I realised the other day that I have never formally introduced you to my favourite companion.
You may have seen a photo here or there of him if you follow me on Instagram , but in case you weren’t aware, I’m the proud dad to an 8-year-old pug rescue called Winston.
4 years ago this little guy trotted into my life, left as a bundle of anxiety after years of constant neglect from previous owners. He was deemed ‘unsuitable for rehousing’ to pretty much anybody, except, if you weren’t aware, I grew up surrounded by animals – from dogs to chickens and everything in between (you can check out some other goofy facts about me from my 25 Facts About Me post!) So, after an interview or two, my family and I were deemed experienced enough to be introduced to the little guy – and after our first meeting it was love at first sight.
From the timid little guy, who couldn’t approach people, refused to step into his own bed and had trouble even eating from a dog bowl – there’s no end to the transformation that he’s undergone.
Now he’s a ball of mischevious energy – waiting to pounce and jump and run around with you as much as he possibly can.
Even though I’ve owned dogs my entire life, I’ve never had a relationship with my pets like mine with Winston is – there’s a different kind of trust there, I think. A trust with comes with helping someone go through what must have been an incredibly traumatic time and come out the other side full of smiles and love and happiness.
It breaks my heart how many dogs are in shelters waiting to be rehomed – dogs like Winston once was, who have been mistreated or neglected through no fault of their own and ended up on the bad side of the tracks. But there’s nothing more encouraging than seeing rescues and people committing their time and efforts to helping these same dogs become united with loving owners who can give them the chance they should have gotten the first time around.
Winston was introduced to us through the Pug Dog Welfare and Rescue Association, who are an absolutely fantastic charity working to protect pugs from the overexposure and breeding that erupted from their popularity as a ‘designer dog’ a few years back. Owners who bought pugs but didn’t understand the unique health risks that the breed is associated with, who didn’t understand that dogs are more than just a gift – they’re a lifelong commitment.
My life has changed in so many ways since meeting this guy – and all of them are positive. From the evenings we spend running around fields, the lazy Summer afternoons watching TV and the chilly Winters nights where we brave the cold for a twilight walk bundled up in coats and scarves. He’s my best friend and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for the little guy.
“Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.”
Do you guys have any pets? And what are your bonds like with them? I’d love to talk about animals! I’ve been a dog person my entire life, but I still adore cats, too! All animals are wonderful in my eyes!
I hope you have a great day,