Kath Lockett is an Australian living in Geneva. She writes a blog called Blurb from the Burbs, which I follow with great interest and enjoyment. She is a fellow dog-lover and often writes about her companion Milly; when I mentioned my dog in the last post, she requested a picture.
So, just for you, Kath (and for me, because I love him to bits), is a short
biography of Manu LeGrand.
We had always had big dogs (mostly, and preferably, Golden Labradors), because they are fabulous dogs and because I had always felt that smaller dogs were yappy and annoying. However one day I stopped on impulse at a sign that said Jack Russell Pups For Sale, and came away with a little chap who could just about fit into my cupped hands:
Here's what I wrote about him in an old post:
He doesn't know he's a little dog. He is not aware that his head is kinda too big for his body, and that he has the funny, stumpy front legs which some Jack Russell terriers have. He always acts with dignity and decorum, and is as brave, affectionate and loyal as any dog we have ever had. He firmly believes that he will catch every rabbit or pheasant
he disturbs out on a walk; of course, with those legs, he doesn't.
He smiles a lot.
Thankfully, he's not at all a yappy little dog; he does have a good manly bark when needed. Especially when he's treed a possum in the middle of the night.... !!
Manu misses his friend Darcy, who died several years ago now.
These days his best friend, apart from his humans, is Sophie the cat.
Our son gave him the name Manu, which I had always assumed was for the Maori word manu meaning bird. He told me a couple of years ago that he actually named him after Manuel, the Spanish waiter in Fawlty Towers!
At six and a half years old, Manu is always welcoming, always forgiving, always ready for a walk. He has heaps of personality, and he still smiles a lot, even when he's had a toenail removed...
I hope you enjoyed meeting him, Kath!