It was very early in the plans that OH decided we needed a companion for our adventure. It was to be in the form of a dog. Quite a challenging prospect for me as I had only ever had cats, they are your equal, you never own one they actually own you. A dog was a different kettle of fish this was quite a responsibility.
I conjured up a romantic bike ride in the beautiful morning sun a little dog sitting in a basket in front of me, my straw hat,my flowery skirt flowing behind me,arriving at the bread shop to buy warm loaves for our breakfast.
Reality check OH wanted something big, a proper dog and said “over my dead body will I have a little dog especially one with a pink collar and lead.”
This was a problem as I am not keen on big dogs and I am also an asthmatic with an allergy to dog hair. Not to be deterred I checked the various dog breeds and eventually came up with the idea of a poodle it does not cast and there are various sizes. Although he did not seem particularly keen.!!
One day while we were working at a local Game Fair I saw the cutest dog you could ever have seen. It was very small with black curls and had a round face which had a strange amazed expression. The proud owner stated that it was a ” jackapoo” what he really meant was that it was a mongrel a cross between a poodle and a jack russel.
With this idea in mind I looked at poodle crosses and decided a king charles cavalier cross would be our aim. Then came the shock the cost was far more than a full pedigree dog. Some celebrity or other had one, so therefore it became the fashion ( on trend) thus enabling the breeders to charge a premium.
By this time we had moved to Italy and were now on a tight budget so the dog idea was put on hold.
Whilst on a return visit to the Uk, late one evening I went onto my favourite site called preloved and saw a cavapoo 10 weeks old in urgent need of a loving home for little cost. I sent a message of interest and was immediately contacted by a poor soul who poured her heart out to me. I was laid heavy with her personal problems things you could not imagine. I agreed to visit her the next morning In Manchester !!! which was not exactly close to Wales.
We arrived at the house nine o clock sharp with my mum who had kindly agreed she would look after the pup until it had a passport.
I walked into the house to be met by this enormous cage and inside was the funniest looking little thing, a ball of fluff the size of a tennis ball, it could easily fit inside OH’s hand. It was black and cream with the biggest eyebrows I had ever seen. They brought her out and she crawled weakly across to my knee. trembling and cuddling into my coat, my heart softened, here was a little baby waiting for love and I had lots to give.
OH melted immediately and within minutes we were all leaving with a tiny bundle of fluff in my hand.
I knew this little bundle was about to change our lives and she certainly has.
From those first uncertain steps she has remained on my knee when ever the chance arises and those eyebrows are now bigger than Dennis Healey’s
It took about six weeks to do all the formalities, rabies injection, microchip, passport etc. Then we returned to the Uk to collect her and bring her to her new home in Italy.
What a shock for the little creature after starting her life caged up for a few weeks now she had acres to run in. we watched her playing and tumbling around the vines, snuffling in the meadow grasses, hiding under the bushes always happy. Well not always unfortunately she has to share her home with a dozen or so lizards which during the summer months torment her continually scurrying about the ledges, sunbathing just above her nose she chases them all over the place but never manages to catch one. Her summer days are spent endlessly checking all the nooks and crannies tongue hanging out nose twitching panting frantically as the little beggars disappear into the nearest hole. Poor Lucy she loves her home so much but those lizards they are a pain.
She has now grown just a little but she is still very cute and those eyebrows make her look so serious, she has the funniest face just like a gremlin. She is a faithful companion always at our side. Here dogs are always welcome especially the small and cute there are loads and she has many doggy friends. She loves everybody and everyone loves her. Children enjoy playing with her especially when we are walking in the town or sitting at the cafes or restaurants. She is also a particularly good football player according to OH he should know he used to play for Kilmarnock F.C ?
OH has got over his need for a large dog he adores her and is always protecting her from anything as much as 2cms bigger than her.
perhaps he has realised the potential value of this lovely little pooch , w hen we are out and about it seems that I can’t disappear from sight without returning to find him dog in his arms wearing her fluffy pink jumper and surrounded by numerous woman old and young cooing and kissing HER.
My latin blooded husband has found the perfect way to catch the ladies eye, it never fails!!!