Mum - The Dog Whisperer
So I know this Blog is meant to be all about Amos however I really need to introduce you all to me. Because I think its important to understand how Amos ended up with us.
Most of you may find it hard to believe that I didn’t really like dogs growing up. None of my friends had dogs and if my friends did own a dog I didn’t really know what to do with them and was scared. So it was easier to avoid.
Fast forward to 2008 when myself and my now husband Janek and I chose to move to England to be closer to his family and experience life in the UK. Janek’s parents own a gorgeous border collie named Tiga and this is where things changed,
To be honest the first 3 years of living in England I didn’t really pay much attention to Tiga because well again I just didn’t really like dogs.
We moved in with Janek’s parents before our wedding and it was during this time I started to spend more time with Tiga and helping Janek to walk him and pick up his poo! Oh geez that was an experience.
It really wasn’t until 2014 that things changed. You see 3 years prior to this I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and had been managing fairly well on minimal medications after implementing some pretty dramatic lifestyle changes including my work situation, dietary changes and stress management.
But we had planned to move back to Australia end of May 2014 but out of nowhere at the end of March 2014 I flared for the first time ever and it was bad. I am actually still in this cycle and on the path to getting better and doing anything I can to help myself.
Now Tiga knew something was wrong and was always there with me. At the time we also had Archie staying with us - Archie is Janek’s sisters dog and Tiga and Archie are the cutest of friends.
Every day Tiga and I would sit out in the sunshine, we would watch tv together and we would try and go for walks together. This was so special for me because never had I formed a bond with a dog and I actually never thought I would.
Most afternoons I would put my shoes on go out with Janek’s mum, Tiga and Archie and we would try go for a small walk. And they would walk with me. Well Tiga did, Archie not so much - he’s a wild one like our Amos!!!
They even chilled and watched me as I put my feet in an ice bath once I got home from the walk as they were so sore and swollen.
I started to play with them and connect with them. I began to love them and care for them. Suddenly I realised what owning a dog was all about and the impact that they could make on ones life. I just wish I had realised earlier. But I still didnt fully get it. And I don't think that you can until you have your own dog.
Tiga even featured at our wedding - yes he has his own dog passport and travelled to France with us where we got married at the beautiful Chateau Rigaud
Moving back from England to Australia was really hard for me because I had suddenly formed this bond with Tiga and Archie and then I had to leave. But I am grateful for realising how special they both were because they started the journey to getting Amos.
So here we are living back in Australia.
Join me next time to hear just how Master Amos ended up in our lives.
I am, and forever will be, a DOG MUM