Hundreds of abandoned and abused pups and dogs from all over the country, in desperate need of a “loving forever home” gazed beseechingly from my computer screen. Many of the dogs had paws as big as soup plates. But I needed a small dog which would fit into my very small flat.
In the days and weeks after my old Fox Terrier Pete died, I had to force myself to take the long walks I had enjoyed so much when he and I had walked in tandem. Everywhere I went there were people with dogs, jogging, throwing sticks, patting and petting like there was no tomorrow.
I felt the way I had as a teenager after breaking up with a boyfriend: everyone in the entire world was madly, head-over-heels in love while I was locked in lonely misery. I envied every person with a dog with the possible exception of the person walking a hairless, spotted dog which sprouted tufts of Dr Seuss hair fore and aft. I felt just as love-sick at home too. There was a dog-shaped gap in the world. Without a dog I felt some part of me had been amputated.