After months of not being able to visit my mother, we were intent on planning a visit. Then my Mum stopped answering the phone (as it transpired due to a BT issue), so I dashed up to Essex to check everything was OK. It was.
My Mum's latest companion is a third dog. Having already homed two rescue dogs, Bernie and Charlie, she acquired another one, a 12-year-old lurcher, after its owner (a nearby neighbour) died at Christmas time.