Post by 123lurcherlover on Dec 28, 2015 23:14:32 GMT -5
Oh my giddy aunt! Hes having a blast, isnt he? the photos are fabulous, he's so beautiful and sweet.Such a great ad for beautiful, loving bull lurchers. He even has a 'heart' on his left side. Utterly adorable, the complete package
I have just got back from my little holiday to North Wales and I wanted to drop in to tell you all about it. Before I was rescued by Gap I hadn't really had any opportunities or experiences in life, and then I needed to wait quite a few months in kennels for a foster home placement to come up. On the day I moved in with Foster Mother I promised myself I would make the most of every opportunity I got. Fortunately Foster Mother agreed and said she'd take me to as many nice places as she can manage, so here's my North Wales diary.
On Saturday Foster Mother took us to Bodnant Gardens, near Conwy because I'd never been to a posh, ornamental and lanscaped garden before, and because Bodnant have now recognised that us hounds like to see pretty things too, so are trialing opening the gardens at selected times of year. Here I am at the start of my walk full of anticipation about what I'd see.
And here I am seeing lots of lovely things. Oooooh, impressive water fall, Foster Mum, never seen one of those before.
Aha sheeps .... I know what those are.
Very pretty gardens. I could see myself living somewhere like this one day!
Having a rest with Dennis.
I'd been to the beach before, back at the end of October, but it didn't mean that I didn't want to go again. What a lot of fun I had running with my foster brother and sister, feeling that lovely soft sand under my paws and feeling the water tickle my toes.
Ah, this is the life, I thought to myself.
I also walked to the top of the Great Orme, because I'd heard there was a shop selling ice creams at the top. And I was right, but they weren't any old ice creams, but pots of very expensive, luxury ice cream that Foster Mum enjoyed spending a month's salary on! I'd never had an ice cream in a pot before so it took me a moment to get the hang of it, but then I understood what to do. I was so happy.
On the way back down I stopped to look at the beautiful view.
Back at the guest house I was very tired indeed, so I did lots of relaxing. Sometimes I sat and watched the world go by out of the window, sometimes I chatted to Foster Mum about the things we'd been doing and sometimes I slept.
Eventually it all came to an end and we needed to come back to Worcester. I like catching the train. I wait very nicely on the platform and on the train and I always make sure I'm polite and move out of people's way.
So that's my North Wales diary everyone. Back to normal life now.
Another fantastic adventure for you Rupert - your foster Mum knows how to show us how the other half live! My dogs are packing as I write - they don't have an exciting life like you do ... you're a very handsome and lucky boy
Hi, sorry I've only just logged on to the forum and seen this. Rupert is indeed a lovely, lovely boy. As you'll see from the pictures it's not just Ru who's muzzled, but my own two dogs too. They are typical boisterous lurchers when out and about free running. They are not aggressive, but play rough and accidents can happen - I'd just rather be 100% sure that nobody catches anyone with their teeth. When I walk all three together on lead all of them are muzzled as a precaution. My little one is a bit fear reactive on lead - if someone were to thoughtlessly allow their dog to run up to them she would react and there's always the chance that she might redirect at the others. It's just safest for me when walking three big dogs alone to muzzle them as a matter of course so then my handling of them is really confident because I know no accidents can occur. I know Lisa is clear that Ru should always be muzzled off lead though as an ex worker, even when adopted. When I walk him alone on lead or take him to his obedience class with 15 other dogs of all shapes and sizes he is not muzzled.
Ru gets on with other dogs, including small dogs. My mum sometimes visits with her Yorkshire terrier / poodle cross and Ru takes no notice, including when her dog snaps at him. My guess is he'd prefer to live with another big dog so he has a running companion, but he's not unfriendly to smaller dogs, although he is big, daft and clumsy, and would need another dog to be tolerant and able to cope with that. Hope that answers everything.
What a lovely boy I think my Lurcher would love him......she is six but plays for England! I have filled out the pre adoption form and if we pass the home check am really excited to bring her to meet him! (Never failed a home check yet so fingers crossed! :-) )
It's almost six months to the day since my lovely Ruperty-Roo arrived here on foster. In that time there has been some interest in him, but the right home has remained elusive so far. Rupert's perfect family must be out there somewhere and he is most definitely someone's perfect hound. Rupert would be mine, I'm certain, if I didn't already have two of my own lurchers and also want the flexibility to continue fostering. The boy is an absolute dream and even when he's left me, he'll remain one of my most special foster dogs, imprinted on my heart forever.
Rupert's best features:
Rupert has the most loving and sweet nature. In fact, he is probably one of the most loving dogs I've ever met. Snuggling is what makes Rupert happy, either with another dog or with his special humans, when he will either provide you with occasional gentle kisses or a full-on face wash, depending on what he deems most appropriate for the occasion. He gets in really close to you on the settee or bed and skilfully moulds his body perfectly to fit the contours of your body, making sure there are no gaps anywhere. Rupert gets on with all other dogs, big and small and is a reasonable off-leader for a hound. He can go off lead in quiet places where you won't encounter too many other dogs, and with no distractions will recall perfectly. He also mixes well with other dogs of all breeds at his obedience class and accepts other dogs readily into his home.
Rupert loves to have fun. He is quite a skilful football player these days, dribbling a ball at a good speed and able to change direction too. He enjoys lurcher chasing games and has fortnightly gym sessions, where he runs on the treadmill, balances on inflatable balls and does circuits of little jumps. He also tried his paws at skateboarding one session. Rupert loves his walks and to be taken to new and interesting places - he loves the park, river walks, woods, beaches, hills all in equal measures. At home he likes to play with his squeaky toys and is quite content to play alone if everyone else is busy.
Although Rupert is an energetic and comical boy, he can also be very lazy too and when nothing much is on offer he will snooze the day away. He is probably fine to live with full time workers as long as time off work was taken to help him settle and gradually build up the time he is left, another dog is already in residence as Ru really craves company, and someone is committed to ensuring he always has a "wee break" or walk at lunchtime. Anyone adopting Ru must be certain not to over-fuss him initially, as tempting as it is, as this can cause him to feel worried while he is bonding. I am out at work typically from 8am to 1.30pm, and then again from 2pm to 4pm and this has been absolutely fine for Rupert. He's not often left in the evenings as well, but when it's been necessary, there have been no issues.
So, why is Rupert still waiting?
I really can't understand it, and I know he was adored by the regular walkers and volunteers up at the kennels for the five months he was there as well, so I guess many of them are surprised he's still with me too. The only thing I can presume that it's the curse of the bull cross again, as he's perhaps passed over in favour of the more fashionable rough coats and saluki crosses. He's a big boy too - about 28kg, and perhaps people feel something smaller would be easier.
Rupert's recall is pretty much perfect with no other distractions around. However, Ru is so sociable that if he sees another dog, or sometimes even a person, he is so desperate to introduce himself that he will rush off towards them at great speed, and upon arrival, will throw himself at their feet and roll around on the grass beside them, leaving them a little perplexed I'm sure. He will then pick himself up, and run full pelt back to me! There is no malice at all, but obviously just means you need to be selective when and where you run him, so as not to worry other walkers.
Six months ago Rupert had absolutely no manners at all, and although sweet, had very little idea how he should behave, charging enthusiastically into everything in his path! He has come on in leaps and bounds, quite literally at times (!!) but his new family will still need to keep up his training and remind him frequently what manners are! It's not that Ru is naughty, but he gets so excited about things that seem little to us, but are MASSIVE in Ru's eyes, like his special humans arriving home from work or a favourite human coming to visit that he has a tendency to forget for a moment that there's 28kg of him and has to be reminded! He understands "Enough" though and if it's said in good time before the excitement takes hold of him, it does the trick. Ru walks beautifully on lead and a lot of the time you don't know he's by your side, but if there's something exciting he can pull quite hard and suddenly. The only other issue when walking him is that sometimes if he sees another dog he can be vocal. It is definitely not aggression, but excitement to see a potential dog friend approaching, and then frustration that he can't get to the potential friend he has earmarked for himself! Again, though, as long as you get the command "enough!" in quickly before he utters a sound, that's generally all you need to prevent him being silly.
Yesterday we had a little Easter party, which Rupert thoroughly enjoyed - being part of a group, doing things together and feeling included is very important to Ru. Here's what he got up to at his party:
As you can see Rupert is gifted at arts and crafts and enjoyed showing off his Easter bonnet!
He absolutely loved taking his turn on the lucky dip!
The Easter egg hunt went down well with Rupert too!
And when the party games were over, he was more than happy to enjoy the special Easter treats!
Rupert knows that not every day can be a special day though, but he doesn't mind, because it gives his brain time to process all the fun he's had and dream happy dreams. Besides, he knows that there will be more fun activities in the future for him.
My gorgeous foster boy, Rupert, is still here in Worcester, still being a super-good boy while he waits for his forever home. Rupert has had quite an interesting few weeks. After our little Easter party I was off work for a fortnight so it was a great opportunity to provide Rupert with some new experiences. The main thing he can now tick off his foster experience bucket list is being a visitor in someone else's house. I took him away for a few nights to stay in Shropshire with my mum and then when we got back he also went round to his favourite "aunty's" house for an evening. Rupert was such a good boy being a visitor. He settled quickly and with no problems at my mum's house, getting on fine with her small dog and being left downstairs with one of my dogs at night. This was quite a big thing for Rupert as at home he sleeps in my room, but he wasn't upset at all at being left at night. Going away meant Rupert has had lots of lovely, long walks recently to new and interesting places. He particularly enjoyed his outing to Snowdonia, but enjoyed new sniffs and sights wherever he went.
Since coming home Rupert has been to a few new places locally, his highlight probably being an afternoon walking in the Malvern Hills. He wasn't particularly enjoying dog obedience classes as so many unknown dogs in a small room worried him a bit, so he's switched classes and is now trying his paws at dog agility. He joined the beginners class yesterday and absolutely loved it. He was fine around the other dogs, seeming much happier as it was outside. His favourite piece of equipment at the moment is the A frame, which he ran up with gusto right from the word go! He also caught a bus with me for the first time, which he was fine with and gathered quite a fan club on board! Rupert travels like a dream, whether it's by car, bus or train, and is really so easy to take to different places.
I've been back at work a week now, which Rupert has had no trouble adapting to. Over the coming few weeks we're just following our everyday routine. It'll be a reasonably quiet week this week, although Rupert has his first vet visit on Wednesday for his annual vaccinations, and he also has his regular gym session on Friday to look forward to.
Visiting new and interesting places. Rupert walking on the Malvern Hills: Being curious. At St Anne's Well in Malvern: Checking out the information at the viewing point at Haughmond Hill, near Shrewsbury:
Being a visitor at someone else's house:
Enjoying playing with someone else's toys:
Back at home doing his "very surprised to be disturbed on a Sunday morning" face:
My beautiful Rupert is still here in Worcester. There's not a lot more to add about him - he's still his same handsome, sweet natured self. He tries so incredibly hard to be a good boy and please his humans. He can sit, lie down and give a paw on command, and is very enthusiastic about doing so if he can see something nice for him in your hand!
Rupert is enjoying the warmer weather and has been spending as much in as possible in the garden, as well as having some lovely, long summer evening walks. Here are the most recent pictures I have of him.
Foster Mum, I can see something nice in your hand for me:
Games in the garden:
Where did that come from?!
Lovely cool walk in the evening sunshine:
Rupert has been with Gap for over a year now, nearly nine months of which have been spent in foster care, meaning that he is fully house trained and despite his working background understands what normal life is like. In that time a lot of hounds have come into Gap's care and gone off for their new beginnings, so Rupert must wonder when his turn will come. He's such a gorgeous boy that he has come very close a couple of times, only for people to change their minds. Rupert is very happy in his foster home, but it would be lovely for his turn to come to pack his bags and head off to his forever home, knowing that he'll never have to move on again.
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