I know this sounds silly but having this new dog (well, first ever dog, actually) is making me realise what it must be like to have a perfect child... She is so completely good. Her character is gentle, timid, sometimes fearful, she is endlessly willing to please and very affectionate. If I call her, she comes like an arrow out of the bow. Follows me around and has clearly designated me as "leader of the pack". I left her in the car once with bags of shopping and tempting things poking out; she didn't touch them. We are always more sinned against than sinning when out together; other dogs sometimes behave aggressively towards her (and once a cat ); she never responds aggressively but just shrinks back into my legs. She is endlessly patient when J wants to play brusque games with her, such as (this morning) "saving her from the fire" which involved seizing hold of her and lugging her about... She is, in sum, an angel in canine form. What would it be like to have a child like this? Well, it would be very restful and very convenient but... I don't know. Too easy?