Rebekah! It IS a tradition and we CAN do whatever the f-ck we want!
Happy Birthday! Keep at it with the book with Alfie by your side. I have no dog wisdom because your dogs will always make a fool out of you but what I can say is that you now have a companion for life – he will dedicate his life to being by your side, in the best and worst times. It’s the purest gift of them all.
Best to you for a wonderful year!