Column: Ant's pet dog does not deserve to be treated this way!
I love dogs, in fact, I would almost go as far as saying that these days I prefer most dogs to most humans!
I don’t mind seeing dogs in pubs, cafés and restaurants; I would much rather have well-behaved dogs sitting quietly under their owners’ chairs and tables than badly-behaved humans of any size running amok.
Dogs are, on the whole, brilliant: they are loyal, they love you unconditionally, they are always pleased to see you, and become a huge, important part of the family.
So that’s why it didn’t really surprise me to read that the main sticking point in sorting out the divorce of Ant McPartlin and his soon-to-be-ex-wife, is their mutual love for their Chocolate Labrador, Hurley.
It’s been reported that each party wants sole custody of him, as they say their current shared agreement of him spending one week at each other’s house isn’t working, and they’re finding it too upsetting at hand-over time.
Now, I don’t know Ant and Lisa personally, but if I did I would tell them this – in fact I would say it to anyone going through the same situation – you need to put aside your own feelings and think about what’s best for Hurley.
Just as you would do for a human child, he’s your fur-baby, and deserves just as much consideration as if you’d given birth to him yourselves.
Yes, hand-over time might be jolly uncomfortable for you both, but you have to think of your dog’s happiness.
By all accounts, he adores both his ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’, so how could you deprive him of the right to see either? You wouldn’t do this to human babies, so please don’t do it to your dog.
Ant and Lisa both seem like decent people, so I’m sure they can find a way to make sure that Hurley remains a priority in their new lives.
After all, a dog is for life, even if their marriage sadly isn’t.