The dogs went crazy when she first arrived at the house, as they know her so well and she has such a soft spot for them both. On day two of her stay, she actually got them both swimming in the sea. What a moment in history for us all! Dexter looking relaxed and calm and Poppy skimming through the waters looking like a little otter. I posted a video on Facebook of Poppy swimming in the sea, but not so the Dexter video, as my over-the-top excitement at this historic moment would not do my street cred any good! So for my blog here, just a picture or two to capture the moment.
|Clare and Dexter in the beautiful sea!|
|Pericles when Hayley found him|
In the meantime, Hayley heard that the dog did indeed belong to a local family and it had simply got out of the garden. She took Pericles (as she had called him after the influential Greek Statesman of the Golden Age) to the owners and discovered that they had had his condition misdiagnosed by means of a photograph sent by email to a vet. So they had been treating him for something completely different! She explained everything to the family and handed over his medication and all the details they needed to continue to look after him. Whilst many people on social media claimed that she shouldn’t be sending the dog back to owners who they thought didn’t seem to care, Hayley felt strongly that they did care but that the cultural differences and to an extent lack of knowledge meant that they didn’t show their love in the way we would expect them to. For example, although they planned to put him back on a chain in the garden, they also fed him well and he had his own kennel to live in. Over time, with Hayley’s help and encouragement, the family have made changes to the way they look after him and now he’s not even being kept on a chain! I think this goes to show that in many cases, it is better to work with people, giving them guidance and support, rather than take other more drastic measures which may result in a less favourable outcome.
|Pericles back at home and on the road to recovery|
So, no more animal stories for now but feel sure there will be something else of interest happening over the forthcoming days, in time for my blog next week. In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy my time with Poppy and Dexter, getting them in the sea whenever I can, enjoying the local food and wine and trying not to think about the inevitable, the day I have to leave this wonderful place. Still, it’s a while away, and I’m going to enjoy every minute of it.