After Posetta Baddog died in January, we thought long and hard about whether we should offer a home to another dog.
My sister took to haunting the Dachshunds Needing Homes group on Facebook, and one day Maisie popped up. A Mini Wire, like Pottles, but eight years old, in a foster home after her person had had a stroke and moved to residential care.
We had got used to the idea of being a two dog unit when Lettice arrived back in October last year and, whilst we weren’t looking to replace P Bad, my sister was feeling very lonely without a four legged beastie in the house.
Long story short, a few months later, after my sister visited her foster home up north, Maisie came down south on Saturday to live with my sister.
And to celebrate the arrival of Maisie Moo, and to introduce her to you all, we joined forces with our friends at Dogs Trust, to photograph both Letty and Maisie in my London apartment this afternoon, on the new Sofa.com and Dogs Trust collaborative project – this amazing miniature sofa for dogs.
The sofa collaboration stemmed from a survey conducted on behalf of Dogs Trust, which revealed that 84% of people let their dogs on the sofa and what’s more, 35% of those refuse to move their snoozing hound and have sat on the floor instead. The research also shows that nearly half of dogs allowed on the sofa leave little room for other family members.
The Cecil is available in two canine-friendly sizes (this is the large version, hence room for two sausages), and can be upholstered in sofa.com’s colourful brushed linen cottons or in Fenella Smith’s utterly brilliant ‘Animals’ collection, featuring pugs, dachshunds, pheasants or Labradors, with 10% of the purchase price going to Dogs Trust.
Letty would also like you to know that the miniature sofa is excellent for sunbathing:
The Cecil is available now, and can be bought online (www.sofa.com), over the phone (03454002222) or from sofa.com’s showrooms in Chelsea and Bath. Prices start at £150. For every Cecil sold sofa.com will make a donation to help homeless hounds in the care of Dogs Trust: £8 (regular) and £10 (large) in brushed linen cotton, and £23 (regular) and £27 (large) in Fenella Smith’s fabrics. The cover is removable and washable – of course.
Click on the banner to see some wonderful dogs looking for a new home.