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‘He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars and over the face of dead matter that did not move’ Jack London, Call of the Wild.

My beautiful collie Rosie. I get asked quite often is it hard to exercise a collie, can she be left by herself and how I cope with her in a small space. The answer is no, it’s not difficult at all, but perhaps because I got the most lethargic collie there is. Although when she is out and about she will run around like a crazy thing, she is also very happy by the fireside, will sleep all day and flat out refuses to go outside if it’s raining. She can be left by herself but be warned if you have left any food out, even if you think it is in a safe location (and this includes tupawear containers), it will be snaffled remorselessly by the time your return. Is she ok in a small space? Yes, but I like to give her as much time as possible outside.