It's amazing the value that animals bring to our lives, and what's more amazing is when they get sick and you realise how important they are to you and how your life just wouldn't be the same without them. I've never been without a dog in my life. My parents got their first dog just before I was born and he grew up with me, he was like my big brother. Since him, we've had three more dogs and, although I've only lived with my parents for six months in the past two and a half years, I still consider this fabulous guy in the photo above mine. He's a huge part of our family. Instead of being my wise older brother who looked after me and checked on me in my room before he went to bed at night like Ash (my first dog) was, Dash is like my cheeky little five year old brother who drives you round the twist sometimes with all his energy and occasional misbehaving, but then he sits right in front of you, almost on your toes, puts his ears back and stares up at you with his adorable dark brown puppy-dog eyes and you just have to give him a cuddle - I challenge anyone to ignore that look. You can't. You just can't.
This week had the potential to be a horrible week, because our beautiful seven-year-old German Shepherd got really, really sick and had a major emergency operation. But, amazingly, last night, the day after his operation, he was standing up, wagging his tail, giving mum kisses and being his usual softie self. We are all so grateful he came through it and we're so lucky to have such an amazing animal in our lives.
Do you have a special animal in your life?
Have a great weekend people xo