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We said ‘no’ for years, so our daughter saved up and bought a dog herself — now our family is complete

Bill Linnane


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Puppy love: Family pets can teach important lessons about love and loss. Picture posed

Puppy love: Family pets can teach important lessons about love and loss. Picture posed

Puppy love: Family pets can teach important lessons about love and loss. Picture posed

I can’t remember when my daughter started asking for a dog. Given that she is 19 and a half years old, I’ll guess that it was about 19 years ago. I think it’s entirely possible her first word, rather than dada, was doggo. Because above any toy, any Christmas present, above any freedom or financial package, she always wanted a dog. And we, being great parents, spent almost two decades telling her no.

When we lived in town we told her we couldn’t get one because the house was too small. Then we moved to the country, where everyone has a dog, often more than one — sometimes they have the makings of a fine sledding team. Before the move, we promised her that once we were out in the sticks we would 100pc, most definitely, absolutely get her a dog.


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