Spectre Ryan Hirsch
As I mentioned in my last post, it's been a busy few years in our household. Back in 2017 I'd decided to move job and was placed on 8 weeks of gardening leave. The first thing Nick and I decided was that meant we were getting a dog.
|The "I stood in poop face"|
|Not entirely convinced he enjoys fancy dress, but I do....|
|We spend more on Bonios than we do food for ourselves...|
We arrived in the middle of nowhere and were introduced to Spectre... It was love at first site. Sadly his son had already been re-homed however Spectre was still very much available and ready to retire from life as a working dog.
|Not sure when or why it happened but he loves Nick more than me these days...|
|I left the room for two minutes...|
|I miss the days where he followed me round like my little shadow!|
|Spec's first birthday|
Fast forward two years and not once have I ever regretted bringing home our little brown bear... even when he ate stones in the garden and cost us two months worth of mortgage in vet bills. We always say Spec is our first child, he was at our wedding (in a bowtie obviously) and goes everywhere with us (sorry to our friends who now only get to see us in dog friendly pubs!) I just hope he doesn't hate us too much when we bring home the mini egg!
For those of you who are interested in rehoming a dog, a few pieces of advice:
- There are a lot of dogs out there who are older and in much need of a friendly, caring home. These dogs offer all the love of a puppy whilst being much happier (generally speaking) to be left at home during the day, as they mainly sleep.
- Make sure you have a local dog walker you're comfortable with letting into your house so they can let themselves in, in the middle of the day to keep your dog company/ go for a walk. There are some fantastic websites out there, we have used: Tailster, Rover (formally Dog Buddy) and Pawshake
- The big animal charities such as Battersea, The Dogs Trust etc. will not let you re-home a dog if you work full time (which again generally speaking is ridiculous) so try looking in the classified section of your local paper or on websites such as Preloved.
- My final point would be, think carefully before adopting a dog, it is a huge responsibility and commitment and whilst I think it's 110% worth it you need to make sure you have researched and are fully prepared for bringing a dog into your home. It's expensive and time consuming but so incredibly worth it when you come home to a smiling face after a really shit day at work.
|The first family portrait|