Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Winifred Week One

Winnie watching Albert carefully from his hiding place 
Winnie doesn't give a stuff.
She has come to a new home, with a new pack, new owners, new routine and more greenery than you could shake a stick at, and she has settled down remarkably well.
Like I said, she doesn't give a flying stuff
She is a remarkably chilled out character.
She has met local dogs at the field gate, who have bayed right into her face, and apart from an expressionism of mild surprise, she has done nothing at all.  She has been " faced off" by the sheep who are well used to frightening the other dogs into running for the hills, and has flexed nothing more than a Roger Moore eyebrow and  when she has been asked to venture out in the old Berlingo , she has sat on the back seat with George with all of the gravity of Maggie Smith's Dowager from Downton Abbey.
The other dogs have accepted this strange character much easier than I expected, and despite her bulk, even Albert has coped with her great big fat face baring down on him for a thoughtful sniff several times a day. Like William's obsession with Mary, Winnie has a fascination for the wide eyed cat.
She is also housetrained, affectionate and is fit as a flea despite her size

It's not all been plain sailing though.
 Winnie is quite an active dog who seems always on the go. She doesn't sleep much during the day an odd trait which is rare for bulldogs, who by nature tend to be somewhat lazy characters, and she is a terrible follower.....being my " shadow" since she arrived.
This , I know will settle down given some time.
She is also not that good on the lead, having a tendency to weave when out with the others, but it's early days........and bulldogs are wonderfully bright dogs that learn very fast indeed.

It's a case of
So far
So good




64 comments:

  1. I am so glad to hear that she seems to have settled down well. And am prepared to bet that she is now in her forever home.
    Albert if much more tolerant than my black cats who would slug any dog which dared to sniff at them - and then scuttle away and ensconce themselves in the wardrobe.

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    1. I have been watching him today
      He actively seeks her out and tempts her to chase him

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  2. Love the pic. Her butt is SO cute. I must admit I have a thing for cute doggie butts since that's the part I see most when we walk.

    Of course the front end is adorable too. Give her a big "num-num" from me would ya, John?

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  3. I need to see her , she is gorgeous ! I have got a load of bread for the chickens and I need some eggs so if you pass please knock . If not i will come down to
    B y Llan when I get chance

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    1. Well you did meet her later today didn't you?
      Do you still think she's lovely?

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  4. Thank you for cropping the photo just above the bum hole.

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    1. I am sensitive like that

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  5. Thank you indeed. More than I bother to do!

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  6. Do you know Winnie's history? What sort of background has she come from? It would be interesting to know. I am nosey like that!

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    1. Her original owner was also Constance's
      She has had 2 litters of puppies

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    2. Very kind of you to rehome her John. Maybe she will fill the hole in your heart that Constance left. x

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  7. you're doing a good thing and she knows she's in a good home so she's relaxed... lovely stuff x

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    1. I think shed be relaxed in a brothel

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  8. winnie has finally found her true home!

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  9. Has she found the settee yet? It must be your relaxed household that makes your pack so settled.

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    1. Ali I have. Been firm and have said no to her when te sofa has been approached
      The cat and other dogs are allowed but old hefty pants... It's a no no

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    2. "old hefty pants" hee hee Very suitable description, and said with love, no doubt :)

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  10. Roobarb is 12.5 years old and still has no "lane discipline" :-D
    How lovely to hear that this sweet dog has settled in so well.

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    1. I am quite strict with her kath.... Bulldogs take a mile when offered an inch

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  11. I don't think it's where she is but who she is with and and why she is there.....she knows she is loved and will be cared for.

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  12. More good than bad it seems....

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  13. Sounds like she's acclimating quite well and is making herself a home :)

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  14. Good to hear.

    I introduced the whoa-man to Winnie and she said you should send her here. I explained your earlier advertisement/request and she let out a heavy sigh. A bully will be our next. But for now, Higgins will have none of it. He's the King of the Meadow.

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    1. King of the endow...I like that phrase

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  15. I'm stuck with an image of Winnie's face morphing between Roger Moore and Maggie Smith! I'm so glad all is working out.

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  16. Hurrah for Winnie!

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  17. Thank goodness. Having a new boy who didn't assimilate would be a right pain!

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  18. Sounds promising for a happy home Winnie !

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  19. Will she make your sidebar someday?

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  20. Winnie seems fine but I could use a new chair. I love the one in the pic. Looks comfy and the right height for my short stature. How much?

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    1. It smells of Scottie Donna...as its George's arm chair!

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  21. That's what I call a "bombproof" dog. They make you forget that some dogs are set off by the odd noise or movement. Sounds like the perfect fit for your zoo.

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  22. This charmer must know instinctively that she is on probation.

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  23. Am I alone in thinking that bulldogs are usually ugly? But Winnie is really cute, and sweet looking!! Luv her!

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    1. Caz...they have mouths like gin traps and little piggy eyes...
      How lovely is that?

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  24. I am so glad she is settling in and the others are not too upset by it.

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  25. As a family we only ever had one dog, though went through any number of cats. No idea what breed it was - a 'standard' brown one. It was left to me to do the walkies, which I liked. (Well, most of the time). Our dog would always get uniquely terrified at the (rare) sight of a bulldog - her hair on top would stand up, tail go between legs, wanting to hide behind me. I think she may not have identified the curious-looking beast as another brand of dog. It sounds as though other dogs on seeing your own beautiful Winnie might have similar misgivings.

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    1. Ray
      Bulldogs look fierce
      They also have an uncanny ability to stare you and other dogs RIGHT IN THE EYE

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    2. Dogs, much more than cats, tend to give one the feeling that there's a lot more going on in their brains than they are able to express. I sometimes think a dog is saying "Just look at me, trapped in this ridiculous body!"
      If one like your Winnie kept staring at me I think it would be rather unnerving, but on the other hand it should make one even more responsive to its needs and moods.

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  26. aww she's right at home with you all x

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  27. I'm glad it is going so well! It could have been so much the other way. :D

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  28. My Dr. Watson is like that. He is just the sweetest dog ever and gets along with everyone. Nothing fazes him. Even now in his deafness and dementia he is still the perfect gud dug
    So glad all is working out so far.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Some dogs just don't snap
      Mind you, when you are as big and as powerful as Winnie
      You don't need to be aggressive

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  29. Look at all her muscles! Weeee! I'm so glad she's fitting in and enjoying life with you and the gang!

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  30. Aww, looking forward to more Winnie pictures and stories! Happy for you all :)

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  31. She knows that she is in her forever home.

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  32. Glad they have been willing to accept her. I see more stories about "your shadow" coming. haaha

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    1. I will bore you all rigid with them x

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  33. She sounds like a real character. Wish I could be as adaptable as Winnie!

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    1. A chilled out personality allows for adaptation me thinks

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  34. I once knew an athletic bulldog. Belonged to my late Dutch friend. Actually, not so much a bulldog as a four legged bulldozer. They had to install child gates as she discovered how to open doors, and her favourite indoor game was hurtling into the lounge and belly flopping onto the sofa. Or whoever was sitting on it.

    They used to take her for walks by bicycle to try and tire her out, and one time I visited and witnessed her run headlong into a snowman. Fortunately the children who built it found it amusing and just started again.

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    1. Winnie acts like the bulldozer you describe
      She has 27 kilos of weight behind her too

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  35. She sounds absolutely perfect in every way. :)

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  36. Some dogs never take to a lead. My boys are followers. I don't mind. They keep me company. Right now they are on the floor in front of my chair, sort of sleeping. When I get up, I know they will jump up immediately.

    Love,
    Janie

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  37. Yes, she's adorable. But look at that face of George... Isn't that the sweetest teddybear face ever?
    x
    Els

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  38. Winnie is wonderful. So is William. And Albert the cat. Glad that they're yours not mine. I love hearing about their antics chez vous but I'm not an animal keeper. Except cats for a while. I admire those who are though. Like you. I have a strange feeling that animals are in charge and we're their chosen companions in the universe. A bit Sci-Fi but that's how I roll.

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  39. She looks lovely. Her personality reminds me of a Bull Terrier some friends had for many years. Like Winnie, Lydia did not need to be aggressive with other dogs - they just had a look at her and respected her.

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  40. I agree. Glad to hear sh is working out so well with you all.
    Have a good Thursday, John. ♥

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  41. Nice to hear she is settling down nicely John. Not surprising given you, and that wonderful place you have for animals.

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  42. I love that we get to know the personalities of all your animals. She sounds lovely xxxx

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  43. I just fallen in love with Winifred. Sigh.

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