As a write this, I have one eye on the laptop and one on a very small and extremely cheeky Yorkshire Terrier named George. Finally, after years of yearning, hoping, wishing, dreaming and plotting potential dog-nappings, I am officially a dog owner. Tell all your friends. This is big news.
Despite having dogs (and cats and birds and fish) as a kid, like many of you, the idea of owning a dog in London has been somewhat of an impossibility. There was the full-time job, the top floor flat, the allergic flat-mate, the two house rabbits and not to mentioned the MAHOOSIVE commitment that goes along with having a dog.
Well I said ‘SCREW YOU!’ to all those potential obstacles and this week picked up this little dude (previously named ‘Tiny’) from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. He had been bought by a guy for his girlfriend as a Christmas present (idiot) and she couldn’t look after him. The lovely Jane at Battersea Dogs Home told me a puppy had come in that could be suitable, and so the young pup previously known as ‘Tiny”, was on his way to a new home and a far better name – George.
My one criteria in looking for a dog was that they had to be able to co-exist with my two very cute, fluffy, floppy-eared rabbits. I then of course did the total opposite and took home a small terrier with a big attitude. What a FOOL you say! Yes, you are correct. I seriously have my work cut out for me with this guy.
Here’s what I’ve learnt in George’s first week:
- Dog farts are really quite repugnant. He does them in his sleep a lot. They nearly make my eyes water and I’m constantly suprised they don’t wake him up
- George is a miniature celebrity – like Danny DeVito for example. He made at least 8 friends on the way to the Vet this week – he’s far more popular than me
- George is not bothered about the Vet. In fact he took it upon himself to simply curl up and sleep through his entire examination with Andrew at Hyde Park Vets on Wednesday
- George has a rather healthy appetite. When I say healthy, I mean he is a GUTS! He’ll eat anything, quite litterally. Must keep him trim, taught and terrific!
- Training a puppy is hard, frustrating, repetitive and often exasperating but ultimately rewarding.
So, stay tuned for the trials, tribulations and training mis-haps with young George.
Have you raised a puppy?
Do you own a Yorkie?
Am I mad?
ST + George x