Silent Sunday 26.6.22
Jun26

Silent Sunday 26.6.22

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Words my puppy knows
Jun14

Words my puppy knows

When Hetty started puppy class, at 13 weeks, the trainer told us the puppies were too young to understand words. Well, we’d already taught Hetty to sit using words only and she knew the word ‘ball’ from about 10 weeks. In my favourite book of the year, Lessons in Chemistry, there is an incredible dog who knows hundreds of words. Apparently the norm is about 50 words. I was lucky enough to meet Bonnie Garmus, the...

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Hetty’s biggest day out
Jun09

Hetty’s biggest day out

Back in the day, before we wanted a dog, we used to think they were a right hassle. People couldn’t go out because they had a dog. Or they had to take the dog with them and it would be annoying. Or they had to arrange for someone else to look after the dog. But then we got a dog, and we forgot all about that. For about three or four days, until I realised I wouldn’t be able to go to an athletics competition with my son...

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Making friends with a puppy
May24

Making friends with a puppy

Before I had a puppy, I used to see groups of dog owners chatting in the park and assume they were all friends. Of course, they might have been friends, but now I know the more likely truth – they were groups of strangers or semi-strangers, drawn together by their dogs. Because dogs love other dogs. And if your dog is drawn to another dog – particularly if your dog is on a lead – you have no choice but to follow. So...

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The joy of a puppy
May10

The joy of a puppy

Hetty the cockapoo (or cockerpoo) puppy is now five and bit months old and I can honestly say she brings us so much joy. This was what everyone told me about a dog, and what I hoped would happen. The first few weeks were undoubtedly hard, but the challenges get less and less, and now we mainly have joy. I know having a dog isn’t practical for everyone, but I really think that if everyone had one, there would be a lot more happy...

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