We are definitely doggie people. When I was growing up we always had a family pet. I never actually had a dog of my own. From the moment I laid eyes on a Pyrenean mountain dog, I was besotted with the breed. If we passed one when travelling, I’d always comment.

They seemed so majestic and powerful. So, it was no surprise that for my 21st birthday, Tim put me into the car and took me on a mystery tour to a farmyard in Macroom where a most beautiful pair of Pyrenean mountain dogs had produced a litter of pups. I was directed to pick out one.