Hello chaps and chapesses!
D is for Dogs.
In the great universal philosophical battle between cat people and dog people, I’m definitely a dog person. It’s not that I don’t like cats – a few of my friends have got cats and they’re lovely – it’s just that we always had dogs as family pets when I was growing up, and I just bloody love them.
Technically, my first pet dog was a Scottie called Bonnie. When I was very little, we lived in a caravan on some land next door to my grandparents for a few months while our house was being built. In the meantime, Bonnie stayed with my grandparents rather than deign to slum it in the caravan with us. When we moved in to the house, she took every opportunity to run back to my grandparents’ house next door, so in the end they kept her. That was when I was about two or three.
When I was four, we got Chelsea. She was a West Highland Terrier (which, FYI, is not the same as a Scottie dog), and we called her Chelsea Bun as a fun and affectionate nickname. She was part of the family for my entire childhood. I can remember one Easter when I was about seven or eight, where we’d gone on holiday in our caravan and brought Chelsea with us. I’d been sharing my Easter eggs with her all evening, until we were both sick. I was heartbroken when we eventually had to take her to be put down at the grand old age of fourteen.
After Chelsea shuffled off her mortal coil, Mum and Dad got a King Charles Cavalier spaniel called Dougal. They loved him to bits, and I thought he was lovely, but as they got him while I was away at uni, I always thought of him as very much my parents’ dog rather than mine.
As you probably know, the dog in my life at the moment is a cheeky young scamp called Toby. He’s a rescue dog, and he’s lived with us for almost two years now. He’s a cross breed, and we think there’s a bit of labrador, whippet and terrier in there – he basically looks like a labrador puppy, even though he’s about five or six and going grey.
He has his moments, but generally he’s a lovely little bundle of cuteness, and I absolutely love him to bits. I don’t have any photos of Bonnie or Chelsea or Dougal, but I do have one or two snaps of Toby Le Rone…..
Where do you stand on the cats vs. dogs debate?