Wednesday 26 September 2018

My Fondest Memory of Alfie

Growing up I always had a dog by my side. At the age of 5, I got my first Pet, a puppy called Rocky. As an only child he was my best friend. We did everything together. Later on we got him a girlfriend, a staffy cross called Tia. After Rocky died Tia remained my faithful companion and she was with my husband and I when we bought our very first home. Sadly after a few years she became very ill and we were advised to have her put to sleep. Even though we had Petplan Pet Insurance, it was nothing that she would ever survive, no matter what we did. She would suffer. It was heartbreaking. 

I was completely stricken with grief. Coming back home from work and not having a dog to greet me was unfamiliar. I was actually pregnant at the time but still a hole was left that I needed to fill. After a month we decided to get a puppy. 

When we went to visit the puppies for the first time and choose one, we decided on the one that came over to my belly. He climbed on my lap and snuggled into my bump. We knew he was the one. We later called him Alfie.

Alfie was by my side morning and night and he always wanted to rest his head on my belly. My fondest memory of him so far was when I went into labour with my first child. The one who he had been protecting. He was incredible. He was pacing up and down the landing, clearly concerned. But what amazed me the most is that he almost sensed when a contraction was coming and he'd come over to me and either cuddle into my side or rest his head on my belly. He was a great support.

When I was pregnant with my second child, he was interested in my belly but not as much as he was with Eva. I think it's because he's grown up with Eva. There are 5 months between them in age so they have always been together. She is his best friend and it's adorable to see. It reminds me of the relationship I had with my first dog Rocky. he of course loves Ophelia too but he's definitely Eva's dog. 

Having a dog in our family has bought us so many happy memories already and he's only 6 so hopefully there'll be many more to come. Now all I have to do is convince my husband to let us get another puppy for Alfie to play with.

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  1. Awww so adorable. It is awful to lose a pet. We have 4 cats and 1 dog. £ of my cats are old ladies now (16, 15 and 15) I am dreading saying goodbye when the time comes. Our dog Loki is about 19 months now, we is high energy and slightly crazy but couldn't imagine not having him around.

  2. Oh that is so sweet about when you were in labour. It's amazing how pets really do become part of the family.

  3. When I was young, we had a family pet which we felt was the last born in our family, unfortunately we couldn't save him because we did not have the money. I wish back home they offered petplan

  4. Awwww what a gorgeous dog you have. We have an Alfie too! Except he's a miniature schnauzer. I agree that they can be so sensitive to people and can pick up on what's going on. It's lovely that your eldest and Alfie clicked right from the start. The bond is quite amazing to see.

  5. Awww Alfie is gorgeous. We keep thinking about getting a puppy but it is such a big responsibility... just like having another baby!

  6. They are so aware of things. When I was pregnant I was very ill and one of my three dogs never left my side. I think it’s so lovely to have them grow up with children. Although sometimes I feel I have 4 children!!

  7. What a lovely story. I enjoyed reading this. I have two lovely dogs and am so scared what will happen when they go as we are so attached. Dogs are a huge part of my families life. I'm glad you have a new dog for the girls.

  8. Awwww a lovely story. I can't live without a dog in my life, love them so much.


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