Although we are dog people we hadn’t had a dog for 15 years but then my daughter in law had a friend who had a little Staffie that had become too much for her. Since we adopted Pebbles in 2008 we have often thought about getting another one but as we worked did not think it would be fair. It was therefore a lovely surprise to find out about Rooley, as he was called then, on the website via Marjorie just a couple of weeks before I retired in April.
I kept it quiet from the rest of the family as I spoke to Marjorie and Nick (the fosterer) about Rooley and took Pebbles for a walk with Nick and Rooley to see if they got on. As they got on famously I gave Nick the nod and we made arrangements for us to adopt him. It was still a big secret but I knew he would fit in perfectly and my husband had been going on about getting a friend for Pebbles for months. When Rooley arrived there was great excitement and my husband and two sons fell in love with Rooley – or Alfie as we named him – immediately.
In the last six months Alfie has become part of the family. He and Pebbles get on like brother and sister and we all love him as if we had had him from a pup. He is no trouble whatsoever and likes nothing more than snuggling up to you when you are sat on the sofa watching television. Although housetrained perfectly Alfie wasn’t very good at doing what he was told but Pebbles has taught him how to sit and play with toys.
She’s also taught him some naughty habits like refusing to go for a walk in the rain and how to watch for the postman from the top of the armchair but these funny little quirks just make him even more lovable. He may have smelly breath which we just can’t seem to shift but we love him to pieces and now it takes all my efforts to stop my husband from wanting a third little dog.