House Guest

I am that love-struck teenager again.  She came into my life for a weekend and was gone just as suddenly.  With the hair colouring of early Debbie Harry she stole my heart – Jenny is an eight year old Collie.  She reminded me how good it is to have a dog about the house and particularly this one – unlike the dogs I have owned (red setters) this one had perfect table manners (she slept while we ate) and could be trusted not to empty bins or go rummaging in food cupboards.

Outdoors she was a little less the perfectly behaved hound – other dogs, sheep and any moving vehicle would be stalked, chased and barked at given half a chance.  She was never let off the lead.  Who would have thought this serene animal capable of such things.

House guest ...

The first dog I shared my life with was Kerry – in my dark drinking days she was the perfect companion. She could work a bar like a professional; outgoing, flamboyant and just plain nosey, nobody was hard-hearted enough to ignore her. She was the perfect foil to my shy reserve. Strange how dog-fashions are unchanged whereas the flares and hair place this image perfectly in time – I would guess 1974 and Kerry not quite fully grown.

008-Kerry in Scotland-wordpress

This post partly inspired by Harrie Nijland’s, Without my Friend.


  1. easyweimaraner · January 22, 2015

    I enjoyed it to read about the love for dogs. They are totally worth all our love :o) You’re right, it’s a fabulous Debbie Harry hairstyle… and now Heart of Glass is in my min for hours lol

    • northumbrianlight · January 22, 2015

      I was never going to pull Debbie but I am sure Jenny loves me too 😀

  2. noellevignola · January 22, 2015

    Loved the writing in this piece. Loved the bits of personal history woven in through the relationship with a dog. Lovely.

  3. Tish Farrell · January 22, 2015

    Nothing quite like love for a dog. I left all my Labradors to run away with the Team Leader. Now I just share my sister’s black Labrador at infrequent intervals, and sister gets to hoover up all the dog hairs.

  4. LaVagabonde · January 22, 2015

    Animal friends add something priceless to a home. They stand by us in the darkest of periods, sometimes when others won’t. Both Jenny and Kerry are beautiful. Is there a new doggie in your future now???

    • northumbrianlight · January 22, 2015

      You can tell I am very tempted but there is some negotiation to be done 😉

  5. harrienijland · January 22, 2015

    Fine story and thanks for referring to my post 🙂

  6. Bren · January 22, 2015

    Love the pictures, there is nothing like the companionship of a dog.. or two in my case… You can spill your heart to them, cry and share your troubles and darkest secrets without having the fear of it being spread around… or them being judgemental. Have to say I couldn’t image my life without a four-legged friend in it.

    • northumbrianlight · January 22, 2015

      Many thanks Bren – I will be quoting you in my business case 🙂

  7. Malin H · January 22, 2015

    Beautiful post, Robin. So beautiful… 💚

    • northumbrianlight · January 23, 2015

      So kind Malin ❤ A neat piece of synchronicity – the picture of Kerry was taken by a Jenny.

  8. socialbridge · January 23, 2015

    Oh Robin, this one stole a piece of my heart.

  9. Sandra · January 24, 2015

    Superb photo; and how lovely to have a dog around the house again.

  10. islandrain2013 · January 24, 2015

    I really enjoyed getting to meet Jenny, lovely. I always wanted a dog….but alas it seems that felines are a part of my life. I must confess I often wonder how my tabbies, Jack and Jill, would get along with a dog. 😉 Also, enjoyed Harrie’s link. Thanks.

    • northumbrianlight · January 24, 2015

      Many thanks – I am missing Jenny but hoping she will be visiting again before too long 🙂

  11. Andrea Stephenson · January 24, 2015

    Oh I’m not surprised she stole your heart but Kerry was beautiful too.

    • northumbrianlight · January 25, 2015

      I am soft about all dogs (over a certain size) – ‘soft in the head’ my Dad would have said 🙂

  12. littledogslaughed · January 30, 2015

    What a wonderful piece Robin-you have captured so well in words and images how special dogs can be-I have been lucky to know a few truly exceptional ones during my life-the top image is wonderful-she looks deep in thought (or thinking about how to soften the human up for a treat? 😉 )

    • northumbrianlight · January 30, 2015

      Many thanks Meg – Jenny needed no cunning strategies to win me over – one look from those soft doggy eyes and she could have what ever she wanted 🙂

  13. litadoolan · February 17, 2015

    Oh wow what a beauty! A real life changer (for the better of course!). A great motivation to enjoy longer walks. I feel envy!!

    • northumbrianlight · February 17, 2015

      Sadly only a temporary house guest Lita but hopefully a regular visitor. Definitely not the sort of dog to sit patiently by my golf bag whilst I hack round the golf course 🙂

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