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I’d love to introduce you to Roni, our beautiful Greek rescue dog, and how he was the best Christmas present we ever had and how he formed the inspiration behind my second book, Escape to Giddywell Grange.
Roni entered our life exactly two years ago today!
Having a dog wasn’t something I did lightly. With there only being Ollie and I in our family, I knew that all the work of dog was going to be down to me, so I wanted it to be at a time that was absolutely right for us all. I’d looked after my sister’s red Collie puppy for two and half weeks when she went on holiday a few years before, and much as I totally adore Dexter, and with Ollie also being young at the time, he was such hard work so a puppy wasn’t an option for us.
So we started to have a look around some rescue centres. It was important to me to get the right dog for us. In my mind I wanted something like a Cockerpoo, so not too big, not too hairy but whatever dog we had, had to match up to Dexter’s good looks.
Then we met Roni. It was two days after Christmas and Ollie and I went to meet him after seeing him online. He was around 18 months old, MUCH bigger than a Cockerpoo, very lively, but a more handsome I have never seen and we immediately fell in love with him. I didn’t tell Ollie that we were having him but when I told him where we were going when we went to pick him up, I had to pull the car over to comfort him because he was totally overwhelmed and excited about having his own dog.
I remember the night we brought him home so well. He kept falling asleep, clearly worn out from all the excitement and every time he woke up, it was as if he couldn’t believe that he had a home and kept wagging his tale, truly excited to be with us. He didn’t bark. He didn’t get on the furniture. And he didn’t jump up. He was perfect.
Oh how we laugh at those early days! LOL! Now he barks at everyone who has the audacity to walk up our street. And heaven forbid another dog or cat is seen strutting their stuff outside the house. We have a huge nature reserve at the bottom of the garden and I’ve always loved the fact that squirrels scamper across the fence. And how he loves to bark at a squirrel and launch himself at the window. My floors have never been dirtier or get mopped more. My car constantly stinks of eau de wet dog. My windows are filthy from nose marks and paw prints. AND WE ADORE HIM!!
Every morning when I get up, he goes in the garden while I make a cuppa and then we sit on the sofa and he snuggles up to me with his paws on my shoulders, and he couldn’t get any closer if he tried. It’s our special time of the day! He’s changed our lives so much and that’s why he was the best Christmas present we’ve ever had. He’s a huge part of our celebrations. This photo is from last Christmas when we were at my sister’s and we were there again this year. Roni runs riot and gets my sister’s two dogs very excited but we all have a lovely family time together and
And that’s why I wanted to write about dogs in Escape to Giddywell Grange. Maddy, my protagonist, is a high flying PR consultant who gets made redundant. She’s always looked down a little at her friend Beth who runs a doggy day care and kennel in the fictional village of Giddywell in Staffordshire. Circumstances mean that they need an extra pair of hands and as Maddy has time on her hands…
There are dogs-a-plenty in Escape to Giddywell Grange and one in particular that steals Maddy’s heart.
I loved writing about the dogs. Roni goes to different kennels and sometimes goes to doggy day care too, so I have a reasonably good understanding of how things are and reviews from the book tell me that my readers love the journey that Maddy goes on while she’s there.
Thank you so much for your post, Kim, Roni sounds like a real character in his own right!
For anyone who has not read Escape to Giddywell Grange yet, you’re missing a treat – I loved it! You can read my review of it here – or, better still, buy yourself a copy.