Excuse the bad filming, but here is Phoenix at the park today. It has been a loooong wait, so when we were finally allowed it was hard to hide our excitement.
Please excuse my crazy chatting with the boys, this was pre coffee this morning.
Good news! The boys are healthy enough and almost ready for adoption. As you have read and seen in recent blogs, they have had a rough start but progressed well over the last 5 weeks.
Vaccinations and desexing has been completed and they are back to 2 meals a day. There have been some separation anxiety problems, but we are addressing that as we speak.
Dusty will be due to have his stitches out on Tuesday and Phoenix will have his e collar removed in the following days.
The ideal candidate for these boys will be Whippet experienced. Children are ok as they have been around my two year old who has grown up with dogs. Note: he is not a hugely boisterous child and l am a full time at home mother, so there is always a watchful eye over them all.
When you go out, ideally they need to be in an area either dedicated to them i.e. a run or a good, warm secure area they can be put while you are out.
Secure fencing is a must as Dusty has managed to scale our fence (after being let out of the house), trying to find me when l have taken the others for a walk.
They are toilet trained and will even go outside in the rain should they need to go to the toilet. If the weather is really bad (which it has been), they just go under the covered outdoor area and we clean up out there in the morning.
They both have shining personalities. Very different, heart warming to say the least. Dusty has a cheeky disposition and is VERY chatty when he knows something exciting is about to happen - stay tuned, l will try and get this on video.
Phoenix (also known ad PPD - Phoenix Puppy Dog) is a little slower to warm to new people. He is a little shy around males, but l would say this is due to the trauma of his past. But, over the weeks he is now staying in the room when my partner comes in and not slinking away to a quiet nook.
I will post more photos of the boys in the coming days, this was just an update to let everyone know that interested parties should get in touch with Jane at Iggy Rescue. If anyone has specific questions, l am happy to answer anything you may want to ask.
One month has now passed, the boys have continued to gain weight and confidence. We were happy to hear that at the end of this week due to their progress, they would be able to have all their vet work done.
There has not been a huge amount to report this week. Dusty and Phoenix have been resting, staying out of the cold and playing with their new toys.
In the week ahead we hope they will gain another kilo or two and be in good enough condition to finally get their vaccinations, and desexing done.
It has been lovely reading all the lovely comments from you all with regards to the boys progress. I know all the love and support has helped them so much in recovering so well.
Dusty and Phoenix have made great strides in their progress and we are proud to say, also gained good weight.
We went to the West Ryde Vet this morning for a check up, everyone involved were very happy with their progress. Dusty at his first weigh in was only 10.3kg's, today he was 13.7kg's. Phoenix was 9.1kg's and today was 11.7kg's.
There is still a good month ahead of recovery, weight gain, the all important vaccinations and desexing to come, but the meeting today was a positive one.
All their wonderful progress would not have been possible without the kindness, donations and love everyone has shown. Iggy Rescue thank everyone who has helped thus far in their recovery.
Below is a video of the boys playing with a toy.
Hello everyone, my name is Ella and l am the foster mother of Dusty and Phoenix. I have been asked to add some photos of the boys progress from this week.
Dusty and Phoenix have been making amazing progress, but the road is still a long one ahead. Everyones donations and kind messages have helped so much, they are very blessed.
Below are a few photos showing their progress from their first week with us.
Today Dusty picked up a squeaky toy and tried to play with it! They both respond with wagging tails when spoken to and Phoenix had decided his fav place is in Ella's bed.
Dusty had been trying to roll on his back for a few days and today he succeeded. Both dogs are spending their days sleeping which is the best thing they can do.
Small but definite progress. Baby steps but in the right direction.