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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Geri

Last week I shared the story of how Freki came to find his furever home. I'm going to pick up the story just before where I left off.

Geri The Wonder Dog

Tuesday night Freki found his furever home. By Thursday we had agreed we needed to get Freki a doggy companion.

I spent Thursday evening and Friday morning looking through the local listings for dogs in need of a home and frantically trying to get work done around discussing the suitability of each with hubby and then finding out if the puppy was still available.

Finally I found a listing for a young staffy cross bitch the same age as Freki, not too far away from where we lived, within our budget and she was still in need of a home. We made arrangements to go and visit her on our way home that afternoon.

A storm was due and it was getting dark. We were anxious not to take too long because Freki was on his own.

We arrived at her house and met the family she had been staying with for the last 2 weeks. They had purchased the puppy from a breeder at a reduced cost as the puppy was not a pure bred staffy. Another puppy taken from her mum too young. *sigh*

The poor SAHM was not prepared for the extra work a puppy would be on top of her toddler and newborn.

The little puppy had also bitten her boy as they were not a good mix.

Can I has lap pats?

I'm not sure what the whole story was because the men took care of the transaction while I held the wriggly little bundle of muscle and the SAHM took care of her little ones. Well, you know what men are like, they don't chitter-chatter much so we didn't learn anything more, nor did we linger with the storm just about to hit.

The family were asking just enough to ensure that she would be going to a good home but not so much as to cover all of their own costs. They gave us their remaining puppy supplies and it was all done in just a few minutes.

We got in the car and the downpour started. It was about a 30 min drive to our house in very poor visibility.

She sat on my lap the whole way home being petted and loved, she looked so scared and she shivered the whole way despite the car heating being on high.

Introductions were made and we got down to the serious business of choosing names.

Geri (pronounced Ger-ee) & Freki (Frek-ee).

wrestling games under mum's chair

Geri did have some bad biting habits that we had to train out of her but that's another story.

She must have had some upsetting times in those first few weeks before we adopted her because she would have terrible nightmares and cry in her sleep. She rarely has nightmares any more but she still gets terrible separation anxiety. Geri also takes every opportunity to climb into a lap that she can.



22 comments:

  1. Geri was so lucky to have you take her home - even with an impending storm. It's so important puppies aren't taken too early from their mums and then get special care when they first leave them.

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    1. I think we're lucky to have her. My world would not be the same without her now.

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  2. Sounds as if Geri is very lucky to have found you, so sad that people don't treat small animals as they should do #animaltales

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    1. I think they just weren't prepared for how much work a puppy is. I don't think she was just treated badly, well other then what a toddler might do to her, but I do think she was probably neglected and told off a lot.

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  3. Love her blue eyes! I agree with Kriss, puppies shouldn't be taken away from their mums that early. It's just obvious that the breeder is just one of those who only care about the money and not the pups at all. Sigh. It's just nice to know though that Geri has finally found his forever home with a loving family :) #animaltales.

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    1. I don't think they could have been a proper breeder if they couldn't keep track of the lineage. I hope they gave up breeding when they realised it wasn't a gravy train. I guess we'll never know.

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  4. Chris Brown nosh216.com

    I've just taken on a cocker, one who wasn't abused but was ignored totally for 6 years, given food and water but nothing else.
    Its a long road, but one that brings its wonderful rewards.
    Good luck with Geri in the future.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I hope your cocker spaniel recovers from the neglected years they've had. At east now your cocker will be loved. It's coming up to 8 years that we've had Geri now and she is a completely different dog. Best of luck with yours.

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  5. It's ashame what people do to their pets - I'm glad Geri found you, and he has such beautiful eyes. Inever knew they could be blue, or is that the camera?

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    1. It's the flash that makes them blue but young pups eyes are a different shade. I'm glad the family realised they had taken on too much and decided to re-home her.

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  6. I love that you adopted her! She is adorable! Looks like she is fitting right in!

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    1. She's even more adorable in person :o)

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  7. Am glad you took her home, sound like that family really weren't up to looking after her at all! Popped over from Animal Tales linky!

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    1. I got the impression that it was the dad's idea but he was always on the computer instead of looking after the puppy and the mum wasn't happy.

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  8. I find it so sad that people take on puppies and have no idea of the work involved. We lost our first dog when our older son was 6 months old, just as I had fallen pregnant with No 2 child. We decided therefore to wait until both children were walking before taking on a new dog. Even then it was hard work with 2 young children and a young dog who had been at another home and not particularly well trained. We got there though but it took all our dog training skills.
    Many thanks for introducing us to Geri via #AnimalTales and I am so glad you could give her the home she deserves.

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    1. I think people remember their child hood pets as being easy and fun and don't realise how much work their parents had to put into it. I bet you're glad you waited until your children were older to take on a new pet. It's hard not having them around. Then again I haven't been blessed with children, I'm sure they make a big difference.

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  9. Thank you for giving these lovely dogs forever homes. I wish people would do more research about the time and responsibility needed before they get a puppy!

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    1. I know people who only got older dogs after their first puppy experience. Puppies truly are a lot of work.

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  10. Got to love her name. Nice to get to know her.

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    1. Hahaha, absolutely. I think the same every time I see this other dog called 'Stella', so I know exactly what you mean :D

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  11. Geri is so lucky that you adopted her
    I'm an animal lover, grew up with dogs and cats. Cannot take peoples crulelty to animals

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    1. It's an unfortunate reality that these days poor treatment is often just due to ignorance now that pets are less and less common.

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