My respect for my dog Blue grows with each passing day. Having reached an age with her illnesses where too much movement is difficult for her – her back legs don’t work well, her eyes are clouded with cataracts – she calmly surveyed the situation and decided that the best solution was to camp out next to Abdul’s cage where, at any given moment, food might fall from above.

So Blue’s life now consists of lying right next to the cage, periodically lifting her head from her nap to take a sniff at the bottom of the cage next to her in case some goodie fell when she was asleep, stretching her tongue and neck to get said goodie if it did fall and then putting her head back on her paws and go back to snoring ten seconds later.

Now that’s a life!