Through my joyful tears, I could feel my friend Beth smiling her approval as I drove away.
On a recent visit to Pinot and Viv, this very fortunate dog was looking happier and healthier than I have ever seen her. Even her arthriris has improved tremendously. Such a happy ending!
I have received some lovely and some very amusing updates from Viv, including the one below - which warmed my heart no end.
NOTE: Vivienne also has Victor in her care.
Pinot has recently been bereaved and, due to the popularity of both Pinot and her caregiver Beth, many people contacted me about her homelessness. I too knew and loved Beth as we worked with others in the Long Bay-Okura Great Park Society for over a decade to save Auckland’s Long Bay hills from housing developments. Beth adored her Pinot and from the day she collected her from a pet shop, she would talk endlessly about her to all and sundry. Pinot has known a lot of love and this must be the main feature in her new home too.
Pinot is a Huntaway X Doberman who will be turning ten in January 2012. She is now micro-chipped, vaccinated, registered, flea and worm treated and has just had her teeth de-scaled and polished. Pinot has a bit of a stiff gait, although her spirit is bright and she occasionally breaks into a joyful, short-lived jog during her walks. She loves people and other dogs and is indifferent to cats.
X-rays reveal that arthritis in Pinot’s front leg ankles is quite severe. For this reason her weight will need to be kept at about 26kg and she will need to continue on her special joint support diet and a regular pentosan injection. We have just begun a trial medication to determine whether it will help with her ankle discomfort. Climbing up stairs and up steep slopes is where Pinot struggles.
In Beth’s honour and because Pinot is the sweetest old lady imaginable, I am determined to find her a home where she has a contented, well catered for retirement.
If you have a fully fenced and gated property with minimal stairs, if you can afford to maintain the cost of Pinot’s arthritis needs, if you have time to take her for slow walks and can give her plenty of human company, then I would love to hear from you. Although she enjoys being with children, a home with gentle, older children would be preferable, so that Pinot’s tender spots aren’t accidentally knocked. A couple or doting individual would be equally suitable.
NOTE: Many thanks to Masterpet for providing Pinot with the luxurious soft bed (pictured) that will go with her to her new home, to Beth's son Joel and her close friend Stella for contributing towards Pinot’s care costs and to Ingrid and Daniel for so attentively fostering her. Much appreciated!