Dog Tails – Layla and Roy

March 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Welcome to the next instalment of Dog Tails. When clients visit us for studio pet portraits, they often recount the stories of their dogs lives. With each dog being different, so is each story. Some are happy tales, some inspiring, some sad, but each one ends with love as their dog subjects find a place and person to call their own.

In February 2015 we had a visit from Cherie and her two pooches, Layla (nine year Rottie) and Roy (nine year old Griffon.)

Cherie shares their stories with us.

“I was looking for a little dog and was looking at Tenterfield Terriers. I went to a dog show at Southern River but I thought the terriers were too timid. I walked past these two little dogs and fell in love. I had no idea what type of dog they were, so when I asked the owner. She said, “do you know the movie ‘As Good As It Gets’, well that’s the type of dog they are”.

I found a breeder in Melbourne and Roy was sent over to begin his new life with us.

A couple of years ago my husband and I were watching the AFL grand final. I always make little party pies, sausage rolls and little quiches for the occasion. I’d had a couple of drinks, so when my husband went out, I had a lay down.

After a couple of hours, when my husband returned home, we found Roy had scoffed most of the party pies, sausage rolls and little quiches from off the low coffee table. He was so swollen, poor love! He just wants to eat absolutely everything, although he’s not fat!

I wanted a Rottweiler and found some for sale through a breeder in Albany. The breeder emailed me photos and they were all named after colours.

I originally loved “blue girl”, but she was taken. All that were left were “purple” and “yellow” girl by the time I’d decided I wanted one. I asked for “yellow” girl only because I wasn’t that keen on the Dockers at the time.

The breeder said, “Really? If you ask me “purple girl” has got a real personality.” So I went with purple girl and to this day I can’t believe I could’ve missed out on having the best dog we’ve ever had.

When she arrived she was the cutest bundle of soft black fur, it was love at first sight.

I took Layla to dog training at Southern River when she was six months old. For her certificate she and another dog, a Kelpie, had the highest points so we had to play off for there to be a winner. They wanted us to get them to fetch and return a toy (I had an old gardening glove).

Well Layla didn’t know how to fetch at the time, so what I did was I had some polony left over from her rewards and I rubbed the polony on the glove and made sure she got a whiff of it before I threw it and without ever playing fetch, she ran after the glove and brought it back to me giving us first prize!

Layla recently had major abdominal surgery and four units of blood to save her life after a large 15cm tumour ruptured on her spleen. Unfortunately her tumour has come back as a haemangiosarcoma and we are now cherishing every moment we have with her.”