Lady, You’re Our Mum!

If you’ve been popping by lately, you’ll already know we’re fostering two Border Collie x Kelpie pups…Zac and Rosie. We’re planning to keep Zac and hoping a friend will adopt Rosie. These two pups love each other so much. Just look at the bite marks in each others’ ears! I’m amazed they haven’t been pierced!

Lady kids coffee

Most of you will already know Lady, our 5 year old Border Collie x Cavalier. AND, that we lost our beloved Border Collie, Bilbo a few months ago. We’d had Bilbo since a pup, and going through so much as a family with him, we’re still grieving. He was definitely one of us.

Newton Family & bilbo

A family photo with Bilbo as a pup Mother’s Day, 2007.

Grief affects people differently. Some people lose a pet, and never get another one. Meanwhile, others rush out and seemingly replace that pet straight away without so much as a grieving period. We have been trying to become a one dog family, but it hasn’t been working. It soon became clear that it was just a matter of time, before we adopted another pup. So, when my friend who does dog fostering heard that some border collie x kelpie pups needed a foster family, we jumped onboard. It was a good way for us to get to know our next dog before we committed.

Now that I’m a foster mum, I was kind of hoping that Lady might feel the same way. That she would adopt these pups as her own. After all, we love a series of books called Unlikely Loves, and have read stories of all sorts of random animals becoming friends, family, saving a life. However, the books never mentioned the flip side of the coin…rejection.

I don’t know whether the pups saw Lady as a surrogate Mum or a recalcitrant black sheep, which they couldn’t round up. Either way, she didn’t appreciate their attention and has been growling whenever they’re approached. I think this is dog lingo for: “Get lost! I am NOT your Mum!”

Indeed, after three days of growling, I was starting to think Lady was one of those cranky old ladies you run into on the train when your kid’s are having a bad day. I’m sure you’ve run into these types yourself. They glare right through you with their hoity-toity glares, and you don’t even need to hear the words: “Bad Mum”. You been told. Thank goodness, they don’t have magical powers, because otherwise these stares alone would burn you to ash…Zap!

To be fair to Lady, she never asked to have puppies. Perhaps, she thought she’d had all of that fixed, and never wanted pups. Moreover, with Bilbo gone, perhaps she hasn’t been lonely. Indeed, it could well be that she’s been basking in world domination.

Well, that was until a pup grabbed hold of her tail.

Two pups moved into her bed.

Two pups sat on laps.

Clearly, Lady’s empire has crumbled. Her tiara’s dangling round her paws, usurped by their Royal Highnesses.

I guess when you reach rock bottom, the only way is up. Or, making friends with the enemy and letting them sleep with you in your bed.

Lady & pups sleeping

Lady and the pups…a beginning. 

So, things are looking up. It took a few weeks for Bilbo and Lady to accept each other, so I expect relations will all come good in time.

Have you ever introduced a pup to your older dog? How did it go? I’d love to hear from you!

xx Rowena

PS After the first night of howling and broken sleep, the pups are sleeping through the night. Just a brief cry when I close the laundry door. Just call me the “Puppy Whisperer”.

9 thoughts on “Lady, You’re Our Mum!

  1. pensitivity101

    Bless, lovely doggie family photo. I lasted just 6 days after losing Barney, couldn’t bear going home to a dogless house. Maggie is twelve and a half, and we have said that when she is no longer with us, we will visit my brother in NZ before getting another. That shouldn’t be for a few years yet though.

  2. Rowena Post author

    WE had the same experience when we lost our first dog as a married couple. Despite having a toddler and a crawling baby, I couldn’t stand not hearing the clatter of claws around the house.
    WE are lucky that we have plenty of friends who’ve house minded when we’ve gone away and taken care of the dogs. It’s also been a great opportunity for these young people to get a break from home and spread their wings.
    xx Rowena

  3. Rowena Post author

    Lady doesn’t seem to be teaching them anything much at all except how to lie around doing nothing and being anti-social. MOreover, while Bilbo’s size camouflaged her weight gain, the pups which are underweight, are emphasizing it even more so than when she was on her own. The pups are very lean and lithe, more like a cat than a dog. We’ve started giving them more food and today their little tums are poking out and they’re just starting to feel a bit that bit heavier.
    Hope you’re having a great day!
    xx Ro

  4. Rowena Post author

    I’m hoping she’ll come to the party. We’ve at least got the bedtime routine sorted now and they follow her out to the kennels. It’s great they also have her to be there with them, even if she is still “adjusting”.
    xx Rowena

  5. New Journey

    Oh I would take Rosie in a heart beat….but not going to happen. I think you should keep them both….Lady will come around….I am sure the pups understand her lingo just fine…love the picture of them all in her bed…xxkat

  6. Chronicles of Theo

    This is so cute and actually so true, you can’t go no further than rock bottom but up. Your dogs are adorable 💕
    We had a collie cross and got a staffy as a pup, our collie Misty took Lucky our staff on as her own! They’ve not unfortunately both passed but it was the sweetest relationship 💕

  7. Rowena Post author

    Theo, thank you for your beautiful comment. It really touched me. Unfortunately, a number of comments ended up in storage and I didn’t realize they were there. So, my profuse apologies.
    Best wishes,

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