It will come as no surprise to many of you that I’m a huge animal lover, my pets feature on my Instagram more than me! I have always loved animals from a young age and growing up I had a variety of pets including, rats, a rabbit, cats, and dogs. I was recently asked by Petplan Pet Insurance to share my Pethood Story of a special bond I shared with a dog in my life as part of their #PethoodStories campaign and I was really excited to share my story with you.
Growing up we had three dogs, firstly a yellow Labrador named Buster, then we had two dogs – a white German Shephard named Skye and a Neopolitan Mastiff x White German Shepherd named Boomer. I have chosen to share my Pethood Story of Boomer, the comical, cheeky and gentle giant who shared our family home growing up.
I remember when my mum talked about getting another dog, we already had Skye at this point and she felt it would be good for him to have some company (my mum is also a huge animal lover). My dad wasn’t as keen on the idea of getting another dog but after much persuasion from my mum, myself, my brother and sisters we talked him round. Before bringing him home we went to visit the puppies and see their parents too, his dad was a full Neopolitan Mastiff and he was huge! It didn’t take us long to pick a puppy, in fact, he picked us. He was the most curious and playful puppy and had a white stripe down his front paw, it was love at first sight for all of us – even my dad.
A few weeks later we brought him home and introduced him to Skye, thankfully they got on really well and Skye was great with him. Trying to think of a name for our new addition was difficult especially with so many different opinions but in the end, it was between Boomer and Rolo and Boomer just seemed to fit him better – so Boomer it was!
Everyone in our neighbourhood loved Boomer, he was somewhat of a local celeb. Every time we took him to the pet shop the lady in the shop would fuss over him and want to weigh him to see how big he was getting, he was a chunky puppy and very cute too! I have so many fond memories and stories involving Boomer, memories of long walks, his silly antics, and his cheeky personality.
Unlike Skye who was happy to lay on the floor, when we went out Boomer would climb up on the sofa for a rest even though he wasn’t normally allowed on there. When we returned home we would knock on the front window to get his attention and he would sheepishly climb off the sofa. As you can see in the photo above he was quite happy on the sofa, he would even occasionally try and climb up on the sofa when you were on it but having a 12 stone dog sat on your lap wasn’t very comfortable.
As well as having Boomer and Skye, we had a cat named Lacey (pictured). Boomer was such a gentle giant despite his size and Lacey was most definitely the boss of the household. Boomer would sometimes wind her up by nudging her while she was lying on the floor but a quick swipe from Lacey and he was put firmly back in his place and honestly, I don’t think he minded at all.
Boomer even won me tickets to see Status Quo. There was a competition being run on the local radio station where the host wanted people to call in and get their dogs to bark without saying anything to them. Boomer could bark on command but getting him to bark without a command was a little trickier, however, picking up his favourite ball to throw for him made him excited and he started barking at me to throw it for him. He was really clever and knew quite a few commands, sit, lie down, wait, paw, other one (other paw), drop it, speak and my favourite one was probably “gentle” where he would very gently take the item you were offering him.
We were extremely lucky that Boomer was a happy and healthy dog throughout his life, he lived until he was 14 years old which is a good age for a large breed of dog. After our first family dog was ill, having dog insurance is something I would definitely purchase with future pets because that peace of mind is priceless.
At the moment I don’t own a dog (I have two crazy cats), I don’t have enough space and it wouldn’t be fair on them but I would love to have a dog again in the future. There are a lot of breeds I would consider but the three I love are Golden Retrievers, Newfoundlands, and French Bulldogs – a real mix! There are so many amazing dog breeds, does your dog feature on the Petplan most popular dog breeds page? I loved reading the facts in the Petplan Pet Census 2018, my favourite fact was that almost half (40%) of British pet owners refer to their pet as their best friend <3
If you have pets I’m sure you have a lot of lovely Pethood Stories, why not share yours with Petplan over on social media using the hashtag #PethoodStories.
*This post is in conjunction with Petplan but all thoughts are my own.