KATIE BULMER-COOKE: New dog is a real Bobby-dazzler

Don't rule out rehoming a rescue dog
Don't rule out rehoming a rescue dog
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I’ve been putting make up on this last week, which can mean only one thing. I’m back on the telly box. The second series of Chatty Lasses is hitting the small screen starting Tuesday, April 12 at 7.30pm on Made in Tyne and Wear.

If you didn’t see the last series and don’t want to miss this one, you can catch the show on Freeview 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159.

When we recorded the shows for this series, I can honestly say couldn’t have laughed anymore even if I tried.

This time around we are delving into everything from dating and diets to fashion and plastic surgery and unsurprisingly I’ve got plenty to say on each subject. I really can’t wait for the new series to be aired, I’m so proud of it.

As if I haven’t mentioned it enough over the last few weeks, I turned 30 last week and I think it’s made me go soft. Last Saturday my friend found a stray dog on her garden, soaking wet, shivering and crying. She took him in, gave him a bath and a cuddle then took the poor thing to the vets.

Once there the vet estimated him to be around two years old but he’s had a hard life. Looks like he has been badly treated by whoever had him last and he is extremely gentle and timid. My friend couldn’t keep him as she works full time there is no one around to take him for walks during the day, and he wasn’t microchipped (you can see where this is going, right?).

So, after three days of hinting (aka pleading) to Mr Cooke, he finally gave in to meeting the then named Henry the Lurcher, and seeing how he got on with our two border terriers. Well, five minutes in and it was love! Honestly, he’s lush (the dog I mean...Mr Cooke is lush too though) and the thought of him heading to the kennels and potentially to doggy heaven was just too heart breaking, so he is now a fully affiliated member of the Cooke house hold and has the new name of Bobby.

It is more than clear he’s had a tough time, and I really can’t get my head around why anyone would want to hurt another living thing, especially a beautiful, innocent dog like Bobby.

We’ve shown him a few days of love, warmth and filled his belly with food and water and already it’s clear he will be loyal for life.

It’s really made me think that more should be done to encourage people to consider a rescue dog before going straight for the option of buying a puppy. So, if you’re thinking about getting a dog, then don’t rule out the idea of rehoming a dog who just wants a little love and in exchange for a lifetime of loyalty.

You can dry your eyes now, I’ve just dried mine!

On another happy note, I’ve loved the Easter holidays off with Heidi, with one of the highlights for both of us being our trip to Katie’s Garden by the cinema in the town.

It’s a fab vintage tea room with loads of crafting projects for kids (and grown ups) to do. Heidi made an awesome unicorn money box and the service was outstanding too, we’ll definitely be visiting again soon! Roll on the next school holidays!