...the Labrador tea towel from the Black Toast collection at Emma Bridgewater! I already have this mug - that's for breakfast coffee every day (and part of its sale proceeds goes to a worthy cause, Help for Heroes), but the tea towel would match it and the two real canine residents of our kitchen.
We got to talking the other day about the differences between cats and dogs, and although I've never had a cat and haven't much experience of them so may not appreciate their finer points, it struck me that one of the things I love about dogs - and which seems not to apply to cats - is their boundless enthusiasm. They show great excitement and keenness for the smallest, most everyday things: "Dog food? Again? Yippee!", and of course they are tremendously affectionate and good company, and you can tell when they are happy and smiling (Pippin really does smile - that has to be seen). But that natural exuberance is such an attractive and endearing quality (and not just in dogs, but in humans, too), so here's to Labs - and all other dogs - who are faithful, greedy, fun, frisky, adorable and quite lazy, as Matthew Rice has it above.