This Is Moose



Moose is my eight week old Great Dane puppy. She is gorgeous. I have owned her for a week and already I love her like you wouldn’t believe. When we first brought her home she got straight onto Loki’s bed. So he went and sat in the cat bed and looked pathetic:




There may be some things in life more daft than seeing a Doberman trying to squash himself into a cat bed but – trust me – there ain’t many. Later that night, though, they were lying together like this:


And already they’re becoming fast friends – even if Loki isn’t too sure about how to play with something so small (little does he know that she’ll end up being much bigger than  he is).

I’ve booked Moose a place in puppy training classes. After all, if you’re going to insist on having a dog the size of a small horse then you probably should learn how to control it. I’m also going to take her to the puppy playgroup starting at the vets this week. I wasn’t going to bother at first because it starts just two weeks before her training classes begin. But then it occurred to me that as these are both organised locally there’s a fair chance that the puppies that go to training will have been to the puppy playgroup first and when Moose starts training I don’t want her to be the only puppy there who’s never met any of the others before. She might end up having no doggy friends. Yes, I know I’m possibly being a little bit batty about this. But she’s going to be quite a bit bigger than the other puppies as it is. And I have a horrible feeling that if the other puppies snub Moose and refuse to play with her then I might become quite irate, and unreasonable, and possibly even vicious. Like an over-protective parent whose child is being bullied at school or something.

I’m not a complete recluse but I won’t deny the fact that I generally prefer animals to people. And now that I finally have a Great Dane to go with the Doberman, and the Siamese, and the rest of the gang, I finally feel that life is complete. I bought Moose with some of the money I’ve made from the books, and she is definitely the best thing to come out of them so far. And to think I might have frittered all that money away on tuition fees for law school. I literally shudder at the very thought.


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5 Responses to “This Is Moose”

  1. Neil Ford Says:

    That’s one cute looking puppy. I guess she’s going to grow up to be one handsome girl.

    Don’t suppose you’ll be bringing here to FP in Southampton? 😉

    – Neil.

  2. Alex Bell Says:

    As Southampton is only half an hour away from where I live I would dearly love to bring her but, er . . . I don’t think a young, boisterous Great Dane bounding around would be entirely appropriate.

    Having said that, I’m sure my Mum will be lurking about for some of it. And if Moose is well trained enough by then, you never know. She may be glimpsed in the precinct outside 😉

  3. Christine Says:

    Oh!!!! Moose is so adorable!!! Can’t believe Loki was relegated to the cat bed!

  4. Liz Says:

    Totally in love with Moose – you are a tall girl, you guys will get on really well. Watched Dog Whisperer last night and he set about training two unruly GD’s. Lovely to watch.

    Hope you are doing well! Will you be at Eastercon this weekend?

  5. Alex Bell Says:

    I’ve watched a few episodes of Dog Whisperer this week, at different peoples’ recommendations. Don’t approve of the choke chains but I really love Daddy – he’s such a gorgeous dog.

    And, yep, I’ll be at Eastercon. You’re coming along too, aren’t you?

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