Growing up I always had loads of pets – rabbits, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters
and goldfish, but I always wanted a dog. In 1995 when I was 15 years old my
parents brought home a tiny little ball of fluff – a cross collie puppy and after
some consideration we decided to call her Holly.
I invited all of my school friends around to my house after school to see her
and as she got older she became a great companion for my brother when he
did his paper round after school.
The whole family really loved having a dog around and she was always the
centre of attention. One day I came in from school and Holly wasn’t anywhere
to be found. This was strange, as she was always in the house when I arrived
home. I rang my dad at work in a panic and he told me she was with him –
this seemed strange, as my dad was meant to be working. When they both
arrived home he surprised us all with a special portrait of Holly. To this day
the portrait hangs pride of place in the living room.
She was always back and forward to the vet and one year she had to have
some of her fur shaved off and stitches in her side – I called her Frankenstein
dog! Bath times were always fun too.
The years passed and she was still always the centre of attention every
Christmas morning we watched as she opened presents and I remember an
art project at college where I created a giant cardboard picture of Holly.
Sadly at the age of 14 Holly died in July 2009. Today I try not to get sad and
remember the happy times and her picture still hangs pride of place in my
I couldn’t imagine not having pets, as they bring so much joy. I now live with
my boyfriend and we have 2 cats – Miso and Milo and 2 guinea pigs –
Noodles and Sushi. I couldn’t imagine not having any pets, as they bring so