Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Back from Adelaide!

We got home from Adelaide at around 9pm on Saturday night. The kitties were a little surprised, and jumpy. Mittens gave us evil looks while sniffing all of our stuff. Frou meowed a lot but didnt' really want to be patted. Frou then looked at Bender's squeaky ball and meowed a question at us. I think she was missing her best buddy.

Monday morning we went down to the Paw House to pick up the dogs. The guy at the kennels really liked Bender. He was surprised, pleasantly, by Bender because at first he thought he would take ages to settle in. He found quite a few playmates for Bender which was really encouraging for us. Apparently he likes entire males to play with the most.

Nic asked how Barbie was. He said 'she is not like a greyhound at all! There are some dogs she ignores, but if she likes you, watch out! She plays like a staffy, really full on!' She is a funny dog, on the leash or at home she is usually quite reserved but if she is in a space where she knows she can let loose... then boy o boy she does!

She especially likes to do high-speed close passes, and appears to be trying to 'dance' on other dogs heads. She needs confident dogs to play with, any dogs that are fearful are likely to react, and she thinks this is fun and takes it as encouragement and continues to close pass, with the other dog trying to snap at her! She doesn't mean any harm, has proper bite inhibition (not that anyone knows that because she has to be muzzled in public!), but has a twisted sense of humour. She is picky about who she will play with but I think he found her a few playmates.

It's funny because people think she is such a princess when they see her prancing along on the leash with me, or see her refusing to jump down a retaining wall or into a car. She pretends to be a prissy princess but she is sooooooooo not.

The dogs slept pretty solidly yesterday and last night, so I guess they had a good time. I think they are enjoying having soft carpets/rugs/cushions and couches to sleep on. Barbie has lost all the hair that she regrew on her thighs and belly in 10 days in the kennel - it took her 12 months to grow that back. Oh well, less hairs to end up in our carpets!
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