Monday, December 15, 2008


I mentioned in my previous post that I may not have Internet access for a couple of days when I arrived in England, well as it turned out I didn't have access for the entire visit (don't ask!) so I am having to post about my trip now that I am back here in the US.
I am in the unfortunate situation of living in a building, here in Chicago,that doesn't allow pets. This is a first for me, I have never been without a pet. As a result I have to compensate by caring for animals for a job and when I go home to see my family I always monopolise the family dog. A few weeks ago my parents had to have our old dog euthanized at the age of fourteen. Needless to say this was a rather traumatic event. When the deed was done there were rumblings about not having another dog - unheard of for our family! After some long telephone conversations I convinced my parents that they should consider adopting an adult dog, as they are not getting any younger the prospect of a puppy was a little too daunting, as a result, they put word out that they were looking to adopt another dog. My parents have always had Pembroke Corgis, since they were children, and then when they met they continued the tradition so a corgi is a natural part of our family. The adoption group phoned them a couple of weeks ago with the offer of a three year old Cardiganshire Corgi. There were more phone calls and the decision was made to give it a try, and so Bryher arrived in their life.

This occurred the week before we were going to visit them, needless to say, I was very excited to meet the new member of our family. Bryher had a rather unfortunate time before my parents got him. He had been with an owner who had six other dogs and never took any of them out! He then went to a lady who had advanced Alzheimer's disease and so he never went out there either. The poor lady ended up having to go into care and so Bryher ended up in a kennels which he hated and pined badly. When my parents got him he was filthy, stinking and as thin as a rail.

This is him a week after my parents got him, I was quite shocked, when I first petted him because all I could feel was bones, his ribs, his spine and his chest bones were incredibly prominent. It really is so sad because this is the sweetest, friendliest, most loving dog you could possibly imagine. Anyway, he is in the right place now, he gets regular meals, has been wormed, probably for the first time, and gets taken for four walks a day! He thinks he has gone to heaven! And needless to say he gets endless cuddles, which he loves, by the way. If he thinks you haven't cuddled him enough he comes and climbs on your lap and snuggles against you. Yes, I am totally in love with him, in case you hadn't already guessed!

Because he has been moved around so much in his short life he gets terribly distressed if we leave him, when we go up to bed he howls and barks for an hour or so before settling down. Hopefully when he realises he isn't going to get left again he will get out of that habit.

I bought him a stuffed toy which he loved and carried about with him all over the place. He is a real clown and loves nothing better than to play. If he gets wet when he goes out for a walk he comes running inside and when you try to dry him he wrestles with the towel and rolls himself up inside it. We end up with a huge tangle of dog and towel and him lying upside down with the towel over his head! He will keep my parents entertained for a long time I think. I am so glad that we were fortunate enough to find each other and I only wish I could see him more often.

Photo Credits - CJT


ramblingwoods said...

Oh what a cutie Celeste..I don't know how people can abuse or not take care of their pets. My daughter just got a rescue too. Bella is a minipin and has some potty and chewing issues..but she sure is cute.. Happy to see you back and glad that you had a good visit with your parents...

Kathiesbirds said...

What a beauty! So glad that they adopted him! What a great idea for your parents to get an older dog. My Mom does the same thing and recently rescued 3 Shitz tsus (sp?) after their owners passed away. That was over 3 years ago and the dogs were quite advanced in age. 2 of them passed away recently but one is still hanging on. When he finally joins his siblings, she will wait for God to bring her the next needy 4-legged friend. I hope Bryher brings them much joy and love and that they reciprocate! Glad you had such a nice visit and that you were able to see this little guy!

What a heart warming story to read, especially at this time of year!

Doug Taron said...

Gotta love those ears!

One Red Horse said...

He has got to be one of the cutest dogs on earth! Such a sweet expression. I'm so happy he has survived his difficult beginnings and landed in a warm and loving dog friendly home.

Celeste said...

Rambling Woods - He is a total cutie and in spite of everything, he loves everyone! I despise people who abuse or neglect animals, it is the ultimate in cowardice.

Kathie - It seems to work well when older people adopt older dogs. I know a number of people who have done it. Bryher is a sweetie and has masses of love to give.

Doug - His ears are very comical, very expressive, and quite irresistable :)

One Red Horse - He is a total cutie and there is a positive love-fest going on at my parents house now!!

gtyyup said...

What a wonderful story...and what a lucky doggie!!! You're right...he's in the right place now...Amen!

Judy said...

So glad that he found a forever home. One thing I have read about, and am trying with my own dogs, is to explain the situation to them. "We will be gone all day, and come back in time to give you your dinner. The neighbour is going to come in and let you out in the yard for a few minutes in the middle of the day. Cooperate with him." It seems to help. Maybe it will help Bryher some too.

Arija said...

He is such a little cutie! I have never come across this breed before, the shape of the head is certainly Corgi but the markings are those of a Border Collie, right down to the white tip of the tail.
So pften an adopted older animal brings us the greatest joy, especially if the animal adopts us and leaves us no choice but to hake it in.