Scrubby is Staying

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Long story short: Scrubby’s owner died a little while ago and the people who inherited the old farmer’s land (and livestock) were going to shoot Scrubby for being “unmanageable”, Scrubby ran away and ended up in the hands of a family friend who was aware of our (well-earned) reputation as suckers for stray working dogs, so we took the old dog in with the plan of finding him a new home.

Well, the best laid schemes of mice and men and all that…

We were doing pretty well with not getting too attached until it became apparent that he had won the hearts of our two dogs (Sweet Dee and Maizie) and was fitting in perfectly with them.

Normally this isn’t the case, with other foster dogs we’ve had the group dynamic has been such that poor Dee gets left out (she’s the doggy equivalent of us: introverted, socially awkward and generally somewhat confused by her own species).  It’s actually really hard to watch Maizie and another dog having the time of their lives playing while Dee stands back looking like she wants to join in but doesn’t know how and barking as if to say: “I’m here too, you know.”

Scrubby has been the exception.  If he is playing with Maizie (for an eight year old dog he still has a lot of inner puppy) and Dee is standing at the sidelines barking, he will go over to her, lick her face and gently start play fighting with her too.   There is no way we could split these three up now…

So Scrubby is staying.  Three is the limit, though, that’s it for our dog collection!

Scrubby loves everyone!  Within five minutes of hanging out with our nephew they were best buds.

Scrubby loves everyone! Within five minutes of hanging out with our nephew they were best buds.