You can teach a middle aged dog new tricks.

The 6th July was Chewy’s six month gotcha day and we thought it would be great as he’s now been an inseparable part of our lives for  over half a year to mark it by looking back at just how far he’s come. Since he became part of our family, its hard to recognise the scared painfully thin dog that snuggled up on Cat’s feet in the car on the way back from Stoke. Back then he was nervous, skinny and not really sure how to dog having spent the first six years of his life shut in a shed. He’s also asked us to change the title of this blog post to “middle aged dog” as in ‘hooman’ years he’s almost the same age as Mark – 47 – in a couple of weeks.

We’re so grateful to our friends at CAESSR who sorted out Chewy’s health problems as without them he would never have made it this far and found us.

Since then he has embarked on whole new world of new adventures, situations and opportunities for mischief. With a bit of love, patience and help from his furry little sister, Chewy has learnt so much and we want to share this with you over the next week or so. 

Some of the topics will be more serious than others – including the most common questions we get asked about rescuing a dog. We hope to show that if you’re thinking about adopting a furry friend that they are in fact less work than a puppy – even those with more complex needs or backgrounds like  Chewy. We’ll be talking about the following :

  • House training (the number 1 or should that be number 2 question!)
  • Swimming
  • Baths 
  • Recall
  • Lead walking
  • In the car
  • Chewing
  • Separation anxiety
  • Wide open spaces
  • Getting lost

If there’s anything there you’d like to ask us about please get in touch using the comments below or email. Two things we can’t help you with are keeping your pups *off* your furniture. Or your bed. We’ll never claim to be doggo experts – everyone and every pup is different – but what we can do is share our experiences with you.

We’re super excited about telling Chewy (and Willow’s) story over the coming days. In such weird and horrible times they’ve brought us so much joy and we hope they do you too.

27th August, Mark, Cat, Chewy and Willow.

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