Dogs of woe: the pull of a pooch in Covid times

A high demand for puppies has meant a rise in prices, black-market breeding, unhealthy animals and disappointed owners

He was an ex-racing greyhound called Laddie, with an illustrious track record, white socks and a white tail. It was love at first sight. β€œAre you sure we can keep a greyhound in a flat?” I asked the manager of the dog shelter nervously, as my boyfriend Charlie stared at Laddie with emoji love hearts in his eyes. β€œPlenty of greyhounds live in apartments,” she reassured us. Charlie and I posed for a photo with Laddie – we look so happy in it, we might explode – and then went home to await our home check, in a few weeks.

As we waited, I browsed dog beds online, considered the merits and demerits of harnesses versus leads, dry food versus wet. I ringed the photo of Laddie with a love heart and texted it to my family and friends. β€œHe looks like such a good boy,” one friend responded. β€œWould you like to be godparents?” I offered benevolently.

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