Search

OPINION: Our affectionate pets reflect God’s love

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 September 2017

Archant

Her cousins have pets so it was no surprise when my nine-year-old granddaughter said that she really really longed for a puppy to call her own and so, with the help of the lovely people at Catwalk pet shop in Barkingside, we chose a delightful Cavachon puppy (cross between a Cavalier King Charles spaniel and a Bichon) who has been christened Tilly, short for Ottoline, one of my granddaughter’s favourite book characters.

Arabella and I are to share Tilly’s care, aided and abetted by Zippy, my 14 year old Westie, who is fairly happy to have a new friend!

Well, in the books, by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, Ottoline is a very clever young lady who solves mysteries; her four-footed namesake has solved the mystery of how to wheedle treats out of us and how to get me out of bed even earlier in the morning. Tilly has also learnt, in just five weeks, about tasty morsels at mealtimes and has a special penchant for licking out the remains left in yoghourt pots, retrieving them from the bin if she feels that she’s somehow missed out! Tilly has been to the park with Zippy to meet our dog walking friends and is entranced with everything that she sees and smells on the way.

I hope Tilly will become a real companion for Arabella – already, lessons about both ends of puppy care have been learnt - the truth that relationships usually have challenges as well as benefits cannot be assimilated too soon! But the excited welcome and faithful affection offered by our pets is surely one of life’s great joys and, for me, a reflection of God’s love. More from Ann

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Stories

14:00

Austrian scored for east Londoners in 4-1 reverse at Gunners in Premier League

12:00

Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh is keen to finish the season strong and take momentum into next season.

Justin Edinburgh
10:30

Leyton Orient are already planning ahead for the 2018/19 National League campaign says manager Justin Edinburgh.

Justin Edinburgh
10:00

A round-up of the latest Langdon Academy Sport Partnership event

55 minutes ago

A statue displaying the names of some of east London’s lesser known women’s rights campaigners was unveiled in Parliament Square this morning.

Theresa May
11:17

People are choosing to pay their Sky TV bills rather than feed their pets.

United Kingdom
09:21

A Windrush generation grandmother lost her job with a charity helping migrants because she couldn’t prove her right to work.

Home Office
09:09

A woman was reportedly grabbed by the hair and almost forced into a car in an attempted abduction in East Ham.

Scotland Yard

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now