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We don’t dare get another dog, fearing loss

PUBLISHED: 13:17 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:02 29 August 2017

Norwich Show ground hosts the 2017 All About Dogs show.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Norwich Show ground hosts the 2017 All About Dogs show. Picture: Nick Butcher

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If you’re walking your dog through Great Yarmouth and a stranger goes to pass by, stops, looks down at the pet and says “What a cutie!” – that’s me.

I have to have a doggy fix every couple of days and fussing an animal, stroking it and enjoying its company, however briefly, perks me up.

We lost our last dog, a former racing greyhound two years ago. She was a big, big dog compared to our previous Jack Russell. But after just two years she developed a tumour in her stomach and we took the heartbreaking decision to let her go while she was under anaesthetic in the vet’s surgery. She was only eight years old.

We had been spoilt by our terrier Max, who lived to be 17 – and our cat, Thursday, reached the grand old age of 19. So where did we go wrong with poor greyhound Lucy?

Even though it’s been a long time since we lost her we think about having another dog, but don’t dare. Neither of us could bear losing them so quickly again.

And so I compromise. When my sister leaves her border collie with my mum for a weekend while she goes away, I arrange to visit – and Gelert sleeps with me and plays with me – or should it be the other way round? I take him on long solitary walks, and relax.

Two weekends ago, I was in doggie heaven. At mum’s home, Gelert was there and so was my niece’s pit bull cross boxer – a huge dog who is as soft as grease and loves playing and fuss too.

If they were in the garden I was too.

Get another dog, people tell me. Why not volunteer for a charity looking after abandoned animals?

I couldn’t.

I couldn’t volunteer because I would get too attached – and then when they would find new homes I know I would be distressed at not seeing them again.

What is the answer? I have found it, well, partly. Facebook and UTube. Funny videos of cats and dogs, rescues and rehoming of shelter dogs and cats make me feel happy.

I’m off to work in a minute, perhaps the nice man who brings in his chihuahua specially to let me have a cuddle will come into the office today. He understands.

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