Sarah, Sally, Dobby and Sock

Life in a Breakdown truly deserves a featured blogger spot! Sarah writes about her experiences with mental illness and how she copes. Her pets, Sally, Dobby and Sock are always there to lend a helping hand, read more about Sarah’s blog and pets below.

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am Sarah, I am a blogger from Staffordshire. I live my partner Ash, our dog Sally and guinea pigs Dobby and Sock

When did you first start blogging and why?

I started blogging at the back end of 2010, I was having a really bad time with my health and had given up on life basically. I had got to the point I couldn’t craft, I couldn’t even pen letters to penfriends, or make a cup of tea when I wanted. Ash gave me a bit of a kick and I decided to start Life in a Break Down to remember the good times in each day, to try and make myself feel better.

How long have you had Sally, Dobbie & Sock Are they your first pets?

Sally came into my life 11 years ago, an ex-boyfriend decided he wanted a dog then didn’t really care to look after her, so while we went out separate ways, I got to keep Sally and while she was the first dog I had we bumbled along and learnt to trust and take care of each other.

Dobby and Sock we got just after losing our two hamsters, I wanted another pet and couldn’t bear the idea of replacing the hamsters, with hamsters. They are huge cuddle monsters and love nothing more than a good treat.

What’s the funniest/most mischievous thing that they have ever done?

Oh gosh, there are so many things! I’ve just caught Sal on my chair after popping to hang the washing out, she also loves slipping out the back gate and into the neighbours garden as she knows he has a bag of treats just for her and as he has CCTV if he’s in he always spots her, prowling the garden around his back door.

What’s the best thing about owning pets, what makes them so loveable?

There are many things! I love the fact they can always make me smile when I’m not feeling too grand though, they are the best for that!

Finally, can you tell us your favourite story about them?

Do you know I have no idea! There are so many things they have all done, I guess one of late is Sally, at the ripe old age of 16 has learnt to slip her car harness. She’s found if she throws her back towards the door opposite the side she is harnessed to, and simultaneously throws out her front paws, straight forward, it will come straight off her head. So we have had to buy a different type to try and keep her safe. Took us a while to work out what was going on, we thought perhaps the harness had become defective but no it was her.