This week a wonderful Tibetan Terrier called 'Fabulous Willy' (no comment) has won the world's most prestigious dog show Crufts '07. Over the four days of the tournament we have watched it on the tv and have become very broody indeed to get another dog.
I know it will be a lot of hard work, and we will have to 'dog-proof' our garden, but there is nothing quite like those appealing eyes gazing up at your own and that eager expression of 'what shall we do next?'
It's a year now since we said 'farewell' to Ziggy, our latest Pomeranian dog. We've had Poms for 15 years and really love them, but it's hard to start again with one you don't know. As you can see he was quite some dog!
One thing I do find interesting is how much our appetite for having a dog again has been stirred by watching the Crufts programming on the box. There certainly is a link between the eyes and the heart, and we have been quite deeply affected in our emotions by what we have been viewing. That's an important lesson when you consider how many hours a week folk in the West spend in front of the telly.
Anyhow, we'll keep thinking about the canine connection and keep working on the garden. Until then, don't tell any professional burglars that our house is dogless!