The Yes Woman: Pitter-patter of tiny paws – it’s like having another baby to raise

If you fall prey to puppy love, make sure you’re in it for the long haul

Laura Kennedy makes friends at the Dogs Trust

Laura Kennedy makes friends at the Dogs Trust

We never had a dog growing up. That’s a lamentable fact. Having a sentient pet to interact with (no, Mother, my pet pot of cress, “Steve”, did not count) teaches children empathy much more quickly than if they don’t have access to animals.

That can only be a good thing. Small children are rather akin to psychopaths (or terrorists): their neurological incapacity to empathise for the first few years of life ensures that they are really only ever interested in themselves and sugar-based foods.

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