During this period of lockdown, I’ve been aware that a really important relationship is with my dog Bertie. If I’m feeling lonely or sad, he is always on hand to look at me lovingly and tell me with his eyes how wonderful I am. Walking him gets me out every day, and helps me to make sure I spend time out in nature. Tugging on his lead helps to tone my upper arms – well not yet but I hold out hope! I am lucky to be in a position to own a dog, and know that not everyone is. If you don’t have a hairy friend in your life, there is a wonderful website called Borrow My Doggy, which puts you in touch with dog owners to arrange to walk or care for their animals. Is such a lovely thing to do, and I’ve made some really good friends among Bertie’s borrowers.