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by Graham Dooley
(Ryde , Isle of Wight, England)
Kyla is a Diva, and she knows it. Mother is a Staffy / Chihuahua, father Jack Russell / Yorky cross. Born Boxing Day 2018 she was kept in a garden until at 18 months, I adopted her and we walk the beach every day hail, rain or shine. I love her to bits and she keeps this elderly gentleman fit, active and very happy.
I am a Trustee for the Isle of Wight Prostate Support Group Charity. I recently had this article printed in the newsletter to encourage activity following cancer treatment.
I have never been a lightweight and come from large stock. At 18 I was playing Rugby weighing in at 18 stone and I am still over that weight now. I have worked hard and played hard so I suppose something had to give. I used to keep very active but since the year the cancer was diagnosed although receiving lots of advice from the well-being clinic, I just could not motivate myself at 70 to go back to the Gym or swim with lots of others up and down in separate lanes. I enjoy walking but had a set back with the sticks. One of our members who I consider a friend took me walking but unfortunately his cancer caused him to self isolate. During my 26 years in France I led an active lifestyle and always had a dog. I was a keen hunter and really enjoyed watching my dog working,until my last dog died suddenly, A beautiful Hungarian Vizsla, and a friend. I swore I would never have another dog. Of course I never expected to be confined to quarters for almost a year with lock-downs etc. I decided to find a rescue dog and spent a year on FB searching for a small dog on the Island.
Around April 2019 a lady got in touch with me who had a Staffy. A cute dog but when other dogs were around very strong and difficult to control. Two months later she got in touch with me again and said her dogs had to go as she was moving into a flat. She said it was not a strong dog although it had Staffordshire, chihuahua, Yorks and Jack Russell in her. It was love at first sight and that little dog has walked me back to feeling good again.
With a dog you have to get out whether you like it or not and I spend most days walking her round and up and down puck-pool and throwing the ball along the beach. Great exercise, bending, stretching and walking. You don’t need a Gym for that? I can now walk without my sticks, bend over and I am generally feeling the benefits. What I am really enjoying is taking my camera and taking wonderful images of this beautiful Island. Living on my own for most of the time this little dog called Kyla has really changed my lifestyle. She is my personal trainer.
I hope to get the RSPCA and other local organisations on board and offer members some assistance when choosing an animal. For me, as one gets a little older, small is beautiful!