I’ve never been a dog lover, until I fell in love with this particular dog. He’s a Lagotto Romagnolo, a lake dog from the Romagna region of Italy – we called him Dado, after aristocratic Alessandro ‘Dado’, Principe Ruspoli, the man said to have inspired Fellini to make La Dolce Vita. He’s one of the oldest breeds known, with the most incredible range – active, working, a gun dog and of course a water retriever. Nowadays in Italy they’re most often used for hunting truffles! But most importantly, he’s so tender with the kids. A true beauty, real grace, but he also loves a bit of rough and tumble along the beach, in the waves, chasing me about on the paddle board – any adventure, really! The ultimate gentleman’s companion.