Was absolutely heart breaking and gut wrenching losing McBasil.
For a week, I just kept myself to myself, I was grieving so much and I was absolutely lost.
A part of me went with him I think.
And whilst we all know the score with our dogs, I was just not prepared to say goodbye to McBasil.
I was overwhelmed, by the amount of comments and messages etc received, each one was much appreciated and my partner Alistair has been a great support here at home.
With it been the first time ever in my life, that I have not had a Dog, conversation soon turned to that fact.
And it was agreed it, that we would welcome another Poodle into our lives.
Last week, I went down to Yorkshire to stay with my parents for a few days and to try and keep a long story short, Alistair would come and meet me on my return at Perth Railway Station on Sunday evening and there in the vehicle with him, was a 5month old brown Poodle!!
So now a new chapter begins!
Alistair thought brown was best, so I wouldn’t compare to McBasil, that it would do both the pup and myself good.
Well, this pup couldn’t be more different to McBasil if he tried.
We got him home and he was a complete bag of nerves, never been in the house, or on the lead. He was cowering at passing vehicles yesterday and about jumped out of his skin at the washing hung out on the line! So I really had my work cut out.
But so pleased to say, have seen some progress already.
It is of course bittersweet!
He can’t replace McBasil and the tears still come, but he is a new focus and needs lots of love and TLC.
And I need to now pick McBasils things up off from the room floors and make way for the pups, let him know, that it is now his home.
To do this, of course came a trip to the Pet Shop and this has helped the puppy come out of his shell already. He hasn’t stopped playing with his new Duck toy and went straight to his new dishes. (Though he wasn’t very impressed, when one of the Kittens went to his dishes this morning!)
And late last night, he showed some mischievous puppy in him and we had our first bonding moment.
We both need time to adjust, to build that trust in each other and form ‘that’ permanent bond.
To be totally honest, yesterday morning, I was just not sure, was I up to it even? But Alistair and a couple of close friends reassured me, told me to stick with it, that pup and I could do it.
And having now spent some time with this pup, I see and feel it is right. We were meant to meet and he was meant to be here. And am looking forward to the adventures which lay ahead, to travelling together and to getting out with the McNikon together and I am sure McBasil will be with us along the way.
So, everyone, let me now introduce you all to the new pup ….. ‘Barclay’
I reckon he will keep us on our toes, even though I don’t think it has fully sunk in yet lol Karen x