Friday, 20 September 2013

Update on Blu











Many of you know I rescued a greyhound last summer, and I am so very glad I did! I absolutely adore her, she is my wee best pal.  Saying that, it definitely hasn't been easy!  I adopted her from The Greyhound Trust, from the Edinburgh branch.  She was dumped there, thrown out a van, a few weeks previously.   Her owner had used her for racing and racers usually retire at the age of 3, maybe 4.   So my Blu (or Bonnie, as she was called then) had obviously reached the age where she was no longer useful.  So she was thrown out of a van and left at the Trust.  As horrific as this sounds, she is one of the lucky greyhounds.  Thousands are found dead every year, dumped in rivers or hanged mostly.  All with their ears cut off to remove their unique racing number tattoo.  Disgusting isn't it?   So here she was, needing a home, and there I was, needing a friend.

Blus personality is the cutest thing, she is so loving and funny.  She likes stealing things (shoes, fridge magnets, scarves, slippers etc) and keeping them in her bed.  Why?  Who knows!  If you look at the pictures above you will see her with some stolen hair extensions and some stolen potatoes...  She doesn't chew them or anything, she just likes having them.  Maybe because she had lived in kennels all her life without anything of her own?  So far, that's the only thing I've came up with.

She runs to me when I come in the door and I love it!  She stays in her bed most of the time, and when she first arrived she wouldn't move unless she needed out or needed food.  So, her running over to greet me is a big deal for her.  Even after over a year, she only approaches a handful of people.  If anyone she doesn't know goes near her she starts to shake, sometimes quite violently, and it breaks my heart every time.  Fuck knows what she was put through during her racing career, I dread to think.

Blu doesn't know how to play with toys.  Seriously.  She was never allowed to have any during her racing career so when we bought her toys at first she just looked at them.  Now, slowly, she is starting to come around to them.  She loves her teddies the best but likes squeaky things too.  Shes even started playing with balls occasionally.  No joke, she must have at least 15 teddies.

Even though it has been hard, mainly on me not her, I do adore her.  It hurts me when she starts shaking because I don't know how to help her.  Even when she hears bangs outside etc, she runs to her bed and begins to shake.  It hurts me but also makes me so angry.  How could people make an animal feel like this?   Anyway, I know she is safe with me and I can see her making progress every day.  She stays out of her bed a little longer, or lets someone pet her that she hardly knows, or plays with her toys a bit more every day and it makes me beam like a proud mother haha.  She is getting there, slowly but surely.  I don't think she will ever be 'normal' but I know she is relaxing and enjoying life now and that's good enough for me!

Greyhounds are loving, lazy and loyal.   Blu is no different haha.  She makes me smile every day and I love her to bits.  I'd be lost without her now.
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  1. Blu looks so happy and she is so lucky that you adopted her! Such a good thing to do to take on a greyhound.

    As for the having things in her bed; Suzie does the same! She collects all of her toys and takes them to bed with her. She loves shoes too and takes them. I don't know if it's maybe her trying to emulate how it was when she was a baby with her brother and sister around her?

    x x x

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    1. I hope she is :) she deserves some happiness. Aww does she? Yeh thats actually a good idea, it could be! Plus Blu was kept in kennels with other dogs so shes never been the only dog untill she came to me.. xox

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  2. Its the worst thing when you see a dog shaking for apparently no reason. Although you know its obviously something to do with some fucker being evil to her in the past. Its amazing that you decided to get a rescue dog and now she has a great home you will see her become more and more confident over time :). xx

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    1. I know its horrible innit, its like you dont know what to do! I hope I will :) slowly but surely shes changing so I hope one day she'll be really confident xox

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  3. Blu is just gorgeous, I love when you post about her! I can't believe someone would do that to her, she's so beautiful and looks like such a gentle soul. I'm glad she's learning about how fun life can be, and I''m so glad she's got you now :) xx

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    1. Awh thanks Fiona! She is a gentle wee soul, how anyone could be bad to her, I'll never know. Me too <3 shes my wee best pal! xox

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  4. Blu is actually the cutest little thing! I'mm laughing so much at the stolen hair extensions though, Sam likes worn underwear out of people's washing baskets too!

    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams
    xxx

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    1. Thank you :D she is sooo cute though haha. Omg lol what a dog! xox

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  5. Aww she's gorgeous, what a sweetie! Bless her cottons when she shakes

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  6. I loved reading this post.
    I had no idea about what people did to greyhounds at the end of their career... Truly awful. Sounds like you're making great progress with Blu.
    I have a springer spaniel called Daisy and I could talk about her all day! Dogs truly are a man or woman's best friend! xx

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    1. Awh thank you hun, thats nice to hear. Yeh :( its disgusting isnt it? Bastards. Aww I love wee spaniels, theyre always so fun. 100% agree, they are the best friend anyone could want xox

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  7. OMG What a lovely post bought a tear to my eye reading it. Blu is so lucky to have you now and your so lucky to have her as well. So sad how people can be so evil to animals and dispose of them like they are rubbish makes me so angry :( Billie isn't a rescue cat but when I get a staffie he will definitely be from a shelter. xxxxx
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    1. Awww thanks Nuala! It makes me angry too :( I just don't understand how someone could do it. I hate that the rehoming centres are so full of staffs, you're going to make one the happiest wee dog ever when you get him! xox

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  8. What a cutie pie! It's wonderful that you rescued her. She is so lucky to have you :)

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