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Judith Gayle Smith

Dear Lt. Smith

We very much appreciate the time you took to visit us to meet our beloved Laddie! I am sorry we were not home when you arrived. We understand the nature of the complaint, and we are concerned that the complainant is so worried.

Laddie is a purebred Collie...a working class...and is extremely ordered in his routine. He refuses to eat and/or drink water outside (and we do ensure that he has plenty of fresh water outside) - we don't know why - and since he lets food sit outside uneaten, it only encourages mice, rats, birds and insects to picnic unrestrained!

Laddie is not permitted to go outside until 6 am, as he is an excitable barker, as are most collies. When Laddie became a member of our family at 16 months of age, he had already been "debarked" by his previous owners.

He had lived in a household that had other dogs, and was considered an "outdoor dog". Unfortunately, he had no one to teach him how to play, fetch, etc...but was given the basics of sit, lie down, come, etc. He was a very somber youngster and it seemed to take forever to let him feel free to even romp in the house!

He is a pacer. He developed a worried look early on - his owner had cancer and had developed an allergy to him and had to part with him.

Our prior dog - Jacques-oh! - had just passed away from an enlarged heart - something that Bouvier des Flanders are prone to, and we had no knowledge of that information, so we had him autopsied to make sure no one had poisoned him, as there were such goings on in the neighborhood at that time.

Laddie was a GODsend...he came as a wonderful comforter, and is my greatest stress reliever! However, the little tyke is very focused on his habits and refuses to eat or drink until he is in the house with us at suppertime! When he comes in, I MUST start making dinner (he literally herds me into the kitchen!) and he won't partake of his dinner until we are seated and eating! If I go into the kitchen again to get something, he stops eating and follows me in, worrying at me until I get back to my dinner, and then he flops down and eats his!

He won't drink his water (kept in our bedroom) until he has finished dinner and has tried to herd us into the bedroom for the evening! He is very habituated to his routine and has trained us as his pets!

He is a lovely and very sweet dog, and, unfortunately, very very spoiled by yours truly. His fur suffers a bit because I have Fibromyalgia and I find it almost impossible to get down to his level to comb him. We usually have him professionally groomed, but I just retired from work, and no money is coming in for such niceties at present.

You will be pleased to discover that he is a very happy and well behaved (except when he gets overexcited!) chap - there is not a mean bone in his body. His weight is around 60 pounds, which his veterinarian says is ideal for his bone structure. We feed him Science Diet for optimum health, and last year he had 0 worth of dental work performed.

We keep him on a light chain because he is such a friendly little guy, and has found numerous ways to exit our fenced backyard! If he sees a cat, a child, anyone walking in the alley - that is an excuse to fly out to play with them!

He sleeps most of the day - on rainy days when we keep him indoors, he will go to his bed in our bedroom and sleep there, just as he would under his wonderfully shady maple tree out back! Again - a creature of habit!

Hope this helps - please come out personally and meet Laddie - he is a lover!

Grace - GOD'S Power!

"Of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues."

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