We welcomed our beautiful border collie x labrador puppy Willow into our family in December and its been a crazy 8 months full of ups and downs. Some of you may have read my posts in the first few weeks she was with us when she was very ill and we wondered if she would make it. Thankfully she pulled through and has continued to grow and flourish ever since.
Willow loves her walks although she is still learning how to be more sociable around other dogs. She has a tendency to bark and growl at new dogs when she first meets them but does settle down quickly once she’s got to know them. While we were in Ireland she spent 2 weeks living with a dog boarder surrounded by other dogs and she settled in really well there which was a huge relief! I’m hoping to do some training classes with her in the near future to help her be more relaxed around new dogs.
While we were away she came into season which I now realise we weren’t very prepared for. We bought special doggy nappies from the pet shop but she isn’t a huge fan and tends to rip them off if left to her own devices. At £10 for a pack of 12 it was getting quite costly so instead I’ve now switched to size 6+ baby nappies and I simply cut a hole in them for her tail. Much cheaper at £3.69 for 30 supermarket own brand ones and just as effective! I’m hoping we only have another week or so left until it stops!
In the meantime she still loves to play, especially with her ball and is learning new tricks. This week we’ve taught her to ‘speak’ (bark) on command. She amazes me how fast she learns new commands. The whole family has enjoyed getting involved in this one by barking themselves to encourage her to bark!
Willow remains very much my dog. She loves the whole family but its me she loves to cuddle up with and follows around the house. Danny tells me that when I go out to work she mopes around looking all depressed then when I get home shes excited and happy again! Definitely a Mummy’s girl!
So there you have it. Our little four legged member of the family is doing well. We’ll be posting a few more doggy posts in the near future including our top 5 Puppy Buys so look out for those!