Pepper and me
On my first 13 birthday cakes, the wish I made when blowing out the candles was to have my very own canine companion.
I begged my parents throughout the entirety of my childhood - and the minute my mum went from a firm no to a wavering maybe, my dad was researching dog breeds and breeders.
Pepper the miniature schnauzer has been in my life for all 16 of hers. Not only is she the realisation of all of my birthday wishes coming true, but also my best friend.
Now I want to hear the tales of friendship of you and your dogs in an exploration of the special bond between loyal dogs and their loving owners.