Here's Lettie

Lettie (Jinja Heart) is our latest foster, she’s been returned to GAP after about 6 months living with a family with children.

She’s smart, inquisitive, confident and fitted right into to home life with Raro immediately. She can be a bit vocal at times – unusual for a greyhound – but she seems to be calming down as there isn’t any one else barking around here.

She’s very interactive though still needs to make the transition to being more focused on what her humans want instead of being in her own world. I would imagine that after a few months in the right home her behaviour will have changed.

Walks well on the lead, great with other dogs and meeting people. Very well mannered and very trainable.

Unfortunately she seems to be very familiar with how couches work; she is happy to jump up and share a sofa with Raro if she feels like it. He’s very accommodating, but has no choice in the matter anyway.

Raro and Penny

Penny has been staying with us for a few days after Christmas, she’s just headed north to Kerikeri. She’s been great company for both us and Raro, who seems a bit lonely since Vulcan died. They follow each other around, Raro is far more engaged when Penny is around.

Penny is absolutely delightful and is very, very smart – she learns routines extremely quickly.

Magma

Magma is still with us, she’s settled in very well and is improving and changing continually. She loves going for walks (she’s been up the hill behind us a couple of times, and I took her up Mt Kaukau a couple of weeks ago).

She is still very definitely the boss, and quite territorial around her space and greeting visitors etc – chases our boys away from the door.

She’s learned to wait for food, not walk through door before humans, to wait for her lead at the front gate.

And of course she is still remarkably sharp and curious and very pretty.

A Day at the Vet

Poor Vulcan. Last Friday he was being an excited idiot and prancing around on the lawn, he always behaves like that before going for a walk. When he finished and stood on the road, his front foot seemed to be bleeding, so we went on our walk (he seemed OK) and despite having a bit of bleeding overnight, it appeared he had just torn his toenail.

Since it still seemed to be causing him some discomfort, I took Vulcan to the vet yesterday. To the vet’s surprise, after sedating Vulcan to remove the remains of the toenail, the toenail wasn’t torn at all – Vulcan had in fact broken his toe – the very tip, with the nail and nail bed attached, had broken completely off.

He required sedation and a bit of anesthetic, wasn’t feeling to good last night but seems OK today and much more comfortable. Despite losing some of that toe, I’m sure he’ll be fine.

It is tempting to think that a torn toenail is not a big deal and just ignore it (Raro lost both of his dew claws with no problems recently) but if you have any concerns, the dog is in discomfort, or things don’t seem quite right, visit your vet. Don’t rely on advice on social media from people who haven’t seen the injury.

Update: removed the bandage today (48hrs later), looks very tidy. Now we just have to make sure he doesn’t lick it.

Magma

The boys have a new foster dog. This is Magma, she’s just retired and is about 4 years old.

She is very pretty and reasonably smart, bullies Vulcan a bit (although she also wants to play) and ignores Raro. She has a beautiful coat and seems very fit and healthy.

She’s learnt a lot in the 2 weeks she’s been here, seems to be house trained, is less dependent on her crate, and figured out the stairs on day 3. She’s just starting to learn to keep off the kitchen benches. She knows there is a warm spot in front of the fire.

Good out walking, good with most dogs but variable with small dogs – if they are nervous she senses it and misbehaves a bit, but she does seem to be improving.

Very social with people, especially women, and she follows us around everywhere at home. She’ll make a great companion.

Of course, it is also pretty cool having a dog called Magma living here with a dog called Vulcan…