Magnet takes her first bath – the wheelbarrow was my son’s idea – ingenious!
After many requests from our son for a dog, we finally got one! What a dog she is, an absolute delight!
We have nicked named her ‘Magnet’, because wherever we go, she draws a crowd, people stop her for a pat, she is taken off for photographs with children and families, little children line up to take her for a short walks, talk about celebrity!
Many a child and parent are heard to fondly yell out “there’s Schnitzel Von Krumm” – meaningless to you unless you have read the much-loved, Lynley Dodd‘s “Hairy Maclary” series of books; ‘Schnitzel Von Krumm’ is a feisty and endearing character, immortalised in many of Lynley Dodd’s children’s books.
We were a bit nervous getting a dog given the allergies and asthma our son has, and the notion of having a dog, seemed to be a stretch and perhaps a recipe for disappointment. We talked to our son’s Allergy Specialist who suggested we take the dog on a trial basis, to see how he goes allergy/asthma wise. In short our strategy was to tell our son that we were just looking after the dog whilst the owner was on holiday – brilliant idea! If it didn’t work out our son would be none the wiser and he wouldn’t be devastated to give the dog back.
I started researching a low shed, low allergy dog, I was quite keen on a ‘oodle crossbreed that is one of the Labradoodle, Spoodle, Cockerspoodle doggy types; these breeds have a curly coat (low shed) which is good for allergy/asthma sufferers. My husband was aghast! He wanted a big dog, a Labrador! Well that wasn’t going to work because of the amount of shed that happens with their coat, so we compromised with a Dachshund.
A bit of research later (many conflicting reports) and I discovered that short-haired Dachshunds are also low shed and some allergy/asthma sufferers found they had no problems with this breed. We found an awesome breeder who understood our situation and was happy to take the dog back, if for any reason she didn’t work out. I am happy to say eight weeks later, all is well and we are keeping Magnet!
My son adores her, he wishes she could swim and fetch – but we can slowly teach her that. Magnet is an older dog having had three litters, she has come to our home as part of her retirement plan : )
She likes nothing better than be next you, she loves going for walks – but not too far with those little legs! She loves chasing the swans (who are so much bigger than her), ducks and seagulls at the river, and yes she has small dog syndrome – she barks at the big dogs!
Most of the photographs shown have been taken by my son – who clearly is documenting almost every day of her time with us.
We hope that we will enjoy Magnet for many more years, and watch her grow up with our son, fingers crossed it will all work out, allergy and asthma wise.
Wish us luck!