*Dog watch, in marine or naval terminology, is a watch, a period of work duty or a work shift, between 1600 and 2000 (4pm and 8pm). This period is split into two, with the 'first' dog watch from 1600 to 1800 (4pm to 6pm) and the 'last' dog watch from 1800 to 2000 (6pm to 8pm) (there is no 'second' dog watch). Each of these watches is half the length of a standard watch. [Wikipedia]
Staying with old friends in Cornwall at the weekend, we were greeted by this charming little sentinel on our return from a walk. When I suggested to the wife that I might email her husband with this photograph, she said "Why? He sees it every day." It made Finny's lone vigil all the more poignant, I thought.
Here she is on my husband's lap feeling much more at home.
Images © Rosie West 2013