Four Legged Friend

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - News - Di­ane Ken­wood, Edi­tor

I’ve been think­ing a lot re­cently about dogs. We didn’t have a dog when I was grow­ing up, and my older daugh­ter Tash’s pleas for one were met with the con­sis­tent re­sponse from her dad, ‘It’s ei­ther a fa­ther or a dog – you choose.’ (To give her her due, she never quite gave up try­ing, but she also never quite wanted one more than a fa­ther!).

As adults, two of my sib­lings have had dogs and re­cently, my brother and his fam­ily have been con­tem­plat­ing get­ting an­other. It’s been a rev­e­la­tion see­ing up close just how much fun and joy a dog brings, never mind how good they are for your phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing. Cer­tainly, all the won­der­ful pet pics you send us of your beloved pooches con­firm that. But I’m also un­der no il­lu­sions about how much work and re­spon­si­bil­ity is in­volved in hav­ing and car­ing for one. Lynne Truss’ lovely It’s A Funny Old World col­umn on page 13 cer­tainly con­firms that.

Re­cently, Tash’s dog-own­ing tac­tic has taken a new turn. Hav­ing mar­ried a won­der­ful man who’s not ter­ri­bly keen on dogs (well, he can’t be per­fect), she has de­cided that I should get one and she’ll ‘help look af­ter it’. I have to ad­mit, the idea does rather ap­peal to me. The thing is, I know I don’t cur­rently have the life­style that would be fair to a dog (and, in all hon­esty, nei­ther does she). But times and sit­u­a­tions change and there is a chance that in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture I might just be able to con­sider that propo­si­tion as a work­able re­al­ity. In the mean­time, I don’t sup­pose she’d be con­tent to set­tle for the out­ra­geously adorable cro­cheted sausage dogs on page 33? (On the ba­sis that some­one else made them for her. If I tried, I can guar­an­tee they wouldn’t turn out look­ing like they do in the pic­ture!). Hmm… I’m not sure that idea will go down all that well!

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