Location: Chiswick House & Gardens
Last November, we took the decision to expand our family by bringing home a puppy. I was never a dog person before, in fact many people who know me well will remember I had a terrible phobia of dogs, even crossing the street if one walked towards me. I really don’t know what made me change my mind on dogs, but I knew we wanted to grow our family and have something to look after. We researched different breeds over the summer and agreed on one which was both suitable for London apartments, that didn’t require much exercise or maintenance and that was cuddly and loving. We brought home our princess Luna on November 9th, exactly one year after we got married.
Luna is a cute black and white (pied) French bulldog and over the last six months of owning her, my husband and I are so in love with this ball of cuddles. Of course, bringing home a puppy when you’ve never owned a dog before is quite an adjustment and it will take some time to settle, but it’s so worth it! The love you get from this little animal just can’t be compared to anything else. You are their whole life and they reward you for it. I’ve also found that I’ve had to change the way I am after bringing Luna home, but I really believe for the better. Here are a few of the things I’ve learnt from my princess!
Luna is the friendliest puppy you will meet. If you are walking in her direction or in her general proximity, assume she will want to tell you hello and will expect cuddles, if she’s lucky she sometimes gets a belly rub. Same with other dogs. It doesn’t matter if they are big, small, long haired, short haired, lazy or energetic, Luna will say hello. She doesn’t care what their owners look like, where they come from or how old or young they are. If they are friendly to her, she will give them her attention. No judging. I always think how nice it would be if humans were this way, friendly and kind without discriminating or judging. I think we can all learn something from this!
Just like when Luna runs up to a big dog without any fear, or when she tries to jump up onto the sofa knowing her little legs just aren’t long enough, she doesn’t give up. She’s never scared and just keeps going. There is no such thing as failure to her or thoughts of ‘that isn’t for me’. She keeps going until she gets where she wants to be – something I need to remind myself each time I try to complete a task which at first seems too challenging.
Love and Forgiveness
What I adore the most about my little Luna is that she is just so full of love. When I said that you really are your dog’s whole world, it’s true. The feeling of love and being wanted as soon as you walk in the door cannot be compared to anything else. She runs up to me just waiting to shower me with kisses – she gets her belly rub in return. The love is unconditional. It doesn’t matter what happened the night before – whether she got a telling off for chewing my antique desk or for peeing on the sofa – within a few minutes it is like it never happened. There is no resentment, no anger – just lots of love and automatic forgiveness.
Do you have any pets? What have you learnt since bringing your pet home? Alternatively, do you want to bring a puppy or dog into your family? Check out your nearest dogs’ home before going to a breeder (I wish I had done!) – there are so many abandoned dogs that need homes! Centres like the Battersea Dogs’ Home are a great place to start!