I don't think it's a great secret that I like dogs?
As far back as I can remember there has been a dog in the family and for a while we had cats too. Cats though I can take or leave. There was one exception to my cat rule once when we adopted a very battered stray. I took to him mainly because he thought he was a dog and treated other cats with disdain.
Now when it comes to holidays, the dog is one of the family. If we are going somewhere then the dog comes too. If we can't find a place that accepts dogs, we don't go. It's a simple as that.
A few years ago we did go on an extended five week holiday to France and decided that the journey and heat would be too much for our Sandy so we found a highly recommended kennels and booked her in for the period. Never again. When we greeted her on our return she was frankly a mess. She was hoarse from constant barking and had lost a huge amount of weight – apparently she had never settled in and had pined for us for the whole five weeks. I still feel terrible for leaving her there.
So, as I say, if the dog can't go on holiday then we can't go either.
And then I read a little piece on the subject –
What kind of people are these cunts? They want a holiday but the dog is a nuisance so they just abandon it? Would they abandon their kids as soon as school fees are involved? Why did they get a fucking dog in the first place? I just cannot understand the mentality of someone who would treat a dog as a possession or some kind of fashion statement. In fact they disgust me, as a dog is a living, loving creature who is entitled to as much respect and affection as a child; more so in fact as most dogs are far less irritating than most kids.
Our Penny is one of the most loving dogs I have ever come across. She demands very little [except for her morning and nighttime treats] and gives buckets of love in return. Her idea of heaven is a good cuddle [when the stands on the arm of the couch it means she wants a cuddle], a good tummy tickle and snuggling up in bed at night. In the mornings she may be awake but she will remain completely quiet and still until she sees we are awake, which is a nice little touch on her part.
She is one of the family. I cannot imagine life without her.
The idea of throwing her out to her fate for the sake of a fucking holiday is a completely alien concept.
There are some really nasty people out there.