Saturday, April 16, 2011

Meet Our New Pooch ... Gizmo

Just two weeks since our little yorkie Basil died, and we got a call from Marion, the manager of a local dog refuge ('Action del Sol') to tell us that a rather special pooch had just been brought in the previous day, and would we like to take first look at him ?

Of course we said yes immediately, jumped in the car and drove round there. As soon as we saw him we could see why Marion thought he was special. What a beautiful dog ! white with lovely brown floppy Spaniel ears, but long, strong legs like a poodle and big paws like a mini sheep-dog. You could just see him on the front of a bag of dog food, or in a commercial - like the 'Dulux' dog :-)

One thing worried us though - he seemed very shy, timid, and rather traumatised. Not surprising really having been abandoned, picked up by the police off the mean streets of Granadilla de Abona, chucked in the cop wagon and delivered to his cage at the refuge. No-one knew his history, but he seemed to be physically in good shape, and about one year old.

Anyway he was due to have the 'snip' the next morning, and we agreed to come back in the afternoon and take him home with us and look after him for a few days to see how he took to us, and us to him.

As soon as we got him back to Casa la Ola, he looked like he'd found his new home. Within an hour he was like a different dog and his true personality shone through the shyness. So affectionate with us, loves to play, and full of inquisitive energy. Very strong and athletic, and so intelligent - he was accepting commands straight away. How on earth anyone could have abonded this dog is a total mystery ! but he had no micro chip, so he was indeed homeless ...

Not for long though ! He was only in the refuge for two days, and within minutes of him arriving at our place he was definitely part of the family :-)

From the first pic of Gizmo, you might think he's terrier size, but as you can see from the pic of the two of us below, he's actually quite a bit bigger - more of a spaniel / collie / medium-sized dog ...

We love him to bits already. He's constantly making us grin and we're looking forward to many, many years of adventures together :-)

1 comment:

annemie said...

Hi Richard and Nikki. So sorry to hear about Basil, he was a lovely dog! Nice to see your blog going again. Hope you're both well!