Today we are pleased to introduce you to Groucho The Wonder Westie!
Groucho entered our lives on 13 April 2006. At the time, we were living in Dublin, Ireland and, after many years without a dog, having just moved into a new home that had enough room for a 'four legged family member' we had registered with the truly amazing Westie Rescue Ireland (www. westierescue.ie). This organisation is run by an inspirational woman who, with her band of dedicated volunteers, rehomes abandoned Westies, many of whom are in a terrible state when they are handed in to Westie Rescue.
On 12 April, Westie Rescue called to say they had heard of a wee Westie puppy (6 months old) in a pound who was looking for a home, and would we be interested - if we were, we had to collect him the next day before 2pm otherwise he would be put to sleep. Well, of course we said yes and, at 11am the next day, we set off, allowing plenty of time (it was a 50 mile drive which, in Ireland, takes some time!). We arrived at the pound to find this bundle of white fur waiting for us and, of course, it was love at first sight - he turned our lives upside down, for the better!. Groucho had a very tough start to life so it took some time for him to understand that we would not abandon him or treat him poorly as his first owner had.
Groucho has had any number of adventures since arriving in our lives. We call him a frequent flyer as he has lived in Dubai for 15 months (which he loved - he was able to attend a doggy creche twice a week and, in true Westie fashion, had all the other dogs doing what he wanted them to do! He was like a little general, commanding the Rotties, the Dobermans, the Vizlas etc to do what he wanted, when he wanted!), back to Ireland for 12 months (loved it, particularly his visits to the country, in the West of Ireland, where he was made a fuss of wherever he went!) and now, Australia. He has developed into a real 'Aussie' dog (although we like to think he has retained his Irish woof accent!), spending most of his spare time on a beach or the river foreshore, taking up kayaking, learning to deal with the overwhelming number of flies that torment us every Summer (he tries to eat them) and, most of all, charming all he meets.
But, for us, the best thing about Groucho is his ability to delight - we love his affectionate nature, his button eyes and little black nose, his cocky personality, his determination to get his own way (a constant battle of wills!), his cheeky sense of humour (he is named after Groucho Marx - same whiskers, same sense of humour!) but, most of all, it's his ability to delight us that we love the most. He has brought a huge amount of humour and love into not just our lives, but all who know him and his ability to continue to trust and love us four legged ones after his tough start to life has been a wonderful lesson for us.
We hope you enjoy his blog and his perspective on life!
Here are some of Groucho's favorite posts:
If You Go Down To The Woods Today
Day One: Groucho Enters Our Lives
I Am Groucho
Why I Love Sundays
Please take some time out of your week to stop by & say hi to Groucho. You won't be sorry you did!
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