It is a very sad fact that not all hounds, dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, and other pets, including small critters do not have loving homes.
My mummy is unsure of my past, as I was nearly 3 years old when I came to live with mummy. I cannot remember that far back - but apparently when I came to mummy, I was covered in fleas, so much so, it looked like my brindle pattern on my back was moving. I had chewed away at my tail, so you could see the bones through my thin skin. I was not socialised with other dogs, I was frightened of them, so would bark at them if I was on the lead an could not run away. My claws were too long.
Mummy said when I came to her I was a bewildered little whippet.
Many things can be put right very quickly, I was treated for fleas and worms, vaccinated against nasty diseases, and fed good wholesome food.
But other things take longer. I clung to mummy right from the start, something seemed to tell me she would take care of me. But, I had never been out for walkings before, so suddenly to be free - I chased everything and anything - I did find my way back to mummy - eventually - but I had usually hurt myself in my mad dashes. In the end, mummy just gave up letting me off my lead, unless she knew I was totally enclosed. It took four years before she trusted me again. By which time, my bond with mummy was so deep, that I walked to heel better off the lead.
This was actually a paradox, because, on the lead, I was more frightened by other dogs. But mummy needed to keep me safe. All I could do to dogs I did not know was bark at them. I soon made many doggy friends, but, I was still very unsure.
Mummy had always lived with animals, and was very fair with me. She let me share the sofa, her bed, and her food.
When mummy got me, mummy's husband was with us. But he was very poorly, and he left us and went to heaven. I helped mummy all I could, by being there for her - just as she helped me when I first arrived. Love is a two way street and you give and you should receive.
Dogs love to love humans, and to be loved by humans. It is so unfair when our love is not returned. Mummy has taught me, that she will always love me, no matter what. She has even taken a part time job so that she can be with us more. She says there is more to life than money - and her life is richer for having dogs in it.
My life is richer for having mummy in it.
I am a very lucky puppy, I have only ever been loved. Mummy says it shows, because I am a confident puppy. But, I have had my problems. I have had a poorly tummy which has taken nearly two years to sort out. Some owners would not have been as patient with me refusing to eat, being sick and having poorly poos.
I was poorly at Christmas, because I ate some num - num streaky bacon, Granddaddy thought it would be a nice treat for me! I was very poorly, and mummy had to take me home early on Christmas day. I kept being very sick - so mummy sat outside in the garden with me for a long time on Christmas day evening.
That is true love for your hound.
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