Tigerlilly Quinn: big softies

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

big softies

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As some of you know I'm a big lover of animals. I've been a veggie my entire life and I'm really happy to be continuing this in raising Wilf. The majority of charities I have monthly donations with are animal based because animal welfare is something I feel really strongly about.

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If I'm honest I really am a cat lady. We have two rescue cats that are reaching about ten years old now and I've always had some sort of pet in my life since I was small. I have to admit I'm often a bit wary about dogs though because I find them quite unpredictable and since having Wilf I am quite careful to avoid the bigger breeds when I see them in the street.

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I think the issue with big dogs is that they take a lot of work to be trained properly and when not they can be quite boisterous or frightening to someone who doesn't know what they are like. Apparently big dogs are the ones most likely to be abandoned as owners don't tend to know what they are getting themselves into when they pick up a cute looking puppy.

The Co-op have created a piece all about ten great big dogs who actually are softies which you can read here. It's so sad to hear that just a few years ago 118,000 stray and abandoned dogs were picked up in a year.

What do you think of the article? How do you feel about big dogs?

In association with the co-op

12 comments:

linsdcb said...

Aww such a cute article! I totally understand why people are scared of bigger dogs, especially as they can be so boisterous. When we were training our puppy however, the trainer was adamant that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners, and that's definitely true. I grew up with dogs and cats and love them both equally, we got the puppy first so we could get her through training and so on properly, but we will hopefully add a kitten later this year, I couldn't be without either X

Jess Lewis said...

some of the biggest dogs I know are the biggest softies - We have a fairly smallish cross breed however as she sleeps in between us ( got rid of kids now it's the dog 😂:) I'm glad we didn't get anything bigger. I wouldn't be without her she makes me smile every day. You put the effort in with training etc ( no matter how big or small ) and what they give you back is amazing.

Polly Davies said...

Our old neighbours had two staffies and they were the softest dogs I've met.

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

I am pretty cautious about dogs because of seeing my brother get bitten when we were children (he on the other hand is a total dog person!) but I've learned that I can't allow that anxiety to prevent me from being friendly with dogs, especially since I don't want my children to inherit it from me. I've been told, though, that big dogs tend to me the sweetest of dogs and my experiences have mostly agreed.

Little Beee said...

Aw, I have a soft spot for big dogs. I'm a total cat lady too, I've always had them (apart from now where we have to borrow the neighbours' as landlady won't let us have one, boo) but growing up we had a Pyrenean mountain dog who was huuuge but the biggest cuddly poppet ever. I agree that bad owners can give dogs an unfair reputation. I hope the Co-op feature spreads the positives x

Eleanor Willock said...

Well we have a puppy, he's a Lab, and he's the first non rescue I've owned. He's THE softest. In fact, he's curled up on the sofa next to our toddler watching Cbeebies right now. He thinks all toddlers are his friends. But, I'm very, very cautious with my daughter around other people's dogs. Go figure.

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

I have to say I am not a dog person at all! I nearly got attacked by one when I was about 10 and now even if a poodle comes running at me from across a field I end up screaming and looking like a total plonker. Then there is the hairs, fact they need walking, having to pick up poo, illness, fact you can never got away etc AND when I first moved in with Matt they had a dog that was on it's last legs walking around. It pooed and urinated all over the floor all day and had tumours all over it. I did feel sorry for it but to be honest it was so traumatic I could barely eat for months!! x

emmaand3 said...

what a great idea to book somewhere else and then you stick to it.

Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours said...

Looks gorgeous. What a lovely time to have with a friend

Michelle Ashmore said...

Glad you had a lovely time with your friend. I think it's about time I made time to go see my best friend. We don't get to see each other often since I moved to Lincoln and she's in Derbyshire. You've inspired me to give her a call tomorrow and set something up :)

Claire Toplis said...

What a great time you had , love your photos

Goblin Child said...

We're dog people - in fact, I've always joked that if the twins turn out to be allergic to Josephine-dog we'll be utilising a last-in-first-out policy! People have expressed concern in the past that we have a dog AND young twins, to which I like to respond with wide eyes that 'YES, I absolutely understand where they're coming from, babies DO tend to bite and scratch quite a bit, don't they? But we'll be very careful to make sure that Josephine is safe around them'. ;)

We invested a lot of time and effort into teaching her to be a good dog long before the boys came on to the scene. She knows how to travel on the Underground, to walk to heel on an escalator, to sit quietly by my side in posh London restaurants, to be gentle with children and other animals, not to approach strangers unless she's been invited (and given permission from a human) and it's really paid off for us. Nothing irritates me more than badly trained dogs, but I have to say that there is little in the world that is more delightful than a good one.
I'm not a fan of big dogs if only because with my lifestyle, it's difficult to lug a big dog everywhere and mine do tend to come everywhere. When I retire to my country manor (haha) I might have to acquire a Dane or two...

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