When I went to the City today to join in the rally against puppy farms, I left Penny at home. But plenty of others took their dogs.
Sitting in the sunshine, I chatted to the lady next to me about the fact that it's hard to see images of suffering dogs.
But we agreed -and one of the speakers emphasised - that we have to face the awful truth that terrible things happen to dogs so that we can buy cute puppies in pet shops. The rally was urged to make a resolution never to buy a dog from a pet shop.