When I first met her I thought she was psycho, owing to the fact that her hackles were permanently raised.


She’s Maddie, a small and feisty Parson Russell bitch. When you take her out for a walk you realise that the psycho element is because she’s slightly agoraphobic. Maddie hasn’t been maltreated, just kept in kennels all her life until she joined Willis and m’sister at their house in the middle of a field, so she is frightened by the big wide world and will flee back to the comfort of her cage any chance she gets.

Maddie is actually happier on the lead than off it. I think she finds it reassuring.



She is not at all tolerant of Willis and Sparky’s attempts to play.


Which is fine up until she decides to go exploring the other side of a tree or wall.