I am Pip, a blue roan cocker spaniel. My life is gorgeous. I am still young but my heart grows daily fuller of experience, which makes me wiser and gives me pause for thought. I have recently begun to reflect in writing upon my life, because I love it so, and it is such a joy to think. Being different from all around me, I spend a lot of time considering existential matters as well as trying to make sense of things. I have emerged as the first writer in our household, which surprises me as I am small and young.
So much that is written about, or even by dogs, is whimsical. We are lauded for our intellgence but ever patronised as mildly silly creatures, silly for our loyalty and love in the face of what is often a cruel and heartless humanity. My aim is to write about the unique bond between dogs and those we know and love – the world they share with us – with sensitivity and care. Our ears are always open and our minds are too.
As for my background: my father is Scots, my mother from County Durham and that is where I was born. At eight weeks I was brought to live by the Northumberland coast with the Dickens Dogs, where my horizons began to expand. Routines form an important part of our lives and it is on them that much dog happiness and security are based. These ordinary offices inform my thinking, as you will see.
Meals, outings and going to bed are my favourite activities and I approach all of them with perhaps annoying excitement I simply cannot control without noise. I am a good house dog, always alert for the window cleaner or deliveries, as much a guard dog as Barnaby, who is several times bigger than I.
We have a lot of books so there is much to learn. Many subjects make me think hard, such as why some dogs are better behaved and kinder than others and how the landscape in which we live came to look and feel this way. Mostly though, I feel the power of something special working deep within me, though I cannot express it and pass over some things in silence, as someone very clever once said. Please be patient with me: I have only recently begun pondering out loud.