9 April 2015
A KID'S BEST FRIEND?
A bit like marmite, most people fall into one of two catergories when discussing pets, you're either a dog person or a cat person. In my 34 years I haven't really found a person that sits on a fence when it comes to this subject, and I am happy to say that I am a BIG dog person. I love dogs, as a kid I remember the years of begging my parents for a puppy, any sort really as long as it had four legs, wet nose and a tail I was in. After all a dog is a kid's best friend.
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At the age of five, my parents relented and I woke on Christmas morning – erm we now know a dog is not just for Christmas – to the super bounciest Labrador puppy. Unfortunately the upkeep of a puppy and child was not to be and Lucy was returned a few weeks later *cue heartbreak and my small threats to call child services on them* and so instead I was bought a Dog Encyclopedia and set about learning it cover to cover. By the age of ten I knew pretty much every breed of dog and once again my folks agreed that now would be a more appropriate time to have a puppy in the house, except when it wasn't, and after a couple of months our fluffy Tibetan Terrier also moved to a new owner who could provide her with the attention she needed....*again child services threats from me*
I'm sure at the time my parents had their reasons of why we couldn't keep a family pet and after having the dog sized carrot dangled in front of my face, a rabbit or hamster just wasn't going to cut it. Eventually at the age of 15 – and yes I can see the pattern here – we visited a rescue shelter and Barney was brought home. How I loved that dog! Barney was six when we got him and lived happily to the grand old age of 18.
I always wondered whether F would be a dog person or a cat person, as Paul is definitely the latter, and I when I heard him utter the words 'mum can we pleeeeeeaaaase get a dog' I had to stop myself from fist pumping the air in triumph. So now the question is when is the right time to get a dog and what breed would be best?
Most people shy away from large breeds when deciding what dog to have but some breeds definitely get a bad rep, I remember visiting a breeder of St Bernard's, Newfoundlands and Pyrenees Mountain dogs and they were a dream. So gentle and caring, probably the reason they're used as mountain rescue dogs still today. The Co-op have created a piece about ten big dogs that are actually big softies, it's sad to think that people buy any dog based on looks rather than finding out which breed would suit their family and lifestyle. I can't wait for the time to come when we can introduce a dog into our family.
Would you have a dog and a child at home? What do you think of large breeds?
*In association with the Co-op.