The rook of love
YOUR June 29 number had a letter entitled ‘Hair of the dog’ and I thought you might like to hear about our own dog groomer, Kimi Rookinen ( above). Kimi ‘landed’ in our life on May 25, when he fell out of his nest. Since that time, he has been on a diet of mealworms and dog food. None of us has looked back— except perhaps the mealworms.
Every home should have a rook. In addition to grooming our German shepherd, Phynn, he’s also adept at weeding cracks in paths and cleaning the gutters on the house. If he likes you, he will do a full inspection of your hair, ears and neck. If you venture out barefooted, he will also have a good crack at a pedicure.
If Phynn runs and barks at visitors, Kimi will bring up the rear, administering a good pecking where he believes it’s warranted. He can disassemble most small mechanical items in minutes, stashing component parts that particularly appeal to him. He’s one of the most affectionate, engaging creatures I have ever had the good fortune to meet.
He isn’t caged and shares his time between his own kind and us. I thought there was nothing to beat the greeting of Man’s best friend, but Kimi is right up there. Helen Mason, Isle of Man
The writer of the letter of the week will win a bottle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Champagne