If you'd asked me back in 2005 whether I'd ever share my life with a dog, I would have laughed in your face. I had two cats - Chivers and Tazzie - (who have now sadly passed over rainbow bridge) and had never really 'got' dogs. This was probably not helped by the fact that I was bitten in the stomach by a German Shepherd Dog as a child - I happened to be at the wrong end whilst another child was teasing the dog.
Little did I know that a long weekend in Barcelona would change my life forever. It wasn't the stunning architecture or finding a long lost Dali that was to change my life, it was a small notice posted behind the reception desk at the boarding kennels/cattery:
Female Greyhound - Good with Children and Cats - Looking for a Good Home
|Mina in 2005|
Mina was introduced to Chivers and Tazzie and the initial signs were good, so on Friday 11 March 2005, Mina joined our family and my life changed forever.
Mina was being rehomed as she had begun to fight with the older female dog in the house she was living in...this should have been a sign that she may have had some behavioural issues but we didn't think too much of it.
It was these issues that led me down the path to where I am now. I've learned so much from Mina over the years and she's been forgiving of my mistakes (all made with the best intentions).
Now, I look at this greying greyhound beauty in front of me and can't believe where the years have gone and how much my life has changed thanks to her.
|Mina in 2010 poses for the camera. Photo courtesy of Tim Rose, Dogs Today|