The Isle of Wight with dogs

Our dogs have always been part of the family. At home, they’re always there. If we go for a day out, we take them with us if we can. So when we go on holiday, we actively look for places to go that the dogs can come along to as well. The Isle of Wight was one of the most dog friendly places we’ve been to. A camping holiday in the Isle of Wight For us, a holiday is all about being out and about in the fresh air so camping is the natural choice. Of course, this means that…

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#GetADog

It bothers me that children spend too much time in front of screens and I’ve often written about what positive role models my pets are for our children. So when I saw this video from the Dogs Trust #GetADog campaign, I instantly loved it. It’s less than a minute long and well worth a watch. Of course, getting a dog is a huge decision and not one to be taken lightly. It’s a lot of responsibility. It’s expensive. But so is an iPhone. The Dogs Trust have recently carried out a survey. Of those people who had a dog as a child, 93 per cent…

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Social creatures

I often hear the phrase that we are “social creatures.” Apparently, we’re also relatively intelligent. So why is it that we get social interaction so wrong? If two dogs don’t like each other, they make it abundantly clear. They might snarl at each other, run away, walk past ignoring each other or even fight. What they don’t do is waste time pretending to like each other. When you see two dogs that like each other, they can pick each other out from opposite sides of a field. They greet each other, play together and enjoy each other’s company. But yet, I…

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You know you’ve got a rescue puppy when…

1. Nobody in the house has a full pair of undamaged shoes. You consider sending the children out in odd shoes. Or no shoes. Which is best? Serious question.  2. You are running out of ways to explain the mysterious bite marks on your children’s favourite toys. “The dog ate it” just seems such a weak excuse. After all, it never worked at school.  3. You suddenly know a lot more people. This is despite having lived in the same house for 12 years and spoken to virtually nobody. You are no longer invisible, everyone wants to stop for a chat. …

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The role model

All children need role models. Some things can only be learned by example and you teach them better than I ever could.  You have gone through so much, more hardship than most of us could cope with in a lifetime. Yet you are so young in years and you’ve put it all behind you. You teach my children about hope.  They see you put the day’s problems to sleep with the setting sun and wake in the morning full of the joys of a new day. And in that day you live for the moment and make every minute count.…

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