Happy Gotcha Day Baxter!

Baxter rescue dog

Just look at that happy smile!

On the 17th January we will be celebrating one year that Baxter has been part of our family, it is his ‘Gotcha Day’ a fun name given to the date you rescue a pet and bring him or her home.

We signed up with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in early January last year having taken the decision to give a dog a home. We went a long to the Brands Hatch branch and spoke to a member of staff who assessed us and we then visited the kennels and saw how many wonderful pets are there waiting to find a home. As our girls were under 8 there were restrictions as to which kind of dog we could home, our name had to go on a list and we would have to wait for a suitable pet to arrive.

Only a fortnight went by and we got a call from them saying a young dog by the name of Baxter had been brought in, he was a King Charles Cavalier and would we be interested in meeting him?

I said yes immediately and then googled King Charles Cavalier so I knew I was looking at the right breed.

One year later…

It’s marvellous. It’s fabulous and we now know his character and his likes and dislikes. We also know how cheeky he is too, he often makes us smile with his attempts to outwit us.

We discovered he didn’t like going in the water much at first, he didn’t want to get his paws wet but he loved chasing seagulls and entered the water in the vain hope of catching one. Now he loves splashing in puddles.

We learnt that he is rather partial to a dog biscuit and put on a bit of weight which needed to come off.

He sleeps a lot and snores really loudly.

Baxter with dog toys

He loves his toys and has got through so many chewing them until they are in bits, even Santa bought him some new ones to play with and one has already been destroyed.

He will sell his soul for a treat and is addicted to Dentistix at midday.

If he doesn’t like the route you are walking he will quite simply sit down and won’t budge. In the early days I didn’t know how to react. Then I got fed up of his antics I yanked him, raised my voice and he trotted along head down and a ‘good boy’.

This last point made me realise that it’s all about knowing who is boss. If he thinks he can get away with it, he will.

Baxter loves snuggling up to you. the minute anyone sits down he is making moves to get on your lap.

Now that I am working three days a week we have a lovely neighbour who comes in and takes him out for a walk on those days, she then takes him to her house until we come home. from what she’s been telling me, he’s been playing her up too. I must remember to tell her to yank his lead when he sits down on the pavement!

Has he changed our life?

Yes. We can’t go out on day trips without thinking about him and his needs as we never leave him on his own for too long. When we look for holidays we look for pet friendly places, like Trevella park in Cornwall.

Would I change anything?

No. We haven’t regretted taking him into our family once. He has given us so much, smiles, hugs and laughter too. The twins adore having him and he’s the first person they say hello to in the morning and he has made me get out and walk so much more.

Baxter - King Charles Cavalier Spaniel