Christine Jardine introduces her puppy, Brora

It is a miserable December morning and we need something to cheer us up.

Step forward Brora, Christine Jardine’s incredibly cute 10 month old puppy. She’s featured in a  Politicians and their Pets article in this week’s Holyrood magazine.

Here she is on a Highland beach:

It’s very clear that from the article that Brora is a Very Good Dog indeed:

What can she do?

That’s quite a difficult one, but she does basically what she is told and is incredibly agile

What do you love about her?

She is a very happy dog who loves people and, it turns out, other dogs. Her coat is lovely and soft and lots of people say she is just like a teddy bear.

What special talents does she have?

She somehow manages to make people laugh at what she does. She is hugely entertaining and the way the curls around her mouth sit, she looks as if she is smiling.

What’s her best trick?

She knows the names of her toys and will bring you the right one… usually.

What are her most annoying habits?

Like most dogs she has a thing about shoes and you have to make sure they are out of her reach. Although she is also quite determined to get onto the back of the sofa so she can reach the book shelves and the hanging wine glasses which she likes to push with her nose to make tinkle.

What’s the worst thing she’s done?

Oh she is much better than some of the other dogs I’ve had. The worst thing she has done so far is chew the buttons off a dress – I had one pup that we had to keep out of the fridge by putting a child lock on it. He also destroyed a sofa bed!

And if you read the whole article, you can find out what animal Christine would be if she could choose.

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8 Comments

  • John Marriott 12th Dec '20 - 11:28am

    Now I know Brora. That’s where my wife and I had one of our first major caravan holidays back in tye early noughties. Lovely place with a links golf course nearby (not that I play the game) and great for walking. In fact, we were both impressed with how post devolution Scotland was turning out ( a public toilet in Thurso with a bunch of flowers in the windowsill!). it was a massive improvement from when we had first visited my wife’s relations in Alloa just before we emigrated to Canada in 1970 (the back wall of the main stand at Alloa Athletic after the final whistle blew looked like a larger version of that concrete pillar on the cover of the eponymous ‘Who’s Next’ album – nice public convenience link they, hey?).

    As for the dog, can it smell out COVID yet?

  • @ John Marriott Don’t underestimate the Wasps, Big Man. They beat the mighty Hearts 1-0 two weeks ago…. and it was on telly….. Anything else is a bonus.

    Is Brora sniffing out a radical new Lib Dem policy or just looking for that lost copy of the Alston Report ?

  • Catherine Jane Crosland 12th Dec '20 - 3:03pm

    Martin, um, no, as far as I can see it’s a heartwarming article about an extremely cute dog 🙂

  • Peter Martin 13th Dec '20 - 5:46am

    i’d just ask anyone to consider ignoring the dog breeders and adopt a rescue dog. They probably won’t have had the best start in life and really do need another chance.

    We have a collie who didn’t make the grade as a working dog. We only agreed to foster her for a couple of weeks, eight years ago, but she had other ideas!

  • Very cute. I have always rescued as I don’t believe in putting money into breeder’s pockets.
    My RJ was rescued from the dog pound after his 7 days were up. No dog should be killed just because it hasn’t been claimed after 7 days.
    West Wales Poundies take dogs in from the pound. They save them from an early death and remove them. My RJ is a Staffie and was 2 or 3 years old.
    By rescuing a dog, you save the dog who was about to be killed. But you also create an empty place at the rescue home for them to take in another dog on death row.

  • paul holmes 13th Dec '20 - 1:40pm

    Martin, why don’t you write an article about Brexit for LDV then? You could explain in detail what you think should be said about the trade deal negotiations and point out how it differs from what LD MP’s have said.

    Meanwhile humans have been getting a huge benefit from their relationship with dogs for thousands of years and will do so for many more. I suspect that will be the case long after the EU is a footnote in history.

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