Having just got a dog (for the 2nd time), it suddenly struck me how many outdoor people, especially bloggers, seem to have pets. In fact I would go so far as to say that dogs seem to be a very common theme. Is this coincidence or just a natural extension of the psyche of ourselves? I like to think that people who love the outdoors have a certain mind-set and that includes other aspects such as wishing to have pets.
For me personally, I found that owning pets is one of life’s little pleasures. I have had cats, dogs, mice, rabbits, fish but definitely found dogs to be the most rewarding. Its been 10 years since we last had a dog and increasingly of late I have found me wistfully thinking of getting one. I guess the combination of seeing other people out on the trail with dogs, my own desire to have a companion for walking and probably most of all the kids constantly badgering me made the decision inevitable!
Barney has been with us just over a week and has already settled into the rhythm of daily life in our household and us to him. Lots and lots of training to come but so far the kids are bowled over, the rabbit is ok with it and even the odd nibbled foot cant dampen everyone’s enthusiasm. I am looking forward to next spring when its just possible I may be tramping the hills with my new best friend