When I switched on the screen of my computer the other day, I was confronted with the most heartfelt and lucid request that I have ever seen (see below). It was a letter from my 12 year old son, stating his longing for a dog, and the understanding of the responsibility of owning one. Now, it has been many years since I have had a dog, and back in 1976, our dog, Shep, a border collie (yes that really was his name) cost my parents about £25. On researching buying a dog these days, I was astounded at the amount they now cost; not only for the dog, but all the paraphernalia that comes with it (not to mention the unexpected and expected vet bills). "How can I possibly get William a dog when I don't have the necessary funds?" I thought to myself. Yet again I wrote off the idea as impracticable. "We'll look into it again after the summer hoidays" I said to him (whilst trying desperately hard to not to look him in the eye). This tried-and-trusted line has worked for many years in the past, however, I knew as I was saying it that it was wearing a bit thin. But then I had a lightbulb moment... Crowdfunding! I'll see whether the good people of the "interweb" could help a young lad get his first dog... and so here we are... "Cap in hand" so to speak...
There's really not much more to add to what William wrote in his letter, other than this is a shameless request to help fund the purchase of a puppy for him. Unfortunately, buying a pet is currently way outside our budget (particularly at this time of year) but it is a much-wanted addition to our home, especially now Sam (our eldest son) has gone to Uni.
Back in 2011, when William was 6, he named his future dog Douglett. All he needs now is a dog to pin the name to.
"A Douglett is for life, not just for Christmas".
Any help with this purchase will be hugely appreciated, especially by William (and future Douglett).