OTTO’s COLUMN by Otto
Hi everybody, I hope you all had a great time off. I’m nearly bursting after all the turkey (ooooh, look how sad he looks, give him some turkey. Works every time with Granddad, haha). I’ve also got toys, and a lovely Santa Claus sock with my name on it, filled with treats, from my Nanny. (Nanny, if you read this, can you please fill the sock up again, there must have been a hole..). But I’m not writing this to make you all jealous. Thing is, have you ever thought about all my mates (yes, and the cats) held in captivity, in so-called Rescue Homes? What did they get for Christmas? Hopefully somebody donated something, ‘cause I won’t give any of my treats away. Many of you guys might think it would be nice to have a pest, ah, sorry, friend like me around. Well, why don’t you go and make a dog happy again? (if you must, get a cat) Don’t get me wrong, if you can’t care for your new friend, don’t have the money to feed it or pay vet bills and insurances, or if going for a walk wasn’t a new years resolution, get yourself a new TV. But if you always thought about it, now is the time.
As me mum says, live in the Now, today, so just do it, you won’t regret it! There are a huge number of rescue centres out there, check their offers. The RSPCA lately teamed up with a pet insurance, offering you 6 weeks of free insurance on your rescue pet. Believe me, if you don’t feel rich and have a lot of money lying around, an insurance is a good idea. I am proud to say that all together I costed my insurance much more than I was ever worth, haha. Only in the second month of my life I produced bills up to £3,000, good effort, eh? Not every 4-legged one is that mad, so don’t worry. Oh, and talking about living in the Now. I don’t like it when people stare at me as if I was the big offender. I’m not leaving all the poo behind! My guys pick up after me (one has staff, you know), but not all people do that, which is unacceptable. It is disgusting to walk along and have to look where you put your paws down, not to mention the stink. This is such an issue that even the Parish Council had to talk about it in their last meeting. Of course I could tell them, who’s pile it is, but oh no, they wouldn’t listen to a dog, would they? Please people, if you have a dog, or will get one from a rescue home, picking up poo belongs to the job. Don’t just leave the stuff lying around. Could be one of your New Year’s resolutions, eh? (mine is training my “sad look”, worked already ok with Uncle Tony when he bought himself a sandwich in the pub).
Welcome to the New Year and to the new Benwick Bugle edition!