Wednesday 23 October 2019

My Pet: Don't let Dolly fool you, she's a wuss


Lorna Cunningham

"I'm getting a dog this weekend!" he'd announce.

Cue my well-rehearsed list of cons: the cost, the time, the destruction, the clean-up… And so another weekend would pass with the relief that I had dodged the dog bullet once again.

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This pattern continued for several years, with his determination growing ever stronger and my list of excuses ever more elaborate.

I knew the game was finally up when he returned, laden with expensive doggy equipment.

Dolly arrived at our house the following morning (remaining stubborn to the last minute, I refused to go pick her out with him).

An adorably fluffy and nervous puppy, it was difficult to not fall in love with her. She made herself at home in the usual way, pooping and weeing her way around the kitchen.

She then made herself a home in our hearts by being the sweetest and most affectionate puppy we could have hoped for.

Dolly grew fast. At 11 months she is now 30kg, with paws the size of saucers. However, her size should not fool you - she is a big wuss!

She runs for her life when the ironing board comes out, begs to be let out when the vacuum cleaner goes on and hides when the clothes horse goes up (though she is OK when the clothes go on it!)

And then there are more unusual things that strike fear in her heart - feathers, small children, paw balm, hairdryers.

Dolly is a total floozy when it comes to attention from other humans. She would pose no threat to any intruder - a few pats on the head and she'd be their bestest friend.

Some of Dolly's other favourite activities are barking at imaginary birds, visiting granny and eating human food. However, when she began eating the kitchen floor we knew it was time to call in the professionals.

Four weeks of training helped us make some improvements but she still drags us along on our walks, still chews the skirting boards and even got expelled from doggy daycare!

Despite all this, we are completely head over heels in love with her. The past 12 months have been a difficult time for us but Dolly has kept us going and been the best source of comfort we could ask for.

Here's to many more years of dog hair in the dinner.

Lorna Cunningham, Leixlip, Co Kildare

Name: Dolly

Finest hour: Graduating from puppy school

Likes: Car journeys with the wind in her ears

Dislikes: Cats in the back garden

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