My name is Gino & my Kennel Club name is Siglette Shadow.
On the 9th May 2017 at 3.05am I arrived into this big wide world, I weighed 175grams & was the second puppy to be born when Vikki my Mum a Miniature Schnauzer had a litter of 5 Boys & just one girl. I never knew my Dad though his name was Noah as it was just a one day stand so Vikki my Mum was left to bring us up on our own. Then on the 9th June when I was 4.5weeks old my humans to be Christine & George came & chose me. Mum says it was an exceedingly difficult decision, but she is so glad that she has brought me home. Apparently before me Mum had Suzi but she was left devasted when Suzi went to Rainbow Bridge on 13th April 2017 when she went for surgery & didn't make it home, so Mum needed me. I have been told Suzi was unique & incredibly special to my Mum so guess I have a lot to live up too. I was just 8 weeks when I came to my forever home & I have been so good, I am settling in now Mum says I was definitely meant to be, have heard her saying that she wasn't sure if she really wanted another puppy after having had Suzi for nearly 13 years but it was Jennifer who was Suzi's groomer who told Mum about my litter as her friend Moira had Vikki & she was having puppies. Jennifer insisted that Mum joined them for lunch on 24th April 2017 at Garrion Bridge Garden Centre so that Mum could meet Moira. That day Mum said she still wasnt sure if she really wanted another puppy as felt they werent getting any younger also it was only 11 days since she had lost Suzi but Moira said she would phone Mum when the pups arrived.
When Vikki's 6 puppies arrived Moira phoned to say that there was only one girl & 5 boys apparently Moira had put Mum down for a girl but Moira was keeping the only girl. Mum said 'you know what Moira decision made I've had my girl Suzi & she cant be replaced so I'm happy to take a boy Moira was so pleased & said she would give Mum first choice from the 5 boys on the 9th June. So my humans to be Christine & George came & chose me that day when I was 4.5 weeks old.
Well actually it was Christine my Mum who really chose me but she said it was a very difficult decision. Moira had named me MR GREEN & as Mum was wearing Green that day she decided even though her favourite colour is blue & there was a Mr Blue that she would take me & said that I was to be called Gino (G for Green) & after Gino D'Acampo the Italian Chef who Mum likes as her favourite food is Italian. Moira then let Mum visit me every week until she was able to take me home on the 4th July when I was brought home in this doggy bag for the journey home in the car but Mum sat with me in the back seat.
its a doggie travel bag !!!
So on the 4th July when I was just 8 wks old I was brought to my forever home... apparently I have been so good for Mum in fact she cant believe it as on my first night home I settled into my crate, I was dry all night (whatever that means) guess it means I didnt do the toilet & I slept all night !! so I certainly made a very good impression ok I did have a few accidents in the house during the first few days but only (6 to be precise) but Mum says they werent my fault !! they mostly happpened when she was out & I was left with George. I'm settling in now & Mum says I was definitely meant to be, have heard her saying that she wasnt sure if she really wanted another puppy after having Suzi for nearly 13 years.
Moira also let Mum have first choice of chosing my Kennel Club name from her list so I'm called 'Siglette Shadow' as apparently Mum said I was to be her Shadow & Mum says I'm heading that way. I am her Shadow as I follow Mum everywhere !! Just love my Mum so I'm definitely going to be a Mum's boy.
So Mum was left devastated when she lost Suzi who she had before me, when Suzi went to Rainbow Bridge on 13th April 2017 !! Mum says she has needed me to ease the pain that she had, Suzi was like me a mini Schnauzer but was unique & very special to my Mum.
Apparently on my first night I was so good as when Mum put me to bed in my crate in their room I only gave a couple of whimpers then I slept all night !!! Yes all night !! Dont think I missed my siblings ! think I was just glad to have a good sleep. I was so good & even better I didnt even do the toilet. !!!! An 8wk old puppy sleeping all night & not doing the toilet definitely impressed Mum she still talks about it to this day as she couldnt believe it. ! & Still doesnt. !!!
I have been in Mum's bedroom from day one as Mum said no way was I sleeping downstairs she had done that with Suzi when she was a puppy & it was sleepless nights for a few weeks as Suzi just didnt like it. Mum was really really amazed that I had gone all night without doing the toilet !! Mum keeps saying I'm such a good wee boy. Think she is now starting to love me !!! I couldnt go out for walks until I had my injections so at first Mum took me out to help socialise me, whatever that is but she had to 'carry me' on walks, where I met people & children she also took me in the car in fact we went to lots of places. So it wasnt long until I was house trained & I had been to most places but not to Fife where Aunty Ann lives with Hamish & Robbie. So on the 12th August we went to Crail for the day, as they were at their caravan that day.... I was only 13 weeks when I first met Hamish & Robbie (they're both Scotties) I had met everyone else as Mum had been taking me out, so it was my first day off the lead, & we all went to the beach it was great. Aunty Ann was very surprised how good I was but was even more surprised how confident Mum was at letting me off the lead but Mum knew I wouldnt runaway....as remember ...yes ......I am her 'Shadow' !!
I cuddled in beside Hamish after we came back from the beach as I was very tired. This is me on the beach with Aunty Ann it was my first time off the lead !
Two weeks later on the 24th August I had my first holiday, when we all went back to Crail for the week to Aunty Ann's caravan. The first night we were there we went to the East Neuk Hotel as the humans were having their dinner. Apparently again I was so well behaved & I made Mum so proud as I just sat and watched everything that was going on round about me. We were also on the beach most days it was good fun but it was cold during the night !!! as the weather wasn't all that great for the time of the year.
Mum has had friends to stay since I've come to them, we have also had overnights at Benito's & been to Fife. Apparently my Mum met Benito's Mum in 2014 when she was walking Suzi. Benito needed someone to doggy sit him as Ros his Mum was on her own & had to go to work so Mum ended up having him, he's the same as me but Black & Silver. But they don't stay here now as his Mum moved when she met Donnie.. I played non stop with Benito all the time when we were there, there was also Ollie the kitten & Ama she was a senior lady but I liked her too, she's a French Bull dog.....Mum said I was very good, again she was so proud of me.
November 2017 - We had a lovely day out at Prestwick today for Mum's birthday I am 6mths in this photo first we had a walk on the beach then Mum was having lunch at the Failford Inn, so I was there too that day. Again Mum was so proud of me as the Failford Inn is dog friendly
Mum says Im such a good boy looks as if she can take me anywhere !!. she is just so so proud of me
This is me looking out the window, Mum says this was Suzi's favourite spot, but now it's mine
February 2018 --- So 8 months on and Im still doing really well. Mum took me to Martin the doggy doctor as I had to be weighed, I'm now 7.2kgs, Martin says I need to have a puppy tooth removed as its not been pushed out by the adult tooth so I'm going soon to have that extracted not sure if they are going to do anything else to me when I'm there as I heard Mum say what about his 'bits' whatever they are ! I dont know !! so I'm watching this space !!
Just heard I am going later this week to have that tooth out also Mum is having my 'man bits' removed. Gosh that sounds sore !! The night before Ive not to have anything to eat after my dinner and no breakfast in the morning for me before I go gosh I am going to be a very hungry boy when I come home.
Well Mum left me today Friday (16th February 2018) with Martin, I seemed to be there a long time although I did sleep for a while, when I woke up I was shaky on my legs. Caitland one of the nurses cuddled me until Mum arrived. I cried & whimpered all the way home in the car. Had cuddles from Mum when we got home then I had a wee sleep. Then Mum made yummy Scrambled Egg for me as I had a big tooth removed. No long walks for the next few days & no jumping on the couch or the bed until after I go back for my check up on 26th February.
So yesterday we were back at that place, Martin wasnt there dont know where he was but Nikki the vet nurse she took my stitches out.... I never felt a thing, I didnt even cry ....Nikki said I was such a brave boy....Now I can get back to normal walks soon when the snow goes away Mum is going to take me to the beach as there's no snow at the beach but its very cold. Hoping it will be soon.
Last weekend there was another dog here, I thought Mum had got another one like me, but it was Benito he was here for an overnight we played non stop and then eventually crashed for a sleep. It was good, we are going again to see them soon when the weather is better.
Last weekend we went to Prestwick on Sunday, it was busy so Mum kept me on the lead, then when we went on the grassy bit & she let me off and boy was I off to see other dogs that were off the lead. Mum says I was certainly more adventurous this time but of course Im getting older as Im nearly 11 months now. Then we went for lunch well the humans did I was sitting under the table in the Golf Inn...I was very good until we were leaving and two other dogs came in well I let out the sharpest bark & everyone got a fright, in fact some people didnt even know I was there well they did after that. Mum took me out to the car as she wasnt happy. But we will go back another day.
How the time has passed Mum keeps saying I've grown so fast. Heard Mum saying that we are going away for a couple of days soon when the weather gets a bit warmer then we are going to see Aunty Ann, Hamish & Robbie. Today Mum has been packing so I need to watch what is happening, yip we are going for a few days to Fife so will update when we come home.
Well we've been away & I had a great time, at Aunty Ann's arrived for lunch then we all went to the beach it was good running around it wasnt busy but I did go to see other dogs but came back to Mum...as I'm a good boy. We stayed in at night as the folks had Chinese so I had my first Prawn Cracker. Next day we went to Crail to the caravan for lunch then to the beach at Balcomie, poor Hamish he couldnt keep up so his Dad took him back to the car while we all went on & met Isla & her Scotties, two of them bullied me but Dad took me away. Back to the caravan for a sleep then they all went out to eat & left us boys home alone but I was in my crate safe & sound. Next day it was wet so Mum wont go to the beach when its raining so it was toilet walks round the park for me. Then we left to come home & I slept all the way as I was shattered but I did enjoy being away. Aunty Ann says we can have the caravan so going back sometime for our holidays but Mum says we will also be going to the Lake District first if she can find somewhere for us to stay.
I'm a Birthday Boy today (9th May 2018) thats me now ONE Year old, cant believe it I seem to have grown so fast. Went to the beach a few days before my birthday as Mum knew the weather was going to be rubbish, so we had a lovely day & the weather was good. I said hello to lots of other dogs but I was good. Then we went for lunch and then home, I slept all the way home after my run about on the beach.
Well what a busy week its been there's been another dog staying with us thought Mum had got another but then I remembered it was Benito he's been while his Mum was away for a week sunning herself, but he must of went home today as when I got up this morning he was away ..... apparently his Mum picked him up on her way home from the airport while I was still sleeping. It was good having company but think Mum found it difficult walking us together.
16th June 2018 well we've just been to Benito's for an overnight, it was good & I played with Benito. But Mum not so pleased with me as I was a bit restless during the night as I wanted to play with Benito & Ama so Mum didnt get much sleep.
This week Mum nipped to the shops & left me home alone, Mum was impressed when she came back as I was still up on the window sill where she had left me, I just stayed there till I saw her car come back. Mum was very impressed with me.