The Shopkeeper Dog Bore
Dog Bore: Annabel Bird
Job: Shopkeeper - Bleak House - a London-based online lifestyle store
Dog: Edward Lear
Welsh Terrier from Essex,UK
How did you meet your canine companion?
We met Edward when he was 8 weeks old, at his breeder's house. He was one of a litter of six and when we arrived the others were bombing around the room going a bit nuts but Edward was calm and chilled out. He sauntered up to my step son Arthur and sat down next to him and looked into his eyes and we knew then that he had chosen us.
What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
In Sex & The City Charlotte had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Elizabeth Taylor. I loved the idea of a dog having a surname as well as a first name. I chose Edward Lear because he was an author I loved as a child. We have a lovely Folio Society book of his poems and I think the spark came from there.
How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
I spend a lot more time outside, whatever the weather. I go out a lot less and when I do go out I prefer to go to dog-friendly places which thankfully there are a lot of where I live in London. He's definitely made me a nicer, calmer person. He's had a very positive effect on me and he makes every day more fun, whatever we are doing.
Which 3 words best describe your dog’s personality?
Silly, happy, chilled
Who’s your dog’s favourite person?
Me of course!
What’s your dog’s superpower?
He can untie visitor's shoelaces without knotting them, and often without them even noticing.
If your dog had a job, what would it be?
A police officer. He likes to tell people and other dogs off when he feels they are misbehaving or being noisy. Especially when they are dancing or tapping their feet.
What’s your dog’s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
He likes to sit with random men in restaurants and on the tube. He always does it when it's just me with him and it's very embarrassing.
Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
In Primrose Hill, the most dog-friendly place in the UK I think. If we're not there we're probably in front of the fire in a country pub.
Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a bar….”
...and they say 'Evening, Edward' and give him a treat and the best table. That's pretty much our life.