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The Wish List

By Kathryn Martin
October 2006, Tongwynlais
A digital story from Capture Wales

On the prowl

Girl meets boy amongst the animal kingdom in her local park.

"For me, a house isn't a home without a dog. I didn't want a puppy 'cause I'd just had the laminate floor laid in my new house. So, I read up on breeds and I went after a whippet!

I put my name down on the waiting list for Whippet rescue and searched the pounds - but nothing!

Then my best friend Jess got laid out with a back injury. She had two lovely dogs; Jack, a 3 year old patterdale and Woody, a year old Whippet. But she couldn't cope now with two boisterous boys and asked if I'd like Woody.

Well, I jumped at the chance - he was a beaut inside and out. He moved in and within one night of cwtching on the sofa, I was a mum.

We were out all the time. I met all my neighbours and all the other doggy people. I loved to watch him sprint in circles around the park - but he's an indoor boy at heart, he's not really keen on the cold or the rain! Where there's a blanky or a warm lap there's a little Woody; my dedicated, doting, adorable little dude!

Next, to go with the house and the dog, I was on the look out for a man! I was always prepared for battle - smartish dress and predator make up. The only place I didn't give two hoots was out walking my boy!

And funny enough that's where I met Rob, down the park in my mac and wellies. I fancied him straight away. Thought he was gorgeous and he had a lovely big eared beauty with a question mark tail called Tilly!

Woody chased Tilly and I chased Rob - and we caught them both! So Woody had a new mate and so did I."

Kathryn Martin

Please tell us a little about yourself.
I'm twenty-something getting closer to being a thirty-something. I live in Tongwynlais, Cardiff and work for BBC Radio Wales. I love life, dogs, music, fresh air, good friends, a comfy sofa and pretty flowers!

What's your story about?
It's about my personal Wish List - certain things that I wanted in life. But it was only when I wasn't trying or looking that the wishes came true!
I wanted to tell a happy story and one that included my gorgeous little boy: Woody my Whippet!

What did you find most rewarding about the workshop?
The whole experience was fantastic; Learning new skills, meeting new people and having fun getting the photo albums out!

Your comments

"I loved this. Kath is one of my bestest friends and one of the nicest people you could ever meet. I'm really happy that she has all the things she wished for. She deserves them all and I'm glad that she's my mate." Nicola, Cardiff.

"Fabulous story & only read it as I need to re home my beautiful whippet myself.He is two years old & I rescued him from Cardiff's dog pound.He unfortunately has neurological problems & is virtually blind but wants nothing more than to be loved & cuddled up & not left alone.I have to work & recently had a relationship split up & hate leaving him as he gets so stressed out.If anyone out there who has love, understanding & a genuine care for this beautiful breed please contact me. It's a heartbreaking decision but one I know I have to make for his sake." Hollie Uzzell, Whitchurch, Cardiff.

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