Louise Thompson is a proud dog-mum to Koji and Toto (Picture: Instagram)
Louise Thompson has revealed how her adorable dogs, Koji and Toto, are helping prepare her for motherhood.
The Made In Chelsea star, 31, is currently expecting her first child with fiancé Ryan Libbey, with the pair set to welcome their little one later this year.
She has a full household, with her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels running riot and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Spilling the beans on opening her doors to puppy Toto during lockdown, Louise – who is the perfect ambassador for Petplan and the upcoming Petplan Pet Awards – told Metro.co.uk they have got her ready for the next step in life.
‘Obviously the two are different but there are a lot of similarities,’ she laughed. ‘Some people say that actually having a baby is easier because with a baby, especially at the beginning, you can keep them in one place, they don’t move.
‘With dogs, you can teach them and then they reach a certain point and they’re not going to learn anymore, they can’t obviously answer back to you. Whereas with a baby, they progress and eventually they can talk and they develop a lot more.
‘But from a responsibility point of view, I think it’s actually been really useful because Ryan and I have become much less selfish people. I think the last three years, and then even getting a second puppy…
‘People say getting another dog doesn’t make a big difference, it’s just another bowl of food. That’s actually not true. I would say there’s double the work.’
Louise also revealed that, by seeing the differences in both of her dogs’ personalities, the couple have learned a huge deal in what their family could be like.
‘You don’t know necessarily what your child’s personality is going to be like,’ she said. ‘I think it teaches you how to handle slightly different personalities.
‘Koji is a massive chiller, whereas Toto is really hyper and a bit awkward, and runs into things. He’s quite embarrassing. I’m basically prepared for both eventualities. If we have a child who runs into things and is a bit of a fruit loop, we can handle it.’
We’re totally behind you there.
It’s clear that many people have taken that step to become pet owners during lockdown, meaning there has never been a better time to celebrate the new additions, and Louise is leading the charge ahead of next month’s Petplan Pet Awards, with nominations open until August 6.
The expectant mum and partner and Ryan decided to open their home up to a dog during lockdown, bringing Toto into the brood in November – and we expect he will be getting a nomination himself.
Speaking on how the new pup has adapted into their busy lives, she admitted that both of her pets are like her shadow around the home.
But she has shared her concern for other lockdown additions now that restrictions in the UK have eased up.
‘Toto has only really known life through lockdown,’ she continued. ‘They’ve been just the best companions, I don’t know where I would have been without them, to have them always around, every room I’m in they will follow me into.
‘A lot of people that I walk dogs with have got puppies throughout lockdown because it’s a good time to do it. But at the same time I think people need to be cautious because if you get a puppy during lockdown, they’re going to be used to spending all of their time with you. They’re not going to know any other way.
‘So then if people are just diving back to the office and leaving their dog at home, I imagine that that could potentially cause a little bit of trauma. I think people need to be conscious about that as well.
‘I know that Koji is pretty stoic, so he’s been used to being left at the house for three, four hours, but Toto does still gets a bit upset as we’re now doing more stuff.’
‘But they have each other, which is also nice. It’s nice to have a pair. They’re literally like my children, I’m honestly speaking about them as if they’re my children,’ she laughed.
Well, it looks like she might want to enter them both in the Petplan Pet Awards before nominations close on Friday!
She said of the gongs: ‘The Petplan pet awards are great because it celebrates how important pets are and it’s a bit of fun. They’re really positive awards, anyone can enter it’s free to enter.
‘There’s different categories which is quite fun, there’s a category for bravery, resilience, also pets that found new homes through adoption, and lots of fun other things.
‘It’s a nice way to reward pets and give back to them but also owners who put in a big shift.’
Pet owners will be able to nominate their pet for an award on the Petplan website until August 6, with winners announced in the week of August 30.