used that much. So Suzie became Luna. Her ears prick up when we call her and she runs from room to room whenever she hears her name. Luna just suits her more.
Luna seems to have settled in well, it’s all new to her but also to us. We haven’t owned a dog in a long time. It will be learning curve for all of us. Luna hasn’t spent time in a home so she needs to learn what home life is like. As soon as we introduced her to her bed she soon took ownership of it and now spends most of her time on (when she isn’t lounging on my sofa, that it!)
What we have learned so far
- She doesn’t know how to sit (we are training her with treats)
- Her favourite toy is a teddy
- Luna loves to have cereal for breakfast
- She adores the boys but especially loves to play with the youngest
- She will snatch clothing and take it to her bed
- Snacks will be taken and she will only eat them on her bed or outside
- She will just lay on her bed watching tv
- Walks on the lead but likes to run off lead
- Luna knows that the front door is the way out for a walk
- Doesn’t bark but does whine
- Is quickly learning that if she stands by the back door then she will be let out into the garden
- Loves to play with a football
- Enjoys running around with the children
- Will only do her toilet in the garden and not when out on her walk
- Is already learning the routine of early morning walks and waits by the door for me
- Sniffs a lot
- Loves to sit on the sofa when we are not around
- A bit weary of the stairs and hasn’t quite ventured up the stairs but is showing interest of going up
- Sleeps all night in her bed (probably on the sofa too, as soon as she knows that we are asleep)
- Loves a treat
When we first took her out on a walk, Luna had no idea! She would cut you up – walking from the left to the right. Now she walks by our sides and waits when we tell her to at the roadside and comes when given the order.
We are extremely happy that Luna is no longer a racing dog but now a member of our family