Sunday, 18 March 2018
We had a fabbie day at Crufts, with Ziggy taking it all in his stride. He was keen to meet and greet from the moment we arrived:
We met beautiful Tia, a very special LRSE&C girl:
I think Ziggy spent most of his day wagging:
A couple of group shots:
Ziggy did me proud and met lots of lovely people so hopefully will help to raise awareness and funds!
Yesterday we had errands to run with Grandma so Sofy and Ziggy came too and to celebrate the weekend, Ziggy de-stuffed yet another teddy bear.
Today we woke up to snow. Wrapped up warm in his fleece, Ziggy did lots of boinging in the snow:
Sofy came out to play too but was more interested in any snacks that were available:
Next week Ziggy is off to see the dermatology specialist as we aren't seeing any improvement in his skin or itchyness so we will see what is next for the Baldy One.
Sunday, 4 March 2018
This week we finally had proper snow and it turns out, Ziggy loves the snow!
Sofy was worried that she might look more grey with the snow:
During the evenings, Ziggy kept on wanting to go outside and check the snow:
When the next day brought more snow, Sofy and Ziggy became quite bouncy and played for a while:
The snow has gone now and life is back to normal but it was fun while it lasted!
Sunday, 25 February 2018
It's only been 6 months since Ziggy arrived but in some ways it seems like much longer. It might be because in many ways he is so similar to Wiggle in the way he behaves and how he has bonded with me. Sometimes he will do something and it's just like seeing Wiggle and considering how special he was, I feel very lucky to have had Ziggy come into my life.
And Ziggy seems pretty happy with things too, like coming out to lunch with family yesterday and being a Very Good Boy. Just like Wiggle, Ziggy is well behaved wherever he goes and he especially enjoyed all the attention he got.
After our food had been eaten and we all sat chatting, Ziggy had a quick nap:
Once we were back at Grandma's house, Ziggy was overjoyed to receive the fabbie Care Bear that Grandma had got for him in the charity shop:
Ziggy slept in this morning after all the excitement of yesterday but by lunchtime he was happy to get wrapped up warm for a walk across the fields:
Despite the sunshine, it was bitterly cold:
While I enjoyed the view, Ziggy enjoyed the smells:
Sunday, 18 February 2018
Ziggy loves his toys. Ziggy loves to shred his toys. Ziggy's love of shredding toys is getting expensive so my mum, or Grandma as Ziggy prefers, got him a cute little Piggy from the charity shop.
Ziggy loved Piggy from the beginning:
Ziggy was very gentle with Piggy:
Ziggy took Piggy with him to bed:
Ziggy uses Piggy as a pillow to rest his head on:
And when Sofy took Piggy outside and left him there, Ziggy went and rescued him:
To make sure he is safe for chewing, Piggy has undergone minor surgery to remove his eyes and Ziggy has chewed one of his trotters and pulled out some stuffing. Apparently Piggy was a little chunky.
Sunday, 4 February 2018
We are very excited that on Gun Dog Day, Sunday 11th March, Ziggy will be following in Wiggle's footsteps and representing LRSE&C at Crufts!
Once again, the Kennel Club Charitable Trust have invited LRSE&C to attend and represent Labrador Rescue at the world famous dog show at the NEC in Birmingham. It's a great day to be able to promote the rescue and chat to people who may not realise that Britain's favourite breed also needs the support of a rescue.
There will be other LRSE&C Labbies there and it will be a good day for Ziggy to experience something completely different and just like Wiggle, I'm sure he will take it all in his stride!
Sunday, 28 January 2018
To try and get Ziggy's skin problems under control we have had to go through a process of trying different things and ruling out allergens whether environmental or due to food.
So, much to Ziggy's dismay and sadness, he is now on a restrictive veterinary prescription diet and nothing else:
Over the past week and a bit he has been swapping over from his previous kibble to the prescription diet. He eats it because he is true to his Labrador breeding. But it does look boring!
He is happy as ever though and was especially excited to try out his new sweater that his grandma knitted for him:
Sunday, 21 January 2018
I thought I would go back to the beginning with Ziggy. He arrived here in the summer, back in August as his owners were unable to take care for him and his medical needs and he had lost a lot of fur due to allergies.
Ziggy was very sore and itchy and desperately needed to see a vet. Labrador Rescue South East & Central had been contacted and asked to take Ziggy and after he had been assessed the charity kindly agreed to take him on and provide financial support for his medical care.
When I was asked to foster "another Wiggle" I couldn't say no so Ziggy arrived with us and I was shocked to see how bad he was.
Poor Ziggy was worse than Wiggle had been and his skin was so sore and itchy but he was a happy boy and just wanted to be loved.
As soon as we could, he saw the vet and it's been a slow process due to the severity of his skin problems but he's now a lot less itchy and a lot happier!
Ziggy has been having Cytopoint injections each month as well as steroids and Malaseb baths. He has been seeing our vet regularly and is always excited to go there.
He's a very laid back dog and loves to shred tennis balls, just like Wiggle did.
Ziggy is enjoying new adventures, like going to the pub:
He really is a sweet boy and demands little. He would love to have some new fur grow, but that might never happen, we shall have to wait and see.
Sunday, 14 January 2018
It's fair to say that Ziggy is completely at home here now. After having very little in his life he now has a routine, lots of love, walks, proper care and me and Sofy.
Ziggy likes his home comforts, especially if it means he can have a lie-in:
He is having his Malaseb baths every 3 or 4 days and despite the woeful look, he does enjoy his bath and gets in by himself when I ask him:
He likes being rubbed down with warm towels before getting into Wiggle's drying coat:
Ziggy takes to new things well and is enjoying coming out with me, especially when it includes stopping for coffee:
And after coffee, a quick paddle in the river:
On lead though as it was a bit cold to go too deep!
And after a busy weekend, what better than to practise his relaxation positioning?