We found Ginny on the Oldies web site in 2006. She had spent some time (including a failed rehoming experience) with Chilterns Dog Rescue and we believe had been found in Wales. She arrived full of character and enthusiasm, overweight, arthritic and very wary of strangers (particularly frightened of children to the point of being quite aggressive towards them and we have been grateful on a few occasions that she came to us with very few teeth!!).
With the help of some patient and confident youngsters, she has blossomed into a wonderful and very friendly dog who likes nothing better than to chase her ball, paddle in a stream or cuddle up on the sofa. We have had many adventures and long walks together – including the Cuillin mountains on Skye and long distance walks along Offa’s Dyke and the Great Glen Way (travelling overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper train). She is a wonderful companion and source of endless amusement.
In March 2011, Tassel joined us. Also billed as a ‘collie cross’, we quickly came to realise that this was a very different animal from Ginny. Tassel is a gentle boy with a real calming influence, who immediately demonstrated his ability to do a wonderful impersonation of a rug. Although he had previously shared his life with another dog, he and Ginny almost immediately settled as a ‘matching pair’ (perhaps due to Tassel’s instant recognition of who was the boss of this particular household). He is loving his walks, which present a twice-daily opportunity to slowly consider the endless fascination of a clump of long grass and to test the limits of human patience.
He is gradually gaining fitness and has been known to display significant burst of energy when he needs to. Tassel is a man’s dog, and (given half a chance) remains inseparably attached to the human male of our household. As he gains in confidence, he now loves going on adventures in the car, and almost ‘purrs’ while rounding up everyone in the house to come on a walk with him.
Thank you for introducing us to these two gorgeous Oldies. Here they are in their usual spot – ‘guarding’ the house together.
What a gorgeous pair they are! It’s great to see them so happy together. Thank you for sending us this lovely update :)