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.

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.

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…

Brooke and Penny

Brooke and Penny are staying with Vulcan and Raro for a while – and they fit in very well. They are both playful and while Penny is quite pushy, Brooke usually puts her in her place. And Raro and Vulcan both ignore all that is going on anyway.

They are both smart, and know what is required and follow the routine very well; they are great to walk together.

In fact, last night Brooke refused to walk with Raro, she hung back until she could walk with Penny.

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Harry goes to dinner

Harry came with us to dinner last night. He really liked my 12yr old cousin, followed her around all night and spent a lot of time with his head resting on her. This dog appeared to be terrified of active children when he first arrived but certainly had no problems with quiet children one on one. Harry was just perfectly behaved, happy to see Penny (my cousin’s greyhound) again.