When our kids were young, I tried my hardest to be the best mum that I could. Overall I don't think I did a bad job, but there was one area where I failed dismally. I wouldn't let them have a dog. We had a variety of goldfish, two hamsters, two guinea pigs and two rabbits (not all at the same time) but it wasn't quite the same. It's not that I don't like dogs, in fact we always had a dog at home when I was growing up. My stock phrase was always 'Once you leave home and have a place of your own, you can have as many dogs as you wish.'
Well. Darling Daughter has left home. She is in the process of buying her first house with her boyfriend. She has a birthday this week. Guess what the boyfriend is buying her for her present: