Very Sad News - 18 October 2014
We heard from Elaine: "My darling Honeybee had to be put to sleep today
Although she is quite lively, she is a very gentle dog and needs to be rehomed with another dog, ideally one that is not too boisterous. She enjoys her walks although she needs some training on the lead. She is an excellent traveller and jumps in and out of the car.
HONEY HAS GONE TO HER FOREVER HOME
Elaine said. "Jaffa likes her a lot. He doesn't seem to worry she has blagged the bed downstairs and he is happy and friendly towards her. I think he would like her to play as he has loads of toys esp balls but at the moment she is not interested; hopefully over the next few weeks that will change.
We have been for fairly long walks to the woods and round the canal (a beautiful place with the Canal one side and the river the other.) Honey has been loving it and trying to keep up with Jaffa which is impossible as she is still on the lead!!!!!
She is walking quite well now on the lead and we have had a few training sessions where we have been in a large enclosed field and we have let her off the lead. She has come back really well thank goodness. She is also sitting to command and sometimes lying down too. I am also training her to walk on the lead and that is going well - she seems to instinctively understand certain commands
I am grooming her daily which she seems to love and she is definitely becoming more confident and bouncy every day. She has also picked up one of my slippers and put it in her bed and she has shown a small interest in Jaffas' quacky duck toy.
Our 6 year old grandson has completely fallen in love with her too and fusses her lots which she is quite happy about.
We were watching a film on TV last night and I noticed Honey was actually watching the screen too. There were some scenes where the baddies were walking right up to the edge of the screen so it looked like they were coming into the house--you should have heard Honey barking at them!!! And of course that set Jaffa off too.
I hope you like the photo of both dogs --they had just been groomed and so look really gorgeous!!!!!
Honey is absolutely great. She and Jaffa are getting on really well, to the point where they have both been in the same bed together. They both like to roll around on the floor getting their tummies tickled. We have also carefully let Honey off the lead in a really safe enclosed place and she so loved it. She was like a different little dog, running around with Jaffa having a great time. She also comes back well with a treat (of course).
Honey is such a good little dog and everyone who meets her falls in love with her."
Well our update is that she is doing absolutely brilliantly well.!!!! Honey has settled really well and she and Jaffa have become good friends. She is quite an expressive little lady and often will make little sounds as she settles in bed or even on the floor. She also snores sometimes which is really funny as she looks so lady like. She enjoys her walkies with Jaffa and I have started training her to come back first on the lead and now very gradually off the lead. The really nice thing is off lead she is such a bouncy happy little dog and loves to run as fast as she can. Luckily she does come back well!!!!
We have had our holiday which was originally to Pembrokeshire but the caravan park contacted us week previously to say weather there was very bad. Luckily Kim found us a lovely site over on the Norfolk coast and the weather was great. Honey was not sure about the waves but we took her to Wells-Next-The-Sea where the tide goes out for miles so no big waves. The little boy is our grandson and he loves Honey.
As you can see this is Honey having a snooze after a day at the beach.
The only downfall at the moment is that she was very car sick going to Norfolk but after that on shorter journeys and even on the journey home she was much better so we are hoping she will become accustomed to the car.
Honey bee is such a gorgeous little dog. We are getting on really well and she now sits and comes to command (well usually) She has her own little soft toy (a bunny) so now there are lots of quips about Honey and the bunny!!!! She often walks around with the rabbit in her mouth and will drop it to command but until yesterday I could not get her to retrieve it. No longer !!! I am pleased to say that we had a breakthrough yesterday and she actually brought it back several times although since then she has refused to do it again!!!
Honey also had her first experience of our dog bathing lady the other day. She was absolutely great with the grooming and claws but was quite frightened by the hand held shower part of it. However she was absolutely fine once it was stopped thank goodness.
We are going away again soon, this time to Looe, so we have been trying to acclimatise her to the car. Jaffa is very good with her and I think he is secretly in love with her!!!!
We are hoping to visit a friend soon who has just adpoted a Spanador puppy (this is the breed Jaffa is) so we are all keen to meet him. As you know Honey is so good with other dogs so it should be fun.
UPDATE FROM ELAINE MAY 2010
We adopted Honey in July last year and she has settled brilliantly and is doing so well. She is utterly gorgeous and has a fantastic nature. We are so lucky to have her. I am sure Belinda and Terry, who looked after Honey initially, will be really pleased to hear how well she is doing.
Honey is the most gorgeous little dog. She is usually quite quiet but now when she knows it is walkies time she gets really excited and runs around the garden barking and chasing our other dog, Jaffa. She can be very happy and bouncy sometimes.
When Honey came to us for the first couple of months she had disturbed nights when she would be yelping in her sleep. Not sure if she was having bad dreams or just dreaming about doggy things but she seems more settled now although she continues to be very vocal making all sorts of sounds to get my attention. She also loves to roll around on the carpet or in the garden gettiing her tummy tickled.
I am so grateful to IRR for giving us the chance to make a difference to Honey. From the moment I saw her picture I knew she would fit in with our family and she certainly has.