A blog by Dr Lin Day

Christmas Bow

 And when she snuggles close to me,

Her nose against my cheek,

 The world she means to me,

 Far more than words can speak.


At 8 weeks-old, Bow bounced into my life and I fell in love with her. But she wasn’t meant for me. Bow was to be Howard’s new friend and companion.


Howard has always had dogs downsizing from elegant Great Danes to a fun-loving family Labrador, and intelligent, working collies. And then Katie had her own dog, ‘Tug the terrier’, who simply bulged with character. After we lost Tug, work took us away from home and we decided to wait a few years before bringing another dog into our lives. Four years later, Howard found Bow. But as she nestled into my arms on the homeward journey from Manchester to Salisbury, we bonded forever.


The puppy stage doesn’t last very long so we made the most if it. During Bow’s critical learning period (8 to 19 weeks), we went to puppy school together. Bow learned good manners, how to play with adults, children and other dogs, and how to respond to commands. Only patience and kind techniques were used to train her. I am sure this is why Bow is so gentle and loving and likes nothing more than being part of our family.

Bow is capable of intense feelings. Although I rarely leave her, our reunion lasts 20 minutes and she cries with emotion. Right now, she is curled up on my lap knowing that I am writing her blog. Her waggly tail gives everything away. She is also licking my hand furiously.


We have celebrated 2 Bow birthdays and each year, she has a new red collar. The one that Bow is wearing now is decorated with sparkly bows and her name. To celebrate Christmas this year, Bow has a new red and gold starred bow!


Bow’s résumé:

•Age: 2 years, 10 months (next birthday: 12 February).

•Mother: Jack Russell (white, tan and black).

•Father: Border terrier (tan).

•Distinguishing characteristics: tricolour with white chest, white right paw, silky soft ears and liquid eyes.

•Command words: over 100 including ‘Go play’, ‘Wait’, ‘Leave’, ‘Drop’ and ‘Stop’ (useful), plus the names of her favourite toys.

•Best friends: Charlie, Owen, Stanley, Dan, Ellie, Lyla, Eva, Leo and Arthur.

•Best doggy friend: Buster.

•Favourite toys: ball, Bear and Fox (soft toys).

•Favourite games: playing hide-and-seek with Charlie, Dan and Owen, and tug-of-war with Snake (soft toy) and Ellie.

•Responsibilities: looking after my grandchildren - Arthur (18 months) and Stanley (23 months). Checking they are entertained and happy.

•Interests: walking along grassy tracks, sitting in my bike basket, swimming (river or sea), and watching Paul O’ Grady: For the Love of Dogs.

•Special talents: sniffing out lost toys, and waiting patiently for ‘Mr. Taupe’ to appear from his French molehill.

•Places travelled: all over the UK and France.

•Fears: loud bangs (fireworks), and objects that are out of context. For example, a man carrying a fishing rod or an empty car seat sitting on the pavement.


The love and fear of losing Bow makes me think that she should have puppies. One I shall keep, but then there’s the worry of finding loving homes for the others. I already have names for her puppy - Bear or maybe Fox?


When I asked our 9 year-old granddaughter Ellie to sum up Bow, she said:


“I love Bow so much because she is very pretty, has silky, floppy ears, loves kissing and she is very cute. She is a joy to have in our family!”


Bow means the world to me and I wanted her to look her best for the photograph. It was well worth the three hour trip to see our expert Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense photographer, Mark Fletcher, who was very sensitive, caring and kind. You can contact Mark at mark@photo-sensory.com  or 07714 797730 or www.photo-sensory.com


Bow’s red and gold starred Christmas bow arrived in a beautiful box from Tracy at the Distinguished Dog Co (www.theddcompany.com). Bow loves it and so do I!


By Dr. Lin Day (www.babysensory.com)


Happy Christmas Bow!