Those of you who already know me will be aware that I have a 10 year old Irish Setter named Eric whom I adore. After much deliberation my family and I decided it would be greatly beneficial to both Eric and us if we got another Irish Setter, but, believe you me it took a great deal of planning and writing of pros & cons lists and SWOT analysis.
Murphy the 8 week old Setter pup was brought home yesterday and much to our amazement Eric immediately took to him, wanting to wash him and play with him, he even brought some of his toys out to 'give' to Murphy; it was such a cute and emotional experience, I have to admit I shed a few tears over it all. We'd been advised by the breeder, several other dog owners and our Vet that the response from Eric would go one of two ways i.e. he would either completely ignore him or he would be quite grumpy and domineering. How wonderful it was when he was completely different - just placid and very friendly.
Unfortunately I had to work the night shift (again) but when I left home both Eric and Murphy were curled up next to each other sleeping and when I called home to check on them around 11pm, they were still in the same place, aww bless.
Needless to say I can't wait to get home and see them both again, even just writing this has made me 'well up' again.
Now for a few photos