New girl on the block
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.