We’ve been talking about puppies for ages. We’ve been through the mill with older rescue dogs and really wanted to start with a dog right from a puppy. Once this was decided we argued and argued about breeds. We like greyhounds, but have had a bad experience with rescue ones (most are delicious, we had Bert for years, but it’s a sad fact that some do have trouble adapting to a home environment), the boys wanted a husky, but my own view is that those sort of dogs should be pulling sleds not sitting on sofas, plus they’re a bit too hairy. We registered with puppy sites, bought books, asked the vet to ring us if any puppies were on the way…
Then one day, I was looking through a pups for sale site and saw this:
… a delightful sleepy tangle of – wait for it – whippets.
And why not a whippet? We’re quite big on the gangly/houndy/sleep in stupid positions/I’m gunna chase that wabbit type of dog, so why not? I showed the others. We googled whippets, looked on breed sites and studied photos. To my astonishment, we were all in agreement. It was meant to be.
I travelled up on the tube to see them. The lady selling the pups, Tamsin, was absolutely lovely and we spent a while chatting. The pupsters were sprawled everywhere, and a little fat one with a blue face, a blue stripe down her back and a two-tone blue and fawn tail came and plonked herself on my lap. She plodded up my chest, gave my nose a quick sniff, then settled back and went to sleep in the crook of my arm. I sent this picture to Mr English along with the message ‘I think I’m in love’:
And so, on 25th October, little Boo – or at the moment she is Boo, after little Boo in Monsters Inc, but that’s not to say she won’t end up with a different name, that’s another thing we’re arguing about – is coming to live at English Towers.
I’m sure there’ll be sleepless nights, little accidents and a fair bit of stress along the way, but we just can’t wait to bring her home. In the mean time, the lovely chaps at Blacks, the outdoor specialist store, were chatting to me about coats and the like. I said I prefer layers, and being experts on everything to do with ‘life outdoors’, they steered me in the direction of this lovely North Face Resolve jacket (£95), which is lightweight, but waterproof and windproof and with a nice big hood for getting out and about in all weathers, with plenty of room underneath for me to layer up jumpers and maybe even a hoody. I’ve also got some lovely classic short Hunter wellies from Millets (£65). I love Hunters but do find the tall ones a bit of a battle to get on and off. These are fab and will be really practical for me to throw on for emergency garden duty! I now feel battle ready. So bring it on, pupster, I’m ready for you :
Massive thanks to Blacks and Millets for your generosity and for being extra lovely xx