I am in somewhat of a dilemma. Regular readers will know that I am shortly to move house and am just waiting for the final details to be finished.
I showed you a photograph of my bright and perky Tess on Sunday. Sadly if you saw a photograph of me you would see that I am not so bright and perky. In my head I still feel twenty five - in my body - well in my knee and ankle - I am definitely much nearer eighty five.
Is it fair to keep Tess when I move? In the first instance she is a country dog. I have had her since she was six weeks old and she is now nine and a half. All that time she has lived on the farm and gone round the fields with the farmer, chasing rabbits, sniffing in the hedge bottoms, roaming as she wished - off the lead apart from the short journey back down the lane to the house.
Now I am to move into a bungalow in the nearby town. Although it is a quiet little market town it is still not the same as open countryside. Is it fair to take her there? I have already contacted a dog-walker but that only accounts for one daily walk - what about the rest of the day? She fixes me with her eyes which say 'when are we going for our walk?' and I know I can't take her.
Friends say that at her age she will adapt and I am sure they are right. But is it fair to ask her to - and in any case - will she be too much for me to manage when I move?
I am beginning to think that the reason I want to keep her is a selfish one .