Cailean and Mojo

We recently had a houseguest for a week, a tall handsome dude with a charming manner and sweet disposition. This handsome guy goes by the moniker of Fernhill’s Ardtalamcu Mojave Man.

Mojave (Mojo) was under a considerable amount of stress at home so we offered a respite for the poor blighter. He wasn’t eating, wasn’t sleeping, wailing all day long imagine our dismay!  It was even worse for Mama & Papa Deerie, two girls in heat Mojo crying like a baby & little sleep for the whole house. Maybe I exaggerate but not much! We hoped that Cailean would provide a sufficient distraction and we might be able to coax the guy (who was so love-sick he was wasting away) to start eating again.

Mission #1 Distraction- Success! The first night my son & I took the two dogs to a nearby school playground with a soccer field. It was drizzly and dark unfamiliar territory for Mojo. We decided to drop the leash and see what he would do. Well! Surprise he stood as still as a statue, with Cailean gambolling around in circles, snickering and prancing like a Lipizzaner stallion beside herself with joy to have a playmate.  Unable to galvanize Mojo into movement Cailean took matters into her own paws as it were, picked the leash up off the ground and started tugging on it, low and behold he moved. The next thing we know she’s got the leash firmly in her mouth and takes off running down the soccer field, she gets to the end & in trying to turn Mojie drops the leash. What did he do, he stopped and waited for her to pick it up and away they went again running towards us. One of those priceless moments you will never forget, that is just too funny, too amazing to be true and yet is. The rest of the week was quite nice, other than a little squeak now and then and lots and lots of cuddles for the slightly needy boy dog.  Apart from discovering that he didn’t mind carpeted stairs (so he could come upstairs and kiss me awake 7 hours promptly after going to bed) the most fun Mojo had was making a platonic girlfriend at the leash free park. A grey and black spotted Great Dane named Cookie. After a little cautious play Cookie quickly decided she liked Mojo and started grooming his face very tenderly.

Mission #2 Eating  -I can’t for sure claim total success with the food, we did manage to get him to eat about every 4 hours, although never in large quantities. Mojo had whole wheat bread with butter, Organic yogurt, cottage cheese,  Sardines, raw ground beef. Mostly raw chicken frames with veggie soup, egg yolks, fish oil and kibble. Ground beef cooked with rice, sweet potatoes and romaine lettuce. Cheese, cheese and cheese. All in all I think we got him over the worst part and took him home maybe slightly heavier.

Conclusion: Cailean and Mojo are like chalk and cheese although they really like each other Cailean is too much too much for Mojo, finding a companion for my busy Mis Biz will take some careful doing.

One morning I came down stairs to sun streaming in the window and Cailean & Mojo on Cailean’s favourite perch, part of a sectional sofa in our living room. Careful not to disturb the very cute picture they made I snuck off for the camera. I hurriedly snapped a bunch of photos none of which turned out too well with the way too bright light coming in the window. I include them here because while not very good they are cute; more especially since they are not pack mates and deerhounds don’t usually lay together as adults.


Open hearted

As I know that most deerhound owners I’ve met are extraordinarily open hearted and compassionate people, many of whom include one or more “rescue” dogs in their packs, I want to tell you about a rescue organization you might not have heard about. Save a Mexican Mutt or SAMM is a dog rescue and adoption organization in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico “dedicated to the countless who never felt a gentle touch or whispered affection.” Kelly & Jim Karger have opened their hearts and home to give life to this organization and the dogs so in need.

As I sit here writing I have one little rescue dog curled as close as he can get to my side, while another is lying on the floor at my feet. (OK she’s no longer at my feet she is against my other side.) These two Paco and Zara were lucky enough to be adopted by our dear friend John, a Canadian expat who chose to retire in San Miguel Allende, he and his partner Sonia have made a welcome home for Zara & Paco. There are so many others not so lucky. I don’t need to upset you with horrific stories about the lives of these poor creatures in need of love and support.

There is an unusual quality to the mexican street dogs, as you would expect only the strong survive and being car savvy is one characteristic I wish deerhounds would emulate.  Gentle temperaments seem inherent also, you can imagine what would happen if they were in any way threatening.

The dogs available for adoption are fostered until a home is found for them. As stated on the SAMM website all of their dogs are highly adoptable, socialized and certified healthy. Prior to adoption all dogs are sterilized, temperament tested and vaccines are up to date. Paperwork to facilitate American adoptions will be provided.  SAMM dogs are for all practical purposes only suitable for someone in the southwest U.S. Please visit their website for a story that will inspire you. Donations, volunteers needed.

Rosita after and Before

Magazine article on Deerhounds

The October issue of Dogs in Canada features a Scottish Deerhound on the cover and an article titled “The True Highland Greyhound” written by Col. David Hancock M.B.E. of Oxfordshire England with the pictures for the article are all Fernhill dogs esp Ardtalamcu Mojave Man out of Thistleglen Neville and Aus. Ch. Ardtalamcu Embers and Mojo’s daughter with Fernhill’s Amelie – Zephyr. A well written article with lots of deerhound history and some well thought out comments about breed size vs. function and sustainability.

Mojo Cover Boy

If you are looking for a copy of the magazine check the website for more info.

Fernhill’s Lyric

the ultimate gentle gazeLyric is the leader of the Fernhill Pack gentle, lovable and yet Lord of All under his command.

Grayscale of Lyric & MojoLyric & Mojo (Amazingly Mojo is larger and younger but still deferential to the older and wiser Patriarch of the Pack Lyric )

My Deerhound Cailean

I would be remiss on this blog if I didn’t talk at all about the ‘Raison d’être’ of its creation; the inimitable extraordinary being that is my Scottish Deerhound Fernhill’s Cailean Adair O’Druimhaven. Cailean has just turned two and isn’t quite the deerhound most people expect to meet; she is like a live wire that bounces around with an electric energy difficult to contain. She has been described by a friend as a deerhound on amphetamines. While she is high energy she is also a tender gentle soul that loves nothing more than to make friends with all she meets.

I have been asked how I chose which puppy (litter of two only) I was going to make my own. Really I think that she chose me more than the reverse.

Me & Cailean May-07

Me & Cailean May-07

For the past 20+ years I have been the only female presence in a house with my husband and 2 sons. It is remarkable how essentially female is Cailean and how much joy she adds to my life.

The last few years have been marked by profound loss. First my kids left home to begin their adult lives (which felt natural and right) but coupled with the loss of my mother 2 years ago and 1 year ago my father and my mother in law has been very difficult. Learning how to accept the loss and the completely different character that makes of your life is an ongoing process.

This new phase of life has its challenges, but it is also a time to “Seize the Day”. I have felt a need to add new substance and challenge to my life.

Embracing the love of Scottish Deerhounds and in particular my girl Cailean has opened my heart and mind to a path I feel I was meant to trod. I have met and become friends with people I otherwise would never have met; this alone adds dimension and richness to my little world.

We make ourselves vulnerable in our love of our pets, but facing the knowledge that their presence is a treasure we are given for what may be a brief span of time is something we all have to recognize. Is it possible to inure ourselves to the inevitable loss, I’m not sure?

I hope you will enjoy the journey with us and find the writings here interesting, educational and sometimes entertaining.

Cailean paused for a moment

Cailean paused for a moment