A Tale of Two Dogs

This is Mutt.  He was our dog long before T was born.  For those of you who have been following my blog for some time now, you will know that he died when I was just a few months pregnant with little T.  It took awhile for us to even think of getting another dog.

And of course, this is Doc.  Again, for those of you who have been reading, you will all know that he is little T’s dog whom we got for her last year.  He was only eight weeks old when we joined our little family.  Now he’s about eight months, over-excitable and actually whinges and cries like his human.

The odd thing about this is that he is slowly looking and behaving like our old dog Mutt.  We didn’t do it on purpose.  We didn’t exactly go out and hunt for a dog that would resemble our old one.  All we wanted was a medium-sized dog for little T.  We didn’t intend to find a dog that would resemble Mutt in appearance.  Somehow it just happened.  If I believed in doggie reincarnation, I would probably think that our Mutt has come back to us through Doc.  Sometimes I even hold Doc’s head in my hand, look at his eyes and say “Mutt is that you?”  I know it’s silly and may even sound unfair to Doc.  Doc is Doc and has his own personality.  He is his own person, erm… doggie.

This post is linked-up with PODcast’s #WhatsTheStory.


Have a lovely week!

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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. suzanne3childrenandit

    Oh how lovely! I cannot imagine what life would be like if our little mutt died 🙁 You always think they are irreplaceable don’t you? It would seem not in your case!

    • No, never. I think with pets, especially if they’ve really become like part of your family can never be replaced. You can of course, have another dog or cat if your pet has died, like what we did. But it’s never the same of course, even if Doc is a lot like our Mutt, he is still different. Your affection for the other dog or pet will never be replaced.

  2. thereadingresidence

    He does look so similar! Who knows about doggie reincarnation – I wouldn’t presume to have all the answers!

    • Yes, they do look alike 🙂 It’s a comforting thought actually, even if I don’t really believe in it 😉

  3. Ahhh that is so sweet and lovely that Mutt came back as Doc. I believe it. It was meant to be in your family. What a lovely post. #whatsthestory

  4. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I think dog are special and sometimes they just know what you need!

    My parents are raising my brother’s dog since he passed away – and sometimes when mom is feeling down, he comes over and hugs her. She never asks, never lets on, but he just knows and comes give her a hug!

    They just know what you need.

    • Wow, Mutt was like that. When I was pregnant with little T, I used to watch loads of Grey’s Anatomy episodes one after the other and of course, sniffled with each episode. As soon as he would hear me sniffle, his ears would pick up. If he was lying down, he’d sit up and quickly go to my side, lean towards me as if to say “Are you okay?” And he wouldn’t go away, till I’d tell him “I’m fine Mutt. Just being an idiot and crying over Greys”.

  5. What a lovely story. Our dog is currently spread out on the sofa whilst I’m jammed up in the corner. I could disturb her, but I don’t want to. She is such a huge part of the family that I would be lost without her. #whatsthestory

    • Yes, dogs are lovely to have around the house/in our lives 🙂

  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    I remember our dogs with huge affection, they never really leave you. Lovely post Dean x

  7. Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault

    What a lovely post – both Mutt and Doc look wonderful and I am sure Mutt is there in part, in Doc 🙂

    • That’s a lovely thought too, that Mutt somehow is in Doc 🙂 Thanks for that 🙂

  8. Coombe Mill

    Clearly lots of similarities in your old and new dog and a perfect family pet

  9. Charly Dove

    I remember reading a post about Mutt when I first came across your blog. Likewise I remember Doc arriving too. So this post makes me smile a lot and I’m sure having a bit of Mutt in Doc pleases you all greatly. They both seem like such great characters and Doc seems to have fitted in so well. Wonderful post and beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing #whatsthestory

  10. They do have an uncanny resemblance. We decided to get a second dog before our dog passed away. We wanted to have an overlap to ease things for the family, particularly as my own health is questionable. It’s been an interesting journey introducing 2 year old Lady to our family. Our older dog Bilbo isn’t very sociable so it was a rude shock to his existence but after a few weeks they adjusted. Lady does tend to chew things still and we did find her on top of the kitchen table eating my husband’s Jamie Oliver lasagne. She definitely has good taste.

    • Oh dear! Thank goodness Doc hasn’t managed to snatch any of our food. Yep, your dog lady definitely has good and expensive taste 😉

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