What A Difference A Day Dog Makes

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

What a difference a day (dog) makes

Date: 24th October 2016

Do you remember the song?  Well transpose day and dog and René certainly has made a difference in all sorts of ways.  I've had him just over 3 weeks and have lost 5 lbs (2 kgs) in weight with all the walking.

I used to walk fairly regularly along the Beach and the Beach Walk but it got boring doing it on my own and I got rather lazy - so if there was much wind, or a hint of rain, I just didn't bother - now come hell or high water I have to go out several times a day.

Where I live in an old house converted into flats, we do have a communal garden but that is on the other side of a road so not convenient for a little creature wanting to uncross his legs.  So, I have to dress immediatley I wake in order to take the little chap for a very brief walkies.  Then we return and I go into my usual routine of ablutions, breakfast, cup of tea and reading The Week.  By 10.30 he is agitating for his Big Walk of the day and won't take no for an answer.  On Sunday he took me for 4 walks and I was fairly exhausted.  All the years I've had big dogs - standard Poodles - they walk sedately but René walks very quickly indeed and forces me into an almost 'Power Walk' pace.

It's interesting that all the years I've walked on my own there's been the occasional chat with dog owners when I've patted their pets (most of whom are rescue) but rarely did any other people give a greeting.  Now almost everyone says Good Morning or Good Afternoon and I've had lovely chats with doggie folk as my little one stops to 'chat' with their dogs.  I thought it was rather appropriate when one woman said all the sniffing was the dogs sending and reading  their emails - think about it!

René was owned by a Japanese family who had to go abroad and so he was given to Battersea.  I think he must have been very loved and happy because he has no neuroses at all and is full of love, cheekiness and intelligence.  It's taken me only a few hours to teach him to sit and drop his ball if he wants me to throw it again - all this is in the flat as I wouldn't dare let him off the lead in the open - he'd be gone in a flash.  A friend lost his little pug dog near here when it ran into the road and although on the Beach Walk we are quite a way from the road, you can't predict where a dog will run.

I still miss Tamby very much indeed but little René is gradually filling that great big gap in my heart.  He tried it on the first night in his new home and looked at me with those incredible eyes begging me to let him onto the bed.  He was firmly told where his bed was in the corner of the bedroom and bless him he sleeps right through until I get up.  Mind you as soon as my back is turned he's on the bed - little scamp.

What a difference a day (dog) makes

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