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Paws for thought with... Jilly Cooper

Bluebell and her owner Jilly Cooper sit down on grass in the shade

[Photo by Judy Zatonski]

Author and journalist Jilly Cooper tells us why it’ll always be rescue dogs for her…

Q: Who shares your sofa?

Jilly: My greyhound, Bluebell.

Q: Describe Bluebell in three words

Jilly: Bluebell is a strokeaholic and an applause junkie.

Jilly Cooper with two black greyhounds, Bluebell and Feather. The three are in a garden.
Bluebell, Jilly and the late and divine Feather enjoy a treasured time together. Photo by Judy Zatonski

Q: How did Bluebell come to join your family?

Jilly: She and the late, divine Feather were ex racing greyhounds from Ireland.

Q: Why do you love Bluebell?

Jilly: Bluebell is beautiful, makes me scream with laughter and is my dearest companion.

Q: What’s the most extravagant thing you’ve bought for her?

Jilly: Bluebell lunches and dines on chicken and liver and beef mixed with melted butter and topped with pieces of pate, and a Digestive biscuit at bedtime (actually two).

Q: What’s the best thing about having pets?

Jilly: Joy, laughter, love and companionship.

Q: What is Bluebell’s worst habit?

Jilly: Bluebell sulks dreadfully. When I came home from hospital recently, dying to see her, she gave me one wag and then wouldn’t speak to me for a day.

Q: Where’s your favourite place to go with Bluebell?

Jilly: Walking around Gloucestershire.

Q: What’s the best pet advice you’ve been given, and by whom?

Jilly: “When man is lonely, God sends him a dog.” Lamartine

Q: Why did you choose a rescue pet?

Jilly: I’ve always had rescue pets because they need rescuing. I think the bond between a rescue dog and its owner is stronger.

Over to Bluebell...

Q: What’s the best thing about being Jilly’s pet?

Bluebell: I’m utterly spoilt and unconditionally loved.

Q: Go on, let us into a secret about Jilly!

Bluebell: Our housekeeper wonders if she has a secret lover because I take up so much of the huge double bed with my long legs that she often has to go and sleep on the other side.

— Page last updated 9/11/2016