I am in love. I am sure almost all of you know the feeling. I just can't stop thinking about him. He is considerably younger than me (I would guess thirty years* or so but seems very loving and attentive.)
Sadly it will be a short lived affair of the heart as he is soon to move away but it is lovely while it lasts. His name is Jack and he lives around six doors away. He has gingery/brown hair and wonderful dark eyes which he uses to great effect - looking at me as though I am the only person in the world.
Yes, Iexpect you have guessed it by now and I think I have spoken about him before. He is a male Border Terrier, being fostered by a friend while his owners are in Thailand. They are due to arrive back in England in early March, when he will return to them.
I am sure many of you will remember my darling Tess - also a Border Terrier - who had to be put to sleep about eighteen months ago after a stroke sent her blind. I miss her so but all the dog lovers amongst you will agree that if one has dogs then one has to accept that they do not have our life span and that sooner or later our vet will tell us the bad news.
I think I told you the other week that Jack blotted his copy book a couple of weeks ago while out with J, his carer, by chasing sheep. Since then J has been counting the days to his departure. Would that I could have him but my lack of mobility makes it impossible.
When he called to see me earlier in the week I expressed my shock and horror at his misbehaviour. His response was to jump up and settle down on my knee for a huge cuddle. (brought tears to my eyes).
I shall have to get my animal 'treats' from watching Noel Fitzpatrick the vet back on Channel Four later this week and this time, instead of dogs, cats and the occasional parrot he is dealing with elephants, rhinos and big cats while out on safari!
If anyone is interested my horrible virus is gradually subsiding - as is Rachels. Not a nice visitor - would rather have Jack any day!
*this is allowing 7 human years for every doggy one. (think I have my maths wrong here but it is almost nine at night and I have a virus!)