Dear Puppy…

Dear Puppy,

I’m sorry that the last couple of weeks have been tough. I wish I could promise it was going to get better soon, but I’m not so sure.

The thing is, sometimes us humans get things wrong. We take on more than we can cope with and then when something goes wrong, we end up in a bit of a difficult position.

And that’s what happened to us.

First of all, you came into season so I couldn’t let you run around with other dogs. I still don’t want to risk doing that until you’ve been neutered so you’re restricted to lead walking.

And then the cat disappeared. Sadly she was hit by a car. We were all devastated but you didn’t understand where she’d gone and I know you were worried.

And the next one to disappear was hubby, over a week ago now.

You kept smelling the clothes I’d brought home from the accident, I know there was blood on them and it upset you, a lot.

You would sniff the bags and run around the house looking for him and crying, but he’s still not back.

We go and see him every day, I think you probably know we’ve been with him, they say dogs can pick up most things due to their sense of smell.

I threw the clothes away today, but it doesn’t mean that he’s not coming back, he is. We’re just not sure when.

But throughout it all, you’ve still been going out for walks every day. That is until yesterday. I had so much to do and I just ran out of time.

Today, we’ve been out for most of the day again. Now it’s almost dinner time and you still haven’t been out.

And I wanted to tell you that I’m sorry.

I’m sorry that you’ve been confused, upset and bored. I’m sorry that I’ve told you off when you’ve been a bit too boisterous after a day of doing nothing.

I’m sorry that you’re not getting the level of exercise you were getting used to – you and I were starting to train for a half marathon together and you were enjoying it such a lot.

But most of all I wanted to let you know that you’re safe here, and you’re staying.

So many dogs – especially staffies like you – get to your age and find themselves being abandoned. Just like you were as a little puppy all those months ago.

Because things do change, people change, circumstances change. And people want cute little puppies. And let’s face it, you’re not that little anymore are you?

You still sit on my lap but if I’m honest it’s a bit like cuddling a small elephant.

That’s okay with us though, we knew the commitment we were making. You’re here for the rest of your days.

It won’t always be fun, there will be sad times as you’ve come to realise. But you’re a part of the family now, we wouldn’t be without you.



According to a recent survey by the Dog’s Trust, more than 47,000 owners abandoned their dogs last year. Of those, well over 5000 were put to sleep, that’s one every two hours for an entire year.

And those are just the ones that were placed into local council pounds, still more will have been surrendered directly to charities.

Bubbles, although things are a little tough here at the moment, you really are one of the lucky ones.



  1. October 7, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    Well this nearly made me cry! Must be really odd for pets when something happens, and you really want to explain but can’t. Shocking stats! It annoys me when I see people get pets on a whim when I know they aren’t in a position to look after them properly. Meanwhile we have waited til the time is perfect for a pet and have put a lot of consideration in to whether we can give a pet what they need. Sigh…

    • monsterid October 7, 2015 / 9:24 pm

      Yeah, it must be so confusing for them. Good on you for waiting until the right time, if only everyone would do that (and rescue) there really wouldn’t be such a problem with unwanted pets.x

  2. October 7, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Gosh those stats are really sad. What a lovely post though. I’ve been thinking of you all since the accident. I hope he is home soon. As for puppy, he must know he is so loved xx

    • monsterid October 7, 2015 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you Kiran. We still have no idea how long he’s going to be in hospital for. The puppy is having extra cuddles to make up for all the missing walks.xx

  3. Debbie
    October 18, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    Hi Natalie, as I read your post I had my fingers crossed for a happy ending and was soooo relieved that there was one. Sadly too many dogs are abandoned for no good reason, we have a huge problem here in Greece of unwanted dogs being dumped willy, nilly.

    It doesn’t take long for a dog to become part of a family and that means having to tough out the hard times as well as the good. Dogs are resilient and I’m sure that once things get back to normal it will be easier for all of you. Bubbles is a lovely looking dog and I bet that face allows her to get away with murder!

    So sorry to hear about your husband and your cat.


    • monsterid October 18, 2015 / 11:09 pm

      Thank you Debbie. She’s definitely here to stay. Sadly I know that as a staffie, she is one of the few lucky ones who will be in the same home from being a puppy until her days are done. I adore staffies, they’re such good pets and she’s wonderful with the children.xx

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