Herriot wrote that Seigfried always proclaimed quite loudly that he never understood why people kept dogs as pets, yet he had 5 himself. And later on Herriot was often accompanied on rounds by a dog of his own. Some of the descriptions of the household dogs were so charming and funny. I cannot like this version very much. I preferred the older series, which followed the books more closely and did a much better job with the character of Seigfried.