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My lovely Italian has totally improved my life. He’s loyal and sincere, excellent qualities in a male. He’s very protective, which makes me feel safe. Through him, I’ve made a whole new set of friends. When I go out without him, he’s there at home eagerly awaiting my return, always glad to see me. I’ve never experienced such devotion.

Benni, my beautiful Belgian Sheepdog, is indeed my ideal housemate.

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 71: Sep/Oct 2012
Mary McCarthy is the author of four novels: Remember Me, And No Bird Sang, Crescendo and Shame the Devil. A secondary school teacher of English and French for 34 years, she has one son, Dara, and lives in Dublin. After the Rain, her fifth novel, comes out this autumn.

Illustration by Ann Boyajian/Lilla Rogers Studio

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