Here at Azaria, we have an office dog. She's a small, scruffy thing called Kima and she happens to be my dog. She likes to make herself known here at Azaria Towers, mostly from us tripping over her, chasing the Postman and giving us beady looks. In a way she is The Boss as she watches us all and literally keeps us on our toes!
Kima is a two year old Border Terrier, a breed that seems to be all the rage with celebrities at the moment. From Lara Stone and David Walliams with the beautiful Bert, Ken Barlow and his trusted Eccles and Andy Murray and his girlfriend Kim who also paints her pet pooch. We all share a love for this wirey haired canine.
I won't bore you to tears, as I have probably bored some of you already with the details of Kima’s breed but this sums her up perfectly:
"Though sometimes stubborn and strong willed, border terriers are, on the whole very even tempered, and are friendly. They are intelligent and eager to please, but they retain the capacity for independent thinking and initiative that were bred into them for working rats and fox underground. They love people"
Kima has been part of my family for the last two years and wow what an impact she has had. I never wanted a dog. I thought they smelt and would malt everywhere. Luckily Kima is neither of those but it did take some persuasion to get her. I was resistant for a year, refusing to even look at books. And yet, somehow (I am still unsure how it happened) I was talked in to it and we spent hours/weeks, maybe even months looking for our pet to-be. The day finally came. We travelled two and a half hours to get her, felt like we had been interrogated by the Breeder (a good thing apparently) and when we put her in our car to take her home I was still unsure. The moment came when I fell for her…we were nearly home and I looked behind to see my other half holding her and I said her name and she just gave me this look, a tiny, small reaction and that’s all it needed. I can't describe it but right there, right then, I knew I would be heartbroken not to have her in my life.
Now, barely a day goes by when we don’t laugh or despair at her antics. She’s had scraps, scrapes and a lot of fuss. She is a favourite wherever she goes, everyone loves her, which puts my noise out massively.
We’ve had some great adventures in those two years. From long walks in the Lake District, to nearly falling off a cliff in Cornwall and a day on the famous York Racecourse. Yes, on it, she sprinted her way to the finish line. Only because there was a treat waiting for her!
So this is my family. Me, my other half Ian and Kima, a dog that looks like she’s been dragged through a hedge backwards!