If you have been walking with us for some time, you will know that our returns to the UK are never straightforward – and this one had reached an unprecedented zenith of complexity.
We had only arrived on British soil in November; however, by Christmas we had fitted in an assault, a boundary dispute, wild weather and Mark had been lost at sea.
But the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune were not done with us yet. Our Fidose of Reality continued into the New Year with car trouble, being forced to tow a caravan through a storm, tenant trouble and a robbery!
In 2018, this well known and trademarked phrase of The Dogs’ Trust, the UK re-homing and adoption charity, will have been in use for forty years.
Four decades on, however, The Dogs’ Trust still expects to receive hundreds of calls in the weeks following Christmas from owners who want to give up their dog.
My blog celebrates the joy of dog ownership and I have been writing a Christmas gift guide. I hope that I have given you some great ideas, however I feel that it is only responsible for me to stress that as lovely and cuddly as they may be, puppies (or pets of any kind) do NOT make good gifts.
(Note that The Dogs’ Trust also has a comprehensive range of doggie and doggie-themed gifts, whose proceeds help The Trust’s work. Click here for details.)
Cute puppies are available at the click of a button online and unfortunately, this means that dogs are sometimes bought as last minute gifts, with little or no research.