And when she snuggles
close to me,
Her nose against my
The world she means
Far more than words
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
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
•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
•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
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
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 email@example.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!