Wednesday 12 September 2018

My Pet Story With Petplan*

Owning a pet is such an amazing experience and I was lucky enough to truly learn that when our family dog Bouncer arrived many years ago. I've spoken about him before in a post about why I have so much love for dogs but only briefly so when Petplan got in touch and asked if I would like to share my pet story and some of my fondest memories, I jumped at the chance.
Black and tan cavalier king charles spaniel

When did my love for dogs start?

Well, surprisingly not for a good few years. When I was very young, I really didn't like dogs, I have no idea why, I just thought they were scary and I never pictured us having one. In fact I remember so vividly one particular time we were at some sort of farm or park and there was a border collie running around and I assumed it was after me so I was in such a state, trying to run up slides and everything! It's something that's always stuck with me but somehow I obviously got over that and when we decided to bring a dog into the family, quickly I think we all realised it was just the best thing we could have done. Now I love all the dogs and can't imagine my life without them!

Meeting Bouncer and bringing him home

I think I must have been about 12 when we decided on getting a dog and I remember very clearly that first time we went to meet him. A gorgeous black and tan Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. There he was with his brothers and sisters, and whilst they were all of course absolutely beautiful, he just stood out to us. Instantly he was the most adorable little dog, whining on his way home with us and whining in the nights for weeks whilst he settled in but soon enough it was like we'd never not known him. I have no idea how I could have ever had such a bad fear of dogs because all he has done is make me want a house full to love and look after.
Black and tan cavalier king charles spaniel collage

Over 10 years of love

Unfortunately Bouncer passed away last September which has flown by but we are so lucky that we had over 10 magical years with him. He blossomed from this cute little puppy to this chunky, fluffy dog that everyone who met him, absolutely fell in love with. I have so many fond memories of him, it was a pleasure to have grown up alongside him and get to experience so much. He loved his holidays, running along the beach and into the sea with a ball, was always on the hunt for food (anything but his own was a winner) he gave the best cuddles, always knew when you were sad and needed some love and was generally just the best dog we could have asked for in every way. I so wish I'd appreciated the time I had with him more, the times he used to walk into my room and try to get onto my bed for a cuddle, the bath times which he absolutely hated but always looked so cute afterwards, the few weeks George and I had to look after him ourselves in the Summer. There is so much I think back on and wish I could re-live again. He is so missed and there's not a day that goes by where I don't think of him.
Black and tan cavalier king charles spaniel
Black and tan cavalier king charles spaniel

My future with dogs

George and I have been together for 7 years now, we're recently married and we're really settled in our home so for us I think it's the natural next step. We've ticked a few things off our rough plan and I don't think it will be too long before we really make a start on bringing a dog into our little family. My heart already feels like it's going to burst at the thought of it. If I had it my way, we'd get a dog tomorrow but unfortunately there's quite a lot to consider which is why we haven't taken the chance just yet. Getting a dog is not a decision that can be made over night, they need your constant love and attention and so much more goes into something like this than you realise. Is our flat big enough? Can we afford it? What happens if they get ill? Which insurance company? So many things I've researched now for months! Luckily with Petplan Pet Insurance, there's no need to worry. They are pet specialists whose policies cover several conditions and they are able to pay out on 97% of claims. Their main aim to keep our pets healthy and their owners happy, which is what we all want isn't it? So if the worst does happen and your pet gets ill, they can help you get them back on their feet without any extra concern. So many questions go through my mind when I think of us getting a dog but I know we're ready. We would be the best dog parents and the time I had with Bouncer growing up has just installed this intense love that I want to share. I really feel it's the next natural thing for us, it's just a matter of saving now!

Petplan want to hear your Petstories too, so whether it is a recovery from illness or just their day to day mischief share your story on Petplan's Facebook or Instagram using #Pethoodstories

Did you have a family pet growing up? Are you more of a dog person too?

*This post is in conjunction with Petplan but all thoughts are my own

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