Well, if the horses got a page for themselves, the dogs need one too! They're always with me when I'm writing whether it's in the house, down the garden, on holiday...wherever I am, that's where they are!
Lucy was an eight year-old Dalmatian. It's funny I ended up with a Dalmatian as, when I was young, I used to read Dodie Smith's 101 Dalmatians back to back: I'd finish it and then read it again. It's one of my favourite books. Lucy liked to chat with us and could even smile. Her favourite hobby was posing, as you can see! Sadly, Lucy passed away suddenly in April 2020 and is very much missed. In 2019, I started writing a book for young readers called The Dalmatian That Lost its Spots. Sadly, Lucy died before the book was completed, but it is now finished in memory of her, and is currently with the illustrator.
Petra is a four year-old pointer. Jeremy Strong wrote a book called The Hundred Mile an Hour Dog and that's Petra. She is constantly busy exploring and always has to have something in her mouth. She particularly loves shoes, socks and slippers when in the house, and outside she seems particularly drawn to Lucozade bottles. This is quite funny since it's an energy drink and she's got energy to burn!
The best of friends
lady bluebell (bella)
After losing Lucy, the family couldn't cope without a spotty dog in our lives and so we welcomed this little girl to come and join us. She's currently seven months old but is already a big character and is enjoying getting out and exploring the world. She wags her tail all the time and is a very happy pup. She and Petra are becoming the best of friends and we like to think that Lucy is looking down on her and wishing her a happy life. When Bella was small, she wore Lucy's puppy collar!