My gosh, time has flown and we have just celebrated his third birthday. Oh yes, we did the cards and doggy cake with the candles to celebrate and the Scruncher presents were wrapped to perfection (as you can imagine). When you're a Franks it's all or nothing.
My husband (right) has always been an English Bulldog fanatic so I also dedicate this blog to Lloyd who was his first English Bulldog many years ago. Sadly he passed away with old age but was adored by the Franks family.
I had never really experienced owning a dog. It's such a huge responsibility but, OH MY, you just fall in love…treated like a prince is not the phrase! I bet Scruncher's glad he has me as his mum – a gorgeous plush bed, a faux-fur throw to keep him warm in the winter, his dinner in a bowl fit for a king and daddy day care when we go away or are out all day.
You can imagine me can't you? Worried about the smell, the mess, the designer jeans, my shoes and handbags and, to Alison Young's amusement, the poop-scoops! She was threatening to buy me a pink Diamante poop-scoop to take on Scruncher's walks.
So I was at the ready with every cleaning fluid possible, my dustbuster and Oreck vacuum when he arrived. But I just melted at the knees and treasured every kiss I gave him on his wrinkles. Yep, he got me, hook line and sinker on his first Scruncher cuddle. Who would have thought?! He has been with us now for three years and we just couldn't imagine life without him. He is the best – funny, loveable, a real boy and just brings so much joy every day. He does the funniest things. Here's just a few.
I was washing his bed and he insisted on sitting on each piece as I took the covers off the big bed pad. I had to drag him along the floor with him still sitting on it to the washing machine. Being an English Bulldog he is solid muscle so it wasn't easy to do but he was not going to move and I was just laughing so much. He then sat and slept right by the utility room watching it go round in the machine. Priceless!
At about 6pm he will go outside and sit on Larry's motorbike cover waiting for him to come home and his head goes from left to right as he watches the cars go by. In the evening he will go in the lounge, stand by the fireplace with his huge paws on the surround and bark as if to say 'I'm cold, when are you going to put it on for me!' Spoilt? I think so!
But his swimming lessons have to be the best. Hydrotherapy for dogs is huge and just amazing in keeping them fit and their joints in great shape. It's also fantastic for dogs in rehab after serious accidents.
At nine months we discovered Scruncher had a slight limp and we didn't take any chances in case it was hip dysplasia. So we looked into the necessary treatment.
We discovered an amazing place called Greyfriars who specialise in hydrotherapy for dogs. It has been Scruncher's life saver and after three years of swimming once a week the limp has completely disappeared. He has to wear a life jacket and he thinks if he hides in the shower unit no one can see him and he will miss his turn.
The staff are amazing and they just adore him. They carry him to the end of the swimming pool and his face is a picture. It reads 'do I really have to swim back and not be carried?' He is now up to two lengths and in great shape. He assumes every length is the last and swims towards the exit.
The best part is his shampoo and blow dry afterwards with his doggy massage. We have to dry him with a hairdryer otherwise he gets a cold. He has has very thick hair and it takes too long to dry naturally. Before we know it we are having our Starbucks cup of coffee and he is snoring on the back seat of the car on his luxury faux fur throw.
Of course we have our special moments with him too. I sit with him when I come home from a QVC launch. I make a cup of tea and sit by his bed and we have a special cuddle. He is so warm and cosy and in complete heaven. If you know bulldogs then you'll know that their sleep is precious to them.
I have decided I want to come back as Scruncher!
I would love to hear your funny pet stories…
Lots of love and barks from me and Scruncher xxx