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Investing in a friend for life

Dog has been man’s best friend for years and the desire to have a family dog is becoming more and more popular. There are about 8.5 million pet dogs in UK!

If you are considering getting a pet dog, think about the investment you are making and the responsibilities you would be taking on.  Don’t let your dog be another of the thousands that end up in a rescue centre because you ‘hadn’t thought of that’. (Around 50,000 pet dogs are dumped every year in the UK and 20,000 of those get put to sleep.)

Think about –

Choosing the right friend that is going to fit in.

Are you prepared for the financial sacrifice, if your dog is unlucky to need expensive veterinary care?

Do you have the time for your friend? If you get a puppy with the view that you will just get a dog walker, you may find you miss out on precious time to bond and train him.

And, do you have time to train him? Just teaching a dog to sit and offer a paw does not prepare him for life. Training him to come back when you call him will help protect him from danger. This, and other training takes time and patience and is an important investment in the lives of you and your dog.

Take time to think before investing in 10 years or more.


What should I tip the waiter?

Last night I ate at a well-respected restaurant chain. The meal was fine but the service, although friendly, was slow and the wine was not chilled. When the bill arrived, I was faced with the decision about the tip.

Should I :

1) Pay the customary tip, after all he did bring the food to the table?

2) Pay a lesser tip and hope he works out why, and not think I am just a stingy bitch?

3) Pay no tip at all?

4) Complain?

Today, in the park, I watched a dog owner try to call her dog back. The dog completely ignored her and carried on doing what he wanted. When she caught him, she told him off. And I wondered – had she never ‘tipped the waiter’.

Tipping the waiter can encourage good service. But conversely, if the waiter expects the tip, his service may not be as great as if he had to work for it. Emm, not paying a tip at all – well then I may get very poor service. And if I were a customer who habitually complained, I may get no service at all!