Clare looks back at her canine childhood companions and introduces the readers of Waitrose Weekend to her beloved dog Archie.
“The first face I remember seeing was Candy’s,” Clare recalls. “She was my mother’s boxer and my guardian. She protected me, kept me warm, helped teach me how to walk and tolerated me pushing and prodding her... I think I thought I was a dog. Not a bad idea as they came fairly high up the pecking order in our family!”
Clare’s childhood memoirs - My Animals and Other Family - is a true testament to the huge part that animals (and in particular, horses and dogs) have played in her life. And indeed, they still do!
But there is one personality among them that commands the vast majority of Clare’s attention – one Archie Balding.
“He is a black and white Tibetan terrier who has a very high opinion of himself,” Clare explains. “… partly because his grandfather Fabulous Willie was Best in Show at Crufts.”
It seems that such breeding makes for a high-maintenance attitude at times, especially when Clare is busy working!
“Archie is nearly always pleased to see me, unless he’s cross with me for being away at something meaningless in his world – like the Olympics – in which case he ignores me for a few minutes and then can’t help himself making strange squeaky noises and giving me a cuddle,” she says.
“Archie is not an heroic dog. He is not even a particularly well behaved dog but he is our dog and I love him.”
Read Clare's full column in Waitrose Weekend newspaper - available free in all branches of Waitrose across the UK each Thursday.Add a Comment