|Poppy after cat attack|
Poppy dog as a pup went to a loving home, but there was one problem, her new mum wanted a small lap dog, but her daughter bought her a fox terrier collie cross - a Follie. The Blue Cross have stated two of the most difficult dogs to re-home are fox terriers and collies, as they are working dogs and have boundless energy and can be hectic! That describes my girl!
Poppy's mum found her impossible to walk, and too hectic to let her have the run of the house, eventually she was tied up for 24/7 hours. The Lady loved her but Poppy was the first dog she ever owned and she had no idea how manage her. She tried her best and had the courage to find her a new home because she loved her. In November 2009 Poppy went to a new home but came bouncing back, because the new owner could not cope with a dog so full of energy. Poor Poppy bounced back two more times. It was after this I heard about her and thought,
Oh a collie - Oh Lassie!Oh sigh how wrong I was!
Poppy Dog arrived six years ago four days before Christmas. She was given the freedom of the house. She pelted round the downstairs and then for the first time in her life she encountered a cat, not just any cat but…
Tiddles an ex- feral feisty Queen who ruled the household with a firm paw.
Poppy had no idea about how to deal with cats, and was beaten up everyday. Tiddles and Poppy never bonded. Poor Pops lived with one enemy in the house, While in the streets she,encounters many more.
|Ollie cat lurks in the night for Poppy|
The worst cat Poppy has encountered was Harry a huge white tom. He lived on our way to the allotment, he would lurk unseen and jump out at Pops claws bared, hackles raised. He would walk crab like after us. Poppy would also walk side ways so she could see where Harry was and if he was in striking distance. She would try to slink past but he always saw her. Fortunately for Pops he moved away. However, there are black cats, black and white cats, ginger toms for her to encounter. All these cats treat her with disdain and greet her with howls and hisses.
|Time to get Poppy in trouble|
Tiddles' son Raymondo cat would streak out the door and jump up on the wall or table trying to avoid being chased by Poppy. I put a gate up stairs so Tiddles and Raymondo could come and go as they wanted but had a space which was a dog free zone. Raymondo would poke his head between the banisters and call from the upstairs, safe behind the gate. Poppy would immediately run upstairs and jump up clinging onto the banister rail, Raymondo always stood just out of her reach but near enough to hit her with his paws if he felt like it. He never used his claws on Poppy. This game would be repeated every evenings. They enjoyed being together and often would be sleeping nose to nose either side of the gate contented to be together. However, if Raymondo moved quickly down the stairs Poppy's sheep dog instinct would come out and she would chase him to herd him back into the house.
We no longer live with cats . Raymondo, who was the last of a family of five cats, died last August and Poppy dog is now No.1 in the household. There will be more cats in our house but for the moment Poppy is enjoying being pampered and not getting told off, by me, for being aggressive to the cats. Yes I do know that it was the cats that were aggressive to her but.....
Pops dog is very gentle and sweet and funny. She still loves to chase a cat, and I often get yanked up the road as she spies a cat, or she dives over a garden wall. to see if there is cat hiding over there. She dangles over the wall head down with her back legs on the other side of the wall as we haul her back by her lead. In this position she is very vulnerable to attack from a hidden cat’s sharp claws. Poppy has not yet learnt that cats should be approached with caution.
With gratitude for all the animals we have been privileged to have share our home
and for our No.1 Poppy the pampered dog
With Reiki blessings to you all