Annie (on the right) & her sister Macy came to us as a matching pair from a rescue in Cyprus. We thought they might be some sort of pointer cross but a DNA test by one of their new owners showed a number of breeds, none of which were a pointer. They were a lively but lovely pair, being quite large and non spaniel made homing them much harder so they were with us over 6 months before Annie was lucky enough to find a home, once she had a home one of our volunteers who had spent a lot of time with the pair took Macy home to live with her. Our most recent update on Annie is below, it just shows that you can work through any initial issues and end up with a lovely family member.
Annie is very fit and very well, thank you, she has just been helping me as I was doing the Joe Wicks PE lesson as I am not at school at the moment. It is quite tricky doing sit ups when your face is being washed!
It was 3 years in December when we took Annie home. The first 2 weeks felt like 3 years. She took an instant dislike to Stanley and bit his ear. She then hid under he kitchen table so we left her there, kept Stan in a different room, fed them separately but walked them together. Within a couple of weeks, she adored him. So much so that when Rick took her for a short run, she was ok but when he then took Stan, she cried and howled so that didn't happen again. They had a very happy three years. They would play in the front garden and Stan would nudge her to encourage her to play chase. It was great to see them running round and round my car! One would stop and stalk the other and they would go in the other direction.
Sadly, we lost Stan in November. He had a lump/tumour on his kidneys which had obviously been slowly growing but with no signs or symptoms. The only thing looking back was that Annie kept sniffing his back above where the tumour was. We thought she was daft but perhaps not! I just kept telling her to stop sniffing.
Annie has really come into her own. She loved Stan but she is definitely better as an only dog. She has stopped eating her food at breakneck speed and is walking so beautifully on the lead as she has no-one to compete with.
She is so kind but not very gentle. When the alarm goes off in the morning, she sits at the bedroom door waiting to give whoever stays in bed a cuddle. She still, at age 5, cannot land on the bed rather than straight on top of us, with all four paws landing on and prodding various parts of us!
She truly is a lovely girl and we are so privileged to have her.