Whitman is smart, very smart. Not surprising since his Owners are both University-educated and watch very little television before 9 pm in the evening - and then only serious documentaries.
They didn’t exactly read to Whitman as a puppy, but they often read to each other, frequently articles from the better kind of newspaper - and Whitman always listens carefully.
They both studied English & American Literature for their degrees (First Class, of course) and it was their shared love for the poems of Walt Whitman that first brought them together.
To this day, Whitman remains grateful that they didn’t name him ‘Walt.’
She’s also a bit of a feminist and often stretches Whitman’s patience when he generalises about ‘Dogs.’
And quite rightly so.
Which pretty much means all Dogs since Pippa is quite large for her sex.
So it’s hardly surprising that he constantly regrets the name his Owners chose for him.
Had the choice been left to him he would have preferred ‘Julian’ but his male Owner wasn’t the kind of man to feel comfortable shouting ‘Julian!’ across the local park.
But Butch has nevertheless sublimated this early disappointment into a wry sense of humour.
He experienced tragedy at an early age when he discovered he was sharing the house with a cat.
Malcolm’s Owners are very Old School and have bequeathed him a sense of gravitas beyond his years, fortunately seasoned with a keen observational wit.
If he were an Owner, he'd wear a Tweed jacket.
Like his Owners, Malcolm enjoys nothing better than a good documentary and will often peruse the Daily Telegraph which his Owners thoughtfully place beneath his drinking bowl.
Anton’s female Owner is French and he remains grateful that she wasn’t Italian, since he would not have liked ‘Antonio’ at all. And he has been known to bite Dogs who try calling him ‘Tony.’
This exasperates his Owner, but it is sometimes difficult for a Dog to explain to an Owner that he occasionally prefers solitude.
Plus there’s a greater chance of catching rabbits when there are no Owners nearby talking too loudly. Or gesticulating in Italian.
They are members of that particular tribe named Early-Adopters and their home is an Aladdin’s Cave of gadgetry, crowned by a 52-inch television.
Obi’s male Owner is addicted to sci-fi, action movies and horror movies and has never censored his young Boxer's viewing, So Obi’s world-view has always been larger than life from a very young age.
When taken for walks, he is frequently puzzled by the absence of brain-sucking aliens, the rattle of machine gun fire and the low whine of Stealth bombers.
But he lives in hope.