Today I am not around a computer as I am off to meet three ex SPA furries, Milly, Melba and Jess. This means that tonight’s blog will be a ‘general’ blog about the SPA and we will catch up on refuge new tomorrow.
Milly, an SPA pussy cat was adopted from us three years ago, Melba a braque allemand two years ago and Jess the collie pup in April this year. All went to live with my son and daughter in law and are thriving in the Scottish temperatures spending lots of the time out and about on hills and islands of Scotland.
Melba was their first pup and of course being a scent hound the biggest problem they have had with her is recall. It taken time and patience and lots of training but Melbas recall is now pretty good but this is carefully managed and when she is out and about she is only free where there are no wildlife, especially sheep to chase! Jess is a border collie and is now 10 months old and has been a very easy pup. No worries with recall with her and she rarely leaves your side!
This is a perfect example at why you should look at breed traits when choosing a dog. Think carefully about your lifestyle and what you can except from the breed of dog you choose. Stuart does lots of jogging with Melba who is young and very active and does obedience with Jess. As Jess matures she will do agility but is a wee bit young as yet for high impact sports.
If your family work all day think carefully about the dog that you choose and do ask us if we know if it can be left home alone. Make sure that you are prepared to get up early and walk the dogs before work, can arrange a comfort break during the day and will exercise the dog again in the evening. Lots of dogs will settle into such a routine but we have others who we know will need someone around most of the time so do ask.
Whatever dog you choose, don’t forget, get in touch with us for advice ….and we do love hearing about our SPA dogs and how they settle in their new homes. A photo and a little update form time to time is very much appreciated.
Melba and Jess…