I've had Wendy with me for a couple of months now. When I first met this lovely greyhound her owner explained to me that Wendy was a very nervous dog; she really didn't like being near busy roads, loud noises were likely to spook her, she (Wendy's owner) was unsure how Wendy would interact with other dogs. It seemed to me that Wendy was frightened of her own shadow and just liked to cuddle up on the settee. Wendy's owner had never let her off the lead and I therefore I was asked to keep her on the lead at all times...which of course was fine with me as the last thing I want to do is to go chasing a greyhound!
Over the first couple of walks it was apparent to me that Wendy was not the dog that the owner had described to me. Traffic and noise did not affect her, other dogs seemed to love Wendy and Wendy seemed not to mind the attention at all. Wendy's owner, although slightly puzzled at hearing about this 'new' Wendy thought this was fantastic and appreciated me bringing her out of her shell (I must fess up here, Cesar Millan I am not and any effect I have had on Wendy is purely coincidental). I then broached the subject of letting Wendy off the lead...
As Wendy was about the go to the vets for an operation we decided to keep her on the lead and once she was back to full health we would try her off the lead at that point. I am very happy to say that today I let Wendy off the lead and I am even happier to say she came back every single time i called out to her.
I have a real liking for Greyhounds anyway but Wendy is definitely my favourite, it's been lovely to see her gaining confidence and I am looking forward to seeing her again tomorrow. Well done Wend.
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