Sunday, 14 June 2015

Not what we planned

We all have times in our lives that didn't turn out as planned and I think we've just had ours. I guess this last 12-15 months should just be written off as a period we never want to repeat! 

However we must look on the bright side and of course we must also consider ourselves very lucky too. I'll start with the good, then the bad and end on a positive note.

 A beautiful and unusual cloud formation over Torbay recently, taken at sunset


The dog we have had to surrender. We are so sad to say that Rufus has been returned to the rescue centre due to some serious behavioural problems. We feel like we have lost a pet and are emotionally exhausted by this whole episode. This is the reason I have not been able to get time to post or blog at all. 
Poor Rufus is not quite right, he attacked a few dogs and in his last attack bit the owner of the dog he was attacking. It was a dreadful experience. I was emotional, tearful and shaking for the rest of the day. The poor man was bleeding badly, but at least his dog did not get seriously injured.

Taking on a rescue dog is always a bit of an unknown, but we have had three wonderful dogs in the past. They all needed some sorting out but nothing like Rufus. You just could not believe that such a cute little Springer could attack the way he did.

The cats on the other hand, are extremely happy!


 Now for the positive things. Our kitchen has been tiled


You may remember our dining room photo from a previous post


Here it is with a new window and the plaster drying out


In the end after stripping all the wallpaper off, we had all the walls re-plastered as they were in a bad way. A much bigger job than we had anticipated and a much bigger bill...however it looks great and will be easy to maintain.

We also discovered this floor underneath the old carpets...not bad, and we are sure it'll look lovely when cleaned and polished

However some areas have been hacked at, but rugs will cover that up quite easily

So there you have it!

Tiling, plastering, flooring, happy cats, poor dog, poor man with bitten hand and a physically and emotionally exhausted SeagullSuzie and husband.

I'm going to take a short break from blogging, but will check up on your posts regularly.

Until next time, happy blogging and wishing you all a happy few weeks ahead in the beautiful month of June.
SeagullSuzie

26 comments:

  1. Oh dear, I am so sorry to hear that, especially as it is probably VERY bad news for Rufus, as they can hardly offer him out again can they, knowing what they know now. You had no option though, and a horrid experience for you.

    If it's any consolation, it could have been worse. A good friend of mine who has rescue Greyhounds (who are such wonderful dogs) took one on who had come down from a rescue centre in Scotland. He seemed to settle in well, but then she came back one day to find he had attacked and killed (you don't want to know how, it doesn't make nice reading) one of her other greyhounds and seriously attacked a 2nd. She said the place was like an abertoir.

    Work on the house is coming along nicely though, and how nice to discover that parquet flooring. ((HUGS)) to you anyway.

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    1. Many thanks, he went into their kennels and is getting a health check, blood tests and will see the trainer for an assessment. You are right, it could have been much worse. I felt terrible for that poor man and his dog. House is coming on well, at last, I spent last night pulling up the carpet underlay staples!

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about Rufus, for all involved, including Rufus. Whatever happened to him before he came to you must have been awful. He obviously needs specialist care to help him to recover and that is not something that needs a specialist. The good though, your kitchen!!! I love those tiles!! The long shape of them and the colour and I most certainly have sink envy!!! It is gorgeous isn't it! The new window in your dining room makes such a big difference doesn't it, so much light pouring in. You must be delighted!!! I hope that over the summer you can enjoy some relaxed and happy times and start a new happy refreshed life in your lovely new home when all of the work is done! It will be worth it!!!! Lovely to hear from you! xx

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    1. Hi Amy, thank you for you kind comments. Hubby picked out the tiles, he wanted something that reflected the blue sky and sea and the sink is gorgeous, I loved it when I saw it in Howdens. I've never had a white sink and I think it really brightens up the kitchen, it wasn't too expensive either.
      We have put our name down for a beach hut at Broadsands, but there is a waiting list-something to look forward to we thought.

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  3. So sorry Suzie - sorry that sounds like the start of a song, but it must have been awful when Rufus bit the man. Love your pretty tiles, and you are making good progress with the house which are all positives. Take time for yourself and enjoy some relaxation, and then return refreshed♡

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    1. Thank you Rosemary, the dog was just the last straw for us. You get so excited at the thought, make all the preparations, get emotionally involved, and then it all goes wrong. I felt terrible for the man and he was so nice to me considering he was the one bitten with blood dripping off his hand. We shall relax now and re-charge our batteries.

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  4. Sorry to hear about Rufus. Look forward to seeing you after your break
    Julie xxxx

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    1. Thank you Julie, I'm busy watching herring gull chicks on next doors roof, they are very cute.

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  5. Oh dear Suzie, I feel so sad about how things have unfolded with Rufus and I can well imagine your heartbreak at what most be a sad & difficult time. I can also understand how this is doubly distressing as you have had to return him to the centre even though I am sure he was otherwise a beautiful & lovely companion to have around, albeit for far too short a time in the end. Lets just hope that for his sake he can receive the professional training which he most obviously requires.

    On a much, much brighter note it is good to see progress continuing apace on your home down there in sunny Devon, and having had a whole house re-plastered I can imagine your satisfaction that this is now complete (I hate all the dust & even the smell which is associated with plastering). The kitchen looks champion as well :-)

    Enjoy your well deserved blogging rest :-)

    Kindest regards & best wishes to all :-)

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    1. Thank you David, the rescue centre are very good and specialise in Springers so I know they will do the right thing for Rufus. He was such a cute little chap.
      I think we had the plastering done at the right time of year as we were able to open all the windows and doors to allow it to dry out...but what a mess! Now we can get on with looking for flooring for the rest of the house and finding a paint colour we like.

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  6. So sad to read about Rufus but he would have been a constant worry had he stayed with you. Sometimes there is no other choice. I hope the start of summer will see things turn around for you both. Have a good break x

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    1. Many thanks, you are right that he would just have been another stress for us instead of a joy to own. His problems were way too much for us to deal with and he was dangerous around other dogs, but a terrible decision for us to have to make.

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  7. So sorry that things did not turn out with Rufus. So sad for you and also him, when I was a child we had a cocker spaniel who suddenly turned aggressive and it was quite frightening. Your kitchen tiles are lovely and you were lucky finding that floor. I hope you will have time to relax , hopefully life will start treating you both more kindly. You have had such a stressful time. Thinking of you. Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, we love animals and being a pet owner is very rewarding for us, so giving him up was heartbreaking, but the right decision for the safety of us, our cats and others.
      We will relax and enjoy the summer, at the moment the herring gulls have chicks and as I work I can here their calls to mum and dad. I'm slowly doing work on the garden too so all positive things to enjoy.

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  8. I too once had a rescue dog with a vicious habit and had to return him back to whence he came, they were not best pleased but other than keeping him muzzled there was little I could do. It was and is very unfortunate.
    Enjoy the summer it looks like we are going to have a good one this year :)

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    1. Thank you Mel, we're having great weather here in Devon and it really feels like summer has arrived.

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  9. You did the right thing giving Rufus back. I'm so sorry you had that awful experience and can understand how shaken you must have been by it. Don't let it put you off- our first dog had serious problems and ended up going back to the breeders who absolutely refused to admit there was any problem in his breeding and blamed us instead, which was pretty awful and infuriating, especially as we were both experienced dog owners. But as you know, Teddy and Poppy are the best and sweetest of dogs and we have never had any problems with either of them. I'm sure the right dog will find you. x

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    1. Many thanks CT. Our other rescue dogs were wonderful, so we are not put off but just feeling a little wary of taking another in right now, it could have been much worse (although biting a stranger and his dog is bad enough) he could have attacked our cats and would have killed them, he was ferocious in his rage although it only lasted for a few seconds.
      I'm sure the right dog will come along again and we look forward to it.

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  10. So sorry to hear that things did not work out with Rufus - but, without doubt, you had no choice but to return him. It must have been the most horrific and distressing experience when he attacked the other dog and owner - you must have been totally stressed out.

    On a more positive note the house renovations are coming on beautifully - I love the blue of the tiles in the kitchen and good to see you are getting the dining room straight. The cloud formation in the first photo is just amazing :)

    Enjoy your break from blogging - and I look forward to your return. Will miss my sights of the sea.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments. We still feel terrible about the whole thing, the rescue centre said they would keep us informed of the vets assessment etc. House is coming on nicely, although we have a lot of painting to do, but I love the kitchen so far. Pulling out underlay staples from the wooden floor is no fun though.

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  11. Hi, You can only do so much and you did your best. We had a similar problem with a Labrador (who are usually the most placid dogs). We took her in from a difficult situation and she turned out to be a nightmare - around men and other dogs and generally anything that moved! Given the chance she would have killed our cat. She must have had an awful upbringing. We got to the point after 6 weeks of being totally unable to walk her anywhere near people or other dogs and therefore returned her to our local Labrador rescue. On the good side, she received some behavioural therapy and is now rehomed with an older couple and by all accounts has calmed down. Loving your house by the way.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's good to know your dog went on to have a good life after therapy. I am very hopeful that the same thing will happen with Rufus. Of course we would never have been able to trust him again and the tension in us would have transferred to him, making the whole situation impossible long term. We look forward to receiving good news from the rescue centre in a few months to say he has a new home and is a changed and contented dog.

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  12. So sorry to hear of your sad experience with Rufus. I hope life improves for you and you have a lovely summer. I look forward to your return!! Take care! X

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    1. Many thanks for dropping me a line. We hope to get an update on him this week. Have been out with the camera taking photos of the trawler race and the Solitaire du Figaro, so hopefully will be back with some good boat and sea related posts soon.

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  13. Sad about the dog Suzie, probably down to some poor breeding.
    We had a Cocker once that had supposedly descended form Show Dogs, he could be really nasty at times and perfectly alright the rest of the time.

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    1. Thanks Roy, it was really upsetting for all concerned and I'm sure poor Rufus doesn't understand what's happening to his world. Show dogs are bred to have a confident and assertive personality, but should never be aggressive, as that gene should have been bred out. Rufus was a working springer, but should still not be like that, I suspect it's poor breeding too.

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