Love stands test of time
IT goes without saying that everyone I interview for this column is very enamoured of their animal companions, however, no one has expressed it quite as fluidly and honestly as Kerry Faulds, of Howrah, when she describes the love she has for her nine- year- old Maltese shih tzu, Bella.
Tell me how you and Bella came together?
I had a hip replacement almost 10 years ago and needed to get up and exercise for my rehabilitation. I decided to get a dog because I love them but more importantly, walking it would aid in my rehabilitation. I saw some puppies advertised and when I went to look at them Bella was the only one left and so she came home with me.
And you both celebrate a big milestone later this year?
Yes, we’re both turning 70 this year. Bella’s 10 years old at Easter so that makes her 70 in dog years and I too celebrate my 70th birthday this year. We’ve grown old together we’ve both got a little arthritis and are slowing up but at 9am every morning we leave the house and walk Howrah Beach without fail. Which over the years has just been marvellous, running into the same people each morning and having established some wonderful friendships with other dog owners who walk their dogs along Howrah Beach.
( At this point Bella lies down next to my feet and rolls on her stomach wanting a tummy scratch).
She seems very gentle natured.
In the whole time I’ve had her I’ve never even once heard her snarl in anger. She loves every other dog she meets and is just as great with people. Growing up she’s had our children and their grandchildren pull her this way and that and she just loves it.
Recently, she’s had to put up with a kitten we adopted from Brightside Sanctuary called Tippy. Tippy is always trying to fi ght with Bella and gives her a box round the ears with her paws and jumps on her back but Bella just stands there happily and takes it without getting angry, she’s just the most placid little thing.
You obviously love her to bits.
We won’t even go on holidays because we don’t want to leave her with anyone else. She comes pretty much everywhere with us but if we have to go somewhere and leave her, as soon as we leave she jumps up on our bed and watches us leave and without fail she’ll be sitting there watching for us in the same spot when we get back home.
She’s very special and I hope she breaks all records for a dog to live the longest amount of years. She’s just such good company, I just chat to her all day long.