Dear Janice, Tammy & Sandra:
As of December 26th, “Dixie” will have been with us for 2 month so we thought you might like to hear how she is doing. She has been a wonderful addition to our family and has certainly added a new dimension. First and foremost, she and “Ghillie” have developed a lovely friendship; “Ghillie” was not quite sure about this new arrangement at the beginning, however with Dixie’s easy going and very loving temperament, “Ghillie” soon came to realize that she not only had a companion but a friend with whom she could walk, run and play with, engage in some fun wrestling, a friend who loves and frolics in the snow as much as she does but has had to learn to sit and patiently endure some large and very wet loving licks.
As with all beginnings, it did take “Dixie” a couple of weeks to properly settle in; she never outwardly showed that she was in any shape or form nervous or unsettled, however we soon came to realize a couple of things, she barks when she wants to play and her nose is extremely inquisitive. Every night for the first couple of weeks, she needed company in the middle of the night, so she would wander upstairs, come and sit beside the bed and bark, eye level to eye level, for clearly some one on one time; now she is very happy to gently sleep (and snore!) until she hears movement and then welcomes us all with her wonderful sloppy licks. She is fearful of nothing be it loud noises, bangs, hoovers, shop vacs etc. etc. and takes great delight in checking everything out in its entirety, especially the garbage as we soon found out in the early stages.
She and “Ghillie” enjoy their morning and afternoon walks as well some lovely open park runs over the weekends. She is slowly learning to “sit” when asked, though would much prefer to check out whatever else is happening around her. She is very exuberant at meeting other people and again is slowly learning that she cannot rush off and say hello to someone who may not want to say hello back.
Kevin, “Ghillie” and myself cannot imagine life without this loving gentle giant and that being said, all 4 of us now would like to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and may 2014 bring happy beginnings to all Newfies in your care.
Kevin, Carol, “Ghillie & Dixie”