Newsflash - dogs are AWESOME. If you fall into half of the population who can’t get enough of our waggy tailed, moulting, ditch diving, food stealing partners in crime, you’ll agree that having a dog drastically improves your life.
I’m one of those who demands facetime with my dog when I go on holiday. I remember going to university and being absolutely distraught with fear that he’d forget who I was. I should be so lucky – the first Christmas I came home he slept on my bed.
Ever since we picked him up back in 2001 he’s been a part of the family that people without dogs just don’t understand. He knows when you’re talking about him, he knows the difference between hall and kitchen, knows that the Archers music means almost time for a “W”, and he knows the sound of Sunday plate scrapings can only be a Good Thing. He is a GENIUS.
My dog is so amazing he actually intervenes when one of us sounds angry or upset. He woofs in my face, friends – that is empathy!
I’ve also been lucky enough to get to know another furry character – Alfie the collie. He’s very different to my daft Labrador, but no less cuddly. My auntie also breeds Basset Hounds, which is officially the best time of the year.
All of these photos are either by me or my very talented dad.
Now some might say it’s not really love, that it’s just a pack mentality and that actually, a boisterous lick on the face is a sign of submission – but I defy you to tell that to Rufus.
Argos Pet Insurance got in touch to see which category I fell into, and I am proud to be a dog person because I think dogs can teach us a lot about life. Upbringing permitted, there is no reason why a dog won’t like you the first time he meets you. It’s that instant interest and happy demeanour that just warms my heart. I can’t even watch a guide dog advert on TV without bawling my eyes out from the cuteness. Pathetic, yet understandable.
Puppy > Baby, every time.
Are you a dog person, a cat person, or a baby person? (They're all mutually exclusive obvs.)