Firstly there is Lilly are chocolate Labrador, Lilly used to play and intergral role in keeping rabbit population to manageable number, but at 12 years old, she is now concentrating on cellar door duties. Despite her age she still loves a party, and especially enjoys Christmas parties she get plenty of pats and scratches, and can always be relied upon to stay till the end and ensure everyone gets safely to their rides. With rabbit hunting behind her Lilly looks to supplement her diet with pizza crusts, she use her sad eyes look-”Can’t you see I’m starving”-with visitors to illicit donations, if you can see beyond those eyes to her stomach you’ll see a very different story.
Lilly’s partner in crime was Max our caramel Labrador who unfortunately passed away, after a while we thought we would like to get another Lab as a friend for Lilly. Wanting a dog of a similar age to Lilly we lodged an application with Labrador Rescue for a mature dog, which brings us to Pluto.
After writing a detailed submission about how we would be the perfect home for a rescue dog, we got call from Carolyn about a dog named Pluto who needed a new home, Pluto was a genuine rescue dog in that he had been severely neglected by his previous owner, give his condition and had it not been for Carolyn’s willingness to make a six hour trip to collect him he would have been euthanized.
Initially we wanted a similar aged dog to Lilly, Carolyn estimated his age at 8 or 9 years, but looking at the pictures sent to us we thought probably he was around 11 years old. It was obvious he had had a tough time and needed a loving family for the rest of his life.
When he arrived we soon realise we didn’t get what we bargained for, but in a good way. Although he may have looked 11 years old, he didn’t behave like it, in fact quite the opposite, he was very puppy like in his behavior, always playful, stealing socks and shoes trying to play games, and just so appreciate of affection, a simple pat enough to suggest he had been transported to heaven. As the months passed Pluto started to de-age, his pale gaunt looks, spots of missing fur, and his wire textured fur start to transform into the big beautiful soft boy he is today. In all likelihood he was probably only around four years old when he came to us.
In his first year at the cellar door he was quite boisterous, probably getting a little drunk on the affection people showered on him, in the early days he even tried to follow some cellar door customers home. But his cellar door etiquette has really improved and loves to help in the vineyard as well. Poor Lilly just as she was starting to slow down she got this man baby as her new companion, that was four years ago now and Pluto and Lilly are quite happy to snuggle up together on the couch.