Tuesday, 13 June 2017

T on Tuesday and my big secret revealed, or the dog's out of the sack!

This is Bertie, the photo I fell in love with. He's adopted from Cyprus and I didn't tell my family a thing! My son met him last night so I can tell the world now!

I drove an hour to a service station near Swindon, where at 12:30 pm I waited with a few other people until 1:30am when the Woofers van arrived with our precious pooches. Got some funny looks from the man staffing the service station though.
I asked the Woofers person to please put the car harness on and adjust it, as well as the slip lead. Driving along the motorway the noises from the back seat were distracting enough, then a little head appeared by my shoulder. I drove trying to push him back with my arm, then wiggle wiggle and he was in the passenger seat! So I spent the rest of the motorway journey driving with one hand on his collar, good job it's an automatic car, he kept trying to get on my lap!
Got to Chippenham and stopped in another service station and refitted the harness, a strap had come right out. It didn't take him long to wiggle out of it again and I realised (hope) it was due to the hair as you will see later. Boy did he stink, due to a misunderstanding he wasn't groomed at all in Cyprus.

I bought some new beds, buy one get one half price. They are made from recycled bottles. Sooty seems to like them.

Luna tried it out too, I was worried that medium wasn't that big but she managed to get in and curl up and I thought I had a photo of that but can't find it now.
When Bertie arrived one of the first things he did was pee on the new bed so good job it is machine washable! Due to the smell and the peeing I put him in the kitchen which has a waterproof bed in it, and tried to get some sleep at around 4am. I woke at 6:30 and couldn't stay in bed, had a job to do!

This was Bertie's first meal as soon as I got him home, after letting them out in the garden. It was rice and chicken that I cooked. Afterwards he peed on the bowl!

He loved his new toy, and settled down in the kitchen. I had the bucket and mop on standby!

Later that morning (6:30am remember) Bertie exploring the garden.

Luna had been the most worried when I brought Bertie to the door, had to do it as no car harness by then. She was trembling and drooling as she does in the car, I think she thought this is it - I'm being replaced. Sooty didn't seem too worried then.

Got to work after breakfast, really the hair was so matted and dirty it all had to come off. Got a whole bag full. Then I had to clean up and shampoo the carpets, the floor was already washed at least twice.

Bertie seemed quite chilled about being groomed.

Bertie with Luna afterwards, he also had a bath and it must feel so much better!

Luna was so unsure about him until she realised he would play with her and they haven't stopped since!

Bertie chilling on the memory foam dog bed.

Exploring the garden with Luna.

Shaking that octopus!

More exploring.

Out with Sooty. Sooty seems to be more wary now the other two are playing but apart from them cannoning into him and making him scream one time, after which the two boys nearly had a punch up, they play and leave him in peace.

Wrestling with Luna, unfortunately some of the videos I took end in doggy porn, Bertie doesn't seem to realise he is neutered yet, and Luna has been encouraging him like a hussy!

It was a game of chase like this that ended up with Sooty getting hurt!

Bertie loves all the toys, old and new and is constantly playing. Everyone agrees he had Schnauzer in him, among other things.

Bedtime last night.

Second night, I wanted to leave Bertie downstairs again at least until I got his skin checked out by the vets, but Bertie had other ideas. He woke at 5:30 the next morning and wanted to play! It would be 7:30 in Cyprus. This morning it was 6:16, so better but I went back to bed to try and get a little more sleep then didn't get up until nearly 10am! I was in the bathroom when the window cleaner rang the bell, he was followed by two delivery people then I was trying to shower and dress before the window cleaner wanting paying and the phone went! The vet ruled out ringworm, thinks the hair loss could be a reaction to being clipped and the lesion from a bite. So Bertie will have twice weekly baths for a couple of weeks and see how it goes.
Anyway he is very brave and not worried about anything much, not like Luna, so he probably lived in  a home at some point. He squares up to other dogs too no matter the size, and he wants to cuddle up close to me and follows me around. They all do at the moment, trying to establish who owns me I guess!
So after all the excitement this morning breakfast was at midday, is that brunch or lunch? 
I made fruit pancakes and fruit infusion to go with them.

Of course it is time for T on Tuesday at Elizabeth and Bleubeard's place, and I did get started on going round commenting, sorry I didn't manage everyone.


  1. Glad you have been able to give that little cutie a good new home, hope you all have lots of fun together. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. I did get your visit last week Cazzy!! So good to see you... I'm afraid this is a fly by visit this week as i 'am super super busy with the craftroom...But i wanted to wish you a Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  3. What a lovely surprise, Bertie looks so dapper with his new hair cut and I'm so pleased he is settling in so well 😀. You are a star helping our four-legged friends from Cyprus! Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

  4. what a delightful post Cazzy! What a sweetheart Bertie is and how wonderful they are all getting along. Good job with the haircut-I know what work it is:) Such a loving thing for you to take such good care and give a loving home to a rescue dog. All the best, and happy T day!

  5. Gosh, Cazzy, I can barely imagine you having two dogs, much less three. How wonderful that you now have Bertie to add to the mix. He looks cute with his matted fur removed, but let's hope he learns to "go" outside, rather than in his food dish. I think that may have been when I lost my patience. Glad you have more than I.

    Thanks for sharing your new bundle of joy with us for T this Tuesday. I'm sure we'll see much more of Bertie from now on, too.

  6. What a lovely post and all credit to yourself for giving Bertie a chance to live with you in comfort. I think your four legged friends will be having fun together as they settle in and all get used to each other.
    Happy T day
    Yvonne xx

  7. What a sweetie! I'm glad everybody's getting along and having tons of fun :)

    Happy T Tuesday

  8. Bertie is sure a cutie, now that he's been groomed. He looks like a happy guy! We have 2 dogs we rescued. I live here in the US and we get our rescue dogs from down south where they have high kill shelters. Here in the northeast there are not enough dogs to go around. One of mine was good at escaping harnesses and even learned to unzip her potable crate. :) Congrats on the new member of the family.Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

  9. Sounds as though you have got to work on Bertie for a while, but so good to see them getting on together! Happy T day! Chrisx

  10. And then there were three - oh my. Bertie ate then peed on the bowl - oh my, oh my! You have your work cut out for you, Cazzy. I thought it shocking that they let Bertie fly in that condition. Most airlines are very restrictive about animals they transport. What a difference a bath and hair cut made.

    The 1st picture of Luna nd Bertie playing is precious. Thanks for sharing this marvelous tail tale :D

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  11. This post was allot of fun-and I could feel all that was happening-you are a good writer! I would have lost patience too with him going on his food dish--but sometimes when everything is new they will do that-hopefully not any more
    glad he is fitting in the other dogs
    have a good day Kathy