Spending Time With Lily

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Fun walks out with Lily.

Recently I met my support worker’s Mixed Border Collie called Lily . When I am with my support worker I can choose what activities I would like to do with them. As the weathers been so lovely and sunny recently I decided I wanted to meet their dog as I had heard so many great things about her.

I also decided I wanted to meet her as I was feeling upset about things and I know spending time with my pets and other animals really helps to lift my mood backup again. I find that spending time with animals really helps me to feel good about myself as I feel that animals don’t judge me and just accept me for who I am and all they want is your love and care.

Enjoying the river.

I decided I wanted to take Lily to the river as it was a really lovely warm sunny day. She could enjoy herself but still keep cool by playing and spending time in the river trying to talk to the all the ducks and a couple of swans.

Watching me about to throw the stick.

At the river I enjoy playing fetch with her throwing sticks for her constantly and seeing her leap about in the water to get it . Splashing everywhere and everything in sight; but still keeping nice and cool and in the process.

I’ve caught it!

Lily going for a swim.

The next time I was with my support worker I was feeling really tired due to having lots of seizures. So I decided I wanted to just spend time at home in the garden enjoying the amazing warm weather. Together we decided I would love to just spend some time with Lily in the garden.

Once we got Lily and showed her the garden she was running around everywhere wanting to explore everything! She even tried to go into the fishpond thinking it was her own personal mini swimming pool.

I’ve caught the ball!

I enjoyed playing football with her. She made me laugh so much because she wouldn’t drop the ball but she wanted it thrown again. I think she might need to work on her drop command a bit more!

My Ball!

Look I’ve got the ball!

Lily practicing her sitting command whilst waiting for fresh water.

I really enjoyed my time playing with Lily and I look forward to playing with her even more sometime soon!

A Dog Like No Other

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Throughout my childhood I remember always asking my parents if we could get a dog. My family and I would go to local dog shows and ask people all about their dogs breed and what sort of care they needed. I loved stroking and fussing over the dogs watching them do agility competitions to dogs and their owners winning competitions like what owner and dog look most alike ? . We would also speak to the people at the stalls from rescue charities such as the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust.

Back in 2010 my family and I were out walking when these two whippets came up to us to say hello. We spoke to the owners the dogs were so calm. My mum asked the owners what breed the dogs were. When they said whippets, my mum suddenly remembered the breed. We were looking at what breeds we could have because we have two pet cats and because of my disability we needed to get a gentle calm dog. We looked at Greyhounds, Lurches, Staffordshire Bull Terriers. We did so much research talking to dog owners, talking to friends, talking to animal charities, researching on the internet to reading books.

Once my family and I knew that a whippet was what we wanted my mum started to tell a friend who had lots of experience with dogs that we finally came to a decision that we wanted was to adopt a whippet.

We were very lucky because soon after my mum had said we wanted to adopt a whippet our friend said a whippet had just come in to our local RSPCA Rescue Shelter.

My parents went to see the dog first but didn’t tell my sister and I as they didn’t want to get our hopes up. Turns out the day they were going to see the dog my sister was sick and couldn’t go to school so she ended up seeing the dog as well. After school my sister and parents told me all about it and showed me photos. I was jumping around the room with joy !

I remember the first time I saw him looking into this big brown eyes with them staring back at me and his big chocolate button nose. When we took him out for walks people would comment and say how lovely he looked thinking he was a girl, we still often get people thinking he’s a girl now . I remember I got worried as I thought someone else might adopt him but the RSPCA told us we were the only people looking at adopting him.

The day we brought him home was the day after my birthday so I always joke and say he was a birthday present, we decided to call him Ziggy.

I don’t know how I ever lived without him now I know that sounds silly. He’s helped me so much throughout the years. When I was getting bullied at school I’d come back home crying and talk to him about it for ages. He has also helped me through my mental health problems. He knows now when I’m about to have a seizure and he stays by my side till it stops.

He’s just one in a million now I understand the saying a dog is a man’s best friend well a woman’s in my case!

The cats are still in charge and try to steal his food daily

You can follow Ziggy on Instagram @ziggy.the.whippet