I’ve introduced you to our gorgeous boy or Lil G as we call him. Now let me tell you about our furry baby. We call him Alfie Bear and he’s 42 years old, well in dog years anyway. The ‘Bear’ part comes from the most amazing cuddles he gives. Have you guessed yet? Yes, he’s our doggy, our 6-year-old doggy, other than looking a bit like a Labrador we don’t quite know what he is made up of. We love him all the same, I quite like the mystery actually. For those of you who are dog lovers, I’m sure you will understand when I say that Alfie is our first child. He was the start of our family. Let me take you back…
Mr H proposed in December 2008 and although marriage doesn’t always change a relationship we knew ourselves that this signified the start of something more than just us. It was Saturday, January 17th 2009 when we collected him from one of our local animal rescue centres. We’d visited over the Christmas and New Year period to take food and blankets up for the doggies and noticed him. It was love at first sight. We could see that he hadn’t eaten for a while and if I’m honest we just felt an instant connection with him. We had looked at several dogs over a few visits. Alfie was the one. We had to wait 7 days for our application to go through the proper channels before the big day came.
As we drove to the dogs home, I remember thinking, would he settle with us, would he like us, how badly had he been treated? We knew little about him as he had been found wandering the streets. What we did know was that he cowered when approached so we presumed he had been mis-treated, he ate his food so fast as if there wouldn’t be another meal coming, and he was so so thin. It was clear he needed lots of cuddles, love, attention and food!
Rescuing a dog was new to me, my family had always chosen pedigree dogs from puppies where as Mr H’s family had rescued before. We made a donation to the dogs home and continued to take up food and blankets for a short while. Our adventure as dog owners or as we say parents began. Have you rescued a dog?
It is safe to say that Alf settled in really well. Happily Ever After.
Fast forward to 2 years later, we were pregnant. How exciting. Alf had such a beautiful, gentle temperament so it came as a surprise when many of our friends asked the question ‘What will you do about Alfie?’. What would we do about Alfie? I remember looking at Mr H thinking how/what do I say. Did people think we would give him away because we were pregnant, Alf was and is a part of our family, he will always be our first child.
I remember Lil G’s first day at home, Alf was quite confused by the little cry which came from the moses basket. He often sat by it, standing guard occasionally peering over. As Lil G grew, Alf would often alert me if he started to stir or cry. It was very cute. It is safe to say that they have a beautiful friendship, they play together, the know each others routines. Lil G loves to feed Alf and take him for big walks. More recently they have started to play ball together. Although I can see the relief on Alf’s face when 7.30pm comes, aka bedtime for Lil G. We often find Alf sitting next to Lil G’s bed waiting for his kiss goodnight.
We include Alf in all our celebrations, birthdays, Christmas and holidays. We consider him in all our plans, so much so that for the 3 days I work from Manchester he spends the day time with Nanny & Grandad, a bit like Lil G with his nursery! Thankfully we don’t have to pay them!
Do you have pets? If you do, how have you settled as a family?
And here he is, Alfie Bear…