FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS
Woof, woof – this is the Chinese Year of the Dog. But for many people every year is the year of the dog. Derek James invites us to join him on walkies.
Derek James takes an affectionate look at canine friends
My wife and I have never lived in a home without a dog. They have always been part of our lives. But, now I come to think about it, the dogs get smaller as we get older.
To be honest I used to tend to look down on people with ‘little’ dogs as I attempted to control our lovely Labrador Toby and then a crazy springer spaniel called Harry ... not any more.
After Harry, little warm-hearted Lhasa Betsy arrived in our house. A sweet-natured dog who was part of our lives for 14 years.
Then a feisty bundle of joy who goes by the name of Doris arrived, and for the past four years she has been completely blind due to the onset of retinitis pigmentosa.
How she has coped with losing her sight is quite extraordinary.
Our vet warned us that owners generally found blindness harder to accept than the dogs themselves – and it seems to be true.
The fact that we moved house when she first became blind didn’t make it any easier for her, but she
Derek’s wife Bridgette with Doris.