Friday, July 6, 2012

Deccy's First Gotcha Day!

This was taken at Monmore Green Retired Greyhound Trust before we ever met Deccy. In fact it was this picture that made us go and see him! Well who could resist?! We didn't know until later that he was Flynn's Great-Nephew. We decided it was fate that we should have him!

We met him on a Sunday and agreed to have him on a weeks trial starting on the Wednesday. On the Friday I discovered a small lump on his tummy that I thought should be checked out, so took him back to the rescue kennels. They wanted their vet to check him so I arranged to meet them at the track on Monday. Over the weekend, a few people expressed concern that it might be the beginning of something serious or cost a lot of money long term. We couldn't possibly be that attached to him yet, so maybe he should go back and we should look for another dog? It was then that we knew he was ours. It is testament to what a lovely affectionate dog he is, that less than a week in and we wouldn't have given him up for the world! The lump turned out to be an umbilical hernia, which is very common, and was rectified by a small operation organised by Monmore Greyhound Trust. 

Taken Sunday 3rd July 2011 at our very first meeting. Not that he seemed that impressed with us!

Dec with Dom - the first Greyhound friend he made after kennels.

On his first holiday in Northumberland. He was singularly unimpressed with the beach. (Beryl would think he is such a wuss!)

His first Christmas. 

Come February, love was in the air!.......

Deccy and Beryl on their first date on St. Patrick's Day

His 5th birthday in May was celebrated in his own inimitable style!

We've had our ups and downs, but  he's come a long way in a year. Of course there is still the somewhat sticky issue of KC. For those of you who don't know, Deccy came to us having passed his "cat test" in kennels. We can only assume that he was very soundly asleep or drugged when they let a cat anywhere near him! 

In reality, I don't think this will ever happen, but he is a lot less reactive than he once was.....

Some of you will remember this "unfortunate little incident" ahem....

A very happy Gotcha Day to our boy Dec! A few days in and we couldn't bear the thought of not keeping you. 1 year on and life without you is unimaginable. We love you very much mate!