Man’s best friend. My best friend

Man’s best friend is a phrase often used to reference the close bond we have with our pet dogs.  Never has a truer word been spoken! I adore my dog and after reading Claire Justine’s post about her lovely dog Mollie I felt I had to share my story.

My wonderful dog is called Bliss. If you follow me on Instagram you will probably be familiar with her wild fur and chocolate button eyes. I have an incredible bond with my four legged friend that amazes me every day. Cats were always my pet of choice so to have such a  strong bond with a dog surprised noone more than me!

Mans best friend

Man’s best friend

I can’t remember how we decided to get a dog. I was quite content being a 4 children, 1 cat family. Nevertheless I was persuaded that we had a space in the family that needed filling. And fill it she did. Bliss is 5 years old now but I cannot remember when she wasn’t with us. She is a mixed breed. Part Labrador, part Golden Retriever and a bit of Poodle. A goldenlabradoodle perhaps? What ever you call her she is perfection itself.

Bliss is very protective of me and always finds a way to insert herself inbetween me and anyone she deems to be too close. This has led to some amusing moments when the children or Mr M try to hug me. Bliss soon separates us (but in the most gentle way). She also stays close at night. Preferring to sleep on my feet or next to me if at all possible. My very own shadow.

Bliss enjoying the sunshine

My best friend

She is a gentle giant. Loving nothing more than an afternoon cup of tea and then a lie down. The cat adores her too and they are often found snuggling each other. She loves a good run in the forest and thankfully isn’t a dog who likes muddy puddles. It is a great sorrow that I am unwell at the moment and unable to walk her. We now pay a wonderful lady to walk her for me. So she has the bonus of a lovely bunch of doggy friends to run around with.

Mans best friend - My best friend

Don’t think that it’s all plan sailing though. She is lazy, greedy and hairy. Her fur moults like nothing I have ever seen. Hoovering is a full time occupation. This mutt loves nothing more than raiding our waste bin for scraps. Hose piping down a dog covered in pasta sauce is no picnic. Nor are the ensuing stomach upsets due to her ‘feasts’. She farts like a trooper and has no concept of personal space.

Do you know what though? This lazy, greedy, smelly dog is the light of my life. I cannot imagine her not being by my side. Once you welcome a dog into your life you will soon agree that they are man’s best friend (and woman’s too).

Do you have a dog? Or are you a cat person? Why not share your story too.


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  1. 3rd August 2018 / 4:06 PM

    Bliss is gorgeous! Sound like you have a bond similar to mine with Duke (our black lab).
    Sort of via #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      7th September 2018 / 1:35 PM

      Dogs are amazing aren’t they?

  2. 22nd June 2018 / 10:20 PM

    She sounds fab and totally loyal, hope you will get to walk her again soon. We grew up with small dogs, but I always wanted a cat so when I got my own house I ended up with 4, somehow… they definitely give a house a different feel (and that’s not just the hair!) Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      19th July 2018 / 2:26 PM

      I would have a houseful of cats but due to Mr M’s allergy we only have 1, which is possibly a good thing since he has scratched huge chunks of our wallpaper off!
      The thought of being able to walk Bliss again is keeping me going, she is a joy to take out.

  3. 18th June 2018 / 11:36 AM

    Aww what a lovely post-Louisa. My Mollie the Collie is my best friend too. Lovely photos, you captured such an amazing photo in that last one 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop.

    • Louisa
      19th July 2018 / 2:23 PM

      Thank you! Mollie the Collie sounds wonderful, they are such amazing companions

  4. 17th June 2018 / 4:43 PM

    Hi Louisa, Bliss looks like a dog with character. I do like scruffy looking dogs, but know exactly what you mean about the moulting, at the moment our big black furball is chunking out fur. We have five dogs. Ideally, I ‘d like just two, but when you find them tossed like rubbish, unable to look out for themselves you do what you can, but five is the absolute limit and I wouldn’t/ couldn’t trade any of them (but don’t tell them that)… There was a time I could never see the appeal of having a cat, but that all changed when we were adopted by a feral one and her kittens. She is now tame enough for me and my daughter to stroke, but wary of everyone else. She is an outdoor cat and lives a happy life patrolling the woodpiles and keeping the dogs in check, and she is fascinating to watch. She is very much in charge but clued up like I never thought cats to be. She’s been with us three years now and I would miss her if she disappeared.

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal.


    • Louisa
      19th July 2018 / 2:35 PM

      It’s wonderful that you have found space in your heart (and your house) for the strays that have come into your life. 5 dogs would be too much for most people, I think it’s amazing that you have taken them on. I’m sure though that they bring their own rewards!
      I’m a sucker for a scruffy dog but not so much the hair balls. She is booked in to be shaved soon. I don’t want to but this unexpected heatwave is proving hard for her and her comfort is a priority (and the hoover can have a rest while it grows back!) x

  5. 17th June 2018 / 4:30 PM

    I am both a dog and a cat person and we got both our pets not long before our kids left home, I couldn’t imagine my life without either of them now #keepingitreal

    • Louisa
      19th July 2018 / 2:21 PM

      We have a cat too. The really do become part of the family don’t they?

  6. 15th June 2018 / 6:39 PM

    Oh loved this. We have an extremely soiled beagle mix called Nova. She is also a bin raider who sleeps on my feet and she wakes me with slobbering kisses on a morning when she wants breakfast but I couldn’t live without her. And she has been an amazing comfort and support to our autistic son too. #keepingitreal

    • Louisa
      19th July 2018 / 2:20 PM

      Nova sounds wonderful. My brother has always wanted a beagle but sadly works way to often to make it a good idea. They are fabulous companions aren’t they?

  7. 15th June 2018 / 12:15 PM

    Ah, Bliss is adorable! We have a rescue cat called Mufasa. When we got him he was very grumpy but has calmed down so much over the year. Couldn’t imagine life without him

    • Louisa
      19th July 2018 / 2:19 PM

      We also have a grumpy cat, although it has taken him 9 years to mellow out!

  8. 14th June 2018 / 11:08 AM

    Awww the images are absolutely gorgeous 🙂 Bliss is such a fabulous name for a dog and seems to definitely suit her 🙂 Sim x #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 3:03 PM

      Thank you! I don’t think we could’ve ever picked a more appropriate name x

  9. 13th June 2018 / 7:37 AM

    We have cats and don’t hoover nearly enough so I couldn’t imagine having a hairy dog. That said my husband says when the boys leave home we’ll get a dog to keep us active so I’ve got 16 years at least to get used to the idea!

    • Louisa
      14th June 2018 / 3:12 PM

      Lol. I didn’t think I’d be a dog person until we got one. The children adore her too so it is good for all the family

  10. 12th June 2018 / 12:09 PM

    This post really makes my heart melt, what a wonderful companion Bliss is and it’s obvious how much you love her.


    • Louisa
      12th June 2018 / 6:25 PM

      Thank you Anne. I adore her 🙂

  11. 12th June 2018 / 9:53 AM

    I lost my best friend a few years ago, still haven’t gotten over having to put my beautiful German Shepard dog to sleep, she had a great life though #keepingitreal@_karendennis

    • Louisa
      12th June 2018 / 6:28 PM

      I am sure she had a wonderful life and having her put to sleep was not a decision you took lightly. I hope you get some comfort from your memories of her x

  12. 11th June 2018 / 11:50 AM

    Aww! She sounds the perfect companion….Well apart from the mischief she gets up to. hehehe

    • Louisa
      12th June 2018 / 6:29 PM

      I could do without the mischief but I wouldn’t be without her!

  13. 11th June 2018 / 11:35 AM

    Sweet story. I grew up with a dog and had a cat in my 20’s but cannot have a pet now due to my asthma. I envy you your hairy, smelly, big love ball. #MMBC

    • Louisa
      12th June 2018 / 6:31 PM

      That is a shame. My husband is very allergic to our cat and has to take inhalers everyday.

    • Louisa
      12th June 2018 / 6:29 PM

      It certainly is!

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