I have Lupus, which means this morning I woke looking like an extra from Dr Who, and on the day of Parents evening. So the initial reaction was to feel sorry for myself and do nothing.
Let me introduce them:
Ollie is a Border Collie Cross Lurcher, he is only 10+ months old and a rescue dog from Edinburgh's dog and cat home. We have only had him 6 weeks but he has ingrained himself into our family and nobody can imagine being without him.
He has learnt in the last 6 weeks to come when called off lead, leave the cat alone, not to pinch Odie's food and to not raid the dustbin bags.
Odie is an Italian greyhound cross, he is now 14 years old and a rescue dog from America. We have had him for nearly 8 years and he has been a little superstar for all of this time.
He has accepted Ollie in the end and sees his role as the older "parent" telling the young dog off, being slightly pompous when Ollie is in trouble.
After having Lupus for over 6 years you would think that I would notice the warning signs I was heading for a "flare up" but as usual I ignored them, however the dogs knew. Both have been glued to me all weekend and every time I have sat down i have had two dogs pinning me to the spot.
So this morning they were both determined I would get them out and they hinted and hinted until they got me to get my wellies on and go out.
Ollie, as always took off like a rocket and Odie stayed quite close, then out of the blue Odie lay on his belly and watched Ollie as he came racing back, then all of a sudden he ran up to Ollie, jumped over him and bit his tail!! Ollie, whipped round and then chased Odie around the field. The strange thing is this is the first time Odie has ever really "played" properly with another dog, they one thing I do know is they both made me laugh & I wonder has that been their purpose all along .
So I don't care what I look like, I can work through the pain thanks to my four legged friends Ollie & Odie