I looked out of the window today and saw something that warmed my heart.
We’ve been here a year and fit in because we’ve got a dog, so naturally we get talking to people and fussing their pets on a regular bass. Maggie is used to ‘sharing me’, but sometimes gets the hump, though I think it’s a ploy on her part to get more fuss!
Photo April 2015
Anyway, one of the first elderly ladies we met had a little dog I always referred to as the Teddy Bear Dog, as he had a cute teddy bear face and ears to match. At 14, he was blind and ploddy, but still liked to go for his walks every day.
We didn’t see her for a while and this was due to some construction work being done on a property at the end of our estate and vehicles blocking the access path, so she changed her route. It was lovely to see them both again a few weeks ago, and she seemed quite pleased that we had missed seeing her.
The day before yesterday we were walking Maggie and saw her with a different dog.
I didn’t like to ask the inevitable question, but she came over and introduced us to Pippa, a young black cock-a-poo.
Image from google.
She’d lost her other dog at the beginning of the month and hadn’t intended getting another one. That was until she had a phone call from a friend asking if she could help her out by taking a dog that had been returned to her by owners who had ‘changed their mind’ as she already had the maximum of two allowed in her apartment block.
Pippa is a little shy of other dogs and people at the moment, but as is our way, we kept Maggie back as we took it in turns to allow the dog to come to us out of curiosity. She is a gorgeous little thing, and already knows who her Mummy is, hiding between her legs when she felt a little overwhelmed by us.
She’s only had her a fortnight, but already Pippa has lots of toys and two beds, gets taken out for regular walks, and we know will be loved to pieces. She has found a good home with this lady, and filled a gap left by her other dog, although Pippa has already made a place in her heart.
I’ve just seen them, Pippa wearing another little jacket to keep out the cold, and walking happily alongside her new Mum. Like I said, it warmed my heart.
I’ve written lots of posts about dogs and with Christmas coming up, a lot of people may be thinking of getting a puppy for the wife/kids/grandchildren etc.
Not wishing to preach, but I wrote this a few years ago and reblogged it in 2016, then did a follow up last year.
Puppies (and kittens) are all cute and lovable. But they grow up and don’t come housetrained or obedient. The rewards are wonderful, but you have to work for them.
Photo Sept 2013