Meet Marlie

On Friday mum announced that she had found someone who was giving away a black labrador. I wasn’t too keen on this since mum has a habbit of just seeing the cuteness and then when it comes to the responsibility of a dog, it was us who had to do it. This has been what has happened to our other dogs. So i said to her that she would have to look after it.

When i suggested that i went along to make sure Ushi and the dog got on, she seemed very reluctant. I said that i needed to make sure they were okay rather than it coming all the way here for it to be sent back again. So eventually she agreed.

So this morning mums friend came to collect me, mum, my youngest brother and Ushi. We were heading up to Belfast to get the dog.

When we got there, mums friend went in to check if we could bring Ushi in before we all came in. I first asked if i could let Ushi out to pee so that if there was any excitement there wouldn’t be any little mishaps. While Ushi was out, Marlie came and lay at my feet for a belly rub. When Ushi came back in, i asked if she could be off her lead and the owner said yes. Well Ushi teared around the house, and ran up the stairs, and back down again to play with Marlie. Tails were wagging away so we figured that all was well.

Marlie is a two year old black labrador. Mum thinks there is colly in her too. She is about half the size of Ushi. She is in great condition. She has little short ears, and a big bushy waggy tail! Ushi’s tail is a gentle wag but Marlie’s is really fast and hard! She had pups about a month or so ago. The owner didn’t even know she had had pups, and came down one morning to blood, and thought he had rats! He then saw 5 little bundles. She was very quiet about giving birth and did it all herself. The owners wife was pregnant with her fifth child, so couldn’t cope with the dog as well. She is in great condition, and is fully house trained. We will have to get her latest vaxcinations, worming tablet, frontline and spaying. Mum is getting her microchipped tomorrow, and getting her licenced too. She is going to be spayed after christmas.

The only down side is that she is on wet food. It’s called Winalod or something. Mum is gradually going to introduce dry food with her wet food as she doesn’t really like her on the wet stuff.

Marlie and Ushi were very good travelling in the car together. Marlie did keep looking out the window which Ushi wasn’t too impressed with since she was trying to sleep! She did get a bit panty near the end, but apart from that she was grand. When we filled up Marlie’s waterbowl Ushi decided to empty it before poor Marlie could get a drink! She has never drunk out of that bowl and doesn’t drink her water if it is downstairs. We then let Marlie out for a pee, and Ushi kind of looked at her as if to say “You peed in my garden!”.

They have been getting on great. Ushi has put Marlie in her place though because she wanted to play and Ushi didn’t! So we had a wee growl but she was still wagging away. She did get a bit jealous when Marlie got a nylabone and a new toy!

I have been paying her loads of attention just so she doesn’t feel like she is being left out or anything. She seems to have accepted this grand. I’m sure the jealousy will subside soon enough. She is exhausted though the poor girl.

Already Marlie is looking for Ushi when she needs to pee, and won’t actually go out unless Ushi is there! Whenever people are eating, she’ll take herself out to the hall, and when the front door is opened she’ll just stand there and not even attempt to go out or anything. She is just a great wee bundle.

Here is a picture to finish off. I’m glad they get on so well!
This is little Marlie.

How Are The Two Dogs?

Yesterday I told you all about how I introduced Ushi to Ash, and that they seemed to get on.

Well dad braught her up today. She first of all sniffed around, then went out to the kitchen to drop her load. That was exactly what Ushi did yesterday too, so maybe they were marking their teratory? It’s a bit weird that they both decided to drop their loads as a greeting. I think Ushi was just holding on, though.

After about an hour, I braught Ushi down to see Ash again. Their tails were waggling away. They basically ignored each other. Lots of sniffing of bums has happened throughout the day by Ushi, but as one enters the room, the other one goes out of the room!

I would much rather have this though, as it’s far far far better than growling or anything like that. Maybe i’m just being crazy for thinking this? I do think that it will work though. There is absolutely no growling or anything like that at all. I think it is mainly the size difference that is making Ash so nervous. I’m not worried about them though, and if something was going to happen surely would it not have happened by now?

My brothers love her, and she seems settled. She is lying on her bed at the moment downstairs, and Ushi is up here chewing her nylabone. (Ash can’t get up the stairs, bless her).

So here’s to a successful mix with them, and hopefully it stays that way! Sorry for the post being so short, but I just thought i’d update you all on what the situation is with them.

I’m not sure if I should let the team know of guide dogs, but at the end of the day, as long as it’s not affecting Ushi workwise, then they shouldn’t be too worried and it can wait til the next aftercare later this month.

One more thing before I go-Ushi has a bed that’s like a big pillo thingie. The cover can be washed in the washing machine, but the bed is getting a bit wiffy. What can I use on the main bed part? I’d be scared of it falling apart if I put it in the wash. Even just something to spray on it to take away the wiff and kill any bacteria? It would have to be something pet friendly as she is quite a licker.


A Successful Mix

Well today I took Ushi down to meet my grannys dog.

I decided to work Ushi before taking her down to meet Ash. I thought it would tire her out. She hadn’t spent in the morning, so I let her go again before our walk. Yet again no spending, (I did it off lead this time). I thought i’d be there all day so decided to try and do the walk.

We just did the church route. I was thinking that it was a fabulous route, when we came across a dog across the road, so I stopped Ushi before she got distracted and waited until they were further on. There is this part near the church where you sort of drift round to the right, before picking up the straight line again. Of course Ushi decided to take me up near the estate again that she took me to in the snow. She has been doing that for the past couple of days. While trying to get her back on track, she does a big massive jump! I really corrected her for that. I then had to check to make sure it wasn’t a person, which thankfully it wasn’t. There must have been a bird she was after. The rest of the way home was uneventful.

We had a little rest for a bit until dad came up. Ushi still hadn’t spent, but I was going to give her an opportunity to do it on the journey as it’s quite a long walk down. So near to grannys I let her go, and she just peed.

When we got to grannys house, I didn’t mix the dogs like i’d planned. Ash was wondering round anyway, so I thought i’d see how they got on. I took off the halty and decided to take off the lead too. They had their introductory sniffs, before Ushi ran out to near where the kitchen was, and decided to drop her load. I was a bit annoyed as she had plenty of time to go, she was just holding on. I was really sorry and kept apologising. I sounded a bit angry towards Ushi, and granny was like “it’s alright, if the dog has to go, it has to go”. I explained that I didn’t like her doing it though. We let her outside to see if she needed to go again, but she just came wondering back in again.

Ash came over to us, wagging her tail madly. They then had a bound, and Ushi started chasing Ash. Ash wanted to go to bed, but she came out again shortly afterwards. Tails were still wagging, and there was no growling or anything from either dog. They did seem slightly nervous of each other, but they still came close, and sniffed each other. I think Ash was more nervous cause of the size of Ushi compared to Ash. Ash is a springer, so quite small compared to Ushi.

Whenever Ash went over to the other side of the room, ushi turned her head and was like “where has she gone?”.

So I think it was a successful mix. There was no growling, and Ushi wasn’t submitting herself to Ash or anything. So a much better result than when we introduced Ushi and Sally! So Ash is coming home tomorrow. I’m thinking of letting them have a wonder/play again tomorrow, and I might even have Ushi out the back just so there won’t be any accidents. I thinnk she spent cause it was all the excitement and that. It was solid though compared to when she did it in the shopping centre.

I may be doing all this wrong, but I think they will get on. Maybe i’m doing the introducing thing wrong, but they seem pritty comfy with each other. I’d say if something was going to happen, it would have happened within the first couple of minutes.

So my little brother will be happy!

In other news, my phone is being rather weird. It keeps saying “no mail box defined. Define now?” when I haven’t pressed anything. Plus when I go to text, it only says a letter, then it’s like it doesn’t register me pressing the keys. I’ve turned it off, taken the battery out, left it, but it’s still being weird. My menus work though lol. I might take it into vodafone if it continues.
All in all it was a good day!