M loves dogs. She gets super excited whenever she sees one, shouting, "Dak! Dak!" and gesticulating wildly. So when we got to meet our friends' new dog at the weekend, she was thrilled. This beautiful black Labrador is gentle and calm - and ever so patient with a small child who couldn't help her excitement at being able to stroke a dog.
She was equally perfect with B, who is quite afraid of dogs. She didn't jump or bark, and it was lovely to see B stroking her, with a big smile on her face.