Posted by: Elizabeth Lovick | May 30, 2014

Scottie Dog Update

I can’t believe I have had the dogs for only three weeks – it seems as if they have been here for ever! They have had their challenging moments, but it is lovely to see them settling in so well and enjoying their new life.

All my neighbours are saying how much weight they have lost already.

Isla then (above) and now

Isla then (above) and now

Meg then (above) and now

Meg then (above) and now

Part of this is actual weight loss, but part is increasing muscle tone. Both dogs enjoy their walks, and simply going out twice a day is having an effect. We usually do one ‘road’ walk……

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…..and one which is more play.

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Most of the time Isla will be running…..

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… and Meg walking!

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Once we get home, both love to rest in the sun if there is any.

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Meg has definitely taken over Scottie’s bed. If Isla does invade, Meg glares at me to get her out!!

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Meg takes any chews or treats to her bed straight away….

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… but Isla walks around the house and garden to find just the right spot!

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As well as making friends with all the neighbours, Isla had made friends with a group of 10 young cows. The first time they met she wasn’t sure, and as the galloped over the field to the fence, she cowered behind me. Very soon, though, she was going over to investigate, and before too long she was touching noses with them through the fence!

12. when Isla met cows sm

Taking pix with two flexi leads isn’t easy, so I took the opportunity of Elly’s recent visit to take some portraits.

Isla:

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Meg:

15. no lead Meg in heather sm

And Elly in the middle with two dogs going in different directions!

13. Elly at full stretch

(If you look closely you can see the tips of two ears and a tail in the ditch!)

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  1. So nice to see them looking so healthy and happy Liz. All down to your expert care! :)

  2. Lovely pictures thank you so much for sharing. I love seeing how they are settling in and enjoy their new home :)

  3. Beautiful. Their ears are up, their tails are up … they’re doing great! I’m happy for all of you.

  4. Aw! They’re so happy-looking. And it looks like Meg’s fur is growing back on her back end there. So cute. And they have dropped a few pounds!

  5. How much fun. They are precious. Good for you.

  6. They are thriving with you!!! What about a second bed? My three play musical beds all the time.

    • There is a second bed which Isla uses at night, and Meg also uses occasionally. But you know what they can be like about such things…!

  7. Scottie would so approve!!

  8. What lovely pictures.      How lucky they are to have you.

    Unfortunately, we lost our 8 year old English Mastiff last week to bone cancer.   We are debating what to do next.  It might take a while.  It was almost like she took care of us instead of the other way around.

    I am so glad you found such wonderful dogs to take care of you.

    Barbara

    • How very sad for you… and I know what you mean.

      There will come a day when you ask either We can’t go on without another dog, or We can live without a dog. After my first Scottie died it took 5 months (but there was another dog in the house a lot of the time), with Scottie I knew after 24 hours. But he reckoned I needed two to make up for him!!

  9. I bet they are having a wonderful time. You are doing a great job with them. Meg’s bald patch is looking smaller and they are definitely thinner. Who wouldn’t enjoy walking around the island. I would go for a walk twice a day if I lived there.

  10. thank you so much for sharing updates and pics of Isla and Meg with us. They are both looking so much better and happier. I think your island home is a paradise for them. They won’t fill the hole in your heart, but they’ll patch it over in time.

  11. What an improvement! Isla.

  12. Thank you so much for letting us know how you are all getting on together. How lucky you are to have found each other. I hope you have many happy years together.

  13. Losing that extra weight will be especially good for Meg’s bones. Nice to see the waist definition! We have Tam up to a good weight now (he was way too skinny). Still working on his behavioral issues, although he’s perfect around the house. It’s only out in the world that he is challenged. After Ariel left, we had to wait a year. When Tussah died, we knew immediately that she wanted us to give another dog a home–but it took a good six months to find which one!

  14. I’ve been wondering how they were getting on and settling in, lovely to see them enjoying walks and life in their new home with you.

  15. Elly is adopting the same position that I do – I have two Jack Russells (Campbell and Peanut) that always head off in opposite directions! We used to have a border collie, Ben, who succumbed to old age, and we also had to get two to fill the Ben sized hole in our home!

    Lovely photos, your girlies are looking so much better.

  16. I was just thinking I see one to Elly’s left and then read your comment. They are looking so well now Liz :)


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