Woman’s best friend

WHY DOGS ARE BET­TER THAN DI­A­MONDS

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TIF­FANY BROWN, 21, AND AUS­TRALIAN SHEP­HERD CLOONEY, 5 Trainee vet­eri­nary nurse Gen­er­a­tion Z: 1990 – now

What I love about Clooney is that he is one of the hap­pi­est dogs I have ever met. He’s al­ways wag­ging his tail and al­ways wants to be with you. I’ve al­ways had dogs and I don’t know what I’d do with­out one — you’re never lonely if you have a dog. My mum wanted to call him Ge­orge Clooney, but I didn’t, so we set­tled on just ‘Clooney’.

My favourite mem­ory with Clooney would be when we drove down to the beach and it was his first time there. I have never seen a dog so ex­cited — he was in the wa­ter for hours! He con­stantly ‘talks’ to you as well and he also has a ten­nis ball that he likes to carry around.

If Clooney could speak I think he would say, “I can see you throw­ing those leftovers away and I don’t ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

If I could write a let­ter to my dog I would tell him that my life is bet­ter with him in it and his con­stant hap­pi­ness and joy is a gift.

JO DEVLIN, 50, AND GREAT DANE ACE, 10, AND STAGHOUND SHIRL, 2 Dog groomer Gen­er­a­tion X: 1965 – 1980

What I love about Ace he is so easy go­ing, a gen­tle gi­ant and very loyal — he is just a cool dude with a beau­ti­ful tem­per­a­ment. What I love about Shirl is that she just loves ev­ery­one and is al­ways happy — she has a sticky nose though, she is al­ways into ev­ery­thing!

My favourite mem­ory with Ace and Shirl would be hard to choose, I have so many favourite mem­o­ries with them. I take Ace to the horse shows with me and peo­ple of­ten say, ‘That is not a dog, it’s a horse’, which has got­ten a bit old now! When I take the horses on a trail ride Shirl comes with me. I adopted her from the Co­bram Pound and I think we re­ally bonded on the trail rides. Shirl also sleeps on top of Ace some­times, which is pretty cute.

If Ace and Shirl could speak I don’t know what they’d say. Ace has stiff back legs so I take him swimming a lot for his health, he loves it and I usu­ally have to go and get him out of the wa­ter, so he’d prob­a­bly say some­thing about go­ing for a swim.

If I could write a let­ter to my dogs I would tell Ace that he is just the dear­est, sweet­est dog, and to Shirl, I would say how funny she is and (thank her) for the laughs.

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