There was a brief piece on TV the other day, about research which had been undertaken to try to understand dogs and their nature.

Apparently,  if a dog keeps a toy from the dog being a puppy and always looks after this today/keeps it safe and close, to the exclusion of all else, this dog is very territorial and a little nervous.

If the dog loves ALL toys and welcomes them with enthusiasm and plays with toys both old and new, this dog is a happy , loving and sharing dog.

So a dog like Barney T Rubble, who is Big Ted to his favourite ”friend”, Ted, enjoys playing with all kinds of toys, steals and plays with slippers and socks – but still nutures and cuddles Ted, what does that make Barney?

We think the short answer is , happy but completely ruined!