Saturday, 26 September 2009

Introducing the dog

A year ago yesterday we brought this small brown puppy aged 12 weeks into our lives. We’d just got back from holiday and had been madly preparing the house and garden – imagining we had everything puppy-proofed. Of course, we were totally wrong!!

Lucca is named after the beautiful Italian town in Tuscany we were visiting when we decided it was time to get a dog. It’s the birthplace of the composer Puccini whose music we both love.

Both me and my other half were brought up in houses with dogs, but we’ve never had one ourselves. With work, we’d restricted ourselves to cats, but now my other half works from home, so having a dog became practical.

A year later we both agree that we’ve never been more tired, or more fit! Lucca has a main big walk each day, usually with a swim. He also has about three other little outings to the small lake, stream and woods we live near. As a Labrador from working stock, he’s extremely active and has the energy to run all day, but he also loves his deep and dream-filled sleeps. Our rule about not going on the sofa lasted about two hours. He was born in a stable on a working farm, but he seems to have a real instinct for creature comforts!

Of course, we are biased, but we think the world of him. He’s taught me so much about the simple pleasures of life and about living in the moment. We’re both devoted to keeping him happy and healthy.

The pictures show him doing some of his favourite things – swimming, football, digging and yawning!

I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting Lucca. He’ll be featuring back here, I’m sure!


  1. What a cutie! I had a black lab for 16 years and miss here every day. Her puppy energy finally began to wane when she was about 12!
    Now that I'm back to work and not home as much we have 2 cats. They're cute and fun, but it's not the same.

  2. Look at him he's gorgeous. I had a couple of labs when I was younger. Definitely the best breed of dog!

  3. Thanks both. We think he's the best dog in the world, but of course, we are biased!

  4. He is so cute ! I have a boxer,I love dogs !

  5. So cool. It's great to have a dog. I am so much looking forward to having a home and thus being able to finally have a dog. Used to have a dachshund as a kid. My partner's parents have a retriever but she is very old now and gets tired quickly so we cannot go on long walks or jogging.

  6. What a great story. Thanks for the introduction. I love Puccini also; have always told my children that if ever they hear opera playing, and it's the most beautiful music they can possibly imagine hearing...then, most likely, it's Puccini:) Looking forward to following...

  7. ocasiocasa - that is such a wise thing to pass on to the next generation!


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