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Lisa's week: Part of the family

Do you have any pets? A dog perhaps? A cat, a mouse, hamsters, turtles, a budgie or even a few spiders? There’s a whole world of animals out there for someone looking for a new non-human member of the family!

I was prompted to write this post this evening after reading an article about the Queen (of course!). She recently lost her last corgi, Willow, at the ripe old age of 14. King George VI, the Queen’s father, brought the first corgi, Dookie, into the Royal Family and all the royal corgis since that time have been descendants. More than 30 corgis have accompanied the Queen over the years and she only stopped breeding them recently due to her own age. She is said to be extremely sad about the death of her little canine friend as this was the last link to her youth and her parents, and no doubt feels like it’s the end of an era.

You might even be familiar with the royal corgis as they appeared in the James Bond joke that was made for the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. They were seen running alongside James and the Queen herself and dashing down the stairs as James accompanied Her Royal Highness to the helicopter. (You can watch the scene again on this link.) The Queen’s three corgis, Monty, Willow and Holly, have what can only be seen as a staring role in this spoof and even though I’m not very keen on this particular breed of dog, they really made me smile.

I’m sure that many of you are probably cat people and I know there’s a lot to be said for the character and independence of cats, especially in a country where so many of us live in flats with no access to gardens, but I’m a dog person myself. And I also know that most of you might not agree with my favourite type of dog, but my heart lies with Boxers. I guess that we all have an affinity with the animals that we had as family pets in our childhood and we had boxers when I was a child. For you that might be cats or rats or something altogether more exotic, but that squashed up nose, the floppy ears and the limitless energy is what wins my heart each and every time.

Of course, here in Germany, the German Shepherd is the most-loved breed of dog with the Dachshund (nicknamed Sausage Dog by many in the UK) in close second. In fact, I recently heard about a museum in Passau dedicated to the small but much loved dog which is full to bursting with all things Dackel! You can read what the BBC has to say about the museum here.

Unfortunately, working all day and living in a flat with just a balcony, not to mention my husband’s adamant aversion to boxer dogs, I don’t have a pet of my own. It would be unfair for a dog to be home alone as much as it would be and no other pet will do. When it does come to the time for us to bring a much wanted dog into our lives, I’m sure there will be much discussion about which breed is the one for us (I only want a boxer and my husband wants anything but…). But when the time is right, I know it will be one of the best decisions we could have made. Along with the companionship a pet gives you, there are well-known health benefits too in terms of physical, mental and emotional well-being.

So, if you have an animal in your home, go and give it a cuddle and feel the love!


What is Lisa's week?

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"


Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday

Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?

Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?

Episode 4: The sound of London

Episode 5: Not just a last resort

Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise

Episode 7: Title talk

Episode 8: The Union Jack

Episode 9: Why Thursday?

Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?

Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!

Episode 13: Up in the Highlands

Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends

Episode 15: Pie in the sky 

Episode 16: Through the tunnel

Episode 17: Keep left!

Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise

Episode 19: How do you say that?

Episode 20: Back to School!

Episode 21: Sweet cravings

Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?

Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"

Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)

Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?

Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.

Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!

Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot

Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?

Episode 30: Bless you!

Episode 31: What are you thankful for?

Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?

Episode 33: What's behind the door?

Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!

Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?

Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year

Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?

Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2

Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?

Episode 40: Sweet Valentine

Episode 41: A Reminder

Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!

Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils

Episode 44: To correct or not to correct, that is the question

Episode 45: The whole world's going green!

Episode 46: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs

Episode 47: The joke's on you!

Episode 48: Left over from the Middle Ages!

Episode 49: More calendar food-based ponderings

Episode 50: We use German words too

Episode 51: Celebrating St George

Episode 52: The perfect start to the day

Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)

Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)

Episode 55: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)

Episode 56: Holiday season is coming!

Episode 57; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1

Episode 58; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2

Episode 59: Summer Solstice

Episode 60: Harry Potter turns 20

Episode 61: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live

Episode 62: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Episode 63:  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Episode 64: Stick a stamp on it!

Episode 65: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge

Episode 66: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ

Episode 67: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)

Episode 68: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)

Episode 69: Joking around in Scotland

Episode 70: The first day of school

Episode 71: Let's go down to the Wiesn!

Episode 72: Celebrating language

Episode 73: It's a Harry thing!

Episode 74: My favourite time of the year

Episode 75: TED-Ideas Worth Spreading

Episode 76: Grinning like a Cheshire cat

Episode 77: Enjoying the downtime

Episode 78: Talking Tenners

Episode 79: Do you need anything from the Hight Street?

Episode 80: Just another few minutes!

Episode 81: Counting the cards on my shelf.

Episode 82: What sign are you?

Episode 83: Great if you have a sweet tooth

Episode 84: It's an acquired taste!

Episode 85: New Year's Resolutions

Episode 86: Quick Tip of the week - go/come & take/bring

Episode 87: My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose

Episode 88: Once in a blue moon

Episode 89: Learning by Listening - part 1

Episode 90: Learning by Listening - part 2

Episode 91: This is the travel news!

Episode 92: The "Beast from the East" hits Western Europe!

Episode 93: The flu hits Lisa's Week

Episode 94: Spring forward and fall back

Episode 95: Holy Week

Episode 96: Quick Tip of the Week - prepositons of time

Episode 97: Perfect for dunking!