A Home is not a Home without a Dog

If you are a dog lover, and have always had a canine companion, as your family dynamics change, and your children leave home, replacing a family dog is something you may have to think long and hard about.

As life becomes less rigid and non-restrictive, you may not wish to be tied down to a routine by getting another dog … or is the thought of life without a four legged loyal companion just to much to bare?

Only you can choose when you are ready for another dog. However, getting a new pet is never replacing the one you’ve lost. It’s opening your heart up again. The pets we lose are always with us and most of us have endless photos to remind us of our special friends.



Why not tell us about a dog you have now, or one that you have had in the past?



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Sally Lock

I have been writing blogs and features for some years, specialising in recipes and all things related to food. Previously, I wrote for an environmentally friendly garden website, and have been a recipe advisor for Womans Journal. Mother of three and the ultimate multi-tasker, I am also the Creative Director for Silversurfers and manage all our social media too.

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31st Dec 2016
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I have 5 dogs now. Until a few weeks ago it was 6 but I had to have Evie PTS as age had caught up with her, bless. Not sure how my pack grew so big. It might have had something to do with the fact that I used to foster for a rescue. I found many dogs lovely homes but some just tug at your heart strings and ended up staying.
My old boy, Max, is nearly 15 now. Don't know why he never got a telegram from the Queen though. LOL. He is a brown collie x lurcher, laid back, obedient and sensible.
Freda is 7. She is a black spaniel x poodle and the leader of the pack. Abused, starved and poisoned, she wasn't expected to live but I nursed her back to health and she is a dream dog.
I wish I could say the same about Benji. He is 5, a toy Poodle and mad as a hatter. It's not his fault. Blame the interbreeding. Noisy and nervous, impossible to train but with big brown eyes. Who can resist?
Izzie is a 2 year old Chinese Crested Powedpuff (I know!) and the only pretty dog I have ever had. Boy, does she use her good looks to great effect. She is bouncy, funny and cheeky but I love her.
The latest addition is Archie, another 2 year old and another Poodle. He has a grade 5 heart murmur and a hole in his heart. He is a quiet, gentle soul. His life expectancy is not great but he lives every day to the full. I will ensure he has the best time ever for as long as he's with us.
1st Dec 2014
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Pepsi died last year after being a loved member of our family for 18+ years and I want another dog but it would be hard to find another one like her. She blended in so well with our noisy house and family. She was a poodle- miniature and was loved by all of us. I am now 65 and I don't think I could have another puppy as she was when she came first. The house is so busy and we have a cat who does not like dogs --apart from Pepsi. They were good friends.,
I baby sit my sister's shitzu often and sometimes I foster other dogs waiting for a home. It's not the same. Any suggestions for a nice dog for me which has to be child friendly as I am now a Granny as well. We live on a farm
9th Nov 2014
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We have always had dogs in our family, usually more than one at a time. The one that we had that sticks in my my mind is my Peaches, she was a toy poodle and quit a character, i had her from 5 weeks old, she was born in a pub that had 5 other poodles, i think her grandad was also her dad!!!! I kidnaped her because when i went to see her, her little bottom was red sore and she was crying, her mother wasn't looking after her or cleaning her properly. The owner was away for the weekend (she was a friend) so i just took her 2 weeks early.From that day on she slept with me in my bed, till she died aged 13. She was my baby and i miss her very much. We now have an American Bulldog called Tarquin, completly opposite to Peaches but he was bottle fed from 2 days old and is a big softy, he sits across your lap and suckles your arm, he is 6 now and still does it, he weight is 35 kilo and is a big boy, we wouldn't be without him, he is my big baby 🙂

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