New girl on the block

NZ Lifestyle Block - - From The Editor - Www.nzlifestyle­block.co.nz www.face­book.com/ lifestyle­block www.mags4gifts.co.nz/nzlifestyle-block BY NADENE HALL

She has big brown eyes, a gen­tle look on her face, as if she’s ask­ing for love. The sun flar­ing onto the cam­era lens makes it look like rays of light from heaven are en­velop­ing her. It was al­most im­pos­si­ble to re­sist the sweet­ness of the scene.

So I didn’t, and there is another lit­tle dog soul run­ning around with Evie and me.

She’s come from a work­ing farm where there wasn’t time to give her the one-on-one at­ten­tion she needed to be a top work­ing dog like her par­ents. Her out­look was bleak.

But there was one last chance. Re­tired Work­ing Dog Adop­tion NZ (www.face­book. com/re­tired.work­ing­dogs) is run with love and en­thu­si­asm by Wairarapa vet nurse Natalie Smith and it’s work­ing a treat. Peo­ple put up pic­tures of farm dogs that need a home, mostly over seven years of age and get­ting too slow to run af­ter huge mobs of cows or sheep, but with plenty of life left in them. Most farm­ers want to give their best mates the chance of a quiet re­tire­ment, hope­fully on a block where these dogs can still help out, but also en­joy life as a pet. Then there are younger dogs that haven’t worked out, like the 2-year-old who has joined us.

I told my­self I wouldn’t get another dog un­til Evie was older. But de­spite two long runs and plenty of play time ev­ery day, she still has spare energy, throw­ing her toys in the air so she can chase them and fall­ing over her long legs with ex­cite­ment when she sees another dog. Her best cat friend is happy to be silly with her for about 30 sec­onds, but in­vari­ably Holly ends up with slob­ber all over her per­fectly-groomed coat and stalks off, look­ing down her nose in dis­dain at the dis­gust­ing-ness of dog play.

Our new girl trav­elled 520-odd kilo­me­tres to get here, and we’re all in love.

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