When I was younger my Grandad had a Border Collie called Gwen who he would take on long walks down to the river, over the back fields to chase rabbits and over to the village school playing field to play catch. Almost everywhere my Grandad went, Gwen went too and vice versa. That little dog helped keep my Grandad active for many years and companionship when the grandchildren were playing too loudly in the garden.
My Mam lives alone with her Border Collie, also called Gwen (in honour of my Grandad’s favourite dog) and I like the idea that she is going home to her rather than an empty house. With Roo and Tigger recently staying with her for two weeks I wondered how Tigger would adjust to living with a dog as he isn’t too keen on them. Other family members have got small, jumpy and yappy dogs that crave the attention, Tigger however prefers to approach a dog in his own time and Gwen allows him to do this. She sits still and laps up the tickles, cuddles and love shown… two weeks later and Tigger wanted to bring Gwen home with us and wasn’t too happy when Granny explained it was her dog.
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