The Magazine Editor Dog Bore
How did you meet your canine companion?
I was a fosterer for a dog rescue charity called Pro Dogs Direct. Pippa was my second "foster child", who was brought to my door after she was found abandoned in Camden. A kind soul had handed her in at the animal hospital there, with his shoelace as a makeshift lead. Carol, a volunteer for Pro Dogs Direct, was there at the same time and claimed Pippa for the charity. Otherwise, Pippa would have been sent to Battersea and, if not reclaimed, be on death row after a week. Pippa was thin and timid, and her tail and head were hanging low when Carol brought her to mine the next day (Pippa was kept at the hospital over night for observation). I had just "lost" my previous foster dog, a Westie whom I had wanted to keep but who went on to live with a family. The longer Pippa stayed with me and the more she came out of her shell, the more I knew she was mine. It hurt when the charity told me the Westie, who I adored despite being an absolute sh*t, could do better than me. The head of the charity told me: "He's not for you. Your dog is still out there." I was so upset, and looking back, she was so right.
What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
I don't know. She came with that name. I sometimes call her Pippi Longstocking, because she is strong and slightly insane.
How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
It has changed everything. I've met around half my friends since I've had Pippa (we just celebrated our 10th Pippaversary). I chat to most dog people, and sometimes we hit it off. It also stopped my flip-flopping between career path ideas. I am not made for traditional office life, but I sometimes thought I should choose the path of full-time dullness over the home-working, freelancing rollercoaster. But home is where the dog is, so the choice is very clear now.
Which 3 words best describe your dog’s personality?
Cheeky, strong-willed, loyal.
Who’s your dog’s favourite person?
I hope it's me!
What’s your dog’s superpower?
She used to be able to find tennis balls across the universe. These days, her superpower is to not given a toss about anything.
If your dog had a job, what would it be?
I don't think she would follow a traditional career path. She could run a gastro pub, which doesn't make much money as she always eats all the steaks herself, but is doing ok because of the poker room in the back. Alternatively, she might be a novelist, author of "The 1,000-hour Belly Rub" and its follow-up "Keep Rubbing". The movies based on her novels would be narrated by Joanna Lumley.
What’s your dog’s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
She leaks sometimes. Propalin helps. (What? She's 13.)
Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
In all the excellent, dog-friendly establishments on Southgate Road and Broadway Market, such as the De Beauvoir Arms and Market Café. We also like Hampstead Heath and any sandy beach, like Camber Sands or magical North Norfolk.
Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a bar….”
and orders a gravy martini and two pints of steak.