On Friday afternoon, we travelled south from Inverness down the A9, through rain to just south of Pitlochry. It was there that we met up with Isla Reid, the rehoming officer for STECS Scottie Rescue. And there that I first met Meg and Isla, the two girls who were to come home with me!
Isla R had sent me photos of the two of them, so I knew what to expect: two very overweight girls, one black and one dark grey brindle, who has recently been clipped. They were in the back of Isla’s Belingo, and weren’t sure whether they wanted to come out!
Isla lifted them down. They weren’t too sure what was happening, but they soon managed to knit their leads!!
Nick put them in the back of the Fiesta with Nigel while I completed the paperwork with Isla. Then it was back north to Inverness to stay one more night with my friend Ingrid.
Ingrid has a big, fenced garden where we were able to let the dogs off the lead to potter about. I sat and watched their behaviour.
Meg (the brindle) was noticeably more nervous. She didn’t want to come out of the house at first.
Isla (the black) bounded over the grass, exploring everywhere.
Then they both discovered the end of the chicken run!!
They did not bark or try to get to the birds to chase them, but just stood watching them, fascinated. It did allow me to get good photos showing their present size!
Meg, aged 11
Isla, aged 8
The next morning we set off fairly early. Isla wasn’t sure she wanted to get in the car again, but once in she settled. The journey up was uneventful, and they were not bothered by either of the two ferry journeys.
Once we got home, they were interested in the house, both of them exploring the house and garden. Meg had slept on a bean bag at Ingrid’s, so I had gone to get something similar on my way home. When I saw this one, I HAD to have it!
I put that down, along with Scottie’s old bed and their blankets. Meg tried the new bed first….
… but decided she preferred Scottie’s old bed! Typically, with a new bed and their two blankets to choose from, Isla chose the floor!!
Over the past few days, both dogs have been settling down. I have worked out that Meg isn’t just very stubborn and disobedient, but very deaf. She loves food, but doesn’t hear her dish being filled and doesn’t react unless she sees it. So I am keeping her on the lead all the time when out for walks.
Isla’s recall is pretty good most of the time, and after the first couple of walks I have let her go off the lead. If she fails to return to me when I call, she goes back on!
Both girls are loving the freedom of an open door, with access to the garden, and a slatted gate through which they can watch the world go by!
They have been introduced to many of the island’s residents, human and canine, and are learning what life is like on a small island. Both do have some issues, which we are addressing gradually. Both are on diets, and Isla is beginning to realise that barking is not acceptable! She is improving – to begin with she was barking at every car which went along the road.
But it is good to have furry beasts in the house again!