Hi again, it's me! Mum was pretty complimentary about my first attempt at writing and has said I can keep going! However, she did get a bit serious and started talking about being 'authentic'. NO IDEA what she was talking about, so she had to explain. She said it's all very well sharing the good stuff and how much fun I'm having but I need to be honest and share the tricky moments too. It's not like her to look for the tricky stuff because she's so positive about things but I kind of understand that this is how she helps two and four legged beings, so I will share some of what I find hard. I'm even going to share some photos that I'm a bit sad at when I look at them.
1. The bottom photo was taken the day after I arrived at my new home. I look so sad and worried. The photo directly above is five days later and you can tell I am already feeling better about myself. I think you are going to see me change a lot!
2. This was the first day that we went for a walk around Insch. The purple training lead (that's what she calls it) doesn't hurt at all (it's very soft and mum hardly touches it) but it does remind me that I'm on duty. Mum likes purple but I've managed to get across to her that it's a bit too obvious (I have to at least look cool when I'm out and about, even though I don't always feel it yet!), so she's back to a plain one. SO much better! It's not maybe my most favourite thing to wear but it just helps me focus for now. I'm pretty good on the other lead, except when I am in a new, open space and then I JUST WANT RO RUN AND EXPLORE but sometimes mum just wants me close. Personally, I think she's a bit timid and needs the company?!
3. This was the day I met the big grey horse. He's like a 'brother' mum says. Bit weird because we don't look alike but I'll go along with it. I think you can understand why I don't look overly comfortable??? HE IS HUGE! He WAS very friendly though and I hope I get to see him again sometime soon. I don't think I'll be quite so timid looking the next time.
4. Again, do you blame me for looking a little uncomfortable?! I mean, I'd just met them and I thought we were all doing this 'social distancing' thing? Have to admit though, as time went on, I grew to really like them and I know we are going to have such fun together. They are so gentle, even when they pull on my tail and ears. They say such sweet, lovely things to me.
That's the photos out of the way, so it's back to me being all 'authentic'. OK, I am trying SO HARD to run back to mum when calls me, but sometimes I am having such fun and I don't want to be interrupted. Anyway, I can see her and I know where she is and she knows where I am? What's the fuss? Mum says it's practising for when she really needs me to come quickly and be quiet beside her. I'm going along with it and the wonderful thing is that she has found some very tasty treats that I get, if I do as she asks. So, I am very good at sitting and lying down now and MOST of the time, I'll humour her and come when I 'm called. I think I'm meant to get a bit better though...
Mum hasn't phoned her friend about me yet, but she has started putting a marrow bone in the back of the car, which is rather yummy! Mmmmmm, very tasty! It does distract me a bit. The other thing that helps, is when we go for a very long walk, because on our way back I'm so tired I don't seem to need to let her know I'm there. I just can't help feeling a wee bit anxious when the car is moving. It's fine when it's stopped but the wobbling make ME wobble too! Fingers crossed that the friend can help a bit too. Will keep you up to date.
That's me for now!
PS The photo underneath was my first time at Cullen, in the rockpools! Loved it!
Hi Everyone! So, I've decided to take over this page. After all, if it's called 'Sandy's Journey', I think it should be me writing it? Mum seems ok about it. She must trust me!!
Wow! What a few weeks it has been!! So much going on, so much to learn, so much to get used to, but Mum's managing! No, seriously, we're learning together. Up until October last year I was running around streets in Spain. Don't really want to talk about it, let's just say I feel I have landed on my four paws here! Choice of beds (doggy ones only, I'm not allowed up the stairs. I tried it once but she said 'No' in a way that, well, I felt I should listen?). Haven't felt the need to try again because there's too many interesting things to do downstairs and outside in my garden.
I'll start with the garden. Such fun! Flowers and veggies that I've found out I have to leave to grow and not dig up. How was I to know before? Plenty space to race around and I do race, at least once a day! And there's a special big rock that she must have put there just for me because I LOVE lying there in the sun. There's long grass and shorter grass and toys and everything. SO much for me to do. People sometimes go past or stop at our house and I ALWAYS let mum know they're there. She's explained that I don't always have to tell her, so I'm cutting it down a bit. It's amazing that she doesn't get so excited as me about seeing people? She's so cool?!
We go for walks first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Sometimes we go for longer walks, where we get into the car first. Ah yes, the car. That's what she calls it, the car. It's an orange box with wheels. Sometimes we go for my 'training'. That's when I wear my 'on duty' lead and I walk SO WELL! It hasn't been easy though because Mum is taking me to scary places like streets with people, cars, gates, doors and all sorts. I'm getting used to it now and I know if I stay close she's happy and that makes me happy too, but it has not been easy (hope she realises just how hard I'm working). I prefer when we go in the orange box, I mean car, for my adventures. Wheeeeee!!! I am now allowed total freedom on some of those walks because she TRUSTS me. What a feeling that is! Someone trusting me. We go to forests and big open spaces where I can use up some of my energy. I have so much energy to use up! This week I did use up all my energy. Mum took me on a LONG journey before we walked ALL day and went up and down a few hills. Loved racing in the water (Do you like the picture of me up there?!) and I did love exploring and sniffing but, OMG, let's hope she doesn't want to go up hills EVERY day?!
Back to the orange box. Not completely sold on it, tbh. I keep telling her that I'm not keen, in the only way I know how? Yes, I know it's a noisy way to let someone know but not sure how else to do it? I've tried sitting down, and lying down, but it's not comfy, so I get up again and let her know I've tried that. Mum keeps really calm, which I appreciate because it wouldn't help my anxiety if she got all hot and bothered too. She says she's going to 'phone a friend' to have a chat. I'll let you know how that goes. No idea what she means! The thing is, we do such fun stuff once we get out of the orange box, so I do want to like it a bit better. If you have paws and understand, please let me know what else I can try. Mum is doing her best but it's the one thing that she's finding hard to figure out with me.
I NEARLY FORGOT! The little people!! Little people come to visit and we sometimes go to visit them. They are so sweet! They pat my head, pull my tail or my ears but they do it so gently. They bend down and smile at me and talk to me with such kind voices. Mum says they are call grandchildren. I'll let you know if I find out more about them. The house gets very busy when they're here but it's a good busy. Then they go home and it's quiet again. I do love my new home!
Time for tea. Looking forward to this writing malarky! Chat soon?! I've got lots more stuff to tell you!