I tried to recall the time. . . I think it was after just being dumped by my girlfriend and I was feeling very sorry for myself and just needed to "get out". My sister Janet and her partner Ian happily gave me the required distraction - taking me up onto the fells where the views could give me a bigger perspective to heal my wounded heart.
The dog was our family-pooch Paddington, who lived to 15 years old.
A couple of years later and I'd be living in Amsterdam . . . new life . . . new love.