If you're one of my regular readers you will have no doubt seen our girl Maisey in almost all my posts. Somewhere into the background. Not often spoken of, but very much included in the family activity.
I always think we hit the jackpot when we rescued Maisey. She was just a 13 week old pup when we got her. She'll be turning 7 this August, which also happens to be our 7th wedding anniversary. Maisey is a Staffordshire bull terrior and labrador mix. I knew nothing of the plight of staffies when we rescued her, but I do now. Such gentle dogs with a bad rep. We believe they really make great family pets.
I try and include her in every family activity that is at all pet-friendly. And she makes sure she is included in every opportunity at home! She is a house dog. She loves our company and if she's not at my feet you'll find her nestled between the boys who just think of her as their very hairy sister!
What's really remarkable - I think - is the bond that has developed between Maisey and Jack. How weird must it have been for a young Maisey to watch me bring this hairless, crying, mini human into the house? I remember it well. She was delighted to see me arrive back from the hospital but was very perplexed by this thing in the car seat. However, she fully accepted him with no issues at all. She has remained patient with him at all times and by the time I brought Noah home she was well used to this baby malarky. It didn't phase her a bit.
Now, Maisey sleeps on Jack's bed every single night. She doesn't obey him like she does for us (I think she thinks of him as her counterpart, not her master) but trusts him fully. When he pets her she closes her eyes, rolls over onto her back and enjoys every second of it. That's trust. Anyone who knows dogs will know this is a vulnerable position to adopt, and a dog will not just do this for anyone. She is still wary of Noah. Although patient and comfortable, she remains vigilant, incase she gets whacked across the head with some duplo, or a crayon in her nose. That makes her smart. Which we already know about her. You should see her many many tricks. She could be on Britain's got Talent.
A few months ago, I noticed Maisey yelping as she bounded across fields, or even just as she came down the stairs. I took her to the vet, and unfortunately it wasn't good news. She was diagnosed with early onset arthritis in both her front elbows, which is just about the worst place a dog can get arthritis. The medication they put her on didn't agree with her. So we made the decision to take her off those tablets and treat her with supplements instead. And boy has that done her the world of good - for now anyway. Until absolutely necessary I'm going to keep her on cod liver oil and glucosamine which has almost got her acting like her old self again. Honestly, she runs across them fields like a young buck half her age.
Sometimes I get lovely freebies to feature on the boys, which is why I was delighted when PetShop.co.uk got in touch to ask if Maisey would like to try one of their goody boxes. Would she ever?! Plus, this girl deserves some attention of her very own!
So, tailored just for our Maisey, this is what I received in our box. A bag of Symply Dog Food (designed to protect joints) 2 tins of Almo Nature Dog Food, and possibly Maisey's favourite, Pet munchie dog treats. Maisey has been savouring, tasting, scoffing and chewing for a few days now, and if I know my dog, and I think I do, it's a big paws up for this little lot.
Petshop.co.uk offer an absolutely huge range of pet supplies. Like, I am talking vast! It's free delivery on orders over £19.99 and I love the idea of the 'bottomless bowl' subscription service which ensures you never run out of food for your canine pal. Go check them out! And thanks so much to the guys over at Petshop for letting Maisey review their yums.