This much loved hound is belongs to my Daughter, and has been staying here while said daughter is holidaying in NZ over the Christmas period. Initially I was concerned that she would pine for her owner, that she would not get on with my dogs, that she would run away if not on a lead, or for some other reason, the visit might just not work. None of that happened, after a few days, she seemed happy and had settled into the household, slept under the bed, became my shadow, came when called, played well with my dogs and generally behaved so well that I (jokingly) told my daughter she need not come to collect her when she returned, and that I could easily adopt a third dog. All was going beautifully…….. until yesterday.
When I returned from a long and lazy Christmas lunch with friends, it was obvious that the dogs, who had previously been left inside without incident, had become bored and had a wrestling session followed by running through the house, collecting and carrying interesting things around the place. Not their toys, of which there were a few lying about, but my shoes! My favourite red shoes! Two pairs! Now chewed beyond repair, sadly, they are no longer wearable.. I cannot say for sure that she was responsible, my Maggie would have been part of the fun, but has never really been destructive………So, today when I went to take Maggie to have her summer hair cut, just to make sure it would not happen again, I left the visitor securely outside, with a large bone to keep her occupied……….when I returned with the shorn dog below, after a great greeting from the visitor, I discovered that she had shredded the outside screen on the backdoor.
The visitor goes home tomorrow……
As most of you will know, Maggie is a Blue Merle Rough Collie, and usually sports a very long and thick coat, designed for Scottish winters and herding sheep in the snow, so she really suffers in the summer heat. I hate doing this, but it does keep her comfortable on hot days, and will regrow totally in time for winter, in fact it only takes a couple of weeks to notice a difference. The other unintentional benefit of doing this is the annual moult, when the soft inner coat of downy white fluff is shed all over everything and everyone – does not happen.