Saturday, 3 October 2015

Mavis



There's been a few of you who have asked about Mavis recently, so I thought a quick Saturday post all about our lovely wayward terrier would be the order of the day.


For those of you who don't know Mavis's story you can catch up Here and then her second 'rescue' after she went missing for almost five months last year Here ....... and then a funny incident Here

Physically she's doing well these days.  She will never be back to the condition we got her to after her first 'rescue' but she is lithe and healthy.  She only weighs in at 5.7kgs which is light, but not too skinny for her lightweight bone structure.  She is best friends with Ginger and they are usually to be found curled up somewhere together ....


... here Ginger is the beauty between two Jack Russelly thorns.


And 'thorny' is how I would describe the relationship between these two .

At times they can be great together, eager to see the same things and be with us, but now that Mavis feels a little more confident in herself she challenges Rosy's idea of her own leadership time and time again.  With little Charley here to act as mediator and break up these confrontations, pushing her sweet little body between the aggressors and immediately diffusing situations, things worked out, since we so sadly lost Charley at the start of this year there is no one that they will accept as mediator so things escalate into full blown doggy fights which we deal with as and when they happen and have managing techniques to keep them as infrequent as possible.

I have tried doing extra training with Mavis but she cowers and retreats to her scared ways with any formal training, so I am gradually and almost imperceptibly teaching her things without her realising.


For instance as the only dog out of the three that must always wear a lead when we are out of the house, she tends to get her long extending lead wrapped around things, in fact she's a master at making a 16ft lead end up tying her directly to the clothesline pole so she can't move!!

So I taught her 'round'.  While we are out walking if she takes a different path to me and ends up on the other side of a pole or tree if I say "round" she will back track her steps and end up on my side of the offending object, she can even weave a double 'round' if I say it again.  As this is one command the other dogs don't know I think she is a clever little darling for learning it.

It's little things like this that make life easier for us and make her feel special ... because she always gets praise for doing it right.

Mavis even did her own blog post this time last year  HERE, it's got one of my favourite photos of her in it looking up at me with those gorgeous eyes of hers, so I'll link to it again.


How can you not praise a dog that looks at you with eyes like these :-)


She brings madness and chaos to our lives, but when she curls up in the crook of your arm while you are watching television, or takes to bed with whatever dog or cat will allow her to cuddle in with them,  you know that all is right in Mavis's world, and if it's alright in her world .... it's alright in ours.


Have a good weekend.

Sue xx



19 comments:

  1. This is a lovely post Sue, thank you.
    When I saw the title, my heart skipped a beat, I thought oh no, she has gone on another adventure.
    Such a sweetheart, thank you for sharing her love.
    Have a good weekend.
    Pam in TX.xx

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  2. Me to when I saw the title Mavis I was worried, what a beautiful post, I had a tear in my eye reading it, she is a little sweetheart x

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  3. Me too. I thought for a second, oh no, what has happened. Don't make my heart stop like that again. Her little face is just so sweet, and the way she cuddles up with her buddies, such a lovely girl. Thank you for the update.

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    1. Sorry ... to all of you, I didn't mean to get anyone worried I really couldn't think of a title, so I just used her name!!

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  4. I love how Mavis is cuddled up with Ginger.

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  5. I think Mavis is absolutely lovely :) x

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  6. All as it should be. They are clever little dogs she just needs the love and the cuddles. My six cats and Jack Russell Missy for the best part get on. Every so often the Jack Russell character will out or one of the cats gets a bit hissy but I think its lovely that her and Ginger cuddle up. The only one of my cats who goes to Missy and touches noses is Mischief and she was the runt of the litter but Missy is fond of her too and will touch noses back. They say you cannot teach a dog new tricks but it depends on the dog and how much she is loved. Well done Sue they are all lovely.

    Pattypan

    x

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  7. She is a beautiful lady, I love her sweet expression.

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  8. Sweetest little face. Love the picture of her all cuddled up on the bed with Ginger. Bless them. Pam

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  9. Lovely post! I'm so pleased she's getting along nicely. My little girl jack is best friends with our kitten. My boy jack plays with the kitty, but Mille adores her. Big hugs to Mavis. She's a beautiful girl. X

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  10. I'm in love ! With Mavis.
    How long had she been missing from your house before you got her back ? Couldn't find that, after searching your blog.
    Patricia xxx...x

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    1. She went missing in April, I brought her back home in September.

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    2. Gosh ! You must have been very happy when you got that call from the vet miles and miles away.
      What an ordeal she must have gone through. Luckily she is now back in the folds of your loving home.
      She seems like a right character. Lovely dog. xxx...x

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  11. Mavis was such a wee cutie when we met her in the summer. We have 2 terrier cross dogs who adore each other, but Max is definitely top dog, until Lizzy bats her eyelashes at him. Lol

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  13. Mavis is beautiful, how lucky she was to find you x

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  14. She is lovely, and it's always good to get an up date on her. I wish our JRT would get on with our cats like that, life would be so much calmer :)

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