Our first family pet when I was a little girl was a golden retriever called Sam. At least I think I’ve remembered that correctly, it was about 40 years ago! I have a strange memory of petting Sam through a wrought iron gate on our driveway, that I don’t even know if we had, and to this day, I don’t know what happened to him. Which could only mean one thing!


I often think about getting a dog for our family, especially because I work from home, but Dexter was always very cautious about it because, bless him, he was always worried about when the time would come to say goodbye, and he wasn’t sure that he could handle that. Now he’s a little bit older (nearly 13), he understands more about, for want of a better phrase, the circle of life, and is a lot keener for me to go ahead and get a dog. I’m on the fence at the moment.


On the one hand, dog cuddles and long, country walks. But on the other hand, poo and barking. Every time I see a dog on my Facebook timeline though, I’m all buoyed up that this is it … I’m going to do it, I’m going to buy one and then … I’m back on the fence again. I think perhaps if I wasn’t single, and there was someone to share the whole experience with, I’d be more inclined to do it, but we’ll see. I have concerns about insurance, being able to afford a dog, and all of the potential worry associated with being a pet owner, but I know there are ways to ease that concern.


Obviously, there’s a reason I’m telling you this. Petplan recently got in touch with me to tell me about a campaign they are running right now, that I’d like to share with you, so a quick explanation about who Petplan are. They have been around since 1976, and their ethos is to keep our pets healthy and us happy, by offering the best pet insurance policies and they also work with more animal rehoming charities than any other pet insurance provider. I don’t think the idea of pet insurance was around when we had pets growing up, but I’m sure Mum and Dad would’ve appreciated the security of knowing that they had any vets’ bills covered if the dogs got poorly, and I know that I, going forward, would appreciate the same.


So Petplan’s campaign, which is pretty cute, is all about designing your dream pet. Unfortunately, they told me I was way too old to enter, but when I think about my dream pet it’s definitely one that picks up its own poo, gives good cuddles and makes me cups of coffee. Instead, I borrowed a child for the day … this one belonging to my good friend Amanda, from We Blog Travel and The Ana Mum Diary.


Petplan offered to turn a child’s drawing of their perfect pet into a soft toy for them to keep, which is a really lovely idea. And here’s what Ava created:




This was her initial drawing:




Fantastic isn’t it? She even gave it a name. Ready for it? (It’s just TOO cute). She called it … The Magical Dexter-corn.




So a big thank you to Petplan for making a little girl very happy!


kate sutton


* This post has been possible thanks to Petplan, but all thoughts are my own.


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