I should be sat in the Michie Building with my friend Jess revising for an exam next week, right now. I’m not of course, I’m here with you instead, procrastinating as usual and doing anything other than study.
I’ve been meaning to do a post about Domino The Wonder Dog ever since starting my blog but I really want to do her justice, she is a rather spectacular Wonder Dog after all, so this is just a taster and I’m going to give Domino her own permanent page instead, because she’s worth it.
I’m always interested to know if people own pets, I think it’s undeniable that it’s a question we all surreptitiously ask because it says so much about our personalities. I’m a ‘dog person’ not a ‘cat person’ and yet my friendships are pretty much equal with dog, cat and no pet people. So if you are in the no pet and not interested category, or just don’t like the Border Collie and it’s intense and unnerving gaze, I wouldn’t bother reading any further because this is an unadulterated, self indulgent “I love my pet” post and for once is actually on topic without any diversions into the random or ridiculous.
For a long, long time we only owned the small variety of pet; fish, guinea pigs, hamsters, children, (I’m joking of course) and rats…..euggghh those rats!! We worked our way up over many years to proper pet ownership and only after much careful thought and consideration( and much drama and incompetence with three errant hamsters). Domino is a $100 non-pedigree dog with $900 worth of RSPCA starter kit of bed, toys, kennel, bowls, leads, flea and worm tablets, food etc. Since purchase she’s also had two potentially fatal Eastern Paralysis Tick bites, kennel cough from participating in the Million Paws Walk and one severe mauling by another dog. Total cost: approximately $4000 worth of pet bills and counting, I cannot recommend pet insurance highly enough, microchipping and de-sexing – the world can only cope with one Domino The Wonder Dog I’m sure. Monetary value aside though, she is priceless.
Briefly, in her almost six years with us, she has destroyed various items of furnishing and upholstery, nabbed at least one roast dinner off the kitchen bench, dug many, many, holes in two gardens, decapitated several plants and small trees, eaten shoes, sunglasses, homework, a full family sized bar of unattended Cadburys chocolate, is a lover of pigs ears and can lick own nose. She will not walk to heel, will refuse to budge at all if we use a haltie muzzle, does not fetch balls (she is not a retriever after all but a herder), but does like to chase a basketball around the garden, she can sit, lie down, back away, give you her paw or a high five, and stay and wait on command.
She is the world’s most intelligent dog breed owned by the world’s most hopeless trainers. But she’s ours, and we’d be lost, possibly financially better off, but very bored without her. If you’re a pet/dog/Border Collie/Wonder Dog fan check out her page for more (should be done in the next day or so with hopefully some revision and essays written as well!!).