Grace Staffie x DofB 2010? Lichfield, Staffordshire

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Re: Grace Staffie x DofB 2010? Oxted W/E Foster

Post by Sarahk » Sat May 05, 2018 11:12 am

Yes, I'm the lucky one to have this beauty in foster over the bank holiday weekend and a sunny one too, how good can it get :D
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Well what can I say, Grace is amazing, absolutely loves home life and has been good as gold with none of her kennel anxiety in evidence at all - it really is a privilege to see the true character of these beauties emerge, and in Grace's case it was instant - I can honestly say it feels as if she's been here an age rather than one night - and bear in mind I'd only briefly said hello to Grace before she hopped into my passenger seat and travelled home with me last night after walking.

Grace travelled really well, interested in where we were going and tummy and ear tickles too thumbs.gif On arrival she was keen to get inside and to my surprise (given how the big wide world seems to phase her at kennels) keen to explore my garden - with a real joy in her step woo.gif]
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I think you can sense her joy in this photo :0)
After that cuddles and snoozing on the sofa were in order after enjoying her dinner ofcourse. Grace has also proven herself house trained, out for bedtime 'business' last night and all good until this morning when we popped to the garden at 6.30 where she obliged again and then back to bed for more snoozies and a lovely long Saturday lie in :D
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and demonstrating her love of tummy tickles too !!!
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and snoozing and cuddles ...
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Morning sleepy snuggles xxx
The conservatory doors are now open and its lovely to see Grace being her independent self, exploring when she wants to, playing with a ball, coming and going outside and in and absolutely relaxed and a total joy to be with love4.gif Grace is one adorable, loving, lovely, gentle, kind and beautiful girl with an equally beautiful nature love4.gif love4.gif love4.gif
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And time for some upside down rolling too thumbs.gif
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Seeing her like this makes you realise how challenging kennel life is for Grace and also what a resilient, amazing girl she is to trust so quickly and lose all those anxieties the moment she returned to a more normal doggie life, totally LOVE her :D love4.gif :D

Come on Grace's new family, she'll fit right in and bring happiness in bounds into your life love4.gif thumbs.gif love4.gif
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Re: Grace Staffie x DofB 2010? Oxted W/E Foster

Post by Sarahk » Sat May 05, 2018 11:20 am

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Re: Grace Staffie x DofB 2010? Oxted W/E Foster

Post by Sarahk » Sat May 05, 2018 7:42 pm

A few more pics snapped on my phone :D
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Re: Grace Staffie x DofB 2010? Oxted W/E Foster

Post by Sarahk » Sat May 05, 2018 9:55 pm

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loving the freedom to go in and out when she likes :0)
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sunbathing !
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and rolling !!!
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back to sunbathing !!!
And some time to snooze ...
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crossed paws xxx
:crossfingers.gif: may Grace's home come soon xxx
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Giving me those 'pleeeease' eyes as I ate my lunch ! Grace rather fancied some of my cheese !
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This is Grace through a hole in my cheese 0002.gif]
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Cuddles xxx
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"More tickles please !" :D
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"Play now please !!!"
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Bless little Grace, mid afternoon I thought I'd see if this lovely little lady would like a walk (she puts the brakes on at the kennels) - looking enthusiastic as I popped on her lead and harness and keen to get out the front door, down the front steps, and along the pavement ...
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... but it was still too soon for her, the brakes suddenly went on 3 houses down the pavement and bless, she just wanted to come back... so we did :D
Recalling the lovely Rowan who is now homed with the lovely JoJo I wondered whether if we drove a short way that would be easier for Grace, so we drove up to the common - still too much too soon for dearest Grace but we sat on the common and had cuddles instead love4.gif
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And then did the same from the car, all to try to build up Grace's confidence thumbs.gif
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Bless her she was very pleased to get back to my front door and get inside love4.gif
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Re: Grace Staffie x DofB 2010? Oxted W/E Foster

Post by Sarahk » Sun May 06, 2018 6:18 pm

Mornings with Grace, she's quite a lazy girl in a morning !!!
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And quite lazy when she'd got up too 0002.gif]
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But then it really was too hot to do anything else today xxx
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Re: Grace Staffie x DofB 2010? Oxted W/E Foster

Post by Sarahk » Mon May 07, 2018 10:33 am

Grace enjoyed a bit of an adventure last night thumbs.gif

She went to the pub :cool.gif:

Given how Grace is very uncertain of the big outside world we weren't sure how she would cope ... but what a success :D
Charlie & Bill collected us enroute and we parked in the pub car park, out jumped Grace and we were in the pub garden - despite it being very different to my garden, not that enclosed and lots more people around Grace was very very happy indeed, she just knew it was a garden and garden's are great places she enjoys woo.gif]
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It's ok here isn't it Grace :0)
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Oh yes, I like it here :0)
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Kisses and cuddles for me xxx
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"Mmmmm that looks good" said Grace !!! she was drooling watching Charlie tuck into her scallops !!!
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"Quite like the look of your fishcake too Sarah !!!" 0002.gif]
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"I'm a good girl" said Grace - oh yes a very very good girl xxx
We all had a lovely evening thumbs.gif
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Well done beautiful Grace xxx angel13.gif]
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Re: Grace Staffie x DofB 2010? Oxted W/E Foster

Post by Sarahk » Mon May 07, 2018 11:11 am

Another lovely morning with my foster girl Grace, LOVE HER xxx love4.gif
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Errr, can you help me reach that Sarah !!! I did help ofcourse !!!
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kisses xxx
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more play please !!!
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Love ya xxx
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Really love ya !!!
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Re: Grace Staffie x DofB 2010? Oxted W/E Foster

Post by Sarahk » Mon May 07, 2018 3:52 pm

Amazing Grace, it has to be said 0002.gif]

Grace has made us pleased as punch this afternoon woo.gif]

Her best friend Anne came to visit her and she was sooooo excited (Grace and Anne equally so I think !!!) blob6.gif] blob6.gif]
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Anne loved to see Grace so happy and relaxed and oh so very loving - Grace was thrilled to see Anne and loved showing her how she loved the garden, coming and going from inside - we sat outside for a cuppa and Grace just loved it, two humans to love who love her loads xxx thumbs.gif
... and so we hatched a plan ! Grace had been so happy and relaxed in the pub garden last night we thought we'd try a short car trip to the common up the road, park up beside the grass and out onto the grass and see how Grace felt about walkies ...

Coming out my house Grace only had eyes for the car, no problem with that, in we all got and 2 minutes up the road, parked up beside the common and .....................
......................... much to our delight Grace loved walkies woo.gif] woo.gif] woo.gif] woo.gif] woo.gif]
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Words of encouragement and praise from both of us of we set across the common, her tail stayed up and her momentum forward and lots of 'good girls' from us and Grace forged on forwards thumbs.gif She definitely feels safer walking on the grass, as we veered onto the pathway she'd feel a little uncertain and and when we came to cross the road she looked slightly anxious and her tail dipped between her legs but with our encouragement and enthusiasm Grace quickly decided she'd join back in and ran across the road to the grass on the other side, back along the opposite side of the common...
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Grace leading the way and choosing our direction, crossing over paths and ultimately choosing to walk along the pavement in the direction that was well away from my car so we let her lead and followed her - bless, we were sooooo proud, these are the heartburst moments to see our lovely dogs grow so in our care xxx :smiley-love014.gif: :smiley-love014.gif: :smiley-love014.gif:
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Grace walked all along the path and turned left up the next road and we were back to the common again, but no rush back to the car, we meandered along and this time crossed the road without difficulty for Grace, she was enjoying herself, 20 mins of walkies :smiley-chores002.gif:

Exactly where Grace's confidence came from I'm not sure - relaxed down enough in foster this weekend ? both Anne and I with her, both trusted people ? not straight from the house ? I'm really not sure but it just goes to show with love and encouragement and an understanding owner Grace will thrive and all that confidence and love she already has indoors can with time and understanding be enjoyed outside too woo.gif]

Grace was very quick to jump back in the car but she did manage a quick drink from the dog bowl first and then home we went - big grins all round :D :D :D
Time for lollipops sat in the shade in the garden and Grace wanted to join in ! Who knew grace would love lemonade lollys but she did !!
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Onwards and upwards baby girl xxx [0128.gif]

Anne then slipped away as I occupied Grace in the garden so as not to stress her, we practiced her 'paw, not that she needs practice, look at this accomplished little lady, adorable xxx


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All that excitement made for a hungry and weary girl so an early dinner and now snoozing next to me on the sofa, such a special girl and will end this post as I started, Grace, super special girl, she really is Amazing Grace love4.gif xxx
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Re: Grace Staffie x DofB 2010? Oxted W/E Foster

Post by Sarahk » Mon May 07, 2018 7:05 pm

Another lovely walk from the car on the common this evening woo.gif]
Just with me this time so I didn't know how it would go but no hesitation from Grace at all, soooo proud of her :smiley-love014.gif:
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Now these videos and those 2 photos above may just be a doggie enjoying a walk in the evening sun but for me and those that have met Grace in kennels, this is priceless love4.gif xxxxx

I should add we walked near to lorries, cars and motorbikes and Grace was supercool around all of them, no reaction at all, took them in her stride :D

Back in my car Grace likes to be on my knee for a cuddle, I know she knows how proud I am of her , i hold her tight and tell her what a clever brave girl she is xxx love4.gif
Time for the off and I gesture to the passenger seat - look at this gorgeous girl with the loveliest smile, I think she's super pleased with herself too thumbs.gif
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Best best girl thumbs.gif
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