Guinea pigs, grief and why I can’t have a dog
Oct01

Guinea pigs, grief and why I can’t have a dog

As a big fan of guinea pigs, they’re the only pets I’ve ever wanted. Until recently. I used to be quite frightened of dogs. But in recent years I’ve seen how special they are to people, how much joy them give them. I started to like dogs. Then, one day, I realised I really wanted a dog. I’m not alone in this. My younger son wants one too and even my daughter has started to want one. But, for various reasons,...

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‘Can we get a dog?’
Aug20

‘Can we get a dog?’

Recently, my younger son has been asking for a dog. Repeatedly. Everywhere we go, he points out dogs to me. ‘Isn’t it cute? Look how fluffy it is! Imagine if we had a dog like that. Can we get a dog?’ The request is always accompanied by hugs and very big, pleading eyes. My boy is not the most affectionate of kids and will reject hugs from anyone apart from me, so to hug me in public must be a serious matter....

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