I know it’s going to sound corny, but I lost my heart to a little dog over the weekend at the Dogs’ Refuge Home…and now she’s been adopted and I’m heartbroken. I hope I’ll see her again one day, but then maybe I may not get that privilege. But at least I’m grateful for the times we had. Because it was fun.
Rhianne was her name, and she was listed as a Rottweiler-Kelpie cross. A wee little thing just 5 months old, she was so timid and terrified of her unfamiliar surroundings in the kennel, that she ran into a corner and peed herself when she first saw me. It took me a good 15 minutes of gentle coaxing and talking to her softly before she relaxed enough gradually to let me touch her sides and flanks. I’d been reading about the Tellington TTouch technique for relaxing and stimulating dogs, and Rhianne seemed to respond very well to the light circular skin lifts I did with my fingers all over her body. (For more information about TTouch, read this book).
When Rhianne had relaxed enough and decided I was no threat to her, she slowly came up to me inquisitively and started nosing in my pockets for the treats she could smell there. Then she decided we would be best friends, and cuddled up to me. She even jumped up into my lap and licked my face.
We had a good walk in the bush together, Rhianne and I. Every 20 metres or so I’d stop, and she’d immediately sit and look up at me with those melting doe eyes of hers. I’d praise her, give her a treat, say “Let’s go!” and we’d walk on. I didn’t even have to teach her that. She also showed me that she knew how to Sit, Lie Down and Roll Over. Again, with very little coaching from me.
I took her out to the Agility Yards this Monday morning. I had a feeling she’d get adopted very soon, and I wanted to spend some time with her while I still could. Rhianne was a natural at the ramps, hurdles and poles, such a wonderful, clever girl!
At around 1pm on Monday, 7th December 2015, Rhianne was adopted by a lovely couple, Glenn and Kellie, and their 2 daughters. I was fortunate enough to be there when it happened, and I was able to show Kellie a video that I’d shot that morning, of Rhianne going up and down a wooden ramp in the Agility Yard, like a seasoned pro. I was also thankful to be able to tell her new owners about all the tricks she could do already, and how intelligent she is.
I wish you all the very best with your new furever family and home, Rhianne! Love you always, and don’t forget me.
It’s been fun. ❤