“A bit achey in the bones but other than that I’m fine”
I see him bounding along for a bit then stops & looks back – he repeats this with excitement but he’s not that fast. He’s bounding along in a sort of slow paced gallop.
I see him stretch his front paws out from an oval bed – then slowly gets his back end up. He’s in no rush.
“I’m happy but it’s not always been this way”. I ask why & he says “I wasn’t treated well at all”. I tell him that we will go into more detail about this later & I’ll find out some more, he’s fine with this.
I see him lolloping along, not gracefully! He wants to make me laugh but not in a cheeky way. He’s just naturally a bit dopey & doesn’t realise how funny he is naturally. He seems a very sweet natured boy.
He shows me sat in front of someone & they’re bouncing a small ball up & down in front of him.
“Sniffing & snooping”! I see him sniffing but not in a typical ‘Spaniel – on a mission” way – it’s slower & more random.
“Under the chin & in my ears”.
I imagine him with other dogs & he says “Get them away from me”.
women – I see him sat expectantly & then rolls over. This is done in a loving way.
men – I see him chasing his tail all excited.
children – “I want to teach them so I teach them through play”. I see him nudging with his nose, as if to give a nudge in the right direction.
“She’s lovely & sweet, she cares for me”. I see him with his head cocked to one side. I can see the love in his eyes.
“Just of love” – he says it in a relaxed but serious manner.
“Just pass everything onto Rose, she’ll understand”
I see him sat shaking & a man is whipping his back legs – a big man. Bracken is still trying to please him though. I ask him why this happened & he said “He didn’t understand why I did certain things”, sometimes I’d bark because I was scared & he’d beat me”. He didn’t seem to dwell on this & it doesn’t seem to affect him now. I explained that some people are ignorant & believe that humans are a higher species & can do what they want, when in actual fact we’re all equal. I told him some people are like this but not all. I explained that nothing like this would ever happen again whilst with this family. I asked him if he understood & he said “Oh yes I’m lucky to have found my family”.
“Cars & bikes mainly” (I believe he means motorbikes). I ask why & he said “Sometimes they’re out of control & can cause disasters”. I asked if he’d been part of a ‘disaster’ & he said “Yes, a while ago a car skidded right up close to me” – I see him cowering against a wall or bush & the car skidding & coming to a halt right up close to him. He said “It missed me by the skin of my teeth”. I asked if this still scares him & he said “Yes”. I then explain that most cars & bikes are in control and to be aware of traffic but not to let it scare him. He said “Yes, I’ll try”.
“I get woken up by the cat – then she slinks off & I get blamed!”.
“We share cheese sometimes”. I see Rose sat in a sofa chair & Bracken is sat waiting for his cheese. I ask him if this is a special time & he says “Oh yes, we love our cheese”.
I ask if there’s anything else & again he shows me sat in front of someone bouncing the small ball REALLY high & he’s bemused watching.