The rook of love

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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