I thought it was about time for an update on our foster girl, Sapphire.
She has well and truly made herself part of the pack.
Opal really seems to like having a 'big sister' around again, and although Sapphi is nowhere near as maternal as Charm used to be, she is generally quite happy for Opal to cuddle up to her, and even cleans Opal's eyes for her like Charm used to do. (Opal has a fairly mild case of Dry Eye, which we are able to treat with daily eye-drops and cleaning)
There's no doubt about it, though: Sapphire's favourite is definitely Billy! She plays and flirts like mad with him, even though he is ten years old and she is two and a half. Billy, for his part, is having a bit of a mid-life crisis: Most of the time he loves the attention (even if the affectionate ear-grabs are giving him dreadlocks), but every now and then she gets a bit too much for him and he sneaks off, trying to find somewhere to hide!
This blossoming romance does occasionally put Dizzy's nose out of joint. He considers Billy to be HIS brother, and sometimes gets stroppy at this girl trying to steal his brother away from him.
Apart from Dizzy's little hissy fits, though, everyone gets on fine.
Sapphi has now mastered the stairs, and loves running on the extender lead when we get to the field, although her recall is not good enough to let her off leash just yet. She is still nervous walking on the pavement though.
She did give Rie and I a heart attack just a couple of weeks after she arrived. I was preparing their dinner on the Saturday night when I realised she had gone missing. The bottom of a couple of our fence panels had gone rotten, and Sapphi had half dug, half broken her way out of the garden. Rie and I were up until 5:00am searching for her and I did more trespassing that night than I had done in my entire life.
We got up at 8:00am to start again, and Rie put a DogLost poster on Facebook. Within minutes, friends were replying and tagging a local lady who had posted about finding a dog and taking it in to the vet's the previous night. By 10:00am Sapphire was safely back at home, and I was reinforcing all the garden fences.
Sapphire is certainly happy with the food here. I think Sir Benjamin is the only dog I've known who enjoyed egg fried rice more than she does. She also loves Scrambled Egg Sundays, and as for roast chicken...
She's not too keen on bath night, though.