I wrote this blog over two years ago – https://myshetland.co.uk/dogs-own-country/
I remember being upset and furious at being refused the chance to rescue a lurcher because I said that I would let any lurcher chase rabbits on my property. We were labelled “a Hunting Home” and refused any dog.
So, via a different route, we rescued Loki – he had been found wandering the streets of Elgin and was unclaimed from the pound.
We have come a long way in those two years. Loki is a different dog now. He has curbed his temper, learned to play, wag his tail and transformed himself into an invaluable member of the family.
While I was feeding Taktur this afternoon, just before our dog walk, Loki appeared with a large rabbit he had just caught.
So, as “a Hunting Home”, I told him well done and we were now going on our dog walk.
Bunny came too. There and back.
We walked along the single-track road on an old route, as my back is giving me alarming twinges at the moment.
Loki shone with pride and happiness at his latest achievement. His whole life has changed these past two years and he enjoys being a dog with a purpose rather than a dog not allowed to do what he was bred for.
When we got home, OH too had returned from work, so Loki said hello, then raced off into the garden to bring bunny in and laid it OH’s feet!
Guess what’s for supper tonight?