My interviews with pets are rapidly becoming some of my favourite posts. It’s great to have people taking part who are up for a bit of a laugh and willing to see life from their pet’s perspective. This week it’s the turn of gorgeous Bracken who owns Jess Powell from the fabulous family and lifestyle blog Babi a Fi. Bracken is in fact one of the cutest dogs I’ve ever seen. Shh, don’t tell Bubbles and Pluto!
1. What’s your name, what sort of animal are you and what makes you a brilliant pet?
My name is Bracken and I’m a dog, a Labrador cross to be more specific. What exactly the Labrador is crossed with is something of a mystery, but I’m a small dog who has kept her puppyish good looks, so it can’t be all bad. I may not be the brightest, but I’m a wonderful pet and I mastered how to sit eventually!
2. Tell me about the person or family who live with you
I deign to share my life and home with Wendy and Kevin, and their frequent house guests Jessica and Marianna. Marianna is my best friend – we were born on almost the same day, New Year 2015 – and we each do our utmost to inspire the other to bigger and better acts of mischief.
3. Pets always choose their families for a reason so what do you love about yours?
I love that my family is so off the wall and full of strange ideas. I fit in perfectly!
4. Try as we might to find the perfect family, they never live up to our expectations. What do yours do that drive you mad?
After a long hard day of secreting my scent, shed hair, and temporarily unwanted food about the place they insist on cleaning it away. Can you believe such a thing? It’s as though they don’t enjoy finding half chewed rawhide down the side of the sofa.
5. What do your family love the most about you?
My kind, generous nature, and how good I am with children. And my propensity for rolling in dead things – they pretend to be put off by the latter, but I know better.
6. What do your family do that they’re really proud of?
Strange things, as far as I can tell, like bathing and not having accidents on the carpet. They also have jobs, and hobbies, and things, but those mean I have to stay home without full company sometimes, so I prefer not to talk about them.
7. What do your family do that make you proud of them?
They have been fast learners, and know all my favourite things, like doggy treats and how I like to be scratched behind my ears. They’re very good, as humans go.
8. How can humans resolve the tragic truth that so many pets are unwanted or mistreated?
This makes me very sad – I have to bark to all the sad animals in the TV adverts, to let them know I’m thinking of them. Humans don’t realise how much care pets need sometimes, nor how expensive we can be. They need to understand that bringing us home is a long term commitment.
9. It is said that pets don’t live as long as humans because they don’t have as much to learn. What words of advice do you have that humans could learn from?
Don’t spend so much time worrying about things, it’s just not worth it. (Unless you’re worrying about cats with wings coming through the upstairs windows. That can and does happen. Probably.)
10. What are the little things that make your family one in a million?
They’re always ready to play with me, and they trim my doggy beard when it starts to get unruly. That’s devotion.