In this issue we launch this new feature "My Dog & Me". In association with our good friends a DogHQ we are going to meet Shore people who's four-legged family members add a great deal of joy to their lives. Our very own dog-lover Aidan Bennett (he has two doggies of his own he spoils – Olive a Cocker Spaniel and Maisie a French Bulldog) has been given the task of putting this feature together on a monthly basis. This month he talks with Annette Irwin of Birkenhead about her Toy Poodle X Molly.
AIDAN BENNETT: How long has Molly been part of your life?
ANNETTE IRWIN: I have had Molly for four and a half years right from when she was a bundle of fur as an adorable little puppy.
AB: What made you decide to get a Toy Poodle X?
AI: I was looking for a small dog and went online to see what was available. I decided that the Toy Poodle size was perfect for what I was looking for. When I went and saw the puppies they were all very active and Molly stood out as she was leading the pack and had a gentle playful nature to her. She still has.
AB: Is she your first dog?
AI: Yes, Molly is my first dog. Although growing up we had a couple of Jack Russell's as part of our family which were very active dogs. So dogs have always been a part of my life.
AB: Do you have any other pets?
AI: No not at the moment. Molly gets my full attention!
AB: What do you love about Molly?
AI: Molly is very attentive and keeps an eye out for me. She is very loyal, cuddly and wants to be close. She is a very lovable and easy to care for member of the family.
AB: Does she have any bad habits?
AI: Not really. The only slight bad habit is that Molly can be a bit over protective but she is generally very well behaved.
AB: What are Molly’s favourite things to do?
AI: Molly is lots of fun. She loves playing with her toys, her favourites being anything that squeaks! She loves going to her daycare at DogHQ and mixing with all her other doggie friends and loves going on walks. Walking is something that gives both of us a great deal of joy. Dogs certainly make you active!
AB: How long has she been going to DogHQ?
AI: Molly has been going to DogHQ for about a year.
AB: What do you love about DogHQ and does Molly love it?
AI: DogHQ – and the team there – are very dedicated to the well-being of each and every dog that attends. I use most of their services including the overnight stay and grooming. The overnight stay is very important for me as I do travel for work sometimes. Having a safe place for Molly to go when I need to be away is very comforting for me and Molly loves the place and all the staff who make a real fuss of her.
AB: Any words of wisdom for other dog owners or prospective dog owners?
AI: Having a dog really is adding another member to the family. Dogs do, however, have their own needs and need to be looked after. I love doing it with Molly though and she adds a great deal to my life!