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It's Decision Time.
Last weekend, I posted up pics of our five month old GR boy playing with the seven month old Gordon Setter boy we were very interested in adding to our family. We let the breeder know that we wanted this beautiful boy & she was happy to keep him over the Christmas period or us. However, yesterday we heard from her, saying that she has someone really keen to take the brother & sister together, & he has a ten acre Lifestyle Block in the country, so heaps of room for the two of them to run crazily about in safety, as Gordons love to do. She said she had already promised the boy to us, & would stand by that, but would let us know.
We talked about it at length last night, & as disappointed as we will both be not to add this beautiful boy to our family, we feel it would be wonderful for him to have all that space to run about in with his sister. We can only offer him a quarter acre back garden. We told the breeder that we would think about it over the weekend, & then let her know, & she was happy with that. The interested family have had Irish Setters in the past, so are familiar with Setters, which we are not.
So today I have been looking at some Rescue places & have found a beautiful boy who is a Flat-coated Retriever x Golden Retriever. He is between 18-24 months old & the shelter people caring for him, say that he has a wonderful, very loving & playful temperament & is great with other animals. He does need training, but they say he is a very smart boy & will pick things up quickly. One lady's description of him was that "he does not have a mean bone in his body". They say he is stunning to look at. He very sadly has spent nine months in the Pound in a small concrete cell, as the Rescue shelter did not have room to take in any more dogs, & no-one to foster him in their own home. The lady in charge of the Pound thought he was such a lovely dog, that she would not allow him to be euthanised, & at last two weeks ago, the Rescue Shelter was able to take him, so he is now safe.
My DH says he does not like black dogs, so I may have to work on him a bit, but I think this boy is lovely & after all that time in a small cell in the Pound, is well deserving of a loving home. So I am hoping I can persuade my DH to visit with him on Monday ( Christmas Eve). It would be a win-win situation ...the Gordon Setter would go to a place where he had total freedom & space & remain with his sister .....this beautiful boy would get to be part of a family who loved him .....& perhaps best of all, another poor dog with an uncertain future will take his place in the Rescue shelter, which is run totally on public donations & the goodwill of companies such as Royal Canin, who just last week sent a surprise gift of a truckload of their dog kibble. Below is the photo the shelter took of this boy last week.